Faces Behind the Masks

Faces Behind the Masks

by Thomas Brodeur

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Overview

Twelve-year-old Travis Warnofski dreams of being a superhero. But the only person who can make it happen is an uncle he can't stand.

Excerpt: Smoke poured from all four wheel wells. The coupe sprang forward, slamming Trav into his seat...Supercharged ion streams sprayed from the headlights, the parking lights, the turn signals and even the hood ornament. Both side mirrors spat plasma. Trav whooped over the engine's thunder. "This is a definite rush."

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158675287
Publisher: Thomas Brodeur
Publication date: 08/02/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 526 KB

About the Author

Since childhood Thomas J. Brodeur has been telling stories. Early efforts included drawing his own comics, a skill he honed from grade school through college. In high school he composed three graphic novels and wrote his first short story. A dozen more short stories followed in early adulthood. His first published novel, Regina Silsby’s Secret War, was nominated for the Scott O’Dell award for historical fiction.

Besides writing, Mr. Brodeur managed to graduate college and divert some attention to a multi-faceted career. His corporate experience spans several continents and includes motion picture production, computer-aided design, information technology, management and customer service.

“What inspires my writing?” he says. “Pretty much, anything happening around me.”
He spends his spare time building ships-in-bottles and dabbling in calligraphy, cartooning and fine art. Additional activities include laundry, dishwashing, lawn mowing, painting, plumbing and electrical work as required. Home is Florida, with his bride of several decades.

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Faces Behind the Masks 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Reader_Views More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by E. Sutton for Reader Views (1/18) “Faces Behind the Masks: So You Want to be a Superhero?” by Thomas J. Brodeur is an exciting story with a different take on superheroes. It is funny, creative and full of action from the very first page! Travis Warnofski is a twelve-year-old boy with a wild imagination and non-stop energy. With his mother in the hospital, Travis is sent to stay with his Uncle Alex for a while. Uncle Alex is old and cranky and doesn’t really know how to handle a kid, especially one that is so mischievous like Travis, so the two bump heads and never really hit it off. When Travis suspects that his uncle might be a superhero, he makes plans to blackmail him and expose his secret identity. When Travis ends up in his uncle’s underground office one day and he finds out what he really does for a living, Travis can’t believe it. I can’t really say more about the story without giving away the plot, but I can say that as a big fan of sci-fi and fantasy, “Faces Behind the Masks” is such a different story from anything I have ever read before, and I really liked it! The story is really well written and all the different characters held my interest through the entire book. I thought Travis and Uncle Alex were a lot alike, both stubborn and hasty to do things before thinking. Their characters were complicated – they seemed like the “bad guys” when they interacted with each other, yet were the “good guys” when battling the real villains of the story. This made my feelings for them jump from like to dislike and from being annoyed with them to rooting for them on their mission. Though the story revolves around superheroes and a twelve-year-old boy, I think adults will enjoy this story as well as, or maybe even more than teens because it does have a lot of humor in it that would probably be missed by the younger age group. Still, both teens and adults interested in the superhero genre will definitely love “Faces Behind the Masks: So You Want to be a Superhero?” by Thomas J. Brodeur. It’s action-packed and full of page-turning excitement!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite Faces Behind the Masks by Thomas J. Brodeur is a comedic tale full of action and adventure. Travis Warnofski is 12 years old and, as far as he is concerned, his uncle is nothing short of a superhero. That doesn’t mean that Trav likes him though; Uncle Alex is not the happiest of souls and is quite reclusive so Trav comes up with a plan to blackmail Uncle Alex by telling the world who he is. When Trav finds himself in his uncle’s hideout, deep underground, he suddenly finds out exactly what it is that his Uncle Alex does and Trav can’t wait to join him. Faces Behind the Masks: So, you want to be a superhero? by Thomas J Brodeur really is packed with action and is well aimed at its audience. The adventure starts on the very first page and takes you on a bumpy ride. It is a unique take on the superhero genre, a fresh look at it, and it is written in a way to make you want more. It's a fun book, with well-detailed descriptions that transport you straight into the story, making it feel real. The characters are developed in a way that lets you get to know them properly and kids will want to be Trav, and will want to have their very own superhero uncle! It’s difficult to find a young adult book on a subject that hasn’t already been covered, but this is one of those stories that is a refreshing take on the theme. Kids of all ages are going to love this adventure!