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Seven Wonders

3.28  ·  Rating details ·  1,042 ratings  ·  152 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
Aug 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: angry-robot, 2012
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
Jun 24, 2012 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 shouti
Chris Bauer
Dec 14, 2012 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
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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 03, 2012 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
Jun 18, 2012 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
Kara 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
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: super-hero, sci-fi
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Jul 20, 2012 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, millionair
Ranting Dragon
Dec 28, 2012 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
Aug 28, 2012 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
Aug 01, 2012 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
Lee Stoneman
Nov 13, 2013 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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Russell Allison
Oct 06, 2012 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 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
Andy Bigwood
Dec 21, 2014 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 17, 2012 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 06, 2012 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
Aug 18, 2014 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
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
Jul 16, 2016 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
Kate Sherrod
Jun 18, 2012 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.
LAPL Reads
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
What if you woke up one morning with a super power? Super strength? Super speed? X-ray vision? Invulnerability? The ability to fly? What if, over the course of several weeks, you developed all of these powers and more? Does having these powers change who you are? More importantly, does having super powers automatically make you a superhero? These are just some of the questions explored in Adam Christopher’s novel, Seven Wonders.

Tony Prosdocimi is a regular guy. He works a dead-end job at Big Dea
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
In the waning days of Superheroes in the world, there is only 1 superteam left. The Seven Wonders, look over their city of San Ventura, CA and they protect it from the last Super Villian; The Cowl and his sidekick; Blackbird. But then a normal guy starts getting powers and upsets the balance. Its pulpy genre fiction, police procedural, super fights, alien weaponry, good fun stuff. I like his take on the tropes of the superhero and how it affects the world at large. Fun read.

I think one of the mo
Richard Howard
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2018
"He pushed past the two women and opened the safe hatch without difficulty, somehow negating the locking mechanism with a residual superpower."
This sentence is typical of what starts out as a promising look at what might happen should an ordinary person develop superpowers but morphs into a gigantic mess of 'anything goes' where no explanation is offered about... well anything really. Powers develop, transfer, fade, extinguish, with no rationale except that the plot requires them to do so. All t
Jonas Salonen
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Some spoilers.

This was great! Christopher is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors!

So the book tells a story about super heroes. The story in itself is quite interesting but what really makes the book shine is how it is written. Christopher has a gift of writing scenes that are both very movielike and on the other hand really easy to picture in your mind.

Actually the only problem I had with this was the first kill made by the new super hero. It happened somehow too easily and quickly. I w
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Disappointing. It was a good premise, but I think the author had too many ideas, too many characters and tried to do too much. The result feels like a set of related mini-stories, with the main characters constantly changing.

Some neat battles. Some cool powers, but with so many supers none of those powers is explored to a satisfying level. Killing blows come out of nowhere, and often I was half a page past the end of a fight before I realised someone was dead and not just comic book style defeat
David Vinther
Apr 13, 2019 rated it liked it
There were a lot of really cool, fun parts to this book, but some of it was confusing and seemed unnecessary. I still don't understand what happened to Tony that made him so evil so quickly. He seemed like he wanted to be the hero, and the next thing you know he's dropping a teenager from 200 ft in the air just for fun...I know power corrupts, but over the span of a couple of days, that's a bit goofy. Some of the superhero names are fun, but others are kinda dumb...The book sets up for a sequel, ...more
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Adam Christopher’s debut novel EMPIRE STATE was SciFiNow’s Book of the Year and a Financial Times Book of the Year. The author of MADE TO KILL, STANDARD HOLLYWOOD DEPRAVITY, and KILLING IS MY BUSINESS, Adam’s other novels include SEVEN WONDERS, THE AGE ATOMIC, and THE BURNING DARK.

Adam has also written the official tie-in novels for the hit CBS television show ELEMENTARY, and the award-winning DI

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