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Paragon

By: Riley Tune
Narrated by: Christopher Boucher
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Summary

Hero or villain. A choice that every Icon, a person born with powers, eventually has to make if they don’t want to live a life of mediocrity. For most Icons the decision is easy. Just do what your parents did. Then, there is Hunter Monroe. A powerful young Icon born from the unimaginable union of a hero and villain. 

Seventeen years later Hunter is seen as a half-breed abomination by some, and as a certified powerhouse by others. With his time at Purgatory Academy, the premier institute for Icons, coming to an end, Hunter must embark on a two year internship with a supergroup. 

After being selected to intern with The Imperial Lords, the world’s leading supergroup, Hunter’s life begins to slowly unravel. 

Between a shaky love life, facing an old rival, and seeing his mentors for who they truly are, Hunter is in for the longest two years of his life. Things get more complex when an Icon serial killer emerges with unthinkable power, and begins to shed light on Hunter’s life that will leave him wondering if he should use his powers to save the world, or conquer it.

©2017 Riley Tune (P)2018 Riley Tune

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  • 19-11-19

A great super hero story

I have now read/listened to a few super hero books over the past few months and I am really enjoying the genre. This one stands a little different with the main character not knowing if he is going to be a hero or villain.
The story is nicely paced with a good mix of action and scene setting/story setting. The narrator does a great job managing both male and female voices without sounding silly.

Overall this was a very enjoyable story and I will be reading book 2 next!!!


Please note that I was provided with a free copy of this audiobook to give a non-biased review

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Good superhero story

This was an interesting and enjoyable piece of superhero action, with the author setting up an interesting world where the nature of new superheros and villains has become formalised. The young icons (powered people) having to choose their path towards the end of their school years, once they have been trained in their powers.

While this decision is an easy one for many, it is not so simple for the main character, Hunter Monroe, as he has had a difficult time growing up as the child of a union between a hero and an infamous villain, both of whom perished while fighting against an alien invasion. He still has his doubts about whether or not being a hero is right for him as he sees the grey of many situations rather than the simple black & white.

The narrator's performance was a strong one with a good range and distinctive tones that ensured the varied cast could be clearly distinguished from each other, nicely enhancing the book as a whole.

Overall, a very entertaining introduction to this superhero world with a strong story and good character development, I will look forward to future instalments.

[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

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Refreshingly good superhero story

I powered through this in 2-3 days as once I got going the hours just disappeared.

This reminds me of the anime My Hero Academia as in most of the populations have varied powers or combination of powers, there are schools to learn how to be a hero but also a darker supervillain side to society.

The book characters are in their late teens but very relatable and aren't just walking cliché. I actually cared about their lives, backstories, understanding their motivations for each decision they made. The different powers very interesting and fights were exciting. Also it didn't shy away from being quite dark at times in the story.

This was a great first book which didn't have a too complicated story but was a nice taster of what I hope is a great series to come. It ended with some wider questions and me wanting to know what is going to happen next.

The narrator was great and I was never board of listening the their captivating voice. Good recognisable character voices and good depth of emotion and good pace of reading.

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