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The Miranda Contract (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Ben Langdon
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Supervillain. Pop Star.
Sometimes the life we're given isn't the life we'd choose for ourselves.

For the past five years, Dan Galkin has been lying to everyone about just how ordinary he is. But Dan's the grandson of The Mad Russian: one of the world's most powerful, and insane, supervillains. And Dan has powers too. He's a living battery, able to absorb and discharge electricity with his mind. Normally he keeps his powers hidden, but when the old man returns with an offer to make his grandson heir apparent, any chance at an ordinary life is blown apart.

Miranda Brody thought she wanted to be a pop star, but now she's got the international profile and the entourage, she doesn't recognize the Miranda she has become. After getting caught up in the cross-fire between Dan and his grandfather, Miranda realizes there's more to life than being famous. Staying alive, for example, becomes a high priority. And not falling in love with the pizza boy comes a close second.

Labeled by society, trapped by expectation.
Dan and Miranda might actually be able to change everything.

As long as they don't kill each other first.

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Ben Langdon is the editor of This Mutant Life, an anthology series of Neo-Pulp/Superhero stories. The Miranda Contract is his first novel. www.benlangdon.net


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Aussie Fantasy at its best. 24. März 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I started reading this books yesterday late evening, just meaning to get through the first few chapters... and then I couldn't stop. I read the whole thing in one sitting. Finished around 3am. It was awesome. Sure there were a few tiny snatches (you tend to notice these as a writer) but none big enough to get onto the radar of a casual reader.

The book was extremely well written with lots of action and suspense. The characters were quite interesting and most motivations were well explained.

I loved the way Langdon made his world come alive and I could really sort of see Melbourne in my mind although I've never been there. He added just enough detail to make it real.

The one thing I thought was missing was when Miranda and Dan kissed. There should have been more emotions. After all, the descriptions of Dan's powers and the way he felt about them was superb, so this detail let me down a bit (not enough to take off a star though).

If you like superhero stories with a twist, this is definitely something for you.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A fast-moving superhero adventure 23. März 2014
Von Chris De Young - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The Miranda Contract is a thoroughly entertaining adventure, firmly in the style and tradition of the classic comic book super heros most of us are familiar with: Spider-man, Iron man, the Fantastic Four, Wonder Woman, and the rest. It's an easy, fast-moving read aimed at a young-adult audience, so it doesn't have quite the dark edge you can find in some of the graphic novels aimed at an older audience (Sandman, for example, or Watchmen), but it's still a fun read for people of any age who like the super hero genre.

Our hero here is 17-year-old Dan Galkin, for whom super powers have not created quite the fantasy life one might imagine. He's still figuring out what to make of his life, and still working through the consequences of gaining power before gaining judgment; the center of the story is Dan's process of coming to grips with his role in family, friends, and the world. With lots of action and not a little romance throughout.

Although I certainly recommend this book to anyone who likes the superhero setting, a couple of things stop me from giving it a 5-star rating. Early in the story the characters sometimes feel a little uneven or inconsistent. Miranda's initial reaction to Dan is actively negative, for example, and it's not clear why that is. There are also a few places where it's not entirely clear who is where or how they got there in an action sequence.

For the most part these are minor issues though, and they largely disappear by the midpoint of the novel. All in all, a fun and
satisfying adventure!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Urgency from beginning to end, an enjoyable ride. 17. März 2014
Von Nigel Stewart - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The main character Dan has super powers but little inspiration or vision of what to do with his life. His parents let him down, his job is a bore and his housing is unstable. The swirling forces of his past seem determined to drag him into a life of darkness and villainy. Dan is the lanky, cynical and awkward teenager and reluctant super hero. I enjoyed the romping mayhem and destruction set in modern day Melbourne, although in a fog of uncertain motivations, allegiances and purpose. The writing is clear, professional and smooth-flowing, I enjoyed the ride. I'd recommend this for a younger audience: 15 to 35, especially for those with an interest in superheros and comics, or teenage angst.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen It is one of the better superhero genre stories available 11. Juli 2014
Von MooncatX aka Bliss Crimson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Superhero/villain Fix. Mild Spoilers:

It is one of the better superhero genre stories available, set in a semi future Australia with lead character Dan Galkin trying to get by. He is 17 and has some awesome electrical based powers, but when he was much younger his Super villain grandfather ruthlessly used him and other powered kids in a way that caused mass destruction and left him issues, and currently under the thumb of a government program that is more abusive than rehabilitation. But due to circumstance Dan gets tagged to be part of the entourage of visiting teen rock star Miranda.

Suddenly he's caught up both in Machiavellian plots by her music company and the return of his Uber powered grandfather's mad and destructive villainous exploits. Dan doesn't want to be mixed up in crazy stuff but he is beginning to like Miranda and doesn't want her destroyed for the selfish goals of others. Its time for the guy who has been laying low and trying to keep out of the spotlight to finally step up and confront both the scope of his powers, and his mad Grandfather, and fight for what he believes is right no matter the final cost.

On going over plotline lead in to future novels. Interesting super powers. I'd give this a solid B read that helps feed the need for Super Hero / Villain genre reading.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Different ,very exciting read 29. November 2014
Von L. Hayes - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
First ill say this book was very different from anything I've yet to read. It's exciting from beginning to end with danger, violence the Uberhumans and the humans living amounts each other in Australia. Dan an Uberhuman who has the power to suck energy pretty much immediately falls for a pop star Miranda Brody.
His grandfather The Mad Russian who disappeared for five years after teaching Dan , Halo, Lily and Bree to use their powers and they badiclly destroy a city . Dan gets caught ending up in a superhuman program to use him for good and keep him out of trouble.
When he first sees Miranda he helps her with his powers. Which leads his grandfather to him who then in turn uses Miranda to get to Dan.
“The girl’s the key. Dan really loves her, stupid kid, and that makes it easy."
The Mad Russians words.
But it doesn't make it as easy as he thinks. From here Dan and Miranda go through explosions, cars being thrown at them, building collapsing them and a lot more action.
This book is very good, unique and at times kind of horrifying.
The Uberhumans have some very cool powers but they don't all use them for good so when it bad it's really bad.
You need to read this book.
If your looking for adventure, a lot of destruction, a bit if a young love story and good you'll love this.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Super Enjoyable. 29. März 2014
Von Roiet - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
I was pleasantly surprised by this novel. It's not quite like most of the superhero books that I have read - although there are major events that take place in the book, it had a very narrow focus on the main characters - almost personal, if you will. It isn't an epic, it isn't Epic, it doesn't try to be, and it shouldn't.

The world isn't fully explained - and that's great. No long and painful origin stories. We don't know where superheroes and villains come from, although there are hints that they were around for a long time. The main superhero team makes a cameo appearance in the beginning of the book, but are thankfully inconspicuous by their absence. It's really just about the main character, his villainous grandfather (more of a father figure) who tries to make his grandson into himself, and the girl who gives him a reason to overcome his traumas in the past and the traumas that he faces in the book.

It's not perfect. I didn't think that the main character and the girl had a tremendous amount of chemistry, but there were enough sparks to make it believable.

On the other hand, the main character is believable, his personality fits, and his reactions - or lack of reactions - to what he goes through are reasonable. I would have rather he be a bit more decisive, but as much of the book is about his journey to become more of a doer and less of a happen-toer, it works.
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