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Ex-private eye explores city of superheroes in new “Bob Moore” novel, “Hostile Territory”

by Matthew Price Modified: April 22, 2013 at 4:55 pm •  Published: March 8, 2013

Author Tom Andry moved back to the United States from Australia while preparing his third superhero novel, “Bob Moore: Hostile Territory” for release. His hero, Bob Moore, an ex-private eye who has made a career out of embarrassing superheroes, also makes a move in the new book.

Bob is invited to become the U.S. ambassador to the floating Super City after the previous two ambassadors have ended up dead. It’s hoped that he can ferret out the secret of what’s happening in the city, populated and governed by those with superpowers.

Andry, father of three boys, is the associate editor of and host of the AV Rant podcast. The first Bob Moore book, “No Hero,” has been downloaded more than 50,000 times as an e-book, and also has a paperback version in print. Bob returned in a sequel, “Desperate Times,” and this year is back again in “Hostile Territory.” Andry described the origin for the floating city on which the superheroes live.

“It sounds cliché but it came to me in a dream,” Andry said. “I woke up one morning after having dreamt that I was on a floating city. Or trying to get to one. It was a bit of both. After that, the plot just developed organically.”

Andry says writers like Frank Miller (“Hard Boiled”), Alan Moore (“Watchmen”) and Grant Morrison (“Animal Man”) are among his favorites. He cites Matt Wagner comics as his biggest comics influence. He said Bob and his superhero world have become easier to write with each book.

“After three books, Bob writes himself,” Andry said. “All I need to do is come up with the situation and see what the character does. Often, I feel I’m more surprised than my readers at Bob’s actions.”

There are plans for at least two more “Bob Moore” novels from Andry, who is also working on the fantasy novel “Touch of Pain.”

“Touch of Pain” is “a fantasy novel set in a city, controlled by clerics and protected by the gods, about a man who is cursed to feel pain at the slightest touch,” Andry said. “With the help of his brother, he’ll have to risk everything to lift his curse and save the woman he loves. It’s a shorter novel that explores a lot of the themes you see in typical fantasy settings in much the same way that I explore the themes common in comic book settings in the Bob Moore books.”

Webcomic artist Steve Broome, who illustrated webcomics “The Call” and “Future Kings” provided the cover for “Hostile Territory.”

Fans of “Bob Moore” can friend the character on his Facebook fan page, where they can find out what Bob is up to in between novels.

“One of the more interesting things I’ve done with Bob to help fans connect with him is starting a Facebook page,” Andry said. “Titled Bob Moore Investigations, it allows me to tell some of the adventures Bob has between books. I also tend to drop hints about upcoming books. A few of my staunchest fans on the Facebook page (and elsewhere) will find their names popping up in ‘Hostile Territory’ and future books.”

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by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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