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Title:Dispensing Justice
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Status:published, ebook and trade paperback available on Amazon (or here).
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Description:In 1947, a near-Earth supernova's wavefront washes the solar system with cosmic radiation. Thirty seven years later, high school freshman Michael Gurick's father is killed by supervillains. Michael takes up his father's super-identity to seek justice --- or will it be revenge? Dispensing Justice is a young adult, science fiction novel featuring original superheroes in an alternate history setting. Cover art and interior illustrations by Matt Howarth. It is the first book in the Nova Genesis World series.
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When high school freshman Michael Gurrick's father is killed by supervillains, he takes up his father's supersuit and seeks justice (or will it be vengeance?) against his father's killers. (e)

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Lane Whittaker

February 4, 2014 at 6:30 AM

“Dispensing Justice” by Fritz Freiheit is a Young Adult “coming of age” novel of the Heinlein school (meaning it’s written for adults, but without the cussin’ and sex). It’s the story of a second generation superhero, still in high school when his “super” father is killed “live” on TV, and the impact this and the subsequent efforts to continue to protect his father’s secret identity have on his family, while he wrestles with his motivations to take up his Dad’s mask. It takes place in the “Nova Genesis World” universe, which is familiar but unique in that it splits from our timeline in the post-war 1940s. It explores the changes that likely would be forced on daily life in the US under such circumstances.

I read constantly, mostly SciFi/Fan, 2-3 a week. I don’t normally read superhero fiction; only one prior to this which was mainstream published. I have a pretty good memory and usually have to wait many years before I can re-read anything and enjoy it again. Not only did I enjoy this book enough to look for more in the genre, I have re-read it a number of times and enjoyed it anew each occassion. (The author is a friend and asked me to be a beta-reader for him, so I went through a number of drafts and polishings. I cut him no slack.) This was better than the published “super” book I read prior to it, and as good as the majority I have subsequently read. It very much reminds me of something Heinlein would write: good story, strong characters, interesting world, leaving me wanting more.

It won an Honorable Mention from the “20th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published” Book Awards”. The sequel (Red Rook) is a continuation of the storyline from the viewpoint of a female friend (and super) and even better. A third novel of four planned is currently in draft. There are free chapters of DJ available on his website [http://fritzfreiheit.com/wiki/Dispensing_Justice], so how can you go wrong? Available in all the Ebook formats (epub, mobi, pdf, lrf, pdb, rtf, txt), and on:

His “Nova Genesis World” wiki [http://fritzfreiheit.com/wiki] contains links to both books, and background material if you are interested.

Paul Turnbull

February 4, 2014 at 6:45 PM

I fully agree with Lane. Fritz Freiheit makes the Nova Genesis world play before your eyes like a graphic novel in his book, Dispensing Justice. It’s such a fun romp through the superhero genre that I couldn’t help but grin from ear to ear as I read it.

The book is incredibly accessible with its short chapters and serial novel like pacing. It drew me in until I found myself cheering out loud for the main character during the epic battle in the book’s climax.

Unlike Lane, I’m a very casual reader and science fiction isn’t usually my first choice. So I really appreciated the subtle choices the author makes between paying homage to the classics of the genre and keeping the pacing of the story moving along. I often struggle with authors that get mired in the details of the world they’ve created and this story strikes a perfect balance between the details that provide depth and the plot that keeps the pages turning.

I highly recommend this book. It’s exactly the kind of gem that this blog is trying to uncover.

Eric Hall

February 4, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Dispensing Justice – self published by Fritz Freiheit About a year ago, I read this short novel inspired by comic books. It was well written, creative and fun. Many times I start reading something because some important reviewer says, “this is an important novel,” only to find myself turning pages out of obligation rather than enjoyment. Dispensing Justice was the opposite of that. The chapters were so short that I could easily read one or two during my 15 minute subway commute. (Full disclosure:I know the author.) This was the first self-published novel I have ever read. But by comparison to some of the “important novels” I’ve tried based on main stream recommendations, I’ll now be willing to look outside the bookstore for reading material.


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Jenny's mini-review[edit]

Posted December 14th, 2011

Dispensing Justice – a superhero tale told in an alternative 80s world, this book moves fast and is full of delicious fight scenes. Part of the joy for older readings is finding 80s pop-culture references, but younger readers will love it just the same for the characters and actions. Recommended for YA readers who love superheros, the 80s, and saving the day. You’re welcome to read the first chapter for free.

Paul Turnbull's review[edit]

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

Bob Brill's review[edit]

Bob is a friend and fellow writer. Here's his review of Dispensing Justice. -- Fritz 11:31, 23 December 2011 EST

     I'm way beyond the age of the intended audience for Dispensing Justice, so I know almost nothing about the current genre of young adult action adventure. However, this story reconnected me with that long ago time when I was totally absorbed in the world of comic books that displayed the doings of superheroes and supervillains. Author Fritz Freiheit is well positioned to be one of the genre's keenest writers, still in tune with his childhood passions, yet mature enough to bring the genre forward for today's young readers. In my day female characters were planted in the stories as helpless victims to be rescued by male superheroes. In Dispensing Justice the girls and ladies are well portrayed as superheroes (and supervillains too). No shrinking violets here.
     I had a good time reading this story. The action is fast paced, no long explanatory passages, and the narrative is spiced with humor and a youthful, zesty spirit. Although the young heroes take on adult responsibilities, they are still kids. When they are not fighting supervillains, they indulge in the latest role playing games. Early in the story superhero in training, Michael Gurick, wonders whether he can fit into the crime-fighting suit, both physically and metaphorically, of his deceased superhero father. When he is shot out of a cannon on his way to face his first adult challenge, his childish thought is, "It was better than the best amusement park ride. Ever."
     This is the first of a forthcoming series called the Nova Genesis World. This sparkling tale is an auspicious beginning for the series, a treat for the young reader and the young at heart.

-- Bob Brill  (e)

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     Dispensing Justice takes place in a world that diverged from ours in 1947 when a supernova bathed our solar system in deadly cosmic rays. Without the intervention of the interstellar civilization of Galactics, life on Earth would have been wiped out. Thirty-seven years later the second generation of supers born on earth are starting to come into their powers.


DJ is the acronym for the Nova Genesis novel Dispensing Justice, the first novel in Fritz Freiheit's Nova Genesis SF superhero world. (e)


In 1947, a near-Earth supernova's wavefront washes the solar system with cosmic radiation. Thirty seven years later, high school freshman Michael Gurick's father is killed by supervillains. Michael takes up his father's super-identity to seek justice --- or will it be revenge?

Dispensing Justice is a young adult, science fiction novel featuring original superheroes in an alternate history setting. Cover art and interior illustrations by Matt Howarth. It is the first book in the Nova Genesis World series. (e)

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