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Soon I Will Be Invincible: A Novel | [Austin Grossman]

Soon I Will Be Invincible: A Novel

Doctor Impossible, evil genius and diabolical scientist, has tried to take over the world in every way imaginable, but this time is going to be different. He'll have to contend with Fatale, however, a rookie superhero on her first day with the Champions, the world's most famous superteam. She's a patchwork woman of skin and chrome, a gleaming technological marvel built for the next generation of warfare.
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Publisher's Summary

Doctor Impossible, evil genius, diabolical scientist, wannabe world dominator, languishes in a federal detention facility. He's lost his freedom, his girlfriend, and his hidden island fortress.

Over the years, he's tried to take over the world in every way imaginable, using doomsday devices of all varieties (nuclear, thermonuclear, nanotechnological) and mass mind control. He's traveled backwards in time to change history, forward in time to escape it. He's commanded robot armies, insect armies, and dinosaur armies. A fungus army. An army of fish. Of rodents. Aliens. All failures. But not this time. This time it's going to be different.

Fatale is a rookie superhero on her first day with the Champions, the world's most famous superteam. She's a patchwork woman of skin and chrome, a gleaming technological marvel built for the next generation of warfare. Filling the void left by a slain former member, we watch as Fatale joins a team struggling with a damaged past, having to come together in the face of unthinkable evil.

Soon I Will Be Invincible is a thrilling first novel, a fantastical adventure that gives new meaning to notions of power, glory, responsibility, and (of course) good and evil.

©2007 Austin Grossman; (P)2007 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

"The realm of comic book heroes and villains gets a dose of realism in this whimsical debut....Grossman dabbles in a host of themes - power, greed, fame, the pitfalls of ego...broadening the appeal of an already inviting scenario." (Publishers Weekly)

"Austin Grossman has a superpower himself - it's called writing. This book is a new, winning, smart and funny way of interpreting our world. It's terrific." (Douglas Coupland)

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    funkyman33 Ottawa, Canada 09-20-08
    funkyman33 Ottawa, Canada 09-20-08 Listener Since 2007

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    "A fun book, but aspires to do too much"

    This book was a lot of fun, original and had a very interesting story. However, I feel it tried to accomplish too much. It seemed to try to establish a new universe in order to develop a sci-fi series, rather than focusing on the story at hand. As a result of far too many peripheral characters and the mistake of jumping back and forth in time to explain these characters' origins, this book was extremely hard to follow (especially in audio book format). It was worth reading, but I wish it was more focused.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James 07-18-08
    James 07-18-08
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    "Pretty much what "they said""

    Not a comic guy myself, but familiar enough through pop culture (all the superhero films, etc) that the treatment of the superhero mythology was easy to access

    light and witty, and well paced so it didnt wear

    the narration is EXCELLENT and the swapping of narrator (and first person character) keeps things from dragging

    This one is extremely user friendly and just plain a hoot!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-26-08 Member Since 2010
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    "A fun listen"

    I found "Soon I Will Be Invincible" to be an easy book to get into even though I don't follow any superhero comics. The events and archetypes are fun concepts. I found this book comparable to "Watchmen" in that it gets into the superhuman psyche and the conditions of being an inhuman person.

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    Patrick Mount Pleasant, SC, USA 05-06-08
    Patrick Mount Pleasant, SC, USA 05-06-08
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    "Really fun"

    This was a fun mix of action, sarcasm and and clever inner thoughts and dialogue. It moved along at a good pace and I really got into the characters.

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    Christi Marietta, GA, USA 03-21-08
    Christi Marietta, GA, USA 03-21-08 Member Since 2002
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    "Maniacal laughter"

    An amazing audio experience! The readers are having all kinds of fun with this, right down to the maniacal laughter from Doctor Impossible. It's hard to believe this is a debut novel, and I'm glad I took a chance on the recommendation from Audible.com. It's a comic book in prose form, and it works.

    Doctor Impossible is getting the lion's share of the raves here, but let's not short-change the superheroes! Fatale is a great balance of nerves and cool, and the behind-the-scenes interactions of the rest of the "New Champions" are priceless. Great fun for fans of classic comic books everywhere.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jen Terry East Dubuque, Il 01-22-08
    Jen Terry East Dubuque, Il 01-22-08

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    "excellent fun"

    I bought this book because the premise alone made me smile. The narration was great, espescially Dr. Impossible. I believe this is a book that benifits from being experienced in audio form, due to the wonderful reading styles. Great fun for fans of the old comic books.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Lindenhurst, NY, USA 12-13-07
    Michael Lindenhurst, NY, USA 12-13-07 Member Since 2014
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    "Really Fun Listen"

    Was doubtful when purchased,but was soon addicted. Dr. Impossible rules. Characters were well crafted. A sequel would rock!! Duel readers has a great feel. Enjoy this one

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kamal Brampton, Ontario, Canada 07-31-07
    Kamal Brampton, Ontario, Canada 07-31-07 Member Since 2001
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    "Author has a hard time making up his mind"

    The book has an interesting premise, discussing the world of superheroes and villains from the perspective of the world's greatest super-villain. He's the smartest man in the world, but he's also trite and can't help falling into the super-villain stereotypes. The book seems to waver between an almost serious and a mocking tone as the perspective switches between the two main characters, who are linked. An entertaining listen, but the ending was a little too abrupt.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Toronto, Ontario, Canada 07-26-07
    Stephen Toronto, Ontario, Canada 07-26-07
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    "Heros you care about"

    I think anyone even slightly interested in classic comic book hero versus villain stories will enjoy this book. It's funny without ever betraying the genre.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Heather A. Ranier Orlando, FL USA 03-01-15
    Heather A. Ranier Orlando, FL USA 03-01-15

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    "Jumbled, anticlimactic mishmash of tropes"

    It seems as though the writer had an idea for two different superhero stories and several origin short stories that he decided to pin together without coming up with an actual resolution or bothering to put much character into anyone. Atop that is some okay narration that desperately needed an editor to remind the actors how to pronounce certain words.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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