The Suprahuman Secret by Milo James Fowler is a collection of short stories. The sequel is a full length novel. This review will be spoiler free.
Charlie Madison had seen robots in battle, Russian gangsters, and seen more he would prefer not to remember.
When he gets a case that pins him against the Russian gangster, who runs his city, Charlie must try and solve the mysterious case before getting himself killed. Only things don’t go as planned.
Humans are just that right? Human. Well not anymore, the harsh chemicals from the war have created something new and Charlie has to figure out how to stop the suprahumans.
I originally picked up this book because the author was asking for honest reviews. I love helping out authors in need so I gladly picked it up. I put in my headphones and listened to the audiobook.
A Futuristic, Sci-Fi Mystery.
I think that is the best way to describe this book. There were so interesting with so many twists and turns that kept me turning the page. It is set in the United States, long after it is no longer the United States. I loved the little mentions of the past and the landmarks that made this world so recognizable.
Out of the four novellas, the first one was my favorite. I loved everything about it. From the case to the world-building to the main character and his enemies. But this left me a little disappointed with the rest of the book because I wanted them to be just as good as that first one.
I loved the main character, Charlie Madison. He had a very distinct personality and did not fall flat to me. I felt like I really got to know him over the course of the story. I would say my only complaint about Charlie is that I do not think he grew or changed over the course of the book. I think he was in exactly the same position at the start of the book as he was at the end. Only with a little more knowledge.
This book was a bit repetitive, but I don’t hold that against Fowler since it was a collection of short stories. It was a little boring as I read it though. I didn’t want to hear a recap of the previous three novellas when I was finally in the exciting finale. I heard Charlie tell the same story to his friends at least twice. I do feel like that all comes from the fact that it was a collection of novellas though since you are supposed to be able to pick any of them up and read it without being confused.
There were loose ends that didn’t get tied up and events that I really wanted to happen that didn’t. However, there is a sequel and these two facts just make me what to pick it up so I can see how everything comes together and if what I’m hoping for happens or not. *Please, please, please*
One of my biggest complaints with indie authors and unknown books is the writing itself. But Fowler did not disappoint me. The writing kept my attention and was easy to read, without feeling like it was written for children. It flowed really well within each story and I never got lost in too long monologue or unnecessary description. I think Fowler included what needed to be there and did it really well.
I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves Dystopian or Sci-Fi. I think they would really enjoy this twist on the genres.