The Fire Inside

Posted 11 March 2011 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

The Fire InsideThe Fire Inside by Raymond M. Rose
Series: Sidekicks #1
Published by Christopher Williams Books on 2010-10-15
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 428
Source: author | eBook
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From the back cover...


From the back cover...

Jack King seems like a normal guy. He works at a bookstore, has a girlfriend, and loves photography.

But Jack isn't normal. He could blow up half of the city in the blink of an eye.

Jack and his best friend, Bruce, were once Teen Protectors, costumed crime-fighters. One horrible night, a battle erupted between superheroes and villains that left the city ruined and thousands dead. The government banned all superpowers and Jack, presumed dead, remained that way.

For ten years.

Until Bruce, now a Federal Agent, is found dead. Suddenly, Jack has no choice but to get back in the game and solve his best friend’s murder. With the help of new allies and villains old and new (including his ex-girlfriend) bent on stopping him, Jack will walk a world he left behind – a world more complicated and dangerous than he ever knew.

My Review

The Fire Inside is the first in a new series by Raymond Rose, Sidekicks.  This novel was a total departure from the kinds of fiction I normally read, very much like a comic book complete with larger than life superheroes and villians.  It was a very interesting and unique blend of the superhero/villian conflict genre and that of contemporary action-adventure.  The story being told was entwined with the backstory of ten years prior, in some places mirroring the plot in the present time.  Instead of making the story confusing to follow, this back and forth in time actually explained the backstory at key, related points in the present.  At times, it was almost like reading two separate stories.

Because the characters were comic book-style personalities that are larger than life, it could have made them overly campy.  Despite their super abilities, the characters all had a humanity that made them surprisingly easy to relate to.  Jack was an extremely likeable character who struggled to reconcile is superhero personna with his humanity.  Karen, his best friend’s widow, was also easy to relate to as she struggled with the pain of losing her husband.  All of the core characters were equally relatable in their own way, and were developed to be very different personalities from each other.  That kept the story interesting as the plot twisted and turned to an unexpected conclusion.

My Recommendation

Definately a great read!

About Raymond M. Rose

My career as a writer seemed, oddly, predetermined. I grew up at the feet of my maternal grandfather telling stories of World War II and my paternal grandmother recalling her adventures as travelling the world (often by herself) in the 1950s. When I was old enough to construct words into sentences, I began making stories up for new GI Joe characters and putting my friends into thrilling tales. My 13-year-old self would love that I’m making a living now telling lies.

I’m not sure the 13-year-old me would have counted on becoming a dad. Of three boys.

In 2004, I met my wife and we did the whole ritual: dated, got engaged, married, bought a house, and had a kid. Times three (not three houses). Being a dad has been the most amazing thing in my life and it gives me a repeated reminder why I write until two in the morning: to make them proud. And pay for college.

Before I met my wife, I created Sidekicks, the world my first novel, The Fire Inside, inhabits. There are many tales in this world and they would be my primary focus if I hadn’t had kids. However, having them and choosing to be a stay-at-home dad has splintered my interests as an author. Now I want to tell stories about being a dad besides tales about comic book-inspired crimefighters. Oh, and there’s a steampunk tale that keeps gathering speed also…

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