The Games of Supervillainy
By: C.T. Phipps
Publish Date: December 19, 2015, Audiobook Release January 14, 2016
Format: Audiobook - 6 hrs 55 mins
Narrated By: Jeffrey Kafer
Series: 2nd in The Supervillainy Saga series; 1st Book ~ The Rules of Supervillainy
First Impression: A must read for a blast! Fun play with and on superheroes, supervillains, and fantasy worlds.
Get ready for the action-packed follow up to The Rules of Supervillainy. This time with zombies, zombified heroes and villains, cults, magic, superscience, a dragon, a Greek demigod, and so much more!
Gary and Cloak have returned from the supervillain prison on the moon only to discover the city he plans to conquer and rule with an iron fist has been overrun with the living dead. Once again taking up the mantle of Merciless, the villain without mercy, Gary will have to pull it together quickly, find his wife, his gang, and a whole lot of help to stop the Brotherhood of Infamy from slaughtering the population of Falconcrest City and opening a portal to summon a Primal force of creation.
But Gary has a plan, or at least he's sure he'll have one soon. Just give him a second.
I am Merciless.
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My Thoughts and Summary:
*I requested to review a copy of this audiobook for an honest review from the author or narrator.
Merciless, Gary and Cloak as a supervillain, have returned from the prison on the moon to a land deserted of life and swarming with living dead. It's been a week, but actually a month thanks to a teleporter accident, since Gary has seen his wife and henchmen. Learning that his dogs were still at his home with his henchmen and Mandy left, Gary believes Mandy was abducted! Gary will search the city to find his wife! Gary finds himself teaming up with new heroes and unexpected villains to stop the Brotherhood of Infamy by retrieving the Book of Midnight, that's guarded by their cultists and death machines, to end it all by sending the god Zol-Barbas back to where he belongs.
Jeffrey's dead pan tone for Gary is awesome with Gary's dry jokes. Gary's personality and comments with Jeffery made me giggle several times through the book. Having the voice actor that's spot on with a book makes a huge impact on the story. The Games of Supervillainy is a perfect example of that. I was drawn into the story and world with the great combination of Jeffrey's voice and Gary's writing. It's as if they are both on the same page and it shows! I could easily differentiate the other characters in Jeffrey's narration along with felt he WAS Gary. Amazing job!
Wow. There is a lot told in the first chapter to explain the mess of zombies. It's been one thing on top of another! LOL! I was nervous that Gary would lose his edge of new to the game of supervillainry, but on the contrary, Gary is just as much fun in this book as he was in the first! If not more enjoyable! Time has lapsed, yet for Gary he's still new to the program WITH powers. See there was a little mishap with the teleporter he took on the moon to get back home. A month has passed, but for Gary it's still been less than a week. This is a fun little event to play with in the beginning of the story.
C.T. pulls from the fun side of the comic world. Everything and everyone has a name in comics. You have that here too - The Brotherhood of Infamy, The Heroes of Today, The Society of Superheroes, The Foundation of World Harmony. Great detailed descriptions for the obvious, a dramatization of comics and it's a hoot. There are many quick references to so may books, films, shows, and comics and it's awesome to see them. The references fit and draw the world for us.
I love the reason Gary got Cloak. I have to smile at his "luck". Cloak helps with his vast knowledge of superheroes and items Gary has 'inherited' from Nightwalker. But Gary is special in his knowledge of those of villainy and heroics in Falconcrest City with growing up in the city they protect/attack and reside in. Mandy is a HUGE influence on Gary. Okay, Mandy seems to be the one with her head on straight and to wear the pants in the house. lol. Gary loves her, and she loves Gary. They compromise about what Gary does as he's the one that goes to extremes and she reels him in a bit. Great balance here with them!
I got a great kick out of the corky twists to what the characters do and why they do it. lol. Even the chats between the characters make me smile, the references and how conversations get derailed. It's humorous listening to them all and we learn about the superpowered world along with our characters.
We see old enemies, well as old as just recently when Gary became Merciless. Oh there are soooo many great little happenings to play with in the story. And to pile them all together! LOL! Just fun with Gary's personality and view of things.
I can't express how much I enjoyed this book, and particularly in audio. It's the fun I needed and will look forward to in future installments! Battles with Nazi Robot, dragon, Amazons, cybernetic dinosaurs, cultists, zombies, deal with ghosts, Death, demi god, ex-girlfriend of his own and his wife's. Sounds like a lot but it all fits and makes for so much fun while battling. And Gary's one liners along the way. LOL!
I can't wait for the next installment to come our way!!
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