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Villains Rule Audiobook

Villains Rule: The Shadow Master, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Hi, how are you?

Yes, I am talking to you, the reader of this book's description. It's rude not to answer a person when they ask you a question. Okay, I get it, fourth-wall breaking is overdone. Get over it. This book, Villains Rule, is a fantasy action-comedy which you have to hear. Not because it redefines the genre, far from it. But rather for what it contains. A villain's tale.

How often do you get to listen to a story where the villain is the protagonist? No, not an anti-hero, or a brooding monster, nor a hero thinly disguised as a villain. And not evil. If you want evil, take that nonsense to therapy. No, I mean a villain's villain. The ones who use their power because they can, while morality is only a philosopher's complex.

This is the story of Jackson Blackwell, the Shadow Master and the top villain adviser. Sadly, even the top villain occasionally gets double-crossed. Trapped in one of the fantasy realms, Jackson has to use his skill and wits to exploit the rules, points out the genre flaws, undermine godly authority, and win the day.

Because that is what villains should do, shouldn't they? Listen to this book, have a few laughs, and find out.

©2017 Michael Gibson (P)2017 Michael Gibson

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    Jason LaFroscia GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA, US 05-13-17
    Jason LaFroscia GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA, US 05-13-17 Member Since 2015
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    "worth a credit"

    fun book made me laugh out loud several times, can't wait for the next book

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    Jared 05-23-17
    Jared 05-23-17 Member Since 2015
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    "A peek in the head of a sociopath, in a good way"

    This book dose not joke around when it says it follows a villain. The main character is in no way a good person even if he dose occasionally do things that someone would call "good". That said, being a good person and being an entertaining character are thankfully two different things and I can honestly say I enjoyed the hell out of this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    ANGIE 05-17-17
    ANGIE 05-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "OMG! I loved it!!"

    There's not much I can say about the book that hasn't already been said. So I'll just add my 5 stars to the list. I loved the book. It was very similar to the Supervillainy Saga, if you're a fan of those books. It has the same narrator also. He did a fantastic, flawless job by the way! This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review, but I've already been searching for book 2 to purchase out right!

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    noneya 05-17-17
    noneya 05-17-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Fun listen but..."

    The Shadow Master or Shadow Jack or Julie as his sister calls him. Is a Villain advisor, advising other villains. Its pretty obvious from the beginning that he's going to be betrayed. If anything it was predictable listen as he played with the standard fantasy tropes and turns them to his advantage. That's not to say it wasn't funny. His receptionist is probably the most fun character as he is a bit afraid of her with good reason. The ending twist of who was the ultimate betrayer was nice but I kinda thought that was where it was heading but it was nice to see how it played out. I do hope there is a sequel as I would spend a credit for it. Its nice lite reading and sometimes that's just what I need!!!

    "This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lazlo Shaw 05-16-17
    Lazlo Shaw 05-16-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Freaking awesome!"

    I was a little bit wary at first from title, and the Author, but 5 minutes in and I was hooked. I can't wait to read the next book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Bensalem, PA, United States 05-15-17
    Tracy Bensalem, PA, United States 05-15-17 Member Since 2012

    I'm an Optician, so I help people see, I occasionally poke them. In a former life I lived on an island with 7 goofy castaways and a Jedi.

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    "Villian or Anti-Hero??"

    Jack is a villain... make that a 'Villain'. This book was good fun, full of pop-culture references, fast paced action, and sarcastic wit-- almost too much sarcasm for my taste, but I am what the protagonist would call a 'Hero", after all. The narrator is a smooth talker, with a great voice that is an easy listen. This feels like the beginning of an epic series, the characters begging for more of their stories to be told. If you like fairy-tales, you would probably like this book. If you like treachery, you would probably enjoy this book quite a bit. But, if you like Villains (or anti-Heroes), you will probably love this book. It is set in alternate universes, where we find that the seemingly clear cut defined 'Villain' and 'Hero' roles may not be as clear cut after all. There is a tiny bit of romance and lots of funny moments, but there is a lot of villainous activity to be sure! I enjoyed it.
    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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    dammwilliams 05-20-17 Member Since 2015
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    "very enjoyable"

    a word visual comic book, love the twist and turns, hints in the wrighting style. interesting entertaining fast moving.

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    Amazon Customer 05-19-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Sides Hurting from Laughing"
    If you could sum up Villains Rule in three words, what would they be?

    Couldn't Stop Listening


    What about Jeffrey Kafer’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Kafer's narration was absolutely perfect. His tone and ability to deliver these lines with the "matter of fact" precision.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    VERY MUCH SO


    Any additional comments?

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    stephanie l grubler 05-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Funny as hell"

    I was really excited for this book and it reach all off my expectations 👌🏻. Loved it.

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    Natalie @ BookLoversLife 05-17-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Must read!!!"

    I'm not sure what I can say that will do this book justice!! It was simply amazing!!!!

    This takes the normal Good V Evil and turns it on it's head. Here we have the Villain as the protagonist and it's time for them to shine!!! Meet Jackson Blackwell, the Shadow Master, the top villain adviser. He helps Villains from other realms, become the baddest of the bad, sometimes that may be to portray them as good, but it depends on the "rules" of the realm they live in. But Jackson is about to be betrayed and finds himself stuck in a realm with very little of his magic left. He will need the help of heroes to take back what was his. Can a Villain work with a Hero??

    That little summary is but a splash in the bucket of what this book is!! There is so much going on that you will eagerly gulp every single word down as quick as you can. I am incredibly impressed with the world the author created. Basically, he took a nerd from earth, who knows every rule there is to know about the fantasy genre, brought him to a world where he becomes a demi good and made him a Villain Consultant. He uses every advantage he knows to get each of his clients where they want to be. But since you are dealing with Villains, things don't always work out. And when you add in Elves, Gods and everything in between, you get this book.

    I loved the characters!!! Each of them were well written and developed. Jackson is a Villain to the core. He doesn't take feelings into consideration and woe onto anyone who crosses him. Yet, he is still such an awesome character. I was totally rooting for him throughout the book. I also loved how the author poked fun at all the fantasy tropes out there. There were geeky references galore as well that just make you enjoy the ride much more. There is so so much more I want to say, but I can't as I don't want to ruin the surprise. You are better off going into this knowing very little about it because it will just surprise you so much more!!

    In all, a fun, entertaining and captivating book. This is the second book I've read by this author and it definitely won't be my last!!! His writing style has seriously impressed me. I urge everyone to try this!!

    Jeffrey Kafer just shines in books like this. He knows how to bring each of the quirky characters to life. He gives every character he reads their own personality and never fails to deliver.

    I was voluntarily provided this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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