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Control minds and she’s no longer interested in “protecting” She wants world domination Scott’s mission is simple Find Lyla and stop her The messy little details are up to him It’s the last thing Scott needs after five years spent trying to forget the Protectors and to get over Lyla but the alternative is worse As he closes in on his target Scott is forced to confront his past and face a chilling reality Can he save the world and the woman he once loved Or will he have to choo. An amazing debutFirst time novelist Trey Dowell invites readers into a near future world much like ours but complicated by the existence of four superheroesScott McAlister the former leader of the Protectors doesn t call himself a hero and is our first person view into Dowell s world Scott is washed up jaded and doesn t believe the world can be changed His voice is snarky and sarcastic throughout much of the novel lending a lot of humor to the narrative but not to the point where it s overdone He s a planner but makes plenty of mistakes along the way especially with people which is fitting given his superpower putting people to sleep in an instant He works through problems in fun and clever ways often making unexpected and creative use of his powersWhen Scott s former bosses at the CIA come to bring Scott out of retirement to track down his former teammate and lover Lyla Ravzi Scott is again forced to face the world as Knockout his superhero persona and choose between his country and his personal loyaltiesWhile the superhero coming out of retirement or having to choose between duty and a lover isn t new ground Dowell crafts an entertaining narrative from page one using the Scott s wit and charm to advance the plot until it spins in a new direction about halfway through The introduction of Lyla now a rogue mind controller provides a great counterpoint to Scott s cynicism She doesn t just want to survive and she isn t satisfied with the choices offered her She wants to change the world for the better with her power specifically in her home country of IranWhile they make a great team their seemingly contradictory powers and personalities actually complementing each other uite nicely there is a the shadow of mistrust as Scott tries to figure out if she s using her mind control power to manipulate him and keeps the reader guessing till the endThe pair faces threats from both their own government via the CIA and the Iranian Government and their struggles get and dangerous and appropriately flashy for superheroes as they go Agent Tucker their CIA boss and nemesis is a worthy antagonist Despite his lack of superpowers he than makes up for it employing vast CIA resources connections and money against the pair His interactions with Scott are some of the best scenes in the book as the snarky Scott runs up against the too smart Tucker and Dowell wisely opens on one of these scenes bringing the reader into the conflict without delayJust as with the introduction of Lyla the rest of the book gains strength as it moves forward Scott s interactions with other characters really shined in this book As a first person narrative it is sometimes hard to get a sense of the other characters but that s not a problem with Dowell s writing When another teammate Diego finally joins up he and Scott have a completely different and uniue relationship than Scott and Lyla and it refreshes the book for the endingDowell brings together a few interesting threads that had dangled in the larger narrative for the ending As the title suggests the Protectors come together again and Dowell leaves us with new revelations on the last few pages giving the book strong seuel potentialComic fans superhero movie fans sci fi fans or plain old adventure fans will find a lot this is familiar here but in a good way Dowell plays with the familiar elements in ways that feels original Scott s first person point of view plays to the strengths of the novel and is a offers a different look into the world of superheroes that readers don t often get in other mediums

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An enthralling debut The Protectors offers a dark twist on the classic superhero story as fallen hero Scott McAlister embarks on a globe hopping chase to stop his former teammate and ex lover gone rogueDon’t call him a superhero Heroes change the world Scott McAlister On a good day he manages to change out of sweatpants It wasn’t always like this Scott used to be leader of the Protectors the world’s one and only suad of superheroes It was a decent gig but far from the shiny force. Ok I love Superhero type characters as the next guyI loved Superman Comicsand Batman when I was a kidI even read the Archies Garfieldand we didn t get the Sunday St Louis Post Dispatch but my Aunt didand when we went to visit I d always run out to the frontyard to get the paperand spread it open on the floor to read the funniesand always had my egg of silly putty ready tooSo it is about somE superheroes THE PROTECTORS obviously The storyline was very engrossing hard to put down and the action was brisk for sure I cared about the characters I cared about what was going to happen to them Trey threw in some current issues of our dealings with the Middle Eastand some environmental issues that we are still facing It s a love story it s a story about feelingsand longings about betrayal about conspiracythe list goes onShould you read it YES I gave it such a high rating because I did enjoy it very much I did want to keep readingand the best part is I found myself laughing outloud pretty often I think Trey must be a funny guyand it comes across in his writingWas it the best novel I ve ever read NO but it was uite a bit of fun Some may say part of the formula is the same as other Superhero storiessomewhat that is true But hey it s about some superheroesthat s to be expected I don t know if this book is available in paper yet but it s certainly worth the downloadhowever you may have to do it If you don t have such a machine Borrow one I hope it goes to print in paper soon I think it would do well I am intriued to hear if there s gonna be a movie dealI think it would be a goI have a one word uestion for anyone that s read itand I already put it to the author Yes I do know him somewhat Nice guy He deserves his success just don t get the big head buddy not yetlolThat one word uestion Are you ready for it I bet you can guess what it is Wait for itwait for itstill waitingyou know what it s gonna beyou re like get on with itthe suspense is killing youit s just like the bookI wanted to keep going to find out how it was gonna end upno spoilersexcept this SeuelHave fun reading this one

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For good the UN advertised He could abide the publicity stunts the lies the ham fisted government handlers but when one of the Protectors died under his command it was too much Wracked with guilt Scott stepped down and into an early retirement Now five years later a desperate CIA chief shows up on Scott’s doorstep with a polite reuest and a cadre of shock troops to ensure that Scott accepts His ex teammate and ex lover Lyla Ravzi has gone rogue The former Protector has the ability to. This book kept me on the edge of my seat from the beginning to the end The story moves very fast and balances lots of high tension action with laugh out loud humor

  • ebook
  • 240
  • The Protectors
  • Trey Dowell
  • English
  • 04 January 2019
  • 9781476788449

About the Author: Trey Dowell

Trey Dowell uses writing as a desperate measure to release all of the pressure generated by the ideas bouncing around inside his skull—and also as a semi legitimate reason to put off mowing the lawn Hard at work on his first novel he’s been a Finalist top five in Writer’s Digest’s Popular Fiction Awards as well as an Honorable Mention recipient in the Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competitio



10 thoughts on “The Protectors

  1. says:

    Ok I love Superhero type characters as the next guyI loved Superman Comicsand Batman when I was a kidI even read the Archies Garfieldand we didn't get the Sunday St Louis Post Dispatch but my Aunt didand when we went to visit I'd always run out to the frontyard to get the paperand spread it open on the floor to read the funniesan

  2. says:

    This Review and Many More Originally Posted at Happy Cloud ReviewsARC provided via NetGalley by publisher in exchange for a completely honest reviewWhen I saw this up on NetGalley I jumped on it I have a very known love for superheroes and this sounded so good I couldn't help myself but start it immediately I wasn't disappointedKnock Out Aphrodite Blaster these are all amazing names for superheroes and they w

  3. says:

    This Review Originally Posted on Happy Cloud ReviewsARC provided via NetGalley by publisher in exchange for a completely honest reviewWhen I saw this up on NetGalley I jumped on it I have a very known love for superheroes and this sou

  4. says:

    You only get everything you want right before it gets taken awaySuper heroes but with a twistScott McAlister is a pretty average guy H

  5. says:

    This book kept me on the edge of my seat from the beginning to the end The story moves very fast and balances lots of high tension action with l

  6. says:

    I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review Don’t call him a superheroHeroes change the world Scott McAlister? On a good day he manages to change out of sweatpantsIt wasn’t alwa

  7. says:

    An amazing debutFirst time novelist Trey Dowell invites readers into a near future world much like ours but complicated by the existence of four superheroesScott McAlister the former leader of the Protectors doesn’t call

  8. says:

    I picked up Trey Dowell's The Protectors A Thriller for two reasons I'm a sucker for a good superheromutant story and Trey is a friend As much as I can I'll separate the latter from my reviewLet’s address this right off the bat This is a book about superheroes and so I'm going to take a moment to contextualize this piece It’s easy to place the spiritual setting of book in The Watchmen universe although it’s a much

  9. says:

    35 starsA superhero thriller featuring a rogue superhero a superhero forced out of retirement and government meddling was a good premise that dragged as the story went on and did not totally wow me in the end The premise was promising enough the writing is solidly decent and is fast paced the characters are delightfully flawed an

  10. says:

    The Protectors is a rewarding superhero story grounded in real world politics There are no supervillains trying to take over the world no giant monsters trying to stomp all over the world and certainly no alien hordes tryin

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