The Never Hero

Chronicles of Jonathan Tibbs

Fiction - Science Fiction
386 Pages
Reviewed on 03/08/2015
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Author Biography

T. Ellery Hodges was born in Sacramento, Ca in 1981. He moved to Seattle at nineteen and complete a Bachelors of Science at the University Of Washington.
Somewhere in high school he gravitated toward writing. Then he forced the unsuspecting students, who had made the mistake of taking creative writing in the same period, to endure the reading of his short stories.
In his twenties he worked in a laboratory performing drug trials, traveled most of Washington State fixing computers for Apple, sold gym memberships, and helped manage an international supply chain for a chemical distributor. Much like the rest of his generation, he found that he wasn't well suited to doing any type of work for long.
In 2013, he brushed the metaphorical dust off the novel he'd been writing in his head for six years. He looked up the definition of 'metaphorical' because he was pretty sure that people who called themselves writers knew that one. He found that there was one thing he could endure doing for forty hours a week for the rest of his life.
There is a lesson in there about ignoring what you want to do for what you think you should do, but this is a autobiography not a lecture.
Today, he lives with his wife and son in Seattle. He has two dogs, a Border Collie and a Doberman, Darwin and Dharma, respectively.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Cheryl Schopen for Readers' Favorite

In The Never Hero, the first book in the Chronicles of Jonathan Tibbs series by T. Ellery Hodges, Jonathan is attacked in his home and wakes up in his kitchen, his blood everywhere. Just when he thinks he can start moving past this seemingly random attack, a vicious creature is seen killing many people in the streets not far from his home. This unknown being is screaming for a challenger, but Jonathan is the only one who can understand it. After that night, Jonathan’s life changes more than he ever expected. Being called to defend mankind in a war that no one will remember or know about will prove to have many obstacles that Jonathan may not be prepared to face.

The title and the concept of this book really intrigued me, and I just had to read it. The idea of an ordinary man forced to defend the existence of mankind without anyone ever knowing about his sacrifice just sounded like an amazing story, and it really was. I couldn’t put the book down. I really admired Jonathan throughout the book. Even though he was a regular guy with a regular life, he had these values and morals that made him capable of becoming this hero that the world didn’t know it needed. In my mind, he makes the perfect protagonist, and he made me want to root for him, no matter what. I also enjoyed Jonathan’s roommates/friends. If this was a superhero story, they would be his sidekicks. They stuck by him even when they thought he was losing it. The friendships Jonathan had with these people made the story for me. While the story could have been a little more fast-paced at some points, T. Ellery Hodges’ The Never Hero was an entertaining, suspenseful, unpredictable read that surely did not disappoint.

Maria Stoica

I think it’s only a matter of time before "The Never Hero" becomes a sci-fi bestseller and a blockbusting movie. The story is more than gripping, it’s throat clutching. As we follow 22 year old, non-violent, thin Jonathan’s life go upside down the moment he wakes up in a puddle of his own blood without a single injury, we witness one of the most enjoyable mental treks. As deep and sober as the message may be (I’d say it can strike an epiphany) the level of entertainment reaches the same scale and the book doesn’t fail to deliver.

The plot is well crafted and the details are so real, you’d expect a Ferox run down your street. Had this book not been given any drop of fantasy (I'm referring to the Ferox's story and the blond man's implications), it would have probably not have had the same impact. With a little bit of imagination dripping into downtown Seattle, it stands as a remarkable metaphor that sends you thinking what is good and what is evil because in the end, this story is about neither. It is this uncertainty that makes things even more sizzling. There is great wisdom entwined in this story sometimes manifested as insightful questions rather than straight statements. There are also real facts from the worlds of martial arts and training. My favorite part was Jonathan’s psychological journey deeply captured in dialogue and gestures in a soul touching manner. Nothing is overdosed - the dialogue, the gestures, the thoughts, past and present - everything is just in the right amount to instill the ultimate sensation while reading.

It’s remarkably written - deep, thoughtful, balancing emotions and machine-like duty, shedding a view over themes like faith, war, morals, smothered anger and much more. Everything blends incredibly well with the characters and depth of detail - it was just enough to keep the flow smooth and tugging at my curiosity without feeling like something is missing or over pouring.

An amazingly written story, Ellery!
I’m eager for the sequel.