Prelude to a Hero

Prelude to a Hero

by Jaime Buckley

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Overview

What would YOU do if the Universe gave you the opportunity to become someone else?

Wendell is a seemingly normal teen who's biggest goals are to get a job, buy a car and hopefully find a girlfriend. Unfortunately, the Universe has other plans for him. In the blink of an eye, his life...and world...vanish.

Untold power is placed in his hands and now he has an opportunity to become a legendary hero to millions of people.

That is...if he doesn't get killed and eaten first.

Find out why so many readers are excited about the epic adventures of this accidental hero...

"I'm already a HUGE fan of fantasy fiction, this book appealed to me as I felt it would be something new and unique... I wasn't left disappointed!"

"I was always a sucker for comedy, but this book had me laughing till me cheeks hurt. Wendell has so many hilarious side comments and thoughts that I couldn't help but want to see how he reacted to everything. Wendell has a way of sucking you into the story and if by the time your done with the first 3 chapters you aren't asking for more, I would be very surprised."

"The writing in Prelude to a Hero was incredible. The narrating and inner thoughts of Wendell (the main character) were really amusing. You know that awkward guy who never tries to be funny, but everything he does and says just becomes hilarious? Wendell is that person."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781614630890
Publisher: On The Fly Publications
Publication date: 02/11/2015
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.49(d)

About the Author

Author, Illustrator, Game Maker and Dad of 12, Jaime Buckley is best known for his fictional world of Wanted Hero and the comical epic fantasy series, Chronicles of a Hero.

When not writing or creating games based on his worldbuilding genius, Jaime loves interacting with readers all around the globe.

He lives in Utah with the love of his life and their home-grown fan club.

You can find Jaime by visiting https://wantedhero.com

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Prelude to a Hero 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
jbronderblogs on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As Wendell, basically a no body, is planning how to get himself a girlfriend, he is kidnapped by a little green, smelly, foul mouthed creature, Dax. He wakes up at the feet of a blue man that proceeds to tell him how he is the last of a bloodline and that he is there to collect his treasure. What he doesn¿t learn is that the treasure comes with a great cost.Wendell is now a Hero to protect Iskari from Dark Lord Mahan. He doesn¿t really want the job and is told that in a month he can return the power to the High Elders. When he befriends a local person, his attitude starts to change about wanting nothing more than to go home.Unfortunately, things go from bad to worse when Wendell learns that Dax grabbed the wrong person. That he is now an immortal Hero that is not going to survive the use of his abilities to stop Dark Lord Mahan and he cannot just simply give the power back. Now the High Elders are back to square one.I really liked this story. It¿s short, about 110 pages, but I could not get enough. The story flowed well, I got sucked right into it, and I really liked how Wendell progressed. My only complaint is that the story was too short. It looks like the other stories in the series are graphic novels. I will definitely be getting those to read. This is a great science fiction story about a reluctant hero.
theborneanbookworm More than 1 year ago
There were a few things about this book that really impressed me. Jaime Buckley’s narration style was one of them. It was very different and full of wicked humors that had me laughing and smiling occasionally. He made Wendell, the MC, seemed truly relatable. Wendell’s struggle with his confidence was realistic and genuine. Every kid, boys and girls, faces the same issue as Wendell’s every day and being an unlikely hero, Wendell chooses not to walk away from challenges but instead faces them like a real, well…‘hero’. I was deeply inspired by some thoughts Jaime Buckley put in some of his narration. One of my favorites is as below (found on Chapter 8): There comes a moment in every life when the Universe presents you with an opportunity to rise to your potential. An open door that only requires the heart to walk through, seize it and hang on. The choice is never simple. It’s never easy. It’s not supposed to be. But those who travel this path have always looked back and realized that the test was always about the heart. …The rest is just practice. I could only say it was well said and very thought-provoking indeed. How can anyone not be inspired by those words? It was such a clever effort of incorporating words of wisdom in this book without sounding too preachy or unoriginal. Another element of this book that I loved was its rich setting. The author had done a great job of building the world of Elama, providing vivid details of how the planet look like, the sanctuary, the food and as well as its inhabitants. At first, I had to admit that I struggled to connect with Wendell, trying to understand all the crazy things that happened to him as well as the story itself. I even wondered whether I will like the book or not. But toward the end, I seemed to enjoy the adventure and the plot was okay for me but I’m going to have to do some rereads. As for the side characters, I was super excited when Wendell is introduced to a girl, Kyliene. But my excitement was short-lived but hopefully Wendell will find some romance again in the next book. And also some trusted companions his age other than Dax. Overall, Wanted: Hero is a delightful book, packed with wild imaginations and inspirations. It’s a rarity that a YA book contains the combination of those three things but Wanted: Hero has them. Seriously, you don’t want to miss reading this book in your lifetime.
BookmarkReviews More than 1 year ago
Humans know so many things yet are oblivious to so many other facts. Those facts will change Wendell's life forever when he is kidnapped and teleported to another whole new galaxy. Upon arrival he is told that he is the last bloodline of the royal family and the only hope to defeat evil, which is growing ever stronger. Wendell doesn't want to have anything to do with these strange martians and so, he decides to bid his time until he can come back to Earth. Soon he meets an ecstatic girl named Kyliene and he believes he may have to stay a little while longer after all! The novel gripped me from the first few sentences. I had no doubt that the book would be an interesting one. The method used by the author to bring in his audience before every chapter started was by using an unfamiliar technique. He would create a quote that would relate to the characters or the situation in the chapter. I loved this technique because as a reader it made me think and also it made me relate and think back to the quote while reading. Example of the first quote: We knew we were the center of the universe. We knew the Earth was flat. We knew nothing existed smaller than the naked eye could see. We knew only birds and bugs could fly upon the wind. Yes, we knew so many things…even if it was only for a moment. My second love for Prelude was one character in specific. Wendell was oh so very stubborn. He had a lot of wit and could come up with very sarcastic remarks. I loved his exchanges with the High Elder. Wendell was also very awkward with his own body. Being tall and skinny his arms would dangle and his feet wouldn't be where they were supposed to be. Tripping and falling was second nature to him, and he made me laugh with him, or even cheer for him a few times. As for the setting, what's not to like? At first I thought it was like a deserted planet with rocks, but I was soon proven wrong. I enjoyed how Jaime included a fantasy-like feel into his sci-fi novel. The setting was gorgeous and had a lot of description when needing to be. I liked the places they described such as the market place and the sanctuary. Here's a small example of the description: Thousands of white buildings and domed cathedrals stretched out before him. His eyes followed the intricate waterways, saturated with flowers, trees, vines, and grass, between, around and even through the buildings constructed on a grid. At the center was a small, football-shaped park completely surrounded by a lake of crystal blue water. Five small bridges joined the park to the city and a much larger, white bridge arched over the buildings and waterways extending to the terrace, just to Wendell’s left. Sadly every masterpiece can have its own flaws. As for Prelude, I thought that it took a while for the story to start rolling. By the time Wendell was accustomed to this whole new world and that reality hit him it was far too late. Which brings me too point number two. In my opinion there wasn't any climax where I was jumping off my seat. It seemed that the author deliberately ended the novel short. While I did enjoy Prelude, I believe that book two will be much better with actual battle scenes and the discovery of magic as well as some training. I recommend Prelude to Sci-Fi lovers!
livelife More than 1 year ago
Wanted: Hero Prelude to a Hero is a book that I may not have picked up off the shelves. It's different from the books I normally read and I'm glad I gave it a chance. It's an easy read and relatively short, it gives the reader just enough information to hook them in for more. More is what I'm now craving. The beginning confused me and I felt lost. It's an introduction set in a foreign place that is hard to get into and understand. which led me to put the book down. Eventually, I went back and tried it again. Once the story starts moving it goes rather quickly, and is definitely easier to understand once Wendell's story starts. So what I'm saying is, really give it a chance it is a fascinating read. It's a science fiction book with plenty of laughs and some cries too. It's a book many different people would appreciate for different reasons. Boys especially I think would enjoy the humor and story, filled with adventure and some action. It is a story building introduction to a series that I think has some major potential and will garner a popular following. Great writing, fast paced (once you get into it) but sometimes it was a little confusing. Science fiction books are usually a little tough to follow, the names of places and people are new to us and take some getting used to. It features a slew of different characters and a new planet. The story follows Wendell who is, admittedly, a dork. He is taken from Earth to fulfill his destiny, something he doesn't think he's capable of, and only just learned existed. There are trolls, a wacky wizard, and so many other fascinating secondary characters. Even in this short prelude Wendell grows a lot. Things he thought were true end up being lies and he really has to figure out who the good guys are and who the bad guys are. And his ultimate decision is what to do with his life. What would you do if you were captured by aliens claiming you were someone powerful and that you were from another planet and then they tell you that it's up to you to save them from something dark?
JBronder More than 1 year ago
As Wendell, basically a no body, is planning how to get himself a girlfriend, he is kidnapped by a little green, smelly, foul mouthed creature, Dax. He wakes up at the feet of a blue man that proceeds to tell him how he is the last of a bloodline and that he is there to collect his treasure. What he doesn't learn is that the treasure comes with a great cost. Wendell is now a Hero to protect Iskari from Dark Lord Mahan. He doesn't really want the job and is told that in a month he can return the power to the High Elders. When he befriends a local person, his attitude starts to change about wanting nothing more than to go home. Unfortunately, things go from bad to worse when Wendell learns that Dax grabbed the wrong person. That he is now an immortal Hero that is not going to survive the use of his abilities to stop Dark Lord Mahan and he cannot just simply give the power back. Now the High Elders are back to square one. I really liked this story. It's short, about 110 pages, but I could not get enough. The story flowed well, I got sucked right into it, and I really liked how Wendell progressed. My only complaint is that the story was too short. It looks like the other stories in the series are graphic novels. I will definitely be getting those to read. This is a great science fiction story about a reluctant hero.
Nathan_Dilts More than 1 year ago
Where is the next book in the series, Aaaagh! This is one of the few books I am looking forward to. This is the first review I have written on Barnes&Noble but I was so moved by this book that I am an unabashed advocate. You know you have good book when it genuinely moves you. This little book had me laughing out loud when I was alone, reading through the night, taking some of the plot twists personally and wanting to slap and hug the author at the same time! The characters were vivid and lovable. Wendell is one of the most charming characters I have met in fiction. His wit and innocence make you laugh, while his all too real humanity creates an instant connection. And how do you explain Dax and Chuck, well. . .you just can't. You will have to pony up the 99 cents to truly understand the magic of this book! If the author does not keep his Fall 2011 promise for the next book - you will have a very disappointed fan.
Read_A_Book More than 1 year ago
I really liked this novel. The writing, the characterization, the plot. it was all very well done, and it was funny too! Wendell is a really likable character and I loved his wit throughout the novel. I found myself snorting in laughter as I read, especially as Wendell interjects his thoughts and feelings about being the long lost hero that an "alien" world has been waiting for. I see a little of myself in Wendell, and so I can't help but like him-and I think he will appeal to readers of all ages, especially MG and YA, as he tells it like he sees it. Buckley is a fantastic writer, keeping the reader entertained throughout the book. I must say that I was very impressed with the writing style of the novel and, as Prelude to a Hero sets the background for the rest of the series, I believe the series is going to be exceptionally good. The story is packed with lots of action and there was never a dull moment, keeping me glued to the pages until the conclusion, which I must say left me hanging. I usually can't stand to be left in the dark, but Buckley has been diligently working on the series and the next novel should be releasing soon, so hopefully I won't have to wait long to find out what happens next for Wendell. I highly recommend reading this novel! Four stars!