Saturday, August 9, 2014

Book Review: Ch05En: Episode 1 by William Dickstein

Ch05en: Episode 1
By William Dickstein
Publisher: William Dickstein
Published: Jan. 18, 2014

Amazon Synopsis:

Frank is a twenty-something with a dream of delivering pizzas all of his life. Unfortunately for him, his parents have other plans. Frank's father wants him to take over their family's pizzeria and his mother wants to see his Ch05En gene, which destines him for greatness, come to fruition, so she may use him in one of her super villainous plots. 

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My Thoughts:

Ch05En is Part 1 of an Episodic novel. Frankie Gabriotti is a young man living in the near future when they have discovered that people had genes that predisposed them to 

greatness - often feats beyond human ability. There was no telling when this gene would manifest itself. Frankie's mother had one and she became a super-villain. Frankie's friend had the gene and became a super hero until his mother killed him. And Frankie lived to deliver pizza.

In this episode, we learn when and how Frankie's Chosen gene finally kicks in. I found it surprising the number of ways his mother tried to hurry it along. In some ways it was rather amusing. After all, who would really do those things to their son?

Frankie is a likeable character even though he did nothing to help save his friend from his mother, but in a twisted kind of way I can kind of see his logic.  Family comes before friends, though perhaps trumping that should be right comes before wrong.

I think this episodic novel will prove to be an amusing and Interesting ride for readers who love indulge in superhero/super villain stories. This novel would probably also be good material for a graphic novel.

I'm looking forward to finding out more about how Frankie uses the ability that the gene raised in him, and whether he chose to use it for good or evil. I'm on the lookout for episode 2. I rated Ch05En 4 stars out of 5.

Thank you to the author for providing a copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

William is a native of Las Vegas. He loves comic books and superheroes and is still waiting for his Green Lantern ring to show up and tell him that it's his turn to protect this sector of the universe. Until then, he's happy writing stories about superhero stuff.

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