The decision was made. Hunter Monroe - is now the Icon known as Paragon.
The man called Infinity - nearly unstoppable, the most powerful, and fuel by rage - is dead.
The victory claimed in the wake of his death came at a price. Now a year later the Imperial Lords are no more and Hunter finds himself as an intern to a powerful Icon he once called an enemy.
When Hunter and his team receive a message alerting them that Impervious - their invincible leader - has gone missing in his attempts to help another world, the young Icons take action.
Now Mo’eizus - the virus plagued homeworld of Hunter’s heritage - becomes their new destination as they join forces with the rebel group known as Bravado. Old friends, rejected recruits, and powerful new allies work together as a rescue mission is planned against an enemy that is worshiped as divinity.
As they dive deeper into Impervious’ disappearance, secrets are revealed, teams are split, bonds are tested, and old foes emerge as Paragon - and his team - face a foe that even their strongest member couldn’t defeat.
A native of Virginia, Riley Tune originally wanted to be an actor. His decision to be an actor would eventually lead him to wanting to learn how to read a script. Shortly after, he had the idea to try and write a screenplay of his own. That single idea, was the spark that would ignite the fire inside him that fueled him to be a writer. In the years that followed he wrote various screenplays, short stories, and novels before publishing his debut Warper series. He has told many writers, and readers alike, that he just loves to tell a story, and that spelling and grammar aren’t his strong points. This statement is usually followed by a compliment to his editor. He is a lover of video games, lifter of weights, and pizza aficionado. He currently resides in Raleigh, NC.
The writer gave me a free copy for my honest review. If you're a fan of Kid Sensation novels or Drew Hayes Super Powereds series then you'll enjoy Omega: An Icon story. I enjoyed this book and even though my "BAD" section is longer than the good, this still deserves each star earned. The Good: Strong characters that don't rely on their powers to get out of every single problem. Naturally, they use said powers to get out of bad spots but the lead up has them using powers mixed with common sense. Then some things they just can't defeat and it's closing in on them like the disease that's killing people. The hologram is my favorite character and that sounds odd, but he is like a funny uncle that drinks too much. You'll see what I mean. The world-building is there, but it isn't over the top. Some stories rely so much on worldbuilding and magic that it takes away from the cast. Her it felt like Earth, but just Earth with like a desert town feel and then a utopia feel. The Bad: It would be nice to see more from the government. It's mentioned but for the most part, it seems like these super-powered youths just run wild. With the government only asking them for minor cooperation. Another issue is some of the dialogue seems "meh". I wanted to complain but then the main character would say something witty and win me back over. That's just the thing, though. All the characters are developed well in regards to backstory but I wish they said or did as much as the main people. While we are on character,s some from the first book are here again and they have clearly been given more stage time. With the stage time, they are developed more. That's good, but this comes from characters I personally didn't care about in book one while characters that have potential still aren't given enough attention. In book three I hope to see more from Jen, Sasha, and some minor characters that are new but seem cool. Some plot holes were found that likely could have been caught if another reader was given during the polishing stage. Strong sex content. A good amount of it too.It's done well, but it is there. It's not graphic, but it happens about as much as you'd expect for people in the age of the characters so it's not far fetched, but still, sex is sex and it felt like it was there more than some people will like.
Full disclosure, the author gave me the book in exchange for an honest review.
Omega is the sequel to Paragon, and picks up more or less a year after the end of the previous novel as Hunter and his friends are asked to help a group of rebels from Hunter’s parent's homeworld fight against a tyrant.
Right off the bat, this book is plotted much tighter than the previous one. Even the one major sub-plot I had issues with as it happened was resolved in such a way that it affected some of the main characters decisions. As with the previous books, the characters are engaging and smart, although a time or two they commit plot-driven mistakes.
The big thing that pulled me out of the book a few times is the amount of telling; to the point that in cases the author tells us what a character doesn’t do, before telling us what they did do.
The other thing was the head-hopping. I understand what the author was trying to do by giving us a peek in everyone’s head, but I don’t think it succeeded. If nothing else, the main villain would have felt like much more of a threat if we hadn’t spent time in her head.
On the whole, this was a very entertaining novel and shows that Riley Tune has learn a great deal from writing the first book, and I look forward to reading the next one in the series
I was given a free copy of the book for my unbiased review. Pros: Diverse cast. There are a bunch of pros but this one stood out the most. White, African American, Asian, and other people are represented in the pages of the book and that's good to see. Interracial relationships and same-sex relationships are represented as well. Another pro was that there was a good mix of action and slow times that made sense. The action wasn't tossed in just for the purpose of having action. Cons: There were a variety of plot twist and unexpected moments. Some of which you see coming and some you don't. It's not really a con, but I know some readers pride themselves on figuring out the plot twist before it is revealed. If you're one of those people you will likely pick up on the little clues that will come full circle at the end. Overall: Great story! I loved the cast and their identities. Looking forward to the next book.
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This book can be read as a standalone, but you will definitely appreciate it more if you have already read the first book in the series as you will already have the connection with the characters and I'd recommend that people don't skip the first book.
With the events of the first book having a fairly dramatic impact on the main cast, the author could have taken a lower key approach to this follow-up, but he opts not to do that, throwing much of the cast into a civil war on an alien planet with the net result of the team seeing even more dramatic changes by the end of this instalment.
The narrator's tone helped to enhance the book overall and his range for the wide cast was also suitably distinctive.
Overall, a strong follow-up, it will be interesting to see where the author takes this team in subsequent books.
[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]
I loved the book. I feel like some of the female characters didn't get as much shine time as their male counterparts, but when they do they really shine. If I had the option to read a spin-off or a prequel I'd like it to be based on one of the females in the story. Considering how the main character's sister is a lesbian in an interracial relationship, it would be nice to see how her story unfolds in her younger years. That would be a good twist on the hero genre to see how a world of god-like beings reacts to some things that are still frowned upon by the world. Even in 2019. Just an idea and a hint for the writer if they see this review.
With the MCU taking over in many forms of media, superhero books have been popping up all over the place. This SEEMS like a good thing for superhero fans but it isn't. So many people write in the genre and you can tell they don't really like heroes, comics, or powers. This WASN'T the case for Paragon: An Icon Story (the prequel to this novel) and it wasn't the case for Omega: An Icon Story. Great story with good character. Now does it have as many character and backstories as say a Drew Hayes novel? No. But sometimes 200k pages isn't needed. I'd put this up there with Drew Hayes and Brandon Sanderson's hero novels in a heartbeat. I hope the series continues because it has potential.
I really enjoyed this book. I didn't actually read the first book, though. I listened to it on audio (free for unbiased review) so I was naturally ready for this one too. I intend to listen to the audio again but wanted to invest in the book since the author is indie. I feel like Omega was more action-packed than the first book in the series which can sometimes make a book feel flat, but the non-action moments propelled the story along and made it worth the read. Fantastic job.
I was given a free copy of this book from the author for my honest review. Decent story. Def worth reading the next in the series. There are some strong sexual tones in here though. I wouldn't recommend for uber young readers. The phrase "hero in the streets, villain in the sheets" is used. I personally laughed at that part, but some parents to younger readers may not like it. Outside of that, it was a good
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I was given a free copy of this book from the author for my honest review. Decent story. Def worth reading the next in the series. There are some strong sexual tones in here though. I wouldn't recommend for uber young readers. The phrase "hero in the streets, villain in the sheets" is used. I personally laughed at that part, but some parents to younger readers may not like it. Outside of that, it was a good "superhero" book without all the cliches.
enjoyed the story. Good Job Riley. I will say that it was surprising that the POV changed from book one to book two. It's not illegal, but still, it was a shock. I liked the change, though. There are many characters all with their own little stuff going on and sometimes 1st person doesn't cut it.