Yes, and I have. Because it's a good balance between action, humor and fun characters.
When Aphrodyte realized Cal lied to her when he altered/slowed the clock speed after listening to a song previously replayed to her over and over again. Just an example of attention to detail that kept the story real.
I'd rate Jeffrey Kafer's reading as a solid 5 stars. Talmade Ragan would rate a 4. Maybe because the vast majority of the narration was by Kafer, and I became accustomed to that, but I think he has just a little more talent than Ragan--and that's not to say she isn't good.
If you like something that's a little out of the mainstream--a second string supervillain stepping up to the plate (sort of forced to) to save the world, and then try to remain a 'good guy,' this is for you. It's filled with little twists and humor that I believe listeners will appreciate and enjoy.
I admit, I was skeptical that a book this short would really amount to much. Turns out, I was DEAD wrong. This book had everything a great story should have, and then some! Seriously an outstanding book! The reading was well-done, and overall I loved listening to this during my drives. Can't wait for the next one!
Yes, this was an awesome listen. Aside from being a funny book it makes you feel for the main character.
The closest I could compare it to is Ex-Heros and Ex-Patriots and as much as i like those both this one was better.
With out giving away some of the book, the first detox scene.
Very well written and preformed spectacularly by the voice artist.
this is at the top . this is for all us who did or still do comic books.
An entertaining, light, different take on superheros. Not hard sci-fi. Somewhere between the Venture Brothers, X-men and Batman in tone and world. I'm not a big superhero fan, but I appreciated it anyways. It won't make you think, but it'll entertain if that's what you're looking for.
This book was not what I expected. I was thinking I would find something funny and probably a little dumb. What I got was a hilarious story with non-stop action and great characters.
Calvin Stengel had high hopes for his life. He is a brilliant mechanical engineer, had a great job with a superhero's company and things were looking until. Until they fired him, stole his designs and blackballed him from the industry. His only option then was to turn to a life of crime. Calvin becomes Mechani-CAL, a bad guy in an armored suit. But he wasn't good at it.
Lucky for Cal he is in his suit when an experiment gone wrong puts the world under the control of genetic, mutant bugs. He saves the world and finds himself on the other side. Cal never loses that villain mentality and his idea of how to deal with problems differs somewhat from his new teammates'. And some of them can be downright ugly about it.
Excellent characters and fun times. No graphic violence, no steamy sex scenes. Good times.
Retired... Growing old graciously - 63 years young I've never grown up Love intelligent horror, fantasy, sci-fi, will try anything
yes, its not your normal look into superhero lore.........the characters seem somehow more real than say a spiderman or superman
yes and i did listen to it in one sitting
Fantasy fanatic, sci fi dabbler
Shallow, fast-paced and entertaining.
I'm not used to the accent, so for the first chapter or so I thought the protagonist was a super-villain named Mechanicow, and pictured him in bipedal cow-themed armor with razor horns and stuff. Which was amusing in a wtf kind of way :)
Cal was quite likeable, but this book seems like a bit of wish-fulfillment for those lads in high school who were considered nerdy - man meets woman, man and woman forced into extended period of interaction (he basically locks her in a dungeon) which forces woman to see man as he truly is, she of course falls for him, etc. etc. So I didn't find the main female character to be particularly believable, but there were some others (Wendy for instance) who were interesting.
If you're willing to go along for the ride and don't think about it too closely, it's a very entertaining listen.
What else can I say this book was just a fun listen. Good story, good narrating. Probably not an award winner, but I like this book .
For anybody that read superhero comics as a kid, this is a real treat. I really took to Mechani-CAL's character immediately. The piece was a pure classic comic-book story. Alien's, super-villians, less than super villians, mind control, and dinosaurs. Yes, Dinosaurs. I really enjoyed the book and it was a fun listen thanks to the excellent work of the narrators. If you want a book to rekindle your past love of comics, this is definitely one that will fit the bill. Great work by Jim Bernheimer. I hope to see more of these kinds of stories from him again.