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Villains Rule Audiobook

Villains Rule: The Shadow Master, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Hi, how are you?

Yes, I am talking to you, the reader of this book's description. It's rude not to answer a person when they ask you a question. Okay, I get it, fourth-wall breaking is overdone. Get over it. This book, Villains Rule, is a fantasy action-comedy which you have to hear. Not because it redefines the genre, far from it. But rather for what it contains. A villain's tale.

How often do you get to listen to a story where the villain is the protagonist? No, not an anti-hero, or a brooding monster, nor a hero thinly disguised as a villain. And not evil. If you want evil, take that nonsense to therapy. No, I mean a villain's villain. The ones who use their power because they can, while morality is only a philosopher's complex.

This is the story of Jackson Blackwell, the Shadow Master and the top villain adviser. Sadly, even the top villain occasionally gets double-crossed. Trapped in one of the fantasy realms, Jackson has to use his skill and wits to exploit the rules, points out the genre flaws, undermine godly authority, and win the day.

Because that is what villains should do, shouldn't they? Listen to this book, have a few laughs, and find out.

©2017 Michael Gibson (P)2017 Michael Gibson

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    Terence Thirteen 09/06/2017 Member Since 2016

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    "The OMG of VILLAINS: no need to pray – just pay!"

    Villains Rule is the tale of a villain, who revels in villainy… the villainy of taxation, with illusory representation; the villainy of lies, rhetoric, propaganda and public opinion manipulation; the villainy of overthrowing open oppression and replacing it with voluntary enslavement; the villainy of the greatest evil ever conceived… politics.

    Julian “Jackson” Blackwell, is the “Shadow Master”, the fantasy world’s first and only consulting crisis manager, spin doctor, fixer and political adviser and business is good… no, I mean villainous.

    Follow him and like him at your own peril… and yet, you will… he’s just that good… no, I mean villainous.

    If you are a fan of any of the following audio books, then you will enjoy Villains Rule:
    Origins of a D-List Supervillain by Jim Bernheimer
    Confessions of a D-List Supervillain by Jim Bernheimer
    Secrets of a D-List Supervillain by Jim Bernheimer
    The Rules of Supervillainy: The Supervillainy Saga Volume 1 by C. T. Phipps
    The Games of Supervillainy: The Supervillainy Saga Book 2 by C. T. Phipps
    The Secrets of Supervillainy: The Supervillainy Saga, Book 3 by C. T. Phipps
    The Science of Supervillainy: The Supervillainy Saga, Book 4 by C. T. Phipps
    Starship Grifters: Rex Nihilo, Book 1 by Robert Kroese

    Conversely, if you enjoy Villains Rule, then you will love the aforementioned books. Good listening.

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  • ANGIE
    Tennessee, United States
    17/05/17
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    "OMG! I loved it!!"

    There's not much I can say about the book that hasn't already been said. So I'll just add my 5 stars to the list. I loved the book. It was very similar to the Supervillainy Saga, if you're a fan of those books. It has the same narrator also. He did a fantastic, flawless job by the way! This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review, but I've already been searching for book 2 to purchase out right!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Tracy
    Bensalem, PA, United States
    15/05/17
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    "Villian or Anti-Hero??"

    Jack is a villain... make that a 'Villain'. This book was good fun, full of pop-culture references, fast paced action, and sarcastic wit-- almost too much sarcasm for my taste, but I am what the protagonist would call a 'Hero", after all. The narrator is a smooth talker, with a great voice that is an easy listen. This feels like the beginning of an epic series, the characters begging for more of their stories to be told. If you like fairy-tales, you would probably like this book. If you like treachery, you would probably enjoy this book quite a bit. But, if you like Villains (or anti-Heroes), you will probably love this book. It is set in alternate universes, where we find that the seemingly clear cut defined 'Villain' and 'Hero' roles may not be as clear cut after all. There is a tiny bit of romance and lots of funny moments, but there is a lot of villainous activity to be sure! I enjoyed it.
    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • MelHay
    Adamsburg, PA
    11/06/17
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    "Oh my so much fun!!"
    Would you listen to Villains Rule again? Why?

    Absolutely. I know I missed some of the references and one lines that go to other fantasy stories I know. I also had fun with the story and Jackson.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I felt I could believe Jackson's thinking and I really liked him. I want to watch movies with Jackson. He would be a hoot at pointing out the flaws in plans, hero and villain. I laughed at the obvious observations pointed out by Jackson in this book. So good and so true! Jackson's written in a way that I liked him even though he wasn't the clean cut good guy. I even felt the fluctuation of praise and irritation of Randy with Jackson - all thanks to Jeffrey's vocal talents and M.K.'s writing.


    What does Jeffrey Kafer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Jeffrey performs with heart, stepping in to the characters minds which breathes life to them. When stories are performed with the emotion the characters are feeling, and the narrator feels as to be having fun, the book is brought to a new level of awesome. Jeffrey accomplished that in this work. Jeffrey speaks with different infliction and personality for each character, which makes it easy to know who's who along with keeping my attention.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    At my first big surprise in events, I wanted to give M.K. Gibson a big high five. He told me what not to do. He drew me into doing just that. And I was surprised when he used that. AWESOME JOB!! M.K.wrote it so well, I was drawn into the web.


    Any additional comments?

    *I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.<br/><br/>At the end of the first prologue, I had to smile. Really. This was something I always thought about, how easy it would be to take down a hero when he's having his "moment". I got a feel of a twist of Grayskull (You know what Grayskull is, from He-Man.) here with other elements mixed in. I like what I get, and it's only a prologue!<br/><br/>Oh my the references of all the great science fiction and fantasy tales!! Really! Even in the titles we get great one lines that we know reference so many. lol. I love listening and pointing out references and what I get the feel of. I'm sure others would pick up on others I've missed. This is the kind of story I would love to listen to with someone who I could talk to on the potential influences. You know, listen at the same time and go geek on what we pick up on! lol.<br/><br/>Okay. The story. I enjoyed how the rules of heroes and villains are viewed and understood in the world. And they still stand and function. M.K. has created a story with a villain that sees those rules and uses then in a way to do what all villains want. And he's talented at his work. M.K. tells us these rules and we see the predicament that Jackson ends up in, and has to find his own way back to his place in the world. M.K. writes a well crafted story of fun while still in the guidelines and takes a villain in the outs and brings him back. Totally awesome work.<br/><br/>This book is a modern setting with Jackson but it's also in a fantasy world, or worlds as he goes along, because of the different realms of villains. It's so easy to understand and enjoy. I loved the play on different fantasy themes as it made me smile.<br/><br/>As Jackson goes through the fantasy world he's in, working to get to the ruling villain, he points out the fantasy tropes present. And he hits on them all! Totally awesome and fun summary of characters in fantasy tropes. And I can say I read about that. It was great as it was fun in how it's portrayed. M.K. has taken fantasy, brought what we know to our attention, then twists it to his world and makes it fun.<br/><br/>Enjoyable story to listen to. It kept me entertained.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    12/06/17
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    "Ignore the cover art."

    This is the best book I've listened to this year. The characters are consistent and act according to what should motivated them, the story is enjoyable and humorous, and the narration is excellent.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lazlo Shaw
    16/05/17
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    "Freaking awesome!"

    I was a little bit wary at first from title, and the Author, but 5 minutes in and I was hooked. I can't wait to read the next book!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Quella
    Boston, MA USA
    13/05/17
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    "From the villain's perspective"

    What do you get when you blend a hefty portion of nearly every fantasy story trope with a large helping of satire and throw in a plateful of witty humor from something like the “Airplane movie”? The answer to that questions is simple. You get a newly released book called “Villains Rule” which is the first book in The Shadow Mater series. The book is written by M. K. Gibson and the audiobook edition is extremely well narrated by Jeffrey Kafer. The author mocks and includes nearly every fantasy story cliché while putting a more modern or contemporary spin on them. No one is safe as he pokes fun at not only fantasy stories, but the authors of the material also.

    Let me start this review by saying that the book is intended for adult readers only, young readers should stay far away from it due to its excessive use of vulgar language, direct sexual subject and actions including several innuendos. Nearly every other word of this book contains vulgar, crude, or offensive language, so if you are easily offended this book is not for you. Think Family Guy meets a contemporary fantasy story.

    Those who are not offended by the book’s heavy use of language and enjoy witty humor, fantasy stories, adventure gaming, or have had or currently play D&D, you will find yourself laughing out loud multiple times while listening to this book. The book sets up a new and somewhat interesting fantasy world containing shadow masters, priestesses, multiple deities, elves, and peasants; goblins are not welcome. What makes the book even more humorous is that it is told from a quite different perspective; that of the villains and not the heroes. It is no surprise an entire chapter is devoted to why villains hate elves so much; but this would exclude dark elves who are eviler. Having a secretive evil infiltrator with a powerful title bringing fear to everyone who encounters him. This fearful character is called none other than Steve. What becomes of the famous Shadow Master’s trusty steed called Glue? You will have to read the book to find out.

    I enjoyed the descriptive nature of the author. His detail of the Blackwell Villain Consulting agency; complete with cookies and juice boxes. Also, the snarky receptionist displayed on the book’s cover. If I learned one thing from this book that I have not in any of the other fantasy books is that all villain issues can be boiled down in to overarching leadership issues. It never occurred to me that this was the case, but after being explained in this book, it is as clear as a bright sunny day. Villains would win so many more times if they just had proper leadership training and mentoring.

    The book is not about “Good vs Evil”, instead it is about “Evil vs Good”. And when you read the book you will understand many of these differences. I also enjoyed the more unique magic systems even though the author I believe is poking fun at one of the more prolific fantasy boo authors and his many different magic systems. As I stated earlier, no one if safe from being called out in this book. Will Evil win? You will have to read or listen to find out.

    When it comes to the quality of the audiobook edition, there is no question that Jeffrey Kafer hits another homerun with this book. Mr. Kafer has narrated nearly four hundred books on Audible, so it would be no surprise this one would meet or exceed his other audiobook narration high standards. His ability to voice the many different characters while remembering all their unique qualities takes a lot of work and effort that only an experienced narrator can pull off. Not once did I hear a different character’s voice used in place of another. Even the female characters were well voiced in this recording. The quality of the audio was clean and without any audio issues or artifacts I can recall while listening.

    If you are a fan of TV shows such as the “Family Guy” or “Rick and Morty” and you like fantasy stories, you will enjoy much of the humor used by this author. Instead, if you are one that thinks these shows are over-the-top, you will feel the same about this book. The book at the time of this review has received some high ratings, and I think much of this is the content itself but it also is because of the great narration.

    Disclaimer: I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jason LaFroscia
    GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA, US
    13/05/17
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    "worth a credit"

    fun book made me laugh out loud several times, can't wait for the next book

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • April
    13/07/17
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    "Amazing story truly unique"

    A amazing book with a unique look on story's highly recommended can't wait for the next one hope the series continues and only gets better

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jamie Fister
    SoCal
    08/07/17
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    "loved it!"

    entertaining, great narrator all around great book!

    will definitely be looking for more by this author!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • James
    Powderly, KY, United States
    03/07/17
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    "Fun with the bad guys"
    Any additional comments?

    Fun listen from the villains perspective. There are some good laughs with a good storyline. Great narration, fits the main villain perfectly.<br/><br/>“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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