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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Lyra Rayne: Ground Zero is a work of epic science fiction and superhero fantasy penned by author Bryan Strickland. The titular and central character Lyra wants to make a change in the world, and her work battling the ecological problems of energy production seems to be a way to do that. But when an experimental reactor turns deadly, Lyra escapes with her life and a whole new host of abilities to contend with. But being a hero is not automatic because of her powers, and Lyra must learn to control her own fallibilities on a much larger scale if she is to become a force for good rather than destruction.
Author Bryan Strickland has created a truly superb and totally contemporary superhero tale that will engulf cross-genre fans from the sci-fi, military fiction, cli-fi, and LGBTQ+ readerships. Charming and stylish, but also hard-edged and filled with gritty action and adventure, Lyra is a realistic hero in the sense that her humanity is her downfall as much as it is her strength. The commitment to development holds the novel together with a powerful emotive central journey, which is accompanied by an excellent plot that showcases her talents and gives Lyra the chance to rise up during this, her origin story novel. An openly gay and female protagonist gives an authentic contemporary feel to the tale, used here not for gimmicks but as a genuine expression of Lyra’s heart. Overall, Lyra Rayne: Ground Zero is a superb opening to a very promising and exciting science fiction series.