Caprice of Fate

GraphicAudio. (Tangent Knights, Bk. 1). Oct. 2021. 7:15 hrs. ISBN 9781685081966. $19.99. SF
In Bennett’s audio original, Cory Kagami, a wishy-washy heiress free of responsibilities, embraces the accident in her mother’s lab that turns her into an armored superhero. All seems set for her to take her rightful place on the team of privately funded heroes powered by her brilliant mother’s nanotechnology. But all is not as it seems, and Cory soon finds herself embroiled with a group of heroes—or are they villains?—set up in direct opposition to her powerful mother. What is true, and whom can Cory trust? The production struggles to find a balance between the full-cast narration and audio effects, and the result, extended exposition punctuated by overly emphasized sound effects like slurping, coughing, and vocalizations, ends up feeling a bit campy.
VERDICT Comic book/manga fans and listeners already used to audio dramas will probably enjoy, but Bennett’s novel is unlikely to appeal to anyone not already a fan of the format. An optional purchase to be considered on the basis of individual collection demographics.
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