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Publisher's Summary

Four disabled seventh graders with superpowers take a vacation at Coaster World. They need a break from fighting criminals. Ever since the beginning of the school year when they acquired their unusual abilities, they've been training and using those powers to fight crime in their town.

Little do they know, the arch villain they recently defeated also loves coasters and is vacationing at Coaster World. Worse, the villain wants revenge. Nothing less than turning these teens to a life of crime will satisfy.

Can Jeremy, Dan, Kayla, and Aubrey withstand the villain's attacks? Or will they become Super Villains?

You can only find out by listening to Villain's Vacation.

©2020 Jeffry John Smith (P)2021 Jeffry John Smith

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What a ride!

A talking hamster named Dancer. What more could you ask for in an audio by Andy Zach? A vocal appearance by the author himself.The Supers have another unbelievable adventure that kept me giggling and listening straight through. An enjoyable listen for kids and adults alike.

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Kids with Disabilities Saving the World + hamster

Note: While this is Book 2 in the series, it works pretty well as a stand alone story (tho book 1 is a lot of fun).

Once again the Secret Supers (Jeremy, Dan, Kayla, and Aubrey) combine their skills to fight evil! Well, actually, they were having a bit of a vacation and evil found them. But evil will certainly be sorry! Once again, Andy Zach gives us another delightful kids’ book. I’ve listened to his other audiobooks, including the Zombie Turkeys books, and this is a great addition to that collection.

The first half of the book is pretty much told from Jeremy’s point of view, though we do get to know his hamster (who has developed some great communication skills). The second half lets us see the story from other points of view as one after the other gets kidnapped and then rescued, until finally all are held under the steel robotic thumb of our Evil Overlord. (cue sinister music).

The settings are so much fun and my favorites were the Coaster World and the submarine. I also like that the Secret Supers have to pull in more allies, like parents. Their circle of support staff grows! And this will mean better costumes in the future.

Each of our superheroes has a disability but it doesn’t leave them disabled (even before they get their powers in book 1). Their physical limitations have given them a ‘think outside the box’ attitude, coming up with creative solutions. It also lets them be very accepting of others, including the unexpected texting hamster. It’s a fun story suitable for kids and adults with a happy ending. 5/5 stars.

The Narration: Michael Stafford did a great job with this story. He had the perfect voice for Jeremy and I liked his voices for the other kids as well. His robot voices were good too and I like how he added a little something to the telepathic discussions that let you know right away that it was telepathy. The pacing was good & there were no tech issues with the recording. 5/5 stars.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Andy Zach. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Hero Hamster

An exciting and fun story starring a group of middle school superheroes. Narrated exquisitely and professionally.

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Cute Superhero Story with Positive Disability Rep

Villain's Vacation is the second book in the Secret Supers series. I admit I haven't read the first book, but I didn't feel lost at all. Clearly the first book was the introduction to the human characters, and possibly the team's formation, but there isn't any critical information left out. Four disabled preteens are saving the world X-Men style and their handler writes their adventures as fiction novels.

In this instalment, the team gets a mascot in the form of Dancer, a hamster owned by one of the team members who also gained special abilities along with the team but no one noticed before now. He's literate! Dancer reads everything he can get his paws on and ends up communicating with the team via cellphone.

I love all the positive disability representation in this book full of unstoppable kids with powers that replace and complement what they've lost. The addition of a talking hamster is adorable and will definitely make this book more appealing to the kids who might have been hesitant to read a superhero book.

My one criticism of the book itself is that the dialogue, though definitely reading level appropriate for a middle-grade audience, sometimes ventures into painfully blatant exposition territory. Middle-grade readers might not mind, but the parents and teachers reading along with them (if this is a group or family read) probably will.

On the flip side, there are so many pop culture references in this that those adult reading buddies will catch onto and laugh at. Scooby-Doo fans? There are easter eggs in here for you!

The audiobook narration was good overall and I appreciated the narrator's effort to make the different characters sound distinct. With that said, I nearly turned it off in the beginning when Dancer the hamster was thinking his dialogue rather than typing it. Thank goodness his voice shifted when he started using technology because the pitch-shifted squeaky rodent voice was indecipherable at my preferred 2x listening speed!

Overall this is a cute superhero story with a lot of important positive representation, and I highly recommend these books to scifi and superhero fans looking for a good middle-grade series.

I was granted complimentary audiobook access to Villain's Vacation as part of my participation in a blog tour for this title with Audiobookworm Promotions. Thank you to all involved in affording me this opportunity! My thoughts are my own and my review is honest.

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Hamster Vs. Super Villain

My 12 year old read this one too and really liked it a lot better then the first book. It could stand on it's own but will flow better if you read the first one before this book. This story has a great flow and plot that will definitely keep you engaged. Turns out that the hamster did change with the electromagnetic exposure.... The tweens go to Coaster World for a much needed break from their superhero duties when it gets interrupted by a villain. The tweens must work together again and reach out for help. It's a great read for the younger elementary to adult reader.

This narrator was a lot better. He did a good job with the voices, differentiations and acting.

—I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Like a an old spy movie

Great performance for a feeling of nostalgia of my childhood, reminding me of watching them with my father. It was very enjoyable as well as very entertaining. It also had good humor sprinkled throughout.

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Overall, I really enjoyed this!

I really enjoyed listening to this story. I haven't read the first book, but I was still able to follow along easily. Stafford did an excellent job of bringing the characters and story to life. I absolutely adore Dancer. How can you not love a Hamster that can read and type?! I really appreciate the team of heroes and how they're disabled, yet unlike what we often see in media, that isn't an impediment. This positive representation of the community made my heart soar. Although the story is definitely middle-grade aimed, if you're reading along as an adult, you'll appreciate the pop culture references peppered in. I really enjoyed this book, and it's made me want to check out book one! 

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Young Fun Entertainmnet

Our 4 Heroes from Book 1 take on new challenges from old enemies/Villains. Not to worry, we have super intelligent hamster and an old friend/mentor to help the Team along the way. This series is light, fun, and highly recommended for readers up to about 15 years of age, so think YA fantasy adventure.