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Invasion (2011)

av Mercedes Lackey, Dennis Lee, Steve Libbey (Bidragsgivare), Cody Martin (Författare)

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When world governments are simultaneously attacked by soldiers in giant mecha robotic suits with the swastika symbol of the Third Reich on their metal arms, the metahuman superheroes that worked for so long to protect their governments suddenly seem helpless. If these were Nazis, where had they been hiding since the end of World War II? And where had they gotten armor and weapons far in advance of anything on the planet?… (mer)
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This may be the first book of MMORPG roleplaying guild fiction published by a major house. As such, it's fascinating - I have been in an MMO roleplaying guild, and the overall tone and flow of the book felt totally familiar to me. Don't get me wrong - this is not amateur work. It's polished, cohesive, and solidly edited. The characters tend towards the angsty rather than the overpowered - always the mark of better RP - and the original City of Heroes milieu is perfectly serviceable and handles having the serial numbers filed off without showing any seams.

As superhero fiction, it's average at best. None of the heroes have powers that really grabbed me, and the everpresent deus ex machina perching on rooftops definitely dulled any sense of danger by the midpoint of the book. The interstitial framing device was also really irritating - it set up the clear expectation that nothing of any serious consequence would happen in this particular book. But it's a decent setup for further adventures, and a damn good sales pitch for City of Heroes. ( )
  JeremyPreacher | Mar 30, 2013 |
Invasion [Book One of the Secret World Chronicle]
By Mercedes Lackey, Steve Libbey, Cody Martin, Dennis Lee

Publisher: Baen
Published In: Riverdale, NY
Date: 2011
Pgs: 401

Summary:
The world is full of metahumans, heroes and villains. Giant robotic suits in Nazis regalia launch simulataneous attacks across the globe. The force is so large where have they been hiding all this time. Destruction corridors scar the faces of cities everywhere. Some small towns are attacked. One building is left standing while buildings on both sides are smashed flat. Thousands of casualties and masses of destruction litter the streets of NewYork, Atlanta, Moscow, et al. The modern world is shattered. Common folk, heroes, and villains alike are dead. Can the survivors pull together? Is this world worth saving? Where did the Nazis come from? Will mankind descend to their lowest common denominator in the face of this declaration of warfare?

Genre:
science fiction, superheroes

Main Character:
Belladonna Blue, John Murdock, Red Djinni, Victoria Nagy, Red Saviour

Favorite Character:
Djinni and Nagy are probably my favs. Djinni’s introduction chapter is pretty awesome. Nagy’s whole story arch through the books is great. And though she has a lot of one step forward and two steps back, the character shows promise of overcoming her limitations.

Least Favorite Character:
Tesla. His actions toward the end of the book don’t jibe well with his character from the early part. Echo’s actions in his name don’t feel right either. Unless there is an infiltration going on that isn’t part of the revealed story, this is a lot of OOC stuff.

Favorite Scene:
The bar fight in New Orleans when Nagy, Bulwark, and Djinni go to recruit Tomb Stone.

Plot Holes/Out of Character:
The holes are the stuff left untold that would probably appear in Book Two.

Last Page Sound:
Damn...I’m out of pages.

Author Assessment:
I would absolutely read other stuff by these authors.

Disposition of Book:
Keep it.

Why isn't there a screenplay?:
This could make a movie in the same way that Watchmen made a movie. There’d have to be a ton of artistic license, but I think it could be an action filled piece of wonder. ( )
  texascheeseman | Mar 29, 2013 |
An interesting story and a very interesting universe (and I'm _not_ checking out City of Heros/City of Villains - I don't need another time-suck!). The different chapters following different people gives you an ants-eye view of the events - how different portions affected certain individuals, with only quick overviews of the overall effect. One of the between-story pieces mentions that most of the "history" is written in third person, except for Red Djinni's part - I hadn't even noticed (and didn't notice it much even when I was looking for it).
That said - it's rather depressing, overall. People are hurt and die and disappear; the invaders don't win, exactly, but neither do the heroes, let alone the ordinary people caught up in the mess. Also, most of the characters have major flaws (yeah, I know, standard to offset the hero bits) - to the point where I don't much care about most of them. I like Ramona and Bella. John and Djinni are too self-hating, Vickie even more so (yes, she has reasons, but she's a pain to read about), Alex is too ineffectual (shown up particularly in the last scene), Red Saviour and, to the extent that we see him, Bulwark are arrogant pains in the ass. Most of the Russian contingent are ciphers, as are many of the Echo heroes. Oh, and Seraphym is just confusing. It's very hard to get connected to the story when only an occasional character is sympathetic. I'm torn over whether I want the next one - I'd like to see what happens, but it's an abstract curiosity, I don't really care about anyone in the story. Well, I'll probably read it, out of the library or something. I do want to see some of these idiots get their comeuppance - unfortunately, most of the ones I feel that way about are supposed to be the heroes! ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Jul 8, 2012 |
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