The Anti-Hero

badboySo the post about Oberyn got me thinking about why I turn into a pile of fangirling mush when I think of him. And then it hit me. I’m into anti-heroes.

What is an anti-hero, you ask? Classically the anti-hero is defined as a hero that lacks the traditional qualities associated with them. So where you would expect the hero to be chivalrous, kind, and bigger than life, the anti-hero wouldn’t necessarily showcase those attributes, at least not outright.

To me, that makes for a more exciting hero. One that’s a little unpredictable and that makes him more compelling to me as a reader and a writer. What I mean is, a character that keeps me guessing and doesn’t quite fit inside a predetermined box is much more interesting to read.

So, in short, the bad boy.

But in a world where there are millions of rules we’re taught to abide, what makes the bad boy such a perennial favourite?

Look at Mr Darcy, an early antihero. He goes against the rules of the day. He’s gruff, he’s unlikeable on the surface but, once you dig a little deeper, you find that his heart is in the right place, he just doesn’t show it.

That’s what makes them so interesting. There are flaws, and demons, and pain that make them relatable and real. There are layers. Ones that we get to peel away until we get to the real man beneath.

That’s what makes them so wonderful to me.

In The Devil’s Nebula by Anna Hackett

The Devil's NebulaAction, Adventure and Romance IN THE DEVIL’S NEBULA

First there was AT STAR’S END and the treasure hunt to find the last remaining fragment of the Mona Lisa. Now travel to the heart of the Devil’s Nebula on the hunt for the gun used to assassinate Abraham Lincoln.

 

He lost it all.

His career, his woman, his sanity.

Two years ago, on a deadly mission to the lawless Devil’s Nebula, Commander Zayn Phoenix’s life imploded. Now the former Strike Wing pilot fills his days with dangerous adventures alongside his treasure hunter brothers.

But his nights are another story: haunted by nightmares of one unforgivable act.

Until an assassin lures him into a hunt. A hunt for her freedom from the Assassin’s Guild. A hunt for a derringer used in an ancient and infamous assassination—of old Earth president, Abraham Lincoln.

Zayn is compelled to join the perilous adventure with Ria Dante that will take them straight into the heart of the Devil’s Nebula, but not for money, fame or treasure.

He joins because Ria has the face of the woman he left for dead in the Nebula years before.

 

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About Anna:

I’m Anna Hackett and I write action romance stories to thrill you, excite you and leave you inspired. I write about people overcoming unbeatable odds and achieving seemingly impossible goals to inspire you with the truth that the possibility exists for all of us to do the same. I love car chases, explosions and spaceships…and of course when the boy wins the girl. Oh, and I’m a sucker for that moment when the team is walking in slow motion, shoulder-to-shoulder heading off into battle. After reading, watching or writing an awesome action romance story, I’m left energized and feeling like anything is possible. I aim to give the same to my readers.

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