Bob Moore: No Hero

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Super powered humans started appearing 30 years ago. Now, they are everywhere. Bob Moore, Private Eye, dares to investigate those who could incinerate him with a thought. When he is called to help a super from his past, however, he'll be pushed to his limit. When supers and the police think there is no crime, can he get to the truth? Will he want to for the man that destroyed his marriage? More
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Published: Jan. 08, 2011
Words: 42,990
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458032430
About Tom Andry

Tom Andry is the Associate Editor of Audioholics.com and host of the AV Rant podcast. He's been writing mostly reviews but has lately returned to his prose roots. He has written many unpublished short stories, poems, and a few screenplays that may still be produced. He's the father of three boys affectionately nicknamed Punkalicious, Captain Evil, and Neo. He's happily married and currently resides in Perth, Australia. His background is in drama, creative writing, and research psychology which basically means his kids are in for a pretty rough time. His wife, Tanel, doesn't have it so easy either.

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Review by: Kyle Timmermeyer on May 04, 2012 : star star star star star
Excellent. The Incredibles for the crowd who likes their literature slightly grittier.
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Review by: Jamie Crothall on March 18, 2012 : star star star star
Great book!
Just the writing style I like - the ability to depict an entire world in few words, yet still conjure up a vivid picture in the reader's head. This left the author free to develop characters you really get in to.
My only reservation is that the final resolution came a bit too quickly. However, this is clearly the first in a series so there will be further development and time invested in the other characters (or so I hope).
And did I miss something glaringly obvious? Cos I can't understand why everyone thought it was odd that Bob Moore never changed his name (?).
I can't wait to read the second book!
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Review by: jackieone on July 19, 2011 : star star star star
Thoroughly enjoyable read! Well written, good pacing, I can see it as a new SyFy series. Thanks for an entertaining read.
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Review by: Shelleyrae on July 13, 2011 : star star star
Bob Moore is a private investigator with a select clientele - 'Super's',those with special powers who are a part of everyday society. He reluctantly takes on a case to investigate the alleged disappearance of Doc Arts patients despite the general skepticism and his dislike of the man. Just as Moore decides to quit he witnesses a gruesome death and Moore is determined to find the callous murderer.
Bob is a traditional PI in a nontraditional world and the juxtaposition is entertaining. As a 'tippy', an ordinary human, his job pits him against surveillance targets who have the ability to kill him without breaking a sweat. Bob uses a combination of his wits and some handy gadgets created by Ted (The Tinkerer) to do his job. However I was a little disappointed that Bob doesn't actually do a lot of investigating in this story, he hands out trackers and consults the Mind (a super computer) but solves the case by accident. In the Afterword, Andry explains that he could have stretched the book out by having Moore follow Doc Arts but regarded it as 'filler' where as I would regard it as crucial investigation. There are never any suspects or red herrings in play which are vital elements of a mystery. For me, the mystery fell flat because no-one else was invested in the outcome - no wrongly accused suspect, no one in imminent danger, no surviving victim needing closure - the victims were incidental. The story would have had more impact if the outcome threatened Bob personally, for example his ex-wife Gale or assistant Khan could have been at immediate risk if the mystery was not solved.
Despite the flawed mystery, Bob Moore: No Hero is an entertaining novella - the characters are appealing and the general premise is engaging. Offered for free download , it lends itself to a series and Andry has announced plans to release a full length Bob Moore novel in August, which I'd certainly be interested in reading.
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Review by: Peter Cawdron on July 09, 2011 : star star star star star
In a world of super heroes, the real hero has no super powers at all... this is an enjoyable, humerous, fun-filled novel speculating on the downside of super hero proliferation.
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Review by: Julia Averbeck on June 26, 2011 : star star star star
I really liked this book. The story with a "normal" PI in a world of superheroes was great and very well written.
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Review by: David Slocum on April 11, 2011 : star star star star
A thoroughly enjoyable book, I was struck by the fascinating premise of a normal PI in a world of people with super powers. It reminded me of a couple of favorite series, Jim Butcher's Dresden Files and George RR Martin's Wild Card universe.

This story seems to meld the elements of both into a new, and very entertaining storyline. I could see this becoming a series, with the protagonist working his way through new mysteries and fleshing out the world around him. The possibilities are endless!
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Review by: ThatGeekGuy on March 28, 2011 : star star star star star
Growing up, my reading time was divided between my love for science fiction (Robert Heinlein, Poul Anderson, Issac Asimov), comic books (Superman, Flash, Fantastic Four) and my mother's detective novels (Mickey Spillane, Rex Stout). Finally, the best of all my worlds have come together with Tom Andry's novel, Bob Moore: No Hero. Tom has merged what would be considered incompatible genres into a strong read and a great first effort. Yes, there are some cliches, but they add flavor and enhance the connections to the genres he has melded together. Characters and plot are well developed and entertaining, and the story moves along at a good pace. The main protagonists are all structured to move forward through a possible series of novels. I do know that Bob 2 (as Tom calls it) is well underway, and I for one am eagerly awaiting its release. This book has singlehandedly caused me to purchase both a dedicated e-book reader and a tablet. I'd like to thank Tom for giving me new reasons to buy geeky tech toys (not like I need reasons).
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Review by: Carilda Thomas on Feb. 20, 2011 : star star star star star
I really liked this and I very much hope there will be sequels.
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Review by: Rubikske on Feb. 14, 2011 : star star star star star
Very fun and entertaining story. It's the first ebook I'm reading on my Samsung Galaxy S phone. And I love it. If you like anything with super hero's, then this is a a must read!!
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Review by: Bumblefish on Feb. 13, 2011 : star star star star star
A fun and engeging read. Looking forward to read more about Bob Moore.
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Review by: Andy Haynes on Feb. 02, 2011 : star star star star
Good first effort. A little choppy at first but gained momentum and moved along smoothly after the first couple of pages. The story had good pace, it never got bogged down in unnecessary plot deviations. The characters were tight and well developed within a few well worded sentences. I thoroughly enjoyed the world building that Tom brought to the table. Consistent and "logical" responses to the introduction of Supers into an existing society were very believable. I could definitely read more.

Ted is awesome.

Three questions: First - what happened to the daughter of ### ####? Second - what happened with ****'s power now that ### #### is no longer able to provide assistance? Third - Did Ted ever figure out why Bob's chestnuts didn't get roasted?
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Review by: Angie Gignac on Jan. 29, 2011 : star star star star star
A great first book by Tom Andry. A very imaginative and fun mash up of two genres, with punchy dialogue, memorable characters, and a clever plot. I look forward to book two.
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Review by: Tim Frye on Jan. 20, 2011 : star star star star star
Very good read for a free book. I don't normally read detective stories, but I am glad so many people gave this a good rating which lead me to it. The story is very well laid out, there aren't really any lulls, and the characters seem believable. Great job!
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Review by: vitaly alexius on Jan. 17, 2011 : star star star star star
The most delicious "superhero" theme book I've read.

The world is incredibly deep, believable, and realistic with it's own rules and terminology. The characters come alive and make you feel.
As an illustrator who does book covers and film concepts for a living I can assure you that this book is a diamond of the sci-fi genre, and I would love to get this made into an audio-book for internet broadcast to share with the world. Tons of potential, want more!

Cheers,
Vitaly S Alexius
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Review by: Greg Rose on Jan. 12, 2011 : star star star star star
When I saw the E book description, my immediate thought was that the book about superheros was going to be too clichéd and that I wouldn't like it. I was wrong. Due to the skillful writing, the world of superheros immediately became believable and interesting. The book is fast and keeps your interest. This was the first book that as I approached the end, I started getting a feeling of dread that the end was coming up and at the same time I had to find out the finale. What an enjoyable sensation.
As a Manager of Quality Assurance for a billion $ corporation, I usually look for ways that I can give feedback so that products or services can be improved. I haven't been able to come up with anything. I just enjoyed it. The only improvement I would like to see is more of it.
Can't wait for the next one.
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Review by: nellie71 on Jan. 10, 2011 : star star star star star
This was a very fast and easy read, but most importantly it was very enjoyable! The characters were believable. The story kept me guessing the entire time. I would highly recommend it!
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Review by: Rob H. on Jan. 10, 2011 : star star star star star
This is a fast, fun, imaginative and highly enjoyable read! I adored many of the character descriptions (esp. Ted, Liz and Mr. Flame-dude). I think my only gripe is that I would have liked to have kept reading! But that's a very good "problem" to have, no?

The writing style is punchy and clever; the dialogue is believable and well-voiced; and the overall tone is humorous and witty while also having very poignant moments and some instances of very touching heartache.

Not every question about this alternate, super power-filled world is answered, yet it is very easy to suspend one's disbelief and come to view this world through Bob's eyes. The fascinating social structure and somewhat stunted level of technology raise interesting questions about what our own world might be like if super powered beings had appeared some 30 years ago.

It is the characters that drive this story though, and they are engaging, well-formed and believable. Bob is skilled and intelligent, but he still represents the "every man" in a world of unimaginably powerful and largely unaccountable super-beings. And through all of it, it is a truly human experience, which motivates Bob and allows the reader to empathize with him and understand his flawed decisions and actions.

Highly recommended!
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Review by: Jeffrey Hendricks on Jan. 09, 2011 : star star star star
This was quite an enjoyable read. When you cross a gritty gumshoe with spandex superheros, their two worlds collide in spectacular fashion.

What I liked:
Bob Moore is the classic protagonist, complete with fatal flaws and more than a little character. The story worked out well, and I was entertained up to the very end. I love it when stories keep me guessing, and this one did a fantastic job! Excellent formatting, and I loved the cover art.

Shortcomings:
I wished there was more development in the minor characters, but it doesn't detract from the plot too much. The main character still exhibits plenty of Private Investigator stereotypes, but again, with this type of story, it's not that much of a detraction. I can't really say anything bad about it, as I enjoyed it, though the writing style was a bit choppier than I would have liked.

Overall, recommended! I'd like to see more of these adventures.
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Review by: LM Preston on Jan. 08, 2011 : star star star star
Instantly loved the voice of the mc. This was a fastpaced great quick read.
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