Saturday, February 4, 2017

Book Review: The Flash: The Haunting of Barry Allen by Susan Griffith and Clay Griffith @clayandsusan @StephenAmell @grantgust

The Flash: The Haunting of Barry Allen
by Susan Griffith and Clay Griffith

Description from the Back Cover:

"My name is Barry Allen, and I am the fastest man alive.  To the outside world I am an ordinary forensic scientist, but secretly I use my speed to fight crime and find others like me.  I am..."


Speeding through Central City, Barry Allen is met with a startling sight—the Flash, older, battered, and badly injured. Before he can speak, the doppelgänger is gone.

Then Barry begins experiencing glitches in his powers—moments that leave him ghostly and immobile in the middle of missions. When a group of his enemies—including Pied Piper, Weather Wizard, and Peekaboo—chooses this time to launch a new assault, the Flash seeks help from his most trusted ally.

Oliver Queen – the Arrow.

Part One of an Epic Crossover that Continues in ARROW: GENERATION OF VIPERS

Book Details:

Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Titan Books; Mti edition 
Publish Date: November 29, 2016
ISBN-10: 1785651412
ISBN-13: 978-1785651410

Amazon Link:

My Review:  

When I discovered this gem on the authors' website, I immediately added the book to my wishlist on Amazon.  I couldn't wait for The Haunting of Barry Allen to release in November 2016.  I read it - devoured the book, actually - and am glad I purchased a paperback for my bookshelf.  As a huge fan of The Flash and Arrow on the CW network I read this book as I see the characters in the tv show.  Central City, STAR labs, the characters, their voices, this review getting weird?!

Anyway, I didn't actually jump on the superhero bandwagon until last summer. Fortunately, that gave me plenty of time to catch up on both shows before their new seasons started in the fall of 2016.  I'm still working my way through season 1 of Legends of Tomorrow  but that show doesn't really have anything to do with this book.  

When 5 of Barry's meta-villain enemies (Hartley Rathaway/Pied Piper; Shawna Baez/Peekaboo; Kyle Nimbus/Mist; Mark Mardon/Weather Wizard; and Bivolo/Prism) try to take siege of Central City, true-to-form, Barry tries to stop them.  Except, he's experiencing unusual glitches in his normal speed, an effect called blurring.  He becomes transparent and pinned to one spot, unable to move, talk, or escape.  When the city is under attack, this is not exactly a great time for one of our favorite heroes to be experiencing issues.  Eventually, Barry realizes that it is time to stop putting himself in danger, alone.  He needs to bring in reinforcements and calls on Oliver, Felicity, and Diggle.  

This tie-in novel for the current tv shows was wonderfully written.  The characters were spot on and I had no problem connecting to them just the same as I do with the show.  I felt like The Haunting of Barry Allen could very well be acted out by the wonderful casts of both shows.  The story was interesting, engaging, and full of action.  I absolutely loved this novel and can't wait for the Arrow focused A Generation of Vipers.

My paperback review copy is a verified Amazon purchase.

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