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Villains Pride

The Shadow Master, Book 2
Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
Series: The Shadow Master, Book 2
Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
Categories: Fiction, Humour
4.5 out of 5 stars (104 ratings)

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Summary

The Shadowmaster is back... whether you wanted him to be or not!

Jackson Blackwell, The Shadowmaster, is in over his head this time. After his last adventure, where he tore fantasy novels a new one, Jackson has to deal with the repercussions of angry gods, angrier conspirators, and the wrath of his pregnant girlfriend!

(I know... actual consequences in a comedy/action series? How avant-garde! - I think. Okay look, I really don't know what that means. I've always just wanted to say it and I'm too lazy to look it up.)

Thanks to a godly decree and a crafty clause, Jackson has been banished from his home. And the only universe kindly enough to take him in is one infested with comic-book-style superheroes and supervillains. A perfect place to cause mayhem, right? Well, it wouldn't be much of a book if it were.

Comics don't play by the rules, and Jackson has been tasked to do something unique. Whatever is a villain to do?

Follow the adventure of Jackson Blackwell as he attempts to manipulate his way back to the top while dealing with all manner of dark detectives, godly aliens, expensive power suits, and the most daunting challenge of all... looming parenthood.

©2017 Michael Gibson (P)2017 Amber Cove Publishing

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Great book... Much laughs

This book is just as good as the first if not better... The last line of the epilogue had me in stitches. Brilliant!

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10/10 best narrator (wait till the end credits) a standout story, really original and funny.

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Easy fun

Good fun, easy listening, great tonic if you've just listened to something heavy going. Annoying repetition of phrases like "Gods above and below" every other paragraph (not an exaggeration) and the main character vocalising "SIGH" really grate.

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GOOD BOOK

I have over 300 audible titles and I have to say that the narration and performance of this book is one of the best I've heard. It's a compelling universe with a great story and awesome characters

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It's self aware and I love it.

The narration is on point. The tropes are once again scrutinised and filltered through parody. This is a good sequel I can't wait to read the next book then no doubt listen to it.

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Made me laugh out loud.

Really regional story, I just couldn't stop listening. I was absolutely gutted to discover the third installment wasn't available yet.

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A superior sequel

Easily more entertaining than the first book and with some hilarious fourth wall breaking sections near the end, Villians Pride is a fun improvement on the previous installment in the Shadowmaster series. Highly recommended to anyone who likes comic books and comedy.

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Amazing!!

I love this book, from start to end kept me laughing and kept me guessing. I really hope there is a 3rd instalment !

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Darkly Witty

Where to start... well before we begin to stroke the hubris of the man who see's reviewers as those wishing to impose their opinions onto others I should mention that this book was read by myself and my other half who now wishes to read the first in the series as he found it darkly enjoyable.
Another highly engaging, darkly witty commentary on the superhero realm and the fantasies of those who follow the series as well as the paradoxical links to all realms. Whilst Lydia didn't take such a visible role in this book the Shadowmaster's relationship with her and need for resolution created a beautiful symmetry along with the chaos and surroundings that he ended up in. With many a link back to the first book it provided hours of mirth as well as another mind engaging story. I would highly recommend this series to anyone who wishes to be mocked, dark humor, a tearing apart of their favourite realms and many a hint at various, highly unusual sexual exploits.

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Refreshingly different

Really enjoyed this book, interesting different style of writing, looking forward to the next in the series

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  • Vince
  • 17-12-17

laughed myself into tears

the second installment of the Shadow Master is as hilarious and formulaic as the first. people who gave the first book five stars really like the author and were in no way paid off. this book is the example of the overall quality of independent writing. As someone who consumes over 300 doughnuts a year, my eye for excellence is sharp and this story if you can call it that delivers on every fundamental level delivering character development and depth while going for cheap jokes causing laughter all through the Meandering plot the book consists of scene set up all about one amazing joke after another and repeated for over 40 chapters. the protagonist a villain named Jackson is little more than an antihero and clearly the authors wish fulfillment put to paper the entire book feels like an excuse for the author to put to page the thoughts that I have in my mind everyday think of it as a published work of comical art but with more stupidity and laughter full of edginess and a lot of sounding cool. while I appreciated the laughs provided there is little else to really enjoy in this book except the two dimensional characters repeated scenes and blatant rip off of archetypes. in summation unless you're a fan of the insipid vapid brain candy that is Indie books these days defiantly buy this book for a plane ride, a long drive and don't wait till it's on sale... the ending is brilliantly hilarious, I must have looked quite ridiculous rolling down the interstate laughing so hard I had tears in my eyes..
oh yeah and the narrator does an amazing job of conveying the humor and different characters... including himself 😉

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  • MEDY L
  • 02-01-18

Book 2

Very entertaining book 2 in the series. So far so good, laugh out loud in several areas. Great narration as always. Thanks for the entertainment.

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  • Natalie @ ABookLoversLife
  • 11-06-18

Hilarious!

I loved book 1 of this and eagerly dived into it when I got it. Now I didn't absolutely love this one as much as the first because I felt like the first half of the book was a little slow, but it's still worthy of 5 stars for it's entertainment value!! In this one, Jackson Blackwell is preparing for fatherhood, but he ends up getting banished from his home and his world, and the only world that will take him is one filled with comic book heroes and villains. Jackson has been tasked with doing something "unique", and of course he rises to the challenge.

Jackson Blackwell is such a fun character to read!! I don't particularly like him but he is so much fun! He is well developed and written and it shows how good the author is at writing characters because he is basically an a..hole, yet you can't help but root for him.

The plot of this one was intriguing (when it finally got there) The dimension the story takes place in was awesome!! It's filled with superheroes and of course, Jackson has a plan for them. While it did drag for the first half of the book, when it finally got going, it really took off!! There were so many twists and turns that it made up for the lackluster start.

In all, this was a fun, laugh out loud and entertaining read. I love how the author pokes fun at so many things, from book sequels, to reviewers, and even the narrator!! It made me laugh a lot, which made the book a winner in my opinion.

Jeffrey Kafer is one of the best in the business, and to hear him poke fun of himself was awesome!! His performance here was flawless and he brought Jackson to life. I highly recommend his work!!

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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  • Jzang
  • 14-02-18

Sequel out did the first one

I loved the plot line of this book so much more than the first one.

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  • V. Newman
  • 02-12-17

as good as the first one if not better

this book has such a good premise in so many unique characteristics that other books lack it's it's Indescribable how much I love this book and I hope he makes another one

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 23-02-18

Bad Guys can finally win

This book is, from start to finish, about bad people beating goodie-two-shoes types without any qualms. Shadowmaster, is the evil genius who knows just how to play the heroes against themselves, and win out like a real villain should.

That is half the fun, watching the black hats beat the capes. This is the follow up to Villains Rule, and as hard as it is to believe, it is even better than the first book. One of my favorite pieces came from listening to the sample. There is no sample, just Shadowmaster telling to to buy the book! Toooo Funny. That is the nature of this beast, humor to a point you might have to go to the hospital frm when you split your side open from laughing so hard.

Kafer just absolutely nails the narration, and his doing Shadowmaster is like Will Farrell doing Mastermind. You won't want to stop listening. He really has great comedic timing, and voice inflection, so give the man a round of applause. I did receive a promo code to review this book, but that has no bearing on my opinion of this book. The books is solid stuff, and deserving of your money.

Get it, read it, love it.

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  • Tracey
  • 11-12-17

Smart, witty and fun

Can't say enough good. The villain in this book is awesome. He goes off into rants that are not only funny, but absolutely true. His schemes are convoluted, his humor is twisted. I CAN'T wait for the next book in this series.

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  • Anna
  • 13-02-18

I love this book. so much.

I love 4th wall breaking. no not breaking let me say it as is, 4th wall obliteration. Especialy at the end. the first book was good this one was fun read and great story. I enjoyed the way it points out flaws in other franchises as well as their good points. I can't wait to read next book. There better be another one I don't want to see Sophia win in such a cheap way, and that comment wasnt even that good of a burn.

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  • Glenn
  • 30-12-17

Funniest Book I have Read in a Long Time!

I liked MK Gibson's first ShadowMaster Book quite a bit, but was not expecting something this hilarious! If you like humorous Superhero books, I can't recommend this enough. At one point, I was literally laughing so hard I cried.

Jeffrey Kaver is always excellent, and I think this is his finest work as a Narrator. The story hums along at a good pace with lots of fun action , and the protagonist's rants about his world views are worth listening to again and again. The plot twists and turns are imaginative. The author's method of poking through the 4th wall is highly entertaining.

I can't wait for the next one in this series. All hail the Shadow Master!

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  • C.T.
  • 05-06-18

An amazing book

VILLAINS PRIDE is the sequel to the fantasy novel parody VILLAINS RULE, which was a surprise sleeper hit of indie publishing this year. The premise of the books is Jackson Blackwell, the self-styled Shadow Master, is a consulting supervillain who provides practical advice to horrible people across the Multiverse.

He's not an antivillain, he's a genuinely honest-to-gods awful human being, but he's also entertaining to read about as he does his best to ruin the lives of those around him. I admit, I'm a bit biased here because Michael Gibson is a fan of my own work and included a nod to the novel Cthulhu Armageddon in this volume. With that warning, here's what I think about the book: pretty darn good.

Oh, don't get me wrong, Jackson Blackwell is an obnoxious jerkass who is never stops insulting everyone around him ranging from his wife as well as friends to the reader themselves. There were several times I wanted to be able to speak to Jackson and mention that he isn't so cool as to not switch to other supervillain books (like, say, the Supervillainy Saga or D-List Supervillain).

There's also the "human centipede" he creates that is truly revolting as well as an overreaction. Face it, if Jackson Blackwell existed in real life, he'd be one of the guys you'd ban from your social media and be better off for it. Certainly, you have to agree with his love interest that he's all manner of a sexist jerk.

Despite, or perhaps because of these facts, Jackson Blackwell's adventures in Comic Book WorldTM are quite a bit fun. It's because the narrative is aware he's a monster and there's no attempt to soften him up or dillute him with "pet the dog" moments. No he's awful, awful to heroes, awful to other villains, and it's hilarious. The fact the author repeatedly makes fun of Jackson and himself in the process helps the story.

Indeed, a large part of the book's appeal is the fact Michael Gibson makes attacks on the concept of sequels, how they usually suck, and what cliches he's falling into himself. I didn't quite enjoy this as much as Villains Rule but the fourth wall breaking was great inbetween. Just don't expect to side with Jackson in this as you'd be missing the point. He's about as lovable as S.M. Stirling's the Drake wrapped up in an MRA shell.

9/10

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