Hero (Gone Series #9)

Hero (Gone Series #9)

by Michael Grant


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The mind-blowing conclusion to the Monster trilogy and the final installment in the Gone series from science fiction and fantasy master Michael Grant is perfect for superhero and Stephen King fans alike.

After the fall of Perdido Beach dome, a new set of humans developed mutant powers from the rock infected with alien virus. They are the Rockborn Gang: Dekka, Shade, Cruz, Malik, Armo, and Francis. With their superpowers, they have defended the earth from other rockborn who used their powers for evil, like Dillon Poe.

When another rock carrying the virus strikes New York, a new foe, Bob Markovic, rises with a horrifying and nearly unstoppable ability. Markovic’s unending ambition and lack of a moral compass made him unbearable before the virus. And that was before he was a swarm of plague-ridden insects, with the power and means to take over the city—and maybe the world.

As the Rockborn Gang try to defeat their latest villain, they will find themselves on morally gray grounds and have to make tough decisions if they want to save the world.

In this pulse-pounding finale to the saga more than ten years in the making, Michael Grant delivers an unforgettable conclusion while asking: What does it take to be a hero?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062467904
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/05/2019
Series: Gone Series , #9
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 21,993
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Michael Grant, author of the Gone series, the Messenger of Fear series, the Magnificent Twelve series, and the Front Lines trilogy, has spent much of his life on the move. Raised in a military family, he attended ten schools in five states, as well as three schools in France. Even as an adult he kept moving, and in fact he became a writer in part because it was one of the few jobs that wouldn’t tie him down. His fondest dream is to spend a year circumnavigating the globe and visiting every continent. Yes, even Antarctica. He lives in California with his wife, Katherine Applegate, with whom he cowrote the wildly popular Animorphs series. You can visit him online at www.themichaelgrant.com and follow him on Twitter @MichaelGrantBks.

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The Hero 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
THE HERO is the first installment in Donna Grant’s contemporary, adult SONS OF TEXAS military romance series focusing on the Loughman brothers – our story line hero Owen, oldest brother and Marine recon captain Wyatt, and youngest brother/Marine Cullen- and their Navy SEAL father Orrin Loughman. This is Navy SEAL Owen Loughman, and language expert Natalie Dixon’s story line. Told from three different third party perspectives (Owen, Natalie and Orrin) THE HERO follows the search for Orrin Loughman and the people responsible for the murder of the Loughman’s Aunt Charlotte and Uncle Virgil. While on assignment overseas, all three Loughman brothers are called home to Texas to discover that their beloved Aunt and Uncle have been murdered, and their Navy SEAL father Orrin is missing. Enter Natalie Dixon, a woman whose own relationship with Orrin Loughman is that of father and daughter, and a woman who is in the direct line of fire when she is targeted by the same people who killed Charlotte and Virgil Loughman. What ensues is hunt for Orrin Loughman, and Owen’s need to protect the woman he has always loved. THE HERO is a story of second chances. Fourteen years earlier Owen walked out of Natalie’s life believing his presence could risk her life and everyone that she loves. Owen has never stopped loving Natalie Dixon, and in the ensuing years finds himself wondering if she would ever forgive him when the time was right. Natalie is a woman scorned, not once but twice, and is reluctant to renew her relationship with the man who destroyed her heart. The $ex scenes limited but romantic without the use of over the top graphic sexual language and text. The world building focuses on three distinct scenarios: Orrin Loughman and his struggle to survive; the battle to stay one step ahead of the people who have targeted Natalie Dixon; and the search for the people that have destroyed their lives. The Loughman family is a dysfunctional family unit that has struggled since the death of the matriarch Melanie Loughman-a murder that has gone unsolved, and brothers blame their father for their grief and suffering. We are introduced to Owen’s family-Marines Wyatt and Cullen, as well as Callie Reed who may or may not have had a prior relationship with Wyatt Loughman. Air Force pilot Mia Carter, the last person to have seen Orrin Loughman alive, is a person of interest in the case. Mia and Cullen’s story is next in THE PROTECTOR-January 2017. THE HERO is an engaging, action packed, emotional story line of suspense and mystery; murder and the Russian mob; international espionage and affairs of the state. The premise is exciting, complex and creative; the characters are intriguing and powerful; the romance is passionate and seductive. Because the SONS OF TEXAS focuses on the Loughman family, THE HERO does not end with a happily ever after but a happily ever after for now as the search continues for Orrin Loughman.
Lorizen More than 1 year ago
I haven't read Donna Grant before as she normally writes PNR, but this book shows she's found a new niche in her writing. The Hero was a great book. The basic story brings us 3 sons, all military men and their now retired military father. This story centers around the oldest Owen, a Navy SEAL and the woman he left behind 14 years ago Natalie. His rationale was he didn't want to subject her to the life of a military wife. The boys lost their Mother when they were young and the details of that death unfold in this book. Their father returned to active duty and the boys were left in the care of their Aunt and Uncle. This story begins with the brothers all being called home to Texas from their missions, flown in without knowing why. The scene they came home to was the murder of their aunt and uncle, the government already swept in removing evidence and the bodies, the local sheriff also in and out, just as a basic hand pat and their father was missing. Natalie shows up coming to meet Callie who Orrin, the father had taken under his wing and had worked with him for a long time. Natalie is working at the Russian Embassy in Dallas, since Orrin had paid her a visit a while back, she'd been keeping her eyes open for a word he had given her. She's been visiting the ranch and working with Callie while Orrin is still running Ops missions, which his sons knew nothing about. The death of their mother has strained the relationship between them, despite their young age, they faulted their father for her death. It also becomes apparent early on that Natalie has a bullseye on her back after the death of the aunt and uncle as well. Owen and Natalie are struggling with their feelings for each other. Owen is bemoaning what he has missed the last 14 years and Natalie is fighting her feelings and busy building more walls to keep Owen out. He ruined her life once and took her too many years to recover, if she ever really had. So with the tenuous relationship of Owen and Natalie, the cat and dog relationship of Callie and Wyatt, which we don't know why these two are like oil and water yet, Cullen is in Delaware and unreachable; we do know that Orrin is still alive and being held until he gives over the vial of a new biochemical he and his steam stole from Russia. Everyone is busy putting the pieces of the puzzle together and then the book ends. Yup. Cliffhanger! No wait, what? Cliffhanger! It wasn't a bad cliffy where you're traumatized for a day or two. But now we have to wait to watch this unfold and find out just who the worst of the bad guys are and who betrayed who. This is a great story and for Donna's first venture into a new genre she did a fantastic job. The book was complete, characters well developed, Owen and Natalie were steamy and tense at the same time. The characters all seemed to click, especially those who were at odds. I can't wait to find out the story between Callie and Wyatt. This is a great start to a series. **received an advanced reader copy from NetGalley and publisher in exchange for a fair review**
V-Rundell More than 1 year ago
Natalie and Owen were high school sweethearts. Natalie's heart was broken when Owen left for college the day after graduation, without a word, or a look back. She went on to college and studied languages. Fourteen years pass. An expert in Russian, Natalie spent years in St. Petersburg before recently returning to her Dallas roots to work for the Russian Embassy. She hasn't been home long when Owen's father, Orrin, asks for a favor. Knowing that he'd been a Navy SEAL, and still mourns his wife's murder 20 years before, Natalie's eager to help. Getting info on Ragnarok, a top-secret bioweapon, wasn't exactly what she'd expected. Owen and his three brothers are pulled from their covert assignments and dropped off at their family ranch to discover their family in shambles. Wyatt, a black ops Delta Force Marine, Owen, a Navy SEAL, and Cullen, a Marine recon specialist, haven't seen each other in person for years. Their family crumbled after their mother's murder, and with their hostility toward their father. Learning that their aunt and uncle have been murdered, and their father kidnapped after stealing Ragnarok from the Russians, sets these three on high alert. Aided by Natalie, Callie and Mia, these sons of Texas need to save the world...now. As a reader, I wasn't impressed with the set-up. I thought it was too vague, too cloak-and-dagger to have these guys literally air-dropped on their ranch with no government contact. Callie worked directly for Orrin, and she and Natalie had some limited knowledge of the Ragnarok mission, but it felt contrived and unrealistic to have these gals do the heavy job of debriefing the Loughmans, and setting up the plan of attack on recovering the bioweapon and Orrin. I was mystified that Owen has such a strong reaction to seeing Natalie, in comparison to his rather muted emotional response to the deaths of his beloved aunt and uncle, and his missing father. For me, this felt superficial and hollow, and it didn't endear me. I did appreciate that Natalie was really torn over her feelings for Owen. She loved him once, and his cowardly way of disappearing was hard to take. Still, it's been a long time, with no contact, and both Owen and Natalie are very much preoccupied with their rekindled flame, as opposed to the present dangers. Natalie's been targeted by Russian assassins and they keep dashing off on reconnaissance missions to determine what it is they are dealing with, and who the major players are. The best scenes were those narrated by Orrin in captivity. He's such a stalwart man, unwilling to compromise any of his sons, even as he's tortured. Essentially, this is a romance with some spy/suspense elements. There's a little bit of sexytimes, but not much, considering all the internal battles these folks wage regarding their attraction. The conflict isn't resolved at the end, though Owen and Natalie are completely reunited. Expect Cullen to find love in the next book, and (hopefully) he and his lucky lady might rescue his father, too. I received a review copy of this book via NetGalley.
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
First book in Donna Grant’s new military romantic suspense series! How different her life would be if Orrin hadn’t contacted her in July. She wouldn’t be embroiled in kidnapping, espionage, and murder. The Hero is the first book in Donna Grant’s new military romantic suspense series. Each book is set in the heart of Texas and features one of the hot Loughman brothers. I’m a huge fan of Donna’s paranormal romances, so there was no doubt that I’d be on board for her inaugural foray into contemporary romance. The Hero sets up the series’ premise and delivers the second-chance-at-love story of teenage sweethearts Owen Loughman and Natalie Dixon. There are three Loughman brothers and all serve in the military: Delta Force operator Wyatt is the elder; Navy SEAL Owen is the middle son; and Force Recon Marine Cullen is the youngest. Each will have his own book in this planned trilogy. Natalie Dixon received a surprise summons from Orrin Loughman in late July. Besides surprisingly sharing with her that he thought his son had made a big mistake by cruelly walking away from her fourteen years ago, he also needed a huge favor that could endanger her life. Orrin needed to know if she had heard anything about Russia’s ‘Ragnarok’ in her high security job with the Russian embassy. In Norse mythology, Ragnarok referred to the downfall of the cosmos. Orrin feared that a modern-day hush-hush Russian biochemical threat nicknamed “Ragnarok’ would have the same effect spelling mankind’s doom. Fast forward to the fall of the same year… The three Loughman brothers converge on their family home after each was pulled from a critical military mission without an explanation. “It was quiet. Too quiet.” They arrive to find that their Uncle Virgil and Aunt Charlotte have been brutally murdered. The brothers task themselves with finding the assailants responsible and with finding their father as he has gone missing from his last mission. Orrin is assumed to have been kidnapped by the Russians. The ‘curse of the Loughans’ is alive and well as the brothers, Natalie and Callie Reed, who has been assisting Orrin, embark on a dangerous and thrilling game of cat-and-mouse to decipher clues and protect their own. The mission is made more difficult by Owen’s and Natalie’s prior history. Natalie thought she was over him, but being around him again, reignites the flame that was never snuffed out between them. Their attraction burns smokin’ hot and steamy, but trust is not an easy thing to give a second time. I wanted to love this book; I ended up liking it. Unfortunately, I had issues connecting with Owen. I liked Natalie, but just couldn’t get vested in their story. The way he broke Natalie’s heart was an insurmountable hurdle for me. I really tried to forgive him… but couldn’t. If you enjoy military romances, you may very well feel differently about Owen and relate to his mindset – so I would still recommend checking out The Hero. In addition, be forewarned that there is a cliffhanger ending with a direct setup for the next book. That said, the series shows a lot of promise. Knowing Donna, I’m definitely thinking this series will get stronger for me and I’m looking forward to seeing that happen. I’ve already pre-ordered the next book, The Protector, hitting bookstores 3 January 2017. My full review is posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Please check it out there. 3 1/2 Wine Glasses!