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Origins of a D-List Supervillain | [Jim Bernheimer]

Origins of a D-List Supervillain

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 02-26-15
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 02-26-15 Member Since 2014

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "Anti-hero beginnings."

    I like how Cal thinks, he is devious and sarcastic, makes me laugh. While this book has funny parts the main emphasis is showing how Cal managed to have his life trashed so much that he became a D list supervillain. This book leaves you right where the Confessions of a D list Supervillain starts off. I had read Confessions quite some time ago and after listening to this book I went ahead and listened to it again. It was just as fun the second time around. If you’re a fan of the internet show of Dr. Horrible's Sing Along, you will like this. Narrator is perfect for the character Cal, shows his dry sense of humor.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    stephen 09-21-14
    stephen 09-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A lot of fun!"

    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.

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    Dave 08-19-14
    Dave 08-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Everything the first book was and more!"
    Would you listen to Origins of a D-List Supervillain again? Why?

    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?


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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!


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    Clint 04-07-15
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    "The first of a thoroughly entertaining series!"

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    Superb!
    I came across this book by searching audible for books rated four stars and higher. The storyline is entertaining involving the story of an engineer who is wronged by his employer and in pursuit of revenge follows the road into a super villain.

    The story:
    I like the technology and superhero storyline, but the style of the story in the voice of the main character with his irreverence, sarcasm and engineer thought is irresistible!

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    Outstanding performance! I quickly forgot that I was listening to a book read to me by someone and was fully submerged into the story. I listened to this book within a week and purchase the rest of the series before I finished this prequel.

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    Ramsey Markus Houston, Tx United States 04-01-15
    Ramsey Markus Houston, Tx United States 04-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent"

    One of my favorite series, well written and voiced. Can't wait for more stuff from the author. Unique and interesting

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    Frank Lamb Wellsville, UT USA 03-07-15
    Frank Lamb Wellsville, UT USA 03-07-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Don't walk, run and get this!"

    Great story. Sting narration. Fills in the gaps and answers the questions of Confessions. Loved it. Writing gets stronger with every book. A must have read for anyone that pulls for the underdog!

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    ozgribbo Australia 03-07-15
    ozgribbo Australia 03-07-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Shades of a stainless syeel rat"

    There are some similarities to the Harry Harrison "Stainless Steel Rat" series, but the characters have their own identities. Well written, humorous and at times tongue in cheek, this book stands out from the crowd.

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    Christopher Hughes 02-25-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic prequel."

    Fantastic narrator. The story, though a prequel, remains fresh and fun, giving us a deeper insight into the characters from Origins.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Lewis Enterprise, Alabama 02-25-15
    Kim Lewis Enterprise, Alabama 02-25-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A little more serious but still a great story."

    Definitely a MUST if you read/listened to Confessions. This fills in the few holes in the story told in Confessions. Oddly when I listened to Confessions I didn't realize nor care that this much of the story was left out. Bernheimer could give some much needed lessons to Richard K. Morgan.

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    audiophile 02-23-15
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    "Very solid, fun anti-hero story"

    This was exactly as advertised- just a fun "light" read (meaning you don't have to take it too seriously). After some really tense, violent thrillers and gripping non fiction books I purchased this as a palette cleanser of sorts.

    The book is good and enjoyable. Was able to listen to the whole thing in one weekend as I did chores, shoveled driveway, etc. Cal is an interesting character and the first person present perspective made the story more interesting. I am going to immediately download the sequel, although I don't know if that is the right word since this book appears to have been written second. I recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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