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(Vanguard Prime #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Elite superhero team Vanguard Prime has a new recruit . . .

Sam Lee was just a normal teenager . . . until the disastrous emergence of his superpowers. Now he has the chance to join his childhood heroes and become the youngest-ever member of Vanguard Prime. But when the time comes, will Sam have what is takes to save the world?
Paperback, 1st Edition , 216 pages
Published July 25th 2012 by Puffin (Penguin Books, Australia)
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Experiment BL626
CAUTION: Long Review

The book was unexpectedly campy. There were parts that I liked and parts I didn't like.

Parts I Liked

+ good writing

The writing was in present tense so the action felt closer to me as if I sat in the front seat of a movie theater. As a matter of fact, the plot read like a typical action movie which I liked.

I quickly got comfortable with the writing after a few pages. I liked how straightforward the writing was; I tend to glaze over imagery but I didn't in this book. It was easy
Ben Langdon
Nov 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
‘Vanguard Prime: Goldrush’, Steven Lochran

They used to say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but I think that saying has long since disappeared. In the world of selling books if you’re not a JK Rowling or other house-name author, the cover of your book is what gets the readers’ attention.

Steven Lochran has worked as a publishing rep so you can tell he knows what it takes to get a book onto the booksellers’ shelves. Chad McCown and Lochran have come up with a tremendous superhero cover w
Jul 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone who enjoys comics and superheroes. Perfect for reluctant readers and middle grade boys.
Recommended to Maryanne by: NetGalley
This review is made possible through NetGalley ARC from Penguin Books Australia, (Imprint: Puffin). Thanks NetGalley!

Publication Date: July 25, 2012

Vanguard Prime is Steven Lochran’s comic book imagination brought to life in novel form. A feast of superheroes with superpowers, powered up villains and high stakes burst from the action-packed pages.

An ordinary teenager turned reluctant superhero is a device which works well in Rick Riordan’s bestselling Percy Jackson series, and is used to good e
May 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
There is never a dull moment in this first book of Steven Lochran's Vanguard Prime series. From the outset, as Sam Lee is dropped off by his parents to join the ranks of Vanguard Prime as its youngest-ever member, we know we are in for a ride and a half. We get to know Sam, piece by piece, and little by little we understand he is a reluctant recruit, totally overwhelmed by the prospect of being "Goldrush" and in the company of his childhood idols, Agent Alpha and Gaia. Sam's superpower is supers ...more
Travis Berketa
Oct 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
If you are a fan of superhero comics, you'll enjoy this. However, if you want to read something that is totally different from most other superhero stories, then you might be a little disheartened, as Vanguard Prime: Goldrush pretty much follows the cliche of most superhero stories; young hero comes into powers, young hero is seen as too young to be able to handle powers, young hero fails to impress other heroes, young hero proves himself by saving the world. The original members of Vanguard Pri ...more
Nov 10, 2012 rated it liked it
You'll enjoy this book if you like the superhero genre. It's a pretty standard superhero story, with Sam Lee (alias Goldrush) trying to come to terms with his powers. I don't mind the way the book is written, but there are many loopholes in the story that have you wondering "Why would they do that?" or "How could that happen?"

I guess the biggest question I had was, how could a kid who is still trying to figure out his powers going to be able to defeat one of the most dangerous supervillains in t
Oct 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is an action-packed adventure for those who enjoy superhero stories like the Avengers and X-Men. A quick read, but a real rush which barely slowed down from beginning to end. Set in a world where some people have developed superpowers for no understandable reason, the main character is a teenage boy whose life has been turned upside down because of his unexpected power.
A great read and highly recommended - particularly for boys aged 10+ depending on reading ability.
Dylan H
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Enjoyed a varied take of sorts on this genre. Yes there were some staples of hero works, the flying, all powerful hero and archenemy..but Goldrush as a character is nice and realistic, as much as he can be. He shows a part of heroism most don't. He does have fear. Which helps his character development greatly. Overall the book is a good read.
Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Super heroes, super action, but with an attempt to deal with growing-up issues as well.

Very popular in the library.

Dominik Tomek
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Good book, easy to follow story with heroes who are set as role models of humanity or rather the monopolization of them. Everyone may understand it differently
Dec 28, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

While Goldrush didn't bring any new concepts to the superhero genre, it was a solid read. It was fast-paced and story was fairly interesting. Interesting enough to want to know what Lee and the gang gets up to next!

Tobias Wolf
Nov 15, 2012 rated it liked it
I gave this book a three, because it's a superhero book by an Australian author. However, I found the story quite predictable and the heroes were not too original, also it seemed overly Americanised. (view spoiler) I w ...more
George Ivanoff
Fun read! Lots of adventure.
Jul 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Reading Aussie authors. This reads well for a young audience. Lots of energy and visual storytelling.
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Steven Lochran spent his childhood writing stories and now he does it for a living. He graduated from Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor's degree in Creative Writing, and has worked as a film critic, projectionist and DJ. He's spent the last decade in the publishing industry surrounded by books, as well as writing the VANGUARD PRIME and PALADERO series. He lives in Melbourne with ...more

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