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A City in Darkness - Four Lost Souls Seeking a Light - July 13, 1977 - The lives of four super-powered people become irrevocably intertwined when the lights go out in New York City, plunging their world into chaos. The superheroes of Just Cause, grown soft and complacent without any supervillains to challenge them, must overcome their personal demons as well as uphold the law in a lawless land of rioters, arson, and murder. Lurking in the darkness, like evil incarnate, is the one thing that could bring the world's greatest superheroes to their knees: the force of anarchy and vengeance known as Destroyer.
©2013 Ian Thomas Healy (P)2017 Ian Thomas Healy
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5 out of 5 stars
By Ray Johnson on 04-22-18

If Garth Ennis wrote a comic book novel . . .

This book seems to be the step-child of Garth Ennis' The Boys. Insofar that the heroes are not all that heroic and are not the paragons of virtue and justice that they are made out to be, and the villain may actually be more in touch with his own identity than the heroes are. My first line meant no disrespect, just that it has that feel that just because you wear spandex it doesn't mean you are perfect.

I was slightly taken aback at all the sex in this book, and honestly found it hard to believe that a rape victim (Gretchen) would act in the manner that this one did so soon after the crime had been perpetrated on her,

Still, the book is full of action and great (imperfect) characters; I haven't read the other books in the series, but this looks to be a prequel, so I will have to check them out as well. Imp was possibly the best part of this book, she had a cool power and was funny in spots. Howard's narration was good and moved the story along. I personally felt that he made the heroes more vulnerable, an let you feel their unrequited desires.

If this is a series, then I will have to check it out. So, should you.

Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.


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4 out of 5 stars
By Kingsley on 05-10-18

Delving into the history of Just Cause

As a warning this book does open with a rape very early, and that rape does drive much of the story. If that is an issue, then this book should possibly be avoided. Which would be a shame, because it is a enjoyable book and a great entry into the Just Cause history and universe.

Unlike the first two books, which focus on Mustang Sally, book three steps back to the silver age of Just Cause, to the 1970's, when they were on top of the world. It tells in detail some of the history only briefly touched on in some of the other books. Despite it being a prequel and some of the information not being known there is still a lot of tension and excitement in the telling.

The blurb states "The lives of four super-powered people become irrevocably intertwined when the lights go out in New York City, plunging their world into chaos." yet this event doesn't actually occur until well into the book - past halfway. The first half is setting up the various characters - existing Just Cause members, new members, someone searching to join JC, and the villain of the piece.

Like her work on the other books narration by Leslie Howard is really enjoyable. She is well paced, giving emphasis where required and matching her reading pace with the mood of the story. She provides voices, accents, emotions etc to all the characters, really bringing them off the page. I would not hesitate to pick up another book read by her.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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4 out of 5 stars
By C. Rowlands on 05-05-18

A tale from Just Cause's history

Despite having enjoyed the previous two books in this series, I must admit to being little skeptical about this installment due to it being a prequel, the main timeline had been progressing nicely and the incidents in this book had generally been covered when talking about the history of that current group. Luckily, my skepticism was unfounded and the author provided us with numerous interesting characters who really brought this story we had already heard about to life.

This book is set back in the 70's and provides details of a blackout suffered by New York and the origin of the baddie that has probably been the toughest adversary of Just Cause through several incarnations of the team, the Destroyer, a technical prodigy who is probably best described as a psychotic teenage version of Tony Stark. Besides the events involving him, the author also does a good job of showing how a superhero team deals with the different attitudes and expectations in a time with distinctly different attitudes from what we have now.

This narrator has done a good job overall with this series and mostly did so again, one nagging annoyance was the weird habit of reading the time that started each chapter as 9 o'clock am etc. rather than simply 9 o'clock or 9 am, it is only a little issue but it did grate slightly.

Overall, this was another strong entry in the Just Cause universe, but I would probably recommend the other two more highly than this one, with volume 2 being particularly strong.

[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

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