In the world of superhero novels, there seems to be very few that actually take the subject seriously. Alpha Male by Joshua Mays seems to be the exception to that rule.
In fact, the scope of this novel is immense. We’re taken through the lives of a multitude of characters, seeing into how a superhero living among us might cause a drastic change in how each of us go about our daily lives, and it’s not always good…especially when we start to see a supervillain appear.
If there were anything I could say negatively about this book, it’s that things wrap up a little too quickly, and a little too neatly, even if it’s got a bit of a mess. However, I’d say that the amount of realism and consideration of different points of view, as well as keeping true to the actual subject matter, makes this quite simply one of the best novels on the subject I’ve ever read.
Alpha Male is exactly what you should expect from an all-powerful being. You know…not awesome. I mean, he’s awesome, and he does a lot of good, but he’s still pretty much a jerk. And why shouldn’t he be?
We get the chain-smoking police chief who actually has to cope with the decision of allowing this vigilante to run her town, even though we all know that she doesn’t really have much of a choice in the matter.
We get the beat cop-turned detective who is really just trying to get down to the bottom of things.
And…of course…we get the opposing viewpoint, most commonly referred to as THE BAD GUY.
But Mays quickly shows us that not all bad guys are exactly bad guys (thanks, Wreck it Ralph). In fact, it’s possible that the bad guy is really just a guy who has a very specific grudge, but otherwise is trying to do a lot of good.
Maybe…or maybe not.
This book keeps you questioning the truth until the very end. And even then you can’t help but wonder how everything really fits together. It’s a page-turner written majestically. And I know you’ll adore it.