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AMAZON REVIEW: THE YOUNG GUARDIANS AND THE GREAT DARKNESS

The second volume of my series received the following review:

“Grandson still reading.  Seems to like it.  Will take him about a week.  He is a 12-year-old high functioning autistic male.”

WRITING UPDATE: FOURTH VOLUME!!!

As the editing process for volume three is taking place, I have just begun the fourth volume of my series.  Before I started writing, I planned everything out from the beginning, certain vital scenes, and the ending.  Everything else will unfold as I write along.  In the fourth volume, desperate times call for desperate measures as the Young Guardians are forced to recruit more heroes into their ranks in order to fend off an alien invasion.  What the Guardians do not know is that an old enemy is controlling the aliens and unlikely alliances will have to be made.  In future works, the recruits that the Young Guardians encounter will have their own spinoff novel.  Also, an even greater demonstration of Vogan’s power will be displayed in this upcoming story.  When I started writing my series, I decided that each volume would revolve around a certain aspect of the Young Guardians.  Volume one would be about their origins, volume two would be about their inner demons, volume three will be about their limitations, volume four will be about their redemption, and volume five will be about their ascension.  I will keep you updated on any further developments as the writing process continues.  Wish me luck.

CHARACTER CREATION: VOGAN

Vogan is the main villain of my entire series and the leader of the shadowy organization that has been hunting the Young Guardians from behind the scenes.  Out of all of the characters I have created for my books, Vogan is the most complex and underwent the most changes when I designed him.  For the moment, Vogan’s ultimate goals and objectives are a mystery, but his plans will be revealed when volume three is released.  From an anime and manga perspective on just how ominous and dangerous he is, I would estimate Vogan to be Sosuke Aizen, Albert Wesker, Madara Uchiha, and Sephiroth all rolled into one.  I will not reveal everything about him before the third volume comes out, but what I can say is that he is a tragic villain with a god complex.  In addition, I modeled his personality on what I consider to be the absolute darkest aspects of my personality.  If Patrick Donovan represents my light side, then Vogan represents my dark side.  In terms of power, I would say that Vogan is without a doubt the most powerful enemy the Young Guardians will ever face.  So, watch out for this guy when volume three comes out.

HUMAN OR NEOHUMAN?

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Here is a photograph of me giving a speech during one of my book signings.  During this speech, I described a question that has scratched at the back of my mind ever since I started my series.  Is it better to be human or neohuman?  When I consider the fundamental differences between normal human beings and neohumans, the answer is quite obvious in my opinion.  As a mere mortal, your capabilities are extremely limited as you are vulnerable to aging and disease and the experience you gain is minimal due to your relatively short lifespan.  On the other hand, as a neohuman, you are immune to disease and aging and you have a collection of tremendous abilities to help you do what you otherwise could not.  Another upside of being neohuman is that because you are permanently healthy, fit, and ageless, you literally have all the time in the world to gain as much life experience as possible.  There are a few drawbacks of being a neohuman though.  Although neohumans do not age or get sick, they can be killed if the physical trauma they sustain is great enough.  In addition, their advanced lifespan can result in psychological effects that will be illustrated by the main villain of my series when the third volume comes out.  With these factors in mind, which would you choose to be?  Human or neohuman?

SUPERPOWER: TELEKINESIS

One of my all-time favorite superhuman abilities is telekinesis, which is the ability to move objects with their minds.  If properly used, it could be powerful enough to lift a bus off the ground and precise enough to levitate a coin.  In rare cases, an extremely powerful telekinetic could manipulate the individual atoms in an object either to rearrange them in a different way or to dismantle the object on an atomic level.  However, despite its generally basic concept, I realized that this power can be utilized for dark and violent purposes.  In anime such as Akira and Elfen Lied, I could see that telekinesis is essentially the perfect murder weapon, allowing the wielder to effortlessly eviscerate or implode their victims by will alone.  The reason for this is because since the user is not physically touching their targets, they leave no physical evidence that could be pinned on them.  When I interviewed one of my best friends on what power he would want his character Gregory to have, he chose this ability.  Fortunately, I decided that Gregory would use telekinesis in a much more conservative fashion, which would better suit him in his duties as a superhero.