Review: The Never Hero

June 5, 2015     Danielle Romero     4stars, R2R, reviews

Review: The Never HeroThe Never Hero by T. Ellery Hodges
Published by Foggy Night Publishing on September 12th 2014
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fiction, General, Science Fiction
Pages: 428
Format: eBook
At the gates between worlds...
In a war outside of time...
He fights for us.
Reclusive college student Jonathan Tibbs wakes in a pool of blood, not a scratch on him. His life is about to undergo a massive shift. A violent and merciless otherworldly enemy unleashes slaughter in the streets, calling out in a language only he understands.
And it is seeking its challenger.
In order to defeat the threat, Jonathan must become a temporal weapon... while remaining completely anonymous. Unfortunately, harnessing off-world powers has its own special challenges...
The Never Hero is the first installment in The Chronicles of Jonathan Tibbs -- a mind-bending, genre crossing, action-adventure trilogy.

my thoughtsAn excitingly unique story that blends fantasy and science fiction with the perfect amount of action and adventure. This one was a page turner though be warned, it is on the longer side and reading the prologue is a must. You’ll be confused without it. The author has a way of keeping you guessing so you never really know what is going to happen next which I really appreciated.

I also felt like there was some really deep meaning within the book. It not only told a story but taught a lesson and did so in a manner that was believable. Our MC is well developed and like-able. You really get a sense of who he is and you experience his emotions throughout the novel. The roommates were also entertaining to read about. They provided some comic humor at much needed points. I also really appreciated that our MC Jonathan grew throughout the book. It wasn’t like “BOOM” you’re now an awesome superhero. We saw tremendous growth and acceptance as he changed and grew into himself.

I’m not sure what else I can say without getting too spoilery. Its honestly one of those books you have to read for yourself and when you read the blurb, don’t let it fool you. You haven’t come across anything like The Never Hero before. It is truly a uniquely written story. My only complaint is that some areas went into more detail than necessary which stalled the pacing for me a bit and added unnecessary length to the book but it was absolutely worth reading.

4 coffee cups

about the author

T. Ellery Hodges was born in Sacramento, Ca in 1981. He moved to Seattle at nineteen and received his Bachelors of Science from the University Of Washington. 
Somewhere in high school and early college, he gravitated toward writing. Then he forced unsuspecting students, who had made the mistake of taking creative writing during the same period as him, to endure the reading of his short stories. 
During his twenties he worked in a laboratory performing drug trials, traveled most of Washington State fixing computers for Apple, sold gym memberships, and helped manage an international supply chain for a chemical distributor. Yet, much like the rest of his generation, he found that he wasn’t well suited to doing any type of work for long. 
So, he brushed the metaphorical dust off the novel he’d been writing in his head for the last six years. Then, he looked up the definition of ‘metaphorical’ because he was pretty sure that people who called themselves writers knew that one. He found that there was at least one thing he could endure doing for forty hours a week for the rest of his life.
There is a lesson in all that about ignoring what you want to do for what you think you should, but this is a biography not a lecture.
Currently, he lives with his wife and son in Seattle. He has two dogs, a Border Collie and a Doberman, Darwin and Dharma, respectively.