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Average Joe and the Extraordinaires
by Belart Wright

GENRE: Action Adventure, Young Adult, Urban Fantasy

 

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On a dark and balmy Floridian night, a strange and mysterious dark haired woman stalks the shadows of the local college football stadium, on the prowl for secrets buried deep beneath the Earth. These secrets, she knows, may change everything including this small town.

While knocking back illegal drinks with his friends at the hallowed Orangetown Pickers’ college football stadium, average kid Joe Black finds himself desperately trying to save the life of a beautiful dark haired woman after a deadly explosion violently interrupts his fun and games. While trying to fathom why he would even do something so reckless he soon finds himself entangled in a dangerous game of terrorist plots, mistaken identities, hard boiled detectives, the criminal underworld, and of all things magic as he tries to escape with his life and make sense of it all.

Joe faces many challenges from all new enemies, assassins, and even his own friends. Can Joe navigate all this danger, escape with his life, and handle his biggest challenge to date, finding something about himself that is truly extraordinary? Find out within the pages of Average Joe and the Extraordinaires.

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My Review

I like books that deal with ordinary folks doing extraordinary things and Joe is the epitome of an ‘Average Joe’. Caught up in this world quite by accident he quickly adapts and manages to keep his sense of humour throughout.

I liked Joe’s personality and the author did a realy good job in portraying his character both through his POV and through his friends’ eyes. Friendship is a recurring theme in this book and I liked that too.

The descriptions used are concise and detailed enough without being preachy or overbearing. The pacing is fast and filled with action in which Joe often plays a central role. The magical or supernatural elements used were also pretty cool; I especially liked the ability to morph into other people. Even though the concept is not original, it was integrated in such a way as to give a fresh take  a popular concept.

My only gripe was the stucture of the dialogue which reminded me of the way plays/scripts are written with each character’s name appearing before each speech. I would have rather just the ordinary quotation marks and use of context to indicate who was speaking.

Overall, an entertaining , intriguing, action-packed read which, because of the lack of indecent language and explicit scenes, makes it appealing to all ages.

My Rating

4 hearts

EXCERPT

She rode off, down the street on her motorbike that was now a sky blue color to match the highlights in her hair, her ponytail, and her full face helmet. As she drove, she thought of her next move. She had a long list of places she wanted to visit, mostly associated with Grabas and the secrets he held beneath the stadium. But now her focus was on getting Joe out of trouble. She needed to figure out who has gunning for him…or better yet, she had to convince the man who hired this assassin to call off his killer. That man was definitely Robert Grabas.

AUTHOR Bio and Link:

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Belart Wright was born and raised in Detroit Michigan with a short but adventurous stint in St. Ignace during his childhood. Always poor, Belart had to learn to use his imagination to fuel the fun he had. Whether it was drawing cool and dangerous looking heroes to creating fully fledged storylines with his action figures to writing stories about kids similar to himself with fantastic abilities and destinies, Belart was always an expert in delving into other worlds that were not his own.

Always naturally talented at writing, it took the advice of his brother, and a little creative boost from his high school creative writing teacher to get him to realize that writing was something he could do really well and pursue as a career. To this day he revels in building worlds and characters from the ground up such as the worlds of Hell Warriors, Story of K, Cyborgs and Deadmen, and Pannam which are all working titles.

In his spare time Belart tries to update his two blogs whenever he can, but mostly just ends up writing or editing. As a huge gamer he plays a lot of games online and off with his favorites at the time being Borderlands 2, Phantasy Star Online, X-Men Legends, and Dark Souls. He just wishes he had more time to whittle his impossibly long gaming list down which goes all the way back to PS1 and Sega Genesis classics. He and his buddies at FlubberKnuckle Studios are also working on several new game IPs. He is also patiently waiting for the next installment of the superb Legacy of Kain series.

Author Links:

Personal Blog * Story Blog * Google+* Goodreads

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