Author: Lorin K. Barber
Publication Date: March 13, 2012
Copernicus H. Stringfellow, a.k.a. Nick, is not your run-of-the-mill genius. His mind is so powerful it can stop a speeding automobile or stem internal bleeding. As Nick goes about quietly doing good, he discovers that his powers are greatly enhanced by the nutrients present in Twinkies. Follow Nick on his amazing adventures in this humorous and exciting action-packed book for all ages.
Copernicus H. Stringfellow, or Nick as he is known to his friends, is a genius. He is probably the smartest man int he world. So smart, that he has discovered a unique ability. Nick can use thought waves to move objects. While some may take advantage of this ability, Nick only uses it for good. He travels the world whenever he feels needed in a certain area. This leads Nick to Seattle, where he gets a job at a hospital and makes new friends. There's only one problem, someone has figured out his ability and they are out to learn it. They believe Nick is the key to what they want and they aren't going to stop until they get it.
I have to say that this book was very original. A lot of times when I come across books where the main character has a special ability, that character has either an agenda of their own or are a pawn in a political game. I liked that Nick didn't want his ability known and only used it to help others. Whether it was physically or emotionally, Nick only wanted to help end pain and suffering. He was a likable character, extremely smart and a never-ending source of information. I enjoyed his conversations with friends, especially when they were trying to gain information from him and he would give them the run around. I found his humor and awkwardness refreshing.
Other than Nick, there are many other characters in this story. Nick works at a hospital and he meets many new people, most of which become his friends. Each character was very well developed, we actually learn quite a bit about them and their families. They were also all quite different from each other which brought something special to their relationships. Each person had something special to add to the group and I could definitely see them being real humans and being friends.
While Nick's ability is the main focus of this story, there are also a few other smaller stories adding to the big picture. There is family drama, a little violence and even some mystery and suspense. I'll even admit that I was completely wrong on a part that I thought for sure I had figured out. So yes, there are some pretty awesome surprises thrown in too!
My only issue with the story was Dr. Prescilla Spurbeck. When we first meet her, she seems rather standoffish and is not friendly. To me, she came off as pretentious and kind of like a gold digger. She hates Nick and even decides to do some digging about him. That I could understand, but what really bothered me is that once she found out how smart Nick was and that he may have money, her view completely changed. Now she seems fascinated by him and wants to learn more and possibly date him. I really had a hard time with her.
That being said, I still enjoyed this book. It was written well and I flew through the pages, anxious to see where it would go. I'm looking forward to the second book and seeing what trouble Nick can get himself into next time. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a new and exciting read, especially if you are tired of all the usual genres!
To learn more about Copernicus H. Stringfellow or Lorin Barber, check out his website HERE.