Faces Behind the Masks

So you want to be a superhero?

Young Adult - Adventure
375 Pages
Reviewed on 11/20/2017
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Author Biography

Since childhood Thomas J. Brodeur has been telling stories. Early efforts included drawing his own comics, a skill he honed from grade school through college. In high school he composed three graphic novels and wrote his first short story. A dozen more short stories followed in early adulthood. His first published novel, Regina Silsby’s Secret War, was nominated for the Scott O’Dell award for historical fiction.

Besides writing, Mr. Brodeur managed to graduate college and divert some attention to a multi-faceted career. His corporate experience spans several continents and includes motion picture production, computer-aided design, information technology, management and customer service.

“What inspires my writing?” he says. “Pretty much, anything happening around me.”
He spends his spare time building ships-in-bottles and dabbling in calligraphy, cartooning and fine art. Additional activities include laundry, dishwashing, lawn mowing, painting, plumbing and electrical work as required. Home is Florida, with his bride of several decades.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite

Faces Behind the Masks by Thomas J. Brodeur is a comedic tale full of action and adventure. Travis Warnofski is 12 years old and, as far as he is concerned, his uncle is nothing short of a superhero. That doesn’t mean that Trav likes him though; Uncle Alex is not the happiest of souls and is quite reclusive so Trav comes up with a plan to blackmail Uncle Alex by telling the world who he is. When Trav finds himself in his uncle’s hideout, deep underground, he suddenly finds out exactly what it is that his Uncle Alex does and Trav can’t wait to join him.

Faces Behind the Masks: So, you want to be a superhero? by Thomas J Brodeur really is packed with action and is well aimed at its audience. The adventure starts on the very first page and takes you on a bumpy ride. It is a unique take on the superhero genre, a fresh look at it, and it is written in a way to make you want more. It's a fun book, with well-detailed descriptions that transport you straight into the story, making it feel real. The characters are developed in a way that lets you get to know them properly and kids will want to be Trav, and will want to have their very own superhero uncle! It’s difficult to find a young adult book on a subject that hasn’t already been covered, but this is one of those stories that is a refreshing take on the theme. Kids of all ages are going to love this adventure!