The Pretender - Rebirth

The Pretender - Rebirth

by Steven Long Mitchell, Craig W. Van Sickle

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ISBN-13: 9781939927781
Publisher: The Centre Universe
Publication date: 09/22/2013
Pages: 278
Sales rank: 601,849
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range: 1 - 17 Years

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well descriptive prose that plants clear images on the TV screen in my mind. Rebirth is the best of all possible returns for The Pretender, there is something here for everybody. In this book we are given a new FIRST LOOK into the imaginings of our favorite characters as we have never experienced before by the guys who know them well! REBIRTH is also a new reflection on possibilities with the same great Pretender story concept that will appeal to everybody.  For those of us who re-live its story through our own imaginings in a world of words, the message is clear: REBIRTH is a reboot of the creative process showing us how to nurture their child into reflecting those things that had once been reflected onto us. As new found parents, lets make their grandparents proud!  SimTec
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of The Pretender since I watched the first episode, nearly thirteen years ago. After four TV seasons and two movies, it went into a forced hiatus ("NBC, where good shows go to die") until, finally, in 2013, the show's creators, Steven Long Mitchell and Craig Van Sickle got their rights back and decided to give (re)birth to this universe. "The Pretender - Rebirth" does not continue from where we were left on "Island of the Haunted", it goes back to the beginning and even further than that. Forget the old universe, but not completely - it's all still there, only twenty years into the future. Using the layout of the pilot episode as the basis for this novel, Steve and Craig managed to surprise me constantly by letting me think I knew what was coming. This is a story full of twists - some of which are from scenes we have already seen on screen, others are not. The "twenty year push" works well and was necessary to bring the show closer to a new number of fans. Aside from the technological aspects of the story (Jarod using an iPad instead of his traditional red notebooks and the modernized SIM-lab), the biggest update here was in terms of character development. Before reading this novel, I've read some reviews complaining the poor characterizations present here. Well, not to criticize a critic, but who knows the characters better than the people who created them? The actors gave wonderful performances, but they could never go inside their character's mind the way Steve and Craig can. No doubt, we were left stranded with no official original Pretender content for far too many years. Perhaps because of that, some people now tend to view some characterizations of a softer Miss Parker as being the right one (just to mention one example). Either that or they forgot all about how Miss Parker used to be at the beginning of the show. Still on the subject of characters, be ready for some surprises. Most of the old faces are still here and the new ones have definitely earned the right for more development in the upcoming novels. In sum, "The Pretender - Rebirth" sets the bar high for what is coming next. It is a good novel, with plenty of action, well-plotted and nicely written. Whether you're an old fan (I'm not really old, just 33) of the show or you know nothing about it, you'll have a good time reading it.
SavannahMae More than 1 year ago
“The Pretender” may be best known (or remembered) for its four-season run on NBC from 1996-2000. The directors, Steven Long Mitchell and Craig W. Van Sickle, have updated the story of our pretender Jarod, played by Michael T. Weiss, and have released the first novel carrying on this tale of pretenders living among us. Now, it is my understanding that this is not so much a continuation but a new look at a story that millions of fans loved in the TV series. Jarod is our pretender, a brilliant protagonist with the ability to transform himself into any role or person that he wants. Jarod was taken from his parents in 1983 and raised in a think tank at The Centre, a mysterious company that has used Jarod’s abilities for their evil doings. Among other lies and deception, Jarod believed that his parents were dead and when he finds out more details surrounding The Centre, he manages to escape on a mission to find out who he really is and who his parents are. With this newly found freedom, Jarod discovers the simple joys of life, like ice cream and candy, things he was denied at The Centre growing up. Personally, I do not remember this TV show. It is very possible I watched it but I just can’t recall for sure. What I can say is that from the very first page, I was sucked in and could not put this book down until I was done. The authors have written this book so that every scene is perfectly laid out so that it could play in my mind as if I was watching this on TV. There are several key characters in “The Pretender – Rebirth” and all are very well developed. Those who may have watched this show on TV years ago will be familiar with the characters and those who are being introduced for the first time are sure to be fully satisfied. I am more than excited to get my hands on book two, which is not yet available. I have no idea how many books are planned for this series but I hope there are more than three. I did see some reviews from fans of the TV series who did not like this “rebirth” take on “The Pretender.” Sometimes people don’t like change. I guess I have the same feelings about “Batman.” I just cannot accept anyone else but Michael Keaton as Batman. It just isn’t right. I haven’t watched any of the new movies because of my association with Keaton playing the role. Seems like some old school Pretender fans are in that same boat. I think it could really be a hit or miss with the old school fan base but for the ones like me, who don’t have any pre-set expectations already established might just be blown away like I was. Emmy Nominees Steven Long Mitchell and Craig W. Van Sickle have outdone themselves with “The Pretender – Rebirth” and I absolutely loved it. 5 stars! Reviewed by Savannah Mae for Say What? Savannah Mae (4/14)
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KateCastle More than 1 year ago
As a stand-alone creation, The Pretender Rebirth is good despite a few typos (or wrong words since the words are usually a correct spelling for some word...just not the right word) and also despite the fact that the ending comes too quickly with *******(spoiler alert!) ***********************The Pretender Jarod not quite accomplishing what he set out to do. There are many good book series out there and to compare The Pretender with just one of them, (let's say Harry Potter, and I am not a fan...only read one book) I would have to say it falls a bit short because it does not draw the reader in quite so easily. It has some good elements and interesting characters although I think there is a tendency to extremism in the oddness of the characters, which may make it unique (or may not) but to me those are not what makes it even the least bit interesting. What would be engaging would be finding unique ways for Jarod to use his special Pretender skills to overcome and triumph over the ordinary people in one novel. Jarod does not quite accomplish that, and this leaves me wondering how Rebirth will fare in the eyes of the non-fan. As with The Pretender TV series, I am concerned with the character of Jarod and how much happiness he can find in his life outside the Centre, preferable to see him making strides in finding his family. He seems to find some degree of it in discovering some of the things he missed out on as a child and then there are the extras in his life, a Harlem rat, whose characterisation is quite detailed, a fact that leaves me a bit worried, and puzzled as to why he was needed, and the people who teach him how to enjoy life to the full. Rebirth is a new beginning for the writers and while they have taken snippets from the TV series, it is clear they are doing a bit of re-defining of the characters made famous by the TV series. I am not sure I like the edgier Miss P or Jarod. I preferred their TV incarnations. I read Rebirth as fast as I could but it was not a book that I couldn't easily put down. I read it because I wanted to and I wanted it to be great...not just good because it needs to be great so that we the fans who have waited this long for answers can have a remote shot at getting some answers....but the writing is not great, although it aspires to be. I am thrilled to have something of The Pretender in book form, but would rather have had a third movie and have it end than this somewhat less than perfect new beginning which makes it seem like the wait will be somewhat much longer to the answers we have been seeking.