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The Future of Supervillainy

The Supervillainy Saga, Book 6
Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
Series: The Supervillainy Saga, Book 6
Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
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Gary Karkofsky, A.K.A Merciless, the supervillainy without mercy, has decided to retire from Supervillainy. He's lost too many friends and killed too many people (though they all had it coming). Unfortunately, this proves to be easier said than done when the department of supernatural services (DOSS) shows up to arrest him for all of his crimes. Quickly landing himself in more trouble, he decides to get out of town and help a struggling underground kingdom in the center of the Earth. What he finds is an army of Nazis, gods, lost temples, and dinosaurs. He also is forced to fight once more against the world's first supervillain: Tom Terror, archenemy of heroes everywhere.

He just can't catch a break, can he?

©2019 Charles Phipps (P)2019 David N. Wilson

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another excellent story

hope that this is not the last book of the series as I really want to know what happens next.

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best book so far

love this series and love the narrator, another great book can't wait for the next one.

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Gary meets Wolfenstein...

As usual CT Phipps does what the tin says and delivers a welter of laughs with his prodigious work rate and deluge of pop culture references.

Gary survives being pounded and outmanoeuvred and it very interesting to see the characters from numerous series blended in a nerdy homage, yet still appearing individual and distinct. With said work rate you expect to see similarities, or avoidances. The author avoids that for the second time in as many books by throwing them together in an alternative universe of myriad timelines as used to great effect by Star Trek. A clever way of avoiding repetition while pointing out Wookie racism.

If anything, I think the ubernazi Wolfenstein vibe was too understated. I’d personally preferred an exploitation of that vein more than using them as flunkies for a known evil bod.

Excellent delivery as always and having a chortle at the day job is one way of getting through the day. Well recommended, especially for nerds.

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  • Patrick
  • 15-11-19

Go start at book 1. This is book 6.

You don't really have to read these in any particular order. It's cotton candy fiction. Like cotton candy, though, if you you're not methodical and work your way from one end to other, it's going to get messy. Hmm, can I extend this metaphor any further. Ok, sometimes when you let cotton candy sit out too long, it gets all gunky, kinda like eye boogers. You know what I mean? Well, you should probably read these quickly if you don't want to lose the narrative, or have to look up the cultural references anyway. Also, stay hydrated. It's not really important for the book, but good advice, generally.

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  • Edwin W.
  • 07-11-19

Love This Series

I have enjoyed this series and this installment gives us more of what we have come to enjoy. Snarky, pop culture references, super heroes that aren’t always heroic, pop culture references and super villains that aren’t so bad. I know this isn’t for everyone, but I found myself laughing out loud. This is normally not the case with books. Narration is spot on also.

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  • Thomas Dailey
  • 28-10-19

Freaking dinosaurs! That is All.

Do you like riding dinosaurs, killing Nazis, and, fighting terrorist Supervillains? Then the Future of Supervillainy is for you! But seriously, this book is great for so many reasons. Still the same irreverent, hilarious fun, but now Gary is in the center of the earth, kickin’ Nazi ass and trying to free the native kingdoms of the land from the evil tyranny of Tom Terror. It brings me back watching Land of the Lost on Saturday mornings -- but with the Nazis from Indiana Jones.

C.T. Phipps has kept this series going now into book six, often moving into new, interesting literary territory that I’ve never experienced in a book. I doubt the adventures of Gary will be an example of classic literature in 50 years, but the way that Phipps ties together the multiverse of his storytelling worlds is impressive. Having characters from different series “guest star” in the Supervillainy books (books 5 and 6) may seem like a silly gimmick, but it’s done really well and has gotten me to branch out and look into genres and series that I would have normally ignored.

Kafer continues his perfect performance in this series and provides an ideal voice acting to bring life to the different characters. His range is amazing and at times I feel like there’s no way the books are being narrated by only a single person. The only drawback for me is that Kafer is so good at delivering punchlines and narrating comedy, I may never be able to listen to him narrate a serious book again -- sorry Tyler Barron.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-10-19

Great series, hilarious and entertaining!

Phipps is hilarious. Love the characters and wit. Can't wait for the next book in this series!

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  • JulieM
  • 09-09-19

Because punching Nazis is still okay!

The Supervillainy Saga has been one of those series that is an ideal meld of warps author sense of humor and narrator who can bring the story to life. I had thought the series had reached its natural end after book 4, but then book 5 came out strong. And here we are at book 6 were it’s punchin’ Nazis time.

Gary, Gabrielle and Cindy journey to the center of the earth with other Phipps characters to a bonkers (in the best way) crossover that includes reckoning with longtime baddie Tom Terror, and allows Gary to confront Maria about wearing Mandy’s body in book 5.

This part was especially interesting to me because Gary brings up “rape by omission” since he didn’t know he wasn’t with Mandy. This type of plotline has been used in various media before, but rarely is it called out within the media source. Kudos to Phipps for doing this, even if others act like Gary is just being petulant about something that’s legitimately important.

The action in this was fun, and for an unexplainable reason Cindy becomes Red Riding Werewolf for a good portion of the book. The ending had a twist to keep the story going, and I'm already looking forward to book 7.

Shout out to Jeffrey Kafer’s performance on this audiobook. Without his vocal swagger, this book might not be as fun as it is. He always delivers the comedy (and sexy if needed), and I unironically love his performance of Cindy. (He acts like he hates it, but perhaps a narrator doth protest too much…)

In short: Fun book that takes the characters where I didn’t expect to see them before. Great twist for the two characters on the cover. This is the book for those who love superhero stories, sendups of superhero stories, and those who love their pop culture references fast and usually about Star Wars.

Disclaimer: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Jeremy R. Snyder
  • 05-02-20

Continues to deliver; fun and funny!

I was skeptical about the future of this series after Tournament--which I enjoyed--seemed to leave little for the author but going back over the same ground. I was delighted to be proven wrong; Future strikes up all the great chords we love with this series, manages to keep it interesting, and gives me great hope for even more to come. Jeffrey Kafer is on point as always. Very much enjoyed; absolutely recommend.

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  • Greg
  • 09-11-19

Not as good as the others, but not terrible

I feel like this series is becoming increasingly difficult to follow. There were many times listening to this book when I wasn't sure who was speaking, and I found myself rewinding a lot, thinking I had missed something that I hadn't.

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  • jeff johns
  • 21-10-19

Almost back to greatness

Having listened as a dedicated fan to this series since book 1, I will always pick up a copy. The first two books of there series were that absolute best. Engaging characters and vivid environments such as the bank against the ice cream man, fight against the extremes, meeting adonis, etc, is what made the first two books so wonderful. In the beginning the 3rd book was just as good, however, that is when the series began to lose the vivid environment aspect that made them absolutely amazing and the stories moved from plot point to plot point via the characters. I understand the reasoning behind this, but it felt as though the stories just lost a little something.

Fast forward to book 6.
Though I think book 5 may have been the lull in the series, and missed out on so many good opportunity left over from book 4, book 6 started off extremely strong. it felt like it was written in the same manner as the first two. however, after the opening scene, it felt like i was on a passenger train just looking at the surrounding landscape instead of being apart of the environment. We did occasionally stop and got a glimpse of the landscape which was nice, but it did not come back until the end of the book.

My overall thoughts are, it was a good story, and the room for growth is amazing. I cannot wait to see what lays in the future of the series.

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  • travis
  • 18-10-19

The series is starting to run dry

While I have loved Phipps's stuff so far, I feel like the series is starting to struggle to come up with things to keep talking about. The main character keeps getting stronger and stronger, only to have it taken away at the required time to create drama. The humor is still there, and that is arguably the best things about Phipps's book, but I feel like it is getting a little stale. There are a lot of characters now, so there is way to much time spent refreshing everyone on all the different people. I will read the next thing Phipps does, but I feel it is time for him to call this one done and move on to a new series with different people and the same amazing humor he is known for.

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  • levi stagray
  • 13-10-19

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not a bad book I enjoyed it. laughter as usaly for this series and kept guessing what would happen in it

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