Friday, 26 May 2017

Book Reviews: Heroes Reborn (Collections One and Two)

Title: Heroes Reborn Collection One
Author: Various
Publisher: Titan Books
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 304
Format: Paperback
Genre: Fantasy/TV
Source: Bought Copy

 



“BRAVE NEW WORLD” BY DAVID BISHOP
A year after the fateful events of the Odessa Summit, the world is a very different place. It’s certainly no longer friendly for Evolved Humans—or “Evos”—who are held responsible for what happened. If the government doesn’t find you, there are some tenacious and merciless Evo-hunters out there who will.

“A MATTER OF TRUST” BY TIMOTHY ZAHN
As the number of Evolved Humans increases, so does the pressure from the governments and people of the world. Father Mauricio begins searching for a way to help all Evos after befriending a troubled teenager who possesses a devastating secret. As a priest, it is Father Mauricio’s calling to protect the innocent and this includes the Evos who, by no fault of their own, find their lives and freedom being threatened.

“DIRTY DEEDS” BY STEPHEN BLACKMOORE
A veteran Federal agent begins investigating the involvement of ruthless Los Angeles Police Department detective James Dearing in the death of an Evolved Human. But when she gets close to uncovering a dangerous truth, it could cost him everything: his job, his freedom, maybe even his life.
(Goodreads Synopsis)


Reading the first story of Heroes Reborn Collection One, I wondered if, contrary to my initial assumptions, the stories were all simply rehashes of different episodes. However, after that opening tale, the other two were, as expected, new material offering background on two of the characters from the reboot series. My favourite by far was A Matter of Trust. It was interesting to learn more about how Father Mauricio discovered his powers and ended up a priest helping other Evos escape the country. Overall, these were enjoyable and well-written pieces that will delight any Heroes fan. 3.5-4 stars.



Title: Heroes Reborn Collection Two
Author: Various
Publisher: Titan Books
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback
Genre: Fantasy/TV
Source: Bought Copy



“CATCH AND KILL” BY DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI
A nationwide tragedy took away Luke and Joanne Collins’ son, and now they roam the country in search of those they feel were responsible for his death. Their goal is simple: catch and kill.

“SAVE THE CHEERLEADER, DESTROY THE WORLD” BY KEITH R. A. DECANDIDO
When she jumped off a Ferris wheel in Central Park and survived, Claire Bennet changed the world. Now “Evos” - Evolved Humans - are exposed. In this story we discover what happened to Claire after that fateful moment.

“A LONG WAY FROM HOME” BY KEVIN J. ANDERSON AND PETER J. WACKS
A group of Evolved Humans use their abilities to plan an escape from a detention center for people with very unusual powers. (Goodreads Synopsis)


I enjoyed Heroes Reborn Collection Two more than Collection One. This time I found all three tales engaging; although, once more, my favourite was the second, because it was great to hear what was happening to some of my favourite characters from the original four seasons who didn't return for the reboot, especially a couple of short Sylar-moments. Once again, these were pleasing stories that will delight fans of the show. To me these three were better overall than the three in the first book, though, so this one is a solid 4-4.5 stars.

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