When I slide my paperback of The Blue Blur: A Mission Given off my bookshelf, three things instantly catch my eye.
First, the cover.
Every superhero needs an epic symbol, and Tanner designed his own! It perfectly portrays the main character’s superhero name and his mission!
PerryElisabethDesign made the glossy cover, and I just love how it corresponds with a certain important part in the story… shhh! 😉
The next two things that strike me are on the title page. I remember watching Tanner excitedly scrawl the note and his initials as he sold his very last copy to my dad, the first year Generation Rising had a booth at the homeschool convention. Little did I know that I was to receive the book a month later for my birthday!
(And y’all, let’s not forget the clever chapter titles! Like these– “Chapter 19: There One Minute” and “Chapter 20: Gone the Next”)
An off screen reporter asked, “Ma’am what did you see today?”
Still a bit shocked but also excited, she said, “It was… a young man in jeans and a blue jacket with a mask on his face. He yelled at the gangsters, but when they shot him he became a blur. The next moment the gangsters were on the ground tied up. He started to say something but instead ran out of here faster than anything I’ve ever seen before.”
Tbh, my favorite characters were the twin younger brothers… such comedy relief!
Mom glanced up at me and smiled. When she reached a stopping point in the history lesson she closed the book. “Ok boys, get your stuff together,” she said.
I added, “Yeah, because I might have to leave without you.”
John scoffed, “You know you can’t do that. You have to hang with us at least a little bit today to get your daily dose of awesome.”
James chuckled, “Amen, brother.”
I rolled my eyes. “Ok, get your shoes on, you clowns.” The twins were a condensed can of sarcasm, and I was trapped in the car for the five minutes to the museum with them.
I’ve never really gotten into superhero stories, though I enjoy a lot of the MCU, so this genre was new for me. 🙂 But I liked it!
Plenty of action and injuries and danger, a realistic origin story, discovering cool new abilities (like speed-reading to learn tons of different languages??!! I wish I could do that!), great sidekicks and mentor figures, and the theme of only looking for revenge but then finding his true mission and purpose!
I can’t say much more without giving away the story… 😛
This is a very unique book. And I’m so happy to help spread the word that it is now a series!!
The next installment of the Mission Series, A Mission Remember follows the life of Arphaxad Fredrick, The Blue Blur, as he walks, or better runs, the life set out before him. When a high-tech thief robs him of his most precious possession, his memories, he must struggle to relearn his identity, return home, and confront a corrupt agency. Through it all, Arf will learn that though he is not the same without his memory, God is still the same and in His care, there is nothing men can do to him.
I’m looking forward to reading this continuation of the Blue Blur’s story! If you get your hands on it before I do, don’t give me any spoilers! I guess it’s a race… 😉 ~Anna