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3.13 out of 53.13 out of 53.13 out of 53.13 out of 53.13 out of 5 3.13 (8 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mike Lupica Narrator: Dan Bittner Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2010 ISBN: 9781101461785
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Zach Harriman knew that his dad was something of a hero, a man trusted by the president to solve international crises at a moment’s notice. Suddenly people are telling him he has powers—people who know much more about his father than Zach ever did. But there are the Bads, who appear out of nowhere and attack him and his best friend. One thing is clear: he can do things ordinary people cannot—like fend off grown men as though he possesses the strength of a hundred; like sense when evil is about to strike. And evil is about to strike in a very big way. Zach Harriman is his father’s son. And he, too, is a hero.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Nothing Mike Lupica has written will thrill you like this.”

    William Goldman, author of The Princess Bride

  • “Sportswriter and novelist Lupica offers a change of pace from his previous sports stories for younger readers, deftly reworking the traditional superhero origin story into a moving tale of adolescent growth.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Lupica effectively unfolds this high-adventure story…[and] implies that it’s going to take more than one book to tell Billy’s story, which should please the inevitable new fans this effort will attract.”


  • “The stage is set for a sequel to what looks like a surefire hit.”

    School Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 5/31/2011

    " I really enjoyed this story! The characters were genuine and very likeable. I wanted to know what would happen next and I was rooting for Zack the whole time. I still feel like there are mysteries to solve, so I hope that Mike Lupica continues this tale some time soon! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mr. George | 5/23/2011

    " great Alex Rider readalike. Cool action spyish thriller. I enjoyed it. Not sure if it will be a series, but it leaves it open for one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paxson | 5/22/2011

    " I've gotten pretty far in the book and it starts out slow, but then it speeds up to my kind of pace... very good book so far! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/12/2011

    " Totally loved it! Recommended for the fans of the Percy Jackson (and/or) Alex Rider series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 4/30/2011

    " It was a good action novel. Most teens will like the characters and the plot if they like Stormbreaker type books.

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jimmy | 4/21/2011

    " This book was just not for me. It was just plain out to scary. Wayyyy to much action, i cried alot. Im not proud of it but i did. But this book really made me think.... Am I A SUPERHERO? maybe? probably not. FINE BE THAT WAY. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 4/19/2011

    " This book got better as it got past the father's heroic demise (sounded very corny). The book does leave itself open to multiple sequels that could easily appeal to teen boys, unless Lupica also decides to develop the female counterpart. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trupti | 4/11/2011

    " Pretty good. Unlike te other lupica books, but a great book anyway. I hope theres a next book! I cant wait to read it if there is! "

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About the Author
Author Mike Lupica

Mike Lupica is a New York Times bestselling author of several books for young readers. He has carved out a niche as the sporting world’s finest storyteller. His column in the New York Daily News is syndicated nationally. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and their four children.

About the Narrator

Dan Bittner is an actor and voice talent and winner of three AudioFile Earphones Awards for audio narration. His acting credits include appearances on Law & Order, Bored to Death, and Person of Interest, among others. He has also starred in such films as Law Abiding Citizen, Adventureland, and The Producers.