Tales of the Dim Knight

Tales of the Dim Knight

by Adam Graham
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Tales of the Dim Knight by Adam Graham

What would you do if you had superpowers?

Dave Johnson is the world’s biggest superhero fan. His comics allow him to escape the pain of the real world where he's stuck in a dead end job and his wife and eldest son have lost respect for him.

Then Dave meets Zolgron, a symbiotic alien banished from his home world and forced to give great powers to whoever he attaches to. With Zolgron’s help, Dave becomes Powerhouse, a super strong, superfast crime fighter whose super imagination can mold reality to his vision. Dave sets off to save the day just like a comic book superhero and hilarity ensues.

Evil is scarce in Dave's small town, so he sets about bringing justice to jay walkers and violators of a smoking ordinance. At the local police's suggestion, he commutes to Seattle, where he faces down a ring of car thieves and comes face to face with the organized crime syndicate that has bought off Seattle policemen, prosecutors, and newspapermen.

To protect his family, Dave guards his secret identity from everyone, including his wife, Naomi. She begins to suspect Dave’s rapidly improving body and unexplained absences are signs of an affair. With Dave’s head in the clouds, can the Johnson marriage survive?

With all the fun and excitement of your favorite childhood Saturday Morning heroes, Tales of the Dim Knight is an action packed family comedy that will keep you laughing until the very end.

"A truly original premise, Tales of the Dim Knight is a light-hearted escape into the world of superheroes and villains with a thoughtful twist as to what matters most in life."

--Christy Award Winner Jill Williamson, author of By Darkness Hid

Product Details

BN ID: 2940011097690
Publisher: Adam Graham
Publication date: 09/02/2010
Series: Adventures of Powerhouse , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 375 KB

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Tales of the Dim Knight 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
RLCopple More than 1 year ago
Pull on your tights and hang that cape around your neck, we're going for a ride. What kind of ride, you ask? A superhero spoof ride, a dysfunctional family ride, a marital struggle ride. A ride into redemption. When mild-mannered Dave Johnson ends up with a alien symbiont enabling him to imagine reality, what does he do with this power? Years of reading comics comes to his aid, as the kid at heart and his naivety lead him to take on the persona of a superhero. Dave is a little dim, but his heart is in the right place, despite the temptations of power and the best ways to use it, especially when the symbiont intends to use Dave to take over the world. Yet, Dave isn't stupid either. He has a head on his shoulders. But despite this fact, he finds success as a superhero, but not a lot of success as a father and husband. While superhero action abounds, there is minimal tension created by his fights. His power allows him to dispense justice all too easily that few villains have a chance, though a couple of times they make some valiant attempts. But the superhero part is mostly for spoofing anyway, not for creating a thrill ride. Rather, the the real tension of the story evolves from the complications Dave's secret job has for his wife and children, not to mention his enemies. The heart of the novel revolves around family, right and wrong, the misguided ways we tend to deal with our hurts, and grace, all wrapped in a light-hearted story that will have you chuckling and smiling. The writing is solid. The characters while at first appearing stereotypical (what do you expect with a spoof?) take on depth as the story progresses. The personal struggles are easy to identify with and provide the strength of the story. It is an easy and enjoyable read. I found two areas primary that I felt the story could have done better. First, the superhero adventures themselves didn't feel like an integral part of the full plot. They felt somewhat random at times, appearing to exist more to cause problems with the wife and kids than to be an complete story arc themselves. Mind you, I'm not saying they didn't have some story arc. One of the villains who comes in and out of the course of the book has his own character arc, and some stories have their own mini-arc, but as far as each adventure fitting into a complete novel arc, it was hit and miss. I think the story would have been better if that could have been developed as a more complete story arc. The second is that while the resolution is believable, and the motivation of the characters not totally absent, I felt the resolution to be a little too quick and needing a slower development, especially on one of the characters. What happened is not unrealistic, and happens in real life. But for a story, it appeared to arise abruptly. Despite those two issues, this book was a fun read. If you like spoofs of superheroes, with a story of redemption against the evil Dave faces not only on the streets of the city, but also in his family and within himself, then this is the book for you. The story gets a solid 4 out of 5 stars for me. I enjoyed it. Note: I was provided an electronic copy of the book by the author.
Krystine_Kercher More than 1 year ago
<i>Tales of the Dim Knight</i> is the first book put out by Splashdown Books that I've had the opportunity to fully read. Mild-mannered janitor, Dave Johnson, likes playing super-heroes with his boys-- This is the story of how Janitor Dave--who really isn't all that bright even though he is very good-hearted--comes into possession of an alien symbiote that turns him into super-hero material. But nothing comes easily for Dave! Completely aside from the fact that all the good super-hero names are taken and he doesn't want to get in trouble for trademark infringement, he's a super-hero in a very quiet, mostly crime-free town! At first he just about goes nuts trying to find crimes to stop, with rather startling results. And his alien symbiote is not without flaw either; the mad creature keeps trying to seduce Dave to the dark side and turn him into a super-villain! Meanwhile, his wife, Naomi, is becoming convinced that he is neglecting her for another woman. And, of course, being true to the super-hero code of silence, Dave refuses to tell her what he's really up to. He's off saving the world from crime and code violations as Powerhouse! And, as Powerhouse, he discovers that it's more fun to fight crime in the biggest nearby city, Seattle, and becomes a commuting super-hero. It is here that Powerhouse tangles with the mob, and meets an amazing man of the cloth whose life--and death--transform Mild-mannered Dave Johnson into so much more than a super-hero. Join this stalwart defender of the weak and helpless as he battles crime-bosses, terrorists, alien abductors, and a wicked lawyer in his search for peace in his heart, his marriage, and his world. My reaction: I found this book entertaining, and yet disturbing at a profound level. While Tales of the Dim Knight requires a more hefty dollop of "suspension of disbelief" than most books I've lately read, it manages to be incredibly hilarious! I would recommend it particularly for people who've never lost track of their inner child. I don't, however, think that <i>Tales of the Dim Knight</i> is a particularly good book for young adults or for people who are currently on the receiving end of a bad separation or divorce.
vbtenery More than 1 year ago
Enjoy a good superhero story? How about a na&#239;ve, poignant, and funny superhero? Adam and Andrea Graham have artfully combined these elements in their Tales of the Dim Knight. When mild mannered janitor, Dave Johnson, a twelve year old in a man's body, receives superpowers from an alien with an attitude, it's his life's dream come true. Dave dips his toes into the world of crime fighting and finds it isn't always easy or appreciated being a superhero. Along the way, the Dim Knight learns some serious life lessons about family, home, and values. Tales of the Dim Knight is a fun read. I highly recommended it for a healthy dose of holiday cheer.
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CKoepp More than 1 year ago
Being a superhero is tough. Saving the world while raising a family is tougher. That's what Dave Johnson finds out when he encounters an alien symbiote in an FBI warehouse. Now he has to balance his real job as a janitor, his new life as a superhero, his kids, and his wife while battling gang lords, supervillains, mad scientists, terrorists, and - worst of all - a divorce lawyer. Tales of a Dim Knight is a witty adventure with plenty of amusing references to comic books. Interspersed with the laughs is a story about finding out what really matters in life. I enjoyed the story from cover to cover. The characters had believable personalities, and even the Bad Guy had a character arc. Although Powerhouse had a heavy list of superpowers, he couldn't just walk over the enemies he faced. The plot moved along at a good speed. Dave faces his greatest dreams and his worst nightmares and comes out a better man in the end.
WintersRead More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, not only because it takes place in the local city of Seattle, but because it promoted great family values. Granted, it had some cheesy dialogue, but it played with the superhero clich&#233;s quite a bit. Not all the book is light-hearted humor, though. There are a few points where it explores the dark territory of how far one should go in the name in justice, and where it becomes plain revenge and/or spite. Marriage is a big theme in this book, I was surprised to find. Dave, the "superhero," often finds himself away from his family, and mistrust builds between him and his wife. She eventually attempts a divorce, and Dave asks, "What haven't I done for her?" He sets aside more time for his family, and ultimately turns to God for help. Although not everyone will meet an alien symbiote and inherit powers, this book is still practical in everyday life regarding decisions about justice, revenge, and marriage.
PhyllisWheeler More than 1 year ago
Mild-mannered janitor Dave Johnson finds a piece of body armor, puts it on, and discovers he has just picked up an invisible passenger-an alien symbiote (entity that lives with you in your skin) who gives him super powers. Dave can now turn himself into Powerhouse, a superhero who darts around Seattle saving people. But he's a bit of a dim bulb. This book is full of hilarious situations where Dave just doesn't quite get it but the reader does, as Powerhouse pursues a canny set of bad guys and their boss, Marco. Poor Dave doesn't find an appropriate time to tell his wife about his hobby, so his marriage has difficulties, then reconciliation, then more difficulties, and so on. Dave tries the best to save the world, his marriage, and his children, while keeping in check the global power ambitions of his alien symbiote. But he finds that all his heroic deeds are not enough. And Marco the bad guy has things to learn too. What do I think? The characters in this book are endearingly cartoonish. Those who love superheroes and their exploits will like this book, especially those looking for a good laugh. And there are lessons for all of us about faith and trust in God.
Bob_W13 More than 1 year ago
This book is a little different from what I normally read. It is a fun read with enough twists and "characters" to keep it interesting.