Well hello, Get Series(ous)!
Today is a super fun series with an unexpected heroine, crazy antics, a failing city, and 100% more major felonies committed by the protagonist! (On purpose.)
Do you ever wake up thinking
You work hard. You study harder. You do everything right. And yet, someone, SOMEONE who CHEATS, who MAKES THEIR OWN RULES, who fucks everyone…gets unconscionably rich.
And you just want to
But then, after you are finished smashing the establishment, and Robin Hooding it all over the place, your morals begin to get a bit…
So you might could use some guidance.
This series is for you.
Or maybe, you like nerding out to comics. You love the book Hero. You wish Stan Lee was your grandfather and Cloris Leachman your grandmother.
Your favorite Marvel movie is definitely Civil War.
But the Scarlet Witch is your favorite superhero. Emily the Strange is your imaginary friend, and you really prefer your hot dogs “Coney Island” style. Or, just “a coney.” (extra onion and mustard, PLEASE!)
The Strikeforce series.
Here’s the blurb for book 1:
Superheroes exist Driven, honest, courageous… true heroes. They live among us, and all over the world, they save lives. Their stories are told in hushed tones to rapt audiences, over and over again, myths of epic proportions.
This is not that kind of story
Jolene Faraday is the girl next door, the type of woman who will babysit your kids or lend you twenty bucks when you get into a bind. She takes care of her mother, works her way through college, and even escorts her elderly friend to church. But no one knows the other side of her story.
Jolene is also the Detroit area’s most infamous, infuriating burglar, robbing the mansions of the wealthy and making a mockery of the law enforcement officials who vow that each job will be her last. She thrives on the chaos, the infamy, the pure thrill of every heist she pulls off. And then one day, it happens.
Across the globe, a new wave of ordinary people find themselves with super powers. Some hide, afraid of what they’ve become. Some become heroes; others, villains. Jolene just becomes a better crook.
And suddenly, it’s not just police officers after her. She’s officially under the jurisdiction of StrikeForce, Detroit’s supernatural law enforcement force, an agency shrouded in mystery. As her actions become more audacious and the world begins to see that she is far more dangerous than they ever realized, she finds herself on StirkeForce’s most wanted list.
Which leaves her with a choice to make: learn how to become a hero, or embrace life as a super villain.
Because I don’t love the MC.
Hear me out. Jolene is really hard to love. But, I appreciate that. I empathize with her, even though I frequently disagree with her. She lives in Detroit. That in and of itself is a difficult position to be in. But she tries to do her best by her city. She loves her city. She loves its rough edges, its history, its culture. She’s invested in its future.
But she’s gone a bit round the bend.
After four books, I have a special fondness for the catburglar superhero. I still don’t love her, but I love many of the other characters, and they buttress her in a way that is fascinating and wonderful. They’re her personality brillo pad, as it were.
And this book does something so few books do–instead of using a fake city like “Metropolis” or “Gotham” as the setting, it uses the real grit and very real socioeconomic problems of Detroit in its pages. It will undoubtedly pull at your heartstrings just a bit more for it.
Especially if, like me, you’re from the Great Lakes region. I’m from NE Ohio, but Cleveland and Akron and Youngstown fell into much the same state of disrepair that the D did. Cleveland is fortunate enough to be undergoing revitalization. Akron has its suburb of Green which is going places, but the D? (and Youngstown!) I’m not even sure they’ve hit bottom.
Colleen Vanderlinden isn’t afraid of that. She’s celebrating a marginalized city. She’s pointing all of her arrows at it, lighting it up, putting it on blast.
In a way, Colleen Vanderlinden is pleading for a real superhero for the D, while simultaneously arguing that the people who live there will ultimately become the city’s superheroes.
Strikeforce is a wild, rolllicking series with fantastic characters and true heart. It sets a fire in the heart of the reader and brings light to a shadowed place of neglect.Get Series(ous) #16 and cherry pop punch! #puremichigan #reading #boozeandbooks Click To Tweet
This was easy for me.
After spending hours thinking about the D, I needed a drink–in celebration and commiseration.
And it needed to have POP in it. NOT soda. NOT in Michigan. POP.
Also, did you know that some of the best cherries in the country come from Michigan? THEY DO. They’ll be in season in a week or two, and I plan on eating MANY. (My grocery store sells Michigan sours which are AMAZING.) Also, the gold cherries? The REALLY sweet ones? Yup. Michigan. Because those mother fuckers need a cold winter.
The Cherry Pop Punch!
*get it? punch? Strikeforce?
Cherry Pop Punch
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Ingredients (2 cocktails)
- 10 MICHIGAN cherries
- 3 oz Tito’s vodka
- 1/2 oz limoncello
- 1 oz Beefeater or Hendricks gin
- 4 oz ginger ale
- squeeze of one lemon
- mint sprigs
pit the cherries and muddle them with the limoncello
shake with other liquors and lemon juice
pour ginger ale over ice in two rocks glasses
add liquor and cherries into equal parts in both glasses
garnish with more lemon, cherries, and mint