Publisher: Bill Meeks (2015)
Narrator: Nathan Beatty
Length: 4 hours 6 minutes
Series: Book 4 Dogboy Adventures
Note: Even though this is Book 4 in the series, it works mostly fine as a stand alone.
In small town, USA, Colta City is in need of a hero or two. The police are corrupt and the politicians even more so. Bronson Black, aka Dogboy, has been putting on the mask and cape for a few years now to protect his home town. However, the Colta City Shadows (a collection of kids with super powers) find themselves in some twisted version of a cage fight for a mad scientist and the corrupt Mayor Lane. Dogboy may or may not be able to save them, just like he may or may not be able to save his relationship with his girlfriend Cindy McNeil.
This is another fun addition to the growing Superhero Genre. What I liked most about it is that Dogboy strives to hold on to these high ideals (like trial by jury) while other superpowers have a bit more wiggle room in their moral compass. At the beginning of the story, there are only tiny hints that this will become a big issue by the end. I really like how the author built it up over the story arc.
The various superheroes have interesting, and sometimes very simple, powers. They put them to amusing uses in their quest to do good. One character can walk through walls, another can erase specific memories, etc. Dogboy can fly.
Meanwhile, there are plenty of evil-doers. The police are corrupt and the average citizen is starting to feel the pinch of them and are pushing back. Then we have an arch-nemesis, Mayor Lane, and his immediate followers. They know about the kids and their powers, and they want to make more of them to create a personal army.
In this particular adventure, Bronson and Cindy, and their friend Mr. Harum (spelling?), go through some of Bronson’s dad’s old stuff. Apparently Bronson’s parents are no longer in the picture. His dad use to be a magician or such and they find this metal flying scarab which has a tiny camera. This leads to hard feelings later when Bronson checks on Cindy, and Cindy sees it as spying. Of course, Cindy has her own secrets and these two have some heartache to live through in this book.
Over all, it was a fun ride. The author relied more on plot and character development than on fancy powers, super-gadgets, and big fight scenes than many other superhero novels. I really enjoyed this take.
I received a copy of this audiobook at no cost from the author via Audiobook Blast Facebook in exchange for an honest review (thanks!).
Narration: Nathan Beatty was a good fit for this book. He had great voices for all these teens that aren’t quite adults yet but have to run around making adult decisions. He also had a variety of accents (some regional, some foreign) for the characters.
What I Liked: Variety of super powers; no single one is all-powerful; good story arc; nice character development; set up for the next book!
What I Disliked: Nothing – I really enjoyed this one.