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Apr142012

Bob Moore: No Hero (by Tom Andry)

Love the comic-style cover!Bob Moore: No Hero

by Tom Andry

Approx. 43,000 words

Independent eBook - Free for Download from the Author's Site - www.tomandry.com

Bob Moore is a private investigator in a world where superheroes are commonplace, as is the spandex they wear.  A mere 'tippy' (human with no powers), Bob Moore has created a name for himself if not for his skills as an investigator then at least for his brazen and fearless approach to the supers - the first chapter involves his escape from an enraged pyromantic superhero trying to stop him from sharing the photos he had just captured.

The story introduces many interesting characters along the way - an assistant with defective super powers, a reclusive super-genius associate fond of appearing in the body of a Scandinavian supermodel, a super-powered ex-girlfriend...all very well developed characters that you instantly take a liking to - getting a feel for their positive and negative traits and somehow understanding both.

The story escalates when Bob is asked to take a job from an old arch-nemesis-turned-do-gooder, who Bob would rather see dead than work for.  Upon naming an insanely high price to deter the working relationship it is nonetheless met, so he begrudgingly begins to investigate why so many of the former-evil-genius' patients are going missing.

There are a number of great characters introduced, however their involvement in the greater plot is almost non-existent.  I wouldn't call this character development wasted however, as there is another installment and hopefully more coming in the future.  As for the main character, he truly is 'No Hero' - while not altogether self-centred, he's not exactly out to save the world either.  Ultimately he's out to make a profit, but may discover along the way that he may have a few morals worthy of calling 'noble', or at least not completely obnoxious.

The book felt too short, with a lot of build-up to a sudden end, but that can be forgiven with the knowledge that there are more Bob Moore stories to come.  It is highly recommended.

Score - 8 out of 10

Side Note - When I bought the second book via the Kobo site it konked out my Kobo and appeared as gibbering on my desktop.  I emailed the author to see if he was aware of such a problem and he sent me a gift code for a free download from Smashwords.  Awesome!  So yeah, thanks Tom -  I'm now working on reading 'Bob Moore: Desperate Times", and at just over 100,000 words I won't be complaining about the length of this instalment!

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