Narrator: Bahni Turpin
Published by Audible Studios on 22 August 2017
Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
Genres: Science Fiction, Superheroes, Urban Fantasy
Source: Author, Submitted
Andrea Vernon always thought she would spend her life living in Paris writing thought-provoking historical novels all day and sipping wine on the Seine all night. But the reality is she's drowning in debt, has no prospects, and is forced to move back to Queens, where her parents remind her daily that they are very interested in grandchildren.
Then, one morning, she is kidnapped, interviewed, and hired as an administrative assistant by the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection. Superheroes for hire, using their powers for good. What could possibly go wrong?
Her coworkers may be able to shoot lightning out of their hands or have skin made of diamonds, but they refuse to learn how to use the company's database. She has a swell hook-up buddy relationship with The Big Axe, but he's pushing to go exclusive. Then there's the small matter of a giant alien space egg hovering over Yankee Stadium, threatening civilization as we know it.
Will Andrea find contentment in office drudgery? Can she make a life together with a guy who's eight feet tall and never puts down his axe? And will she ever figure out how her boss likes her coffee?
Andrea Vernon and the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection marks the debut of a super-funny new voice in fiction.
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Andrea Vernon and the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection is a really funny tale set in a world of capes and masks. The premise is simple, a company exists that hires out supers as security. The whacky office characters, the setting, and the humor made me think that it was like League meets the Office, but my son said it felt more like the Avengers and parks and Recreation. Either way, you get the idea, this is not a serious book, but one filled to brim with humor. I think there are parallels in Marvel with how business deal with the destruction caused by Masks, and that was Damage Control. A company whose sole purpose was to fix everything the supers broke. Here, the premise to safeguard the city and its inhabitants.
If you want quirky characters look no further, the book is full of them. I think my favorite of all of them, and it was hard to choose was Inspector Well Actually. He has a unique and annoying superpower, one that lets him correct people; hence his name. The book might be a light read, but it has depth and is not afraid to make some sneaky commentary when you aren’t looking. Well, actually you might need to look a little. The writing is witty and snarky, and pull puns out of the strangest places.
Turpin pulls one rabbit out of her narration hat after another. It seems she can do quirky, weird, strange, and silly in an endless number of variations that never sounds the same twice. I mean she manages to pull off sounding like a rhinoceros. A rhinoceros! How about an alien rabbi? Yep, does that with ease. She shows no sign of wear or tear and totally tackles every new character with sublime grace. My son actually said she was “Amazeballs”. Yeah, he listens with me as I drive him around. He said she made him laugh with just the sound of her voice. I have to concur, she can crack out a line like nobody I’ve heard, and make it funny. I think Superhero Satire is her niche.
I will comment on the cover. I really like it; it is silly and looks like a panel right out of a comic book. You get to see a host of the wacky characters in the book and get an idea of what poor Andrea’s day is like. It really grabbed my eye and made me stop and look at it again. I think it stands out and makes you wonder what is happening in this story. Of all of it, my favorite part is the paper airplane whizzing by, it tells you everything you need to know about the office, and how her day is going. Can she look more stressed? I don’t know, but it sure looks like she can’t.
The only downside to the book is that there are quite a number of POV’s that run neck and neck, and I think that for the most part, a story should never have more than two or at most three points of view. More than that and it is just weak writing.
I haven’t even spoken about Andrea yet. See how good this book is? I can say all of that and never even touch on the main character. Poor Andrea takes a job after college because she needs one, and she soon finds herself surrounded by weird and whacky people who she struggles with at first but soon fits right in. She has a wonderful attitude and carries the novel, she is its core. She is almost the eye in the center of the hurricane. Sometimes she is the tornado in the center. You will come to love her.
You won’t find better when it comes to superhero satire than this book. Heck, just take out the satire and you still will walk away with an incredible tale, which is impressive since this is a debut novel. You will not believe that this is the first book that Kane has written. I sincerely hope that there will be more to come from Kane, as well as Andrea and company. I will also unabashedly say that I now have an aural crush on Bahni Turpin. She is simply amazing and really helped to elevate this story to another level. Top shelf writing, amazing characters, and kick-butt narration; why aren’t you listening to this already?
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