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The question of whether Vance was dead or not became more than academic when he found himself in a bathtub up to his chin in ice water like some forgotten cocktail garnish, a demonic woman standing over him, and no memory of how he got there.
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Dispensing Justice

Reviews listed in chronological order.

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)

Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons

From Amazon[edit]

DC - 5.0 out of 5 stars

Great read

March 10, 2018

Format: Kindle Edition -- Verified Purchase

Great Si-Fi book. This will keep you on your toes as you struggle with Vance Coreman in his fight for knowledge.

-- https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R263Q14ZUARJIO/

"aweyhing" - 5.0 out of 5 stars

I had a ton of fun peeling back the layers of this imaginative adventure.

April 19, 2019

Format: Kindle Edition

I was fully engaged from the first page through to the end. It was so much fun investigating this mystery (or mysteries?) with Vance Coreman and Ms. Doolittle. Mystery, adventure, good characters, more mystery, sly jokes, etc...

The story starts as fantastical-yet-modest mystery, but quickly expands to much more. Every new detail we learn of Vance's predicament makes us more curious to find answers along with him. The story is surprisingly intricate but never feels complex.

-- https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/RWUK7EIVS5U7R/

LaurenH - 4.0 out of 5

Ignore the back cover description. Fast-paced adventure with a bit of video game-style setting

July 9, 2019

Format: Kindle Edition

The description of the book doesn't do it justice, I think. I was thrown off initially by the description of the character waking up with no memory in a bathtub. But, it actually works. The character lives in a world like a video game simulation with magic. He's learning the rules, quickly, but there's certainly a sense of panic that he won't learn things fast enough. The pacing is nicely done, and I would enjoy reading another in the series. Fantasy, adventure, mystery. Good fun!

Side note: I only give 5 stars to books that were absolutely stellar, so there's certainly no disrespect intended with 4 stars. I really enjoyed and recommend this book. As 4 stars indicates on Goodreads, I "really liked it."

-- https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R1403TJDHTI2/

From Goodreads[edit]

Lauren H's review

May 29, 2019

4 out of 5 stars

The description of the book doesn't do it justice, I think. I was thrown off initially by the description of the character waking up with no memory in a bathtub. But, it actually works. The character lives in a world like a video game simulation with magic. He's learning the rules, quickly, but there's certainly a sense of panic that he won't learn things fast enough. The pacing is nicely done, and I would enjoy reading another in the series. Fantasy, adventure, mystery. Good fun!

-- https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2838482492

 (e)

The Red Rook

"[I]t’s a rollicking, exciting story, with a ton of grand action sequences (the androids’ attack on the school is particularly great), fantastic humor, and much, much more."

-- Rook's Gambit a review by Scott Slemmons at HeroSandwich.net

 (e)


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