“A world where women have super powers and all the men her age seemed like children, it didn’t sound so farfetched to me. In fact, I felt the world was always that way.” thought the B.I.B. as she contemplated the changes in her life.
The 33 year old average single mom in Scranton Pennsylvania suddenly finds her life turned complex; a unique combination of dream like amazement and nightmarish dangers. Her simple “real” life of raising her daughter and making ends meet, suddenly needs to co-exist with her rapidly changing life of fascinating powers; freedoms that liberate her from the concerns of Man. To be “real” and to have super powers causes a Clash, a conflict within herself, leaving her to wonder who she is. She’s definitely not a kid’s Super Hero, she’s a real woman with real life concerns and desires.
Her home town fell victim to tragic Cold War performance enhancing experimentation, the results of which made women of her generation to develop super abilities and the men much lower than normal abilities. A brilliant Professor Pin points the time the strongest Super Born would have been born and enlists the aid of a quirky Journalist to aid in their discovery.
Meanwhile, others have taken note of her as well. As she begins to use her powers, others learn of her existence. They search for her, hoping to use her strength.
She can tell no one, must hide from everyone. Even her 16 year old daughter, her sister’s and family, can’t learn of her new life, her new being.
Alone she must figure out her course over the untread ground on which she now walks. What is right and what is wrong when none of man’s rules apply to you? Who to trust when no one is like you? Are her powers a burden or an opening door to a new level of being, a new level of romance?
The story follows the course of her search for herself and the narrator’s search for her. It centers on the choices we make and how easily life can sway us from our course. It asks the question what you would do if anything were suddenly possible.
I have to start out by saying that when I was a little girl, while most were wishing to be a ballerina or beauty contestant, I wanted to be a superhero. I would have even settled to be a sidekick. So, when I first read the synopsis of Super Born, I knew that it was right up my alley.
What makes this book different from other superhero stories is that it is told from the point of view of a journalist. I love the format because it was really easy to follow along with the journal entries. I felt like I was reading a true diary. The characters are likeable and the writing style is unique. Reading Super Born was a breath of fresh air. If you like fantasy and/or superheroes, then this book is perfect for you.
Writing has always been a passion of Keith Kornell, author of Super Born. He has been writing since he was a twelve year old boy writing Secret Agent short stories in his room, imagining he was James Bond. Super Born was a work of pure inspiration that has created a new genre of novels...the super hero novel. Kornell says “My alter ego, the narrator of the book, comes from an unknown area of my brain, as he bears no similarity to me, yet I cannot stop writing in his voice.”
Writing has reemerged in the last few years as the focus of his life. His love for writing took a back seat to his career in business and his family for a number of years. Super Born is Kornell’s third novel and the first published with Harper Landmark Books. He also published a children's book The Big Big Game in 2002. Kornell is a member of the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society (GLAWS).
Kornell is also the founder and owner of Crown and Kornell, Corporation, a firm focusing on developing green operations which does business throughout the US and Canada. Kornell is currently developing a wind farm in Central Pennsylvania.
Kornell is a graduate of John Carroll University. He lives with his wife and son in Chardon, Ohio and spends his limited spare time writing, sculpting and in creating video productions.