Project Genesis

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Jane Watkins, reporter for the Seattle Gazette newspaper, goes to meet a source with information about a serial killer known as the Slasher-only to find herself facing not an informant but the killer. She nearly meets her death but is miraculously saved by a glowing figure. He calls himself the Advocate, and Jane’s encounter with them both is about to change her life and theirs forever.

It seems the Advocate-whose real name is John Tomar-is one of several people who have developed superhuman powers through a substance known as the Genesis Factor. On the estate of his father, Nathan, and with his guidance and protection, John works to gather and train those with special abilities in service of a mission for the greater good-a task that draws the eyes of enemies. Meanwhile, Jane feels driven to discover the truth about the mysterious man-even more so when she sees a picture of him flying away from the scene of a midair explosion.

In this first story of the Project Genesis series, The Gathering of Superheroes is a new release with new material and an additional chapter written by W. B. Stiles to be followed soon by the release of the second novel Project Genesis The Struggle: Book Two.

7 reviews for Project Genesis

  1. Pacific Book Review

    Reviewed by: Susan Milam, Pacific Book Review
    http://www.pacificbookreview.com/project-genesis/

    Project Genesis: The Gathering of Superheroes lays the foundation for a fantasy franchise with strong Christian overtones. Author W. B. Stiles imbues his cast of superheroes with the abilities expected in the genre. However, he makes it clear that their leader believes in and, at times calls on, the support of a higher power. Still, fans of traditional secular superhero epics will find that there is plenty of “super” action in this opening volume of the Project Genesis: The Gathering of Superheroes saga.

    Hundreds and hundreds of years ago, a meteor falls to earth and buries itself deep within a mountain on the west coast of what will become the United States. In present day Seattle, investigative reporter Jane Watkins makes the unwise decision to meet with a person who promises to give her information about the Slasher. She finds herself alone with a man who either suffers from multiple personality disorder, or who is possessed by an evil spirit. Jane falls victim to a vicious knife attack but is saved by the arrival of the Advocate. Elsewhere in the city, Jacob Starr rendezvous with shape-shifting Master Rafar and receives a mission: Free Rafar’s “brothers” from their underworld prison in Tartarus. Somewhere on an estate outside of Seattle, Nathan Tomar enlists Professor Albert Hughes to research Tomar’s discovery of the “water of life.” On Mount Rainier, David Spencer and Steven Ricker study mysterious seismic activity.

    B. Stiles weaves numerous storylines together as he builds the world in which his band of champions will operate. Against a background of increasingly worrisome volcanic activity, Mr. Stiles introduces an array of novice superheroes who are becoming accustomed to their powers. As is customary in this genre, the diverse group lives and trains in the home of a wealthy benefactor, Nathan Tomar, who has powers of his own. The Advocate, also known as John, is Nathan Tomar’s adopted son, and he stands above the others both in his skills and in his mission. Mr. Stiles quickly sets John up in opposition to malevolent Jacob Starr. Although the battles between John and Jacob fall into the classic struggle between good and evil, John is clearly more than just another superhero; although exactly who and what is not made clear in the franchise’s first installment.

    While John is preeminent amongst the superheroes, all of them receive distinctive characteristics and voices. Jane Watkins provides a strong female presence, and it is evident that her relationship with John will move to the fore in later episodes. Albert Hughes serves as an expository character who helps the reader understand the origin and development of the world Mr. Stiles is building.

    Mr. Stiles makes the Christian bent of the saga evident in the book’s opening confrontation between the Advocate and the evil spirit inhabiting the body of the man Jane Watkins interviews. However, he is careful to keep the story balanced and set firmly in the world of superheroes he is creating. Mr. Stiles is not proselytizing, he is offering a multifaceted world view that happens to be God centered.

    The first volume of Project Genesis: The Gathering of Superheroes is filled with world building and character development. Still, Mr. Stiles has not neglected the action that readers of science fiction fantasies expect. The use of Christian symbolism and John’s strong relationship with a higher power shouldn’t dissuade fans of secular sagas as these elements of character and plot only add to the book’s depth and power.

  2. Hollywood Book Reviews

    Reviewed by: Susan Milam, Hollywood Book Reviews

    Project Genesis: The Gathering of Superheroes lays the foundation for a fantasy franchise with strong Christian overtones. Author W. B. Stiles imbues his cast of superheroes with the abilities expected in the genre. However, he makes it clear that their leader believes in and, at times calls on, the support of a higher power. Still, fans of traditional secular superhero epics will find that there is plenty of “super” action in this opening volume of the Project Genesis: The Gathering of Superheroes saga.

    Hundreds and hundreds of years ago, a meteor falls to earth and buries itself deep within a mountain on the west coast of what will become the United States. In present day Seattle, investigative reporter Jane Watkins makes the unwise decision to meet with a person who promises to give her information about the Slasher. She finds herself alone with a man who either suffers from multiple personality disorder, or who is possessed by an evil spirit. Jane falls victim to a vicious knife attack but is saved by the arrival of the Advocate. Elsewhere in the city, Jacob Starr rendezvous with shape-shifting Master Rafar and receives a mission: Free Rafar’s “brothers” from their underworld prison in Tartarus. Somewhere on an estate outside of Seattle, Nathan Tomar enlists Professor Albert Hughes to research Tomar’s discovery of the “water of life.” On Mount Rainier, David Spencer and Steven Ricker study mysterious seismic activity.

    W. B. Stiles weaves numerous storylines together as he builds the world in which his band of champions will operate. Against a background of increasingly worrisome volcanic activity, Mr. Stiles introduces an array of novice superheroes who are becoming accustomed to their powers. As is customary in this genre, the diverse group lives and trains in the home of a wealthy benefactor, Nathan Tomar, who has powers of his own. The Advocate, also known as John, is Nathan Tomar’s adopted son, and he stands above the others both in his skills and in his mission. Mr. Stiles quickly sets John up in opposition to malevolent Jacob Starr. Although the battles between John and Jacob fall into the classic struggle between good and evil, John is clearly more than just another superhero; although exactly who and what is not made clear in the franchise’s first installment.

    While John is preeminent amongst the superheroes, all of them receive distinctive characteristics and voices. Jane Watkins provides a strong female presence, and it is evident that her relationship with John will move to the fore in later episodes. Albert Hughes serves as an expository character who helps the reader understand the origin and development of the world Mr. Stiles is building.

    Mr. Stiles makes the Christian bent of the saga evident in the book’s opening confrontation between the Advocate and the evil spirit inhabiting the body of the man Jane Watkins interviews. However, he is careful to keep the story balanced and set firmly in the world of superheroes he is creating. Mr. Stiles is not proselytizing, he is offering a multifaceted world view that happens to be God centered.

    The first volume of Project Genesis: The Gathering of Superheroes is filled with world building and character development. Still, Mr. Stiles has not neglected the action that readers of science fiction fantasies expect. The use of Christian symbolism and John’s strong relationship with a higher power shouldn’t dissuade fans of secular sagas as these elements of character and plot only add to the book’s depth and power.

  3. Susan Milam

    Hollywood Book Reviews
    Project Genesis: The Gathering of Superheroes lays the foundation for a fantasy
    franchise with strong Christian overtones. Author W. B. Stiles imbues his cast of
    superheroes with the abilities expected in the genre. However, he makes it clear that
    their leader believes in and, at times calls on, the support of a higher power. Still, fans of
    traditional secular superhero epics will find that there is plenty of “super” action in this
    opening volume of the Project Genesis: The Gathering of Superheroes saga.
    Hundreds and hundreds of years ago, a meteor falls to earth and buries itself deep
    within a mountain on the west coast of what will become the United States. In present
    day Seattle, investigative reporter Jane Watkins makes the unwise decision to meet
    with a person who promises to give her information about the Slasher. She finds herself
    alone with a man who either suffers from multiple personality disorder, or who is
    possessed by an evil spirit. Jane falls victim to a vicious knife attack but is saved by the

    arrival of the Advocate. Elsewhere in the city, Jacob Starr rendezvous with shape-
    shifting Master Rafar and receives a mission: Free Rafar’s “brothers” from their

    underworld prison in Tartarus. Somewhere on an estate outside of Seattle, Nathan
    Tomar enlists Professor Albert Hughes to research Tomar’s discovery of the “water of

    life.” On Mount Rainier, David Spencer and Steven Ricker study mysterious seismic
    activity.
    W. B. Stiles weaves numerous storylines together as he builds the world in which his
    band of champions will operate. Against a background of increasingly worrisome
    volcanic activity, Mr. Stiles introduces an array of novice superheroes who are
    becoming accustomed to their powers. As is customary in this genre, the diverse group
    lives and trains in the home of a wealthy benefactor, Nathan Tomar, who has powers of
    his own. The Advocate, also known as John, is Nathan Tomar’s adopted son, and he
    stands above the others both in his skills and in his mission. Mr. Stiles quickly sets John
    up in opposition to malevolent Jacob Starr. Although the battles between John and
    Jacob fall into the classic struggle between good and evil, John is clearly more than just
    another superhero; although exactly who and what is not made clear in the franchise’s
    first installment.
    While John is preeminent amongst the superheroes, all of them receive distinctive
    characteristics and voices. Jane Watkins provides a strong female presence, and it is
    evident that her relationship with John will move to the fore in later episodes. Albert
    Hughes serves as an expository character who helps the reader understand the origin
    and development of the world Mr. Stiles is building.
    Mr. Stiles makes the Christian bent of the saga evident in the book’s opening
    confrontation between the Advocate and the evil spirit inhabiting the body of the man
    Jane Watkins interviews. However, he is careful to keep the story balanced and set
    firmly in the world of superheroes he is creating. Mr. Stiles is not proselytizing, he is
    offering a multifaceted world view that happens to be God centered.
    The first volume of Project Genesis: The Gathering of Superheroes is filled with world
    building and character development. Still, Mr. Stiles has not neglected the action that
    readers of science fiction fantasies expect. The use of Christian symbolism and John’s
    strong relationship with a higher power shouldn’t dissuade fans of secular sagas as
    these elements of character and plot only add to the book’s depth and power.

  4. US Book Review

    Reviewed by: Donna Ford ,US Book Review
    http://www.theusreview.com/reviews/Project-Genesis-by-W-B-Stiles.html#.W5GnPOgzbIV

    “Our people have prophesied…engineered human DNA to bring about the Omni child. He would lead humanity to man’s age of prosperity. It was his destiny.”

    Two gifted children were born. John Tomar’s father was a Native American, claiming to have found the water of life and living hundreds of years since. Joshua Starr was born to a Chicago tycoon who consulted with the dark side. In their twenties, each son began to use his amazing mental and physical powers. That’s how John found Seattle reporter, Jane Watkins, in an alleyway searching for the identity of a serial killer known as the Slasher. Knife-wielding Nash, controlled by a demon, attacked her. John healed Jane’s near-fatal wound, then freed Nash of the class 2 evil spirit.

    John’s father knew that the time for action had come. He assembled a band of men and women from around the world, each with superhuman abilities. At Tomar’s mansion, they practiced extending their limits as they ran, lifted weights, threw fire, and applied forces to subdue attackers. In an attempt to gain control of the entire northwest, Joshua Starr planned to trigger an earthquake from inside Mt. Rainer. On its wintry slopes, good prevailed against evil in the first battle of Project Genesis.

    Stiles wrote this fantasy novel using as a plot line the classic battle between two forces with divergent agendas for mankind’s future. Setting the story location in America’s northwest, he opts to use a Native American as his main character. A second classic theme—the discovery of the water of life with wondrous properties of longevity and strength—creates a formula for statistics reminiscent of The Bionic Man and Wonder Woman. The author expertly handles conversation as a tool to reveal character and motivation. This method should easily carry on the story into the second book promised for the series. Plenty of action and loose ends in this exciting novel should entice a reader back for more.

    RECOMMENDED by the US Review

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