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Supervillainy and Other Poor Career Choices

By: J.R. Grey
Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
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Summary

Engineer. Survivor. Supervillain. 

When a down-on-his-luck engineer ends up coming into possession of a rundown suit of power-armor, he sees an opportunity to make some quick cash by selling it off to the nearest supervillain. 

Unfortunately for him, what should have been a quick and easy sale to pay off his debts quickly grows into an ongoing series of events that serve only to drag him deeper and deeper into the criminal underbelly of the city he calls home. 

In no time at all, Erich finds himself fending off neo-Nazi gang members, crazed capes, and the dangerous affections of his newest employer's criminally insane daughter. 

All he wanted to do was make a quick buck . . . .

©2019 J.R. Grey (P)2019 Tantor

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Can’t wait for next one ☝️ Was a good start really hope we get a next one

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  • C. White
  • 12-11-19

Who doesn’t love a techno-hermit with a set of power armor! 🤖

With all due respect to the superb writing of J. R. Grey, I’m pretty sure anybody who would consider purchasing this book was attracted to it due to their familiarity/fandom with Jim Bernheimer‘s “Confessions of a D-list super villain”. That is what precisely brought me to this book. I was expecting something very derivative of Bernheimer‘s world, and at first I was slightly disappointed not to find that. What I found (much to my adjusted expectations) was something much darker and grittier... and if you can say this about any meta human story, I found a story that was far more believable. Apart from the fact that both stories center around a techno-hermit protagonist and a suit of power armor, the two stories/universes share little else in common. In general, I found the main protagonist (Erich) to be relatively unsympathetic as a protagonist/ antihero (there were several other villainous characters that were far more likable... but as we all know, not every protagonist elicits the readers affections). I also felt the story was lacking in a lot of power armor drama (as well as meta human drama), but it did focus far more on the seedy underbelly of a low level villainess organization. With that said, the story was worth being told and sets up an interesting meta human universe that would be well worth future exploration. In comparison to “D-list super villain” uniniverse, “Supervillainy” scores a relative B+ ...taken on its own merits, I would happily give it a solid A.

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  • ben
  • 21-11-19

Someone liked D-List supervillain a little to much

This book felt like the author had just gotten done reading the D-List supervillain books by Jim Bernheimer. He then decided he was going to "write" his own version, only to realize halfway through that he was staying too close to what he was copying and might get into trouble if he didn't start changing thing.

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  • AAron
  • 20-11-19

fun

very fun read not great, but fun, nice Meta vrs. can't wait to see more

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  • atexasuser
  • 29-01-20

Very Entertaining.

Nice to have the super villain point of view once in while. looking for the next one.

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  • ADAM ROBLES
  • 17-01-20

A good listen to book

I really enjoyed this book, I highly recommend picking it up. if you're a fan of sci-fi antihero books this is a good one.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 19-11-19

Margarita with salt

I need some salt with the sweet sometimes and this book scratches that itch for me. Some angst, little romance, upgrades here and there, and plenty of bad decisions to spice things up.

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  • Zachary
  • 29-10-19

Unique

I extremely enjoyed this book
Interesting world
Interesting characters

I enjoyed the book the main character doesn’t ride a white horse he does not wear a white hat he’s not Superman he’s essentially a regular guy stuck in a bad situation and makes the best of it

Everybody in the book uses each other for their own Gain just like real life there’s not a love story in this book people have sex in this book and like in real life it’s to manipulate each other not for love or passion

you do have two relationships of codependency begin that’s believable And like in real life those are usually the relationships that last the test of time

I deeply enjoyed this book I hope this is book one of a trilogy or an ongoing book series

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  • Davis
  • 18-01-20

Supervillain by circumstance

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Narration
Neil Hellegers has made it on to my list of Tier 2 narrators. This being the second book I've listened to from him and this one fit him a bit better than the last. Pacing is great and while he doesn’t have a lot of separate voices, his tone fit the main character well.

Basic Summary
Erich is a genius mechanic running a POS shop in a rundown chunk of gang territory, when he realizes he doesn't have the protection money he needs to pay the supervillain gang leader. Erich’s solution, finish some wannabe suppervillian’s power armor for the gang leader, not only paying the protection money, but earning himself a nice chunk of change. The problem, the neiboring neo-nazi gang is pushing into Hardlight’s territory and there’s no time to get the power armor calibrated to some other thug. Suddenly Erich finds himself not only as the Supervillan’s lead engineer, but also the super villain known as Mechro-mancer.

The Good
The two very attractive stepsisters the MC finds himself dealing with do not end up in any type of harem fantasy thing. Their beauty has an in world reason to it and the relationship with the sisters takes the whole book to grow into friendship/tolerance. I also enjoy how the fall into supervillainy is really just a series of events where the MC tries to avoid being murdered, avoid people in general, or tries to make money.

The Bad
Huh. I can’t think of much to put here. The writing isn’t perfect, but there are no glaring problems with the book. Or maybe I'm just getting lazy with these reviews.

Final Thoughts
I enjoyed it, but I'm in no hurry for a sequel. I’m just not much for super heros and when I do pick up such books, I tend to focus on the villains by circumstance ones. If you wanted an engineer villian in power armor, start with the Dire seres.

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  • Eric Parks
  • 15-12-19

Good story, but not for me...but I will buy the next.

I usually either mark 5 stars or return books. This was a hard one. I personally disliked the main character and support characters too.
However, I prefer either good MCs or those evil MCs who mature into good or have good inside. Additionally I like romance in my stories, sue me.

This story was aptly summarized by another review as full of salt. I think they undersold the salt though. And it has no romance, I don’t consider sex (not written about in depth) to be romance.

However, though I don’t prefer it. It was interesting to listen to a story about a type of person I dislike. Not going to say it’s a breath of fresh air, but it was a change from the norm. Additionally within the last hour of the book did actually start to get me more interested.

So though I did not like this book per say, I will buy the second in the series.

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  • Richard C.
  • 11-11-19

Almost in the D-List Super Villain universe

There are a lot of similarities to the D-List Super Villain series on Audible. This is almost the same universe, just a little less light hearted. This was a little darker story about an engineer trying to get by in a crime ridden city by working for the local crime boss and building his powered armored suit. The story centers around an inventor walking a fine line of trying to get ahead while keeping the crime lord's daughters from using him as a pawn.
If you liked the the D-List series you will be 90% happy with this book. If you haven't listened to it yet, the world of this story is similar to the DC series Arrow.

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