February 2, 2012

Hiring Worthless Heroes- by Mark Forrest

Do you ever wonder what you would do if you had seemingly worthless superpowers? Would you even attempt to use them or just pretend to be a normal individual? The narrator, Greg Foster, has one secret that he has not shared with anyone: he can create glow-in-the-dark farts. Yep, you heard me right. That amazing ability is actually Greg Foster’s superpower. This detail is only one in hundreds that Forrest uses to create his story, “Hiring Worthless Heroes.”
Recruited by Ian Simpson to create a superhero detective agency, Greg convinces Bean and Jim (two other individuals with equally ridiculous abilities) to join his team and solve crimes. Their first mystery: to uncover the whereabouts of Tommy, a local schoolchild. Not giving any more details away, this mystery is short lived and falls flat. I wanted to love this novel, as it made me laugh out loud at certain parts. However, it was too short for my liking. I wanted more mysteries, more details, and more plot. I think that is Forrest extends the plot line a bit and adds more cases, then this book would be a great success!

I did appreciate Forrest’s humor and unique perspective on superheroes though. In a society where blockbuster after blockbuster is about recreating comic books, Forrest plays on this fascination with the unusual. I honestly am looking forward to Mark Forrest’s continuation of the adventures of Greg and his gang of misfits. With a bit of editing and a longer story, Greg is sure to become your next favorite superhero. As a short story though, this book will make the reader laugh and wonder what sort of trouble could these heroes possibly run into next?

2.5 stars

*I received a free copy from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

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