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Oliver Galang lives in San Diego, California. He graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelor's degree in Business Management. When the author is not writing, he is running, surfing, or working out.
on June 28, 2013 :
Becoming a Superhero was a coming-of-age tale about a drifting young man from a military family lost in a mire of gambling, prostitutes, and depression. It was also a humorous telling about the whims of peer pressure and finding a memorable psychologist. The duality made for an entertaining read.
The story centered on young Oliver, who convinced himself early on that he was a budding superhero like what he saw in movies and comic books. But reality showed he was instead an awkward nerd, and his family’s frequent moves made it difficult to keep friends. Cultural differences, and his parent’s meager finances, created misunderstandings with everyone. Oliver tried a military career like his father, but did not stay. Then came life’s real temptations.
Becoming a Superhero described many places where Oliver tasted the fun of life (having a lovely girlfriend with a French accent, a winning night at Blackjack, landing a high-paying job), then immersed himself to excess. He abandoned girlfriends and instead frequented prostitutes.
Recreational card playing turned to gambling addiction. The job no longer supported his indulgences, and Oliver racked up credit card debt and bankruptcies.
A refreshing voice entered Oliver’s life–a new psychologist. They discussed Oliver’s superhero yearnings. There was a way out of the well that Oliver kept falling into. After the journey through this superhero wannabe’s life, we learned what this young guy really wanted-and he was a superhero all along.
(reviewed the day of purchase)