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November 7: Ten Characters Who Would Make Great Leaders (Leaders of what? That’s your decision. Who could lead a country, an army, a book club, a classroom, etc. Or maybe characters that would be trendsetters?)

Here’s Top Ten Characters Who Would Make Great Leaders in an Apocalypse.

1.Jess Brightwell. Magic, and a ruthless ability to lie to get things done. Not a restful leader, but an effective one.

2. Beka Cooper. She’s tough, determined, smart, and athletic. And used to dealing with criminals, which would possibly be a thing at the end of the world.

3. Hitomi. Another athletic one, loyal, and she has magic. All helpful leadership skills.

4. Jeff & Hotaru. For different reasons, but both characters keep it together during a zombie apocalypse. Not easy.

5. Liv. She has the rare ability to make two opposite sides work together… mostly.

6. Nimona. So, she’s a monster, but she’s also very goal-oriented.

7. Hercule Poirot. He’s comfortable with taking charge without being domineering, and would be good a getting a disparate group to work together.

8. Nilanjana Sikdar. A scientist who keeps her cool, gathers evidence, and figures out how to solve problems.

9. Susan Sto Helit. I’ve talked about her before, but she’s a favorite of mine. Death’s granddaughter knows how to seize control, and apply a wrench where useful.

10. Xian Li-lin. In some apocalypse scenarios, having the ability to deal with ghosts would be really useful.

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About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

11 responses »

  1. allymemes says:

    I totally agree about Beka! I had Clary on my list, but I think either of them would be great leaders!

  2. Marcia says:

    I could have sworn I commented on this earlier. (Too much going on for my little brain to keep up, anymore.) I’m with you 100% on Jess Brightwell, one of my favorite characters in one of my very favorite series. The rest, I’m completely ignorant of, even Susan Sto Helit. Guess I better get back to my Pratchett. Anything by Sir Terry is wonderful, and I’ve been meaning to finish working my way through the books for some time. This is a good reason to do so.

    The others, I’ll check out as I can. (Can’t read the title on the Beka Cooper book.) Thanks for another great list!

    • Susan is one of my favorite Discworld characters, but there are a LOT of books to get through.
      The Beka Cooper book is Terrier. It’s part of a trilogy.

      • Marcia says:

        I found it on Amazon by using her name, and I’ve already added it to my list. It sounds good! And I’m going through my Pratchett books tonight to see where I left off. I could SO use some of his humor. I’m getting ready to email you about some other books I’m curious if you’ve read. 🙂

  3. FranL says:

    Great twist on the topic! I’ve never thought about it before, but if I were in an apocalyptic scenario, I’d definitely want Poirot around!
    My TTT https://franlaniado.wordpress.com/2017/11/07/top-ten-tuesday-10-literary-leaders/

  4. Yes, Nimona was awesome! Very good at knowing her mind and what she wanted to do next. 🙂

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