Author: Nick Svolos

Series: The Conway Report, Book 3

Publisher: Nick Svolos

Released: March 14, 2019

Genre: Superheroes, Fantasy, Action, Mystery

Why be credible when you can be incredible?

Eight months ago, a mad scientist’s device left Reuben Conway with the superhuman abilities of Ultiman. When a flame-wielding burglar goes on a crime spree in Los Angeles, it’s up to Reuben to track him down. But, when a mysterious organization frames him for the crimes, he finds himself at the center of a scheme to destroy the city. As the terrorist plot storms toward its murderous goal, Reuben discovers that he’s been caught in a trap.

One from which no hero can escape.

The third installment in the popular Conway Report series, The Temporary Hero is a pulse-pounding ride through a noir world of secret identities, mind-boggling superpowers, desperate gambits and shadowy conspiracies that will leave fans of potboilers and superheroes screaming for more.

I looked around the table, studying the faces of each Angel in turn. These were my heroes. I remembered when Ultiman formed this team, back during my senior year in college. Omega more or less owned this city then. Over the previous three years, the villain collective had run off all their competition, good and bad guys alike, and held the underworld in their iron fists. Then, one day this new guy in a blue suit, a dude nobody had ever heard of, showed up. Like a marshal in one of those old westerns, he vowed publicly to put a stop to Omega’s reign. Most people thought he was crazy., But, as Ultiman frustrated Omega time and time again, the tide started to turn. Heroes came back, rallying to this madman’s cause, and joined the fight. The Angels were born. It took twelve more years to finally put Omega  behind bars, but in the interim, they did more than just save this city. They inspired it. They gave it hope. How could I leave them? 

What do you think about action-packed superhero stories? Svolos has a compelling book series 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? What happens if someone is framing you for crimes that you didn’t commit? Little ole you?

Reuben Conway, aka Captain Standin, has some major issues that he is dealing with right now. On one hand, he is nearly invincible now that he has Ultiman’s powers, but what does that mean if he is forever having to go and save the city from those who would rather do it harm? Does he get to have a life…ever? Also, how does it feel to live forever? On the other hand, he could give up his powers now that they know how to remove them. He could go back to being a human who gets sick and most importantly–isn’t bullet proof. He could go back to reporting for the Beacon the right way, without any biases stopping him–like for instance, having to report on uh…HIMSELF. But, what are the pros and cons of both sides of this story, right?! When it comes down to it, Reuben knows what he has to do but it won’t be easy, especially when someone is gunning after him for a frame job. Some very powerful people are after the Angels and they have some fairly smart plans in play to get them all where they want them. Not knowing who to trust, since even some of the supposedly good guys, seem to have gone rogue, Conway must rely on the power of friendship. The Temporary Hero has to figure out how to save the day…even if it may mean that it is for the very last time.

Svolos glorifies this third 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. We do recommend the first and second installments to be read prior to this one since it is a direct continuation and the final work within the series.

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 Temporary Hero 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 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. After his most recent job ended in a layoff, he decided to take a timeout and indulge the voices in his head by writing a novel. 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 the lovely and violent Charlotte, their youngest son, 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.