Exploding from the pages of Horror, Humor, and Heroes, Volume One - it’s the full length adventures of the one and only Mechani-Cal! So grab your battlesuit and prepare to get a little nasty.
"Being a supervillain means never having to say you’re sorry - unless it’s to the judge or the parole board. Even then, you don’t really have to. It’s not like it’s going to change the outcome or anything." Those are the words of Calvin Matthew Stringel, better known as Mechani-Cal. He’s a down-on-his-luck armored villain. Follow his exploits as he gets swept up in a world domination scheme gone wrong and ends up working for these weak willed, mercy loving heroes. Immerse yourself in epic battles and see what it’s like to be an outsider looking in at a world that few have ever experienced. Climb into Cal’s battlesuit and join him on his journey. Will he avoid selling out his principles for a paycheck and a pardon? Can he resist the camaraderie of being on a super team? Does he fall prey to the ample charms of the beautiful Olympian Aphrodite? How will he survive the jealous schemes of Ultraweapon, who wears armor so powerful it makes Cal’s look like a museum piece?
See the world of “righteous do-gooders” through the eyes of someone who doesn’t particularly care for them. Revel in his sarcasm and hang on for one wild ride! Just remember: losing an argument with a group of rioters isn’t a good excuse to start lobbing tear gas indiscriminately at them. You’ve only got so many rounds and it’s going to be a long day, so make sure you get as many as possible with each one.
©2011 Jim Bernheimer (P)2011 Jeffrey Kafer
This is a sideways take on the traditional superhero/supervillain story. Some other reviewers have said that lacks originality, but being a comic (ahem, graphic novel) nerd, I consider it a genre. And it's a genre I dig.
This tale follows Cal, a supervillain who is just getting by, but is eminently likeable despite his illicit career path. When his circumstances change and he winds up playing on the good guys' team, he finds all sorts of hurdles. It's a fun story, but that's not to say he doesn't have to deal with some real problems. Still I'd say it's lighthearted overall and an engaging listen.
I bought this book on a whim not thinking much of it. Let me tell you I was rooting for the villain from page one. Heck with the heroes and their issues. Get this book and you will bot be disappointed.
So every now and then a story comes along and just surprises the heck out yah! This is one of them. The writing is great, but the narration added so much to it! When you have characters that are so smart and just plan ahead so well, it really makes for a great afternoon. You will laugh out loud at some point during this book, and I believe that everyone will be able to relate to the character on some level too.
Read it, you'll love it!
It's high on my list of fun books.
The story is full of wit and fun. I loved the underdog. His attitude towards life just makes you laugh out loud.
Cal was awesome
I really hope to see more of the same from this author. Combine with the narrators makes it magic.
I enjoyed most of the story. I personally have enjoyed many of the super hero\ villain stories I have read\listened to. This was no exception. The narrator does a good job for much of the story never getting in the way of the author.
The writing of the book is pretty good except at times things seem to skip ahead a bit and I did not like the ending, specifically the second epilogue. The change in narrator while making sense is a bit jarring as their voices and style are very different.
While I would normally prefer a longer book for this story the length seemed to fit. Overall I would recommend this.
A pleasant surprise! Interesting premise...looking thru the eyes of the villain. Although the story is skeletal and could have used some fleshing out; I enjoyed the tale. It was easy to identify with the hero/villain and there were enough twists and new takes on old ideas that I found it well worth the $. Comic style sci-fi....good to go!
The story was great! And the Performers went all out on the voice. Just wish it wasn't so short
This is the perfect perspective of what a true superhero today would be like. Reluctant to help out, but what the heck....
Funny, Funny Funny!!!!!!!
I only wish there were more books out there like this one.
Thoroughly enjoyable, I absolutely recommend this book. Well performed, well executed, and with a final twist that will blow your socks off. I do caution, it reads more like a short serial rather than a complete novel, with what feels like story climaxes sprinkled regularly throughout. I would love to see it as a graphic novel; I bet it would do well.
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I haven't read the print version. The audio edition is excellent though.
Mechani-Cal, of course. He's the main character. His voice and style is so humorous and dark, you can cannot help but like him. A brilliant mind, a good soul, but has suffered a lot bad luck to sour him. His attempts to be the boy-scout Superhero fail him, however, when push comes to shove, that's when Mechani-Cal does his best.
Not a scene, but my favorite part of the book was the first part when Mechani-Cal tries to figure out how to save the world from the mind-controlling bugs enslaving the human race. But it's all great stuff from beginning to the end.
The scene where so-called superhero and jealous ex-boyfriend mind-wipes Aphrodite, Mechani-Cal's new girlfriend, thereby forgetting her special sweet relationship she had with Cal.
I truly enjoyed Confessions of a D-List Super-villain from beginning to end. The narrator did an incredible performance as Mechani-Cal. The story has a great mix of action, humor, sarcasm, and romance. For those who enjoy comics and superheroes, this is a great audiobook to listen too.
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