My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I was lucky enough to receive a review copy of the audiobook edition of Crimson Son by Russ Linton ; a book in my favorite genre, superhero prose fiction!
Crimson Son is the story of nineteen year old Spencer Harrington, the son of the world’s last active superhero the Crimson Mask. Two years ago his father’s arch nemesis the Black Beetle kidnapped Spencer’s mother and ever since that day he’s been confined to his father’s arctic bunker where he is primarily left to his own devices. Plenty of time to stew in resentment for his father and the Black Beetle. When at last an attack on the “Icehole” and an escape pod set him free he has only one thing on his mind; finding his missing mother, a task his father has failed at for two years. As he begins to delve into the world of Augments, as the super powered are called, other people begin to get caught up in Spencer’s story. There’s Emily and her wealthy doctor friend Martin, Spencer’s own childhood friend Eric; and a group of World War II veteran’s once know as Force Zero.
Fast passed and exciting, Crimson Son moves at action thriller speed from beginning to end. Russ Linton’s writing is concise and focused while maintaining the suspense of the story throughout. There are no wasted contemplations or dry parts, or thankfully cliched romance. While the story comes to a very satisfying conclusion there is certainly the opportunity for a sequel or prequel to this one. I personally would love to read more about the members of Force Zero and find out more about the world of the Augments.
Since this was an audiobook edition I’ll briefly speak about the performance of narrator Mitchell Lucas. I’ll be honest, I didn’t warm up to his voice right away, in fact I found it mildly annoying until he got to the part in the story where he was doing other character’s voices and not just Spencer’s voice. Then I determined that this was just the way he had decided to portray Spencer, as somewhat immature? Bratish? I always struggle to describe the influence of sound that a narrator brings to the table but it certainly had some influence of the way I saw the character. He certainly is able to portray a wide range of voices well, and have all of them sound distinct from each other. I truly enjoyed the performance though and felt that he made a real contribution to the excitement of the audiobook.
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