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Villains Deception

The Shadow Master, Book 3
Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
Series: The Shadow Master, Book 3
Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
5 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Jackson Blackwell, the Shadow Master, returns. And lo, the multiverse shall tremble. Why? For someone dared to kidnap his daughter.

In this third installment of the multiple award-nominated (which we perpetually lose) Shadow Master novels, Jackson and his crew of malicious malcontents are going on a road trip! Er, well, space...trip? Look, this time we’re mocking sci-fi, so you know, just go with it.

While on a consultation trip to a sci-fi dimension, Evie Blackwell is taken by hired mercenaries, and Jackson is stranded on a remote planet. Using all of his devious and deadly tricks, Jackson must escape, assemble his team, and travel through space and time to find those responsible. Jackson will stop at nothing to prove his commitment to his family while wreaking his patented, comedic havoc in a way that only a man-turned-god can.

Follow this thrilling, hilarious, and oddly touching story as Jackson hops dimensions, fights the forces of light and shadow, and even confronts an entire pantheon of pissed-off gods.

Won’t this be a hoot?

©2019 Michael Gibson (P)2019 Michael Gibson

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  • Justin
  • 20-04-2019

solid

Like a turd.... made of gold. Crapped in a solid gold toilet with unholy water in the bowl.

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  • Jzang
  • 22-07-2019

Good story

Good story. Ending was a a bit pash with the whole everything is $&&)$’. However over all this was a good 2.5 book. I’m looking forward to next book

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  • Lester
  • 27-07-2019

So that happened.

I loved everything about the book and think you will love it too. I would add more but am afraid of Jackson lambasting me in the next book.

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  • Arthur
  • 20-07-2019

Yay

Every time a Shadow Master book is released I end up dropping everything I am reading or listening to and enjoy the glory that is the combination of M. K. Gibson and Jeffrey Kafer. The world will be loosing something amazing if or when this series ends.

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  • Michael Lyons
  • 16-07-2019

Outstanding

Sue me Matt Damon. Just a fun listen from an indie writer. Enjoy and don’t be to serious about yourself

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  • Corenthian
  • 12-07-2019

Fantastic series

Can't wait to find out what happens next! The narration is top notch. Love the series, and that each book is its own genre.

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  • Burt Reynolds
  • 09-07-2019

Great series

I hope the shadow master returns for a fourth because this series is great. Tons of fun to follow, loved the scene setting.

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  • Bennah
  • 27-03-2019

I was berated, but I liked it

Another adventure of the Shadow Master and his minions. There was many twists and turns, misdirections and of course, monologs. There was some big time 4th wall breaking, talking at the listener, and other little surprises. Can't wait for the next book

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  • mlsimmons
  • 03-05-2019

Amazing! Kafer and Gibson nailed it.

I’m so excited to be back in the world of Jackson Blackwell, The Shadow Master. Jackson is a villain, But not just any villain, he’s a god of his domain. Jackson works as a consultant to other villains.

In this story, Jackson is on the hunt for whoever took his daughter. Don’t mess with a villain’s family because they will come for you. Jackson is no different. He will do anything and betray anyone to get his daughter back.

Jackson talks to the audience several times throughout the story. Usually insulting some or part of the audience, which makes me laugh. He, as in Jackson, is very aware that this is a story being told and talks about prologues, epilogues and plot devices.

Jackson gives a series recap towards the beginning of the story, so if you haven’t read the first two books (which I would highly recommend), you won’t be lost if you do decide to choose to read this one first.

I don’t want to give too much away, but this is a fun series. There’s a ton of snarkiness from the characters. Not only does is have superhero/villain tropes, but this also has some space opera tropes involved too. There are also vampires, djinn, demons and more in this story.

One thing I MUST point out is that Gibson does add additional stuff for the audiobook listener. I’ve never actually “read” one of his books, I’ve just listened. I really felt with this book (and the second book too, to be honest) were written specifically for audio. So, I had to ask. He responded with “I write the ebook/paperback first, then go back to make small edits (or small scenes) that only work for audiobook.” And it works so well. So there are some great surprises for the audiobook listener. There’s one scene that had me rolling on the floor with laughter.

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Jeffrey Kafer knocked it out of the park with this story. He really brings the story to life. I can’t imagine just reading this series. Kafer is the voice of The Shadow Master in my mind. I also can’t imagine anyone else doing this series, especially with the audio only sections. He really brings a special little extra to this story. He also doesn’t mind being the butt of jokes (if you listened to book two, Villains Pride, you know what I mean).

I guess I should actually mention his narration. Kafer is an awesome narrator. He’s great with both men and women’s voices. His pacing and tone for each scene is spot on. He really brings out the humor in this series. If you haven’t listened to Jeffrey Kafer, then I highly recommend you check him out. Check out the beginning of the book with the sample above. Or even try the sample on Audible, which is recorded just for the sample and is hilarious. It is gives you a you a great feel of how the story feels.

**I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review it.

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  • G. Merinstein
  • 18-09-2019

Excellent series; excellent performance

Initially I wasn't interested in the super villian anti heros genre but based upon my enjoyment of Kafer's unique performance of Gibson's Technomancer series I knew the writing and stories matched' my tastes so I gave this a try and now I am a converted fan.

Where is book #4? SIGH

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  • cee
  • 17-08-2019

Gibson...goddamit you got me

Hmm...how do i say this
Bruh i was not expecting that. As usual A+ for the narrators ( Yes this includes Karren too...i agree with you Matt Damon rules). The story this time was better than the last and it had me on the edge of my seatvthe whole time. and after this I am convinced M.K Gibson is actually evil. well done sir well done.

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  • Thomas P Scott
  • 15-08-2019

To the Shadowmaster

funny as always.
I also like the fact that writer wrote itself into the book.
Will definitely give technomancer a look.

I sincerely hope there is a fourth book.

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  • J. Armstrong
  • 15-08-2019

utter shite

as per usual this hack drills out the cheapest, easiest and most uninspiring drivel.

he thinks he's funny being all self referencing and self deprecating but he's just being cheap.

i loved it from start to finish as i did the other two :-)

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  • Sean
  • 04-08-2019

Total Greatness

This book is totally amazing M.K. Gibson gets better and better with each book he writes, go buy the book and enjoy it 💯 awesomeness....

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  • Mr. N. Hoye
  • 09-06-2019

A Villainous Masterpiece!

You will be belittled, trolled and pretty much have your intelligence insulted the entire way through this comedic masterpiece. Jackson Blackwell doesn't just break the fourth wall, he will reach out of your speakers and slap you about the face whilst telling you how stupid you are for buying the book!

The Shadow Master, not only trolls monsters, gods, demons, entire pop culture genres, nerds, you the listener, he also instigates direct confrontation with his own narrator!

I personally found this great, even with the twist, you can't be mad! Looking forward to the next one!

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  • Darren
  • 07-05-2019

Fun as always

While I can't say I was a fan of the ending, even if it was hinted at in the first half of the book, this was an enjoyable story and still managed to get a few laughs out of me. Jeffery Kafer was great as always, and the special guest scenes were brilliant.
If you liked the first two books then getting this one is a no-brainer.

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  • David Smith
  • 03-05-2019

pretty good

I enjoyed it, but ending felt like a little bit of a rush job. I don't think it is as funny as the first 2 books but still worth a listen.