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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
The Shadowverse: A YA Sci-Fi Superhero Adventure by John-Clement Gallo is an adventure that is as satisfying as any can be. Well-written and loaded with action, it features Johnny Sparks, a young protagonist who suddenly discovers that he has powers after an encounter with a mysterious stranger. Perhaps this could be the start of an exciting life for him. When one of his gifted friends is captured by the evil warlord Titan, Johnny and his friends are sent on a rescue mission that takes them across the galaxy. They will need the help of a legendary warrior who has gone missing for centuries. But Titan has grimmer plans for the fate of humanity.
John-Clement Gallo pits his characters against impossible odds with explosive action. The narrative starts with a prologue that captures a moment five hundred years ago and presents a character that will intrigue readers. Then the action moves quickly to New York City in an offset room in an alley where two men are talking about events about to take place. The author grabs the reader’s attention right off the bat by creating a setting that is filled with mystery and putting questions in the reader's mind.
I immediately became curious about the characters and the impending events. The setting is interplanetary, and I enjoyed the powerful images conjured up in the writing, and loved the author's gift for apt descriptions and insightful writing. The novel is fast paced, with plot elements that enhance the unpredictability of events. The characters are real and it is interesting to follow them as they develop through the challenges. The Shadowverse: A YA Sci-Fi Superhero Adventure is written in a cinematic style, filled with ingenuity in plot and imagination. It feels so real and it’s easy to ride alongside the extraordinary characters.