No More Heroes: Heroes (Book 1)
by Roo I MacLeod
“On the crime ridden streets of Old London Town the law has been subcontracted and justice awarded to the highest bidder. But from the dark depths of despair and chaos, a hero is born.
A murder on the crime-ridden streets of Ostere isn’t headline news
A vagrant running from conscription is common place
But this vagrant knew the deceased and was witnessed fighting with the deceased
So now the police want a word
As do the killers
Ben Jackman, vagrant by day, hunter of road kill by night, isn’t the man to take the fall
Proving his innocence is obvious
Finding the Killer is crucial
But Ben needs a gun, a big gun with lots of bullets, because the seedy streets of Ostere have a new breed of criminal and they aren’t looking to take prisoners.”
The author approached me about reading and reviewing No More Heroes, I did not know anything about it apart from the blurb. I thought it sounded quite interesting, and although not exactly my ‘normal’ crime book I decided to give it a go.
In No More Heroes, Marvin meets up with Ben (they were childhood friends, but when Ben left to run away from the Army, Marvin married Ben’s sweetheart) who haven’t seen each other in two years, and gives Ben a bag. Marvin is then killed and then Ben is caught up in a fight for the bag, where everyone wants it!
I think my favourite characters are Ben, Tilly, Harry and Wynona (Wolf Girl). Ben being the main character is a strong character, you can see how he thinks but sometimes you are left thinking what did you do that for? Tilly is a strong single mother, looking out for her son and I really like her. Harry just does not listen to anyone unless it means he can blow something up or get into trouble, and I love him for it! Wynona (also known as Wolf Girl), although not understanding her role to start with, I fell in love with her.
My favourite part was…most of the second half. In the first half I enjoyed it, but it gripped me far more in the second half, as I did struggle to begin with to get into the book just to work out when it was set. It was a bit of a roller coaster, with twists and turns of what was happening, but also emotionally, not that it ever made me laugh nor do I think I was ever happy from the storyline, I was definitely tense, worried, sad and shocked.
I would say that No More Heroes ended kind of wrapped up, but also kind of on a cliffhanger. The second book (Heroes Don’t Travel) is out next month (August).
The way I described this book was a crime novel set in a London that has broken into chaos. I would recommend it to adults only, due to the graphic descriptions. 4 out of 5.