Review: Bob Moore: No Hero by Tom Andry

Title: Bob Moore: No Hero

Author: Tom Andry

Published: February 2011

Synopsis: Super powered humans started appearing 30 years ago. Now, they are everywhere. Bob Moore, Private Eye, dares to investigate those who could incinerate him with a thought. When he is called to help a super from his past, however, he’ll be pushed to his limit. When supers and the police think there is no crime, can he get to the truth? Will he want to for the man that destroyed his marriage?

Status: Read on July 13, 2011 — I own a copy

My Thoughts:

Bob Moore is a private investigator with a select clientele – ‘Super’s’,those with special powers who are a part of everyday society. He reluctantly takes on a case to investigate the alleged disappearance of Doc Arts patients despite the general skepticism and his dislike of the man. Just as Moore decides to quit he witnesses a gruesome death and Moore is determined to find the callous murderer.
Bob is a traditional PI in a nontraditional world and the juxtaposition is entertaining. As a ‘tippy’, an ordinary human, his job pits him against surveillance targets who have the ability to kill him without breaking a sweat. Bob uses a combination of his wits and some handy gadgets created by Ted (The Tinkerer) to do his job. However I was a little disappointed that Bob doesn’t actually do a lot of investigating in this story, he hands out trackers and consults the Mind (a super computer) but solves the case by accident. In the Afterword, Andry explains that he could have stretched the book out by having Moore follow Doc Arts but regarded it as ‘filler’ where as I would regard it as crucial investigation. There are never any suspects or red herrings in play which are vital elements of a mystery. For me, the mystery fell flat because no-one else was invested in the outcome – no wrongly accused suspect, no one in imminent danger, no surviving victim needing closure – the victims were incidental. The story would have had more impact if the outcome threatened Bob personally, for example his ex-wife Gale or assistant Khan could have been at immediate risk if the mystery was not solved.
Despite the flawed mystery, Bob Moore: No Hero is an entertaining novella – the characters are appealing and the general premise is engaging. Offered for free download , it lends itself to a series and  Andry has announced plans to release a full length Bob Moore novel in August, which I’d certainly be interested in reading.

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About the Author

Tom Andry is the Associate Editor of Audioholics.com and host of the AV Rant podcast. He’s been writing mostly reviews but has lately returned to his prose roots. He has written many unpublished short stories, poems, and a few screenplays that may still be produced. He’s the father of three boys and is happily married and currently resides in Perth, Australia. His background is in drama, creative writing, and research psychology which basically means his kids are in for a pretty rough time. His wife, Tanel, doesn’t have it so easy either.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Inspector Librarian
    Jul 15, 2011 @ 11:47:55

    Interesting. I have a feeling I’d have the same reaction to the mystery, but I do like the novella’s premise… I guess I’ll wait and see what you think of the full-length novel when it comes out!

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  2. Tom
    Jul 15, 2011 @ 19:26:23

    Thanks for the review. I always appreciate feedback from readers and critics alike. Hopefully you’ll enjoy the mystery in the follow up.

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