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Reviewed by Stephen Fisher for Readers' Favorite
The Dismal Tide by Michael A. Dibaggio and Shell Dibaggio is the second book in the East End Irregulars, super heroes patrolling the area to thwart would-be evil doers. The story begins with Evangeline getting the lead role in the school play, while Torrent and the mysterious X are invited to try out for S.L.A.M. - an unimpressive group of self proclaimed super heroes that is more like a fraternity of sorts. They get turned down by popular vote because of their ages. When Sebastian confronts Eva and her special abilities, she is asked to join him and Alex. Eva, a pyro/thermo-kinetic that can really heat things up, is finally able to share her secret with Sebastian. Dressed in a mask, and pink leotard with red and yellow flames, she takes on the name Corona. Her father goes out of town, and they go out on patrol. They combine their powers to thwart a group of ten thugs dressed in skeleton costumes. After the confrontation, it is obvious that this trio just got a lot stronger.
The dynamic duo of Michael A. Dibaggio and Shell Dibaggio, using Michael’s words and Shell’s drawings, vividly describes the action in this sequel to After Dark. The ongoing love story between Sebastian and Eva gets hotter with the help of Eva’s talent. The co-authors of this masterpiece were able to make these characters very real and believable, especially when they go out on patrol. They struggle with their identities and relationship when they unexpectedly land in a trap that was meant for someone else. This book was captivating, and I found it near impossible to put it down from beginning to end. Awesome job!