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Hardcover, St Martins Pr, 2013, ISBN13 9780765335340, ISBN10 0765335344
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Ten years after an experiment designed to tap a human's supernatural abilities goes terribly wrong, Victor breaks out of prison and resolves to track down his former roommate, Eli, who resolves to eradicate the world's super-powered people. Publishers Weekly,Victor Vale and Eliot Cardale, both brilliant and driven, were friends and college roommates who figured out how to give themselves superpowers. Victor went to jail and Eli began working with the cops. But "villain" Victor is innocent of the charges against him, while "hero" Eli has been killing people whose powers he considers more "unnatural" than his own. When he targets Sydney, a 12-year-old girl who can raise the dead, he gets more trouble than he bargained for. Schwab's characters feel vital and real, never reduced to simple archetypes; for example, Victor isn't a particularly nice man, but he has enough conscience left to know that Eli needs to stopped. In a genre that tends toward the flippant or pretentious, this is a rare superhero novel as epic and gripping as any classic comic. Schwab's tale of betrayal, self-hatred, and survival will resonate with superhero fans as well as readers who have never heard of Charles Xavier or Victor von Doom. Agent: Holly Root, Waxman Leavell Literary Agency. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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