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Superhero City: Ghoul

Narrated by: Michael Newberry
Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
Categories: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Horror
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Summary

A dark, funny, and equally brutal take on the superhero genre by the author of Crowley and Winter Falls.

Ricky and Trey want to be Super Villains. Rod Raynes, AKA Captain Courage, needs to capture them.

Meanwhile, hundreds of feet below the Arizona desert, Professor Wulf Nils has to figure out what exactly is sitting in his holding cell and why it has a $100 haircut.

©2017 Eddie Skelson (P)2017 Eddie Skelson

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Thoroughly Enjoyable

An enjoyable read or listen, full of cynicism and wit in equal measure. The story is told from several perspectives and it is done incredibly well. Getting into the head of each character and seeing the events unfold through different eyes is a great way to experience the story and get to know the characters. This is probably at its best during the climactic finale and what a finale it is! Michael Newberry does an excellent job narrating and whilst the writing itself can certainly stand on its own the narration really helps to bring it to life.

I'm looking forward to more stories in this world and writing style by Eddie Skelson and I hope that Michael Newberry will return to narrate them.

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  • 19-06-18

Great little super villain story

I really enjoyed this book and I hop there are more stories to come. I will purchase the next story if there is one. I hope the next one is longer too

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  • Rob Hayes
  • 27-07-18

X-Men meets The Running Man

X-Men meets The Running Man. (If you don’t know what The Running Man is, you should quickly go and familiarise yourself with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s back catalogue. Do it. Do it now!)



Superhero City: Ghoul is a fascinating look at superheroes in a corporate, capitalist America gone mad. It’s a world that’s all about the ratings and the merchandise. Heroes are picked for super teams, not by any skills or powers they might have, but on their bankability. At no point is this more clear than the fact that the prime super time, The Wild 5, needs a new member and instead of picking a black, homosexual Flash, they pick a hot latino teenager who can set her hands on fire. It’s all about the money. Kinda like what would probably happen if Michael Bay became the next president… which now I think about it is a terrifying prospect that could probably come true.

Hero teams are accompanied by drones, conflicts are televised, and it’s all about getting people to subscribe to the next version of the platinum plus viewing package. If you haven’t guessed it yet, this is a super cynical look at what could happen if mutants (they’re called enhanced in the story) start popping up everywhere. It’s cynical, but not all together unrealistic. The author uses the medium of the Superhero genre to shed a damning light on the way the real world is moving. This is where The Running Man reference comes in. You should probably all read this book and also watch that film right now.

We get a good range of PoV characters, including some heroes, some villains, and a scientist with an agenda that sits apart from the other characters. The characters are all a bit tropey at times, but that’s actually part of the point. This is a look at a world where people ARE boiled down to their tropes. My only real criticism with this is… they’re all so angry all the time. Every character is angry. All the time. It fits within the setting, but it’s a little bit tiring.

The prose is good, with a slight over-reliance on infodumps to exposit about characters back stories, but the dumps are dropped in such a way that it flows smoothly within the story. The book is short, a little slow paced at the start, but it picks up about half way through and from then on it’s relentless.

So I’m giving Superhero City: Ghoul a well earned 4 stars. It’s a terrifying and damning look at where our world is headed, told through the lenses of a X-Men style superhero story.