The Boy Who Couldn't Fly
Jack didn’t inherit any superpowers from his world-renowned superhero mom and he is not happy about it. Obsessed with obtaining the powers that he feels have been wrongly denied him, Jack tries and fails at every turn to become a superhero. On top of that, it’s been foretold by Aunt Mags aka the Oracle that Jack is supposed to save the world, which he has no idea how to do without superpowers.
Meanwhile, he’s tormented by “V,” a self-professed nemesis, and also a mere mortal, who has aspirations of world domination with the help of super-villains and giant robots and an all-powerful weapon designed to eliminate any and all superheroes. The survival of humanity hinges on whether Jack can get his act together before V ends the world.
Maybe Jack can pull it off with an assist from his peeps, including: his sister (the sibling who actually inherited superpowers); the Japanese exchange student turned JumboPanda (a 175-feet tall hybrid of panda and dolphin); a former hate-sex buddy he met at work; and his ex-high-school-sweetheart who may hold the key to everything (or not).
The Boy Who Couldn’t Fly is a superhero story that’s not a superhero story, i.e., it defies the notion and expectations of the genre.
About Casey Pope (Orange County, California Author)
Casey Pope writes novels that some have called “sufficiently weird,” “disturbing.” “darkly humorous,” or just plain “dark.” In fact, one person in particular has said that Casey’s stories tend to spear and reveal the soft human underbelly (it is assumed that this person was speaking metaphorically). But to be fair, others have deemed Casey’s writing to be funny, romantic, and heartfelt (though these are labels which Casey eschews vociferously).
The novels he writes are categorized as mainstream/upmarket (i.e., literary/commercial hybrid) and include a variety/mashup of genres. Oh, and, here’s Casey’s pretentious ethos: “To create high-quality entertainment with artistic merit, while providing something instructive about humanity.” (yawn...how about just sticking to “entertainment”)