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Summary

The world’s first superhero sensation may not live long enough to become a celebrity....

Three books. Hours of superhero action from two USA Today best-selling authors!

Ted Finley is your average suburban nerd, but when a group of thugs threaten to kill innocent people, something incredible happens. Gifted superhuman abilities during a seemingly random brunch, Ted quickly transforms from a nobody into a viral video sensation. Forced to navigate school and life with his newfound powers and fame proves to be difficult, but Ted’s biggest challenge lies ahead. 

He’s not the only one with powers. And until he can determine his allies and his enemies, Ted may be the only thing keeping the world safe from annihilation. 

The Viral Superhero Series Box Set includes three action-packed superhero novels. If you like fast-paced thrillers, witty heroes, and evil villains, then you’ll love this high-octane series from USA Today best-selling authors Bryan Cohen & Casey Lane! 

Note: The Viral Superhero is an edited and revamped series that was previously published as Ted Saves the World

Buy the box set today to watch an ordinary teen become a hero!

©2017 Bryan Cohen & Casey Lane (P)2017 Bryan Cohen & Casey Lane

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The Narrator is bad

There were a few things that I disliked about this audiobook. The most being the narrator as he brought very little to the production. With the main characters, there were barely any differences in their tones and it made it a difficult listen trying to figure out who was talking at which point. My second most disliked aspect was the story itself. It screamed teenage romance the whole way through and honestly, it sucked.

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A very fine reading of a great series

The Dark Souls” is a very clever Gateway novel for the Viral Superhero series by Bryan Cohen and Casey Lane. Generically it is science-fiction with aliens and multi-dimensional parallel worlds but some aspects are reminiscent of fantasy—such as a powerful sword and demonic possession.

One of the most enjoyable qualities of this book is its quirky humour and ironic tone. We see it in both plot and characters.

The characters are recognisable types that one meets in High School. There is Natalie Dorn the excelling athlete, the popular cheerleader Erica LaPlante with her worshipping acolytes, and her loyal best friend, Jennifer Norris, the sheriff’s daughter who dedicates herself to keeping her beautiful but “dumb as a post” pal within reasonable bounds. And of course there are the nasty school bullies.

All these characters go in very interesting directions. At one point Erica seems to be the anchor to a double love triangle—on one hand between Ted and Natalie and simultaneously between Dhiraj and Jennifer.

Fireworks in the offing?

Well, as is so often the case in this book, things just aren’t necessarily quite as they seem.

The writers have loads of fun playing with the super hero convention. Ted is not the typical super-hero and his sidekick, Dhiraj, can be something of a liability. Ted is a rather gentle person and has only limited use of his powers while his powerful nemesis, Nigel, has a witty kind of elegance. Then there is that great feature of most super heroes—a secret identity. which Ted doesn't have. He soon learns the problems that this disadvantage causes.

The plot is nicely patterned and paced and presented with a wink and smile. There are many unexpected twists and turns—particularly in the page-turning action that dominates the last quarter of the book. Of course there are some loose ends. Bur one expects that with six more books to come!

“The Telepath" is the second book in this series. Books whose plots develop over a sequence of volumes have challenges of a special kind. To begin, there must be an over-arching story arc which informs each novel in the group. The story arc in this case is cosmic in nature and provides a dramatic force which motivates the individual plot lines in all of the books. However, there must also be a “local” plot that has its own particular interest and which has a reasonably satisfactory resolution. Thus the volumes between the “gateway” volume and the finale all must, to a certain extent, have properties of a stand-alone novel and yet be sequential developments in a larger pattern. I think that the authors of this book have succeeded quite well in juggling the needs of the series and the specific book.

"The Telepath" is an interesting blend of science-fiction and fantasy. In fact it quite possibly qualifies as being in that mixed genre termed "Science fantasy".. As in fantasy there are visionary experiences quasi-demonic possessions and a battle between forces of Dark and Light. But the use of trained ESP and the background of a parallel universe is more like the plot machinery used in science fiction.

The themes are significant. The book explores such topics as Power, choice, responsibility and identity. And if the issues are sometimes dark, there are always touches of humour to engage the reader.

Now we come to “The Candidate" the third book in the Viral Superhero series. As with its predecessors, the emphasis is on page-turning action effectively plotted. The general tone continues to have an ironic slant with reminders of an underlying cruelty.

What may annoy some readers is the fact that the novel ends with a cliffhanger. But that is a device that can be used very effectively. "The Princess of Mars" by Burroughs does exactly that. In fact the following novel, "The Gods of Mars" does the same forcing the reader to wait until "Warlords of Mars" finally concludes the sequence. Each cliffhanger introduced significant developments in setting and character. The cliffhanger in "The Candidate" also ushers in a major development in setting, characters and conflict. So far, this series has been exciting and interesting and the reader can look forward to more excitement and enjoyment.

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 28-06-18

A Super take on the whole "Hero" Genre

As sets go, this is a good one. I've seen much longer collections, but this one works well for its length, and you certainly get your money's worth. I think twenty one hours for a meaty YA series is an excellent length, and the price is actually what most standard audiobooks go for, so even that is more than acceptable. As I see it, this is well worth the cost for the level of writing, narration, and run time combined into one surprisingly good series. I say that, because I don't often see good superhero novels, and when I do encounter bad ones I don't review them; I just move on. TVSS is a really fun series, and is something that my kids can enjoy right alongside me. It might be young adult in flavor, but it is grown up enough to capture your imagination, too.

The concept is pretty simple, a nerdy teen gets involved in an altercation that had life threatening implications, and in the process has powers emerge. NO SPOILERS! He then meets up with a semi-dead girl who sort of helps out. Ted, the newly powered kid, has some problems to address; such as who can he trust? Who is his friend? Can he survive until tomorrow? The next book has him trying to get a handle on his powers as he does his best to do the whole serve and protect thing. He's still trying to find out what Erica, the not so dead girl is hiding from him, and a new evil is coming to confront Ted and his team and she just might be holding the answers to how to stop it. Book three deals with quite a few foes, one being a potential new POTUS, so the team will be needing to tread lightly. Too bad they can't catch their breath! All in all this is a fine series that deals well with a Peter Parkeresque lead character, byt that I just mean the nobody kid who suddenly becomes empowered. I rather enjoyed this a lot and look forward to the next collection. For me, collections are best. I used to wait until a series had completed its whole run before I bought book one, so that way, if I liked it, I wouldn't have to wait and could just plow straight through the series. Collections allow me to do that, and since the price of the collection is the same for one book it is well worth it for me (and by extension, YOU).

Neil Hellegers does a great job narrating, and I have to say that he really portrayed the weight that rested on Ted's shoulders at times. He doesn't just read the story, he breaths life into it. He is pleasant to listen to, and I would happily listen to other tales he narrates. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

If this review helped, please press the YES below. Thank you immensely!!!

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  • Cory N.
  • 06-04-18

all around subpar

I can see the author was trying and I will give them plenty of credit for that. I definitely think they have the potential to do something good. But this was not it. the plot itself felt like one of the most generic marysue stories I could have imagined and basically everything that happened in the first several hours of the book felt incredibly nonsensical and unrealistic. it's the kind of thing that would only make sense to the mind of like a young teenager and the way that everyone reacts to things that happened in the story

not to mention the main character himself is somehow portrayed has being like this goody-two-shoes nice guy but he actually ends up being this incredibly shallow and kind of disgusting person. it's not even really spoilers since it happens within the first hour of the book but he's got this really impressive girlfriend who genuinely loves him and cares for him but he loses her because he's too busy obsessing over someone he was friends with as a child but grew up to for lack of better descriptors to be the stereotypical slutty cheerleader bitch stereotype and that just made him incredibly unlikeable as a character.

one other thing that really grated on me and to be fair I don't think this is the fault of either the writer or the narrator but the book at times is really hard to follow. They randomly jump around to different characters and different times and also there's a lot of internal dialogue that can make following conversations and interactions very difficult. it's probably easier to follow if you were actually physically reading the book but listening to the narrator reading it out more than one time I was confused trying to figure out whether that was something a character said inside their head or they said outside.

it's not the worst book I found on Audible. and it had potential, but it just did not come out well. there are much better superhero books to check out instead.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 26-10-18

boring as hell!

boring story. very insipod. could not make it padt the second book at all. wish I could say more but just cannot.

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  • daniel freeman
  • 06-03-18

This... was bad

This book has joined the very short list (1 other) of books that I just couldn't stomach finishing. The premise is ok, and even some of the concepts sound interesting. But the dialogue is mediocre, the characters seem rather shallow, and the interactions between characters are just plain hokey at times. It reads like something written by an alien whose only concept of how humans act comes from watching Saturday morning cartoons and the occasional soap opera. The narrator was decent and gets props for making the best of a bad situation.

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  • Durid The Druid
  • 20-06-18

I want my money and time back

I listened up to chapter twenty. It's like trying to make sense of the most ditzy and airheaded teenager in town. The author can't make up their mind of what kind of story it's supposed to be. Breakfast Club, supernatural mystery and horror, Tsundrae, or a sci-fi superhero story. add a point of view that keeps on changing like every 6 minutes, and it makes the entire story a mess.

I have read fanfiction that had more thought and cohesivene plot in it.

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  • Mike
  • 19-04-18

Just too simple

It may have some potential, but it was just too simple. I got through the first book, but after that I couldn't continue. This may be only the second Audiobook that I just had to give up on.

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  • David J Parisi
  • 21-03-18

Distressingly narrated

The Narrators cadence sounds like a "surfer dude" its very distracting and annoying. minus 2 stars.

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