Caped Kindle Þ Paperback

Caped Kindle Þ Paperback


  • Paperback
  • 258 pages
  • Caped
  • Darius Brasher
  • 04 May 2015
  • 9781539418511

10 thoughts on “Caped

  1. C.T. Phipps C.T. Phipps says:

    I'm a huge fan of superhero fiction as anyone who checked my Goodreads book lists would be able to tell or you know has read the Supervillainy Saga That means I'm always looking forward to a new series which is both established as well as good This is certainly the case with the Omega Superhero which has four installments at the time of the publication of this review as well as being goodThe premise is Theodore Conley is a 17 year old living in a world where superheroes are real and the product of a X men like meta gene After accidentally throwing some bullies superhumanly far he discovers he is a Omega level superhuman An attempt to live a normal life goes disastrously wrong and Theodore ends up forced to go to superhero boot camp in order to train with his new abilities I happened to really like this book's premise and it reminded me a bit of Starship Troopers as well as the short lived Avengers spin off AVENGERS THE INITIATIVE It was about a bunch of kids put in a mandatory boot camp by the government to train to be superheroes and how that screwed them up or made them better This is a far less cynical take on the subject and we get to see Theodore prosper under the guidance of the superheroes there instead of crumbleI was a real big fan of Smoke and Myth Theodore's Kinetic best friends that he makes at the camp Smoke has the usual protagonist's background of being a supervillain's daughter and Myth is just a big bundle of fun They all play off well against one another and have a very believable dynamic that I think makes the book readable at the worst of times and greatly entertaining at the bestThe villain of the book Iceburn is somewhat generic but he exists primarily as an obstacle for Theodore to overcome rather than a meaningful antagonist I'm interested in who hired Iceburn to go after the protagonist though the law of drama indicates it's probably the one other supervillain mentioned in the book who would cause massive personal drama to our heroes' budding relationship For the most part Caped is a very solid traditional superhero tale about great power and great responsibility It's a coming of age story where he goes through an arc of trying to put down his own selfish motives and embrace a higher calling without being cheesy I kind of regret one of the major influences in Theodore's life is killed early in the book because I really liked their relationship and would have been interested in the continuing development of itIn conclusion if you're looking for a solid Spiderman meets Superman esue story of good versus evil as well as what a realistic hero might look like then this is a decidedly optimistic non cynical book for you910


  2. David Campbell David Campbell says:

    The writing style was just to choppy and stilted for me and the formulaic plot and flat characters didn't help me get past that Not enough of a hook to get me to continue the series


  3. Gary Black Gary Black says:

    A fun read about superheroes Already bought the next two books in the series


  4. Sean Bai Sean Bai says:

    I wasn't sure whether to give this book two three or four stars this is a review of the three book boxed setIt was average but could have been great with editingThe basic premise is intriguing 17 year old boy accidentally discovers his super powers Heroes must be registered The story is set in an alternate Earth with different history than our EarthThe editing isn't the worst I've come across However sometimes there was a little backstory and description than necessary which slowed the pace down There were also three pages of the book just about the main character growing sweet potatoesThe paragraph structure was also too blocky The story feels a little clunky because the paragraphs are not broken down by actionsSome elements in the story were not believable In the beginning of the story there were two black bullies and one white bully who are football players While it is possible for bullies to come in all shapes sizes and colors there isn't much bullying in college The selection process usually gets the bullies out of the system or by that time their brains have matured Their skin color also could have been alluded to in a less direct manner This is just bad descriptionThere are also too many mentions of Jamesisms The main character's father keeps referencing the bible or the main character thinks about this While I'm not opposed to a character or his relatives being characters of faith it did feel a little much in terms of story pacingThere were several other inaccuracies in the story too such as the character having to clench his fist when blood was drawn You should be relaxed for thatSuperhero power was also ranked as Alphas Betas and Omegas with Omegas being the most powerful and Alphas being the weakestA Chinese female character that was born 75 years ago was also called Liam iaolian As far as I know Chinese women born during that time would not have English names especially male names I don't know if that name used to be female though Also iao Lian sounds like a first name so that means this person didn't have a last nameInaccuracies like this did slightly get in the way of the story so it could have used research or common sense That was four story inaccuracies in the first 7% of the boxed setPlot Uniueness One starSuperhero powers One starCharacters One starPacing and paragraph structure Zero starsInaccuracies Zero starsTotal ThreeFive Stars


  5. Matt Cowper Matt Cowper says:

    The beginning of this novel wasn't very promising Standard teenage angst stuff combined with a standard manifestation of new superpowers protagonist is a wimp has no girlfriend gets tormented by bullies And – shocker – his powers kick in at the exact moment he needs them to counter a drubbing from these bulliesMuch of Theo's “origin story” as it were has tropes that will be familiar to longtime comic book readers I would've liked to have seen innovation here but I also understand sticking to the tried and true formulaFrom there though the novel picks up I'm a sucker for training seuences and much of this story features Theo's evolution from scrawny miluetoast to confident proto hero The training he goes through is detailed logical and just plain fun – for the reader that is Theo grumbles throughout his training even though he knows it's molding him into something betterTheo's friends and mentors are well drawn Brasher doesn't overload us with a supporting cast of dozens; it's easy to keep everyone straight Amazing Man was probably my favorite character Tough and driven but also very human In other words a good surrogate father for TheoThe climax like the beginning of the book isn't mind blowing but it's fitting and sets up things for book twoThe prose was engaging for the most part I didn't think the battle scenes flowed very well however and Brasher's seeming aversion to contractions makes the writing unnatural in some spots But the wit of the characters and the pacing is generally good This novel neither moves too fast nor too slowIt's good enough that I'll try book two to see what sort of trouble Theo gets into next


  6. Walter Luffman Walter Luffman says:

    Call it 45 starsInteresting? Yes Well written? Yes Original? Well as original as any book about short lived people can be so yes It is a new take on an old theme an academy filled with young heroes in training as experienced by one of the trainees If you like the genre read this book you won't be disappointed I think Darius Brasher could have a bright future writing for Marvel DC or Imageif he ever decides to bring his creations to the comics audience And from there possibly to the big or small screen since superhero movies and TV series are not right now


  7. David Johnston David Johnston says:

    I have issues with the world building One per cent of the population are supers but its illegal for them to use their powers for any purpose other than being a licensed superhero? And the school for wanna be heroes is so rough that most of them wash out? I'll admit that the war on drugs turns millions of people into criminals but it's kind of bad when you turn millions of people into criminals who have superpowers The protagonist? He used his powers on the sly before deciding to go the licensed hero route He was a super powered criminal A supervillain even though his crime only consisted of sneaking out to do a little illicit flying


  8. Brandi Brandi says:

    Caped wasn't flawless There were grammatical issues a ton of telling not showing and a writing style that was sometimes stilted and abruptThat said there's something really compelling about this book The premise was fantastic and Theo's journey so far was great I especially liked that he wasn't super talented super gung ho super rich or super attractive He was just a guy dealing with being average and what that meant to his sex life A guy who was than happy to take the safest route though life even if or maybe especially because it was the cowardly way to goI also appreciated the banter and the friends Some of the uips the characters came up with had me actually snorting with laughter it's not cute but it's true Neha and Isaac really helped round out the story and I'm looking forward to seeing how they grow too35 stars


  9. Ryan Mangrum Ryan Mangrum says:

    This book hits pretty much every cliche possible It's like the author watched Starship Troopers a few too many times swapped the marines for superheroes and bugs for villains Seriously the first 40% of the book is a near exact scene for scene recreation of Starship Troopers up to the basic training bits So much just doesn't make senseWhy would there be a law where meta's could NEVER use their powers unless they were a licensed hero? That would be a completely unenforceable law The obvious outcome would be people that don't want to be under the thumb of the government would band together and just take out the heroes guerilla war styleWhy would they be trained in military style basic training and AITTech school? That type of training is meant to foster teamwork and prepare for hierarchic command structure


  10. Kutsua Kutsua says:

    15 OK I am not saying this is a particularly bad book Perhaps I am not the target groupAnyway I liked the promise of a superhero who doesn't want to be a hero I didn't much like the writing style it felt simplistic and less mature than your average YA book perhaps this is a book for middle gradeAfter 15 % mark the book simply stopped being interesting to me Afterwards it was cliché after cliché no humour I could recognize predictable plot in other words a literary euivalent of some cheap comic book sold at a newspaper stall for peanuts and printed on lousy paperI skimmed most of the book looking for something to catch my interest again but never found any Theo was boring me to death so were his friends even the antagonist was boring all of them full of shit and annoying and taking themselves way too seriously


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Caped[PDF / Epub] ☉ Caped By Darius Brasher – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk The best time to kill a superhero is before he becomes one Scrawny seventeen year old Theodore Conley shocks himself and everyone else by tossing three big bullies around like they are wads of paper a The best time to kill a superhero is before he becomes one Scrawny seventeen year old Theodore Conley shocks himself and everyone else by tossing three big bullies around like they are wads of paper and Theo is aiming for the trash canNow that he has superpowers suddenly everyone expects Theo to do great things He doesn't want to do anything great however It's too much work and too dangerous Unless it's safe and involves Theo finally getting a girlfriend he's not interestedTheo gets danger than he can handle when a supervillain attacks In self defense Theo is forced to pursue a hero's cape in superhero school a frightening place of grueling humiliation intense combat training and deadly testsTheo soon finds that even just a potential superhero gets an archenemy The problem is Theo's doesn't want to just defeat himHis archenemy wants to kill him.

10 thoughts on “Caped

  1. C.T. Phipps C.T. Phipps says:

    I'm a huge fan of superhero fiction as anyone who checked my Goodreads book lists would be able to tell or you know has read the Supervillainy Saga That means I'm always looking forward to a new series which is both established as well as good This is certainly the case with the Omega Superhero which has four installments at the time of the publication of this review as well as being goodThe premise is Theodore Conley is a 17 year old living in a world where superheroes are real and the product of a X men like meta gene After accidentally throwing some bullies superhumanly far he discovers he is a Omega level superhuman An attempt to live a normal life goes disastrously wrong and Theodore ends up forced to go to superhero boot camp in order to train with his new abilities I happened to really like this book's premise and it reminded me a bit of Starship Troopers as well as the short lived Avengers spin off AVENGERS THE INITIATIVE It was about a bunch of kids put in a mandatory boot camp by the government to train to be superheroes and how that screwed them up or made them better This is a far less cynical take on the subject and we get to see Theodore prosper under the guidance of the superheroes there instead of crumbleI was a real big fan of Smoke and Myth Theodore's Kinetic best friends that he makes at the camp Smoke has the usual protagonist's background of being a supervillain's daughter and Myth is just a big bundle of fun They all play off well against one another and have a very believable dynamic that I think makes the book readable at the worst of times and greatly entertaining at the bestThe villain of the book Iceburn is somewhat generic but he exists primarily as an obstacle for Theodore to overcome rather than a meaningful antagonist I'm interested in who hired Iceburn to go after the protagonist though the law of drama indicates it's probably the one other supervillain mentioned in the book who would cause massive personal drama to our heroes' budding relationship For the most part Caped is a very solid traditional superhero tale about great power and great responsibility It's a coming of age story where he goes through an arc of trying to put down his own selfish motives and embrace a higher calling without being cheesy I kind of regret one of the major influences in Theodore's life is killed early in the book because I really liked their relationship and would have been interested in the continuing development of itIn conclusion if you're looking for a solid Spiderman meets Superman esue story of good versus evil as well as what a realistic hero might look like then this is a decidedly optimistic non cynical book for you910

  2. David Campbell David Campbell says:

    The writing style was just to choppy and stilted for me and the formulaic plot and flat characters didn't help me get past that Not enough of a hook to get me to continue the series

  3. Gary Black Gary Black says:

    A fun read about superheroes Already bought the next two books in the series

  4. Sean Bai Sean Bai says:

    I wasn't sure whether to give this book two three or four stars this is a review of the three book boxed setIt was average but could have been great with editingThe basic premise is intriguing 17 year old boy accidentally discovers his super powers Heroes must be registered The story is set in an alternate Earth with different history than our EarthThe editing isn't the worst I've come across However sometimes there was a little backstory and description than necessary which slowed the pace down There were also three pages of the book just about the main character growing sweet potatoesThe paragraph structure was also too blocky The story feels a little clunky because the paragraphs are not broken down by actionsSome elements in the story were not believable In the beginning of the story there were two black bullies and one white bully who are football players While it is possible for bullies to come in all shapes sizes and colors there isn't much bullying in college The selection process usually gets the bullies out of the system or by that time their brains have matured Their skin color also could have been alluded to in a less direct manner This is just bad descriptionThere are also too many mentions of Jamesisms The main character's father keeps referencing the bible or the main character thinks about this While I'm not opposed to a character or his relatives being characters of faith it did feel a little much in terms of story pacingThere were several other inaccuracies in the story too such as the character having to clench his fist when blood was drawn You should be relaxed for thatSuperhero power was also ranked as Alphas Betas and Omegas with Omegas being the most powerful and Alphas being the weakestA Chinese female character that was born 75 years ago was also called Liam iaolian As far as I know Chinese women born during that time would not have English names especially male names I don't know if that name used to be female though Also iao Lian sounds like a first name so that means this person didn't have a last nameInaccuracies like this did slightly get in the way of the story so it could have used research or common sense That was four story inaccuracies in the first 7% of the boxed setPlot Uniueness One starSuperhero powers One starCharacters One starPacing and paragraph structure Zero starsInaccuracies Zero starsTotal ThreeFive Stars

  5. Matt Cowper Matt Cowper says:

    The beginning of this novel wasn't very promising Standard teenage angst stuff combined with a standard manifestation of new superpowers protagonist is a wimp has no girlfriend gets tormented by bullies And – shocker – his powers kick in at the exact moment he needs them to counter a drubbing from these bulliesMuch of Theo's “origin story” as it were has tropes that will be familiar to longtime comic book readers I would've liked to have seen innovation here but I also understand sticking to the tried and true formulaFrom there though the novel picks up I'm a sucker for training seuences and much of this story features Theo's evolution from scrawny miluetoast to confident proto hero The training he goes through is detailed logical and just plain fun – for the reader that is Theo grumbles throughout his training even though he knows it's molding him into something betterTheo's friends and mentors are well drawn Brasher doesn't overload us with a supporting cast of dozens; it's easy to keep everyone straight Amazing Man was probably my favorite character Tough and driven but also very human In other words a good surrogate father for TheoThe climax like the beginning of the book isn't mind blowing but it's fitting and sets up things for book twoThe prose was engaging for the most part I didn't think the battle scenes flowed very well however and Brasher's seeming aversion to contractions makes the writing unnatural in some spots But the wit of the characters and the pacing is generally good This novel neither moves too fast nor too slowIt's good enough that I'll try book two to see what sort of trouble Theo gets into next

  6. Walter Luffman Walter Luffman says:

    Call it 45 starsInteresting? Yes Well written? Yes Original? Well as original as any book about short lived people can be so yes It is a new take on an old theme an academy filled with young heroes in training as experienced by one of the trainees If you like the genre read this book you won't be disappointed I think Darius Brasher could have a bright future writing for Marvel DC or Imageif he ever decides to bring his creations to the comics audience And from there possibly to the big or small screen since superhero movies and TV series are not right now

  7. David Johnston David Johnston says:

    I have issues with the world building One per cent of the population are supers but its illegal for them to use their powers for any purpose other than being a licensed superhero? And the school for wanna be heroes is so rough that most of them wash out? I'll admit that the war on drugs turns millions of people into criminals but it's kind of bad when you turn millions of people into criminals who have superpowers The protagonist? He used his powers on the sly before deciding to go the licensed hero route He was a super powered criminal A supervillain even though his crime only consisted of sneaking out to do a little illicit flying

  8. Brandi Brandi says:

    Caped wasn't flawless There were grammatical issues a ton of telling not showing and a writing style that was sometimes stilted and abruptThat said there's something really compelling about this book The premise was fantastic and Theo's journey so far was great I especially liked that he wasn't super talented super gung ho super rich or super attractive He was just a guy dealing with being average and what that meant to his sex life A guy who was than happy to take the safest route though life even if or maybe especially because it was the cowardly way to goI also appreciated the banter and the friends Some of the uips the characters came up with had me actually snorting with laughter it's not cute but it's true Neha and Isaac really helped round out the story and I'm looking forward to seeing how they grow too35 stars

  9. Ryan Mangrum Ryan Mangrum says:

    This book hits pretty much every cliche possible It's like the author watched Starship Troopers a few too many times swapped the marines for superheroes and bugs for villains Seriously the first 40% of the book is a near exact scene for scene recreation of Starship Troopers up to the basic training bits So much just doesn't make senseWhy would there be a law where meta's could NEVER use their powers unless they were a licensed hero? That would be a completely unenforceable law The obvious outcome would be people that don't want to be under the thumb of the government would band together and just take out the heroes guerilla war styleWhy would they be trained in military style basic training and AITTech school? That type of training is meant to foster teamwork and prepare for hierarchic command structure

  10. Kutsua Kutsua says:

    15 OK I am not saying this is a particularly bad book Perhaps I am not the target groupAnyway I liked the promise of a superhero who doesn't want to be a hero I didn't much like the writing style it felt simplistic and less mature than your average YA book perhaps this is a book for middle gradeAfter 15 % mark the book simply stopped being interesting to me Afterwards it was cliché after cliché no humour I could recognize predictable plot in other words a literary euivalent of some cheap comic book sold at a newspaper stall for peanuts and printed on lousy paperI skimmed most of the book looking for something to catch my interest again but never found any Theo was boring me to death so were his friends even the antagonist was boring all of them full of shit and annoying and taking themselves way too seriously

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