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The Persistence of Memory: Déjà Vu

by Karen Janowsky

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When superheroes fall in love, anything can happen. Daniel Hecht doesn't belong in this century. Catapulted into the present from 1943, he's out of place and out of touch. Still, he was the American war hero called "Lionheart" and his heroism has followed him into the modern world. He now leads an underground group of superpowered misfits, but the misfit he keeps turning to is Nina Asher. Nina has a vast knowledge of history, yet no idea who she is or where she's from. She has become the target of dangerous creatures that have appeared all over the world. As she and Daniel work to decipher an ancient, cryptic myth, they experience flashbacks to things that never could have happened. They are falling in love, but there's something they're sure they need to remember, and it's keeping them apart. The key to saving the world may begin with the act of remembering.… (more)
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Starts in November 1938, Germany, then jumps forward to 2011. Daniel has been changed from a sick young man and has become a super hero nicknamed Lionheart. Daniel was an American visiting Germany, then taken and experimented on by the Nazi's. He's rescued but has changed into a super soldier, but still thinks himself as a ""sick, weak, clueless kid from the Bronx." Seeking answers he returns to the Nazi camp seeking answers and next finds himself in Iraq deserts in 2008. He's taken in by a group, that brings super powered beings together to work to keep the world safe. For all of Daniel's strengths, is social awkward and shy.

In 2011, Nina joins the ranks of their super hero team but has lost her memory. When she meets Daniel they have an instant connection. This story is mostly about their relationship, it's slow and awkward and full of fumbling as Daniel has no confidence or experience and Nina has no memories, but knows she feels safe and comfortable with Daniel. The action and adventure are more like little side trips in this story and while some things are revealed, most is left dangling by the end of the story.

It was an interesting, albeit slow read. The relationship between these two is painful at times and when Nina's true nature is revealed Daniel takes his shock to extremes, avoiding her. I didn't care for Daniel very much, right then even if the author tries to explain his low self esteem as the cause of his jerkiness. In saying all that I am interested in where this series plans to go. I voluntarily received this book for an honest review.

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Daniel began to shake as he heard the terror in the screams and shouts that came from outside. His German wasn't perfect, but he had enough German and Yiddish from his family to get the gist; everyone was out for the Jews.
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When superheroes fall in love, anything can happen. Daniel Hecht doesn't belong in this century. Catapulted into the present from 1943, he's out of place and out of touch. Still, he was the American war hero called "Lionheart" and his heroism has followed him into the modern world. He now leads an underground group of superpowered misfits, but the misfit he keeps turning to is Nina Asher. Nina has a vast knowledge of history, yet no idea who she is or where she's from. She has become the target of dangerous creatures that have appeared all over the world. As she and Daniel work to decipher an ancient, cryptic myth, they experience flashbacks to things that never could have happened. They are falling in love, but there's something they're sure they need to remember, and it's keeping them apart. The key to saving the world may begin with the act of remembering.

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Daniel, the product of a failed Nazi experiment in the 1940's has time-traveled to the present day. Out of place and out of touch, he now leads a team of underground superheroes. Nina, his new neighbor, is a librarian with encyclopedic knowledge of ancient history, has amnesia. When they meet, they are immediately drawn to each other. As evil creatures begin to attack around the world and home in on Nina, the characters experience flashbacks to impossible things. In order to understand who these creatures are, they need to remember that in the past, although neither of them remember, they were in love.
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