Eighteen-year-old Aidan Salt isn't a superhero. With his powerful (and unpredictable) telekinetic abilities, he could be one if he wanted to, but he doesn't. He's unambitious, selfish, and cowardly, and he doesn't want to have to deal with all the paperwork required to become a professional superhero. But since the money, fame, and women that come with wearing the cape are appealing, he decides to become the first supervillain the world has seen in more than 20 years: Apex Strike.
However, he soon finds villainy in a world where the heroes have long since defeated all the supervillains. While half the world's heroes seem to want him dead, the other half want to hire him as their own personal villain to keep them relevant. Choosing the latter course, Aidan enters a world of fame, fortune, and staged superhero fights that is seemingly everything he ever dreamed of...at least until he sees what truly hides behind the cape-and-mask lifestyle.
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"I DIDN'T WAKE UP DEAD, THAT WAS A GOOD START"
SOMETIMES, NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO, LIFE JUST SUCKS
This did not go where I was hoping it would, but I still liked it. I was hoping for some real bad guy stuff. Turns out bad guys, can be good guys sometimes. This is super heroes, Hunger Games and America's Got Talent, rolled into an alternate world. This world is similar to ours, but different. I always love books, that contemplate what the world would look like, if history had turned out different.
THAT WILL PUT HAIR ON YOUR BALLS, SHE SAID
The main character is a 19 year old virgin male, so as all red blood American males know, all he thinks about is Kitty Kats. Some female reviewers were upset with the amount of times the P word was used. Ladies, studies show that most men think about sex every so many seconds. I was surprised in how often the F word was used. No one ever wanted to have sex or make love, it was always LET'S F, male or female. The story is very well written, and I believe that we are seeing the character grow and mature. All characters are grey, including the so called good guys. The book is also full of strong female characters, if you don't see that, you are not listening. Black Jack, Ghost Girl and Firewall are strong female characters.
THAT JOKE WAS FUNNY, UNTIL YOU STARTED LAUGHING
Techosky did a fine job, but I believe his timing was a little off. I kept thinking if only Wil Wheaton would have read the book, it would have been hilarious. It seems as if the book was written with Wheaton in mind. Don't let that stop you from buying the book, it is still an entertaining well written book.
If Carter writes any sequels, I will buy them.
"Think Bret Easton Ellis without commentary"
No it was not. I did finish the book start to finish because i wanted to give the story and author a chance to redeem it. I was hoping for one female character to matter at all and not just be there for another hero to try and have sex with. I wanted a story with some complex moral and ethical choices, however all you get with this book is a story that seems to be written by a 16 year old who is into fan fiction. Pass this book and pick up "Confessions of a D-List Supervillain" by Jim Bernheimer instead. More details are in additional comments area.
Narration of this book is great. Story is a different story.
Every female character in this story seems to only serve the purpose of being a sex object or plot device. It's frustrating when a story devolves to characters exchanging plot development while getting sexual favors. I would compare the amoral tone to Bret Easton Ellis's works if you were to remove any higher social commentary. Just groups of people murdering, taking drugs, having sex and instead of filling in logistics you make up a drug called montage to skip large gaps in time. Follow it up with some annoying hashtag history to fill in some of the world and you got a poorly developed, oddly politically conservation superhero story that devalues woman and doesn't have a real conclusion, moral, or proper story.Also the description made it seem more like a Supervillain appeared and heroes are really trying to win him over, i was not expecting a reality tv show spin-off lacking any real depth.If you want to hear a story about a supervillain that is much better i'd suggest "Confessions of a D-List Supervillain" by Jim Bernheimer. If you want something more for teen or young adults try "Please Don't Tell My Parents I'm a Supervillain" by Richard Roberts. If you want something a little more somber and don't mind focus being from villain to hero check out "Prepare to Die!" by Paul Tobin. Basically this genre is so full of really great stories that you should not waste your time with garbage like this. Lastly i'll add If you did like this book but want something with more substance try Bret Easton Ellis's "American Psycho".
"Good storyline; needs polish"
I liked the story and character development. The ideas here show a lot of promise. Wish the author didn't think he needed to include the word "hashtag" every 10 minutes, nor use vulgarities for no apparent reason. I think he was trying to connect with his 16-25 audience, but it was distracting in an otherwise decent story.
"Decent, but not a standout"
The story was alright and a nice take on the superhero story, but I had a problem connecting with either side in the story so it was hard to truly become invested in the characters and their motivations.
It's never a waste to pick up on a new author or narrator so this was easily worth my time.
"Good Story, but too much detail"
The concept is good and the story not bad, but it comes across as juvenile erotic fiction with too much detail about what goes on at times.
"a commentary on Hero/Villain Dynamics"
usually I try to Pace myself when it comes to these shorter audiobooks free audio books being something I listen to when I am stuck in traffic for 3 hours but this story was just so enticing that I could not stop listening to it. it's a major commentary on the hero & villain dynamic bringing to mind things like Mystery Men, and Heroes mixed with a little bit of Hunger Games goes to show that superheroes aren't always the good people and that super villains aren't always the evil that people are led to believe.
"A more realistic superhero/supervillain story."
Violence, sex, drugs. Finally a superhero/supervillain story whose actions are actually believable. Read it nerds.
"Ok after you get past half of the book"
Life to the characters
Pretty good book .... but it was more designed for a millennium audience. It can be compared to the movie Kickass. I do have to say that although I did not rate this to be on the top of my bookcase, I would have purchased a sequel if there was any.
"Wow! Just finished and LOVED it. Want a sequel RIGHT NOW!!!"
Awesome writing. Great characters. Terrific reading/acting on the audio book, especially all the different voices. Honestly, the first chapter was hard for me to dive all the way in to as it retold modern history with significant twists. But the further I read, the deeper I got hooked, accepted the new world and then couldn't put it down. Did I mention great writing? No sequel for this available (yet?) so I'm going to go for other books by this author right away but I hope to get a sequel to this one day in the not too distant future. Loved the ending, just really didn't want it to end. #villainy101 #villainisthenewblack #lessonlearned More, I want more Apex Strike and his clan
"A bit sexist but still fun."
I really enjoy this new genre of insight into superheroes and villains. The naivety of the main characters was engaging. The twists weren't terribly surprising but still fun. I found he relationships engaging. The conspiracy within conspiracy associated with the main story line seemed to be something that could really happen if superhero and villains were real. It's obvious that the writer is a young man or from that mindset. A bit too much sex from a superior male standpoint, but fun nonetheless. An enjoyable read. Just ignore the sexism (or enjoy it if that is your thing) and you'll enjoy it too.
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