Review: Captain America: Sub Rosa

Title: Captain America: Sub Rosa
Author: David McDonald
Joe Books Inc.
Release Date:
June 21, 2016
Rating: ★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

Frozen in a state of suspended animation since the end of the Second World War, Captain America is a man out of time. But now freed from his frozen slumber, he’s back in the nick of time and ready to face threats that couldn’t have been imagined when the world had last seen him. Joe Books brings Marvel fans an all-new adventure featuring a classic superhero.


I was approved for this book on NetGalley last year, but that was before I really got into reviewing books. So I have finally gotten around to reviewing it.

There have been many successful novelizations of graphic novels lately, so I was excited to read one of Captain America. I don’t think this story worked as a novel.

There were many action scenes that would have been amazing if they were illustrated. They were quite wordy in this story, and became boring and tedious to read. These should have been a little shorter or less descriptive. That may have made it more entertaining.

There were also a number of proofreading errors that were hard to ignore, including words missing or spelled wrong. This is a simple issue that could have been avoided with careful editing.

My main issue with this story was that nothing happened. Captain America had to just protect a woman, and he had a few fights with the men going after her. I think this was a waste of his talents. He was pretty much a bodyguard, and the story read like the story of a bodyguard. If something else happened, rather than Steve Rogers bringing a woman around to different safe houses, it would have been much better.

Author: jilljemmett

Jill lives in Toronto, Canada. She has studied English, Creative Writing, and Publishing. Jill is the creator and content producer of Jill’s Book Blog, where she has published a blog post every day for the last four years, including 5-7 book reviews a week. She can usually be found with her nose in a book.

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