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Dispensing Justice

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Dispensing Justice
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Author Fritz Freiheit
Original Title Dispensing Justice
Nova Genesis World 1
Series Number 1
Cover Design Fritz Freiheit
Interior Illustrator Matt Howarth
Interior Design Fritz Freiheit
Publisher Liberty IV Publishing
Word Count 80,000
Narrator Michael Gurick
Dates May 3rd, 1984 through December 7th, 1984
Epilogue February, 1984
Ebook Publication Date December 5th, 2011
Ebook Formats epub, mobi, pdf, lrf, pdb, rtf, txt
Ebook Available Kindle
Nook
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iTunes
Print Available Amazon
Barnes & Noble
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Print Publication Date January, 2012
Print ISBN 0984795537
Print Formats Print (trade paperback)
Ebook
Pages 416
Next The Red Rook
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"Taking a page from Robert Heinlein’s classic juvenile novels, Dispensing Justice is a story set in a science fiction/superhero universe and features a clique of smart and likeable teenagers grappling with complex (adult) issues."

-- Adventure Time review by Eric Searleman at SuperheroNovels.com

"The characters are entirely grand [ . . . and ] The setting is also a huge amount of fun."

-- Dispensing Fiction a review by Scott Slemmons at HeroSandwich.net --

Dispensing Justice  
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Author(s) Fritz Freiheit
Cover artist Matt Howarth
Country USA
Language English
Series Nova Genesis World
Publisher Liberty IV Publishing
Publication date December 5th, 2011
Media type Print (trade paperback)
Ebook
Pages 416
ISBN 0984795537
Followed by The Red Rook
     In 1947, a near-Earth supernova's wavefront washes the solar system with cosmic radiation. Thirty seven years later, high school freshman Michael Gurick's father is killed by supervillains. Michael takes up his father's super-identity to seek justice --- or will it be revenge?
     Dispensing Justice is a young adult, science fiction novel featuring original superheroes in an alternate history setting. Cover art and interior illustrations by Matt Howarth. It is the first book in the Nova Genesis World series.

Where you can get Dispensing Justice[edit]

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Ann Arbor Area[edit]


Author Interview[edit]

Reviews[edit]

Reviews listed in chronological order.

Jenny's mini-review[edit]

Posted December 14th, 2011

     Dispensing Justice – a superhero tale told in an alternative 80s world, this book moves fast and is full of delicious fight scenes. Part of the joy for older readings is finding 80s pop-culture references, but younger readers will love it just the same for the characters and actions. Recommended for YA readers who love superheros, the 80s, and saving the day. You’re welcome to read the first chapter for free.


Paul Turnbull's review[edit]

Review of Dispensing Justice by Paul Turnbull -- 5 stars at Amazon -- 2011/12/21

     First, full disclosure, the author is a long time friend of mine. It is a strange feeling when a good friend becomes one of your favorite authors.
     I expected this to be a fun book and a quick read and it certainly was, but it turned out to be so much better than I bargained for. The superhero genre and science fiction in general has a long history of producing books that are fun to read and nothing more. I was amazed to find that my eyes were tearing up at the end of the story and I almost wanted to stand up and cheer for the hero.
     The author is well read in the genre and pays homage to some of the greats without coming off as a parody. Like old school science fiction, the setting becomes almost like another character that is developed through the course of the story.
     There's greatness on so many levels in this book. I liked the short chapter, serial like, format. I enjoyed the references to gaming and 80's pop culture. I especially liked that the story is a classic, coming of age, type story in a sci-fi/superhero wrapper. It was a quick read, which is important for someone like me that just doesn't have time to read for pleasure anymore.
     It's the action sequences where the author stands apart from the average writer these days. It was like there was a graphic novel playing in my imagination.
     The characters are fun and engaging. I really hope the series catches on in a big way because there are going to be interesting things happening with the dynamics of the group the author has created. After finishing the book I had that feeling of honest regret that a person has when they know they won't be seeing a friend again for awhile.
     I could have spent the five bucks on a hot and ready pizza. I'm so glad I downloaded this story instead.

-- Paul Turnbull

Bob Brill's review[edit]

Bob is a friend and fellow writer. Here's his review of Dispensing Justice. -- Fritz 11:31, 23 December 2011 EST

     I'm way beyond the age of the intended audience for Dispensing Justice, so I know almost nothing about the current genre of young adult action adventure. However, this story reconnected me with that long ago time when I was totally absorbed in the world of comic books that displayed the doings of superheroes and supervillains. Author Fritz Freiheit is well positioned to be one of the genre's keenest writers, still in tune with his childhood passions, yet mature enough to bring the genre forward for today's young readers. In my day female characters were planted in the stories as helpless victims to be rescued by male superheroes. In Dispensing Justice the girls and ladies are well portrayed as superheroes (and supervillains too). No shrinking violets here.
     I had a good time reading this story. The action is fast paced, no long explanatory passages, and the narrative is spiced with humor and a youthful, zesty spirit. Although the young heroes take on adult responsibilities, they are still kids. When they are not fighting supervillains, they indulge in the latest role playing games. Early in the story superhero in training, Michael Gurick, wonders whether he can fit into the crime-fighting suit, both physically and metaphorically, of his deceased superhero father. When he is shot out of a cannon on his way to face his first adult challenge, his childish thought is, "It was better than the best amusement park ride. Ever."
     This is the first of a forthcoming series called the Nova Genesis World. This sparkling tale is an auspicious beginning for the series, a treat for the young reader and the young at heart.

-- Bob Brill


Awards[edit]

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Dispensing Justice preview chapters[edit]

Read Dispensing Justice preview chapters here.

Cover and interior art by Matt Howarth[edit]

Description[edit]

     In 1947, a near-Earth supernova's wavefront washes the solar system with cosmic radiation. Thirty seven years later, high school freshman Michael Gurick's father is killed by supervillains. Michael takes up his father's super-identity to seek justice --- or will it be revenge?
     Dispensing Justice is a young adult, science fiction novel featuring original superheroes in an alternate history setting. Cover art and interior illustrations by Matt Howarth. It is the first book in the Nova Genesis World series.

Intro[edit]

     Michael is just another high school freshman genius concealing his potential until the day his father---secretly a superhero and member of the crime fighting Nova League, is killed in battle. Suppressed grief turns to confusion when a nearly perfect duplicate of his father picks Michael up after school. At home they find Michael's mother is on the brittle edge of a breakdown, refusing to acknowledge that she too saw her husband die and playing along with the duplicate's charade. A family melt-down is averted by the timely arrival of Michael's oldest friend Penny and her family armed with a casserole, salad, and pie. Penny's mother---another secret member of the Nova League---imposes domestic peace with the same practiced ease that she fights supervillains, albeit with fewer broken bones.
     In the days that follow, Michael only wants to retreat to the secret lab beneath his suburban home and prepare for vengeance upon his father's killers. A run-in with members of the varsity football squad leads to a pummeling and the realization that fitting into his father's old battle-suit isn't the only leverage he needs. He needs a master plan for wreaking justice. Falling for the blind daughter of his martial arts instructor isn't part of the plan, nor is fending off the well-meaning attacks of Penny's twin younger siblings before they fatally cheer him up. His life and the plan become more complex as his best friend starts to develop powers, and doubly so when he finds out that his father's legacy was more than just a battle-suit and a place to hang it, but the well-being of the supers community as well.
     Michael's story plays out in Nova Genesis, a world that diverged from ours in 1947 when a supernova bathed our system in deadly cosmic rays. Without the intervention of the interstellar civilization of the Galactics, life on Earth would have been wiped out. Instead, humanity is altered, a few made more---or less---than human. Thirty-seven years later the second generation of supers born on Earth are starting to come into their powers. Michael and his friends, some reluctantly, some enthusiastically, find themselves becoming part of a new generation of heroes.

Setting[edit]

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     Dispensing Justice takes place in a world that diverged from ours in 1947 when a supernova bathed our solar system in deadly cosmic rays. Without the intervention of the interstellar civilization of Galactics, life on Earth would have been wiped out. Thirty-seven years later the second generation of supers born on earth are starting to come into their powers.

Characters[edit]

Supporting Characters[edit]

Members of the Nova League (Galacticity Branch)[edit]

  • Brain Trust
  • Doc Styx
  • The Magician
  • Silver Archer
  • Titanium Titan

The Demolition Squad[edit]

  • Bang Galore
  • Chainsaw
  • Dragline
  • Wreckingbar
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Glossary[edit]

Dispensing Justice Glossary of Terms (free of major spoilers)

Selected terms from the Dispensing Justice glossary[edit]

Demolition Squad[edit]

     A supervillain team composed of the four cyborgs: Bang Galore, Chainsaw, Dragline, and Wreckingbar.

Galacticity[edit]

     Galacticity, or GC, is a city on the south eastern shores of Lake Michigan, established in 1948 shortly after the arrival of the Galactics' Arcology.

Chapters[edit]

Dispensing Justice preview chapters

  • Chapter 1 - Doctor M's Robotic Hordes Attack or Mom Interrupts the News - (linked)
  • Chapter 2 - Friday Night in the Lab (Watching the Superhero News Network) - (linked)
  • Chapter 3 - Penny Drops In
  • Chapter 4 - Zircon Man vs. the Demolition Squad
  • Chapter 5 - The Suit
  • Chapter 6 - 1947A
  • Chapter 7 - I Saw You Die
  • Chapter 8 - Penny Keeps Her Cool
  • Chapter 9 - Mom Burns a Roast
  • Chapter 10 - Diana to the Rescue
  • Chapter 11 - The Twins Are Ejected Before Diner
  • Chapter 12 - The Vow
  • Chapter 13 - Consequences of Killed in Action
  • Chapter 14 - Soccer Socks
  • Chapter 15 - Dr. DuQuane's Office
  • Chapter 16 - Doc Styx
  • Chapter 17 - . . . And The Magician
  • Chapter 18 - The Remains of a Chess Game
  • Chapter 19 - The Titanium Titan
  • Chapter 20 - The Brain Trust
  • Chapter 21 - Where Do Your Powers Come From?
  • Chapter 22 - I Express the Desire to Learn How to Fight
  • Chapter 23 - 'Dad' and I Have a Chat
  • Chapter 24 - The Black Lagoon Dojo
  • Chapter 25 - A Kick to the Head or Is It Love?
  • Chapter 26 - Hypothesis and Confirmation
  • Chapter 27 - Promoted to the Advanced Class
  • Chapter 28 - Kinnison's Bruises or Double Trouble
  • Chapter 29 - Sellers' Advice
  • Chapter 30 - Cosmic Bowling Crash
  • Chapter 31 - After the Prom
  • Chapter 32 - I Am Legion's Blog
  • Chapter 33 - Death at Bayside
  • Chapter 34 - Mom's Cleaning Jag
  • Chapter 35 - The Riggs-Armstrongs or Home is Where the Twins Swing
  • Chapter 36 - Who's Afraid of the Ragnarok Machine?
  • Chapter 37 - The Ninja Twins Attack
  • Chapter 38 - Safe Harbor at the Kinnisons'
  • Chapter 39 - Kinnison's Dice Luck Explained
  • Chapter 40 - Dad's Memorial
  • Chapter 41 - A Visit to the Lab
  • Chapter 42 - And a Submarine
  • Chapter 43 - Under the Psi-scope
  • Chapter 44 - Of Names and Supersuits
  • Chapter 45 - Almost a Date
  • Chapter 46 - Kinnison and I Dine with the Foxes
  • Chapter 47 - Tsunami and Lady Lightning
  • Chapter 48 - Doc Styx Makes a Request
  • Chapter 49 - A Question of Powers
  • Chapter 50 - Secrets and Lies
  • Chapter 51 - An Outing to the Galacticity Library
  • Chapter 52 - Is It Aliens?
  • Chapter 53 - The Cylinder's Contents Revealed
  • Chapter 54 - The Silver Archer
  • Chapter 55 - Gathering Intelligence
  • Chapter 56 - Following Achilles and Andromeda
  • Chapter 57 - A Slammer in Hand is Worth Twins in the Ducts
  • Chapter 58 - Into the Bowels of the Library
  • Chapter 59 - A Ride Into the Dark
  • Chapter 60 - Discussing Strategy and Tactics (Mind If I Call You Pots?)
  • Chapter 61 - The Twins Run to Ground
  • Chapter 62 - Does Everyone Have a Mask?
  • Chapter 63 - Trapped in an International Ballistic Shipping Facility
  • Chapter 64 - The Twins' Fury
  • Chapter 65 - Take Down
  • Chapter 66 - Reboot
  • Chapter 67 - The Automated Shipping Blues
  • Chapter 68 - Dispersing the Cloud
  • Chapter 69 - Wake-me-up
  • Chapter 70 - Breakup on Launch
  • Chapter 71 - High Speed Rails
  • Chapter 72 - A Conversation on the Train or What Did You Do During the Riots?
  • Chapter 73 - Arrival in D.C.
  • Chapter 74 - Happy Birthday to Us!
  • Chapter 75 - The Senate Hearings of the Powers Oversight Committee
  • Chapter 76 - The Silver Archer Respectfully Disagrees
  • Chapter 77 - Hypernauts Can Be Politicians Too
  • Chapter 78 - Penny Volunteers
  • Chapter 79 - Mind Fire Confronts the Man-in-Black
  • Chapter 80 - Kamikaze Homing Pigeon
  • Chapter 81 - Homeward Bound
  • Chapter 82 - The Old Lady's Debrief
  • Chapter 83 - Penny Loafing
  • Chapter 84 - Sophomore Year Begins
  • Chapter 85 - Crystals for Kinnison
  • Chapter 86 - But What If I Have to Take a Leak?
  • Chapter 87 - Rock-Paper-Scissors
  • Chapter 88 - Bad-Good Grades
  • Chapter 89 - Caught with My Hand in the Cookie Jar
  • Chapter 90 - Vending Release Depending on Good Behavior or Houdini in a Can
  • Chapter 91 - Kinnison's Tale (An Adventure at the Cowl)
  • Chapter 92 - Flight to Destiny
  • Chapter 93 - Dial It Up to H
  • Chapter 94 - Friday Night's All Right for a Fight
  • Chapter 95 - Need a Hand With These Miscreants?
  • Chapter 96 - Lights Out
  • Chapter 97 - Rust Never Sleeps
  • Chapter 98 - Dragon's Teeth
  • Chapter 99 - The Slippery Slope
  • Chapter 100 - Judo and Kudos at the Black Lagoon
  • Chapter 101 - I Am Legion's Scoop
  • Chapter 102 - The Last Message
  • Chapter 103 - Epilogue (Checkmate of the Red Rook)


Dedication[edit]

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Acknowledgments[edit]

DJ Acknowledgments

Tropes[edit]

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Sequel[edit]

The Red Rook

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