Another good story in the Panopolis series. Craig was an every day guy until an accident turned him into a super hero seven years earlier. He's now Freight Train and he's covered with a force field. This makes him one of the best super heroes but it's taken a heavy toll on his personal life. Craig's a simple man who just wants to help people and he's accepted his lot in life. He hasn't questioned the corporation that keeps him in business until recently. A chance meeting with a new scientist, Ari, changes everything and turns Craig's life upside down.
I really enjoy this creative series. It's filled with Heroes and Villains and has a comic book story feel to it. This was action packed and drew me in from beginning to end. I really felt for Craig and the things he was going through. The author did a great job making you feel the isolation and grief he's going through as he gives and gives but gets nothing back. There is a simple, but touching love story between Craig and Ari and I really liked them together.
This can be read as a stand alone but I would read books one and two first to better understand the overall story arc and the issues between the Heroes and Villains as well as the political dynamics. There are multiple appearances of Raul and Edward, the two primary characters from the first two books. I'm really looking forward to the next book in this series.
Being a Hero in Panopolis means living the high life: parties, money, influence, even reality television. And I’m one of the most powerful Heroes in the city. I have plenty of fans, a manager who looks out for me (after himself), and a job that pays the bills. I should be enjoying myself.
Unfortunately, the downside of my superpower means I can’t touch anyone, which tends to put a damper on things. I probably don’t deserve all those perks anyway, since I’m working in secret with two of Panopolis’s biggest Villains to undermine GenCorp—my main sponsor and the company that controls what gets through my force field.
I obviously don’t trust my corporate overseers, but they’ve hired a new scientist who actually seems interested in helping me. Dr. Mansourian might have the answers to all my questions—not to mention a starring role in most of my dreams—but he’s hiding something big. If I let him have what he wants, I might not live to regret it.
Then again, the way things are going in Panopolis these days, I might not live either way.