I think Thunderbolt is best used when the writer keeps in mind the age of Jakem. A young teen should not have the experience needed to command such a powerful force. A good writer would keep this in mind, thus limiting how powerful the T-Bolt is.
I couldn't agree more Ham. My complaint is not that he was not used or was not used effectively. My complaint, that further adds to my bad writing diatribe, is that JJ and the Thunderbolt were not even acknowledged. You don;t have to use them but at least say why you didn't. Acting like they don't exist is bad writing, period.