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
I read this book a dozen times and listen to it 8 times it kind of never gets old. it is both an action-adventure and an unlikely Romance. it has become my favorite superhero genre book. the writer and the editor both get this genre and I look forward too many more.
A sexist neck-beard who wished his nonexistant technology prowess would land him a "hot babe" who would put up with his horrible acne, self-centeredness, and constant demands for sandwiches.
What genre is it? If it is satire, then no, because I've actually read good satire. If it is superhero parody, then yes, because the genre obviously has nothing new or interesting to say.
The voice actor seemed a fine fit, but the drop off of tone at the end of each sentence was annoying to the point where it was almost more of a reason to stop listening than the sad excuse for a first chapter.
I got this based on the high reviews and got burned. Don't trust the reviews on this book. The plot is unimaginative. The writing is mediocre. The main character is an annoying misogynist with no redeeming value, not a single modicum of wit, and not anything particularly interesting about him. Don't waste your money or credits.
if you like superheroes and supervillains dash of reality the this is the book for you it's just awesome the character's are great. it really takes your place you're not expecting to go and it pokes fun at the superhero genre while taking it serious at the same
Distracting and ok but no masterpiece. Ok for commuting if nothing else to read and you like super hero stories
The narrator is my favorite sort of snarky asshole. Too nice to be good at villainy, and too practical and too honest with himself to make a good hero, Cal does exactly what I'm sure a lot of us have been thinking; he keeps his eye on the big picture and doesn't let a pesky thing like a moral code get in the way of the greater good. He's the sort of nerd who willingly accepts that superman can fly, but that he couldn't catch a free-falling Lois Lane without physics and his arms of steel shredding her into pieces. Worth a listen for his sarcastic, fatalistic sense of humor... Which only JUST manages to hide most of his soft, modestly optimistic core.
Honestly, all the guy wants is intellectual property rights and the ability to pay his rent. Is that too much to ask?
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