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I Am The Salamander by Michael Jan Friedman

I Am The Salamander

by Michael Jan Friedman

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After his cancer mysteriously goes into remission, Tim Cruz wants nothing more than to resume the normal life of a teenager. He returns to his high school in the middle of the spring semester only to confront the stares of his classmates, the bully who once harassed him on a weekly basis, and the most gorgeous girl on campus, who had been a childhood friend until they drifted apart.

Yep, it was comforting to see that so few things had changed…except for Tim Cruz. He was fifteen pounds lighter, his hair was still growing back from chemo, he’d learned to despise crowds, and…oh, yeah…his skin was beginning to change colors when he was under stress.


Tim dismisses this anomaly at first, along with the bizarre, intermittent flashes of light, until he returns to his uncle’s aquarium to get his old job back. There, he witnesses a little girl flailing helplessly in the piranha tank. Naturally, he dives into save her, only to find that she becomes even more frightened of him than of her ordeal. Worse, piranhas had claimed two of his toes—which grew back over the course of a few days.

Much like the hand he tore off as a distraction after knocking out a gunman in the school auditorium by leaping on top of him—from the ceiling where he had crawled from the projector booth.

What is going on here?

That’s exactly what Tim Cruz would like to know and is determined to find out, even as an anonymous blogger, known only as Blog Boy, begins reporting incidents of this strange creature known now as The Salamander.

Tim later realizes that in addition to moving through water at inhuman speeds and his ability to cling to walls, he can also see in infrared when needed, and stun his opponents with a neurotoxin transmitted by touch.

And that ain’t all.

As Tim tries to determine the origins of his amazing powers, he learns that a clandestine group of government agents wants to dissect him in an effort to build an army of super soldiers. They’ll stop at nothing to get what they want—including threatening Tim’s family.

Can this young cancer survivor evade capture, avoid revealing himself to the public, protect his family, manage his schoolwork, stave off the bully, and…oh yeah…deal with the unexpected affections of the most gorgeous girl on campus?

All without telling his mom?

I Am The Salamander is a fast-paced, fun read. You can’t help but sympathize with typical high-school nerd Tim Cruz, who finds himself suddenly thrust from one life-threatening ordeal into another, all the while admirably maintaining his composure and resilience through an inner strength born from his battle with the deadliest of diseases. ( )
  pgiunta | Jul 23, 2015 |
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Don’t freak out. Tim Cruz was the average kid. He loved the things lots of kids love. Then, one day at a baseball game, everything began to change. He got sick. Real sick. The kind of sick people don’t recover from. So Tim did the reasonable thing. He went into a cocoon and waited for the end. But just when he thought he thought he was toast, game over, yesterday’s news . . . it turned out he wasn’t. His sickness went away. Just like that. Now he’s in re-entry mode, trying to do all the things he used to do. Trying to get back into the world. But it’s not easy, especially when the world’s got a few surprises for him. Tim finds himself changing—turning into something he never would have imagined possible. Something stupid and horrifying and, frankly, kind of disgusting. Which would be crappy enough even if he knew why it was happening. But he doesn’t have a clue. And the only person who might have one has disappeared. So all Tim can do is tell himself, over and over, as the stakes skyrocket and his life gets crazier and crazier: Don’t freak out.

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