Even D-list supervillains have to start somewhere.
Follow Cal Stringel's misadventures as he climbs to the lowest levels of supervillany in the prequel to the smash hit, Confessions of a D-List Supervillain. Angry that he wouldn't be known as the engineer who made Ultraweapon's force blasters, Cal resigns to chase after a bigger, better paycheck.
However, the Promethia Corporation isn't going to let him go that easily and sets out to make his life a living hell. Fed up at being pushed around by a company with an endless supply of lawyers and litigation, Cal sets out to build his own version of Ultraweapon's powered armor and take his revenge!
What Cal doesn't count on is just how hard this is going to be.
Along the way, he will make both friends and enemies and discover how hard hitting rock bottom can feel. Whether Cal is trying to smooth talk his way out of the prison for supervillains, haggle with nefarious employers over the price of his inventions, or battle with the Gulf Coast Guardians, he's in for one wild ride!
He'll need to learn that when money is tight that everything has a price - from the cost of making weapons for a psychotic speedster to how much to charge for taking the blame for a drunken rampage through Las Vegas.
©2014 James Steven Bernheimer (P)2014 James Steven Bernheimer
I like how Cal thinks, he is devious and sarcastic, makes me laugh. While this book has funny parts the main emphasis is showing how Cal managed to have his life trashed so much that he became a D list supervillain. This book leaves you right where the Confessions of a D list Supervillain starts off. I had read Confessions quite some time ago and after listening to this book I went ahead and listened to it again. It was just as fun the second time around. If you’re a fan of the internet show of Dr. Horrible's Sing Along, you will like this. Narrator is perfect for the character Cal, shows his dry sense of humor.
"Absolute page turner."
I couldn't put this one down. Great story and performance. I loved rooting for the anti-hero Cal Stringle.
"A lot of fun!"
Luckily I cam across this book after finding confessions (the book after this in the story) so I got to read this first then go onto the second. I loved it, was a lot of fun. If you like this then you will def like the next one too.
I do usually go for longer books for a credit but in this case I think it was worth it.
"Everything the first book was and more!"
After the first book in the series finished I was really sad there wasn't a sequel. When I found Origins came out I was super excited! I loved every minute of it! I can't wait for the next book in the series. I wonder if Jim will abandon all other tasks in his life, so that we can get more of this series faster?
I am normally not a fan of prequels, but this book changed my mind. I loved every bit of foreshadowing, and extra bit of details this book offered. I wish there was a way to give the author more of my money because he deserves it!
"super heroes & villains & everything in between"
Origins and Confessions should have been combined as one book. Instead Confessions was released first making you start at the middle of the story. Lucky I started with Origins and it gave me a good flow of the story and it is a good one. This superhero origin story told from the point of Cal is witty, humorous and sarcastic. The plot does not surprise but the characters are well crafted and grow with the story. A must have for every super hero and comic book fan.
"Los of fun."
Had a great time listening to the entire series. This narrator is great. Gives you a feeling of film noir. Listened to all three of them. Highly recommended.
"The first of a thoroughly entertaining series!"
I came across this book by searching audible for books rated four stars and higher. The storyline is entertaining involving the story of an engineer who is wronged by his employer and in pursuit of revenge follows the road into a super villain.
I like the technology and superhero storyline, but the style of the story in the voice of the main character with his irreverence, sarcasm and engineer thought is irresistible!
Outstanding performance! I quickly forgot that I was listening to a book read to me by someone and was fully submerged into the story. I listened to this book within a week and purchase the rest of the series before I finished this prequel.
One of my favorite series, well written and voiced. Can't wait for more stuff from the author. Unique and interesting
"Shades of a stainless syeel rat"
There are some similarities to the Harry Harrison "Stainless Steel Rat" series, but the characters have their own identities. Well written, humorous and at times tongue in cheek, this book stands out from the crowd.
Fantastic narrator. The story, though a prequel, remains fresh and fun, giving us a deeper insight into the characters from Origins.
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