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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
It’s not that we have too many superhero movies and novels these days; it’s how they are told through fancy costumes and downright commercialism that makes most of us crave something different. Thankfully, Allen Steadham’s Mindfire answers the call by delivering a superheroic tale with observant realism. This is a multi-generational story of a family of superheroes. At the heart of it is Leia Hamilton, who is gifted with the combined power of telekinesis and pyrokinesis. As you witness her powers come to fruition, you also witness her family’s superhero lineage and the outcomes of their crusading exploits, and the ramifications that reverberate to the next generation. Leia is about to face a deadly nemesis called Malevolence, deadly in the sense that this psychotic villain, according to her Aunt Dana, is somehow related to Leia, unraveling many sins of the past.
Allen Steadham is skilled in character development. He involves us in the private lives of his characters, both heroes and villains alike. The theme of the story is well-guarded even if it appears to be in plain sight. You don’t know how Leia will deal with Malevolence. In that way, it becomes a difficult moral choice between family and moral responsibility. This reinforces the thought that power alone does not make a hero or villain. There is violence and death in this book, but it is also a fresh and welcoming storyline that explores family relationships and crises of conscience. As for the ending, I’m happy that it doesn’t appear forced or arbitrary. Mindfire is a superhero story that I would be happy to declare a must-read for its absorbing storyline.