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Fans of Spider Man, silver age comics, and alternate history will enjoy this novel of teen angst and metahumans This coming of age story is set in an alternates, where people with amazing abilities make themselves known Can young Nathan Charters find himself in this uncertain new world Who is he, where did he come from, and is he part of a remarkable new minorityor just a misfit among misfits Brave Men Run is at once gripping and emotional, shocking and intelligent I thoroughly enjoyed it Paul Story, author of Tom Corven Well written, with great dialogueutterly convincing The Rev Up Review Brave Men Run is an incredible piece of work I m totally hooked Jonathan Kalmes Buy the MP CD Visit the official Brave Men Run web site


10 thoughts on “Brave Men Run - A Novel of the Sovereign Era

  1. Larry Larry says:

    read the novel, Brave Men Run byMatthew Wayne Selznick on a single flight from Detroit to Denver Was it short in comparison to some novels Yes But I was able to finish the book because I just could not put it down It was that engaging.It is the story of a teenage boy who is struggles with being different He has the attributes of a cat, and a strength proportionthan his own An outcast, but not for those reasons This is th read the novel, Brave Men Run byMatthew Wayne Selznick on a single flight from Detroit to Denver Was it short in comparison to some novels Yes But I was able to finish the book because I just could not put it down It was that engaging.It is the story of a teenage boy who is struggles with being different He has the attributes of a cat, and a strength proportionthan his own An outcast, but not for those reasons This is the story of his coming of age From boy to man From human to Sovereign.In reading the novel, fans of NBCs Heroes will undoubtedly see parallels to the books backdrop, and that of the TV show Myself, I wondered if the producers of Heroes hadn t read this novel before developing their show But, each work can exist separate, and the similarity should not detract from either.The main character of Nate is well written, and reacts in situationslike a real person than a storybook character His handling of situations from bullies to girls bring a sense of realism to the story He is worthy of his quest.Matthew Wayne Selznick is currently working on a sequel, Pilgrimage At this time, he s 35% done I will pre order it as soon as possible.I highly recommend Brave Men Run , and suggest you pick it up for your next flight


  2. Timothy Ward Timothy Ward says:

    Brave Men Run proved the impossible by showing me a young adult book I could enjoy Normally, I am turned off by stories about teenagers because I just don t care about the troubles they face I m not trying to be insensitive, I m just saying most of the YA I ve read seemed childish and petty Brave Men Run is far from that, and gives me hope in YA Selzick has crafted well rounded, and unique superheroes that explore high school drama in a way that evokes interest and sympathy His prose is con Brave Men Run proved the impossible by showing me a young adult book I could enjoy Normally, I am turned off by stories about teenagers because I just don t care about the troubles they face I m not trying to be insensitive, I m just saying most of the YA I ve read seemed childish and petty Brave Men Run is far from that, and gives me hope in YA Selzick has crafted well rounded, and unique superheroes that explore high school drama in a way that evokes interest and sympathy His prose is concise and fluid I was hooked from the beginning and enjoyed the journey It wasn t quite the save the world type of conflict, but that isn t necessarily a bad thing This story focuses on the life of Nate Charters, and one doesn t have to save the world to have a story that strikes the heart and keeps your attention Brave Men Run is a feel good story that gives hope for humanity in case we ever do have super powered humans among us


  3. Geoffrey Geoffrey says:

    I read the first book in this duology back in 2008 and when I saw there was a new book out, I reread the first one before reading the second It s a pretty good story for all that it s YA This is the story of a 15yo misfit, Nate, in 1985 who realizes why he s a misfit when a group of people go public with their superpowers declaring themselves Sovereign Nate s abilities can be summed up as being cat like dexterity, strength and speed with an ability to see in the dark He has oversized eyes an I read the first book in this duology back in 2008 and when I saw there was a new book out, I reread the first one before reading the second It s a pretty good story for all that it s YA This is the story of a 15yo misfit, Nate, in 1985 who realizes why he s a misfit when a group of people go public with their superpowers declaring themselves Sovereign Nate s abilities can be summed up as being cat like dexterity, strength and speed with an ability to see in the dark He has oversized eyes and a vaguely feline face.His arch nemesis at school, the ultra jock Byron thinks he s also a Sovereign and approaches Nate for help trying to sort it all out.There are evil government types, new girlfriends, best friends, mad scientists, long lost father figures and insensitive school administrators everything a YA story needs to succeed Where this stands out is this book allows Nate, as narrator, to speak like a 15 yo he can be completely self centered, he can be na ve, he can have flashes of maturity in his decision making in between stupid decisions made through inexperience.The first book ends without a Happily Ever After and Nate is still confused over how to think about this place in the world and about his parents It was a good stopping point when it spent years as standalone book Although I have to say I found it annoying that it was called A Novel of the Sovereign Era and then there we no follow up novels just a follow up collection of short stories by other authors


  4. Scott Scott says:

    I had a great time reading this book What a fantastic premise Selznick has created I had no trouble identifying with Nate and I love that the book is set in the 80 s that s totally my era I m anxious to dig into Pilgrimage , which I understand is a bit darker than Brave Men Run Well done


  5. Tom Tancredi Tom Tancredi says:

    Fast paced, gripping come of age tale of mutants Reminds me of Stranger Things meets X men Thoroughly enjoyed the story and will hit the sequel soon.


  6. Beth Beth says:

    Like stepping back in timeSelznick had completely mailed what it s like to be in high school in 1985, especially being an outcast The characters use 80s slang and jargon naturally, when it could so easily be overdone or parody Totally believable characters make the unreal situations they face believable.


  7. Mike Mike says:

    I d previously enjoyed this story, in a slightly different and earlier form, from Podiobooks I bought it in the form of The Charters Duology, a single ebook containing both this and the sequel which I m currently reading.In the original audio format, the whole of the story was told from the point of view of Nate Charters, a teenager with unusual abilities The author subsequently added a shorter piece which told the same story from the viewpoint of the adult agent who pursues him In this ver I d previously enjoyed this story, in a slightly different and earlier form, from Podiobooks I bought it in the form of The Charters Duology, a single ebook containing both this and the sequel which I m currently reading.In the original audio format, the whole of the story was told from the point of view of Nate Charters, a teenager with unusual abilities The author subsequently added a shorter piece which told the same story from the viewpoint of the adult agent who pursues him In this version, the two are woven together into a single narrative, with chapters of the agent s third person viewpoint interspersed between thenumerous chapters from the teenager s first person viewpoint I think this is a good revision, and works well I especially appreciated that the agent antagonist is not merely a dog kicking mustache twirler, but a man with problems of his own his mother has dementia, and is dying who sees himself as one of the good guys Shortly after the opening of the book, we get two of the most overused cliches in YA the protagonist looks at his reflection, and notes his green eyes Fortunately, these represent the maximum level of cliche in the story, and in fact I spotted few if any others This is especially impressive in what is effectively a superhero story, since cliches are the bones of the superhero genre In the story, the Wertham Act banned comic books in the 1950s rather than the industry self regulating with the Comics Code , and so there s no Marvel Comics to invite comparison between the newly emerging Sovereign and the X Men That comparison is definitely present in the author s and reader s mind, of course, and provides a subtext to the fear and discrimination against Sovereign and their desire to separate themselves from normal humans However, there are sly winks to the reader throughout in the form of references to the names of famous comic book artists and writers from our reality who, in the world of the Sovereigns, presumably got other jobs and never became well known Ditko at the garage in the town of Kirby Lake is the only person old man Lee trusts with his van There s a Romita Park and a Kane Park in the town where Nate Charters lives Nate s girlfriend says the famous Mary Jane to Peter Parker line Face it, tiger you hit the jackpot Each of these functions, for me, as a breaking of the fourth wall and pulls me out of the immersion in the fiction by reminding me that it is fiction I m not a fan of that.There s a tendency to name check bands and music and other cultural phenomena of the 1980s as a continual reminder that this is when the story is set I grew up in the 80s the author and I were born only a few days apart, in fact , but wasn t into popular music or popular culture If someone had said New Romantics to me in 1985 I would have assumed they meant Wordsworth and Tennyson As a result, many of the references swish past me without connecting to anything probably the same response that someone who didn t grow up in the 80s would also have It does, however, achieve the goal of giving some flavour of the time.I did occasionally feel that the pacing of the scenes was off Two characters skip study hall at the end of the day and go to a friend s house near the school, where three songs are played and there are a couple of conversations that would take at most 10 minutes, and suddenly they re too late to catch the bus To the positives The characters rang true to me, were distinct from each other and had at least a couple of dimensions, even the supporting characters like Nate s friends Jason and Mel I found Lina s instant and abiding attraction to Nate a little thin, but otherwise everyone s interactions were believable and clearly motivated The plot was decently paced, with a mixture of action and reflection It s not a classic superhero plot There are a couple of fights, but they re very unlike classic superhero fights The book is playing with the idea of superheroes, while successfully avoiding the many tropes of the genre Nobody wears a costume, for example, or has a secret identity and a code name Overall, a successful and enjoyable story of a young man s struggle with his identity and how other people see him, linked in to larger issues, with both characters and situations that rise above tropes Because I give most books I review four stars, I m introducing a sub scale running from 0 barely above mediocre to 9 only just short of awesome , and on that scale it registers a respectable 4


  8. Shaun Duke Shaun Duke says:

    Brave Men Run is an interesting take on the superhero genre It follows Nate Charters an outsider with an unusual appearance and special abilities that he must keep secret as he deals with the daily trials and tribulations of high school Then Dr William Donner appears on the scene, declaring to the world that super powered humans exist and they are demanding autonomy Before long, Nate finds himself caught up in a world entering the Sovereign Era and the confusion of learning the truth of wh Brave Men Run is an interesting take on the superhero genre It follows Nate Charters an outsider with an unusual appearance and special abilities that he must keep secret as he deals with the daily trials and tribulations of high school Then Dr William Donner appears on the scene, declaring to the world that super powered humans exist and they are demanding autonomy Before long, Nate finds himself caught up in a world entering the Sovereign Era and the confusion of learning the truth of where he came from and what happened to his father.This is my first exposure to a podcast novel turned into a published one I ve never really been into the whole podcast fiction thing It s not that I don t think there s value in them, it s just that I ve never found them particularly interesting and some of the key players have become, in my opinion, a bit full of themselves, which really irritates me when it comes to writers There needs to be a lothumility in the podcast community.But none of this really influenced how I felt about Brave Men Run coming in Brave Men Run is a fairly short novel, clocking in at 227 pages with a fairly large typeface The one thing that should be made clear about this novel is that it is not an action packed superhero story Brave Men Run focuses on the characters, putting them first and the events happening in the world second This is, for me, a different approach to the genre I m used to explosions and superhero battles this novel isn t about such things, but about what these characters go through as the world around them changes All of this is a strength for Brave Men Run Selznick has managed to create a character driven story about people with special abilities and their friends and family The characters are fairly realistic and the story progresses at a pace that seems worthy of their struggles I think calling Brave Men Run s vision part Stan Lee as one of the blurbs on the back says is misleading, because this is not a story about superheroes living daily lives Nate isn t a superhero, and he doesn t really want to be one either He has gifts, but he is not running about saving people or blowing up buildings I m not sure what you d compare it to, because I have little exposure to stories like this I think this goes with the territory these days we re seeingnovels put out there that take cliche elements and drag them into areas not usually explored We have vampire novels that have little to do with the popular blood sucking renditions and now a novel about extraordinary people living normal lives.The only problem I had with Brave Men Run was the beginning The first few chapters failed to grab me immediately primarily because the writing style is simplistic The writing isn t bad there are some noticeable flaws , just straightforward TheI read, however, theI found myself interested in the characters and what was going on This is a novel that grows on you, and it all has to do with the characters, who seem to becomelife like theyou read Selznick has put together an entertaining story, if not a little flawed.All in all, it was a good read Maybe we ll see someof Selznick in print in the future If you re interested in Brave Men Run, you can find it for sale at Swarm Press or , etc Matthew Selznick also has a website with plenty of other fiction you might want to check out


  9. Michell Plested Michell Plested says:

    Brave Men Run is the story of Nathan Charters, a young man who is an outcast amongst his peers That comes largely from his appearance which, as he often explains, is freakish But there isthat sets him apart from others than looks.It isn t until a group of people, who call themselves Sovereigns , reveal themselves that things really come to a head for Nathan The Sovereigns are meta humans with abilities beyond that of normal people Some look like everyday people and some have much diff Brave Men Run is the story of Nathan Charters, a young man who is an outcast amongst his peers That comes largely from his appearance which, as he often explains, is freakish But there isthat sets him apart from others than looks.It isn t until a group of people, who call themselves Sovereigns , reveal themselves that things really come to a head for Nathan The Sovereigns are meta humans with abilities beyond that of normal people Some look like everyday people and some have much different appearances.Everyone starts looking at Nate differently than ever before He can sense their fear of him He starts to learnabout his own past as he is pursued by malevolent quasi government agencies.That s all the teasers I will give you What you need to know is that the book is written from Nate s point of view and captures the teenage angst and problems very well Nate is a very conflicted character which shouldn t come as a surprise Everything he thought he knew is suddenly skewed How can a teenage boy hope to compete with the new challenges he is faced with I found the characters to be rich and well developed The main villain has good reason for what he does thank heavens and acts consistently within his goals In fact, he sees himself as the good guy, which is a nice twist.The story has a dark undertone that works very well too The plot moves along briskly and realistically keep in mind, it IS a superhero novel sort of so superhuman abilities do show up The ending is satisfying without being cloying Warning not all plot threads are tied up What needs to be closed off is.The language used in the book is suitable for both a Young Adult and Adult audience The story is set in 1986, so it might just bring back fond and not so fond memories for any adults who read it.I enjoyed this book and was delighted to hear that Selznick has written and released the sequel titled Pilgrimage Remember those earlier mentioned dangling plot threads Those were necessary for the sequel although the book stands alone quite nicely.Would I recommend it Heartily I think the book can easily be enjoyed by the old and young alike


  10. Krys Krys says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here What I liked The guy s got a nice face Selznick has a really interesting premise I wanted to know how Nate was connected to the whole Sovereign issue, and I thought his reaction to it was very realistic I also thought having it set in the 80 s wascharming, I guess I was born in the 80 s, so I don t really have much memory of that time period.What I didn t like The guy s scrawny, but dressed in a suit cut for a bruiser. For what was covered in this book Nate finding out his father is What I liked The guy s got a nice face Selznick has a really interesting premise I wanted to know how Nate was connected to the whole Sovereign issue, and I thought his reaction to it was very realistic I also thought having it set in the 80 s wascharming, I guess I was born in the 80 s, so I don t really have much memory of that time period.What I didn t like The guy s scrawny, but dressed in a suit cut for a bruiser. For what was covered in this book Nate finding out his father is alive and discovering he s a pseudosovereign, there s a lot of unneeded material In fact, I d say that this story could have been told effectively without the whole Sovereign issue, and without Brenhurst And I dare say it would have been a lotinteresting The whole time, I was expecting something significant to come out of the Sovereign stuff, or for Nate and his friends to really find out what Brenhurst s lab thingie does It never happened.I understand Selznick says there s a lotgoing on between Brenhurst and Donner I also understand that he used a 15 year old or so kid as his main character, so he s not going to naturally get involved with all that I say that s no excuse If you re going to set up a rockin world with so much history and texture, then you had better come up with a plot to show off your world and entice your reader to learn and thus, read .I found myself bored I doubt I ll read future Sovereign Era novels.Andas a last little rant, I thought the ending was anticlimactic and disappointing I don t understand how the phrase brave men run would elicit that kind of an emotional response from Nate Maybe I m just dense or something I felt the story was just getting started when Nate and Lina and Byron went up to Kirby Lake Having Byron simply disappear from the hospital was a slip shod easy way out for the author and it shows Selznick could have had one rocking, epic story and still accomplished everything the original story did Instead he has an episodic, boring story that ends when the interesting part is just beginning