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Shatterbug by Robert Duke


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Hi there, I'm Robert. Of course on here, you know me as kano. I wasn't sure how big a deal I wanted to make of this here, but I hope you'll be interested enough to read a book by someone you (sort of) know.

 

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When a promising young physics student is visited by a future version of himself and gifted a time-travelling armored suit, he is plunged into a life of heroism and responsibility, in the hopes of preventing a tragic future he has only begun to glimpse.
 
Marco Nieve, taking the mantle of Shatterbug, will have to learn to use the unique abilities of the super-suit to uncover the secrets of both the past and future, all the while preparing for a destined face-off against a mysterious dark foe. As he seeks the answers his paradoxical benefactor was unable to give him, Marco’s nemesis works in the shadows, manipulating events for some unknown goal. It all seems to center around what has yet to happen for Marco and the Shatterbug suit.
 
However, Marco soon learns that there’s more to being a good man than fighting monsters and bad guys. The technology that powers his suit could change the world; save it even, in the right hands. Would it be right to deprive humanity of positive scientific advancement? Is it even right to be a hero, to fight in a war that you don’t understand?
 
Marco Nieve’s adventures are something to root for. The lessons he learns along the way—lessons of unique power, perseverance in the face of uncertainty, moral obligation and responsibility, and unconditional unity for a common ideal—will have you turning each page in suspense.

 

 

Shatterbug is the first in a series of books that I've been crafting in my head for about eight years. It follows Marco Nieve, who becomes the titular time-travelling superhero Shatterbug.

 

Shatterbug isn't like most time travel stories, because the Shatterbug suit isn't like most time travel machines. Rather than taking Marco wherever he wants to go, the suit actually separates him into three copies: one in the present, and one five minutes in the past and in the future. Through the suit, they communicate with each other and learn from each other in taking on monsters and supervillains.

 

Ultimately, he seeks out the answers to three main questions: how does the suit work, why does he have it, and what is the 'darkness' he was warned about? Its a story about finding what it means to be a hero--both in the super sense, and in the societal sense--as Marco tries to provide actual lasting change to the world beyond crime-fighting.

 

Shatterbug is available on Amazon here (or you can click the cover up top). It's available both in paperback and for Amazon Kindle (or their free Kindle app on any device). It would mean a lot to me if you picked up a copy, and even more if you left an Amazon review. Also, my author Facebook and Twitter pages are available at the respective links.

 

I promise this'll be the last time/only place I mention this, YCM. Thanks for listening, and thanks for.. wow, five years as of this month.

 

(As an aside, people who've known me from YCM for some time may recognize someone in the book. Please keep in mind that this is not a self-insert; I chose that persona because it was a character from this, prior to its publication. Their views as expressed 'in character' on this forum do not reflect my own, nor have they ever.)



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Huh. Well. I was actually thinking about writing a superhero novel so this could be considered research of a sort.

Also, congrats!

I'll pick up a copy but due to life might be a while before I can fully read it. Happy to help out a new writer.


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Huh. Well. I was actually thinking about writing a superhero novel so this could be considered research of a sort.

Also, congrats!

I'll pick up a copy but due to life might be a while before I can fully read it. Happy to help out a new writer.

Thank you! And please keep me informed when your work becomes available, too.






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