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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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  • Patrick
  • 15-11-2019

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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  • JulieM
  • 09-09-2019

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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  • Edwin W.
  • 07-11-2019

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
  • 28-10-2019

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
  • 28-10-2019

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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  • hexwolfx
  • 13-10-2020

Phipps raised a pulp fiction wisely

The story was a neat change from previous books has felt like an old timey pulp fiction novel with the dinosaurs and evil nazi base. Do I really wise you gone to more details if Cindy Fenrir condition and how it effect her s## needs hahaha. An finally I noticed in last few paragraphs when you mentioned Agent G name you called him K by mistake and also I felt adding government organization an getting off it in the same novel was more plot device that to over developed.

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  • Dingo 883
  • 20-07-2020

Another step back for me

A 3.5 but CT is a friend so I rounded up. For whatever reason, I had a hard time focusing and getting invested in this one as well. Again, I have to assume I'm part of the problem. Debatable on how big my share is. Anyway, still a good story and the crossover continues. That's fun, but I kind of would have liked to have seen the crossover characters be a little more than background props. The story started out strong! Govt. types and soldiers show up to arrest Gary. Gary, being tired with it all, initially goes along with it. That's when one of the "Men in Black" gets upset at his compliance since he doesn't get to rough him up and decides to threaten his family. Big mistake. One melted fed and a call to the president letting him know what was going to happen if someone tried that again cleared everything up. That was the most memorable part and I kind of zoned in and out from there. Dr. Terror pops up in Middle Earth and Gary and his cohorts have to go deal with him. Stuff happens. Story over.

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  • terylsr
  • 08-07-2020

all in all a likeable experience

funny. for fans of the prior books. a proper sendoff. i wonder what's next up?

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  • K_Seay
  • 21-05-2020

Decent Follow-up for a Good Series

I still love the characters, but the overarching storyline was a bit disjointed and difficult to follow. The magic fights and pop culture one liners are still hilarious. Also, you can tell that the narrator has discovered his style within the series because he's MUCH more natural and casual here than the first few books... hence the 5-star rating.

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  • MelHay
  • 05-05-2020

It's all for the protection of the family

*I was given this free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. I had a few rough weeks and wanted an audio book I could enjoy and relax with. This fit the mold. I always enjoy Gary's antics and adventures. This book follows through with what I was looking for. Gary gave up being a super villain a year ago. Until the special United States agency sets out to arrest him, and threatens his children. Wanting to get away from the potential attack coming, and getting a chance to kill Nazi's, Gary agrees to help an underground kingdom in the center of the Earth. John from C.T.'s Apocalyptic books joins our favorites on this mission. We get a quick view of his life and world here. These crumbs could make you curious to pick up those books. When I think there couldn't be more '80's and '90's movies to pull from, C.T. surprises me with ones I've forgotten about. I love listening to the story and thinking of what movie, comic, book, and more that influences the events and quick comebacks. There is so much great material to be inspired by! I love how C.T. does that. Gary loves his family. This is the one thing he fights for, or doesn't fight. All to keep them safe. He loves his women deeply, all the women close to him. He has to face that his children and niece could be in danger because of what he and the moms do. Will that stop Gary from doing what needs done though? Gary's life feels to be evolving and growing, as life should. By now we know Gary's not a true villain in his intent but he doesn't act as a straight laced hero either. Gary calls himself an antihero, which fits perfectly. Gary does seem to have a great capability of screwing things up too, which brings humor and highlights additional characters in the book. And yet, in some strange way, it works out for Gary. lol. I enjoy these moments, when things go off the rails for Gary because it feels creative with how we get to where we still need to be. There are moments where it feels as though it's the easy route, but it's all good because Gary is his own character. You know when Gary is not thrilled with something or disappointed as he wont waste a great Star Wars quote, or pop culture quote, on that person or situation. That weighs more in meaning than giving a great quote to lighten the moment. As always, I had fun listening to Gary and his family and friends take this adventure and fight on. It seems Gary's life might take another turn in the future with what he does in life. Or maybe not.

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  • Ho-Man Yau
  • 22-11-2019

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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  • Welease Wodger
  • 08-09-2019

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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  • S. D. Howarth
  • 03-09-2019

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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