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Heroes R Us: A Superhero novel [Kindle Edition]

Mainak Dhar

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First published in paperback as 'Herogiri' by Random House India, 2010.

What happens when fate chooses an ordinary man for an extraordinary mission?

Arnab Bannerjee has little excitement in his life other than tracking down missing books as the Assistant Librarian in a small college in Delhi. All that changes one day when he is beaten and left for dead after a robbery. Arnab awakens to discover that he has developed fantastic superhuman powers and he tries to master his new¬found powers and to use them for good. As a hooded superhero he takes to the streets on a one-man crusade against injustice. However he soon realizes that in a society where the only power that matters comes from having money or the right connections, one man, even a superhero, can make little difference.

When he embarks on a final, desperate mission, he realizes that to succeed, he has to become a part of the very system he loathes by tapping into a motley set of allies such as the Minister who wants to use his powers to rig elections, the corrupt policeman who shot Arnab for exposing him and the corporate tycoon who wants to sign him up as a brand ambassador!

At one level, Heroes R Us seeks to entertain with a delightfully contemporary take on the superhero genre, and at another level it asks the provocative question of whether in the dark and corrupt times we live in, there is any place left for heroes. Slumdog Millionaire meets Spiderman in this exciting novel that will entertain and make you think at the same time.

BONUS CONTENT in this eBook:

- The Making of Heroes R Us- the origin of this novel in the author's own words
- Free sample of Vimana, the science fiction thriller by Mainak Dhar

Praise for the paperback edition:

"Strikes a chord somewhere, chronicling his journey from a nobody into a somebody and this theme for a dream - to dream big, rather - is what makes it endearing. Overall an honest attempt, Dhar tries to weave the superhuman existence with contemporary; Leaves the reader with the feeling that hope floats, after all!"
- IBN Live

"The plot, thereafter, is engaging, and wholesome Bollywood film material. Herogiri ends on a high note, the action sequence in the stadium is confusing but exciting."
- Hindustan Times

"A delightful take on the superhero genre."
- LiveMint

"Excellent balance between super powers and what they leave out, Herogiri also has a surprisingly refreshing take on politics and society. Arnab 'GA' Bannerjee is the unpretentious hero you want by your side.... The most super man ever, this affable, retiring 25-year old is possibly the most likeable of all characters you shall meet this summer."
- Financial Express

"Here's a delightfully engaging and refreshing take on the superhero genre.... racy good versus evil roller coaster"
- Mid Day

- Tehelka Magazine

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 410 KB
  • Print Length: 190 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1468063030
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00545LWJE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #864,426 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Superhero Story Aug. 17 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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Heroes R Us differs from most other superhero novels out on Kindle. It was originally published by Random House India, and so has a level of polished editing and proofing that's rare in low-price ebooks. The tone of the novel is also more serious. Unlike most novels in this genre, which have an almost obligatory "poke fun at superhero stereotypes", Dhar's (the author's) novel is an interesting contrast between the truly irreproachable hero Arnab, his public perception, and the grim, corrupt environment in which he lives.

Well written, the plot seems like a very realistic possibility for someone with a high sense of morality gaining super-powers. The author's portrayal of India and its governance should appeal to western readers, in much the same way as did "Slumdog Millionaire". I won't use any plot spoilers, but will say that the protagonist goes through an emotional roller coaster during this original and unpredictable story, which has a satisfying and inspiring conclusion. Overall, an awesome read, and one which I'd recommend to a wide variety of fiction, action, fantasy and sci-fi readers.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superhero librarian in India Sept. 23 2011
By Ed Pegg Jr - Published on
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At the start of the novel, bespectacled librarian Arnab has located a lost copy of War and Peace that he would have had to pay for from his meagre wages. His supervisor is at the bank, so he takes the book there, and winds up losing his glasses during a bank robbery in progress. He nearly drops Tolstoy, and book-bashes one of the robbers in his blind attempts to catch it.

And then, he is a hero, to be manipulated by the corrupt regional politician in India. Instead of the bank robbers, a political opponent is punished. Arnab is forced to stay quiet, and continues his routine as a poor student, hoping to do well enough in exams to attain a slightly better life for himself.

Arnab really does wind up getting powers, soon after. He can see perfectly at night, without his glasses. He's strong and fast. On a bus, he keeps a girl from being molested. He starts tackling some larger criminals.

The rich and the powerful then start trying to control and manipulate the new hero. Meanwhile, bigger threats are looming, and Arnab needs money to get the crucial information. What is a good hero supposed to do?

I found the story engaging (He's a book lover!) right from the start. I haven't read a book set in modern India before, and enjoyed learning those insights. The plot moved quickly, realistically, and unpredictably in a very character-driven way. All the antagonists were intelligent and ruthless.

Great story. Highly recommended.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Just Another Superhero Book Oct. 1 2011
By Geoffrey A. Snyder - Published on
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At first glance, this is a typical loser-develops-super-powers book. Being written by an Indian author and set in Delhi instead of a Western city gives it a different flavor from most superhero books, but I thought it was just another version of the same. But, it's dirtier than the average one and here the main villains are regular crime and the system itself. It builds and builds and suddenly the climax is completely unexpected and the book gets an added dimension that really makes the whole thing worth while.

It's written an edited well and its a fast read - it only about 3200 locations - and it's worth a read. This is my second book by this author and he has a new follower....
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not The Author's Finest Feb. 25 2012
By Paul Cassel - Published on
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I'm going to vary from the rave reviews on this one. While the book is, stylistically speaking, identical to the two other offerings I've read from him, the result is clearly not as good.

First the good stuff. Like in his other books, this one is set in India with an all Indian or at least subcontinent cast which gives is a distinctly more interesting setting than most books which tend to be centered around the US or the UK. Like his other works, this book just charges right ahead from setting to scene making for a very fast read indeed. Due to the setting and the people, we get a look at a vastly different culture and outlook from the protagonist and his associates (and his opposition) than in the usual US set book. All this is terrific and, for me, a resident of the US whose never been to India, makes it a valuable read educationally speaking.

Another really top aspect of this book is that we have a super hero but one which faces the real problems a super hero may actually face should one exist. None of this idiotic business where Lois Lane can't see that Clark Kent isn't Superman because Clark is in a suit rather than Spandex or multi-billionaire Batman who, lacking any educational credentials, manages to invent devices which re-define physics for us.

Now for the bad. The thing which really bothered me almost constantly throughout this book was the annoying pious hand wringing about harming people the hero does all through his encounters even with the most disgusting thugs and criminals out there. Seriously, if a woman you loved was attacked by a gang of serial rapists who regularly stalked, attacked and gang raped women along a deserted road, would you, if you wer able to overcome them, give even passing thought to if they were hurt due to your attack upon them which thwarted another gang rape? Maybe an Indian would but I sure would not.

This concern over the welfare of people who are monstrously evil comes to a head in a major encounter where our hero doesn't bother to even harmlessly disarm an enemy who not only is sworn to kill him, but who had tried before to do so. The result of this is the death of several innocents but gee, the hero can't be accused of being less than angelically gentle with the monstrously bad guy. At this point, I was utterly disgusted with this idiocy. Any fool could have foreseen that leaving the major bad guy alone would come to a bad end. It did and while the those who like the hero may enjoy that he didn't commit yet another aggression, I only feel for the many innocents who had nothing to do with that encounter but who paid the supreme price as did their families. Where is the sympathy for not the criminal, but the widows and children now without a husband or father?

Sorry folks and fans, this one really fell apart for me in a big way. I will probably buy other titles from this author, but nothing will cause me to look back on this one with favor.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hero for Today Nov. 6 2011
By A Hubb - Published on
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Heroes R Us brings a real breath of fresh air to the classic superhero story. Some superheroes can be just sickeningly flawless- but not so with Arnab, who is incredibly relatable. He doesn't fall for bribes or bad-guy trickery, but he does worry a bit too much about his media image, and not enough about returning phone calls.

Arnab becomes a superhero in today's world - complete with YouTube, SMS, and the difficulties of fitting a social life into a full routine. Mainak Dhar integrates present day society fully and believably into this story, which, I feel, really refreshes the genre. All in all, Arnab is a great protagonist to spend time with, so I would recommend you let him take you on one of his nighttime "missions" in Delhi. Just bring your video camera.

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