Crimson Son

  • by Russ Linton
  • Narrated by Mitchell Lucas
  • 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Can the powerless son of a superhero do what his father couldn't?
Spencer Harrington is the son of the Crimson Mask, the world's most powerful Augment. Ever since witnessing his mother's abduction by a psychotic supervillain two years ago, he's been confined to his father's arctic bunker. Haunted by nightmares and tired of eating cardboard rations in the "Icehole", Spencer launches into his father's dangerous world to uncover his mother's fate.
With no superpowers of his own, Spencer stumbles through a web of conspiracies and top secret facilities armed only with his multi-tool and an arsenal of weapons grade smart-assery. Along the way he rallies a team of everyday people and cast-off Augments, but he soon discovers that his father's nemesis, the Black Beetle, isn't his only enemy or even his worst.

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Not as good as I was hoping it would be!

This superhero thriller did not work for me. I'm not quite sure why as it had all the stuff I normally want while reading my superhero stories. It had a snarky hero, cool superpowers, weird sci-fi technology, plenty of action, and a plot with a bit of intrigue and mystery. I think I never quite clicked with Russ Linton's writing style. I always felt a bit detached from the characters and never really felt like Linton painted a good picture of his world with his descriptions.

The plot itself was not a problem as it was quite interesting. Spencer Harrington is the super-powerless son of the world's most prominent Augment(superhero) the Crimson Mask. Which would be cool if the Mask was not a selfish ass! After the kidnapping of his mother two year previously by the villainous Black Beetle the Crimson Mask has kept Spencer safe/imprisoned in a bunker in the Arctic! When the Beetle captures the Crimson Mask it is left to Spencer to step into the void and save his family. No easy task as all he has is his delusional friend, his dad's mistress, and a few washed up Augments for help!

The story had a bit of humor, but was mostly an action thriller. Despite failing to fully connect with the characters or Linton's writing style I did still find this top be an OK listen. I doubt I'd bother buying a sequel if one appears, but it is not like I consider my time spent on this story to be a total bust.

Mitchell Lucas did a decent job with the narration. Though I did feel like he was reading the book a tad fast.
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- G. P. Brown

Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-03-2016
  • Publisher: Russ Linton