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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
The world is crazy about super heroes these days, thanks to the movies. When I was a kid, you hid your comic books and science fiction novels in order to escape ridicule. The genre and the world have come a long way since then. It seems like everyone has jumped on the super hero bandwagon, but once in a while a good book or movie makes good natured fun of the genre and does a great job of it. Calling: The Starlight Chronicles Book 2 by C.S. Johnson is one of those books. It pokes fun of the idea of super heroes by showing us a more realistic look at what the life of someone with powers might be like. I enjoyed it. I like Dinger and his girlfriend Gwen. I like his teenage friends and the way they keep him running ragged while he tries to balance being a teenager and saving the world. Most of all, I like the villains. They are hilariously pathetic and sometimes their hearts just aren't in it, but they always keep you laughing.
Calling is not the story of some noble American teenager rising to meet the challenge of great power and great responsibility. This is the funny story of a kid with the problems and absurd situations in his life that we all have, plus an obligation to drop everything and fight for the world at the drop of a hat. The satire is heavy and hard hitting. The comedy will keep you laughing all the way to the end. It was a fast, delightful read for me.