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Last year, the notorious Doctor Fid waged a violent war to save the Earth from annihilation.

Two months ago, the armored supervillain fought a vicious, deadly battle to protect his city. Today, there is only one little girl in need of rescue. Pity any who stand in Doctor Fid's way.

It has been more than two decades since the tragedy that led to the creation of Doctor Fid. The brilliant supervillain built weapons of legendary power and forged a terrifying reputation out of violence and misery. Even the mightiest heroes tremble at the sound of Doctor Fid's mocking laughter.

But time has dulled the villain's rage, and the bloodiest years have become nothing but a bad memory. Now, a new tragedy looms, and Doctor Fid must face his own inner demons before the old madness swallows him whole. Because, to prevent a repeat of his past, the Doctor Fid of yesteryear would have been willing to sacrifice anything or commit any horror.

Even if it would have meant pulling the stars from the sky and tearing the very universe asunder.

©2019 David Reiss (P)2020 David Reiss

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  • John
  • 07-01-21

Loved it

What a wonderful continuation to Doctor Fid's tale.

If you enjoyed the first two in the series, this one carries on and proves just how badass Doctor Fid is.

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  • Gilbert M. Stack
  • 03-01-21

Dr. Fid Reigns Supreme!!!

The notorious Dr. Fid emerged triumphant once again after the events of Behind Distant Stars, but the price was horrendous. For the second time in his life, Fid failed to protect the life of a younger sibling, but this time, there is just the smallest of chances that he can rectify his error and bring Whisper safely home again. So Fid totally rearranges his life to give one hundred percent of his attention to the task of rescuing his sister, and woe be it to any foolish hero or villain who dares to get in his way. And yes, you guessed it, it’s the heroes who are going to be the major problem this time.

Reiss has clearly been thinking of this last book at each stage of writing the first two, because all of the components of Fid’s life come together perfectly here. His unbreakable will, his towering genius, and—just like some of the heroes he most despises—his willingness to go to any extreme to achieve his aim. In this last book, we get to learn once and for all who Dr. Fid is and whether or not he has actually accomplished anything with his crusade against false heroes. The fact that it is not a world at stake but “only” the life of one little girl makes him both more awe-inspiring and more endearing than ever before. Reiss has found a way to answer once and for all the question of whether or not Fid is actually better than the false heroes he’s dedicated his life to bringing down and I think every reader will be totally pleased with the answer.

Yet, that was not the part of the book that brought tears to my eyes. Fid is not the only person tested in these pages. And perhaps his legacy will ultimately depend upon whether or not any of the self-proclaimed heroes out there really meet the standards they proclaim. Fid, of course, expects them all to fail.

This is a supers trilogy to stand with the absolute best in the genre. My only complaint is that it appears Reiss is finished with the story.

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