American Goddesses

Adult
Rated 5.00/5 based on 6 reviews
When two small-town women find themselves with nearly unlimited powers of mind and body, their lives get complicated. Things turn nasty as a shadowy organization attempts to use Megan and Trish for their own evil ends, and destroy them, their town and the USA in the process. More

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Words: 58,650
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476236827
About Gary Henry

Writer, runner, dog dad. Retired Navy. Certified Coach, Road Runners Club of America. I review indie books online at Honest Indie Book Reviews ~ and my own books AMERICAN GODDESSES, WHAT HAPPENED TO JORY and THE MOON POEM AND OTHER STRANGE JINGLE JANGLED are all available right here on Smashie.

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Review by: Wendy Woyski on May 13, 2013 : (no rating)
Henry makes his characters come alive and turns his phrases with a delightful, fresh voice. What’s not to love about believable characters doing unbelievable things? While certainly out of the norm, this tale of average women beset with everyday struggles who at the same time fly “at the speed of thought” and deftly pulverize evil doers, seems entirely plausible. Even expected! AMERICAN GODDESSES. In my book, an irresistible read.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Kathy Hall on Dec. 07, 2012 :
If you're looking for pure fun and entertainment, this is the book for you. If you love strong women, super-heroes and happy endings, this is the book for you. It took me a few pages to get into the story, mainly because I wasn't aware of what it was about. When the tale quickly turned to the female super-heroes dealing with the repercussions of their new-found powers, I was hooked. Without being a ending-spoiler, let me just say when you get the part where Mama Rosie shows up, you'll really be having a ball.

Mr. Henry clearly loves women, while at the same time being very realistic about our common traits. When certain things happened in the story, I found myself saying, "Oh, yeah, that's exactly how it would go down." If you're a woman reading this book, you're going to feel like a million just being on our team. But Henry doesn't beat up on the men. There are very lovable male characters to enjoy as well.

I'm looking forward to the next book because the author clearly set up expectations for a sequel.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Kathy Hall on Dec. 07, 2012 :
If you're looking for pure fun and entertainment, this is the book for you. If you love strong women, super-heroes and happy endings, this is the book for you. It took me a few pages to get into the story, mainly because I wasn't aware of what it was about. When the tale quickly turned to the female super-heroes dealing with the repercussions of their new-found powers, I was hooked. Without being a ending-spoiler, let me just say when you get the part where Mama Rosie shows up, you'll really be having a ball.

Mr. Henry clearly loves women, while at the same time being very realistic about our common traits. When certain things happened in the story, I found myself saying, "Oh, yeah, that's exactly how it would go down." If you're a woman reading this book, you're going to feel like a million just being on our team. But Henry doesn't beat up on the men. There are very lovable male characters to enjoy as well.

I'm looking forward to the next book because the author clearly set up expectations for a sequel.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Diane Reed on Dec. 04, 2012 :
I was first awed by Gary Henry's writing talent through his wonderful book of short stories titled What Happened to Jory, where he proved himself a master of the genre. In his new novel American Goddesses, his unique craftsmanship is still evident in every line that is carefully wrought. And although his female protagonists loom larger than life (think DIVAS with surprising super powers), what I love most about Henry's work is the way he brings universal themes down to earth with the intimate details and nuances of people's lives that make each character palpable. Even though Megan possesses other-worldly powers, for example, she is still a wife, a friend, a lover--with her own set of quirky insecurities that make her fully human. What Henry is, at his core, is a careful observer of the foibles and contradictions of mankind, and though he at times revels in the wild and absurd, he always brings the reader home to the flesh and blood experience of real personalities who are as interesting squabbling over breakfast as they are trying to save the free world. Sometimes this irony is lost on the less discerning reader, but it's precisely this aspect that makes reading American Goddesses so much fun! I am eagerly anticipating his next book. ~Diane J. Reed
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: E.L. Lindley on Dec. 04, 2012 :
A compelling rollercoaster of a read ...
A fast paced unstoppable novel which had me hooked from the very opening lines. If you enjoy lots of action and exciting twists and turns then this is the novel for you. The female protagonists are fearless and fun, leaving you wistfully wishing they were real. It is well written and convincing but be warned once you pick it up you won't be able to put it back down again.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Tammy Dewhirst on June 28, 2012 :
This was an amazing read....

When Megan and Trish, average women, are taught to release the superwoman within they find coping with the new abilities difficult. It seems with power, violence follows. Will their relationships survive their new abilities and will they be able to survive the dark new evil that can slip in at the most unexpected times.

I am going to fangirl all over this book. The premise could not have been better for me as a reader but the writing style was amazing. I would have liked to have seen the baddies used more but then I love me a good baddie and there's promise at the end of more great baddies to come. I would also like to point out, as the author was clearly writing this just for me, that it was well done to make the code names for the baddies bird names because I find birds quite creepy....but then maybe that is just me.

The characterization was very real. Megan and Trish have the same insecurities you and I do and they have similiar conversations with their friends. They were both very likable (Trish more so than Megan) and this reader cheered for them as a person would any good superhero.

I usually see the ending coming but did not with this one and, no surprise, as many of the plot's twists and turns were delightful surprises.

This author painted, with this novel, a picture of ordinary women in extrodinary circumstances and could not have done better. This was simply one of my top reads of the year.

You MUST pick this book up. There's no recommending or not recommending here, it's a requirement. There are few authors I pick up on their release day but the next book in this series, the day it goes on sale, I'm there.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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