Author: Nick Svolos
Released: April 23, 2016
Genre: Superheroes, Fantasy, Paranormal
Two superhuman factions clash at a Los Angeles refinery, leaving an inferno and a dead hero in the aftermath.
Now, one question is on everyone’s mind: How did local reporter Reuben Conway know to be on the scene? On the run from supervillains, the cops and a mysterious assassin, Reuben forms an unlikely alliance with the superhero Herculene as he races against time to learn who was really behind the attack. As they draw closer to unraveling the mystery and the villain’s plan nears completion, one final question comes to the fore. Can they thwart the scheme before it’s too late?
The Conway Report: Truth, Justice and the First Amendment
In the 1920’s, costumed superhumans started coming out of the woodwork. After almost a century of watching these powerful people do battle, well, most folks are kind of over the whole thing. It’s just another part of life. Unless something really big happens, people just get out of the way and hope insurance covers the damage.
Welcome to Los Angeles in the 21st Century, where a short attention span comes along with the palm trees.
One of the people who still think people who can fly and shoot laser beams out of their eyes are pretty cool, reporter Reuben Conway covers the superhuman community for the Los Angeles Beacon. Join him in his adventures in this strange world of secret identities, villainous plots, and titanic struggles.
Most world governments are run by normal people, at least as far as public appearance is concerned, and they rely almost entirely on super-powered people to maintain order where other supers are concerned. This is the strange balance between people and super-people worked out over millennia of coexistence. With these bullets tipping the scales, the balance would shift dramatically.
If you could have any super-power, which one would it be? Would it weigh you down or cause you to see yourself differently? Maybe in a better way? Svolos has a compelling story about super humans that will engulf readers into a tailspin of action. Normal people by day and superhero personas by night, you could say…sounds dreadfully tiresome and quite difficult to reel it all in, doesn’t it? What happens if you make a tiny slip about your true identity?
Reuben Conway gets a tip that something big may be going down at a local refinery and of course, being a reporter and all–he would be a fool not to go check it out. When Reuben arrives, the factory is shut down for the night, which is very suspicious and unusual. Deciding to stick around, he doesn’t have to wait long for the action to take hold of the city skies. As the refinery blows up, the Angels show up to assess the damage and rescue any workers who linger within the building. Soon after, the supervillians arrive and it is a battle–to the death. With both teams warring against each other for years, it has never resulted in a death–at least that is until this attack. Phoenix Fire goes down and then the fight is over as quickly as it started. With neither team understanding what happened, the Angels seek out Reuben’s help to go under the radar and find answers as to what killed her and who. Nothing should be able to kill a super human, but the secret to Phoenix Fire’s death may very well put the whole super human community in danger–not to mention, Reuben’s life would be in danger too if he chooses to accept. Knowing his odds of surviving aren’t very well, even with his new super-human bodyguard, Herculene, to protect him–he would be a fool not to chase after this story.
Svolos turns up the heat with the first installment of the Conway Series. The characters are captivating and well-developed. They all have some attributes that may have been inspired by well-known comic characters in movies and illustrations today; however, they also have uniqueness and creativity to them as well. The plot is original and the pace is nice and steady throughout the entire read. If you are reader of superheroes and paranormal fiction, you may want to pick this one up. Fair warning, once you do, you may get sucked into Reuben’s world rather quickly.
A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by Loving the Book and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a five-star rating to The Hero Beat by Nick Svolos.
Nick dropped out of high school in his senior year, joined the Navy and spent the next several years sailing around the western Pacific on the USS Enterprise. Upon discharge, he worked as an electro-mechanical engineer on X-Ray equipment, sheet metal fabrication tools and label applicators before getting his G.E.D. and going back to school to learn software development. While working nights and going to school during the days, he found a side gig, earning beer money by writing game reviews for the long-gone print magazine Computer Strategy Games. Against all odds, he wound up with a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science in 1995.
He spent over twenty years as an IT professional, developing, deploying and integrating a wide range of software products in the Project Management and Business Intelligence spaces. Now, he ekes out a living as a freelance web developer and spends the rest of his time writing about the stuff he loves, namely, mysteries involving superheroes and orks.
He lives in Crescent City, CA, with his lovely wife Charlotte, their sons, Cody and Tommy, and a couple of layabout cats, Sprocket and Daphne. Everyone in the house is an avid gamer, and their home often resounds to the sound of tumbling dice. The cats prefer games involving small birds, but they’re more than happy to take a whack at a d20 if they get a chance.
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