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Publisher's Summary

My name is Sawyer William Vincent - I know, it sounds like three first names - but most people know me as the Red Raptor.

Well, technically no one knows I'm the Red Raptor, he's just a bit more popular. 

Wow. Enough about my name. Let me start over. I’m a superhero - the legendary Black Harrier’s partner. Not sidekick. I don't care if I'm still in high school. We work together to bring down the city's most dangerous villains. 

When the Black Harrier gets a mysterious note, then goes missing in New York City, things are pretty much left up to me. But don’t worry...I’ve got this. Piece of cake. 

If you like Tim Drake as Robin or ever wondered what Peter Parker would be like if he lived in Gotham, Rap-tors is right up your alley. 

From number one Audible best seller Jaime Castle and CJ Valin comes a new superhero universe perfect for fans of both DC and Marvel.

Actually, it’s for fans of anything superhero-related. You’re gonna like it. Promise.

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  • Willis Burns
  • 23-03-2021

Superhero fans rejoice!

The description said fans of Marvel and DC would be pleased. This is true... though I think it’s important to note that true superhero fans, comic book reading, movie watching, old-school fans will be THRILLED.

I’ve read a lot of superhero fiction. One thing that is true of nearly all of it is the exhaustive focus on the REASON superheroes exist in the world. The other authors seem to forget that we, as comic book fans, don’t really get fixated on that. We accept it.

Sure, we care about the individual origins of characters, but why the God of Thunder, Son of Zeus, and a radio-active spider-man all exist in the first place? We don’t need a ton of answers there. That’s why we read. We are exhilarated by the very concept.

What Castle and Valin do is skip all the pretense of why and just give us some new superheroes that feel familiar and could easily fit into the Marvel catalog. It’s like a Wednesday at the local comic book shop, only it’s a novel and a damn good one.

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  • Rob Bew
  • 24-03-2021

Whoa, Jack Meloche

Who is this guy? Where did he come from? He just shot to the top of my list. MORE FROM MELOCHE.

The story is great, too.

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  • Joshua James
  • 26-03-2021

Outstanding superhero story with great characters

I had a blast listening to this. A fresh, contemporary spin. The narrator was a perfect match for the material.

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  • John Chambers
  • 25-03-2021

Fun for hero and coming of age fans

This is a great easy listen for Hero fans that might enjoy the 'sidekicks' perspective. Part coming of age story, part underdog.
I enjoyed the banter and awkward high school interactions with he love interest, as well as the frustrations the sidekick has with his partner.

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  • H. Hookks III
  • 24-03-2021

High octane!

Start to finish powerhouse. Book two next month? I can hardly wait. I think I’ll listen again before then.

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  • Codeman
  • 31-03-2021

Fresh ideas join forces with the familiar!

A fantastic listen throughout, this story doesn't set out to totally reinvent the wheel and doesn't need to, but it never feels like a rip-off and it goes in some unexpected directions. It's not a long book, but it covers a lot of events and details without ever feeling rushed. Characters are well-realized and relatable, predicaments are believable, and I'm definitely ready for more stories following this hero and more spin-offs in this universe of supers. While he's great from start to finish, Jack's performance of the main villain nearly stole the show.

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  • Surelda Heard
  • 24-03-2021

Fun story

I enjoyed it. The story was very engaging and entertaining. Very much a superhero story reminiscent of Spider-Man or the like without being a ripoff.

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  • Dorian T
  • 24-03-2021

Sidekick

Here’s my required 15 words to say I enjoyed the book and am looking forward to more.

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  • William
  • 26-04-2021

Good supers story

This story was a pleasant surprise. I'd classify it as a YA novel because of the age of the MC, but the action was good. The villains were quite convincingly nefarious and some of them pretty evil. The characters were pretty convincing and consistent, as well. I'm downloading the next one as soon as I finish writing this review. Also the narration was very good, too. I don't believe I've listened to Meloche before. I will again, though.

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  • Ecualegacy
  • 21-04-2021

Sidekicking into Classic Superhero Storytelling

At a time when superheroes are politicized, denigrated and reconstructed into caricatures unworthy of admiration, this tale shines as a gem of pure, old-fashioned human-centered storytelling. The hero, a young teen named Sawyer, is concerned over relatable things with a superhero twist. He has to juggle school and family with his part-time job (of nightly crime fighting). He has to avoid the school bully (to keep from harming the jerk). And he finds himself constantly distracted by the new girl in town (who has taken up crime fighting on his turf). My hat’s off to Jaime Castle and CJ Valin for succeeding in getting me totally invested in the character from chapter 1 and keeping my full attention to the end. I’ve already bought Book 2. The audiobook narration is also top notch.

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  • Christopher morgan
  • 24-04-2021

super teen

love this story,first time listening to the narrator and he does a good job of sounding like a superhero teenager with all the ups and downs that entails, mums right?😄

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  • Scorpion kickboxer
  • 12-04-2021

A love letter to super hero’s

This book has everything you could want for a super hero story, old hero’s, new hero’s struggling to find the balance, mysterious capes appearing from nowhere. The old grizzled I’m to good for this bullshit hero’s.

If your a fan of super story’s this book is a must have for you ! Why are you reading this review just buy it now !!!

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  • Glennccc
  • 28-03-2021

Great Story

Everything you need in a superhero book, a superhero with hang ups, a geeky young sidekick, a love interest, proper villains, great action and a fascinating back story. all delivered very well by Jack Meloche.

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