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Who is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa? by [Bergen, Andrez]
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Heropa: A vast, homogenized city patrolled by heroes and populated by adoring masses. A pulp fiction fortress of solitude for crime-fighting team the Equalizers, led by new recruit Southern Cross - a lifetime away from the rain-drenched, dystopic metropolis of Melbourne. Who, then, is killing the great Capes of Heropa? In this paired homage to detective noir from the 1940s and the '60s Marvel age of trail-blazing comic books, Andrez Bergen gloriously redefines the mild-mannered superhero novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6880 KB
  • Print Length: 474 pages
  • Publisher: Perfect Edge (27 September 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EPQ7YQ8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #308,053 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review of `Who is killing the Great Capes of Heropa?' 26 November 2013
By Ralph L. Angelo Jr. - Published on
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I read the above mentioned book by Andrew Bergen. I liked it quite a bit, though it did have a few flaws. I thought a good portion of the beginning of the book was very slow and dragged quite a bit. Also the ending was very abrupt. The book just...ended. No epilogue, no wrap up. Not even a `The End'. I thought it could be about a hundred pages shorter and it would have changed the pace of the book quite a bit. Also, no back story at all. We don't know what happened to the world other than that there was a war and Australia was the only place left. How long ago did this happen? What exactly did happen?
Now on to the good stuff: The story was pretty damned good. A world that was NOT what it seemed at first glance. It reminded me very much of a game I used to love to play `City of Heroes' which was my favorite game I ever played. I felt this book borrowed heavily from that game, whether intentionally or unintentionally.
The references to comic book history brought a smile to my face. It was just great. The author did a fantastic job of researching the past greatness of Marvel Comics.
All in all the characters were fleshed out very nicely, the action was good though a little sparse. I could have done with more of it myself. But the mystery was interesting and what action we did see was great.
All in all I really liked this book. I thought it was a very good read. I give it 3 1/2 out of 5 stars Well worth reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly interesting 28 November 2013
By ragingporcupine - Published on
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This books wasn't quite what I was expecting. I bought it on a whim, thinking it was going to be a comic romp spoofing the superhero and detective genres. It's not that.

Instead I found it to be a melancholy and distopian look at identity and responsibility. It has sweetly sentimental aspects and deeply cynical ones as well, and somehow manages to get them woven together, mostly.

I didn't think the plot held together all that well at the the end, and the pacing is a bit rough in the middle. Some of the characters seem a bit flat, too, like there's no sense that they have real lives going on while they are off the page. But for the most part, this book is well-written and engaging, if perhaps a little too sad to be exactly fun.

Like the main character, I was expecting some light, escapist fare and got something else. I'm glad.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok story, hoped for more... 9 February 2015
By The Great Bear - Published on
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I thought this was an ok story. It didn't have the grab that I was look for but it was fun nonetheless. The ending was a tad flat for me though. Easy read and good book to pass away the time...
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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely wonderful novel... A must read! 26 January 2014
By Shawn M. Vogt - Published on
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I'd like to start out by saying that "Who is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa?" and it's author, Andrez Bergen, were not even remotely on my radar when I picked up this book. It was really by pure chance that I ended up coming across the novel, and purchasing it. I was looking through my recommendations page on Amazon, and the striking cover design caught my eye. I went ahead and took a look at the synopsis and some of the reviews. The words dystopian, noir, and sci-fi stood out; and then I saw that it also was about superheroes. Now I love these genres, and was instantly intrigued; but I wasn't really sure what to expect, and if this would be a quality read. I purchased it anyway, and started reading about a week later. It turns out that this chance pick was a great one, as this is easily one of the most entertaining takes on the genres mentioned that I have read in recent memory. The novel adds up to much more than the sum of it's parts, and is a cracking good adventure/mystery, to boot. Although the beginning of the story can be a bit confusing, there is a perfectly simple reason for this; the protagonist has been thrust into a new environment, and being immersed in his narrative, we share in his confusion and his efforts to learn about Heropa as quickly as possible. All I can say is keep reading, because you definitely do not want to miss the rollercoaster ride that is coming! After the opening, we are slowly introduced to the players, and learn of the mystery that is happening within Heropa. Superheroes are dying, and this not at all as it should be. As the story moves inexorably along, we find that there are many things about Heropa that are not as they seem. The narrative flows seamlessly from revelation to revelation, and you will find that when you finish the story, it is not at all what you expected when you began. Experiencing this evolution is quite wonderful. Although there are many different themes explored within these pages, I'll say that the growth of the protagonist, Jack, makes for a very cool coming of age story. As I said it is just one of many themes explored, but watching Jack slowly learn to be a true hero is just pure fun. I could spend all day breaking down the different elements that exist within the story, and why I personally enjoy them; however, I don't want to spoil the fun for any new readers, so I'll cut this short. By the way, I would also recommend that you read through the glossary, acknowledgements, and afterword, once you are done reading the novel. They all contain some interesting thoughts and recommendations. All in all, this was a wonderful reading experience, and I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A love letter to comics throughout the ages and more 10 February 2014
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I have a new author crush and his name is Andrew Bergen. His novel, Who is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa? is not just a love letter to comics throughout the ages, but one of the most entertaining books about comic heroes ever written. Matching its comic book setting, the dialogue is pithy, animated, and picturesque. The banter between the superheroes and even the rogues is a highlight as their interplay is both self-conscious of their legacy while weaving their own identity.

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