Review of Dispensing Justice by Paul Turnbull -- 5 stars at Amazon -- 2011/12/21
First, full disclosure, the author is a long time friend of mine. It is a strange feeling when a good friend becomes one of your favorite authors.
I expected this to be a fun book and a quick read and it certainly was, but it turned out to be so much better than I bargained for. The superhero genre and science fiction in general has a long history of producing books that are fun to read and nothing more. I was amazed to find that my eyes were tearing up at the end of the story and I almost wanted to stand up and cheer for the hero.
The author is well read in the genre and pays homage to some of the greats without coming off as a parody. Like old school science fiction, the setting becomes almost like another character that is developed through the course of the story.
There's greatness on so many levels in this book. I liked the short chapter, serial like, format. I enjoyed the references to gaming and 80's pop culture. I especially liked that the story is a classic, coming of age, type story in a sci-fi/superhero wrapper. It was a quick read, which is important for someone like me that just doesn't have time to read for pleasure anymore.
It's the action sequences where the author stands apart from the average writer these days. It was like there was a graphic novel playing in my imagination.
The characters are fun and engaging. I really hope the series catches on in a big way because there are going to be interesting things happening with the dynamics of the group the author has created. After finishing the book I had that feeling of honest regret that a person has when they know they won't be seeing a friend again for awhile.
I could have spent the five bucks on a hot and ready pizza. I'm so glad I downloaded this story instead.
-- Paul Turnbull