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After the Golden Age

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  • Posted January 27, 2011

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    Fans will enjoy the silver adventures of the offspring of two Golden Age heroes

    In Commerce City, Celia West the forensic accountant is fortunate that the Olympiad superheroes protect her because she keeps getting kidnapped. She is the daughter of the group's leaders Suzanne known as the Spark because of her ability to create and control fire and Warren endowed with super speed and strength. However, Celia is estranged from her parents as she wants to live a normal life working assets and liabilities that are numbers and not fighting supervillains with masks and powers.

    Currently she is looking into the records of supervillain Destructor seeking proof of tax fraud. When his case comes to court, her relationships through her parents to the alleged felon are exposed. This costs her the job and her friends while widening the rift with her parents. As a crime wave hits the city and with too much idle time on her hands, Celia sees a pattern that ties all the felonious activity to one person. She uses the supercomputer at the Olympiad headquarters trying to uncover the identity of this diabolical mastermind, but also learns much about the yin yang births of superheroes and supervillains.

    Carrie Vaughn is a superhero of an author as she deftly switches voices and worlds with her different series (see Kitty the werewolf tales). The story line obviously pays homage to the Golden and Silver Ages of comic books with the twist of an accountant working the numbers to bring down supervillains. Readers root for Celia who they hope reconciles with her parents and obtains self-esteem as she fears she can never live up to the legends her parents are. Filled with pathos and a touch of romance as well as plenty of POW! And AM! Fans will enjoy the silver adventures of the offspring of two Golden Age heroes.

    Harriet Klausner

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    A Great Book!

    I loved this story. Celia is such a believable heroine. Her parents, although powerful superheroes are completely normal as well. Even her romantic interest is normal. What is exceptional is how much the story tugs at your heartstrings. It was an engrossing tale and I am so sorry that it ended.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 1, 2014

    This is a wonderful story.  The trappings of a world with Superh

    This is a wonderful story.  The trappings of a world with Superheroes is more scenery than the real story.

    The real story is the journey of Celia West.  A non-powered child of publicly known Superheroes, her reaction to her frequent kidnapping is almost hilarious, the first one shown, where she corrects the kidnappers techniques prior to her rescue had me laughing.

    Her story of her teen years where she rebelled against her parents and 'joined' their greatest enemy was believable, with the humor of his flat out telling her that he was only allowing her to hang out because it would bug her parents was laugh out-loud funny.

    I kept expecting her to suddenly manifest long dormant powers, the story seemed to take us to that edge several times, only to have the expected not happen.Yeah, I've read far too many comic books.  

    I cannot recommend this story highly enough.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2012

    Reaally Fun

    Fantastic. I could't put it down.

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  • Posted July 5, 2014

    Loved IT!

    I found this book when i was looking to see when the next Kitty Norville book was due out and I bought it because I love Carrie Vaughn's writing. This book does not disappoint. No Spoilers but I highly recommend!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2014

    Super good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2014

    Wonderful!

    Uses a superhero milieu to tell both a cracking good adventure and a story about family (both blood and chosen). Cannot recommend this highly enough. You'll laugh, cry, and see yourself in this book. Touching, entertaining, and funny even if you know nothing about comics; doubly so if you do.

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