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Seven Wonders

3.25  ·  Rating Details ·  848 Ratings  ·  137 Reviews
Tony Prosdocimi lives in the bustling Metropolis of San Ventura — a city gripped in fear, a city under siege by the hooded supervillain, The Cowl.

When Tony develops super-powers and acts to take down The Cowl, however, he finds that the local superhero team Seven Wonders aren’t as grateful as he assumed they’d be…
Paperback, 411 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by Angry Robot (first published January 1st 2012)
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Dan Schwent
Oct 03, 2012 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, angry-robot
San Ventura is helpless against super villain The Cowl's reign of terror and even its resident superheroes, the Seven Wonders, are powerless to stop him. However, the Cowl's powers begin to wane as a retail wage slave named Tony Prosdocimi finds himself gaining more powers by the day. Will Tony take down the Cowl and join the Seven Wonders?

For months now, I've been looking for a good superhero novel. Now I've found it!

Seven Wonders is a lot deeper than my quick summary indicates. Nothing is bla
Jul 10, 2012 sj rated it it was amazing
[sigh] Another amazing cover from the folks over at Angry Robot Books.

I'm not going to waste time talking about how awesome I think the cover is, though (even if I do), I want to talk about the book itself. Or...try to, anyway.

"What? Try? What is she talking about? SJ NEVER HAS A PROBLEM TALKING ABOUT BOOKS!"

This time I do.

There are (sadly) few books that make me feel like this one did. That feeling you I get where you I want to grab random people on the street by their lapels while shouting "Ho
Chris Bauer
Dec 20, 2012 Chris Bauer rated it it was ok
I was listening to a podcast last week which pointed out the lack of superhero sci-fi and described it as an unusual minority in the genre. So I made a point to pick up a couple of recent books which had that theme.

I've read Adam Christopher's "Empire State" before and was disappointed by the work but I figured I'd give his newest novel "Seven Wonders" a try.

I think it was the most frustrating book I've read all year. And that really bothered me. I've listened to interviews and read articles by
Tasha Robinson
The latest in a growing wave of superhero novels starts off with a young man who's suddenly developing superpowers, to his delight, especially when it means he can join the fight against The Cowl, the horrific, murderous supervillain who's terrorized his city for years. But once he gets involved, he finds out the Seven Wonders, the superheroes who supposedly protect his city, aren't what they appear to be, and they've been consciously tolerating the status quo for years.

This sounds like a great
Milo (Bane of Kings)
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“An awesome novel that is one of my favourites so far this year. For those who thought that Christopher’s Empire State would be the best of his novels, then think again - Seven Wonders is much better. Reads like a superhero comic book in novel form. Unmissable.” ~The Founding Fields

Empire State was one of the novels that I read towards the end of 2011, and the only reason why it wasn’t included in my Best of 2011 list was because it was well
Aug 09, 2012 Taryn rated it it was ok
I have a not-so-secret love of comic books, graphic novels, manga–whatever you want to call it. In high school, going to the local bookstore (a Borders, RIP) was a treat, something saved for my post-birthday cash, and allowed me to amass a pretty solid collection of graphic novels, including Battle Royale, Peach Girl, and Inu-Yasha. Though I’ve been out of high school for eight years now, I still enjoy a good comic now and then: Watchmen, Fables, The Walking Dead.

I give this back story to illust
Bob Milne
Aug 30, 2012 Bob Milne rated it really liked it
Shelves: superheroes
Growing up, I was an absolutely huge fan of comic books. Every Wednesday and every Friday we'd either grab our bikes or hop on the bus downtown to pick up the newest releases. Although I was primarily a Marvel man (The Amazing Spider-Man, The Uncanny X-Men, Excalibur, and The Incredible Hulk were my must-haves), I regularly hopped shelves into DC territory or some of the independents. At some point, however, I began to lose interest. Part of it was frustration with the expensive gimmicks of vari ...more
Mar 09, 2014 Aneirys rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Seven Wonders by Adam Christopher wasn't a book that made me want to drop everything else for it. I found myself playing multiples rounds of minesweeper instead of finishing the novel. Halfway thru I started skipping pages and getting straight to the dialog which was almost 20% of the book.

In a way it felted like a parody of the now popular superheroes, for example:

Hephaestus- was some kind of Thor like superhero with the hammer and everything.
The Cowl- representing the playboy, millionaire
Mar 21, 2013 Mjhancock rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi, super-hero
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Ben Babcock
I love the idea of superhero fiction. I don't actually read that much, mostly because it comes in the form of comics and graphic novels. I don't have anything against those. They're just not my typical jam.

The sudden trend towards writing about superheroes in the novel form is a boon to me, then, because the novel is my jam. (I'm a little pessimistic about the shelf life of the novel as a form in the digital age, but that's another story.) In particular, in this translation of superheroes from p
Johann Thorsson
The book starts off with a bang, I can’t remember the last book that really got me like Seven Wonders. (Ok, I can. It was The Reapers are the Angels). We start in a bank being robbed by a supervillain and his henchmen, and we are introduced to the protagonist, Tony, who is wondering whether he should use his newly discovered superpowers to stop the robbery. The villain is dark and evil and the reader really gets a sense of the terror he holds over the residents of San Ventura in general, and the ...more
Lee Stoneman
Sep 03, 2016 Lee Stoneman rated it did not like it
Seven Wonders started out with such high potential. As an avid comic reader I was keen to try out some long form fiction set in a superhero universe. The opening chapters started well and then it was downhill from there.
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Ranting Dragon
Dec 28, 2012 Ranting Dragon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: stephan

Are we heading into a new age of comic book popularity, much like the Golden Age of Comics? Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy and Marvel’s Cinematic Universe seem to have dissolved the barrier between comic geeks and… well, everyone else. With films like Man of Steel, The Wolverine, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, and Kick-Ass 2, next year seems poised to continue that trend. Meanwhile, DC has rebooted all of its comics, and Marvel is doing a simil
Sep 06, 2012 Paul rated it really liked it
Fear the might of… The Cowl!

Tony Prosdocimi lives in the bustling metropolis of San Ventura - a city utterly gripped by fear, a city under siege by the hooded supervillain, The Cowl.

When Tony develops super-powers and acts to take down The Cowl, however, he finds that the local superhero team, the Seven Wonders, aren't anything like as grateful as he assumed they would be...

I am, and always will be, a comic book geek at heart. Before I developed a passion for reading novels I grew up with 2000A
Benito Corral
Oct 15, 2012 Benito Corral rated it it was amazing
Adam Christopher exploded onto the scene with his debut novel Empire State, and he is poised to make even more noise with his sophomore effort, Seven Wonders. Seven Wonders is a big budget summer blockbuster action packed superhero movie, all of it brilliantly captured in novel form and with enough plot twists, secret identities and double crosses to satisfy even the most jaded of comic book aficionados.

Christopher sets his story in the "Shining City" of San Ventura, home to the last superhero t
Russell Allison
Oct 06, 2012 Russell Allison rated it did not like it
More like 1.5 stars. One of the most disappointing wasted set-ups and concepts I've seen in a while. Describes a comic book universe that has tons of super heroes in it that have basically shut down all the super villains and retired, except for one Team the Seven Wonders (Justice League/Avengers) analog, and one single Super Villain (Batman/Superman) analog. The plot hints at some hidden reveal about why the Seven Wonders have tolerated the last super villain, but ends up ending in a huge battl ...more
Russell James
Oct 03, 2012 Russell James rated it it was amazing
Want to know an author’s nightmare (or at least one of them)? Picking up a novel so good that you read it to the exclusion of finishing writing one of your own. That makes Seven Wonders my nightmare.

Well-written, well-paced, well-plotted. The story of Tony Prosdocimi and his interactions with Cowl, Blackbird and the Seven Wonders draws you in to a fascinating alternate reality where every city once had its own superheroes and supervillains. Sharp prose places you deep in the action and makes the
Aug 24, 2014 Andy rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Cute story about an alternate reality California full of superheros. The plot took twists I didn't expect which is nice, but was still fairly shallow. I loved the attention to detail in super hero naming, which culminated with this quote:
Over two days, the remaining superheroic population of the Earth had heeded the call--by ship, teleport, magical portal, elemental transduction...the H-Man, Pangolin the Protector, Glass Tambourine, Omega-Mur, Hammer and Sickle, Jackdaw, the Infinite Wisdom, Do
Andy Bigwood
Dec 21, 2014 Andy Bigwood rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was all over the place, swapping protagonists about a third of the way in… it lost me entirely when the last super villian FOUND GOD and was REDEEMED. I loath religion and resent being ambushed by it. Deleted at 51% Complete
Jul 16, 2016 Greg rated it did not like it
An interesting and somewhat underutilized setting brought low by some of the worst characters I have ever had the misfortune to experience. The main character has a personality change so sudden it is as if the author forgot which character he was writing at the time. The Justice Avengers (Seven Wonders) are unlikable in the extreme. Plot holes, terrible dialogue, and almost random plot developments ruined any satisfaction gained by the setting. I was with this book for around the first third and ...more
Josh Meadows
Sep 05, 2012 Josh Meadows rated it liked it
A confused novel.
Oct 03, 2012 Ken rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: superheroes
I've been reading a lot of superhero novels lately and each book handles this subgenre differently. With Wild Cards you have very political driven stories and with Matt Forbeck's Brave New World series, you get a lot of action-packed entertainment. Now with Seven Wonders you have a story that stays true to its comic book origin and one where you can feel just how passionate the author is to these stories.

With a name like Seven Wonders, you might mistakenly think that the book is about the exploi
Sep 22, 2012 Cat rated it really liked it
Shelves: superhero
Seven Wonders by Kiwi author Adam Christopher is a superhero novel set in the fictional city of San Ventura. The city, once plagued by supervillains, is now mostly peaceful thanks to the Seven Wonders, a team of superheroes. However, there is one remaining supervillain causing trouble in San Ventura: The Cowl. When Tony, an ordinary citizen of San Ventura, starts to manifest super powers, he decides to do what the Seven Wonders have been unable to do – defeat the Cowl once and for all.

Seven Wond
Nov 11, 2014 Chrys rated it really liked it
This was my first non-visual superhero adventure and I loved the fact that Adam Christopher was able to paint such fantastic imagery with words. This was a no holds barred action adventure that was highly entertaining, with great characters and a brilliant story arc. There was no nonsense with the time line, events unfolded in a very linear fashion which made me happy as I could just enjoy the ride. I'll definitely be recommending this one
Thor Aegir
I'm unsure on how to rate this book.

From a certain point of view, this book has nice twists compared to the common super hero novel. You keep getting surprised all along reading it.

There are seeds for a lot of nice characters, from super-vilains to sidekicks to super-heroes, and to PD detectives.

BUT... the seeds never grow. The characters' psychologies are skimmed where it should be examined in details. All twists comes from nowhere. It is a descent to hell... without the descent. In half a page
Jan 03, 2015 Todd rated it really liked it
I just finished this this morning. Good, quick read. I rather like Adam Christopher and I am catching myself up since we are discussing Empire State in Modern Masters at Panera on Route 17 in Ramsey at the end of the month (January 23 at 8p if you want to stop in).

What can I say about 7 Wonders? Well, it is a typical Superhero story... sort of... I mean, if you took Marvel and DV and threw them in a blender then added the TV show Chuck, then sprinkled that certain Adam Christopher weirdness and
Feb 03, 2014 Carl rated it really liked it
You know me... I just love superheroes, I even look like one with my mighty square jaw and barrell chest!
I have read quite a few superhero novels and this is up there with the best of em.
Starts off at a fair old pace and keeps running. Tony a normal bloke wakes up with superpowers and set his sights on the devious master criminal The Cowl.
During a bank heist by the Cowl and his cohorts , Tony uses his powers to stop the robbery and go toe to toe with the super powered criminal.
He has the residen
Aug 02, 2014 Arie rated it liked it
Seven Wonders is a mix of fantastic and frustrating. The first half of this book, I would have rated as a five star book. It is delightfully written and full of wonder as the reader is immersed in San Ventura and its world of heroes and villains. It begins as a bit of a "who done it" and continues down a somewhat noir vein and is a quite fun to read, and kept me on my toes as twists appeared, at one point when I even dropped my book in surprise.

Then, after a major event at the halfway point, al
Tyrannosaurus regina
At its foundation, this is a story with a lot of really interesting ideas—particularly those to do with the symbiotic roles of superhero and supervillain, and the sometimes fine line between them—but in execution it's kind of a big ol' mess. The novel that's described in the summary only lasts for maybe the first quarter of the book then it veers off into several other directions, often without much sense or transition, and most of the characters are simultaneously unlikeable and lacking any dep ...more
Kate Sherrod
Jul 02, 2012 Kate Sherrod rated it it was amazing
I was a beta-reader for this book, and while as a rule superhero fiction isn't my thing, if all superhero fiction were like this, it would WAY be my thing. Can't wait to see the "proper" version.

And yes, I do make some exceptionally fine pizza.
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Adam Christopher is a novelist and comic writer, and award-winning editor.

The author of MADE TO KILL, volume 1 in The LA Trilogy, Adam is co-writer of THE SHIELD for Dark Circle Comics and author of the official tie-in novels novels based on the hit CBS television show ELEMENTARY.

Born in New Zealand, Adam has lived in Great Britain since 2006.
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