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The Shadowmaster is back... whether you wanted him to be or not!

Jackson Blackwell, The Shadowmaster, is in over his head this time. After his last adventure, where he tore fantasy novels a new one, Jackson has to deal with the repercussions of angry gods, angrier conspirators, and the wrath of his pregnant girlfriend!

(I know... actual consequences in a comedy/action series? How avant-garde! - I think. Okay look, I really don't know what that means. I've always just wanted to say it and I'm too lazy to look it up.)

Thanks to a godly decree and a crafty clause, Jackson has been banished from his home. And the only universe kindly enough to take him in is one infested with comic-book-style superheroes and supervillains. A perfect place to cause mayhem, right? Well, it wouldn't be much of a book if it were.

Comics don't play by the rules, and Jackson has been tasked to do something unique. Whatever is a villain to do?

Follow the adventure of Jackson Blackwell as he attempts to manipulate his way back to the top while dealing with all manner of dark detectives, godly aliens, expensive power suits, and the most daunting challenge of all... looming parenthood.

©2017 Michael Gibson (P)2017 Amber Cove Publishing

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Book 2

Very entertaining book 2 in the series. So far so good, laugh out loud in several areas. Great narration as always. Thanks for the entertainment.

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laughed myself into tears

the second installment of the Shadow Master is as hilarious and formulaic as the first. people who gave the first book five stars really like the author and were in no way paid off. this book is the example of the overall quality of independent writing. As someone who consumes over 300 doughnuts a year, my eye for excellence is sharp and this story if you can call it that delivers on every fundamental level delivering character development and depth while going for cheap jokes causing laughter all through the Meandering plot the book consists of scene set up all about one amazing joke after another and repeated for over 40 chapters. the protagonist a villain named Jackson is little more than an antihero and clearly the authors wish fulfillment put to paper the entire book feels like an excuse for the author to put to page the thoughts that I have in my mind everyday think of it as a published work of comical art but with more stupidity and laughter full of edginess and a lot of sounding cool. while I appreciated the laughs provided there is little else to really enjoy in this book except the two dimensional characters repeated scenes and blatant rip off of archetypes. in summation unless you're a fan of the insipid vapid brain candy that is Indie books these days defiantly buy this book for a plane ride, a long drive and don't wait till it's on sale... the ending is brilliantly hilarious, I must have looked quite ridiculous rolling down the interstate laughing so hard I had tears in my eyes..
oh yeah and the narrator does an amazing job of conveying the humor and different characters... including himself 😉

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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as good as the first one if not better

this book has such a good premise in so many unique characteristics that other books lack it's it's Indescribable how much I love this book and I hope he makes another one

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Smart, witty and fun

Can't say enough good. The villain in this book is awesome. He goes off into rants that are not only funny, but absolutely true. His schemes are convoluted, his humor is twisted. I CAN'T wait for the next book in this series.

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Bad Guys can finally win

This book is, from start to finish, about bad people beating goodie-two-shoes types without any qualms. Shadowmaster, is the evil genius who knows just how to play the heroes against themselves, and win out like a real villain should.

That is half the fun, watching the black hats beat the capes. This is the follow up to Villains Rule, and as hard as it is to believe, it is even better than the first book. One of my favorite pieces came from listening to the sample. There is no sample, just Shadowmaster telling to to buy the book! Toooo Funny. That is the nature of this beast, humor to a point you might have to go to the hospital frm when you split your side open from laughing so hard.

Kafer just absolutely nails the narration, and his doing Shadowmaster is like Will Farrell doing Mastermind. You won't want to stop listening. He really has great comedic timing, and voice inflection, so give the man a round of applause. I did receive a promo code to review this book, but that has no bearing on my opinion of this book. The books is solid stuff, and deserving of your money.

Get it, read it, love it.

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  • Glenn
  • Las Vegas, United States
  • 12-30-17

Funniest Book I have Read in a Long Time!

I liked MK Gibson's first ShadowMaster Book quite a bit, but was not expecting something this hilarious! If you like humorous Superhero books, I can't recommend this enough. At one point, I was literally laughing so hard I cried.

Jeffrey Kaver is always excellent, and I think this is his finest work as a Narrator. The story hums along at a good pace with lots of fun action , and the protagonist's rants about his world views are worth listening to again and again. The plot twists and turns are imaginative. The author's method of poking through the 4th wall is highly entertaining.

I can't wait for the next one in this series. All hail the Shadow Master!

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Hilariously perfect

This is definitely one of my favorite books even the ending to the very last second was funny as hell.

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  • MelHay
  • Adamsburg, PA
  • 02-20-18

A fun romp of a book with a play on Villains

*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Jeffrey Kafer was the narrator for the first book and returns for this one. Hahaha. I love him! I love his voice and can listen to him forever. But he has a great dry humor to his voice that fits The Shadowmaster. How does he get through this book without laughing? I don't know, but I might want to hear a few bloopers from him. lol. I'm sure they would be fun. But, back to Jeffrey... Oh my. When Jeffrey did voices for Dr. Pain and a few other villains, I had to laugh. They fit the characters and were a hoot to hear! This is the Jeffrey I enjoyed listening to, he's really enjoying narrating this. I think the enthusiasm comes through in his performance of emotions and voices. The voice and personality changes are awesome, and fit the story.

Going into this book, I was looking for fun and adventure. And many pop culture references of shows, books, comics, and so much more. And I got it from the first word. Gibson likes to have fun with what he writes, and it shows. Hahaha. The references to the superheroes anatomy...in spandex... Hahaha. Gibson adds in small superhero facts about comics throughout the book.

As I looked through the beginning of the book for the first sentence, I got drawn into reading the Dedication and Forward. All of it is fun. Really. Gibson has written a Dedication from his main characters view, and it's a hoot. Along with the Forward, it's all done in fun.

I have fun with Jackson. He's a crafty villain. He knows the rules and plays with and around them. Jackson also has a code of conduct. He's a villain but he's not evil in treatment of people. He openly voices his views on different things that could really fit, yet it's humorous how it's done. Jeffrey pulls these moments off perfectly. It's a matter of fact tone that isn't nasty, bringing the dry humor into the words. So well done!

Jackson is great at turning peoples thoughts around. Jackson firmly believes in what he's saying, whether he actually does or not is another thing but he believes it in that moment, and uses examples he can sway his direction to turn thoughts around. I love it!

Jackson may seem like he's having fun in King Stanley's realm of superheroes as a supervillain but he still has things nagging at the back of his mind. He's been kicked out of his realm by his pregnant partner. As much as he wants to be home, he has the parenting issue nagging at him. And he doesn't seem to notice it. Jackson's determined he doesn't need to change with having a kid on the way, but he's living that time before his first child where your mind has to adapt and accept things DO change. Throughout the book Jackson has kids or family on his mind.

If you are looking for a fun romp of a book, this is one for you. Nothing in life, seen, or in books, movies, and much more are safe from Jackson's criticism. And it's awesome when he goes on a rampage about it all. I look forward to Jackson growing as a character, and I love the fun we have with him too.

Oh goodness. Gibson had me chuckling throughout the book, but in the end... I had to stop the audio to laugh. Great play with the narrator and book. Really interactive and worked wonderfully. The way Jackson is written really brings this to life.

Seriously, listen to the audio book. It's so much fun and the story really comes alive. You'll love it.

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heros are overrated

I received this book free of charge for an honest review..well dont like the previous book. i enjoyed the narrator vs character thing that was a fun twist.

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My Favorite Series!

Villains Pride is the 2nd book in the Shadow Master series and it's just as good as the first one! I love the humor in it and how the author breaks the fourth wall! I enjoyed the different premise to this book as well! Last book was set in a fantasy universe and this one was set in a comic book universe. It really helped keep the story fresh and interesting!

Jeffrey Kafer does another wonderful job with his narrating. He just puts on such a wonderful performance and keeps me interested the whole way through!

I was given this Audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review

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  • carl
  • 03-10-18

Refreshingly different

Really enjoyed this book, interesting different style of writing, looking forward to the next in the series

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  • Jeff
  • 01-09-18

laugh at every turn with the shadowmaster

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes yes yes

What did you like best about this story?

the laughs at every turn

What does Jeffrey Kafer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

he brings a unique character persona to the book and all involved

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

the good guys always wins NOT!

Any additional comments?

this book was good but preferred the first one this book felt a bit like a reboot

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  • adam t
  • 01-06-18

loved it

made me laugh out loud, cant wait for more from both of them the voice actor was amazing

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  • Corey
  • 05-13-18

Buy this book

As someone who does actually listen to a fair few audio books I would like to say I really enjoyed this book with its self deprecating humour and a different take on villains and hero’s
Thanks for the laughs