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  • Wearing the Cape Series, Book 1
  • By: Marion G. Harmon
  • Narrated by: K.F. Lim
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Wearing the Cape

By: Marion G. Harmon
Narrated by: K.F. Lim
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Summary

Who wants to be a superhero?

Hope did, but she grew out of it. Which made her superhuman breakthrough in the Ashland Bombing, just before starting her freshman year at the University of Chicago, more than a little ironic. And now she has some decisions to make.

Given the code-name "Astra" and invited to join the Sentinels, Chicago's premier super-team, will she take up the cape and mask and become a career superhero? Or will she get a handle on her new powers (superstrength has some serious drawbacks) and then get on with her life plan?

In a world where superheroes join unions and have agents, and the strongest and most photogenic ones become literal supercelebrities, the temptation to become a cape is strong. But the price can be high - especially if you're "outed" and lose the shield of your secret identity.

Becoming a sidekick puts the decision off for awhile, but Hope's life is further complicated when The Teatime Anarchist, the supervillain responsible for the Ashland Bombing, takes an interest in her. Apparently as Astra, Hope is supposed to save the world. Or at least a significant part of it.

©2011 Marion G. Harmon (P)2018 Tantor

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Wearing the Cape: review by Albert Anness

Absolutely breathtaking. This is possibly one of the best superhero stories I've ever heard. It all felt real, I've heard and read superhero stories that feel real and relatable but this one takes the cake. The narration had so much depth and emotion that it didn't feel at all staged it felt like the character actually talking to the reader, the characters were all lovable and relatable and really give an impression as to what life as a superhero would be like, the adventures and their cause is what makes it worth while but the sacrifices they made, carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders, the lives they couldn't save, the horrors they witness keeping the world safe and some even sacrificing their lives. It all felt convincing yet it gave a real feeling of optimism and emotion that I just strained my ears until it was finished. It even gives an insight as to how superheroes settling into society with politics, culture and the public, the only things I wish it built on more were the arcs with TA and DA. Overall I adored this book and would recommend it to anyone interested particularly in superheroes.

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Definitely worth a read

I'm thrifty, I was lent this book and yet I've had to buy my own copy.
On initial starting I was worried that this would be a teen romance and while it contains those elements its so much more.
K.F. Lim has done a stellar job writing this world and fleshing it out. The closest comparison I can think of is a teen (and slightly more hopeful and definitely less dark) version of Eric Kripke's The Boys, in that while super powers exist, it tries to anchor itself in how the world is. Lim sets the initial premise of how people get powers and some limitations and then they seem to constantly ask themselves "How would the world react to these changes". What you end up with is what feels like a living breathing world. Characters make mistakes, have their own quirks and try to work through their problems, so while they are often hero's they are still people.
Now this said, the first hour is slightly hard to get through for someone outside the targeted demographic, but I highly recommend you stick with it.

The narrator does an excellent performance and the story is solid.
The narrator misses 1 star because I rarely give 5 and have to be truly blown away.
The story misses 1 because while good and solid, it feels like its finding its feet.
That said I upped the overall score.because I want people to read it.

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  • Robert Parson
  • 08-09-19

God and Supers don't mix!

Too much religion, not enough story. Mary Sue meets the Rosaries. This story had so many mentions of God, Religion and angels, and so little about the actual weight of the situation, it bothered me. First chapter our heroine sees a child get crushed by concrete, and literally minutes later, "Wow, I am talking to Atlas!" Yeah, nothing like a scarring event to make someone suddenly switch gears. Oh and the best friend who tried to become super and dies, while the Parrisgmh tries to decide if its a suicide, just bullshit religious crap. Don't waste your money on this.

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  • Gilbert M. Stack
  • 27-03-19

Up, Up, and Away!

The first time I read this novel I had gotten a free copy of what turned out to be only the first few chapters of the book. I read a lot of free novels and unfortunately most of them do not leave me wanting to go out and find another of the author’s works. Wearing the Cape was different. The minute I finished it I got online and bought the full novel and then I just kept reading Harmon’s series until I finished all of them.

I like super hero stories. I’ve been reading them since my mother gave me my first comic books the summer before I entered fourth grade. Before that I’d watched the original Spiderman cartoon and the Super Friends on television. Many thousands of comics, a whole bunch of movies and television shows, and maybe two-to-three hundred super hero novels later I feel like I’m an expert on the genre. So it isn’t lightly that I say that Harmon’s Wearing the Cape is easily one of the three or four best superhero series out there.

It’s a series for people who take their supers seriously. Like all the other superhero novels out there, Wearing the Cape still demands a certain level of suspended disbelief, but there is a gritty realism in the way this world is envisioned that goes well beyond standard super hero fare—especially that coming out of the genre leaders at Marvel and DC comics. Yet all of that gritty realism doesn’t get in the way of genuine super heroics and the fun that comes from reading about them.

Hope Corrigan is an eighteen year old woman about to start her first year in college when a terrorist bomber drops an overpass on her and a bunch of other people driving on the highway. By a fluke of luck, she’s not immediately killed by the falling concrete, but she’s worried about all the other people around her and her need to help them generates a superhero breakthrough in her that launches her into her career as a superhero called Astra.

Chicago, where the series is based, is home to America’s premier superhero team, The Sentinels, and to Atlas, the world’s first superhero. They have a lot of experience training new supers and the Sentinels, like all super teams, has a legal status working with the local authorities to A) help them control supervillains and B) work as emergency response personnel during natural and man-made disasters. (You know, like a terrorist dropping an overpass onto the highway below.)

Astra’s training gives us the opportunity to painlessly discover how the superheroes function in society. No, that’s not fair, it’s not just painless it’s downright exciting. Superheroes are celebrities with fans, magazines, and clubs devoted to them. There are also movies, television shows and merchandising. They need insurance to cover the civil suits that happen when they’re called in to take down supervillains. There are government agencies that work with them and keep an eye on them. And all of this truly critical world building seamlessly flows from the text while Hope/Astra deals with the completely believable stresses of an incredibly difficult job. And that’s just the day to day problems of a superhero—the equivalent of Spiderman stopping a bank robbery on his way to the Daily Bugle. The actual mega-villain activity is worthy of the best story arcs Marvel and DC have ever put on paper.

To close I’d like to say a few words about the audio version of this novel which I just had the pleasure of listening to. I’ve read the kindle version two or three times, but the audio brings a whole new level of enjoyment to the story. You see, even though you know Hope’s just eighteen, you can forget that at times while reading, but not with a capable narrator like K. F. Lim. She gets the young Hope’s voice perfectly and the giggles and tongue-tied stutters and a dozen other little narrative effects really drive home that this is a teenager we’re reading about. It brings Harmon’s story to life even more effectively than he did.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-09-19

Bad story 0/10

This book is boring, and when it's not boring it's cringy. Probably skip this one.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-03-19

K.F.Lim does a superheroic job

I am not the best critic, so let me get the obvious items out of the way.

Narrated by: K.F. Lim. I don’t recall anything else narrated by Lim, but I frankly hope she becomes the voice of Astra in the series. At the same time, I hope a different person, with a lower voice, does Artemis/Bite Me. Just because. A test of a narrator is can they capture the emotions of the story in the voice(s) used. Lim couldn't have done a better job in some of the most intense scenes

Mechanically, I noted (only) two instances where lines got repeated. Perfectly tolerable. Intolerable would have been dropped text or paragraphs. I joked about wishing I didn’t have the text nearly memorized? I’d have noticed gaps. No gaps.

Overall experience. Not everyone can listen to audio books. I can. I love them. Someday, I’ll get a car radio that lets me plug in thumb drives of books. This as a welcome addition to my collections.

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  • Matthew
  • 26-07-19

yikes

Valley girl narrator. That'll teach me to not listen to the sample audio before purchase.

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  • Jason Ellenburg
  • 03-01-21

Excellent addition to the genre

This audio book was suggested to me based on some of my previous searches. I am so glad that I found it. Normally, I listen for a few minutes here or there, but I just couldn't put this one down. I finished the entire book in a single day and had to get more from the series!

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  • Dr.J.A.P.
  • 24-10-20

A superhero story for girls

Chicago girl transforms into a superhero, and is embraced by the other superhero's on the planet to become one of them. There's intrigue, romance (very G rated stuff, they never do more than snuggle cause she's a good catholic girl), suspense, some trippy multiple timelines because of a guy who pops around in time stuff, generally a good read. Read it for a book club (zoom because of pandemic) and then forgot to attend till they were wrapping up so can't tell you what the group consensus was. The performer did voices fairly well and was an enjoyable listen

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  • W. M.
  • 25-11-19

It’s Ok

I liked the background story of the protagonist. There were a variety of capes with different power sets that I found interesting. I did not relate to the religious overtones in the story. The sexual content / powers really doesn’t make it a better story. I wish it was left out so I could listen to this with my kids around. No cliff hanger or unexplained event to lead me into buying the next book.

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  • kevin
  • 10-05-19

This one is great

This book is well done entertaining has a decent balance between the fantastic and real world physics the story is pretty good. if you treat this series has a trilogy it its pretty good.

Warning: unfortunately the further down the series it goes the more radical left it goes the cast become a diversity checklist more muh representation and less interesting story etc.

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  • Justin
  • 11-04-19

Not my cup tea

Well written and narrated. I am not much in to the valley girl talk and teen drama. I would recommend it.

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