Reviewed by: Michael Thal
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Approximate word count: 110-115,000 words
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Born in Pennsylvania, Vincent M Wales got smart and moved to a warmer climate when reaching adulthood. Currently residing in Sacramento, California, Wales has worn many hats including writing teacher, suicide prevention counselor, and award winning novelist. Reckoning is the first in this superhero trilogy.
Dinah Geof-Craigs grew up in a world with metahumans—people with extraordinary powers. Less than 1% of the population had the meta-gene including her big brother, Dana, who could read minds and move objects with a thought. All Dinah wanted in life was to be a mutant, just like her brother. So she kept up with press accounts of “super-powered, costumed folk doing heroic or nefarious deeds, dressed in bright costumes and sporting outlandish names.” Since she lost the mutant-gene jackpot, Dinah decided to become a scientist and figure out a way to turn herself into a meta-powered superstar worshipped by the media and the adoring public.
Vincent M. Wales’ novel, Reckoning, reads like Dinah’s memoir. Geof-Craigs takes readers from her early childhood telling stories about her dysfunctional family and her devoutly religious Christian mother. We see her relationship with brother Dana fizzle and ignite, her love affairs with several women, and a scientific breakthrough that turns Dinah Geof-Craigs into Dynamistress.
Reckoning is an outstanding book to wile away the hours watching Dinah’s powers transform her into a metahuman as she learns to relate to others of her kind and battle against creatures from another dimension with evil intentions.
Readers beware: You’ll be hard pressed to put this book down.
No significant issues
Rating: ***** Five Stars