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Not All Heroes by Rhodeworks

Not all apocalypses are cataclysmic 

The year is 2061. The Golden Age of empowered heroes ended in the cataclysmic fires of The Collapse. Costumed demigods brought the world to a dire precipice and individuals and institutions are still picking up the pieces, still walking the precarious tightrope of a world-shaking paradigm shift.

The world is not as it once was. The relics of the Golden Age, natural and artificial both, stand as monuments to a period of history that some wish to forget. All across the known world, individuals and institutions try to guide the new world towards salvation, preservation or destruction.

In a city on the verge of collapse, Sabra Kasembe dreams of being a renowned hero, even as her idealistic efforts draw her towards a future where the only ones calling her name are her victims. Pavel Fisher is a weary ex-hero, bereft of powers and costume in the wake of horrific trauma, listlessly searching for purpose.

When their lives intertwine with that of the iconoclastic mercenary known only as Leopard, whose murderous associates threaten to usher in an apocalypse, the trio realizes that maybe — just maybe — three people can change the course of history.

But heroism and villainy are matters of perspective — and narrative.

Not all apocalypses are cataclysmic. And some say apocalypses don’t merely end.

Note: Not All Heroes contains some graphic violence and harsh language.


A serialized novel, updating twice weekly

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Listed: Oct 10, 2017

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Mystic, Mythical Music

By Megajoule, author of The Warlock Ruthless

Oct 29, 2018: A quick summary: NAH is a dark, gritty, almost noirish take on the superhero genre. There are some mythic, mystical notes to the worldbuilding that provide an extra flavor I’d say reminds me of Halo: writing this review I am distinctly reminded of the gorgeous Gregorian vocalizations that made you feel you’d stepped into something otherworldly. I don’t mean mystical in the sense of DC/Marvel who need to justify magic-using heroes in their kitchen sink universes. I mean that this mythic feeling pervades the entire work and elevates it. Though, [more . . .]

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The Philosopher’s Dystopia.

By Rhythm, author of Touch

Apr 15, 2018: I don’t know about the rest of you, but when I am examining a new superhero story, I always have one question in the forefront of my mind, and that is the following:

"What’s new here?"

Ever since ‘He Who Shall Remain Nameless’ wrote ‘That One Story With All The Contentious Reviews’, there seems to have been something of an up swell in the number of people intent on making their own [more . . .]

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There’s a lot to dig into.

By Sharkerbob, author of Graven

Oct 16, 2018: Not All Heroes is a gritty tale of superhumans struggling to achieve their ideals in a world where the concept of "superheroes" has pretty much evaporated. Clashes between superpowered heroes and villains nearly destroyed civilization, along with the rise of intelligent machines and supers gone completely insane. This forced surviving societies to reassess and adapt into a manageable compromise. Most supers now work as government-regulated law enforcement teams that deal harshly with empowered criminals, even as they conflict with with one another.

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