Title: Esper Files
Author: Egan Brass
Published on: 10/16/2016
Pages: 212 Pages (Paperback)
Blurb: They came after The Great Storm, the Espers. Feared and hunted by society, there are those who use their powers for good, and those who use them for evil.
When an experiment goes wrong in Victorian London, Espers, people with supernatural abilities are created. In order to counter this new potential threat, the Institute is set up to teach Espers how to use their abilities for good and how to hunt down those who want to use their powers for evil.
Gifted with a formidable but self-destructive ability, Nathan is one of the Institute’s top agents. When the evil Baron executes his plan to control the minds of London’s political leaders, peace is dependent on Nathan and his team.
Will he learn to control his powers in time to save the world? Or will he succumb to their self-destructive nature?
My Take: Confession time: when I saw the title for the book, I instantly thought of my favorite video game, Final Fantasy VI. And that was the sole reason I agreed to read and review this book, with the hope that maybe there had been some inspiration from my favorite game within the pages. After all, the description is close enough to the espers from that game, how could it be a bad thing?
Well, this book is nothing like Final Fantasy VI, and clearly had no inspiration from that game. But it is a book that has close similarities to The Flash and the X-Men, two comic books whose television/movies I enjoy watching. Tick back the clock to Victorian London, and the stage is set for a Steampunk-ish super hero book.
Only there was a disappointing lack of Steampunk elements. And it didn’t really feel like Victorian London…there was nothing to really evoke that setting other than being told that is where it takes place.
If it sounds like I didn’t enjoy the book, you’re wrong. While it didn’t live up to my secret hopes, and didn’t really evoke the setting, this book was still a good, fun read. I love superheroes, and am almost always glad to read a book featuring people with super powers. Especially when they struggle to come to grips with those powers, or at the very least are very human still in their interactions with the world. I read and enjoyed several superhero books last year, Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld and Calamity by Brandon Sanderson. And while Esper Files is not as good as either of those books, it is still a good book and an enjoyable read.
Overall I really enjoyed reading this book, and look forward to the next book in the series. If you want a light, fun romp that follows a team of people with superpowers, this is the book for you.
**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.