Published by Christopher Williams Books
Release Date: 2010-10-15
Series: Sidekicks #1
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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.
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.
Definately a great read!