Narrator: Mitchell Lucas
Published by Self Published / Indie on 23 March 2016
Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
Source: Author, Submitted
Can the powerless son of a superhero do what his father couldn't?
Spencer Harrington is the son of the Crimson Mask, the world's most powerful Augment. Ever since witnessing his mother's abduction by a psychotic supervillain two years ago, he's been confined to his father's arctic bunker. Haunted by nightmares and tired of eating cardboard rations in the "Icehole", Spencer launches into his father's dangerous world to uncover his mother's fate.
With no superpowers of his own, Spencer stumbles through a web of conspiracies and top secret facilities armed only with his multi-tool and an arsenal of weapons grade smart-assery. Along the way he rallies a team of everyday people and cast-off Augments, but he soon discovers that his father's nemesis, the Black Beetle, isn't his only enemy or even his worst.
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Spencer is the brilliant son of the Crimson Mask, an invincible superhero. The problem is, he is small, weak, overprotected and overshadowed by his macho father. His mother was kidnapped years ago and it seems the Crimson Mask has done nothing to find her. When his icy hiding place is destroyed, it is up to Spencer to solve the many mysteries surrounding her disappearance and all the other augmented superheroes.
Spencer has only his brain and infinite anger to help him. It is hard to tell who are the bad guys. Even his father is suspect. He may be able to trust his paranoid childhood friend, but who knows, no one is who they seem.
Crimson Son is the story of a teenager fighting the world. There is a lot of action, computer hacking, inept geeks, evil geniuses, flying killer drones and oh so many high tech gadgets. It is comic book fun. If you enjoy this genre of fiction, you should definitely give this book a go. There is plenty of over-the-top tech and super evil characters, as it should be. It doesn’t take itself too seriously and is a fast and lighthearted listen.
Mitchell Lucas performs the story superbly. Spencer’s sarcasm and self-deprecating wit come through perfectly. The many characters are differentiated wonderfully and clearly. It is a pleasure to listen to and Mr. Lucas adds enormously to the story. Great fit.
The sci-fi sub-genre of comic book superhero/supervillain fiction has been growing of late. Crimson Son does a good job of creating engaging characters and exciting action. Certainly, not every listener is right for this kind of story, but for those who enjoy this style should look no further.
Note: The main character is 19 and full of teen problems, which makes it a good choice for young adults. There is some swearing, and allusion to sex, but that is pretty mild and should be a good listen for teenagers, particularly boys.