The Silver Stranger


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What happens to a dream deferred? -The Silver Stranger by Daniel Sherrier.

What happens when you combine the best of Greek mythology with the awe inspiring power of superheroes? The Silver Stranger by Daniel Sherrier of course.

All of her life Alyssa Henson has dreamed of being an astronaut and exploring outer space. But instead she decides to take the safe, conventional route and become a dental hygienist. A girl's got to pay the bills right. On her first day in a new city, a new apartment, and a new job. So, what happens?

Her cab is stuck in a traffic jam of gawkers and onlookers as a group of rainbow colored winged unicorns (I just learned that the plural of Pegasus is Pegasi) are attacking the crime fighting team known as The Terrific Trio. The Terrific Trio features Ultra Woman (blessed with impossible strength), Mr. Amazing (who repels objects and people with his telekinetic abilities), and Fantastic Man (who has the ability to transform his entire body into light).

As the Terrific Trio triumph over the tyranny of mythological creatures, all Alyssa can think of is that the superheroes look like adults wearing pajamas. She finally makes it to her apartment and her roommate who is also her childhood best friend. Miranda, Alyssa's roommate, also works on a commercial for ice cream which Alyssa hates. What kind of person hates ice cream? Well, nobody's perfect.

As luck would have it, one day, while out minding her own business and getting mugged by the way, (courtesy of a few Zombie Pegasi), Alyssa suddenly finds herself gifted with superpowers. So, what does real power feel like anyway? How does it feel to know that you possess great physical strength or super human speed and need not ever fear too much of anything ever again?

One thing that always interested me about superheroes, more so than their super powers are their weaknesses. I'm not just referring to things like kryptonite that render Superman weak but actually things we regular mortals utilize to make us strong. Like when a person has to overcome low self-esteem, or not getting along with your parents, trying to hold down a mundane job while busy saving the world. Or as in Alyssa's case being a person with the ability to mentally scan a person's mind and thoughts for information yet she can't seem to search her heart for answers to how she should live her own life.

Sherrier manages to capture that fine line between being a super hero and just being super human. I really enjoyed the way he incorporates Greek mythology from his great island of Olympus City and the dastardly evil Doctor Hades to his introduction of super heroes who go around putting everyone else's needs before their own.

I give The Silver Stranger by Daniel Sherrier 5 out of 5 stars for his introduction to the world a whole new generation of superheroes to believe in. Warning, there is mild explicit content and language interspersed within this creatively fantastical tale.

So, will Alyssa use her super powers for good or is she "just another deluded villain trying to feel important?" Only time will tell.

The Silver Stranger is the sequel to The Flying Woman.

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About the author

Daniel Sherrier is a writer based in central Virginia. A William & Mary graduate, he has worked for community newspapers, written a few plays that have been performed, and earned his black belt in Thai kickboxing. And there was that one time he jumped out of an airplane, which was memorable. view profile

Published on February 05, 2022

70000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Fantasy

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