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Wearing the Cape
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Wearing the Cape

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by Marion Harmon
 

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WHO WANTS TO BE A SUPERHERO?

Hope did, but she grew out of it. Which made her superhuman breakthrough in the Ashland Bombing, just before starting her freshman year at the University of Chicago, more than a little ironic.

And now she has some decisions to make. Given the code-name "Astra" and invited to join the Sentinels, Chicago's premier super-team, will she

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WHO WANTS TO BE A SUPERHERO?

Hope did, but she grew out of it. Which made her superhuman breakthrough in the Ashland Bombing, just before starting her freshman year at the University of Chicago, more than a little ironic.

And now she has some decisions to make. Given the code-name "Astra" and invited to join the Sentinels, Chicago's premier super-team, will she take up the cape and mask and become a career superhero? Or will she get a handle on her new powers (super-strength has some serious drawbacks) and then get on with her life-plan?

In a world where superheroes join unions and have agents, and the strongest and most photogenic ones become literal supercelebrities, the temptation to become a "cape" is strong. But the price can be high-especially if you're "outed" and lose the shield of your secret identity.

Becoming a sidekick puts the decision off for awhile, but Hope's life is further complicated when The Teatime Anarchist, the supervillain responsible for the Ashland Bombing, takes an interest in her. Apparently as Astra, Hope is supposed to save the world. Or at least a significant part of it.

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Wearing the Cape is a 300-page superhero novel for anyone who ever loved comic-book heroes, and wonders how they might behave in the real world.

Editorial Reviews

Louis Santiago
"Harmon’s Wearing the Cape gives us one of the best, most original, and most incredibly honest looks at the superhero mythos that I’ve ever read."
Alternative One
Wearing the Cape is a magnificent blend of diverse superhero mediums, all mixed into a unique alternate reality and then rolled up into one incredibly fast-paced and well-defined narrative of superhero goodness.
John Caterham
"If you love comic-book superheroes, you'll love this.
"If you hate comic-book superheroes you'll still love this!
"The author takes a tired genre graphic-novel superhero concept and transforms it into a very readable, thought-provoking and thoroughly enjoyable book that I cannot recommend highly enough."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781463539658
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
07/10/2011
Pages:
310
Sales rank:
402,047
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

M. G. Harmon is Marion George Harmon, a former financial advisor in Las Vegas. He has a bachelors in literature and a masters in history, which he earned for pleasure rather than profit.

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Wearing the Cape 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dreams come true in this marvelous books about....SUPERHEROES A teenage girl's world gets tirned upside down when she relaizes that she is a break-through, an extra ordinary person with extra ordinary abilites. This girl Hope Corridagn gets introduced to the world of superheroes, as she falls for one of the strongest superheroes, ends up in a world class superhero team, defeats a giant, finds out she can flip a tank, befriends a time traveler,AND tries to stay alive. All before her college graduation! This book takes us to a different perspective of heroes. Grapping onto a car and tring to fly away eith it is harder than it looks. Fighting supervillians is more than kicky-chop-chop. Get ready for the trith on superheroes
DonMassi More than 1 year ago
OK, this "real world" look at super heroes didn't have the wildest ideas I've ever seen or the best origin or the most complicated villainous plot but you know what, I really liked it. It did an excellent job with some pretty standard comic book cliches, time travellers, mysterious origins and the like, which is impressive in a medium as imaginative and far out as comic books. But it was the main character, Hope Corrington, that really made this story. From her acquisition of super powers in the midst of certain death, through her apprenticeship as the costumed hero Astra, to her rise as a major super power and true hero, it's a thoroughly satisfying journey. I liked the fact that her motivation wasn't vengeance, she's not a dark antihero, she's just a good girl with a loving family trying to do the right thing. It just so happens doing the right thing involves joining Chicago's premier super team, the Sentinals, befriending a vampire, falling in love with the world's greatest super hero and simultaneously opposing and teaming up with the Teatime Anarchist (love that name!). But be warned! There's death, drama, super battles, electronic ghosts, powerful villains, loyal allies, all the things you expect from a good comic book, just done a lot better in "Wearing the Cape.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pro's: 1) Believable characterization. 2) A thoughtfully developed world. 3) Believable plot. Well, within the boundaries of the genre that is. 4) The first time-travel explanation that didn't make my brain drip from the logic holes. Con's: This IS a debut novel (in more ways than one) so if you're expecting the writing chops of a literary master you'll be disappointed. But, that said, Wearing the Cape blows most debut novels out of the water. Also, I'm told that this is being aimed more toward a YA audience (though, any adult can appreciate this book), and that generally calls for more stripped down writing. Overall: Perhaps the highest praise I can give a book is that it drew me in from first to last, and this book achieved that in spades. I found it to be generally intelligent, occasionally thought provoking, and very enjoyable.
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Was not into it
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We've all dreamed of tying a cape around our necks and taking flight... this is the story of a world where it is possible. An amazing story from what I understand is a first time author. The story is never light and fluffy. Even the event to caused Hope to 'Breakthrough' brought about death and a massive amount of destruction, then her acceptance of her new powers and her inner responsibility causes her to join a Government sanctioned 'Super team' as a sidekick. The romance with a fellow hero took me by surprise, as did that romance's end. Hope's befriending of a Vampric hero added a BFF aspect to the tale, the acts of terror, the villain who when the world went to hell found his inner hero. And the first example of 'Evil Twin' that made the slightest bit of sense I have ever come across. I'm babbling. There is so much to recommend for this story, I hardly know where to start. I do have one complaint though. I've just finished 'Wearing the Cape' and have found when I logged in to do this review that there is a sequel, but it isn't yet a Nook Book. Hopefully that changes soon.
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There are very few superhero novels that try and play it straight rather than deconstruct or satirize the superhero genre. Wearing the Cape delivers good characters and a good action-story in a setting where it feels believable for superhumans to wear capes; if you'd like a change from the usual urban-fantasy, this may be for you.
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naturalbri More than 1 year ago
What I Thought: I did find this book rather enjoyable. Instead of the typical story of someone just becoming a superhero, and bam, they are already good at everything and know the ropes,  we are given a story where superheroes happen everyday. We read along as they learn the ropes, get trained on how to control their powers and ultimately decide where they fit in, in the grand scheme of hero business. Sure, most of them either choose to be a part of the main league of heroes or to help part time, but there are some who ultimately choose to do bad with what they have been given. The Teatime Anarchist is one of those such people, or at least we believe he is. Throughout the story, we are hit with surprises, mishaps, fun and events that will change the world. All the while, we are learning these things from the perspective of a newly turned hero. She is caught in the middle of major events, whilst she is trying to learn about herself and decide who and what she wants to be. Ultimately, she has to make the decision of a lifetime- whether or not to trust what is in front of her. Can he be trusted? I like the pace and style of this book. I also found the little snippets at the beginning of the chapter fun and interesting. It gave the book a different feel. I think the way that the book was written adds to it as, as mentioned, it gives the superhero world a new look, especially as we see them when they are completely new to the business. I thought the pace was great, though at some moments it was slow, it did pick up and gain a lot of momentum thereafter. It is a unique book, with twists that you definitely won't expect and the characters are fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book but not to the point where i want ro read the sequels.