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Fans of Spider-Man, silver age comics, and alternate history will enjoy this novel of teen angst and metahumans! This coming of age story is set in an alternate 1980's, where people with amazing abilities make themselves known. Can young Nathan Charters find himself in this uncertain new world? Who is he, where did he come from, and is he part of a remarkable new minority.Fans of Spider-Man, silver age comics, and alternate history will enjoy this novel of teen angst and metahumans! This coming of age story is set in an alternate 1980's, where people with amazing abilities make themselves known. Can young Nathan Charters find himself in this uncertain new world? Who is he, where did he come from, and is he part of a remarkable new minority...or just a misfit among misfits? Brave Men Run is at once gripping and emotional, shocking and intelligent."I thoroughly enjoyed it." -- Paul Story, author of Tom Corven"Well written, with great dialogue...utterly convincing." -- The Rev-Up Review"Brave Men Run is an incredible piece of work! I'm totally hooked..." -- Jonathan Kalmes Buy the MP3 CD! Visit the official Brave Men Run web site!...

Title : Brave Men Run - A Novel of the Sovereign Era
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Brave Men Run - A Novel of the Sovereign Era Reviews

  • Larry
    2018-11-12 17:51 read the novel, “Brave Men Run” ( byMatthew Wayne Selznick ) on a single flight from Detroit to Denver. Was it short in comparison to some novels? Yes. But I was able to finish the book because I just could not put it down. It was that engaging.It is the story of a teenage boy who is struggles with being different. He has the attributes of a cat, and a strength proportion more than his own. An outcast, but not for those reasons. This is the story of his coming of age. From boy to man. From human to Sovereign.In reading the novel, fans of NBCs “Heroes” will undoubtedly see parallels to the books backdrop, and that of the TV show. Myself, I wondered if the producers of “Heroes” hadn’t read this novel before developing their show. But, each work can exist separate, and the similarity should not detract from either.The main character of Nate is well written, and reacts in situations more like a real person than a storybook character. His handling of situations from bullies to girls bring a sense of realism to the story. He is worthy of his quest.Matthew Wayne Selznick is currently working on a sequel, “Pilgrimage”. At this time, he’s 35% done. I will pre-order it as soon as possible.I highly recommend “Brave Men Run”, and suggest you pick it up for your next flight.

  • Timothy Ward
    2018-11-19 19:39

    Brave Men Run proved the impossible by showing me a young adult book I could enjoy. Normally, I am turned off by stories about teenagers because I just don't care about the troubles they face. I'm not trying to be insensitive, I'm just saying most of the YA I've read seemed childish and petty. Brave Men Run is far from that, and gives me hope in YA. Selzick has crafted well rounded, and unique superheroes that explore high school drama in a way that evokes interest and sympathy. His prose is concise and fluid. I was hooked from the beginning and enjoyed the journey. It wasn't quite the save the world type of conflict, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. This story focuses on the life of Nate Charters, and one doesn't have to save the world to have a story that strikes the heart and keeps your attention. Brave Men Run is a feel good story that gives hope for humanity in case we ever do have super-powered humans among us.

  • Geoffrey
    2018-12-07 19:49

    I read the first book in this duology back in 2008 and when I saw there was a new book out, I reread the first one before reading the second. It’s a pretty good story for all that it’s YA. This is the story of a 15yo misfit, Nate, in 1985 who realizes why he’s a misfit when a group of people go public with their superpowers declaring themselves Sovereign. Nate’s abilities can be summed up as being cat-like dexterity, strength and speed with an ability to see in the dark. He has oversized eyes and a vaguely feline face.His arch-nemesis at school, the ultra-jock Byron thinks he’s also a Sovereign and approaches Nate for help trying to sort it all out.There are evil government types, new girlfriends, best friends, mad scientists, long-lost father figures and insensitive school administrators – everything a YA story needs to succeed. Where this stands out is this book allows Nate, as narrator, to speak like a 15-yo; he can be completely self-centered, he can be naïve, he can have flashes of maturity in his decision making in-between stupid decisions made through inexperience.The first book ends without a Happily Ever After and Nate is still confused over how to think about this place in the world and about his parents. It was a good stopping point when it spent years as standalone book. Although I have to say I found it annoying that it was called ‘A Novel of the Sovereign Era’ and then there we no follow up novels – just a follow-up collection of short stories by other authors.

  • Beth
    2018-11-27 22:48

    Like stepping back in timeSelznick had completely mailed what it's like to be in high school in 1985, especially being an outcast. The characters use 80s slang and jargon naturally, when it could so easily be overdone or parody. Totally believable characters make the unreal situations they face believable.

  • Mike
    2018-12-08 18:21

    I'd previously enjoyed this story, in a slightly different and earlier form, from Podiobooks. I bought it in the form of The Charters Duology, a single ebook containing both this and the sequel (which I'm currently reading).In the original audio format, the whole of the story was told from the point of view of Nate Charters, a teenager with unusual abilities. The author subsequently added a shorter piece which told the same story from the viewpoint of the adult agent who pursues him. In this version, the two are woven together into a single narrative, with chapters of the agent's third-person viewpoint interspersed between the more numerous chapters from the teenager's first-person viewpoint. I think this is a good revision, and works well. I especially appreciated that the agent-antagonist is not merely a dog-kicking mustache twirler, but a man with problems of his own (his mother has dementia, and is dying) who sees himself as one of the good guys. Shortly after the opening of the book, we get two of the most overused cliches in YA: the protagonist looks at his reflection, and notes his green eyes. Fortunately, these represent the maximum level of cliche in the story, and in fact I spotted few if any others. This is especially impressive in what is effectively a superhero story, since cliches are the bones of the superhero genre. In the story, the Wertham Act banned comic books in the 1950s (rather than the industry self-regulating with the Comics Code), and so there's no Marvel Comics to invite comparison between the newly emerging "Sovereign" and the X-Men. That comparison is definitely present in the author's and reader's mind, of course, and provides a subtext to the fear and discrimination against Sovereign and their desire to separate themselves from "normal" humans. However, there are sly winks to the reader throughout in the form of references to the names of famous comic book artists and writers from our reality (who, in the world of the Sovereigns, presumably got other jobs and never became well-known). "Ditko" at the garage in the town of Kirby Lake is the only person "old man Lee" trusts with his van. There's a Romita Park and a Kane Park in the town where Nate Charters lives. Nate's girlfriend says the famous Mary Jane to Peter Parker line: "Face it, tiger - you hit the jackpot." Each of these functions, for me, as a breaking of the fourth wall and pulls me out of the immersion in the fiction by reminding me that it is fiction. I'm not a fan of that.There's a tendency to name-check bands and music (and other cultural phenomena) of the 1980s as a continual reminder that this is when the story is set. I grew up in the 80s (the author and I were born only a few days apart, in fact), but wasn't into popular music or popular culture. If someone had said "New Romantics" to me in 1985 I would have assumed they meant Wordsworth and Tennyson. As a result, many of the references swish past me without connecting to anything - probably the same response that someone who didn't grow up in the 80s would also have. It does, however, achieve the goal of giving some flavour of the time.I did occasionally feel that the pacing of the scenes was off. Two characters skip study hall at the end of the day and go to a friend's house near the school, where three songs are played and there are a couple of conversations that would take at most 10 minutes, and suddenly they're too late to catch the bus. To the positives. The characters rang true to me, were distinct from each other and had at least a couple of dimensions, even the supporting characters like Nate's friends Jason and Mel. I found Lina's instant and abiding attraction to Nate a little thin, but otherwise everyone's interactions were believable and clearly motivated. The plot was decently paced, with a mixture of action and reflection. (It's not a classic superhero plot. There are a couple of fights, but they're very unlike classic superhero fights. The book is playing with the idea of superheroes, while successfully avoiding the many tropes of the genre. Nobody wears a costume, for example, or has a secret identity and a code name.)Overall, a successful and enjoyable story of a young man's struggle with his identity and how other people see him, linked in to larger issues, with both characters and situations that rise above tropes. Because I give most books I review four stars, I'm introducing a sub-scale running from 0 (barely above mediocre) to 9 (only just short of awesome), and on that scale it registers a respectable 4.

  • Shaun Duke
    2018-12-07 17:35

    Brave Men Run is an interesting take on the superhero genre. It follows Nate Charters--an outsider with an unusual appearance and special abilities that he must keep secret--as he deals with the daily trials and tribulations of high school. Then Dr. William Donner appears on the scene, declaring to the world that super-powered humans exist and they are demanding autonomy. Before long, Nate finds himself caught up in a world entering the Sovereign Era and the confusion of learning the truth of where he came from and what happened to his father.This is my first exposure to a podcast novel turned into a published one. I've never really been into the whole podcast fiction thing. It's not that I don't think there's value in them, it's just that I've never found them particularly interesting and some of the key players have become, in my opinion, a bit full of themselves, which really irritates me when it comes to writers. There needs to be a lot more humility in the podcast community.But none of this really influenced how I felt about Brave Men Run coming in. Brave Men Run is a fairly short novel, clocking in at 227 pages (with a fairly large typeface). The one thing that should be made clear about this novel is that it is not an action-packed superhero story. Brave Men Run focuses on the characters, putting them first and the events happening in the world second. This is, for me, a different approach to the genre: I'm used to explosions and superhero battles; this novel isn't about such things, but about what these characters go through as the world around them changes. All of this is a strength for Brave Men Run. Selznick has managed to create a character-driven story about people with special abilities (and their friends and family). The characters are fairly realistic and the story progresses at a pace that seems worthy of their struggles. I think calling Brave Men Run's vision part Stan Lee (as one of the blurbs on the back says) is misleading, because this is not a story about superheroes living daily lives. Nate isn't a superhero, and he doesn't really want to be one either. He has gifts, but he is not running about saving people or blowing up buildings. I'm not sure what you'd compare it to, because I have little exposure to stories like this. I think this goes with the territory these days: we're seeing more novels put out there that take cliche elements and drag them into areas not usually explored. We have vampire novels that have little to do with the popular blood-sucking renditions and now a novel about extraordinary people living normal lives.The only problem I had with Brave Men Run was the beginning. The first few chapters failed to grab me immediately primarily because the writing style is simplistic. The writing isn't bad (there are some noticeable flaws), just straightforward. The more I read, however, the more I found myself interested in the characters and what was going on. This is a novel that grows on you, and it all has to do with the characters, who seem to become more life-like the more you read. Selznick has put together an entertaining story, if not a little flawed.All in all, it was a good read. Maybe we'll see some more of Selznick in print in the future. If you're interested in Brave Men Run, you can find it for sale at Swarm Press (or Amazon, etc.). Matthew Selznick also has a website with plenty of other fiction you might want to check out.

  • Michell Plested
    2018-12-05 23:28

    Brave Men Run is the story of Nathan Charters, a young man who is an outcast amongst his peers. That comes largely from his appearance which, as he often explains, is freakish. But there is more that sets him apart from others than looks.It isn’t until a group of people, who call themselves “Sovereigns”, reveal themselves that things really come to a head for Nathan. The Sovereigns are meta-humans with abilities beyond that of normal people. Some look like everyday people and some have much different appearances.Everyone starts looking at Nate differently than ever before. He can sense their fear of him. He starts to learn more about his own past as he is pursued by malevolent quasi-government agencies.That’s all the teasers I will give you. What you need to know is that the book is written from Nate’s point-of-view and captures the teenage angst and problems very well. Nate is a very conflicted character which shouldn’t come as a surprise. Everything he thought he knew is suddenly skewed. How can a teenage boy hope to compete with the new challenges he is faced with?I found the characters to be rich and well-developed. The main villain has good reason for what he does (thank heavens) and acts consistently within his goals. In fact, he sees himself as the good guy, which is a nice twist.The story has a dark undertone that works very well too. The plot moves along briskly and realistically (keep in mind, it IS a superhero novel…sort of…so superhuman abilities do show up). The ending is satisfying without being cloying. Warning: not all plot threads are tied up. What needs to be closed off is.The language used in the book is suitable for both a Young Adult and Adult audience. The story is set in 1986, so it might just bring back fond (and not-so-fond) memories for any adults who read it.I enjoyed this book and was delighted to hear that Selznick has written and released the sequel titled: “Pilgrimage”. Remember those earlier mentioned dangling plot threads? Those were necessary for the sequel although the book stands-alone quite nicely.Would I recommend it? Heartily! I think the book can easily be enjoyed by the old and young alike.

  • Krystal Hammond
    2018-12-03 23:33

    What I liked:The guy's got a nice face. Selznick has a really interesting premise. I wanted to know how Nate was connected to the whole Sovereign issue, and I thought his reaction to it was very realistic. I also thought having it set in the 80's was . . . charming, I guess. I was born in the 80's, so I don't really have much memory of that time period.What I didn't like:The guy's scrawny, but dressed in a suit cut for a bruiser. For what was covered in this book--Nate finding out his father is alive and discovering he's a "pseudosovereign," there's a lot of unneeded material. In fact, I'd say that this story could have been told effectively without the whole Sovereign issue, and without Brenhurst. And I dare say it would have been a lot more interesting. The whole time, I was expecting something significant to come out of the Sovereign stuff, or for Nate and his friends to really find out what Brenhurst's lab thingie does. It never happened.I understand Selznick says there's a lot more going on between Brenhurst and Donner. I also understand that he used a 15-year-old (or so) kid as his main character, so he's not going to naturally get involved with all that. I say that's no excuse. If you're going to set up a rockin' world with so much history and texture, then you had better come up with a plot to show off your world and entice your reader to learn (and thus, read) more.I found myself bored. I doubt I'll read future Sovereign Era novels.And . . . as a last little rant, I thought the ending was anticlimactic and disappointing. I don't understand how the phrase "brave men run" would elicit that kind of an emotional response from Nate. Maybe I'm just dense or something. I felt the story was just getting started when Nate and Lina and Byron went up to Kirby Lake. Having Byron simply disappear from the hospital was a slip-shod easy way out for the author and it shows. Selznick could have had one rocking, epic story and still accomplished everything the original story did. Instead he has an episodic, boring story that ends when the interesting part is just beginning.

  • Ryan
    2018-11-28 20:28

    I had a feeling I would like this book, because I'm a big fan of 80s X-Men comics (including the New Mutants stuff), as well as 80s teen movies, and from what I was reading about it online before I read it, it seemed like this would be in kind of the same vein.It was, which was good, but at the same time, every time I thought one thing was going to happen in the novel, Selznick went in a completely different direction, one that was often more satisfying than what I'd been expecting.So on the surface this was the story of Nate Charters, a teen living in the early 1980s who just may have superpowers - and, since a man named William Donner has just announced the existence of superpowers and declared that those that have them are Sovereign individuals in whatever nations they live in.So, that's big news, right? For Nate it is, at least, and it changes everything - the bullies at school react to him differently, some weird science guys starting asking after him, and his relationship with his mother changes fundamentally. But, at the same time, his girlfriend is still really into him, and his friends are still the same people they were before the Donner Declaration, so everything should still be cool.That's the thing about this (podio)book. It's not really about superheroes at all - it's about a kid meeting a girl and falling in love, and learning about who he is as an individual in relation to his parents. The superhero stuff happens, but it's in no way what the story's ABOUT.

  • Gerold Whittaker
    2018-12-05 15:40

    I picked up the first 11 chapters as a free book downloaded on iTunes. It was just getting to the really interesting stage at the end of the free book - I had to have the rest. The author does a good job of telling readers where to get the rest of the book and in my case, I simply downloaded the podcasts from iTunes (the entire book is available for free as podcasts on iTunes and the Author's website).Nate Charters has grown up being different - not only does he look different but he also has super abilities - those normal in cats - abilities he has always kept secret. When Dr William Donner announces to the world that humans have superhuman abilities, normal life, as he knew it, changes for Nate and life in the Sovereign Era begins.The podcast contains an additional "Chapter" called "Brenhurst's Tale": the story is told as seen through the eyes of Dr Brenhurst, the Doctor (partly) responsible for Superhuman Sovereign people.If you've read the book, "The Final Chapter" podcast (Episode 17) is a must-hear because it explains many of the mysteries in the book. My only complaint: this chapter should have been included in the original book - in sections between the chapters. Get it from the Author's websitehereAn enjoyable book in the same vein as the TV Series "Heroes" - written before "Heroes" of course.

  • Carl Alves
    2018-11-14 23:23

    Set in 1985, the story starts off with a declaration by Dr. Donner that there is a new race of super-powered beings that are coming out of the shadows and into society. Naturally, the government hasn’t reacted with open arms to the super-beings. Meanwhile, high school student Nate Charters is dealing with his own developing powers. He has ultra-fast reflexes, a high metabolism, and unusual appearance, which has made him an outcast in high school and a target of bullying. After this proclamation, everything changes for Nate as he is forced to register with his newly found powers. He is also finding answers about his deceased father, and dealing with a jock who has bullied him and now requests a strange, private meeting.Although I generally enjoyed Brave Men Run because of the fast pace of the writing and strong characters, what held me back from thoroughly enjoying it is that it seems to be a bit of a rip-off of the X-Men and strongly borrows elements of the X-Men trilogy of movies. It lacked originality, and I could never get past the feeling that although the story is interesting, it’s still an X-Men wannabe. I would be interested in reading other books in this series to see how it progresses, but as of now I would only tentatively recommend reading this novel.Carl Alves – author of Blood Street

  • Weston Kincade
    2018-11-26 19:28

    Nate Charters has always been different, but things begin to come together and explain themselves in Brave Men Run. This story is one that certainly surprised me. I began reading/listening to this, thinking it would just be another comic book style story with people having exaggerated abilities etc. I was wrong. Nate and his friends are going through the difficult times normal adolescents have to endure, but in addition they have to deal with the convoluted progress of a world coming to terms with evolved beings, and have to come to terms with who they are. As if teenagers didn't have enough personal demons and confusion to deal with. Not to mention, is there a difference between manufactured humans and evolved humans, both of which who are seen as "freaks" by much of the world?I look forward to seeing what complexities come about in the future of this Sovereign era story. The book is great for teenagers and adults. I was pulled into it and couldn't stop, even when I needed to get editing. Such is life. Guess I'll be working late tonight before I ever get to my own writing, lol. There's just never enough time in the day. Pick up your copy of Brave Men Run. It's very entertaining.Weston

  • Michael
    2018-12-06 18:32

    I've only read a handful of fiction books in the past few years. Most of the time a novel cannot keep my attention and I end up not finishing it. This was definitely not the case with Matt Selznick's Brave Men Run. In a word, "wow."It was very well written and full of enough detail to keep me interested without sensory overload. I was not fortunate enough to have caught the podcast edition of this book, so I may go back and check that out.I don't want to give away any spoilers, so I'll keep my review and recommendation simple. It's 80s genre, teen angst and full of mutant sci-fi type stuff to challenge the X-men. If you like a good underdog story, get this and read it. It is an excellent work of fiction and I look forward to reading more from this author!

  • Rosanna Morris
    2018-11-28 23:34

    This is a comfortable book to like; despite the premise of the super hero and comic book genre. It's really much more down to earth than that and reads more as a familiar parable that we all can relate to. The angsty but very likable teenager in turmoil, feeling he is different as he moves on his own journey of self discovery.....all along with family secrets once hidden and endless obstacles to break through on that journey.It finds a way to make the whole genre real and familiar for those of us that typically would give this sort of story a pass or find the whole premise silly.You will like Nate and you will find yourself pulling for him.

  • Ron
    2018-11-30 16:42

    Although this story is said to be part “Breakfast Club” and “X-Men”, I think it’s closer to being like the television show “Hereos”. Rather than being introduced to a super character with a total understanding of their abilities, the main character has a lot of questions about himself, family, and others like him. This isn’t the typical story in which the hero is a grown man wearing tights and a cape (by the way, when then the official super hero uniform?). Unlike other super hero stories, this one doesn’t have a ridiculous origin for the villain. I sincerely hope that there’s another tale to this story, it seemed unfinished at the ending.

  • Modi123
    2018-12-02 19:23

    This is more of a two and a half stars.. The book was pretty plainly written, and lacked focus outside of the general cliches of any young adult book. Ultimate loner has super powers.. super hottie and him start to date.. loner turns the tables on a bully.. secret BigBusiness groups are out to get him.. shadowy pasts are not so shadowy. Eh.. it read very route and not that interesting.. Maybe if I were younger it would grab me, but this really didn't.Got it from the StoryBundle #13 - Sci-Fi Saturday Night Bundle.

  • Mathew Walls
    2018-11-25 19:47

    A bit too YA for my tastes, but not the worst thing I've read. The setting is basically just an X-Men ripoff where mutants are just beginning to show up, but less about super heroes and more just about a small group of teenagers. Also it pretty much feels like half a book, so I'm glad I got the version with the sequel (which picks up right at the end of the first one) included. Not a lot happens through most of this book and the primary antagonist basically just kind of disappears at the end, so I'm really hoping that the second part brings it together a bit better.

  • Eric
    2018-12-02 23:30

    It's 1985 and teenagers, superheroes, and secret government organizations rule the world. Overall, a pretty good read. But there's a ton of '80s name checking going on here, and that makes me kinda itchy. Kids are listening to Duran Duran, going on dates to see The Breakfast Club, and dressing like Corey Feldman and Madonna. Eek! At least the author threw in a couple of Darby Crash and Raymond Pettibon references. After all, I don't recall the '80s being a single, never-ending John Hughes movie.

  • Gregory
    2018-11-18 15:26

    This is my second time reading "Brave Men Run" (the first time was shortly after the book was released), and I enjoyed it just as much the second time around. I like the premise behind the book, the characters are well developed, and the story is well written. The book is relatively short by today's standards, but it tells the tale at a length that is appropriate - there is no filler, and the story does not feel rushed.

  • Jodi
    2018-11-16 22:46

    I went back and reloaded this onto my I-Pod for a second listen and even though I remember most of the story it just brought back the overwhelming feeling of "dang I love this story!" The way he writes and his voice inflections when reading it really puts you into the land that the book takes place in. I can't wait to hear more by Matthew and highly recommend his books to anyone who enjoys a good clean feel-good fantasy story.

  • Simon C
    2018-12-02 21:42

    Rather liked the alternate earth setting combined with a bit of nostalgia, although the world didn't seem entirely thought out. I think maybe my real problem was with the pacing of it where at the moment it started to really get going, it ended. I just felt slightly cheated after alot of what I considered build up.

  • Maxmax ThatsIt
    2018-12-04 18:32

    Its been a while, so the details are lacking, but I just remember having a good feeling about this book. There is an emotional availability in it that was satisfying. It would be a great young adult series book. Brave Men Run is an endearing action/adventure/sci-fi/fantasy/superhero drama that is at once real and compelling and sympathetic.I just liked it.

  • Leszek
    2018-11-11 22:49

    Meet Nate Charters, a teenager being picked on for his deformed body. A global event, where the world learns about the existence of super powered individuals, puts Nate in the spotlight and he is faced with choices that are bigger than life.WARNING: This story will leave you wanting more. Just continue to "Pilgrimage", the second book in the duology.

  • Scbickle
    2018-12-01 20:44

    I listened to this book on Podiobooks. Then I bought the book for my son. Its an amazing piece of work, so evocative of the 1980s its setting, but a truly original story bringing together coming of age with the superhero genre without retreading old ground. Its a page turning adventure story with a plot that keeps you guessing. I'd highly recommend this book as YA or adult fiction.

  • Bryan457
    2018-11-11 18:30

    A young man with heightened senses and strength deals with being different. It is the beginning of the sovereign era, a time when people with superhuman abilities have been shown to be living among us. Nate falls in love, discovers the truth about his father and the government agency that is interested in his abilities.

  • Jack
    2018-11-16 23:23

    An awkward teen with a major secret gets nervous when people with extraordinary powers declares himself to the world, and suggests that there are hundreds or thousands more like him. Fun stuff, in the comic-book-story-as-novel subgenre.

  • Stewart Boyles
    2018-11-12 17:46

    I really liked the podcast. I appreciated the pace at which the story was told. The only thing is that the end was a bit more gruesome than i was prepared for. But I powered through and was treated to a terrific ending. Kind of astounded I didn't listen to this years ago!

  • Evo Terra
    2018-12-02 22:46

    Listened to the fantastic audiobook years ago. I think Matt made some modifications when it was picked up by Swarm for print publication, so I'm checking that newer version out with my eyes.

  • John Dodds
    2018-12-07 21:28

    A truly excellent YA fantasy. A superhero book with a focus on the human drama, Brave Men Run is also a kind of coming-of-age story. I've never come across anything quite like this before. Every bit as good as The Hunger Games, in my view. (Review based on the podcast version).

  • Glen
    2018-11-23 20:29

    This was such a great story. The story takes us into the world of the 80's US where "powered people" are starting to to emerge outside of the government's own labs. A great start to what i hope will become a longer series.