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By nicole on 19-01-16
It just keeps getting better
This is one of those where you really want to get the audio version, between the author's comic prose and the narrator's delivery, it really is a laugh a minute. This book is basically going to appeal to anyone who's vaguely geeky, male or female, especially if you're in your thirties or forties. With references from Tolkien and Pratchett to Ghost Busters and Star Wars, Phipps manages the kind of nerdy humour that leaves you laughing out loud, without needing to put anyone down or resorting to constant toilet humour. On top of all this the book actually has a genuinely interesting comic book type plot. I can't think of another author I can compare Phipps to because while there are authors who write similar stories, as a female a lot of the supposedly humorous writers leave me cold but I think most people who like shows like The Big Bang Theory would find themselves laughing along to this.
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By G. P. Brown on 14-04-16
A worthy sequel!
This second instalment of The Supervillainy Saga is every bit as good as the first. I'm a fan of superhero books in general and I think I now consider this series to be my favourite of the genre.
This story turned out to be exactly the sort of thing I expect to get when I pick up a superhero comedy novel. It was packed with action, had plenty of memorable characters, and was dripping with hilarious humor(mostly of the sarcastic variety). The plot was good and C.T. Phipps has an engaging writing style.
This picks up where the first book ended with Gary Karkofsky AKA Merciless:The Supervillain Without Mercy returning to his home town after escaping a super prison on the moon. Due to a transporter glitch a month of his life has disappeared. To make matter worse the city has been overrun by hordes of zombies and Mandy, his wife, has been kidnapped by a rival supervillain. Gary has to rustle up his evil henchmen, Cindy and Diabloman, to help him set things right. There was also the minor problem of having to save the world from being destroyed by a doomsday cult who are eager to summon their demonic master into the mortal realm!
The story was a ton of fun. I loved the banter between Merciless and his team and was caught up in the crazy happenings of the story. Gary and his friends are easy to love despite their villainous natures!
The ending was a bit of a shock. The best thing is that it almost guarantees a sequel. One which this guy will definitely be reading as soon as it gets released.
I doubt anyone could have read this better than Jeffrey Kafer did. He was a perfect fit for Gary and really got the tone of the story.
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By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 16-02-16
Merciless is back!!!!
Merciless is back!!! Having returned from the Supervillian Prison on the moon only to discover that his city is overrun by Zombies, Gary knows that he is the only one who can save the world, well with the help from his friends but you know, it's mostly him!! Oh and his wife has been kidnapped (well kind of) by a devastatingly handsome Greek god. What is a supervillian to do??
While a little more serious than the first, this is still thoroughly enjoyable. Poor Gary, he so wants to be a supervillian but things aren't going his way and he is forced (snigger) to do the right thing. Now he has to save his city from the undead and try to hide the fact that the Greek God is extremely handsome (You need to read it to understand ;))
Once again, the author has given us some truly funny quips between Gary and his cloak and made me laugh out loud multiple times, yet he also managed to squeeze a lot of different emotions from me in this book. Gary gets to meet someone and it pulled at my heartstrings, but the biggest gut wrench was what happened to his wife! I have to say though that I loved the twist the author did at the end!! I can't say much else because I'll spoil it, so I'll just say, go read it NOW!!!!
Again, the amount of different characters were extremely well written and developed. Usually in books with so many characters I find some of them are just back ground noise, not so here. The author really gives each character time to grow! I loved the Greek God!!
The plot is also well written and thought out. We kind of have a bit of everything. "This time with zombies, zombified heroes and villains, cults, magic, superscience, a dragon, a Greek demigod, and so much more!" We also have a load of awesome pop culture reference that made me giddy :)
In all, a really excellent second book. This has a bit of everything and I can't recommend it enough. I love the world and characters this author has created and look forward to the third!!
Once again, Jeffrey Kafer nails it. He is Gary!!! I don't know what else to say about his narration that I haven't said before. He always does an amazing job with the performance and I never find any faults.
*I received a copy of this for review. This in no way affected my thoughts.*
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By Steve H. Caldwell on 25-01-16
Wow, so much good stuff packed into this!
This is book 2 of the Supervillainy series, a comedic take on supers. After having been mistakenly sent the hero Nightwalker's magical cloak after he dies, Gary becomes Merciless: The Supervillain Without Mercy (tm). Thats right, he actually thinks of it that way. A hilarious romp as Gary and his minions Red Riding Hood (think Harley Quinn not quite as insane) and El Diablo, a down on hos luck former A list villain, Gary has to try and stop the Evil old god from being resurrected, stop the zombies from wrecking the town, and figure how to get paid at the end, while not having the wife, a vigilante hero named Night Huntress, leave him. Can Gary manage it, even with the help of Death herself (who bears a striking resemblance to his wife)? Well, you need to read it to find out. The characters are so funny, but have realistic motivations for their actions. There is a lot of snark that will keep you laughing the entire time. The setting, Falconcrest City, is a great setting, resembling Gotham and Metropolis, with a bunch of over the top villains adding character. Jeffery Kafer hits this one out of the park with his narrations, really bringing the characters to life. Any fan of Jim Bernheimer's D-List Supervillain books to Ben Bequer's Blackjack books will love this series.
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