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Superego: Fathom

By: Frank J. Fleming
Narrated by: Joel Richards
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Publisher's Summary

There are two ways to be a hero.

One is more violent than the other. And the universe needs a hero, because a mysterious entity known as the Fathom is terrorizing the known universe and seizing control. But they’ve made one mistake: They woke Rico, the universe's greatest killer, from a coma. And he’s decided he might be the good guy this time.

But being a hero isn’t easy. Rico has to work with others (not his favorite), and the impossible odds means it’s going to take an insane scheme or two (more to his liking). Still, Rico won't let anything get in his way on his mission to destroy the Fathom...even though there are like a ton of things in his way - militaries, trained killers, a planet-devastating weapon or two.

Once again, it looks like Rico is going to destroy a lot of things and kill a lot of people.

But hopefully this time in a good way.

©2020 Frank J. Fleming (P)2020 Frank J. Fleming

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I’ve been waiting...

Rico has been one of my favorite characters in the many hundreds of audiobooks I’ve purchased. I just finished the second story with him, and I am pleased. Although fiction, I feel like there is at least one man in the universe who would get me.
But seriously, wonderful character development and a fun plot without ever getting bogged down in the minutiae some SciFi writers find themselves. Also, Joel Richards does another spectacular job with this Fleming novel.

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Can't wait for the next book!

This series is electrifying! I really love the humor. It shows up in the most unexpected places in the story. Rico's character is so very well developed. The story is so fast paced. There are surprises all the way to the end. I really loved this one more than the first book; and I really loved that one! This series is a keeper. I am going to buy the hard copies to give to family members.

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New favorite sci-fi series

More please.

I find the author's novels to be funny and fast-paced, which makes them easy to get sucked into and devour quickly. I also like that it's a smart work of fiction that's operating on a lot of levels. There's great action, and compelling bad-guys. But, then there's a deeper layer of a tough-guy protagonist who's learning more about himself, and those lessons are difficult.

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So damn good!

There’s no specific to put my finger on that I can share with you to describe why this book was so entertaining, but it was!!!!

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It's like Dexter in space

I love all of Frank's books. I'm glad to see Rico return in another book. I love the idea of him constantly asking if it's ok to kill these people. Great listen.

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Who hurt you, Frank Fleming?

Loved the first book. In it, Rico was a nice mirror to the arbitrary rules of morality. He was rude in a way that made utilitarian sense. There’s a tone change between that and this book, though. Rico now seems to be openly disdainful of women for merely existing—saying sexist things just because he can. If he was trying to make an opponent angry, or testing societal rules by doing this, I’d get that. Instead of not caring enough to put effort in, Rico now feels antagonistic for the sake of being antagonistic while also on a journey to “better” himself. Rico feels like a confused incel in this book, and I find that disappointing because of how great the first book was.

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Very fun sequel

I didn't expect a sequel would be able to maintain Rico's demeanor from the first book, but that was definately one of the highlights.

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awesome book

it was great book it keep interested all the way through. I hope the next one won't be that long away.

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Interesting, but hard to relate to.

As a fan of good sci-fi, I'm open to new and different worlds, but this one was difficult to latch onto. Most of the main characters were hard to relate to. Many things that didn't need to be repeated were said over and over. It lacked an enticing subtlety.
Ok, so he's a psychopath, it doesn't need to be said every chapter. I know the main character is going through a personal transformation but... we never find out what it is. Why should I follow the character if I can't relate to him? Why should we care about him if he cares about nothing.
I did listen to the entire book, hoping it would eventually hook me. I won't spoil the plot for those of you who may enjoy it. There were some interesting twists and turns and there was enough to keep me listening, but, like I said, I'm just not hooked.
Maybe I'm just old-fashioned.

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Entertaining and thoughtful

I enjoyed the characters, the story, the action, the mystery. Kept me engaged throughout the long drive in which i listened to it. The humor may be a little dark for some, but i enjoyed it.