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.
Probably not. Not because it's not good, because it is! Just because I rarely if ever re-read books.
Nothing I've ever read before!
This was a first for me...downloaded it to my old Kindle. I didn't even know it had a volume button! I was pretty impressed with how long the battery lasted with the audio going, and even more surprised that it went into sleep mode, but the audio kept going! The narration was really good...He read it like he was the character, and since the book is first person, you kind of have to be that person. It was a little shocking at the end to have the character change. But...that's the way it's written! I almost quit before the epilogues, as that seemed to be the end of the story.
The story was really good...a super hero soap opera. Well thought out characters, with personalities that ranged widely. Who ever thought that any superhero besides Batman had an attitude?
Totally out of my normal genre, but I'll be reading more of Jim Bernheimer. And, I think I'll be looking for more books on Audible, because the price was great, and we do enjoy listening to stories when we travel. Great job all the way around!