The Sting

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The Sting by Steve Powell is a complete genre mash-up. Stick Superman, Batman, James Bond, and an old-timey noir detective into a blender, and you’ll get The Sting’s protagonist, Dean.

Dean is the hero of The Sting, but throughout the book, we never find out too much about him. All we know is he’s a metahuman (he has powers), has a shady past, and is basically brilliant at anything he tries. Martial arts prowess? Check. Super strength? Check. Super Intelligence? Check. Puts James Bond to shame when it comes to the ladies? Check.

Everyone wants a piece of Dean. The good guys and the bad guys want to hire him. If they can’t hire him, they either wish him in a body bag or locked up in a lab to be experimented on. The Sting follows Dean as he pinballs from one adventure to another, constantly being pulled in different directions and never entirely sure who he can trust.

The Sting is an excellent pulpy holiday read. It’s a book about a cool guy doing extraordinary things. Dean is the kind of person, so many men daydream about being. But it would do the book a disservice to say that it’s all pulp with no depth.

Dean is an immensely likable character, and despite his brilliant nature, he is still relatable. This is because the only person who seems unsure what Dean should be is himself. Dean is no superhero. He’s just a gun for hire. At the beginning of the book, Dean seems a little lost and lonely. In some ways, the book is a journey of self-discovery for Dean, and it is only at the end of the book he decides who he wants to be.

Powell focuses on constantly pushing the story forward. The book moves at a breakneck pace and rarely slows to take a breath. Dean is essentially an enigma, and Powell doesn’t spend much time explaining things. While this is mainly for the book’s benefit, I wish Powell would slow down sometimes to add more explanation and description. The story moves so quickly that a momentary lapse in concentration in reading can leave you lost.

Powell leaves a lot of questions unanswered and a lot of elements unexplained. I expect this to keep us hooked and ready for the next book in the series. The Sting is a great easy read for a holiday or day off. I can’t wait to see what happens to Dean next.

Pages: 192 | ISBN: 9781737738299

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