H.E.R.O.: Metamorphosis

H.E.R.O.: Metamorphosis

by Kevin Rau

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H.E.R.O.: Metamorphosis by Kevin Rau

Although raised by single metahuman parents, Stephanie, Rael, and Lance weren’t prepared for the sudden and shocking event that thrust them into a night of upheaval as they cope with their metamorphosis into superhumans. The meteor shower that altered the heroes also mutated many others in Metrocity, causing a scene of chaos at Iron Cross General Hospital as Lance and Stephanie are captured by law enforcement, and Rael must free them.

The friends join the Homeland Extraordinary Response Organization (H.E.R.O.) and seek to stop a mutant named Shrinker as she gathers new supers to build an army of bloodthirsty mutants in her plan to cause anarchy. Her evil squad kidnaps normal humans to feed those mutants, and it becomes a race against time to find the anarchists before they murder the people.

While searching for the villain's base of operations, the group must learn their powers and overcome the problems associated with telepathy, a strong blood thirst, and strength capable of crushing steel under one’s fingers. They also begin to take part as heroes in the city, and discover that having powers is not as easy as it appears - in heroic actions or in normal life.

H.E.R.O. – Metamorphosis is the first novel in a growing series of action-based superhero novels based on the Metrocity division of H.E.R.O. It acts as the introductory novel to the supers and how three of the main characters fight crime and deal with disasters in the city. The novel leads the way into the H.E.R.O. series as a growing roster of H.E.R.O. agents take part in various events and disasters.

H.E.R.O. – Metamorphosis is a full-length novel of approximately 122,000 words.

The ongoing series currently consists of these novels (as of early 2012):
H.E.R.O. - Metamorphosis
H.E.R.O. - New Markets
H.E.R.O. - Rise and Fall
H.E.R.O. - Dark Research
H.E.R.O. - Horde
H.E.R.O. - Paragon
H.E.R.O. - Dossier I (Illustrated Guidebook - due Apr/May 2012)

“I'm half way through the last book, Horde ... the characters have become like friends and I don't want to leave them. Thank you, Kevin, for writing this series. I felt like a kid again reading it. The series can be summed up in one word, ‘FUN.’” - Dale R. Bille

“… I just couldn't stop flipping the pages of HERO.

This book is smoothly written. It flows well, and although the story isn't groundbreaking, it has its own brand of charm. It has all the cool super hero stuff you want, and the 3 main super heroes are very well fleshed out. Their internal dialogues and character development are really what gives this book a (super) leg up on other similar novels.” – Gregory Ciallella

“This was fun to read, and if you're a twenty-something then you'll enjoy the characters and their relationships. Action like X-men, romance like Twilight, bloodier than both but nothing too serious.” – Geeky guy

Product Details

BN ID: 2940044793774
Publisher: Kevin Rau
Publication date: 03/08/2012
Series: H.E.R.O. , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 158,027
File size: 697 KB

About the Author

Born in 1970, I've been interested in fantasy and science fiction since perhaps the age of 10. I believe my love of medieval knights came about when my father built a wooden shield and sword for me to use in elementary school for some event.

Through my school years I read hundreds (or thousands? - it's hard to recall at this point) of fantasy and science fiction novels. Comic books and super heroes came a bit later, although I recall seeing the Christopher Reeve Superman movies at a very young age (and loving them). Since my later teens I believe I've watched nearly every major fantasy, science fiction, and super-hero movie that has come out.

I still love reading fantasy and science fiction, although I wish there were more novels based on superheroes. This is something that drove me to create my own supers universe and heroes in written form. I love supers, but I've always wanted more character depth than a comic book can provide. (Not to mention the immense length of time it takes for a comic series to do a story is just plain too long to me.)

Writing is a hobby for me, I'm a full-time computer programmer and systems administrator for a small company. Fortunately the skills I've learned allow me to work with 3D programs to render the characters (and covers) for my books. My hope is to put out a novel or two a year, time allowing. At this point I'd like to grow the H.E.R.O. Universe with more novels, as well as start a fantasy series at some point.

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H.E.R.O. - Metamorphosis 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
ElyseSalpeter More than 1 year ago
How many of us have ever dreamed of being a super hero? Well, imagine taking the best parts of yourself and having them amplified because your DNA was altered because of a meteor shower releasing radiation above you. If you're strong, you're superstrong, if you're pretty and beautiful, you're intoxicating to other people. You get the idea. This book follows the antics and efforts of three really good friends and how they've changed from regular people into real life super heroes, helping the police and others fight crime in the city. I loved learning about their powers and basically just enjoying their sheer "joy" when they find out what they can do. Kevin Rau creates a fantastic world that's interesting, fun, jokey and sexy all at the same time. He describes the abilities in vivid detail and you can picture exactly what the heroes experience right along with them. It was a lot of fun and I recommend it for anyone that loves this type of genre.
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Just thought you might want to know. That is all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this a comic or just a regular book?
Kylixie More than 1 year ago
Fun from start to finish! Superheroes are one of my favorite genres, I love reading about them in any form however, the market is kind of over saturated. I was hesitant to even begin this series, but those fears were quickly put to rest as this series is excellent! Starting with a bang, the story grows in complex ways that kept me reading way past my bedtime. I love how their super powers bring the heroes together, their bond growing stronger as they face their trials together. As others have pointed out there is some romance in here, which may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I enjoyed it. I can't wait to pick up the next and see where this goes!
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Best book i read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was awsome! It had non stop action with a little romance in between. Loved it ! The author really made u feel in the action!
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I had trouble putting it down. Can't wait to read the others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
H.E.R.O. Metamorphosis By: Kevin Gerald Rau Book 1 – H.E.R.O. Series First Line: Twenty, and my life is ending. Book Review: Stephanie Quinn, Lance Casey, and Rael Stromm, three twenty-something friends who spent the last ten years together, will be changed forever. Beautiful brunette Stephanie hooks up with 6’6” giant muscled Mr. All-American Lance OR tough guy, long-haired Rael with the Dragon claw tattoo? They all morph into supers with abilities beyond their wildest dreams and become driven by good versus evil to join the forces of Homeland Extraordinary Response Organization (H.E.R.O.). Their goal – take out mutants harming humans – above all safety for humanity. I love how each super has their own unique abilities. Watching them go through their changing bodies, mindsets, and learning how to handle their abilities put me right there, inside their experience. Mr. Rau’s Sci-Fi/Fantasy Metrocity world-building and his superhero character-building expertise push the action-packed adventures to the limit. He sets the chapters in different story-star points of view, which keeps fingers flipping pages. His stories, like some comic books, would make great superhero movies – similar in experiencing X-Men or the Avengers with a little romance to top off the ice cream Sunday tale, written tastefully delicious :0) The end sets up the next adventures and succeeds in completing the Metamorphosis experience thoroughly. I read romance, but love superhero adventures. Mr. Rau blends a good portion of action-packed thrills with a subtle romance that leaves me wanting more. If you enjoy superheroes and heroines, you’ll definitely get your money’s worth with these most-excellent adventures.
AMDonovan More than 1 year ago
This starts out with an unlikely premise (like most good comic book heroes) but while the action is comic book like, he has managed to take the characters beyond the usual 4 color panel format, with more character development and interplay. If you still have your comic book collection (or it’s just a fond memory), you will enjoy this book, the first of a series. © Night Owl Reviews
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Rosen1793 More than 1 year ago
You never know what you'll get with a new author. With H.E.R.O.s Metamorphosis, it's an entertaining, well-balanced read. Mr. Rau takes you inside a parallel universe where forces conspire to change some people into "supers" - people who develop a variety of superhero type abilities. The story follows 3 friends through their transformation, displaying well thought out character development with enough action to keep it moving. Character interactions are realistic, as are the unique problems their new abilities present. Rather than your typical storyline, the author brings an interesting perspective with a few surprises along the way. The author's website is also worth a look, providing additional character information and views, as well as updates on the next book in the series. I found this to be an entertaining, easy read, appropriate for teens and above, with enough depth to keep the interest of the more seasoned reader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Decent story but too much with ditsy teen language.