Narrator: Jeffrey Kafer
Series: The Supervillainy Saga #1
Published by Amber Cove Publishing on 23 October 2015
Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
Genres: Humor, Superheroes
Source: Publisher, Submitted
Gary Karkofsky is an ordinary guy with an ordinary life living in an extraordinary world. Supervillains, heroes, and monsters are a common part of the world he inhabits. Yet, after the death of his hometown's resident superhero, he gains the amazing gift of the late champion's magical cloak. Deciding he prefers to be rich rather than good, Gary embarks on a career as Merciless: The Supervillain Without Mercy. But is he evil enough to be a villain in America's most crime-ridden city? Gary soon finds himself surrounded by a host of the worst of Falconcrest City's toughest criminals. Supported by his long-suffering wife, his ex-girlfriend turned professional henchwoman, and a has-been evil mastermind, Gary may end up being not the hero they want but the villain they need.
©2015 C. T. Phipps (P)2015 Amber Cove Publishing and C.T. Phipps
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I loved this, it was an extremely entertaining and fun listen, I can’t wait for more to come out in audio. So I’m not sure where to start. Merciless is a supervillain but is not truly evil, really just your every day average guy who happened to get the Reapers Cloak…..he is a bit clueless at times (Ultra Girl) but it helps make him a more likable character. Along the way he gets a mentor and a “Hench Wench” or more politically correct “Hench Person” and ends up doing quite a bit of good while trying to be evil. I am not really comic book reader but this makes me want to go give them a try. The book had me hooked from the intro, and had me laughing throughout. And, did you know there really is an Evil Overlord List with the top 100 Rules for Supervillainy….my husband pointed that out to me while we were listening (he loved this one too), but before I get to the list I just need to say that as usual Jeffrey Kafer did an awesome job on the narration…..the dry sarcastic tone he gave Gary was perfect. I really hope he continues to narrate the series.
So, here are the rules to supervillany from the Evil Overlord list……I only included the first 20 in the review but please click on the link to read the rest….
This Evil Overlord List is Copyright 1996-1997 by Peter Anspach.
The Top 100 Things I’d Do
If I Ever Became An Evil Overlord
- My Legions of Terror will have helmets with clear plexiglass visors, not face-concealing ones.
- My ventilation ducts will be too small to crawl through.
- My noble half-brother whose throne I usurped will be killed, not kept anonymously imprisoned in a forgotten cell of my dungeon.
- Shooting is not too good for my enemies.
- The artifact which is the source of my power will not be kept on the Mountain of Despair beyond the River of Fire guarded by the Dragons of Eternity. It will be in my safe-deposit box. The same applies to the object which is my one weakness.
- I will not gloat over my enemies’ predicament before killing them.
- When I’ve captured my adversary and he says, “Look, before you kill me, will you at least tell me what this is all about?” I’ll say, “No.” and shoot him. No, on second thought I’ll shoot him then say “No.”
- After I kidnap the beautiful princess, we will be married immediately in a quiet civil ceremony, not a lavish spectacle in three weeks’ time during which the final phase of my plan will be carried out.
- I will not include a self-destruct mechanism unless absolutely necessary. If it is necessary, it will not be a large red button labeled “Danger: Do Not Push”. The big red button marked “Do Not Push” will instead trigger a spray of bullets on anyone stupid enough to disregard it. Similarly, the ON/OFF switch will not clearly be labeled as such.
- I will not interrogate my enemies in the inner sanctum — a small hotel well outside my borders will work just as well.
- I will be secure in my superiority. Therefore, I will feel no need to prove it by leaving clues in the form of riddles or leaving my weaker enemies alive to show they pose no threat.
- One of my advisors will be an average five-year-old child. Any flaws in my plan that he is able to spot will be corrected before implementation.
- All slain enemies will be cremated, or at least have several rounds of ammunition emptied into them, not left for dead at the bottom of the cliff. The announcement of their deaths, as well as any accompanying celebration, will be deferred until after the aforementioned disposal.
- The hero is not entitled to a last kiss, a last cigarette, or any other form of last request.
- I will never employ any device with a digital countdown. If I find that such a device is absolutely unavoidable, I will set it to activate when the counter reaches 117 and the hero is just putting his plan into operation.
- I will never utter the sentence “But before I kill you, there’s just one thing I want to know.”
- When I employ people as advisors, I will occasionally listen to their advice.
- I will not have a son. Although his laughably under-planned attempt to usurp power would easily fail, it would provide a fatal distraction at a crucial point in time.
- I will not have a daughter. She would be as beautiful as she was evil, but one look at the hero’s rugged countenance and she’d betray her own father.
- Despite its proven stress-relieving effect, I will not indulge in maniacal laughter. When so occupied, it’s too easy to miss unexpected developments that a more attentive individual could adjust to accordingly
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