Even D-list supervillains have to start somewhere.
Follow Cal Stringel's misadventures as he climbs to the lowest levels of supervillany in the prequel to the smash hit, Confessions of a D-List Supervillain. Angry that he wouldn't be known as the engineer who made Ultraweapon's force blasters, Cal resigns to chase after a bigger, better paycheck.
However, the Promethia Corporation isn't going to let him go that easily and sets out to make his life a living hell. Fed up at being pushed around by a company with an endless supply of lawyers and litigation, Cal sets out to build his own version of Ultraweapon's powered armor and take his revenge!
What Cal doesn't count on is just how hard this is going to be.
Along the way, he will make both friends and enemies and discover how hard hitting rock bottom can feel. Whether Cal is trying to smooth talk his way out of the prison for supervillains, haggle with nefarious employers over the price of his inventions, or battle with the Gulf Coast Guardians, he's in for one wild ride!
He'll need to learn that when money is tight that everything has a price - from the cost of making weapons for a psychotic speedster to how much to charge for taking the blame for a drunken rampage through Las Vegas.
©2014 James Steven Bernheimer (P)2014 James Steven Bernheimer
Origins and Confessions should have been combined as one book. Instead Confessions was released first making you start at the middle of the story. Lucky I started with Origins and it gave me a good flow of the story and it is a good one. This superhero origin story told from the point of Cal is witty, humorous and sarcastic. The plot does not surprise but the characters are well crafted and grow with the story. A must have for every super hero and comic book fan.
This is the kind of story I think most people would enjoy. Think about it, all of our lives on TV, comics, movies, and books we have been presented with the generic bad guy. This story illustrates how a average guy simply seeking to do well in life can change his path to a life of crime. Not only that, you'll be right there, rooting for him.
I'd like to compare this to Ex Heroes, minus the zombies and the good guy stuff. I say that because the story is well done with a rich background of other powered people from those with no powers using gadgets or powered suits to those with the power of tornado's.
The moment he realized that he had hit bottom and he had to accept his new path as a villain.
Here comes the bad guy.
Luckily I cam across this book after finding confessions (the book after this in the story) so I got to read this first then go onto the second. I loved it, was a lot of fun. If you like this then you will def like the next one too.
I do usually go for longer books for a credit but in this case I think it was worth it.
After the first book in the series finished I was really sad there wasn't a sequel. When I found Origins came out I was super excited! I loved every minute of it! I can't wait for the next book in the series. I wonder if Jim will abandon all other tasks in his life, so that we can get more of this series faster?
I am normally not a fan of prequels, but this book changed my mind. I loved every bit of foreshadowing, and extra bit of details this book offered. I wish there was a way to give the author more of my money because he deserves it!
I'd listened to (and read) the first novel (Confessions of a D-List Supervillain) and enjoyed how seamlessly Origins blended with the characters and storyline originally established.
That said, it's just an engaging story, how Calvin Stringel became Mechani-Cal, how and why his life's direction soured and what he attempted to do to remedy it, and the results. It was fun and flowed and kept my interest.
Seeing heroes and villains that appeared in the first novel appear and play a part in Origins.
Cal. He gets the tone and attitude just right.
You can start with Origins of a D-List Supervillain, or start with Confessions of a D-List Supervillain and really enjoy either and both.
I'm very much looking forward to another novel in the series.
This is how an origin story should be done. It stands completely on it's own, but it also serves as an excellent backdrop to Confessions of a D-list Supervillain. Actually, it makes me want to listen to the previous book again now that I have this context.
Again, Jeffrey Kafer knocks it out of the park with the narration. Kafer IS the voice of Cal. Can't wait for the next book in the series. :)
i like books. i like reading and i like audio books also. I wish they could be combined. i want to see the words lit up as they are read
I just love the authors writing style. I expect being very close in age allows me to catch most of his cultural references. Love his sense of humor.
Hillbilly Bobby. It was nice to find out more about hi, so little was mentioned in "Confessions"
General Devious talking to Cal or Maxine vs. ultra-weapon fight.
Ill leave that to Jim...
Great book, i hope he makes at least 5 in this series.
Inostrancevia - the uber Gorgonopsian.
Absolutely. In every way imaginable. And when I get around to actually buying the book I will be even more convinced of the audiobook's superiority.
Does anyone really care what I compare anything to? Hell, I'm the one typing this and couldn't give a rodent's rectum about what book I might compare with this one. For the sake of nothing in particular, how about - Confessions of a D-List Supervillain. Why? Same author, main character and narrator.
Cal gets the vast majority of the time in this audiobook - as it is about him. I dig his sarcasm and jaded outlook on the lot people find themselves in through almost no fault of their own. I also liked that supervillain chick that blew around super fast and talked 1000 mph when excited. I forget her name, but I got a kick out of her part in the story.
I got kind of choked up when an important character met an extremely undeserved spot of terminal bad timing. Cal's reaction to having that backstabbing son of a bitch known as Fate reach down his throat, yank his heart out of his gullet and then chop it into tiny bite sized pieces and what he did in commemoration for the loss of the best thing that ever happened in his life bucked him up several steps on the ladder of respect. He had something really special going, something clean and totally positive that was ripped from his life that could never be replaced.
Oh, other than the above mentioned heart wrenching event that destroyed what was left of Cal's belief in the promise of a better tomorrow and all of that bullshit, there are tons of laughs throughout this audiobook. I never knew there could be so many flavors of superhero / villain. The guy who was connected with moss really made me squirm when he talked about his carnal adventures.
I wish this audiobook was available before Confessions..... came out. I don't know if it was purposely timed in this fashion, but when I listened to Confessions a couple of years ago there was a bunch of scenes that I thought needed some backstory. Well, now I know.
Good book. Worth your time and your dime. MechaniCal is a supervillain you can root for. Now I am going to press play on Confessions to keep the saga going.
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