Thursday, March 13, 2014

First Chapter Review: They Call Me Superman by Michael Goffinet

Michael Goffinet is on tour with Pump Up Your Book to promote his action/thriller novel, They Call Me Superman.

 BLURB:   Marcus Evans is a new kind of super hero. Born with superhuman strength, he is compelled to join the Army Rangers, where his abilities create an unique assassin against the war on terror. After his stent with the Rangers, he joins forces with reclusive billionaire, Robert Sinclair, who has been his mentor and father-figure since the age of sixteen. A whirlwind of action-packed adventures lead Marcus to the discovery of an alien spaceship that unlock secrets about his life, which will shock him to his very core, secrets that Robert has been hiding his entire life.

COVER: I love the contrasting colors of this one and the mix of the camouflage jacket hiding his superhero symbol.

FIRST CHAPTER:   It is 500 B.C. Commander Tallaios and his crew are in a desperate situation. They've lost power on their ship and are in danger of crashing. As the commander contemplates their plight, he also considers how horribly wrong everything went.

KEEP READING: I'm on the fence over this one. I like the premise of the story stated in the blurb, and found the opening paragraphs of the first chapter to be a wonderful hook. After that, however, the pace is slowed by pages and pages of backstory, until the last two paragraphs bring it back to Commander Tallaois on the ship, which leave the reader with a thrilling cliffhanger. Goffinet definitely has the ability to draw the reader in quickly, but the backstory encompasses so much time and a variety of events that the excitement fades and soon the present day suspense is broken. I would be willing to give this book another couple of chapters to see where the story goes from here, but if I get buried by more backstory I'm not sure I would go further.

If you like gadgets and gizmos that make up science fiction and unique medical advances, you might enjoy this book. Goffinet has a vivid imagination and it definitely shows in these sections of the chapter.

File Size: 556 KB
Print Length: 334 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Barringer Publishing (January 29, 2014)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English

I received the first chapter of this book from the author through Pump Up Your Book. This review contains my honest opinion, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Michael Goffinet was born and raised in Southern California. After earning his Masters of Health Administration degree, he worked in the health care industry for the last two decades. He currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada with his wife of twenty years and his teenage son. He is an avid golfer and when he’s not reading or writing he can be found on the golf course.

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