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Merciless, the Supervillain without Mercy (TM), is back with even bigger problems! How far will he go to fix his wife's current state of being a soulless vampire? Can he ignore his growing feelings for Cindy, despite their difference over the new Star Wars movie? Can he survive the wrath of the president of the United States (whom he accidentally stole billions from)?

While he ponders those personal issues, Death has a new mission for him. The greatest hero on Earth has killed, and she isn't pleased. Death wants the murder solved and the perpetrator given the kind of justice only the Avatar of Death can dish out. Unfortunately for Gary, that's only the tip of the psychotic iceberg.

©2016 C.T. Phipps (P)2016 C.T. Phipps

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Great book and an awesome series.

I love this series and the book didn't disappoint. It has more references to pop culture, very funny scenes and more. It also have one more cool thing which is probably would a spoiler if you haven't read this book.
Enjoyed every minute of the book and listened in almost one go.

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  • erobbins33
  • 05-12-2016

Excellent and multilayered!

Wait, what? Aaaaarrrghhhh! Noooohhhh! I really hope the next installment is coming soon. From the progression of the first two books, I assumed this was to be a trilogy. I've been binge-listening and just got to the end of book 3, which leaves sooo many more plot questions! Don't get me wrong, there isn't a terrible cliffhanger, just a device that will put this book on my radar for insta-buy on release day. Overall, I absolutely love this series so far. It's smart, funny, and absolutely irreverent at times. I completely love the voice actor, too. If I could have given this book ten stars, I would have, both for creativity and for execution.

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  • Antonio Stevens
  • 03-08-2016

The story was ok but overall it was outstanding.

This still feels like a dark comedy of a Jack Kirby comic. I love it. All of the rich backgrounds, the characters, the conflicts of being villains vs being good, and it's just still has that nice make it work magic. Now to be fair, had I not heard the first two audio books, I'm not sure I would have liked this one as much. Story wise, this one is fairly average but the narration production and enjoying the characters in action again is what made the fun still sink in.

If you enjoyed the first two, I recommend this one as well.

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  • matthew
  • 28-07-2016

good romp with a weak cliffhanger

narration's good story is the standard romp and pomp of realistic supers. but the ending comes off as a word count goal line crossing.

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  • cameron ogletree
  • 25-07-2016

Good for the series, meh stand alone.

Still a great story in the series, but this one felt like it ended in the middle and felt rushed at the end.

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  • MagePro
  • 24-07-2016

Defining what it is to be an Anti-Villain!

What made the experience of listening to The Secrets of Supervillainy the most enjoyable?

On top of an expertly created cast of characters and well written dialogue, Jeffery Kafer has brought them to life in this third installment of the Supervillainy saga. Beyond just a reading of a book, the emotions of each of the characters were felt as the story unfolded.

What did you like best about this story?

The story continued quite smoothly from the previous novel and suddenly leap from ordinary to extraordinary levels of complexity and mystery as Gary worked towards his goal of regaining his wife Mandy and solving a murder. In the spirit of comic books and the complexity of realistic (as you can be in a world with superheroes) interactions with real people, C. T. Phipps and Jeffery Kafer have proven they are a faultless combination.

What does Jeffrey Kafer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Because Jeffery has taken the time to get to know the characters and this being the third book of the series, he has owned the Supervillainy Saga almost as much as Mr. Phipps. As I mentioned before, Mr. Kafer IS Gary Karkofsky!

As funny as it sounds, he IS also Cloak (Lancel Warren), Diabloman, Cindy and the entire cast of the series! If someone else were to pick up the series, it wouldn't be the same.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were several moments in the book that unexpectedly moved me. The first time was when the announcement of who was murdered was a shock and when Death herself gave Gary a choice of life and death for someone close to him. It was even more surprising about the cliff-hanger at the end.

Any additional comments?

The Phipps/Kafer combo works perfectly. Support of this team should encouraged and supported. All fans of the Supervillainy saga should enjoy the Esoterrorism series and the upcoming Wraith Knight series by C.T. Phipps and read by Jeffery Kafer.

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  • Michael Davenport
  • 17-02-2018

He did it again!

Mr. Phipps has done it again!!! I can't wait til I get the other books

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  • William Zaragoza
  • 07-08-2017

absolutely amazing

this is the 3rd book in this series and I still want more!!! On to the 4th!

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  • The Bookwyrm Speaks
  • 27-03-2017

Another great story from CT Phipps.

In which Gary Karkofsky, aka Merciless, The Supervillain without Mercy™, makes and executes plans to bring his wife back from undeath. Thats right, undeath. After his battles with the undead and an old god in book 2, in which his wife was brought back from death after Gary makes a deal with Death, only she's brought back as a vampire. Gary is now desperate to save her, willing to make any deal to bring her back as herself. He does this while facing a whole new threat from one of the most powerful people in the world, with resources far beyond what Gary is prepared to handle. All while trying to deal with his increasing feelings for Cindy, his Henchwoman Red Riding Hood. What do you do when your in love with two women, one a blood sucking fiend and the other an amoral henchwoman? Seems Merciless™ has a case of first world villain problems. This is a much twistier story than the first two, but in a good way. It ratchets up the intensity and keeps you coming back for more.
This is s very character driven story, as are the first two. Even though it is dealing with costumed heroes and villains, It is basically a story of characters and their relationships between each other and their environments.The characters are so well put together you can get in the head of each of them, and see their motivations and logic. This makes them very accessible. The dialogue is crisp and sharp, with snark and touching moments abounding. It actually had me choked up a couple of times. The worldbuilding is so good. You can see in your head the streeets and buildings of the city and definitely dont want to go on vacation there!
As far as narration, Jeffrey Kafer does his usual outstanding job, bringing each character to life, and keeping the narration moving smoothly. He really adds a lot to the audiobook.

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  • Natalie @ ABookLoversLife
  • 14-12-2016

He tries so hard to be bad!!!

Poor Gary! He tries so hard to be bad but fails miserably all the time! This series has quickly become one of my favourites and this edition just cements that fact!

This one takes place months after the events of the last book. Gary is still deaths b**ch and he is trying to find a cure for his vampire wife, all the while trying to battle his feelings for his henchwoman. During this, he has to try to solve the mystery of who killed the greatest super hero of all time and work alongside his beautiful superhero ex. Could life get anymore complicated?? You betcha it could, but you'll have to read it to see what happens: Hint... it involves a corrupt president and another Gary(s) ;)

I love so much about this book, and indeed the series. It's a simple case of a writer having fun and writing a book that encompasses a fun, geeky, lovable character getting into trouble no matter whether he does good or bad! Gary is such a wonderful character, I love his wit, his tongue in cheek attitude, his pop culture references and above all, his relationship with his cloak!! Every book in the series has never failed to deliver a funny, witty, light hearted yet addicting read. I thought I knew where the book was going, but I had no idea!! This book really shifted my expectations and now I need to know where it's going. I need book 3 ASAP!!

In all, this was a wonderful addition to an amazing series. There isn't anything I didn't enjoy about it and I devoured the book as quick as I could. Highly recommend!!

Jeffrey Kafer makes for a perfect Gary. He has a way of delivering Gary's wit and attitude perfectly and really makes you giggle with his delivery. He also does a perfect Cloak, you can almost hear him rolling his eyes when Gary get's going ;) This is a perfect example of a perfect book for a perfect narrator which makes it perfectly perfect!!! ;)

*I received this as a gift but voluntarily reviewed it. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.*

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  • RobT
  • 30-08-2016

These are great stories

I am really enjoying this series. It is an unabashed not to comic nerdidity and very well done.
if you enjoy comic books and sarcasm then grab these and listen it read them.

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  • Julie
  • 23-09-2020

Supervillainy is so entertaining

I enjoyed this book. This is book three in the series and as all the books follow on from each other you need to be prepared to get the whole series and listen to them in the right order, I have, but I haven't been disappointed yet. The books are full of action, with good guys taking on the bad guys...well okay it's not that black and white. I like the fact that with this series anything can happen and usually does and not always what you are expecting. The characters are interesting and with cool names it is easy to get swept up in the fantasy world. The humour is just a bonus. Off to start the next book as it left the last one on a bit of a cliff hanger. Gary aka Merciless saved the city from being destroyed, despite being a super villain but he was unable to save the love of his life, his wife. Unable to let her go just how far will he and his team of super villains go to get her back? He also has other problems such as the president wants him dead and has taken out a hit on him. Oh and someone killed the greatest super hero to have ever walked the planet, Ultra God and replaced him with a robot. Death and the hero's daughter, um Gary's ex girlfriend, want Gary's help to find out who killed him and to put a stop to what ever plan they have cooked up now. Is the hit and the death of Ultra God connected? It's hard to be a villain when you have to keep saving the city so that you can destroy it. I like the narrator and have listened to a few books read by him and have enjoyed them every time. He is a master at his work and has the perfect timing to deliver the punch line. I was given this free review copy Audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • AGGELOS IOAKIMIDES
  • 14-09-2020

Exhausting action scrumptious puns

Tasty cultural reference hunt and the lack of one star from the story was the tiresome emotional roller coasters. Great fun. Tho and heartwarming stories.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-08-2020

Pretty good, but in danger of becoming stale

The saga of Gary Karkofsky continues however, unlike the first two books, this one almost slipped by me. It was six hours long but felt like very little happened. It actually felt like this book had been written as a filler between two more important books. Perhaps once I have listened to the next book I can come back and revise this. There are the usual characters, the plot twists and crazy story lines - just as we have come to expect. All in all, a good book and a good continuation to the series. It does end on a cliff-hanger of sorts. I received a free copy of this book and chose to write a review

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  • Ho-Man Yau
  • 31-08-2016

to be continued, oh come on

excellent storytelling, fun and witty, but when I was just getting into the story it didn't finished and had to be continued.
I just hate it when that happens which means I have to wait until the next book comes out.

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  • C. PEART
  • 17-08-2016

better than meh

Although I am enjoying this series, the characters are great and the previous stories have been great, this one seemed a bit ...thin.

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  • BLT
  • 02-08-2016

Seemed off.

Spoiler alert. The first two books set things different to what was delivered, perhaps something changed in the authors life, but a readjustment in the protagonists love life was the result. It made the whole story just seem like I had missed something. The story itself I wasn't sure if there was any movement either, it was packed full of pop culture references from the last two years, but over all it just felt off. Wrong in a morbid way, it literally went from book one. I love mandy, I still love ultra goddess to book two re confirming this, and even mandy and ultra goddess to accepting one another to book three I love mandy, I hate the mandy that I have and I love Cindy. Ultra goddess is okay I suppose.

I know its not painted to be a great love story, but in a world where super powers exist you at least want to believe that love was there. Sadly it was missing.

I will buy and read the next installment, just in the hopes that phipps recovers what's left. Lets not talk about the other character progress, powers developed and story as it was explained like a kids explanation of why they thought filling a swimming pool with petrol and having a firework party was a good idea.

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  • Mike
  • 28-07-2016

weakest of the 3

mildly entertaining but fizzled out towards the end - not sure I'd bother with the next installment

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