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Gary Karkofsky, aka Merciless the supervillain without mercy, is presently the most disliked supervillain in the world. Superheroes don't want to just throw him in jail, they want to deliver an epic beat down for ending their golden age by killing Merciful, the superhero with mercy. His fellow supervillains aren't much better, either jealous of his success or loathing him for all the other baddies he's killed. Also, what's up with his wife, Mandy? She's been acting extra strange since getting her soul back (long story). That's when Gary receives an invitation to the Primal Fighting Tournament - an interdimensional contest involving all the universe's greatest warriors. The prize? A wish with no limitations. Gary can finally get on that world domination thing he's been putting off.

Unfortunately, Gary is competing against good and evil way above his league. Not only Gabrielle Anders, aka Ultragoddess, his former fiancée, but Entropicus, the Space God of Evil. Thankfully, Gary has allies from unexpected sources including Jane Doe, the protagonist of I was a Teenage Weredeer, G from Agent G, and Cassius Mass from Lucifer's Star.

©2018 Charles Phipps (P)2018 David N. Wilson

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What a ride! Thoroughly enjoyed this crossover event.

Phipps is that rare storyteller who can juggle multiple series with independent themes and characters. He produces engaging, entertaining plots and arcs within each individual book and throughout each series.
With “Tournaments”, he has brought some favorite characters from around the CT Phipps multiverse together for an epic battle. The lines between hero and villain are blurred, new alliances are formed, and there are moments of loss and sorrow amongst the victories and sarcastic quips. This was an excellent addition to my library. I look forward to hi future projects.
Specific to the audiobook: Excellent performance by Jeffrey Kafer, bringing to life the huge cast of characters!

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ALWAYS a blast!!!

This series is a joy to listen to. Great characters. Laugh out loud situations. The narrator could be no other. Wonderful!

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My favorite in the series so far!

I discovered C. T. Phipps when I came across the first book in this series, The Rules of Supervillainy. I was instantly enthralled with the story of a man given the powers of the city's greatest hero, and deciding heroics is for chumps, I'll be a villain instead and make some money! That appealed to me, in the same way Ben Bequer's Blackjack books caught my attention. To say I was anticipating book five is an understatement, and I was not disappointed with the final result.

Through the first four books, Gary Karkofsky, aka. Merciless, the Villain Without Mercy (tm), has had some definite highs and lows, but has always seemed to always just scrape by. Finally, after defeating his nemesis Merciful, his alternate universe doppelganger, along with President Omega, Merciless just wants to settle down to some quality low key supervillainy with his newly re-souled wife Mandy, his other wife Cindy, the villain known as Red Riding Hood, and their daughter . Instead, he is offered a chance to compete in the Primal Fighting Tournament (think Mortal Kombat), with the chance to win the ultimate prize: one unlimited wish.

Realizing there are definitely entities he doesn't want with that wish, Gary, along with his crew, enter the Tournament. Upon arriving at the interdimensional equivalent of Han's Island from Enter the Dragon, Gary and company meet some of the other contestants. Included in this group are Jane Doe, Weredeer shaman (I Was A Teenage Weredeer), Cassius Mass, former Fire Count in the Archduchy of Crius (Lucifer's Star), and Agent G, cyborg assassin (Agent G series). All these characters belong in other worlds in the author's various series, crossed over for this event. All these characters are trying to keep the grand prize out of the hands of Entropicus, the ender of worlds, who just wants to destroy the universe.

As the tournament progresses, Gary discovers the stakes are even higher than he knew, since there are cosmic entities much higher on the food chain than he is with a vested stake in the results. Gary will have to go through enemies and allies alike to be able to take the ultimate prize, and the ending is nothing like he expected, with a twist you just won't see coming. The revelations for some aspects of his personal life are also completely shocking.

Like his other books, which all have impressive worldbuilding and plotting, the characters are where this series really shines. From the impressive development of Gary and the rest of his crew, to the various villains and secondary characters, C. T. Phipps lavishes attention on the smallest character details, and you really get into the heads of the various characters. This is just one of those series that gets better with every installment. If you are like me, you will definitely be anticipating the next book!

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Now that I have finished the audio version of the book, I have to say this is probably my favorite bit of work that Jeffrey Kafer has ever worked on. He really brought his "A" game, infusing life into already well drawn characters to create something special. He even got to add his own forward to the audiobook, explaining their process developing these books in a hilarious way. It shows how the team of Phipps and Kafer work so well together. I can't recommend the audio version of this book highly enough!

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Great book

The self aware parody on this book is great
It also reads like a really dark silver age comic.
The story parodies one of the endless cross overs where heroes from different books all come together to stop a Godlike villain It’s the best parts of Mortal Kombat Secret Wars and Crisis on Infinite Earths
In the age of TLJ and SJW Marvel this series is breath of fresh air

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Epically Awesome!!!

This is the culmination of awesome, boys and girls! Seriously, with all of the crossovers into Phipps' other worlds, this was a comic nerd's ultimate fan-fic. Kafer is one of my go-to narrators, so I knew this was going to be good. I was floored by the absolute awesome of this, though. Like, seriously... I love Gary and his harem... ahem, retinue. But Tournament was a culmination of every single ounce of awesome that is C.T. Phipps. Also, the two forwards made me laugh out loud. Thank you both, and who ever else helped in this story. It's my absolute favorite so far.

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Another great Gary Karkofsky story!

Like each of it‘s predecessors Tournament explores many tropes. The deeper your nerd history the more you will love the book. Without giving any spoilers for this book I wasn’t sure what I would really stay interested in the continued love stories. I love Mandy and Cindy And I thought they ended up in a great place. I really wasn’t sure where you could go because I loved Gary‘s little poly family. However, this new story was not only enjoyable but very endearing.

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Great book

New fun story and I love the new characters I am going to grab the other books from C.T. Philps

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Phipps Has Done It Again!

I had found this series 2 years ago when i first really got into audio books and needed something amazing to read, in walked The Rules of Supervillainy
i have listened to each book about 5 times, in preparation for this book, and it did not disappoint, neither C.T.Phipps no Merciless the Supervillian Without Mercy (Trademarked) have lost a step and i look forward to reading more from Phipps

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Freaking genius the writer who came up with this stuff deserve the highest award we can ever give Emma Jane person of heroes and villains it all this stuff and I gotta say his series tops the cake and I'm an avid bins reader of many therefor and stuff

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