By Josh Moyar ‘19
“With great power comes great responsibility.”
This iconic line was first said by 16th century philosopher Voltaire, but gained popularity when Spider-Man’s Uncle Ben said it in countless renditions of the character’s origin story. However, I never truly understood the line’s meaning until I read a much more recent piece of literature.
Just over a month after its release, Brother Rice senior Nick Chimera’s debut novel “The Crusader” has already been purchased and read by many dedicated fans.
“The Crusader” tells the story of a young Patrick Knight, who is almost finished with his time in high school. By an unusual turn of events, Patrick finds himself in the possession of unique abilities. For the rest of the novel, Patrick struggles with finding a purpose for his powers, and trying to decide who he can trust enough to help him grow.
Without revealing too much about the ending, I can say that Nick’s novel is fantastic, and I’m not the only one who thinks so.
Brother Rice senior Josh Edwards read the book and had a lot to say about it. “I thought it was phenomenal,” Josh said. “It was realistic and well-done. It felt nice to see a superhero I could really relate to. Being in first person, the book really put me in the Crusader’s shoes. I feel like even I could be a superhero.”
I couldn’t agree with Josh more. Since the book is in first person, the reader really gains insight about what is going on inside Patrick’s head. Every move is understood entirely and it isn’t difficult to see the reasons he is torn.
Word of “The Crusader” has even spread across the football field. Mother McAuley senior Alison Green is a huge fan of Nick’s work. After reading the novel, Alison said, “I think my favorite part is that Patrick realizes his tragic flaw and learns how he can improve to become a better person and hero.”
Personally, my favorite part about “The Crusader” was how easy it was to relate to it. Nick is a teenage author who wrote a story about a teenage superhero. If that doesn’t show how realistic his story should be, I don’t know what will.
Patrick is in high school just like us. He encounters the same issues we do and is just as unsure of his future as we are of our own. Clearly, Nick had lots of personal experience to put into the character.
Luckily, I was able to sit down with the author and discuss his piece. When asked about his inspiration for the character Patrick Knight, Nick said, “I noticed that superheroes were only ever used in movies or comics and I thought it would be really interesting to read a book about a superhero with a first person perspective.”
Nick went on to talk about Patrick Knight. “My character isn’t some perfect character like Superman,” he said. “He’s incredibly flawed and has to deal with the issues we all do. Because of that, I think it can help the readers realize that any one of us is capable of being a hero in our own lives.”
I recommend picking up a copy of “The Crusader” and reading it now, while you can still relate to the main character as strongly as possible. You won’t regret it.