Mik Murdoch: The Power Within releases August 1

The much-anticipated sequel to Mik Murdoch: Boy Superhero, by Calgarian author Michell Plested, releases August 1, 2014.

Michell Plested has been reading science fiction and fantasy since he was six years old, and writing for almost as long. He is an author, blogger, and podcaster living in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He writes in multiple genres, spending most of his time with science fiction, fantasy, and YA adventure.

He is the host of the writing podcast Get Published, (a 2009 Parsec Finalist) and the science fiction comedy podcast GalaxyBillies, which has been called ‘Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy meets Beverley Hillbillies’ by his listeners.

His first novel, Mik Murdoch: Boy Superhero, was shortlisted for the 2013 Prix Aurora for Best YA Novel.

Michell Plested can be found through his website at http://www.michellplested.com/

releases August 1, 2014
ISBN 9781927400678 $21.99
eISBN 9781927400685 $4.99
available from Five Rivers
and online retailers internationally


Mik Murdoch: The Power Within, picks up the story after Mik Murdoch has swallowed the magical berry from the guardian of the Cave of Wonders and with it he’s realized his dream to acquire superpowers. He’s also realized what you wish for and what you get are often two different things. While Mik has superpowers, he’s having a really hard time with control. In fact, he’s starting to wonder whether being a boy superhero is a good thing or not.

What’s worse, his weird behaviour doesn’t go unnoticed by his parents, who decide to take him away to the lake for the summer, assuming he needs time to unwind, relax. It’s there, however, Mik uncovers the truth behind an ancient mystery and learns that letting others help doesn’t make him weak.

The official launch for Mik Murdoch: The Power Within, takes place at this year’s When Words Collide. Along with Michell Plested’s new release, Five Rivers will feature:

  • My Life as a Troll, by Susan Bohnet
  • The Runner and the Kelpie, by Dave Duncan
  • A Touch of Poison, by Aaron Kite
  • The Tattooed Seer, by Susan MacGregor
  • King of Shadows, Book 5: The Rune Blades of Celi, by Ann Marston

The fabulous cover, continuing the theme of the first novel, is the work of genius artist, and Five Rivers’ Art Director, Jeff Minkevics.

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