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- Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release Date:10-23-15
- Publisher: Amber Cove Publishing
- 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.
OK, I finished this a while ago but have only gotten around to writing my thoughts now, and that's simply because on finishing this the only thought in my head was phenomenal. I couldn't think of anything else to say about this!! Trying to write the review after finishing would of been like this: Plot - phenomenal, characters - phenomenal, overall - phenomenal! Doesn't make for a detailed review, but it's all I could think of! Let's hope after a few weeks of simmering that I can come up with something better ;)
Gary is a normal guy who, on receiving a magical cloak through the mail, turns into a supervillian (well, so he thinks anyway). i think the blurb pretty much explains it all so I'll try to make sense of my thoughts!
I'm hesitant to read Superhero/Supervillians books because a lot of them have fallen flat, that is until I read a certain other book called Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson and it blew me away! So upon starting this, I lowered my expectations from that book and plugged in my earphones. Well, I think this more than lived up to what I hoped and indeed, surpassed my hopes. It's right up there with Steelheart!!
This was such a fun and often times, hilarious listen. So many times I was laughing and snickering at the witty dialog and banter between Gary and the cloak, Gary and the supervillians and Gary and every other character! Its extremely well written and I loved pretty much everything about it.
All the characters were awesome but Gary was the best. He wants to be rich so decides that he will become Merciless: The Supervillain Without Mercy but ends up doing good things while thinking he is bad. His bond with the cloak was such fun because the cloak belonged to a brilliant superhero but now Gary owns it. It felt like, the cloak was rolling it's eyes at Gary and his antics! It was hilarious listening to the two of them!!
The world the author created was amazing too. There isn't any backstory, per say, but we don't need it. The author makes it such a way that you believe the world and are ready to dive right in. Magic is real, superheroes/villians are real and the normal folk just have to live with it. It's an amazing world and on I want to jump into again!!
Anyway, I loved everything about this, from it's fun and witty dialogue, to it's enjoyable cast of characters, and from it's well written and developed world to it's engaging plot, this is a must read! I am so impressed with this and am really really hoping book 2 comes out soon. It's definitely one that needs more exposure and one I hope gets it too!! Such a brilliant book and one I can't recommend enough.
Once again, Jeffrey Kafer nails it. He has such an easy voice to listen to and gives just the slightest change of tone to characters, that you find yourself glued to your earbuds. I always enjoy his narration and he is one narrator I will always recommend.
*I received this in exchange for an honest review from Audio Book Blast.*