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House of Dolls

House of Dolls Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Hate your job. Win the lottery. Get a superpower.  

Roman Martin is a normal guy until he happens upon a winning lottery ticket that grants him an incredible superpower.  

Unfortunately, Roman has to keep his new power a secret, and in a society that separates superpowereds from half-powereds, that's a big deal.   

There's also his troubled past, a dark secret that constantly looms over him, his coworker's mysterious death, and the fact that Roman is being blackmailed by two beautiful female spies at war with one another.  

So Roman does what any down-on-his-luck partially exploited office worker would do in his situation: get women, get good, and get ready to fight back.  

Contains mature themes.

©2018 Harmon Cooper, Boycott Books (P)2018 Tantor

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House of Dolls book 1

Harmon cooper is a talented and skilled author I loved this book on Kindle and gave it 5 stars I loved it on Audible the narrator Neil Hellegers did a great job with the voice acting of this book 12 out of 10 stars can't wait to buy the next book on audible...

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  • Steven Don Porto Carero
  • 27-12-2018

Everything is grey instead of black and white

It took me a long time to feel any sympathy for the main character, but I like the world that's being created here. Everything and everyone is grey instead of black and white. The story proceeds at a good rate and the espionage and plot twists keep the story interesting. The people have depth instead of staying bystander a and b. In short: an interesting story in an interesting world. The narration is also a good performance.

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  • Evan Criado
  • 02-01-2019

great story!

Harmon Cooper is one of my favorite authors and this is yet again another great new series that doesn't let you down! cant wait for the next book in the series to hit audible!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-01-2019

Fantastic

I love just about everything Harmon Cooper puts out so it's no surprise that I loved House of Dolls. Whatever the genre, Harmon always puts his own unique spin on things, and that is never so evident as it is with this book series. Harmon's take on the superhero genre is unlike any I've read before. When I think 'superheroes' my mind immediately jumps to crazy mayhem and massive battles, but as I said Harmon always puts his own unique spin on a genre. There are indeed fights, but the focus is really on introducing us to this new incredibly complex world/society. Harmon takes a regular flawed being and then hits him with one of the coolest superpowers ever and we get to see how to starts to come to terms with his power and the unique way he decides to use it. Not to mention how it gets wrapped up the espionage happening between that various governments. Great characters, fascinating world, a touch of Harmon's trademark humor. House of Dolls is a wonderful start to what I am hoping will be a long series. Please not the book is definitely meant for adults, as it contains adult themes and content.

Neil Hellegers knocked it out of the park on this one. Seriously, he brought this world to life and I hope he'll be narrating book 2.

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  • The Anime Adict
  • 08-02-2019

Not great but certainly better than average

So I picked this up, along with a bunch of others, because I was in the mood for some harem books and this was one of the better books. So if you just want a short review, if you like morally grey and complex MCs and just good story and harem than you can do a lot worse than this book. You can do better than this book but well, above average is a good place for a book in a new series especially given the Cooper here tends to start his series off weak and gets better as they go.

The Pros

This actually out weighs the cons for a change. While the world isn't that different than a fantasy, litRPG or superhero book it blends these genres well which gives it a nice spin. Add to this each character, there are three MCs and numerous sides, have a sense of reality to them given that no one in the story is a saint, nor are they really a devil either. They are dealing with a less than perfect world that has given them rather difficult histories and there is promise of some real depth to not only their interactions but also their circumstances that I'm looking forward too. Also did I mention there was sex? Graphic sex and kinks on display? No? Well there and that might be a turn off for you but given they don't get in the way of pacing, character development, or plot and I actually like having sex in my harem books thank you very much this goes in the plus side of thing. Beyond all the heavy stuff, and there is a good deal of heavy, the characters are fleshed out and complex. Once more unlike far to many i get a super power stories there are several times where the MCs just goof off with their power because well, 'how cool is that!?" which is nice. Add to this that none of the characters histories are given to you out right but you get tid bits throughout the story a bit at a time, like you're supposed to, you're shown how they feel rather than told, my two biggest gripes of writing and I have to say I really enjoyed this book.

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If there had to be it would have to be that while everything is well done, very much so, nothing is done all that different than a dozen other books. There is nothing really original here, not sure if that is a bad thing but given that what prevents this from getting that vaunted 5 stars it has to count.

In the end if you like the genre and are happy with tropes done well with competent writing on top you should buy this book. If you want a book that stands on par with something from Brandon Sanderson, Brent Weeks, Ilona Andrews or the other heavy weights of Fantasy than this ain't it. This is average mediocrity done very well but nothing special either. That said it does have promise that the next book in the series will be something special.

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  • TU
  • 26-12-2018

Absolutely loved it!!!!

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

So, I'm a big fan of Harmon Cooper and have really enjoyed many of his books. I've also listened to at least one other book narrated by Neil Hellegers. Because of that, agreeing to listen to this book and provide a review was an absolute NO BRAINER! In fact, I pretty much binge-listened to this book. I really enjoyed the world (and characters) built in this novel. There is the typical humor you expect from Mr. Cooper. What I loved most about this new series is that it is unique from his others. I would even say this could definitely become one of my new favorites series of his. I certainly hope the next book comes out on Audible soon!

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  • Ed
  • 20-01-2019

wonderful

Enjoyed this book from start to finish, cannot wait for the next. Narration was great as well as the story.

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  • Ryan
  • 14-01-2019

Great book

I love it I wish they would put the second book on so that way I could finish

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  • Dakota Murphy George
  • 11-01-2019

Entertaining book for the collection

Found the story very entertaining and well paced. I especially liked Roman's transformation throughout. The narrator also gave each character their own life and voice. I shall look forward to hearing the next book.

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  • Matt
  • 04-01-2019

sweet read

absolutley loved this book, a bit of a change from the norm. cannot wait to see where the story takes us.

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  • Arthur
  • 03-01-2019

Fantastic

Was a great book the first time I read it and Neil Heilegers just brings it more to life. This world feels darker than some of Harmons other books and I love it all the more for it. The narrators voice helps bring that feel to life. I look forward to when book two gets released on audio!

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  • Peter Karlsson
  • 23-01-2019

Refreshing.

This is probably my favorit series out of Harmon Cooper's books.
I like to listen to superhero books, but what I like the most is when the protagonist starts to get inventive with his powers.
I also liked that the author remembered to ask the small questions that people can ask and not take them for granted.
For example: Instead of ignoring the fact that a woman changed clothes for no apparent reason he acctually ask why she did it.
And so on.
Almost listened to it in one go. To bad I needed to sleep.
I liked the narrator, I just wish he emphesised a bit more when it came to the females. Missed at times when he shifted between the males and females.
Otherwise, I quite enjoyed listening to him.
Can't wait for the next book.

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  • Zoroza
  • 09-01-2019

Meh

I found myself hating the main character, so much so I was hoping there was a point to it. At some point in the book I was raising my hands in the hair with a ‘what the hell’ and gave up on this book. I shall not be continuing the series, I have listened to far better harem based fantasy.

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  • Scott R
  • 05-01-2019

Exciting new Story

Familiar with Harmon Cooper work this is more in line with his super hero series CBG which is a great success.
This new series is a completely new world which has been done wonderfully with great attention to detail and a surprising amount of room for further adventures.
The usual collarboration between HC and SBT makes for a must buy combination so I was a bit wary of this one but as it was a steal i purchased anyways.
Narration is by an unknown Narrator to me Neil Hellegers and I was very surprised to hear how well he went. Although he may be not as highly skilled as perhaps Jeff Hays I find him very competent in both the male and female roles which is so important in harem style audios and would rate him on the level of Justin Thomas James another SBT narrator who is very good.
This gives me a great relief and between the story and narration i have found so far i will be continuing my story for books and audios for this series with intrepid anticipation.

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  • Gregg M.
  • 04-01-2019

Another great series in the making

Interesting characters in what could turn out to be a very interesting storyline. Almost a good old fashioned spy story but with superpowers and catgirls, catgirls make everything better.