Enemies & Allies: A Novel

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It was a time of international tensions, a time of hope and fear—when rock 'n' roll, UFOs, and the Communist menace preoccupied America; the first time in history when human beings had the power to destroy their world.

It was a time when heroes were needed more than ever.

Evil is loose in the world. As the United States and the Soviet Union race to build their nuclear stockpiles, two extraordinary men are called upon to form an uneasy alliance....

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Enemies and Allies: The Dark Knight Meets The Man of Steel

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Overview

It was a time of international tensions, a time of hope and fear—when rock 'n' roll, UFOs, and the Communist menace preoccupied America; the first time in history when human beings had the power to destroy their world.

It was a time when heroes were needed more than ever.

Evil is loose in the world. As the United States and the Soviet Union race to build their nuclear stockpiles, two extraordinary men are called upon to form an uneasy alliance. Studies in opposites—shadow and light—a Dark Knight and a Man of Steel must overcome their mutual distrust to battle a darkness that threatens humankind. And when the paths of these titans cross, a bold and exciting new chapter of history will be written . . . and nothing will ever be the same.

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This novel answers that nagging question: What would happen if Superman and Batman met? Set in the Cold War '50s, Enemies and Allies places the two ultimate superheroes in the context of the times. Also making appearances are Lex Luthor, Jimmy Olsen, Lois Lane, Alfred Pennyworth and, of course, Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne. Superheroes squared.
Los Angeles Times
“The X-Files is a true masterpiece. There’s no more challenging series on television, and as a bonus, it’s also brainy fun.”
Booklist
“Anderson keeps us guessing throughout with cleverplot twists and some intriguing alternate cold war history.”
Booklist
“Anderson keeps us guessing throughout with cleverplot twists and some intriguing alternate cold war history.”
Los Angeles Times
“The X-Files is a true masterpiece. There’s no more challenging series on television, and as a bonus, it’s also brainy fun.”
Publishers Weekly

Anderson's latest is a hokey, contrived imagining of the first meeting between Batman and Superman, set during the thick of the cold war and hobbled by flat characters and flatter dialogue ("My source was murdered shortly after she spoke with me. That tells me that Luthor must not have wanted her talking"). The two superheroes are initially introduced when Clark Kent interviews Bruce Wayne for a feature in the Daily Planet, and their alter egos cross paths again as Batman and Superman are drawn into Lex Luthor's dastardly scheme for world domination. (It involves the Soviets and "Death-ray transmitters.") To stop it, Batman and Superman embark on a ludicrous globe-trotting mission that's equal parts camp and Forrest Gump. A schlocky mediocrity for die-hard fans only. (May)

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Library Journal

Anderson, best known for his Dune prequels and several other DC superhero novels (The Last Days of Krypton), shows readers what might happen were millionaire playboy Bruce Wayne and small-town newspaper reporter Clark Kent to meet in the midst of the Red Scare 1950s-as both their secret identities and their superhero selves. Wayne comes off as a James Bond clone and Kent as an aw-shucks country boy, which, while mildly true about the alter egos of two of the most famous superheroes in the history of comics, does not begin to give them the depth they deserve. The settings (both Superman's Metropolis and Batman's Gotham City) are well done, and Anderson conveys the imposing feel of the Soviet presence. Still, Anderson's vision of cooperating heroes lacks punch, and when faced with a novel instead of graphics, readers may find that some of the fun has been lost. For DC fans only, though you know that this book will be pushed. [See Prepub Alert, LJ1/09; library marketing.]
—Stacey Rottiers

Kirkus Reviews
Caped Crusader meets Man of Steel in the early 1950s. Anderson (Paul of Dune, 2008, etc.) returns to the fertile playing field of comic-book heroes with an action-packed follow-up to The Last Days of Krypton (2007). In a story seemingly inspired by DC Comics' Elseworlds imprint, Batman and Superman first encounter each other in the tense early days of the Cold War, when communists and aliens seem equally threatening. Superman works in disguise as reporter Clark Kent at The Daily Planet while trying to come to terms with his new role as Earth's protector. In Gotham City, millionaire industrialist Bruce Wayne fosters a playboy image-cribbed, he claims, from Ian Fleming's new James Bond novels. As Batman, Wayne is highly suspicious of Superman and wonders what secrets are behind his mind-boggling powers. What draws them together is a sinister plot by Lex Luthor, who conspires with Russian general Anatoly Ceridov to launch an international nuclear conflict that will allow Luthor's corporation to sell his atmospheric-defense system to the Feds, integrating the evil genius' company into the burgeoning military-industrial complex. Anderson spins a rousing superhero epic that doesn't retread the heroes' origins, but instead cleverly uses its generational iconography, integrating Sputnik, Wernher Von Braun and Area 51 into the globetrotting plot, to say nothing of Luthor's death rays, chunks of Kryptonite and alien spacecraft. The book also makes good use of Lois Lane, Alfred Pennyworth, Jimmy Olsen and other supporting cast members. Positioning all the superpowered heroics squarely between the era's futuristic optimism and postwar paranoia, this is a refreshing diversion from the grimness of TheDark Knight or the tedious Superman Returns. Injects a welcome dose of retro exuberance into the capes-and-tights routine. Author appearances in Denver, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, National Comic-Cons
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062213808
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/4/2012
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 539,693
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin J. Anderson

Kevin J. Anderson has published more than eighty novels, including twenty-nine national bestsellers. He has been nominated for the Nebula Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the SFX Reader's Choice Award. His critically acclaimed original novels include Captain Nemo, Hopscotch, and Hidden Empire. He has also collaborated on numerous series novels, including Star Wars, The X-Files, and Dune. In his spare time, he also writes comic books. He lives in Wisconsin.

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  • Posted March 10, 2013

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    Kevin J. Anderson in his new book, ¿Enemies & Allies¿ publis

    Kevin J. Anderson in his new book, “Enemies & Allies” published by It Books gives us the first team-up between Batman and Superman.

    From the back cover: It was a time of international tensions, a time of hope and fear—when rock ‘n’ roll, UFOs, and the Communist menace preoccupied America; the first time in history when human beings had the power to destroy their world.

    It was a time when heroes were needed more than ever.

    Evil is loose in the world. As the United States and the Soviet Union race to build their nuclear stockpiles, two extraordinary men are called upon to form an uneasy alliance. Studies in opposites—shadow and light—a Dark Knight and a Man of Steel must overcome their mutual distrust to battle a darkness that threatens humankind. And when the paths of these titans cross, a bold and exciting new chapter of history will be written . . . and nothing will ever be the same.

    If ever Hollywood wants to make a Superman movie right they should just allow Mr. Anderson to write the story and then everyone would go and enjoy it. The 1950′s had The Cold War, Invasions from space mania and the threat of nuclear war. Into this Mr. Anderson has added Superman and Batman. Bruce Wayne is dealing with corporate espionage among his board. Batman is dealing with police corruption and is considered a vigilante. Clark Kent is assigned to the flying saucer story and Superman, while saving sinking ships at sea and other emergencies is dealing with being the only alien on Earth. Lex Luthor is doing his best to try to become ruler over all the planet. With this kind of threat it is inevitable that Superman and Batman should meet and join forces to defeat this menace to civilization. Mr. Anderson has written a thriller as both the lives of Superman and Batman are in danger. He has also written one of the absolute best stories that I have read this year! There is so much going on as the scenes change from Metropolis to Gotham City to Siberia to a Caribbean Island that you really will not want to do anything else until you finish this book. Mr. Anderson has given us a highly entertaining story that is very imaginative. I would like more stories from Mr. Anderson please.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from It Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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