I read and reviewed (and enjoyed) Rafael’s “Hexcommunicated” so I was excited to hear he had written another book “The Astounding Antagonists” and bought it from Amazon the day it was released. Of course, life got in the way so I only got around to reading it last week.
It was worth the wait.
Unlike “Hexcommunicated” which involved vampires and Fae folk, this book creates a world of superheroes, some of whom were manufactured by alien artifacts known as Prisms. Each Prism gave one person a ‘power’ – some very useful, others not apparently so. Of course, not all were super & heroic, as is the way with humanity there will always be super villains too.
From the start I was attached to the characters, whether for good or bad. There are a few characters too, but by introducing them slowly Rafael allows you to form a connection and get everything straight in your mind – a good thing in my opinion. Each character and their story allows you to discover more of the world Rafael has created, a modern world with modern problems which are ‘dealt’ with by the various superhero factions. Power & greed are a universal driving force no matter where you’re from.
I’m not one for spoilers so don’t expect me to give away plot details – I want you to go read the book for yourselves. However, I can safely say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this – the plot was exciting, the players interesting and at the end you were left wondering exactly who were the ‘bad’ guys and who were the ‘good’ guys. Thanks Rafael.
A cryogenic drug lord, a hellbound jewel thief, a metallokinetic communist, a church-burning psychopath, and a megalomaniacal inventor: they are the Antagonists, the most dangerous supervillains alive.
Pursued by violent superheroes and high-tech billionaire vigilantes, these villains have assembled in order to pull off the perfect crime. There’s just one catch: if they succeed, they might just save the world.
From the skyscrapers of Apex City to the depths of the Marianas Trench, the Antagonists wage war on their jackbooted enemies. But as loyalties are tested and old hatreds are rekindled, the line between friend and foe begins to blur.