A Copy of this book was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Alright lets get this new review show on the road, with the book blurb, of course!
“Jim Quig has one love, his job as a cop. He has to be fine with the fact that the superheroes get all the credit while he protects the streets. When the director of the Super Hero Initiative (SHI) needs Jim’s help in solving a mystery, he’s not interested. It’s not his problem that an ancient artifact called the Hero Engine has been destroyed and the after effects are causing mass chaos. The director however, doesn’t take no for an answer and soon Jim finds himself trying to solve the mystery. Who destroyed the Engine, and why has one hero in particular gone AWOL? These are just some of the questions Jim needs to uncover the answers to. Follow this cop as he delves into the world of superheroes and finds himself in an adventure of a lifetime.”
So I am gonna level with everyone here: I love me a good super hero romp. I also happen to enjoy a good detective story when its blended with something else, such as said super heroes, supernatural elements, magic, and such.
When I saw the blurb for this I was intrigued. The idea of a human non powered detective investigating supers was an interesting idea to say the least.
However, by the end of the story I was left feeling..ambivalent. Let me be clear, its not a bad book by any means. The story is decent, the characters are well rounded and fleshed out for the most part (some of the side characters and supers are pretty much mentioned or shown once and then never again), and the mystery is well developed. By all accounts I should have enjoyed this more then I did.
But by the end, I was just happy to be done. This book is straight average for me, and the worst part is I cannot point to any single thing that makes it that way. The eponymous Hero Engine is not even really central to the story, an entirely different event is. So the blurb is not even really true in that regard.
I don’t really have a lot to say about this. Technically its decent, but that’s just it. Its decent. Not “must read” and not “avoid at all costs”. Just average in every respect. I don’t regret my time with this book, but I would not read it again either.
This book gets a 3/5 for me, an average rating. If you have an interest in a super hero detective story give it a try. Its a quick read and short for sure. Now, I will mention that the EPub I got was REALLY terribly formatted. Like, page headings mid point in paragraphs instead of the bottoms of pages, and paragraphs just broken up in weird ways. I am not sure if any other eBook version will have the same issue, but be aware of that.