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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  1,022 ratings  ·  166 reviews
As America and the Soviet Union race to build their nuclear stockpiles, two extraordinary heroes must form an uneasy alliance. These studies in opposites—shadow and light—must overcome their distrust of each other to battle evil and injustice.

Sputnik silently circles in the skies above the fabled cities of the United States as danger lurks in the Earth's darkest corners.

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ebook, 336 pages
Published May 5th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 2009)
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Aaron
Anderson brings fans of Superman and Batman back to the 1950s to present the story of the frist time they worked together. It is a time where the Cold War and the Communist Scare are primary on people's minds. Bruce Wayne is in the early years of his career when he is focusing on the corruption among Gotham City's government and the gangster lords. Clark Kent has just started up at the Daily Planet and is enjoying getting to know Lois Lane.

Lex Luther takes center stage as his various projects in
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Prester
May 12, 2009 Prester rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: kja
This book is a great addition to the legend of Superman, and now Batman as well. It would appear that Kevin J. Anderson has found yet another series in which to add to wonderfully.

It was nice to see the story take place in the old “Glory Days” of the super-heroes in question. A nice blend of the cultural, as well as governmental mistakes of the fifties with a small hint of modern day social boo-boos as well. Not to mention UFO madness.

The characters were fun and filled with the personality that
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Laura
Picked up an ARC at a library conference and ripped through it on the plane home. I haven't read much (any?) Anderson, although I know of him, but I have read loads of Batman stories. Overall, it was a light, enjoyable read suitable for a plane or the beach but it didn't do anything really all that special. In fact, one can easily find elements straight from Golden Age, The New Frontier, and Watchmen and I felt a little disappointed at that. Still, if it falls in your hands, it's not a bad way t ...more
William
This novel's one redeeming quality: Batman. By far, and long my favorite superhero (even before the Chris Nolan film trilogy), Batman is written true to form in his quest for justice. He even contemplates Superman's integrity when the Man of Steel reveals that he is an alien. Set in the 1950's, this novel allows its readers to see the two superheroes meet for the first time, and I suspect Batman's suspicious reaction to Superman is as real to his Dark Knight persona as possible. If the truth be ...more
Cathy
As a big KJA fan, I was disappointed. It was just too lightweight. At page 200 nothing had even happened yet! Most of the book was background and skirmishes that set up the "big conflict" that never really happened. Yes, Batman and Superman finally met. I enjoyed that they were suspicious of each others' actions and motives, it made a lot of sense. But there is very little action or substance to the book, it was like cotton candy. The only thing that makes sense to me is if it is the start of a ...more
Scott Lee
I really liked this book. Sorry. Bad beginning, but I wasn't sure how to begin, and four stars is labeled "really liked it"...Okay cheesy. But it makes me smile. :)

Anderson does a good job with these characters. I've never read novelizations of either Superman or Batman, and generally avoid such (my few experiences having been less than memorable). I found the setting of the novel in the fifties interesting. It works well, but especially with DC and Marvel's attempts to keep their characters sim
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Cheryl
Kevin J. Anderson brings readers a fun and exciting read with Enemies and Allies. This book takes and incorporates two of the best superheroes and pits them together to fight a mutual enemy...Lex Luther.

Lex Luther is constructing a nuclear reactor that could destroy the world. It seems that while building this reactor that he has discovered Superman's weakness to Kryptonite. The funny thing is that Lex doesn't know he possess in his hands the very thing that could bring down Superman. Lex Luthe
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Jessie Quinn (cupofbooks)
Sep 04, 2011 Jessie Quinn (cupofbooks) rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Superman fans, diehard DC fans, Golden Age fans
When I saw this at library, I had to pick it up. The writing was uninspiring, but the plot was entertaining enough to keep me reading. Anderson writes the characters as their Golden Age selves, which means if you're looking for a more contemporary, more serious take on Superman and Batman, this isn't the tie-in novel you're looking for.

For an alleged "crossover," Anderson heavily favors the Superman cast. Batman's main contribution to the plot is (view spoiler)
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Bill
Enemies and Allies sets forth a comic book thriller set in the early 1950s, creating a weird time frame with both Batman and Superman just a couple of years into their superhero gigs (even though both origins are one or two decades earlier, respectively). They're both still figuring out how to make their own lives work when they both stumble upon a plot involving Lex Luthor, a rogue Communist general, Area 51, unbelievably advanced technology, and, they each believe, the other vigilante. This ma ...more
Paul Riches
Enemies and Allies: When Superman and Batman go from Fights to Friendship

So in the late 1950’s, a recently debuted epic hero Superman met for the first time a newly minted vigilante Batman. They argue and fight and finally work together and become friends, all in order to save the day.

And to address all those glares from the collective masses who plan to revoke my Geek card, I am of course referring to the alternative history story Enemies and Allies by Kevin J. Anderson. What we get is the fol
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Chris
I had been searching for this book since it came out early May. But alas, the bookstores here did not carry it then. It took me at least a week more before I chanced upon it while it was on bargain.

Thanks to my lofty expectations, I felt that this book fell short. I have to hand it to Kevin Anderson to fit in interesting tidbits of popular culture in the 50's into the novel -- things like the Sputnik, the great comet blast in Russia, Area 51, alien movies, etc. But other than that, it did not de
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Michael
Back in the '50s, comics were stuck in a kid friendly place. The real world of the '50s was anything but. The rise of rock 'n roll, new ideas, new ways of thinking, and of course new fears were common place in the world that many seen as innocent and quiet. It wasn't really a "leave it to beaver" world. This book takes those ideas of the more realistic '50s, and combines them with two of the most iconic heroes in comics. Superman (the writer calls him by his kryptonian name, Kal-El whenever he's ...more
Kit
I really enjoyed this for what it was, which was fairly mindless distraction reading. The short chapters zip by, with handy bat or "S" logos on the front of each to let you know whose storyline you're following. I loved the idea of setting Superman and Batman's introduction to each other and to the world as superheroes in the height of the Cold War. None of the other characters have much depth, which is a shame in the case of Lois Lane, since we're in her POV for part of the time. The story is p ...more
Emi-Wan Kenobi
Gotta admit, I've read this book three times now. It's such a quick, easy read, and it's always fun to read about Batman and Superman working together! Overall it's really just a guilty pleasure kind of read, good for a few short hours of distraction. Granted it takes a bit too long for Batman and Superman to actually team up; they spend the majority of the book being distrusting of each other and working separate, if not at odds with one another.

Also sometimes it's a bit shallow, never delving
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Evan Aroko
Evan Aroko
Honors English Period 1
May 29, 2014
Enemies and Allies: The Dark Knight Meets The Man of Steel
“Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Superman!” Alongside the Dark Knight, Batman. The book Enemies and Allies by Kevin J. Anderson was an excellent fun read, that gave readers an exciting, action packed story set in the 1950’s, a time when UFO’s and communism were gai
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Rob
Breezy, page-turning fun with an excellent premise that really should have been a lot better than it was. Kevin J. Anderson is a fantastic writer and his epic space opera "The Last Days of Krypton" was beautifully crafted, creating rich beautiful space-landscapes and never talking down to its audience. Unfortunately, 'Enemies and Allies' while clearly full of ideas and energy, reads as a supermarket thriller - chapters breeze by in a flash leaving the reader yearning for longer prose and more me ...more
Wayland Smith
In a slightly different world, Superman and Batman meet for the first time in 1950's America. It's a fun book, especially if you're a hero geek like I am. It's not exactly an even split, the story is much more Metropolis than Gotham centered. For example, Alfred appears in several scenes, and Gordon in one, but Lois gets a few chapters from her POV and actually effects the plot. The big bad is Luthor, with no Batman villains appearing but for cameos in their civilian IDs, before they became vill ...more
Jake
I should start off by saying that I am not much into superhero lore, with the exception of a few Superman and Smallville episodes that come my way. I usually read much "heavier" reading, but let's face it, we all need some recreation now and then. I don't want to come off sounding snobbish by saying that Kevin Anderson isn't a real writer because he chooses Batman and Superman as his subjects. Far from it. Any novelist that can transport the reader to that faraway access in their mind is by defi ...more
Caleb Green
A hybrid universe of Superman and Batman by a great author like Anderson seems like a great concept, and it is, but the execution is lacking. The first half of the book replicates the same origins stories of Batman and Superman told again and again, without making it anymore interesting. The interactions between the two heroes is quite entertaining but sparse until the second half of the book. By the point the book actually gets good there's only 75 pages left, just enough for a short climax and ...more
Nicolaus Miller
Honestly, this book is very 'meh.' It's truly mediocre at best. As I read more and more of this book I was more and more put off by it, I finished it based on accomplishment of completion and giving the book the benefit of the doubt that one day it would get good; that day did not come. While the book claims to be an adventure SHARED by Batman and Superman, upon reading it you will find that roughly 70-75% deal with Superman, Lois Lane, or Lex Luthor, Batman and Bruce Wayne are barely involved, ...more
Megan Scott
May 12, 2014 Megan Scott rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Superman and especially Batman
As evidenced by my rating, I actually enjoyed this book. However, it still had some issues that kept me from giving it a full five-star rating.

For example, for a book about Batman *and* Superman, the big blue boy scout wasn't featured a whole lot, with most of the story being told through the perspectives of Batman and Lex Luthor (hell, fearless reporter Lois Lane seemed to be featured more than Supes!). Also, I was expecting a book about these two superheroes to be epic, but it fell just short
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Rosa
I listened to this book on audiobook in the car. I started on my way home from vacation and finished it up while stuck in traffic going to work. I ripped the cds to my ipod and just as an fyi the cd tracks are not labled in any useful kind of way so make sure you label them before you actually let it rip so you don't have to do it twice like I did because I couldn't figure out which tracks were from which disc.

As far as the story goes, both Batman and Superman were basically their golden age cha
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Bryan
4.5 stars! This novel never strives to be more than it was intended to be, but within that capacity it actually succeeds in achieving greatness!

So what makes a novel great? This is not an exhaustive list, but here are some suggestions:

- it should examine some aspect of human existence and the struggles one makes to sustain oneself and become more than just the sum of a set of parts...

(Kind of like the green kryptonite and how it affects Superman, right?)

- it should cause the reader to take a n
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Bridget

Superman is an alien from the planet Krypton. His parents knew that their planet would be destroyed so they sent him in a space craft hoping their son would make it to Earth and live a good life. Superman learns that he has special powers. He has X-Ray vision, super strength, he can even fly. Being the good man that his human parents raised him to be, he uses these powers to help humanity.

Batman became an orphan at a young age. His parents were gunned down in an alley right before his eyes. He d
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Victor Gentile
Kevin J. Anderson in his new book, “Enemies & Allies” published by It Books gives us the first team-up between Batman and Superman.

From the back cover: It was a time of international tensions, a time of hope and fear—when rock ‘n’ roll, UFOs, and the Communist menace preoccupied America; the first time in history when human beings had the power to destroy their world.

It was a time when heroes were needed more than ever.

Evil is loose in the world. As the United States and the Soviet Union rac
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Madigan McGillicuddy
Anderson takes us back to Superman and Batman's roots in this action-packed novel set in the late 1950's. I must confess, I haven't read very much of the original DC Comics, always having been a little better acquainted with the Marvel stories. I couldn't help but picture Christopher Reeve though, especially in those scenes where Clark is a nervous bumbler.

I felt Anderson ably rounded out the character of Superman, portraying him as a shy charmer with a big heart. Superman's loneliness as the on
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Tyler
This book is the tale of Superman and Batman's first meeting. It is set in the late 1950s and I think that timeline added a wonderful vintage feel to the story. The story was rich with details of early cold war America as Lex Luthor enters a nefarious collaboration with a high level KGB general in order to promote the arms build up between the two superpowers. This setting and Anderson's attention to detail really makes the book feel like the classic comic stories. The main plot connects the two ...more
Liviania

ENEMIES & ALLIES takes us back to the Cold War, a setting the Batman and Superman will always feel natural in. Thankfully, this book contains nothing about the reverse course (aka what I was studying while I read the book). The focus is on Gotham, Metropolis, a gulag, and a Caribbean island. What connects these places? The machinations of Lex Luthor.

Since Lex is the big bad, most of the focus is on Superman. This makes me a little sad as the Batman and his rogues' gallery own my heart, but i
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Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
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Danie
Media tie ins can be good, bad, or okay. This one bordered between good and okay.

Basically what Anderson wrote was a novel length story much like those that were in the comic books around when Superman debuted.

It's set during the Cold War, around the time that Joe McCarthy was persecuting people, Khrushchev banging his shoe and Sputnik was still up in the sky, all he did was add in the fact that Superman can pluck boats from the water and Batman is skulking around a Gotham City that's a separate
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Pseudonyms: Gabriel Mesta, K.J. Anderson

He has written spin-off novels for Star Wars, StarCraft, Titan A.E., and The X-Files, and is the co-author of the Dune prequels. His original works include the Saga of Seven Suns series and the Nebula Award-nominated Assemblers of Infinity. He has also written several comic books including the Dark Horse Star Wars collection Tales of the Jedi written in coll
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