A delightfully silly and bizarre superhero tale, with an ending that practically guarantees further installments.


After mysteriously losing his abilities, a psychic superhero tries to prevent an assassination and thwart a powerful villain in this comedy-action sequel.

To protect his loved ones, Edger Bonkovich pretends to be dead after the evil organization Nostradamus destroys his house. He’s living in Burbank, California, with spy Mary Thomas of the Global Strategic Peace Organization Taskforce as his protector and cover wife. Edger has the ability to access the Collective Unconscious, a “psychic stratum” of everyone living or dead. Bruce Lee, for example, can temporarily take control, affording Edger martial arts deftness. But when Nostradamus agents suddenly attack Edger and Mary at home, his power inexplicably vanishes. He only has access to Nigel Willianbottom, a Brit with few discernible skills. Meanwhile, Australian Prime Minister Watson is planning to admit he’s a Nostradamus official and name others. GSPOT boss Alexandra Hamilton assigns Edger and Mary the task of preventing the prime minister’s potential assassination. But Alex distrusts Mary, who confesses Watson is her father, whom she wouldn’t mind killing. Edger soon learns of a supervillain who’s capable of reading minds. Despite his diminished psychic abilities, Edger has a ring that, combined with the super-serum in his blood, covers him in a super-suit for inevitable confrontations with baddies. Beem (Edger, 2018, etc.) loads his second series installment with vivid characters and subplots. Many of them ultimately link to Edger (for example, a Russian assassin) or have a pre-existing connection, like Fabio Jimenez, Edger’s best friend who believes he’s dead. While readers may have trouble keeping up with the influx of characters, the story retains a steady pace of action and high jinks. These include clones, possible aliens, and a Collective Unconscious message from Edger’s supposedly dead father. Humor is in abundance, from mostly unhelpful Nigel to appearances by real-life figures, including Freud and Vladimir Putin. But there are sincere moments as well, as the goofy but likable protagonist expresses genuine feelings for Mary and misses his friends and family.

A delightfully silly and bizarre superhero tale, with an ending that practically guarantees further installments.

Pub Date: March 31, 2019


Page Count: 305

Publisher: Time Tunnel Media

Review Posted Online: March 4, 2019

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Hoover’s (November 9, 2015, etc.) latest tackles the difficult subject of domestic violence with romantic tenderness and emotional heft.

At first glance, the couple is edgy but cute: Lily Bloom runs a flower shop for people who hate flowers; Ryle Kincaid is a surgeon who says he never wants to get married or have kids. They meet on a rooftop in Boston on the night Ryle loses a patient and Lily attends her abusive father’s funeral. The provocative opening takes a dark turn when Lily receives a warning about Ryle’s intentions from his sister, who becomes Lily’s employee and close friend. Lily swears she’ll never end up in another abusive home, but when Ryle starts to show all the same warning signs that her mother ignored, Lily learns just how hard it is to say goodbye. When Ryle is not in the throes of a jealous rage, his redeeming qualities return, and Lily can justify his behavior: “I think we needed what happened on the stairwell to happen so that I would know his past and we’d be able to work on it together,” she tells herself. Lily marries Ryle hoping the good will outweigh the bad, and the mother-daughter dynamics evolve beautifully as Lily reflects on her childhood with fresh eyes. Diary entries fancifully addressed to TV host Ellen DeGeneres serve as flashbacks to Lily’s teenage years, when she met her first love, Atlas Corrigan, a homeless boy she found squatting in a neighbor’s house. When Atlas turns up in Boston, now a successful chef, he begs Lily to leave Ryle. Despite the better option right in front of her, an unexpected complication forces Lily to cut ties with Atlas, confront Ryle, and try to end the cycle of abuse before it’s too late. The relationships are portrayed with compassion and honesty, and the author’s note at the end that explains Hoover’s personal connection to the subject matter is a must-read.

Packed with riveting drama and painful truths, this book powerfully illustrates the devastation of abuse—and the strength of the survivors.

Pub Date: Aug. 2, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-5011-1036-8

Page Count: 320

Publisher: Atria

Review Posted Online: May 30, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2016

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A flabby, fervid melodrama of a high-strung Southern family from Conroy (The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline), whose penchant for overwriting once again obscures a genuine talent. Tom Wingo is an unemployed South Carolinian football coach whose internist wife is having an affair with a pompous cardiac man. When he hears that his fierce, beautiful twin sister Savannah, a well-known New York poet, has once again attempted suicide, he escapes his present emasculation by flying north to meet Savannah's comely psychiatrist, Susan Lowenstein. Savannah, it turns out, is catatonic, and before the suicide attempt had completely assumed the identity of a dead friend—the implication being that she couldn't stand being a Wingo anymore. Susan (a shrink with a lot of time on her hands) says to Tom, "Will you stay in New York and tell me all you know?" and he does, for nearly 600 mostly-bloated pages of flashbacks depicting The Family Wingo of swampy Colleton County: a beautiful mother, a brutal shrimper father (the Great Santini alive and kicking), and Tom and Savannah's much-admired older brother, Luke. There are enough traumas here to fall an average-sized mental ward, but the biggie centers around Luke, who uses the skills learned as a Navy SEAL in Vietnam to fight a guerrilla war against the installation of a nuclear power plant in Colleton and is killed by the authorities. It's his death that precipitates the nervous breakdown that costs Tom his job, and Savannah, almost, her life. There may be a barely-glimpsed smaller novel buried in all this succotash (Tom's marriage and life as a football coach), but it's sadly overwhelmed by the book's clumsy central narrative device (flashback ad infinitum) and Conroy's pretentious prose style: ""There are no verdicts to childhood, only consequences, and the bright freight of memory. I speak now of the sun-struck, deeply lived-in days of my past.

Pub Date: Oct. 21, 1986

ISBN: 0553381547

Page Count: 686

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

Review Posted Online: Oct. 30, 2013

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 1986

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