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Hungry Gods: Identity Crisis, Volume 1 (Unabridged)

by J. D. Brink

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Avengers and Watchmen meet The Walking Dead and Pulp Fiction. This is a spandex adventure for adults. Superheroes. Undead. 'Nuff said. The country's premier superhero team is missing. So when a mutant monstrosity goes on the rampage, it's Spitball to the rescue! He's a third-string hero today, determined to be first-string tomorrow. And the army may be giving him just the chance he needs. Spitball's been invited to undertake a secret mission into America's heartland. What he's about to discover, however, is not a chance at stardom but a horror movie come to life.... Hungry Gods is a fast-paced adventure of costumed superheroes, government conspiracy theories, and flesh-eating zombies.

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was actually pretty interesting

Hungry Gods by J.D. Brink is the first in a series called Identity Crisis. The story follows the antics of a teenaged super hero who just wants to make it big. In a world of caped and masked superheroes who are called by the government to solve problems created by real life monsters and villain, Spitball is a low level superhero. All he dreams about is using his super-speed powers to launch him into a life of fame and to secure his spot in the Phenomenal Five, the most famous team of superheroes. After fighting off a monster that was terrorizing his town, this little bit of fame leads to a military official to request his services. Little did Spitball know, he was entering a fight that might be too big for his skills. As the story unravels, Spitball is faced with a series of terrors, intrigue, and conflicts between his expectations and realities about what being a superhero is.

This novel improved for me after I accepted the costumed superheroes functioning as a part of the real life plotline. It was bewildering and frustrating in the beginning, but once accepted the plot developed nicely. The premise for the story where a naïve fame-hungry young superhero enters a fight too big for him was actually pretty interesting. It created room for Spitball to learn about the reality of being a superhero and learn from it. Unfortunately, I really felt like he hadn’t learned anything from the experience and was still like an overzealous puppy at the end. I found this extremely disappointing because Spitball’s naiveté was difficult to hear. I did however, like phenomenal five characters that Spitball is able to meet and the background on the relationship between those characters. The nature of the zombies and their relationship to the superheroes was really interesting and unique. The superheroes vs. zombies-like premise in itself was unique. This is mostly an action filled story about superheroes fighting off an unknown threat to the public. Ultimately, while I didn’t like Spitball’s character, there was a lot of plot development, action, and a hint of what’s to come in the future novels.

The narration by Todd Menesses was well done. He captured the voices of the different characters really well. He was able to capture the feelings and the situation that the characters were throughout the novel. He also hit Spitball’s voice straight on. It was great. The production quality was good. I would recommend this story to anyone who likes superhero, action stories.

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J. D. Brink, Hungry Gods: Identity Crisis, Volume 1 (Unabridged)
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  • Narrator: Todd Menesses
  • Published: 2015

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