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Villains Deception

The Shadow Master, Book 3
Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
Series: The Shadow Master, Book 3
Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (215 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Jackson Blackwell, the Shadow Master, returns. And lo, the multiverse shall tremble. Why? For someone dared to kidnap his daughter.

In this third installment of the multiple award-nominated (which we perpetually lose) Shadow Master novels, Jackson and his crew of malicious malcontents are going on a road trip! Er, well, space...trip? Look, this time we’re mocking sci-fi, so you know, just go with it.

While on a consultation trip to a sci-fi dimension, Evie Blackwell is taken by hired mercenaries, and Jackson is stranded on a remote planet. Using all of his devious and deadly tricks, Jackson must escape, assemble his team, and travel through space and time to find those responsible. Jackson will stop at nothing to prove his commitment to his family while wreaking his patented, comedic havoc in a way that only a man-turned-god can.

Follow this thrilling, hilarious, and oddly touching story as Jackson hops dimensions, fights the forces of light and shadow, and even confronts an entire pantheon of pissed-off gods.

Won’t this be a hoot?

©2019 Michael Gibson (P)2019 Michael Gibson

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solid

Like a turd.... made of gold. Crapped in a solid gold toilet with unholy water in the bowl.

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Jeffrey kafer

Jeffrey kafer narrates all my favorite books. I think he brings the right nuances to the characters.

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Another Hit for MK!

Absolutely love this series! The Shadowmaster is every dark thought you've ever had personified. Hitting at every contrived trope or over played twist but still managing to be imagintive and original is why MK is truly a wonderful writer! The narrator, Jeffery, makes these audiobooks! Nobody else could do The Shadowmaster justice! Can't wait for the next one!

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Amazing! Kafer and Gibson nailed it.

I’m so excited to be back in the world of Jackson Blackwell, The Shadow Master. Jackson is a villain, But not just any villain, he’s a god of his domain. Jackson works as a consultant to other villains.

In this story, Jackson is on the hunt for whoever took his daughter. Don’t mess with a villain’s family because they will come for you. Jackson is no different. He will do anything and betray anyone to get his daughter back.

Jackson talks to the audience several times throughout the story. Usually insulting some or part of the audience, which makes me laugh. He, as in Jackson, is very aware that this is a story being told and talks about prologues, epilogues and plot devices.

Jackson gives a series recap towards the beginning of the story, so if you haven’t read the first two books (which I would highly recommend), you won’t be lost if you do decide to choose to read this one first.

I don’t want to give too much away, but this is a fun series. There’s a ton of snarkiness from the characters. Not only does is have superhero/villain tropes, but this also has some space opera tropes involved too. There are also vampires, djinn, demons and more in this story.

One thing I MUST point out is that Gibson does add additional stuff for the audiobook listener. I’ve never actually “read” one of his books, I’ve just listened. I really felt with this book (and the second book too, to be honest) were written specifically for audio. So, I had to ask. He responded with “I write the ebook/paperback first, then go back to make small edits (or small scenes) that only work for audiobook.” And it works so well. So there are some great surprises for the audiobook listener. There’s one scene that had me rolling on the floor with laughter.

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Jeffrey Kafer knocked it out of the park with this story. He really brings the story to life. I can’t imagine just reading this series. Kafer is the voice of The Shadow Master in my mind. I also can’t imagine anyone else doing this series, especially with the audio only sections. He really brings a special little extra to this story. He also doesn’t mind being the butt of jokes (if you listened to book two, Villains Pride, you know what I mean).

I guess I should actually mention his narration. Kafer is an awesome narrator. He’s great with both men and women’s voices. His pacing and tone for each scene is spot on. He really brings out the humor in this series. If you haven’t listened to Jeffrey Kafer, then I highly recommend you check him out. Check out the beginning of the book with the sample above. Or even try the sample on Audible, which is recorded just for the sample and is hilarious. It is gives you a you a great feel of how the story feels.

**I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review it.

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great fun

Good stuff, non stop action, surprise and rants.... another nice book in the series. cannot wait for the next.

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You got me

You have to listen to the story very carefully. That's all I'll say about that.

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Great Book

Narration was great.
Author had me laughing through out the book. Can't wait for the sequel.

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Loved it!

Another hysterical Shadowmaster romp. If you enjoyed the first two, well, you know what you're getting into.

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The Shadow Master Strikes Again

let me just says Kafer performance was amazing as always.
But this story was something else,I couldn't stop reading I was so drawn into The Shadow Masters story,I honestly thought I knew how this was going to end,I even picked up clues and felt like I was so clever
but I was wrong and I loved it
I hope if there is a book four that it comes out soon with the same quality the others have in spades

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must read!!!

If you have a sense of humor and good taste in bad movies, the books get better and more ridiculous with ever adventure. warning not for the weak minded sensitive trolls, that take their lack of personal life and personality serious. This author all about the good stuff and all about his fans so jump in feet first and enjoy the latest in the series.

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  • Darren
  • 05-07-19

Fun as always

While I can't say I was a fan of the ending, even if it was hinted at in the first half of the book, this was an enjoyable story and still managed to get a few laughs out of me. Jeffery Kafer was great as always, and the special guest scenes were brilliant.
If you liked the first two books then getting this one is a no-brainer.

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  • David Smith
  • 05-03-19

pretty good

I enjoyed it, but ending felt like a little bit of a rush job. I don't think it is as funny as the first 2 books but still worth a listen.