Review: ‘Outbreak Mutiny’, by James Sandlin

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Blurb

ALTERNATE HISTORY. WITH SUPERHEROES.

December 31, 1929, was a Day That Lived in Infamy. A war between extraordinary beings with superpowers ended in DEFEAT for the United States and her Allies. Darkness fell on a Golden Age of heroes at the hands of the REICH.

Ten years later, all still mourn the anniversary of the day the Reich seized control during Operation TripleReich. Life is a struggle for the Remnant States occupying the middle of the Old US.

A virus in the Chicago Zone reignites the conflict between good and evil as the Outbreak Mutineers gather to stop the plague’s deadly origins.

Join the Outbreak Babies: – Buccaneer, Clockwork, Atlas, and more- as they battle the Warlords of Reich. Their adventures stretch across the years and through the sewers, high-seas, and even a city park.

No Matter the Time or Place, their Choice is Clear:

Die Free or Live in Chains.

Available here: rxe.me/ZDL95Q

Author’s website: www.thenovelcomics.com

 

Publication date: 19th April 2017

Published Independently

I.S.B.N.: 978-1521106679

Format: Available as Kindle e-book and paperback

This book was sent to me by Bear & The Book in return for an honest review as part of the blog tour for Outbreak Mutiny. 

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My Review

Spoilers!

Outbreak Mutiny moves back and forwards in time but centres around the various incarnations of Titus Blu, and his sister Morgan. When their mother, the great Resistance leader, Caliente Blu, dies during the attack on Boston and Titus is wounded, their lives change. The injuries activate their latent talents as Outbreak Babies. Titus and Morgan spend time at sea, under the names of Buccaneer and Round Robin. During a fight they are split up.

In his next incarnation, Titus takes the name and identity of the Ensign he rescues during the battle but who later dies of wounds, and spends three years in the Remnant State capital of Des Moines, doing paperwork. Here he meets Adam, who finally persuades him to go on a double date with Mandy and her colleague Dr. Wu. It’s New Year’s Eve 1939. It’s a disaster, Dr. Wu turns up very late and news comes through that the ChiTown-4 have broken the peace in the zone between the Reich and the Remnant States, FDR resigns and a disease called the Thirst had escaped from Chicago into the States.

Titus prepares to flee once more, heading to Lascalera Lane Park to collect his go-bag, only to bump into Morgan, now a Reich Acolyte, called Nine Tails. She isn’t after Titus but his date, Dr, Wu, a great physicist and part of the Manhattan Project. An old ally, called Clockwork, appears to help rescue both Dr. Wu and Titus. Except Clockwork isn’t Clockwork and Adam isn’t Adam. Dr. Wu is definitely Dr.Wu, though (it makes sense in context).

End of spoilers

I don’t know how to describe this book. It’s a part work, a series of issues, like a comic book. Comic books, and comic book superheroes are an important part of the story.

I really enjoyed this book. It was easy to read and not at all confusing. The plot is good and an original take on the superhero concept. I liked the characters and the concept. It’s very colourful, even without pictures. The pictures build themselves clearly in the mind. And I got full-colour, 40’s style comic books, or possibly an animated film. It would definitely make a good film, especially with the cliffhanger ending.

I really want to read the next volume.

One note: there are a few wrong words, that an editor would pick up. It’s not much and doesn’t detract from the plot.

3/5

 

 

 

 

 

 

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