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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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  • Kristopher G. Hesson
  • 19-02-2021

A SUPER series

Such a fun series. One of my favorites actually. Witty. Original. Full of fun and action. Definitely give this one a try.

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  • Jason Vane
  • 21-01-2021

Worth a second listen

I rotate books and narrators out so I don’t get burned out on either, and sometimes books or narrators get lost in the shuffle. This would be one of those times. I hadn’t realized how much I had missed Gary and Kafer. Honestly I’ll have to listen to it again because I kept loosing myself in the quips and laughing that I forgot to pay attention to the actual story

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  • Tony J Sheets
  • 28-12-2020

Fitting Ending

This has been a world-class romp from beginning to end. I hope there are future installments. "Thank you for all the fish."

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  • Sandi S.
  • 16-12-2020

This one kinda of threw me for a loop!

This story kept me engaged and I enjoyed it. However, I am not sure how I feel about the way it ended. I am very conflicted about the byplay between Gary and DiabloMan. But that type of relationship is what has me on pins and needles as I await the next book. Well, played my friend, well played!

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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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  • Julie
  • 11-03-2021

Hope there is more books to come in the future

I enjoyed this book. This is book six in the series and with so many characters from previous books and even from other series appearing in this one then I would definitely say that you need to start with book one and work your way though them all, especially as they is a number of long running twists, friendships and relationships contained in them and also because the books pick from where the last book finished off. You won't be disappointed. The characters are what makes this such a great series. It also helps if you like star wars or Si-Fi films as there is a lot of pop culture references, that Gary uses to confuse and annoy his opponents and often his friends. There is plenty of action and humour and I can't wait to start the next book.
Gary has lost to many friends after the last trails and has turned is back on villains and hero's, that is until a government agent threatens the lives of his daughters and no body can be allowed to do that. After fighting back he decides to lie low for a while and let the heat die down and the same time he is asked for help in taking down some Nazis and saving some super hero's, one of which is his niece. Gary and his gang head to underground kingdom in the center of the Earth with out a plan, other than getting his niece back. There he has to face off against Tom Terror, archenemy of heroes everywhere, dinosaurs, Gods and old friends. Can Gary hatch a plan on the fly that will get everybody out safely?
I like Jeffrey Kafer as the narrator he has perfect timing for the quips and enough sass to sass with the best of them. I am glad he is the voice of Gary and his friend and hope he continues to be.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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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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