Book: The Shepherd Chronicles Part I - Books I through V of by Aaron Vincentcategories: Book, Real Life Superhero, Vigilante, Pulp, Fiction, Crime Drama
Aaron Vincentabout this book: "The Shepherd Chronicles" is a short story serial in the style of the old pulp fiction magazine but set in the modern world. My original inspiration for Shepherd (the main character) was the Real Life Superhero Movement (RLSH) where everyday citizens in the real world take on superhero personae and do community service ranging from fighting crime to homeless outreach.
Shepherd takes a great deal of inspiration from Phoenix Jones, once such RLSH out of Seattle, Washington, who has become a polarizing national figure in the debate of RLSH vs. vigilantism.
Since I am a fan of the noir style of detective stories I originally set out to write The Shepherd Chronicles in that fashion. The story took on a life of its own, however, and has since morphed into something else. One review called it "postmodern slacker meets detective noir."
Part I is a collection of the first five short stories, each roughly 50 print pages, which form a continuous story arc that describes the beginnings of The Shepherd and where he goes from stumbling into the world of crime fighting to becoming known as a superhero. It is one part action adventure, one part coming of age, and one part romance.
Writing "The Shepherd Chronicles" taught me something profound: that an author can fall in love with some bizarre minor characters. The homeless man known as Jake Simpson, for example, was meant to be a one-time player for the purposes of exposition. Jake took on a life of his own and became such a joy to write that he became integral to the story from the point he made his first appearance onward.
My target audience is anyone who is looking for an easy and entertaining read. Shepherd is not meant to tackle complex social issues, I did not intend for this book to be The Great American Novel, and I most certainly don't think I have written "Gone With The Wind" here. It is an easy read for most who pick it up and an enjoyable one at that.
Finally, I will leave you with some quotes from current reviews:
• "I feel this is a great beach, camping, or rainy weekend book. Very fun to read and I look forward to watching this character and the Author's continued development."
• "Writer Aaron Vincent has put together a fast-moving medley of detective noir meets modern slackerdom in Ansell's search for his brother's assailant - a strange yet entertaining trip..."
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