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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:
- Amazon [http://www.amazon.com/Dispensing-Justice-Nova-Genesis-World/dp/0984795537/],
- Barnes & Noble [http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dispensing-justice-fritz-freiheit/1037149148],
- CreateSpace [https://www.createspace.com/3771981],
- Smashwords [http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/110967],
- iTunes [http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/dispensing-justice/id489790882].
His “Nova Genesis World” wiki [http://fritzfreiheit.com/wiki] contains links to both books, and background material if you are interested.
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.
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.
February 5, 2014 at 1:57 PM
Even more in the Nova Genesis World: The Red Rook
Dispensing Justice by Fritz Freiheit has already been recommended above. I really enjoyed it and so did my three teen kids.
I want to also mention that it already has a sequel that I actually enjoyed MORE: The Red Rook [http://www.amazon.com/Red-Rook-Nova-Genesis-World-ebook/dp/B00DW0NLAG/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1391626309&sr=8-3&keywords=The+Red+Rook].
It’s a great coming-of-age story from a female perspective, even if she already has her own amazing abilities, emphasizing what it means to find your own independence and sense of adulthood. Our whole family loved it. We’re really looking forward to the third in the series.
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