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In a world full of super powers, Felix has a pretty crappy one.

He has the ability to modify any item he owns. To upgrade anything.

Sounds great on paper. Almost like a video game.

Except that the amount of power it takes to actually change, modify, or upgrade anything worthwhile is beyond his abilities.

With that in mind, Felix settled into a normal life. A normal job.

His entire world changes when the city he lives in is taken over by a super villain. Becoming a country of one city. A city state.

Surprisingly, not a whole lot changed. Politicians were still corrupt. Banks still held onto your money. And criminals still committed crime.

Though the black market has become more readily available.

And in that not so black market, Felix discovers he has a way to make his power useful after all, and grasps a hold of his chance with both hands.

Warning and minor spoiler: This novel contains graphic violence, undefined relationships/partial harem, unconventional opinions/beliefs, and a hero who is as tactful as a dog at a cat show. Listen at your own risk.

©2017 William D. Arand (P)2017 William D. Arand

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Lot better than I thought it would be

I was looking at the reviews for this and really didn't think I would like it. Yeah it had a decent rateing but everyone was saying it was a bunch of wish fufillment harem sillyness. I thought I had run into some big new YA novel popular with younger folks or possibly that someone had paid for some good reviews. But I was in a hurry to get something before I had to hit the road and figured why not.

Really glad I did. It is a bunch of wish fufillment harem sillyness but is also well written. The characters are fun and grow well with the story. Paceing is spot on. I expected a lot of cringeworthy writing that never materierized.

it's not perfect. the points stuff is annoying and probably works better in the written form. And there are some issues with nonsensical plot points and characters occasionally behaving out of character. But overall it was a very pleasant surprise.

79 of 85 people found this review helpful

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Interesting Premise but Rough Going

The basic premise behind the story has promise: In a world of superheroes, a man has the ability to modify just about anything but no "power" to utilize it. When he accidentally purchases some slaves, he learns that owning them boosting his own power. From there he tries to balance ethics against his building power. Naturally, his growing empire attracts attention...

In actual execution, the book is very uneven. The main character, Felix, is the definition of a Mary Sue. His slaves (though nominally free-willed as he doesn't ever really command them) all give him doe-eyes throughout the book. All his ideas work out swimmingly until the inevitable Second Act Crash and someone who was previously a fast food manager slips effortlessly into being essentially a major CEO. The writing is very repetitious. You'll get about 150 variants of this:
Felix: We should think of a solution
Slave: What if we did XYZ?
Felix: That's great. Remind me to reward you later.
Slave: Awwww... *Doe-Eyes*

The characters are pretty decent although they seem to slip out of character multiple times. The world building and super powers are interesting. The concept of Felix seeing everyone as a Role-Playing Game character sheet is interesting as well although it leads to plodding sequences in the audio version of the sheets being read over and over. That probably works better on paper where the reader can skim it instead of listening to it. This isn't the only book to suffer from that either: Looking at you here, "Ready Player One" scoreboards. Some plot lines or important points in the story get dropped without mention.

There is the whole harem thing although that didn't bother me so much as the uneven writing. Half the book is his core trio of women practically throwing themselves at him while he nobly declines and tells them all how wonderful they are so, while cheesy, it's not something that would bother me like the possible alternative.

The reading was pretty good. Character voices were distinctive and the male narrator did well with a largely female cast of characters. Effects are used for things like multiple people speaking at once, PA systems or internal monologues. I already mentioned the tedious readings of the character sheets but that's not on the narrator.

Would I recommend it? Maybe hesitantly. The basic story and world was interesting enough that I'm considering the next book just to see where the story goes but the overall experience keeps me from enthusiastically jumping in.

57 of 65 people found this review helpful

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Pancakes!

This story is like a food you like that never fills you up.

There is very little plot here, it is mostly a progression of events that ends abruptly and without developing into much of a story. That said, I enjoyed listening to it, but if you're looking for a meaningful story you'll have to look somewhere else.

The spreadsheets were a bit much for a narrative medium, but probably okay in written form.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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wanted to like this!!

I think if I read it as a book, seeing the stats rather than being read them, I would enjoy it, but it just made boring patches that I ended up just skipping through. I also didn't care for the ending. I really liked the characters, though so it wasn't a total loss.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Great story but please stop with the numbers

A good original story, but I have to admit I always zoned out when the narrator went over the points spent / received totals like every 10 minutes. It wouldn't be bad if it was just a few times but my god he does it like ever 10 minutes (sometimes more then once) and it lasts at least a minute a go. Its all numbers at that point. Maybe try to cut it down or just go over the highlights and not read through every character each time.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Great reading, sleazy story

Many of the characters are good, but the world built by the author makes everything sleazy.
It breaks it's own rules so that the male lead can be surrounded by slave women, and murder anyone he doesn't like.

It starts off saying super heroes/heroines are captured, beaten, and then sold. Except only one slave is a hero out of dozens. Never explaining why a super villian city is only selling super villains as slaves. Also, despite there being no gain for the villain to buy only women as slaves, he does exactly that. there is seriously no males as side characters at all, only minor inconveniences.

The main character says that his slaves are not for sex, but it feels like the author wished they could be. the whole thing plays out like a soft core fan fiction/anime hentai. If that's what you want I'm not judging, but if you want a good story, keep walking.

21 of 25 people found this review helpful

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Pancakes!

while looking through the reviews I saw one that yelled Pancakes... with my interest peaked I got the book and was not dissappointed.

55 of 71 people found this review helpful

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Harem Anime in Book Form

This story was bearable for the first half, but the main character had no depth or struggle. It felt like a self obsessed teen wrote it. The main character is incredibly shallow, with no real personality or morals.

Skip it unless you're really into harem animes, which is exactly what this is.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Awesome listen!

Wonderful start to a potentially amazing series! The only part of this I disliked was the frequency of one aspect. The point counting. Needed in some spots but, honestly a couple times could have just been summed up with total/spent/remaining and it would have been fine.

Other than that I loved it! 12 hour book that I finished in less than 24 hours. I unfortunately had to stop listening to sleep.

Typically I dislike stories with harem aspect because they come off cheesey, creepy or otherwise lecherous. Arand managed to pull it off tastefully and it didn't bother me at all.

Have already suggested this book to several friends that are comic book fans, and will do so again.

23 of 30 people found this review helpful

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Pathetic

The main character is the sad Mary Sue. Suddenly life is a video game and you're in a Harem anime. the women come in having been mutilated, broken and sold as slaves. The protagonist build them back up and nobly chooses not to have sex with them until they convince him that it's okay, they can share this former fast food manager turned wealthy CEO. The plot has more holes in it then a Midwestern Highway in late spring. The entire thing reads as someone's attempt at erotica, but couldn't bring themselves to go all the way.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Tachikoma
  • 07-15-17

Great fun story with one incredible narrator.

Only negative point was the Stat repetition but even the protagonist complains about it later in the story :)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • WarwickStudent
  • 07-12-18

So bad it's good.

I wouldn't recommend this to my friends because it is a bit of an odd one but if you haven't been dissuaded by the title then it might be for you.

The voice acting is pretty decent even if the main character's voice is a bit whiny.

This is like all of the worst elements of fanfiction bundles together into a surprisingly passable story: Harem of hot female slaves, one nerd in charge, money and resources seemingly endless, far to long spent on the beginning and little on the middle or end, mythological characters, no real challenges.

The book is kind of funny and you do end up supporting and routing for the characters which is nice. It definitely picks up in the last two hours when the protagonists face challenges that they can't immediately overcome. The conclusion is unsatisfying though as the motives of the antagonists remain a mystery (to me at least).

I did vaguely enjoy this, even more than some others I've listened to recently, but I won't be listening to book 2. I fear it'd be much of the same.

If liked this try confessions of a D-List Supervillian by Jim Bernheimer.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Ryan Loftus
  • 01-15-18

Just Amazing

What made the experience of listening to Super Sales on Super Heroes the most enjoyable?

an amazing story line aswell as an amazing narrator

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I loved all of the book couldn't pick one scene sorry

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-08-18

White guilt takes a holiday.

Slave owner who doesn't sexually or physically abuse his slaves sci-fi goes to far. Crap.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-16-18

Almost good.

This is such a great concept, and at times the story really had me gripped and eagerly devouring the next chapter...only to be left frustrated by threads that never really developed, questions that were never answered, (exactly who was attacking them, and why?! The protagonist never seemed to ask those questions!) and a bit of a lame ending. Every time the story/characters started to get interesting, there was another 20 minute battle scene. I still enjoyed it, but it could've been so much better!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-09-18

Good overall

It was good, but like other comments I found the periodic listing of stats a little annoying. Still worth a listen though, especially if you like this genre.

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  • nineteen68
  • 07-08-18

Great Story & Jeff Hays is Amazing

I bought the audio based upon the recommendation of a previous reviewer and it was nothing like I was expecting. In the beginning I found it a little strange but I went with it and found it was a funny and exciting sci-fi story, even though it was little dark in places. The characters are fun, the story moves forward at a decent pace and Jeff Hays does a remarkable job with the narration. I loved it and I'm starting it again tonight.

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  • Allan
  • 06-16-18

Great book

Great book made me want to eat pancakes, have already got next book to continue

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  • sindre normark
  • 06-11-18

Good in the beginning

narration was great! The book started off good but went a bit "Mary Sue-ish" in the second half of the book. And cliches does not disappear just because they are remarked upon as cliches.

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  • tallmattuk
  • 06-02-18

pancakes!

loved this. listened to it in one big hit and loved the story and characters especially Andrea and her pancake shouts. just got book 2

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-10-17

New favourite book hope there is more

Loved it new story that does not get used often the power broker side of the story is amazing and a power I wish I had ... totally has the best power ever looking forward to book 2

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • GotSauss
  • 08-03-18

Good book. Perfect for me

Action at every corner. Teasing me with a hint of romance but not a lot

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  • Reece
  • 06-25-18

Exceeded expectations

I thought this would be a fun listen, but it was so much fun I finished it way too quickly and had to buy the next one.
I recommend this story for a fun anti-hero superhero story.

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  • stefan redwood
  • 05-25-18

Original masterpiece

Most interesting and original book I’ve come across in a long time. Very enjoyable. Well written. And excellent performance. Highly recommend this book.

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  • Richard
  • 05-09-18

Hero or Villain It’s all about your point of view

Loved the MC and how his character is completely understandable when you learn more and more of his backstory. Likewise I loved the action and economy side of the book. At first I found the narrator voice annoying but in the end it actually suits the character the more you get to know then.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-12-18

well worth the read!!

loved this story had to go hunting for the second hope we see it soon! Thank you and keep up the amazing work

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-08-18

Simple LITRPG

This is simply written LITRPG. A little too repetitive and main character is too flat. the moral ambiguity is a bit boring the performance is good with technology seeing some significant use. also, no explicit material.

I may get round to the next in the series, but not in any burning hurry.

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  • Kyle Donkin
  • 01-05-18

Engaging Start to Finish!

A fantastic book. Wish there was more! Jeff Hays did a faultless job of the narration. Highly recommend.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-13-17

loved this story

great story with a well thought out plot, easy to follow with only a few minor things. it could have done the reading of the points tally with less detail I found this boring and monotonous but despite this I couldn't stop listening it left me hoping for a sequel please write more.

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  • Symon
  • 08-03-17

awesome

an absolutely brilliant take on the superhuman world I'm just hoping that there is going to be many more