No Hero

No Hero

by Jonathan Wood
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No Hero by Jonathan Wood

"What would Kurt Russell do?" Oxford police detective Arthur Wallace asks himself that question a lot. Because Arthur is no hero. He's a good cop, but prefers that action and heroics remain on the screen, safely performed by professionals. But then, secretive government agency MI12 comes calling, hoping to recruit Arthur in their struggle against the tentacled horrors from another dimension known as the Progeny. But Arthur is NO HERO! Can an everyman stand against sanity-ripping cosmic horrors?

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ISBN-13: 9781597802826
Publisher: Night Shade Books
Publication date: 07/05/2011
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jonathan Wood is an Englishman in New York. He has written short stories for The Best of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Chizine, and Weird Tales. No Hero is his first novel.

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No Hero 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
dalnewt More than 1 year ago
This book features an engaging/sympathetic protagonist, a quirky supporting cast, frantic and plentiful action, morphing and wonderfully detestable monsters, innovative magic and a truly ingenious plot. The pace alternates between fast and faster, and the plot twists are surprising and unbelievably clever. The book culminates in a spectacular and evolving confrontation. Everything about this book entertains including the humorously dry voice of the protagonist and the truly diabolical plot. It's a great read which I highly recommend.
EverReaderBC More than 1 year ago
A very well written and enjoyable read. For those who enjoy Charles Stross this is a definite read. I look forward to more from this author.
Alan Campbell More than 1 year ago
WWKRD? What would Kurt Russell do? A police detective who gets sucked into a paranormal apocalypse. Having left sanity behind he tries to fight evil like the 80's action movie hero. He ends up more Jack Burton than Gabriel Cash but he carries on against overwhelming odds. Fun to read and a great ending.
Qwillery More than 1 year ago
No Hero is essentially a book about an ordinary man trying to grapple with the unfathomable. Arthur Wallace is a police detective in Oxford, England going about the business of solving crimes when he becomes involved in something extraordinary. He's then recruited by M137, an understaffed British government agency that deals with the Progeny and their threat to Earth. The Progeny are tentacled nightmares from another dimension. They are Lovecraftian in their creepiness. While they are presently not on Earth, their agents are. These agents are working to find a way to bring the Progeny to Earth. If that happens, the Earth will be consumed. I really like Arthur Wallace. He's a very engaging character, and I was firmly cheering for him in the fight against the Progeny. Arthur gets through some of the most difficult situations in the story by wondering what Kurt Russell would do. It works for him; it focuses him. sometimes. He is just a regular guy who tries to do what appears to be impossible. He often wonders what he's gotten himself into, but still soldiers on. Arthur's co-workers at M137 are a bit unusual. I truly enjoyed getting to know them. Jonathan Wood does an excellent job developing these characters. Each of Arthur's co-workers is important to the story and the unfolding events as they battle against the Progeny threat. There is even a touch of romance though romance is by no means the focus of the story. No Hero is an exhilarating story with excellent pacing. It is at times humorous, at times thrilling, at times frightening, and at all times a terrific read. I don't know what Kurt Russell would do, but I will definitely read the next book about Arthur Wallace. I give No Hero 4 ½ Qwills. Posted at The Qwillery.
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Great first book. Look forward to more.
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