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The world says those with superpowers are either heroes or villains. But what if you're both? Mathilda Brandt isn't the angry, out-of-control teenager she was before she got out of jail. She's hungry for a chance at a normal life, but when a gang threatens her sisters, she has no choice but to use her illegal superpower to protect them. A secretive government agency givesThe world says those with superpowers are either heroes or villains. But what if you're both? Mathilda Brandt isn't the angry, out-of-control teenager she was before she got out of jail. She's hungry for a chance at a normal life, but when a gang threatens her sisters, she has no choice but to use her illegal superpower to protect them. A secretive government agency gives her a choice: go back to prison for life, or infiltrate a notorious super-villain group in order to stop a psychotic Empowered. To save her city, her family, and herself, Mat must become the last thing she ever wanted to be again: a criminal. Empowered: Agent is the first book in Dale Ivan Smith's The Empowered urban fantasy series. If you like heroes and villains, you'll love this fast-paced, suspenseful read featuring a strong female hero....

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ISBN : 33793127
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Number of Pages : 360 Pages
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Agent Reviews

  • Lola
    2019-04-30 05:33

    This was a good read. There was some action, awesome super powers and a nicely paced story. But at the same time it never fully pulled me into the story. Even though I didn't enjoy it as much as I would've liked, there was still a lot that I did enjoy. I was in the mood for a book about superpowers and this book definitely delivered when it came to that. I liked reading about the different superpowers and what was possible with them and there's an awesome scene at the end involving superpowers. The story was also well done and progressed nicely. The book is mostly story driven with less focus on the characters.The story follows Mat who has been in prison for years and now has a chance to get out, but things aren't that easy and eventually she ends up with the choice to go back to prison or infiltrate a group of criminals. The world is a bit of a harsh one, if you're an empowered, either you never use your power or you have to join the hero council. If you don't pick one of those options you're labeled a criminal.There are some great scenes in this book. I liked reading about the powers and especially Mathilda's power. She can control plants, which seemed really cool. Although it did make me a bit sad how often she uses/ has to use her powers to hurt or kill plant life. Towards the ending there's this great action packed scene that turns things around and makes me curious where the story will go from there. On the other hand there were also some parts that didn't quite work for me, there's one scene that I skimmed as it was a bit gruesome. But mostly I just didn't feel as invested for the most part of the book. The start and the ending of the book were really good though.Another one of the issues I had with this book was Mathilda's personality. For the most part I didn't find her a likeable character. She's angry and bitter a lot and often gets angry about small things. I felt like her anger caused more problems than necessary. And I did think she acted realistic, but I didn't really like reading about her and felt like she got angry a bit too often. There's a scene were her anger causes a big problem for them and it just didn't seem worth it as she was there for something more important and almost jeopardized that. The side characters mostly we don't get to know too well or they aren't nice people. The world building is pretty minimal, we get to know what we need to to understand the story, but I would've liked to know more. That might be just me though as I like lots of world building in books. And here there was only the minimum that was necessary to follow the story. It's a bit of an alternate history type of world, as some things are the same, but there have been wars and events in the past that didn't happen in ours. I couldn't get a good grip of what that war actually was about and the empowered their role in all of this. And things like how and why the empowered exists is something we don't get an answer to either, but I think no one actually knows that. As at the end it's hinted we might figure that out later in the series.To summarize: I would recommend this one if you're looking for a good story driven book with superpowers. I enjoyed reading this one, but the story never fully grabbed me and I wasn't as invested as I would like. But there were also some really good parts, like the start and the action filled scene at the end and I liked reading about the different superpowers. The main character Mathilda wasn't a likeable character in my opinion. She did seem realistic, I just didn't like reading about her as much. She got angry a bit too often in my opinion and about small things as well, there's even a scene in which her anger caused a problem. I also felt a bit sad about all the plants she had to hurt or kill during the story. There is minimal world building, but there is enough to follow the story. I just like to see the world come alive a bit more and here our knowledge stayed pretty limited. Mostly I did enjoy this one, it just wasn't as good as I had hoped.

  • Shelley
    2019-04-20 12:35

    *Source* Amazon*Genre* Urban Fantasy*Rating* 3.5-4 *My Thoughts*Empowered: Agent is the first book in Dale Ivan Smith’s The Empowered urban fantasy series. This series actually begins 5 years from when this story picks up. There is a novella called Renegade that features a 16-year old Mathilda (Mat) Brandt. 16-year old Mat lives in a world where you must make a choice if you have powers. You can either join the Hero Council, or go Rogue. There are no third choices. If you are caught and are not registered with Hero Council, you may very well end up in prison for the rest of your life. Mat, after being captured, was sent away to a special corrections facility for those with powers.*Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews*

  • Carolynn
    2019-05-02 10:24

    I was given a copy of this story and I decided to write a review of it because I was so surprised at how good it was, considering how I had thought it was a second cousin to a comic book when I first looked at it. Mat (Mathilda) is a young woman who spent five years in prison for using a superpower without permission. Now she has been released and she wants to behave, but fate doesn't seem to want her to stay on the straight and narrow. She has two younger sisters and a dying grandmother to take care of, and is finding it hard to get a job. To protect her family, she does things she swore she would never do again. She also goes undercover in a rogue organization to get information and things begin to move even faster. There are very few breathing spaces between the action scenes from then on right to the conclusion. The writing is fairly smooth, pulling you along so you are eager to find out what happens next. Still, there are a number of unanswered questions about Support (the group backing Mat in her undercover work), the Scourge (the group Mat is trying to get info on), a new weapon that emerges, and Mat's expanding powers. But I guess that's what the next book is for! This is really a good read and doesn't have a cliffhanger, just questions that I hope are answered in the next book!

  • Jackie
    2019-04-26 12:36

    Not surprised that still did not really warm up to Matilda/Mat Brandt. She did however sort of redeem herself some but the resolution of her second adventure was too quick and almost too easy at books end. Kind of anticlimactic after the whole build-up to get there in my opinion.

  • Shakera
    2019-04-21 05:23

    This was a difficult review to write... I didn't love the book, but I hate it either. I didn't connect with the characters. I couldn't bring myself to care about the main character. The writing was good, the plot was interesting. The story was just okay for me. This was intriguing enough for me to continue. I look forward to reading more from this author.

  • Isis
    2019-05-17 05:16

    A solid read for a self-published freebie. The world-building is simple but fun; it's not just that Empowered people exist, but it's also an alternate history - one in which Richard Nixon prevented a nuclear war from escalating into global destruction "after Washington DC had been destroyed by a Soviet nuke fired from Cuba." (So I guess Kennedy didn't stop the Soviets...) This only shows up, at least in this book, incidentally, but I am charmed by Nixon being considered a hero in this universe.Mat is a good character, an interesting woman with a skill - manipulating growing plants - that is clearly much more useful (and lethal) than anyone gives her credit for. The Hero Council choice of "join us if we can use you, otherwise you must swear to never use your power" seems rather terrible to me, a bit of shoddy world-building but I guess it's needed for the plot. Her choices and actions are reasonable, especially as circumstances paint her into a corner. I like that she has a family she cares about, and I also like the lack of romance (though I suspect one is building).The writing is okay. There are few obvious errors (such as a character being identified by name before Mat would actually know her name) but also few flashes of brilliance. Mostly it's just somewhat flat. I didn't feel particularly pulled along or emotionally invested, and this, plus uneven pacing toward the end, contributed to a general feeling of anticlimax.

  • Donna
    2019-05-04 10:31

    This is the first full instalment in the Empowered series, picking up when Mat has been released from prison (the previous two novellas took us through her empowerment, joining the Renegades, her crime, prison and then release). On her release, however, she discovers that her sisters are involved with a gang - that she knows are really after her - and her gran is sick. But having to avoid all criminals, not use her powers, and behave at all costs - or else risk prison or worse - what can she do?I really enjoyed this book, and found it well-written, full of great characters that really brought the action to life. It definitely made for an excellent first full instalment in the Empowered series, and I'd highly recommend the series for all fantasy lovers - but definitely read the novellas (Renegade at least) first, so you have a firm grounding in the world of Mat and the Empowered series and it'll all make sense!NB I received a complimentary copy of this book, but I always give an HONEST review based wholly on my own opinions

  • Charles Daniel
    2019-05-04 12:17

    Vine is not your typical super-spy.She doesn't have extensive training, lots of high tech spy gear and heavy duty weaponry like Bond or Flint. She does have a sick grandmother, younger twin sisters, and a criminal record which give a world spanning government agency a handle with which to control her. The agency, known by the name "Support," uses their handle to force Vine, A.K.A. Mat, to infiltrate the world's most notorious terrorist organization and maneuver around one of the most deadly and psychopathic Empowered criminals in the world.If you are fan of either super hero or of spy novels, you will likely enjoy this novel. The plot is intriguing; the characters believable (as long as one accepts the concepts of super powered people); and the action we'll paced. All in all an excellent read.

  • Sadie Forsythe
    2019-05-10 12:10

    Not bad, sort of your standard girl with superpowers gets pulled into something she doesn't want to do and then goes about kicking ass and taking names. I thought she was a little too quick to jump to the "I need to kill this guy" stage, but I also felt her conundrum. I do, however, have to ask such YA heroines always have to be so unfailingly aggressive and unpleasant. And I'm not just talking about Mat either. All the young women who wanted to look tough were just bulldogs with spiky personalities. I swear, you'd think this was the only version of tough authors had ever heard of. All in all, not bad, just nothing superb or stand-out about it either. It felt a little short on details, considering how long it was, but had enough action not to drag. I'd be willing to read another of the series, but I'm not racing out to buy the sequel either. A solid 3-star read.

  • Corine
    2019-05-16 06:32

    I loved the complexity and the outcome of this story! Mathilda is a rogue Empowered, a very rare person in this alternate reality and the only survivor of a government attack on her group. Her unique power was manipulating plants of all kinds. She served a few years in prison and then had to swear not to use her powers, ever, in any circumstance. Above all else, Mat wanted to take care of her family, who apparently turned on her for seeming to return to a life of crime. However, the government manipulated her fate and forced her to infiltrate a truly dangerous group for their purposes. She desperately needed to make a friend of a vicious enemy Empowered, then she felt responsible for the woman. Mat’s powers proved the turning point in a multi-layered “game” of betrayal. I am looking forward to more of this author’s writing!

  • Graeme
    2019-05-05 04:27

    An interesting read that will leave you wanting more, (and not necessarily in a good way.)I read it in a single night, so it is a definite page-turner. And there is more than enough to keep the reader interested, but I couldn't help wanting more.For example, the story is told from Mat's point of view, and apparently she has anger issues, but outside of a few key plot pieces, the reader would only know she is angry because another character tells her to calm down.I also keep waiting for an explanation on what the empowered are, where they came from and why the unsanctioned are so dangerous. Unfortunately that doesn't really happen, and seems like it will be addressed in the next novel.I know I am nitpicking, and I enjoyed the novel enough to pick up the next one. I just feel this could have been a 5 star, but instead is only 4.

  • Nancie
    2019-05-15 05:17

    Interesting take on super powered baddies...I enjoyed this novel immensely. The angry young woman forced into infiltrating a group of bad guys to protect her family isn't all that new but this author added super powers to the good guys and the bad guys and made it way more interesting! Mat is newly released from prison for using her unsanctioned powers when she gets forced into spying on the group in her area by the government. She does it to protect her family and stay out of prison. It's a wild ride to the end and I couldn't put down the story!

  • Joseph
    2019-04-19 10:31

    A very different take on super heroes (and villains)I was very intrigued when I read the description of this book, and it didn't disappoint. It's a very different take on the superhero genre, one in which the heroes control the powers and the only other choice is to be a villain. I look forward to reading the next. My only issue with the book is a pet peeve of mine. There's an odd lack of contractions at times, which takes me out of the story a bit.

  • Isabel
    2019-05-15 04:24

    I loved this book -supernatural in a different wayExcellent story. I was captivated from the beginning. Mat is trying to stay out of trouble. Trouble seems to find her. She is angry, trapped and special. The book reminded me of the lengths we will go to help and protect the ones we love. I felt sad for Mat, worried & excited. Really different story. Starting book 2

  • Julie Hillman
    2019-04-26 05:16

    Exciting , entertaining readA different take on superheroes and their gifts. Mat must infiltrate a villainous cell in order to find out what its leader is planning. A well written, exciting story that keeps you gripped from the start. You relate to some of the characters and some you love to hate. Well worth a read.

  • Sharon
    2019-05-14 04:10

    The good and bad of Super powers An intriguing story around an alternative world and family valuesThe characters are great and draw you into the story along with themThe ending leaves you wanting to get to the next book to find out what will happen next"I was gifted this ebook and willingly give this my honest review"

  • Rhonda Adels
    2019-04-19 05:16

    I received this as a free ARC in exchange for my honest review. My honest review is this... YOU WILL TOTALLY LOVE THIS BOOK FROM BEGINNING TO END just like I did! Thanks Dale. You definitely hit a homerun with this one!

  • Karen
    2019-05-17 06:10

    This was my first science fiction book but I read it because I know the author. The story was hard for me at the start but it grabbed me as I started to understand the special powers and the characters who had them. Didn't want to stop reading!

  • Angel Mcduffie
    2019-04-29 09:09

    UndercoverA continuation of Mat aka Vine. From renegade to agent. I also like the fact that the author shows us that undercover work is not easy

  • Jean ~ Kindle Queen
    2019-05-07 07:09

    3.5 stars

  • Grady Murray
    2019-05-14 09:37

    Great book with strong characters that are realistic in the story. Liked the series can't wait to get the next one.

  • Heather Rizkallah
    2019-04-23 08:27

    AwesomeThIs book has magic in ways I have never read. Knowing someone can turn invisible, or control metal, or even control the plants, such a great read

  • Steve
    2019-05-08 06:07

    This is a fast-paced novel with sympathetic characters and a unique complex story. it would also be suitable for teens and young adults. I enjoyed it.

  • BrigitRose Kleinberg
    2019-05-08 11:37

    Mathilda Brandt is a new hero?In a new world where some people are empowered it seems as if there are more ways to trip and fall. Mathilda finds herself on the wrong side,or is she.

  • Julia Wood
    2019-04-20 10:26

    Wow, this book really took me by surprise. I love the alternate reality, and even the main character's power. It was impressive, full of a lot of behind the scenes deceit but I really look forward to seeing what happens next! Can't wait for book 2!

  • Gea
    2019-05-19 08:28

    From beginning till end Empowered is captivating. Even when the ending came I didn't want to stop reading. There is no cliffhanger but I can imagine a next book will be about a different part of Mathilda's life.It's full of action, about gifted people, power struggles, trust and friendship.

  • Kim Switzer
    2019-04-30 12:27

    I was really drawn into this world. The Empowered and their levels of abilities and types of abilities were really well done. Also, I loved having the story be from the perspective of a not-hero (not even sure what to call her--she's not really a villain, not quite and antihero, just a person doing what she needs to do). I'm looking forward to the next book. I can't wait to see what comes from the events of the ending which I will not spoil for all of you!

  • Michelle VanDaley
    2019-05-04 07:27

    I was shocked to read that Empowered: Agent (The Empowered Series Book 1) was Dale Ivan Smith's first Novel. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I devoured the pages to find out what would happen next. Mathilda Brandt is the main character and we follow her as she tries to make the right decisions to protect her family in a world where she is not accepted because of her "special powers". I don't do spoilers in my reviews but I will say that I absolutely love how these characters have super powers that are not the norm, abilities that I am sure most people have never thought of but are totally cool! I would love to see a prequel to see what lead to Mat's imprisonment. This book gives you enough information that you know why she was in prison but that could be a whole story in itself. I look forward to Book 2 and to see what other characters and special abilities come out of the brilliant mind of Dale Ivan Smith!

  • Janet
    2019-05-05 12:11

    This is an exciting read with twists and turns where not everything is black and white. Mat (the heroine) has a power which allows her to controls plants and trees and as the novel progresses, she learns just how powerful she actually is. The goodies and baddies are not always easily distinguishable and each side is quite shadowy, which I quite enjoyed. Although this is Book 1 in the series, I read the prequel, Renegade, first (available through the author's website). This book does standalone but I found that having read Renegade does help as characters from it are referenced in Empowered. This is tagged as young adult but will appeal to older readers too.

  • Shawnta
    2019-05-15 11:09

    A great book. It really pulls you in with its fast pace. It’s full of action and suspense. Great storyline and the characters are well defined. The heroine Mathilda is strong willed and fierce not backing down letting anyone walk over her. She is willing to do whatever is needed to help her family even if it means murder she is going to protect them. I absolutely enjoyed it and I can’t wait for the next.