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LinaMueller
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Review of Saint

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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Saint" by J.R. Dunbar.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Saint by J.R. Dunbar is categorized as "Graphic Novels and Comics." And what a graphic novel. Jake Barker is a young adult who, from an early age, always wanted to be a superhero. After years of martial arts training, Jake becomes a vigilante and takes matters into his own hands. After incurring the ire of influential people linked to the drug trade, Jake will have a hard time and will be reborn as a mighty hero.

Although physically a colossus, Jake is sensitive and can be easily manipulated. I can't go into details to avoid spoilers, but the protagonist is shaken when he witnesses an innocent person dying. And that's not just because of his sense of justice: he can feel these people's suffering for something that happened to him in the "After Realm." This "weakness" has a similar effect to what kryptonite has on Superman. There will always be casualties no matter how well a superhero does his job. The hero, however, cannot make this rationalization.

First and foremost, I must clarify that there is not just one aspect worthy of praise in this work. Saint reminded me of my teenage days and has all the characteristics that make such a book a classic: frenetic and non-stop action, beautifully done illustrations, and an impactful hero. However, I especially liked how the author managed to develop the protagonist's psychological conflicts in so few pages. When it is necessary to use violence and dirty methods, the hero can use it without scruples (as long as it is to save innocent people). Still, he can't stop blaming himself for failing to achieve perfect results. The descriptions were all done realistically and without seeming that Jake was gullible. That's what I liked the most about this book.

There's nothing I didn't like about Saint. I couldn't find one single grammatical error: nobody can say anything about substandard editing. The only negative aspect that some harsh reader could point out is that some villains seem to have been inspired by other characters. For example, Li Jun Feng reminded me of the iconic villain Chong Li from Bloodsport. Even so, this detail cannot even be considered a flaw.

All in all, Saint by J.R. Dunbar deserves four out of four stars. Like I said in the third paragraph, it has everything a classic of the genre needs to be successful. I recommend it to all lovers of the genre over 12 years old. There are many gory scenes that are not suitable for children.

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Heart! We will forget him!
You an I, tonight!
You may forget the warmth he gave,
I will forget the light.

When you have done, pray tell me
That I my thoughts may dim;
Haste! lest while you're lagging.
I may remember him!

Emily Dickinson
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I will have to pick this one up, and I'm sure I'll fly through it. Thank you for your awesome review!
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This is so wonderful .I like this review because it shows to much courage and adventure. Especially i like martial art.this is the best review
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Wonderful review! I'm not really into sci-fi tho
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Saint sounds entertaining. Although am not a fan of comic books, it sounds interesting from the way you describe it.
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“However, I especially liked how the author managed to develop the protagonist's psychological conflicts in so few pages.”

It sounds like this author’s skill elevates his story.
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Wonderful review. This is a book I'll be happy to add to my book shelf.
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Post by Kelechi Adebanjo »

I'm a big fan of comics and this book sounds engaging reading through the review. Thanks for the review.
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From your review I'd say this publication has everything that makes a comic good and then some. Thanks for the detailed review.
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I love reading comics and will definitely be adding this to my list. Thanks for the review
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Sounds like a great read. Thank you for the review.
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Post by Lucas Francisco »

:tiphat: I always been fan of superheroes comic books
Hade load of favorite,and this one is added to the list ,I red the book with my brother,twice and we love it ,short out to the author
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Post by Mmaduabuchi Eze »

Yes, heroes have their own weaknesses. Jake's feelings of empathy is one of the many characteristics of heroic characters; for they can be mean and compassionate as well. This book, for me, is realistic.
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Post by Peace10 »

A wonderful review, I will like to read this next. Jake should have gone easy on himself, it’s not every time we get to save the day.
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Post by Richard Azubike »

I love this book because the contents in it makes me to laugh. Nice review
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