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Posted August 28, 2011
Nolan Gray is out to become a modern day superhero after becoming disappointed with the non-stop violence around him. He is a war hero who sets up his own death so he can reinvent himself as someone who helps the victims of these crimes.
This is the first novel I've read that has tried to take the superhero craze from comics, and graphic novels in a different format. I've always enjoyed the movies based from the comics, but I'm not a comic reader so I've never read them. Vigilante offered me the chance to enjoy superheroes through novels.
The novel is entertaining, and it tries to explain all the characters motives for why they are apart of what they do. It never leaves you wondering why would a character act in the way they did? I mainly wish that the main character, Nolan Gray, was more complex. He seemed too perfect, but also somewhat like Batman. Actually if you're looking for a comic he was most like it was Batman. He deals with a lot of the troubles that Batman has to, and Nolan Gray's mission is to clean up the crime in his city. Nolan's spiritual background is why he wants to help fight crime in the city, which is the main difference between him and other superhereos. I guess people would say this is the girl in me, but I wish he had a prominent romantic interest, but that was lacking. It would have made the novel much more memorable to me. If this turns out to be a series I'll continue to be interested enough to see where it goes.
Vigilante is a different book than what is out there. If you're a superhero fan, and just into action then you'll enjoy what this novel has to offer.
This complimentary copy was provided by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for a review.
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Posted February 14, 2012
Vigilante by Robin Parrish
I will show you a better way.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Nolan Gray endured the most cruel and inhumane tortures while serving overseas. Narrowly escaping with his life and sanity, he returns to America as a war hero. There is only one problem, evil thrives over here too, just in different forms. Nolan decides to do something about that, he will show everyone a better way.
Vigilante is basically a super hero story in novel form. No super powers, it relies more on gadgetry and fighting techniques is a fashion similar to Batman. Of course, there is a villain present, and what what a super hero story be if it didn't take place in New York City? Okay, they don't all take place in New York City, but this one does.
I wasn't really sure what to expect when I started Vigilante- there isn't exactly an abundance of super hero novels. I was afraid it would be cheesy, but this novel manages to successfully minimize that. It's almost more like a government mission, except that Nolan is of course a Vigilante.
The suspense was good short term, that is to say, between chapters. However, the overall page turning, must-read-entire-book-now suspense was lacking. I didn't feel a need to return to the book. What I did really like was the characters. They are very full and realistic. And the ending is perfect.
Posted October 15, 2011
Make it into a movie!
Sometimes you read and book and the whole way through you are just thinking - "Has anyone in Hollywood picked this up to make a movie out of it yet???" Vigilante is one of those books! The entire time I was reading it I felt like I was in the middle of an action hero movie - fast paced, unique characters, evil bad guys, good guys getting misled on their journey and finding their way back. So many twists and turns and some unexpected demises. I actually cried at a couple parts and got mad toward the end when the author made the right choice but I didn't like it (the sign of a good author, not taking the easy way out). This book is so worth moving to the top of your must read pile. I really enjoyed it and hope that maybe the Vigilante comes back for more.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 29, 2011
In a world where the economy has collapsed and violence has increased on the streets, an ex-elite solider, Nolan Gray, decides to clean up the streets himself as The Hand. He gets help from his former military commander, Arjay - whose talent is engineering, and Alice. Soon Nolan has an archenemy - crime boss Yuri Vasko.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Vigilante is full of cliché's and unsuccessfully rips off the comic genre, like Batman and The Punisher. There are a few well written action scenes throughout the novel. Nolan Gray is an interesting character, but I felt there was just something missing. I like the plot premise, but it would have been better executed as a graphic novel or comic book instead of a Christian novel. Vigilante is written for male readers who love action novels, crime novels, and the occasional comic book. Overall, it was fun read, but the plot is not original and has been done to death.
Posted September 20, 2011
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One of My Favorite Books!!!
I LOVED Vigilante! I've read four books by Robin Parrish ('Relentless', 'Fearless', 'Merciless', and 'Vigilante') and 'Vigilante' is definitely my favorite. The story was very addicting - there was suspense throughout and the plot was great! THE WICKED HAVE HAD THEIR DAY. MORALITY'S TIME HAS COME. THERE IS A BETTER WAY. Nolan Gray has a plan. Kill himself, then show the world a "better way" by defending the helpless and stopping crimes. He does just that - only it doesn't turn out the way he planned... I found 'Vigilante' very entertaining and thrilling. Nolan's character was intriguing - the fact that he dealt with so much from when he was a POW for two years and still lived with the scars (both physical and psychological) made his character believable and made me feel for him. Robin Parrish wrote 'Vigilante' in a way that had me believing the story. I found the gadgets that 'The Hand' used very cool - especially the combat fatigues and grappler. 'Vigilante' made me think about the depravity of man. No matter what someone tries to do to stop the wrong in this world, until Jesus Christ comes again, there will still be sin and there will still be death. I think 'Vigilante' is best suited for mature audiences, as it mentions things that I feel wouldn't be appropriate for younger audiences. Overall 'Vigilante' was a great book - I thoroughly enjoyed it! I look forward to reading more books by Robin Parrish in the future. I most definitely recommend 'Vigilante' if you enjoy reading novels that keep you entertained and "on the edge of your seat". *Much thanks to Bethany House Publishing for my review copy. The opinions I've expressed are my own.*Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 17, 2011
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A Modern-Day Hero = A Page Turning Thriller
Robin Parrish in his new book, "Vigilante", published by Bethany House brings us into a world where a modern hero wants to operate outside of the law.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
In the old pulp novels of the thirties and forties the pages were full of heroes who decided the law needed their help to bring down bad guys, dressed up behind a mask and sometimes cape, to provide that help. Most of those heroes still survive today. Robin Parrish has brought back this kind of hero in "Vigilante". Nolan Gray is a man who has fought for America and is returning home from the battle. During his time in the army he has seen enough killing and fighting and is ready to put it all behind him. However things home are different from when he left and he finds corruption and crime have taken over. The police seem to be helpless to prevent this so Nolan Gray figures out a way to champion the helpless and innocent by bringing down the bad guys.
"Vigilante" is a wonderful blend of Science Fiction and Mystery but at its heart it is a thriller. Nolan Gray is in real trouble from page one and once he takes on his vigilante persona his danger grows from page to page. Like the cliffhanger serials he keeps getting into trouble practically every five pages or so. Considering that this book is jam-packed with thrills, suspense, deadly situations that you think there is no chance of escape you would wonder if there is room for God. I assure you Robin Parrish left room for Him as Nolan Gray is trying to be God making himself Judge over mankind and God will not share His position with man.
If I tell you anything more I will spoil the dynamics of this book. "Vigilante" is so perfectly crafted that it is designed to be devoured and enjoyed by the reader so when you reach the end there is a very satisfied sigh of enjoyment and relief. "Vigilante" is a book that keeps you guessing from page to page. Get ready Mr. Parrish has crafted a thrill ride filled with lots of action and suspense. Don't start this book late at night because it will be very difficult to put it down or stop thinking about it. I recommend this book highly. It delivers lots of action, suspense and thrills and brings you to a very satisfying conclusion.
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Posted September 1, 2011
Are you tired of evil always winning? So is Nolan Gray. As a retired veteran, he has decided to take the law into his own hands as a one man vigilante. With the help of two close friends, Branford and Arjay, he fakes his own death and reinvents himself as The Hand, New York's crime fighter. Nolan's primary target is Yuri Vasko, the mob boss of the largest organized crime syndicate NYC has known. Nolan believes if Vasko can be eliminated, the prevailing evil can, too.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This riveting tale will keep you up late and the blow-by-blow action will glue you to its pages. Vigilante by Robin Parrish is clean entertainment in its best form. Recommended by Ted Dekker, this seasoned author will have you cheering for the good guys to win, and hoping The Hand can accomplish what we've only dreamed of doing! This was my first opportunity to read this author's work, but it definitely won't be my last!
Posted August 24, 2011
Nolan Gray was being held with a gun to his head and he knew he was about to die, so what happened? I started to read this story and found it quite challenging. Nolan was dead and then he wasn't. He had been in the service and had been captured and in prison with the President of the United States when he was in the service. So upon the death of Nolan President Thornton Hastings knew what a brave man he was and what suffering he took for the other men that was captured nine years before, so he planned a great service for Nolan and wanted him buried at Arlington.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Meanwhile Nolan was listening to all that was being said and done for his passing while he was preparing for the greatest adventure of all. He hoped to save the US from the terrorist that was planning on destroying us.
This book would be really interesting to someone that likes to read about war and the mean things that are happening around us, but I didn't enjoy it.
Thanks to Bethany House for sending me this book to review.
Posted July 13, 2011
Suspenseful story of a Christian superhero
Vigilante by Robin Parrish is a thought-provoking look at just how far a man can be pushed. Nolan Gray earned a reputation as America's hero after his actions while a captured soldier helped bring his men home. It was Nolan's faith in God that carried him through the incredibly dark time, and in the end, he and friend Thornton Hastings made a vow to each other that when they got home they would try to fix what was broken in the world. In the years since they made that promise, Thornton has gone on to become president, but the American has continued to devolve into a violent, crime-ridden place. New York City is the epicenter of the violence, and it is there that Nolan has decided to take a stand. After faking his own death, Nolan has taken on the persona of a masked crime fighter, with the specialized tools of friend Arjay, he appears almost superhuman. The country becomes entranced by the Hand's fight against crime, but crime boss Yuri Vasko has marked the Hand as his nemesis when he believes that Nolan has murdered his wife and daughter. The stories of these two driven men: Nolan to bring justice to the world and Yuri to bring justice to the death of his family will bring the city of New York to its knees and maybe, just maybe, change it forever. Think Batman with his nifty gadgets and tortured personality against the Kingpin (yes, I know they are two different universes!) with his wealth, power over New York, and the fear he inspires. Nolan is a bit of an enigma with his brutal past and dark secrets, but Parrish has made him more than a cardboard cut-out tough guy. Nolan agonizes over whether his choices are right, and his relationship with Alice becomes an opportunity to peek at his soul. Parrish includes newspaper articles and transcripts of TV and radio conversations that bring up vital questions about how Christians are to respond to violence: with the OT view of an eye for an eye, or with the NT view of turn the other cheek. Parrish gives both arguments merit and allows readers to make their own decisions. Parrish's stories always begin with a "what if" premise that he carries out with a fresh and unique world view. His stories are never cliched or predictable. I do feel however, that this novel doesn't have the ending he originally wrote. The climactic scene is shocking in the questions it raises about whether the ends justify the means and how far can a good man go, but then he pulls back just a bit, and it feels awkward. I'm curious to see if a sequel is in the works, which would explain the strained resolution. I wouldn't mind a sequel to follow up on Coral, Nolan, Thornton and Arjay. I look forward to see whatever Parrish produces next; he's one of the freshest and brightest voices in Christian fiction today.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 10, 2011
Can one man restore hope in a city of evil?
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Nolan Gray knows just how hard this world can be, the evil that dwells in the hearts of men that are corrupted by greed and pride. Spending much of his life not only serving in the armed forces as a trained specialist in every type of training he could get his hands on, now he seeks to fulfill a promise he made to himself. To rid the world of evil men and change the hearts of the citizens of the world from the inside out. He had to give them what had provoked them into fear and that would be hope. Hope in a better way. Hope that things could be better. If perhaps he could lead by example, then the rest would follow.
Finding that his death would allow him the secrecy he so desired, he teams up with his ex-captain from the military and a technology genius and begins to take back the streets of New York from the criminals and drug loads that roam free. Corruption, blackmail, bribes, extortion, prostitution, and weapons sales have made evil men rich, but one by one, Nolan Gray will use all of his tools to take back the streets and restore law, order and justice by becoming a vigilante.
In the novel, Vigilante by Robin Parrish, we get to have a sense of vengeance at seeking to right all the wrongs in this world through the eyes of one man, Nolan Gray, a decorated war veteran that seeks to use peaceful alternatives to take back the streets of his own city. Armed with high-tech weapons this book is a perfect blend of The Punisher meets Mission Impossible on a highly adrenaline pumping suspense thriller from the very first page.
I received this book compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review and LOVED this book. It had me rooting for Nolan every step of the way. Unlike all the other action adventures we have grown accustomed to seeing on the big screen, this one is believable and his cause is morally sound. At times his tragic war experiences come back to haunt him and show the character of Nolan Gray is not at all without his faults. It's his faith in God that will restore his turbulent soul and restore hope once more for good in the hearts of men. This one rates a heart stopping 5 out of 5 stars. Available at your local retailer in paperback and eBook formats.
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Posted July 17, 2011
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