Friday, June 15, 2012

 Book Review of Virgil sponsored by Pump Up Your Book Tours

Book Synopsis:

Virgil was no ordinary man. He had once fought alongside some of the world’s greatest heroes and saved entire cities from the brink of destruction. But after violently killing a young suspect, he was left on the wrong side of the law. Rather than be locked up, he opted to have the source of his powers removed, and to live out the rest of his days in his hometown watching the world go by without him.
Five years later, he had settled into his new life. Until one night, when he heard a kidnapped girl’s screams and came to her rescue. Reinvigorated by a feeling he hadn’t experienced in years, Virgil decides to become his city’s lone vigilante, even though he no longer has his power. But as he will soon learn, every action has a consequence and his world may very well crumble down around him.
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Author Information:

Jim Beck is a freelance writer and produced screenwriter who resides in Burbank, California with his loving wife, rambunctious son, and cute little dog named Monster. He has written for Cartoon Network’s Pink Panther & Pals, produced a short zombie film and independent feature film that was recently selected for Sundance, and is currently awaiting the release of his first direct-to-dvd creature feature.
Jim’s screenplays have placed very high (and in some cases, won) in contests conducted by Cinescape Magazine, Project Greenlight, Acclaim TV, Acclaim Film, and Writer’s Boot Camp, among several others. In the case of Writer’s Boot Camp, he was awarded a one year writer’s fellowship to develop future projects.
Jim runs his own website ( and has self-published two full novels, Patient Zero and Virgil: A Superhero Tale. He is currently prepping his third and fourth, a supernatural story called Beneath and his own unique take on the classic Jekyll & Hyde tale. He is also the creator of two ongoing TV In Prose series, Alter Ego and Pest Control, which are books given the television treatment, split into seasons and episodes.
In his spare time, he enjoys watching movies, having open-heart surgery (though it was not his choice), playing video games, and searching the universe hoping to find more spare time.
You can find out more about him and his work at

Virgil: A Superhero Tale Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule
Monday, June 18
Interviewed at Examiner
Tuesday, June 19
Interviewed at Fireside Musings
Wednesday, June 20
Book reviewed at Minding Spot
Thursday, June 21
Guest blogging at Idea Marketers
Friday, June 22
Interviewed at Blogcritics
Monday, June 25
Tuesday, June 26
Book reviewed and Guest blogging at Reading Rendezvous Reviewz
Wednesday, June 27
Book reviewed and Guest blogging at Fluidity of Time
Guest blogging at Novels on the Run
Thursday, June 28
Book reviewed at Wakela’s World
Friday, June 29
Interviewed at Hardcover Feedback

Book Review:

            Most superhero movies or comics have the idea that with great power comes great responsibility.  It’s even stated in Spiderman, and in this book.  Virgil is the story of one man, a former superhero, who couldn’t control his power and was irresponsible.  His irresponsibility resulted in limits being placed on those with superpowers; of course, what that really resulted in was that the superhero’s had limits and the supervillains did whatever they wanted.

            Virgil used to be the world’s greatest superhero, Monolith.  Now he’s just a cog in the wheel of life.  His superpowers were removed and he works and goes home alone, that is his life.  Until one day he saves a girl from his neighbor, and his ardor for saving people returns.  Unfortunately so does his streak of hurting people while trying to do good.

            In the end the one mistake he made has a greater impact on him, others, and the world than anyone could have suspected.  A rambling story of adventure, rage, revenge, heroes, villains, and those caught in the crossfire.  The story is a good one despite the seemingly, at times, rambling of the narrative.  This is a story of one man trying to do good, and another man’s anger… and the woman in their life.

            I give this story 3.5 out of 5 clouds.

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