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The third book in the "Powerless" superhero novel series.
The third book in the "Powerless" superhero novel series.
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The third book in the "Powerless" superhero novel series.

DIE FAMOUS: A SUPERHERO NOVEL

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The 3rd book in the POWERLESS series is finally here!

"DIE FAMOUS: A SUPERHERO NOVEL"

Ruth doesn't want to be famous, she just wants to be seen and accepted for who she is. And she is prepared to defy her father to take part in a TV Hero talent show to create a new team for Element City.

However she doesn't count on a team of villains from the 1970s waking themselves up in order to bring Havoc to the present day. 

Neither do Martin and Hayley, who inadvertently stumble upon the villains' plot and find themselves risking their lives to save their ultimate target: the TV show's contestants.

DIE FAMOUS - cover image
DIE FAMOUS - cover image

It's been a long time coming - POWERLESS was released in 2013 and the sequel KILLING GODS in 2014, but now Martin and Hayley are back! 

This time, millionaire construction giant Raymond Billington thinks he has come up with the ultimate PR coup: form his own superhero team! But he is completely oblivious to the consequences for both the contestants and the city alike.

Meanwhile, Havoc, an old villain team from the 1970s who put themselves into suspended animation, awaken in an unfamiliar and confusing era that doesn't know who they are. Determined to be remembered forever, they target the city and Raymond Billington's show.

Martin, an old 90s Hero who had retired into anonymity before the events of POWERLESS, is still training up Hayley, a police officer who is secretly a vigilante Hero by night. As they chase down the prison escapees from KILLING GODS, they stumble upon evidence of thieves stealing high-tech equipment, and Martin makes a troubling discovery when he works out who is responsible.


What are the Powerless novels?

The Powerless series of novels are set in an alternate present-day Britain where people with extraordinary powers (called Heroes) have been known about since the late 1800s. Martin Molloy was a Hero called Roadblock in the 1990s until a horrific event saw his team split up. Since then, the use of powers in public has been made illegal and all those with abilities have to register and are closely monitored.

The books are unapologetically British, gritty, violent and contemporary. These are not people sat high above everyone else behaving like gods, they are regular people with fears and foibles, having to deal with their abilities and how the world sees them.

Here are the blurbs for books 1 and 2 and the tie-in comic:

POWERLESS

When the friend of a retired superhero is killed by another power, he drags himself out of his self-imposed isolation to find out who is responsible.

He soon finds himself digging up a past he would rather forget, risking exposing the secret of why his team split, and destroying all their lives.

KILLING GODS

When a physically mutated villain's son goes missing from protective care, he goes on a rampage to try and find his child.

In his way stand a Child Protection Officer following her heart above her duty, a violent anti-hero group desperate for media attention, a seemingly benevolent hero-worshipping cult and Martin and Hayley struggling to work out who they can trust.

SOME KIND OF HERO

In a world where using powers in public can have you thrown in prison, one woman is trying to make a difference.

Having spent her whole life hiding her abilities, Hayley Turner is a police officer by day, a vigilante Hero by night.

Working together with an old 90s Hero, she has finally met someone who can understand her frustrations.

But as she discovers, being able to trust someone after all those years alone is harder than it looks.

The Powerless Series so far...
The Powerless Series so far...

What are you pledging for?

This Kickstarter is a "thank you" to fans of the series who have already bought the first two books and have been waiting ages for number three! And if you pledge, you have the chance to get the ebook version of DIE FAMOUS before it's released, and signed print copies before anyone else!  

It is a chance to pre-order the book, and not an all-or-nothing funding drive where if the target is not met, nothing gets printed. Whatever happens, the book will eventually be printed for sale at conventions. That's why there is a low goal amount - I want to ensure we hit the goal so that everyone who pledges gets their pre-order copy.

But, if you've only just heard of the POWERLESS series, I have thought of you too! You can get the entire series, including the tie-in comic book, either digitally or in print.

Regarding delivery of rewards, the first draft of the book is done and awaiting editing. I am looking to have to ebook version ready for the beginning of September, with the print version sorted mid-October.


5-star reviews for the series

POWERLESS: A SUPERHERO NOVEL

"Fantastic superhero novel:  A perfect balance of great story and great action in a new kind of Superhero Book."

"Gripping sci fi drama:  The venues and action are described in very vivid detail, and all the  characters come to life, even those that are minimally drawn. I found myself eager for the next chapter, and the mystery kept me guessing until the end.

"Heroic Stuff:   More Dark Knight and Watchmen than Marvel Cinematic Universe."


KILLING GODS: A SUPERHERO NOVEL

"Fantastic sequel:  I read both this and vol1 each in a single session.  Brilliant writing, wonderfully flawed heroes and great story lines." 

"Powerful read:   An expertly written second novel!! Has you waiting for the next chapter. Gripping, mind blowing and totally absorbing. So different from the mainstream."

"A fresh superhero novel with perfect characters and narrative:  Tony Cooper does something with Killing Gods that should be admired and not taken for granted with this genre of book." 


The rewards

DIE FAMOUS - DIGITAL EDITION

- Just the Kindle and PDF version for those with a digital life.

POWERLESS SERIES - DIGITAL EDITIONS

- The Kindle and PDF editions of all three superhero books.

ALL BOOKS - DIGITAL EDITIONS

- All three ebooks as above, PLUS my tie-in comic to the Powerless universe - SOME KIND OF HERO as a PDF.

DIE FAMOUS - PRINT EDITION

- Just the print edition of DIE FAMOUS, signed with a personalised message (or left blank if you prefer) and posted to you.

TWO BOOKS - PRINT EDITION

- The print edition of DIE FAMOUS, and one of either POWERLESS or KILLING GODS, depending on which you're missing. Both signed with a personalised message (or left blank if you prefer) and posted to you.

ALL BOOKS - PRINT EDITION

- Print editions of all three superhero books and the comic, signed if you want, and posted out to you.


About me

My name is Tony Cooper and I am a writer, artist and videogame developer based in the UK. 

I have been writing professionally since 2013 and making games since 1998. I have written three books and one comic in my British superhero series, written and illustrated the double graphic novel story The Murder Club (both parts of which I Kickstarted successfully), and I'm currently developing a narrative-led videogame.

Visit my website and blog here: http://www.hungryblackbird.com

The cover art was ceated by the fantastic concept artist Andrzej Dybowski - see more of his work here: http://andrzejdybowski.com/ 

Risks and challenges

The first draft is done and it is now awaiting an editing pass before being formatted for ebook and print.

The only potential delay could be from the printing and delivery of the DIE FAMOUS print editions (I already have print copies of the other books), however I have added time to the physical reward tiers to account for this.

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    DIE FAMOUS - DIGITAL EDITION

    Digital copy of DIE FAMOUS: A SUPERHERO NOVEL (Kindle, .mobi, .pdf)

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    POWERLESS SERIES - DIGITAL EDITIONS

    Digital copies of ALL the Powerless novels, including DIE FAMOUS (Kindle, .mobi, .pdf)

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    ALL BOOKS - DIGITAL EDITIONS

    Digital copies of ALL the POWERLESS superhero novels + SOME KIND OF HERO, the tie-in comic featuring Hayley.

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    TWO BOOKS - PRINT EDITIONS

    Signed print copies DIE FAMOUS and either POWERLESS or KILLING GODS (for those completing their collections)
    And I'll throw in all the digital copies too :)

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    ALL BOOKS - PRINT EDITIONS

    Signed print copies of ALL the Powerless novels + SOME KIND OF HERO tie-in comic!
    And I'll throw in all the digital copies too :)

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    • KILLING GODS print edition
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