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Confessions of a D-List Supervillain Paperback – April 10, 2011
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Conversely there are the supervillains, and Cal `Mechani-Cal' Stringel is, by his own assertion, not one of the more successful of them, but he gets by.
The world has been taken over by bugs the size of grasshoppers that have attached themselves to everyone's necks, reorganizing the world into a hive society of junkies addicted to the bugs in the desperate way that a junkie is addicted to heroin. Because he works inside of his mechanical suit, Cal has managed to avoid this fate. Out of necessity, he finds himself trying to get the `good-guys' back on their feet and back to saving the world like they are supposed to be doing.
As superheroes go, The Olympians are as unlikeable and evil a bunch of shallow, self-serving stars as you could ask for. The supervillains, on the other hand, are actually the better human beings, because they are honest about their motives.
I don't normally like first person, present tense point of view in a story, because I find it difficult to get into into the story. But once I got past that initial issue I have to admit, this story captured and held my interest.
The adventures that Cal has as he tries to re-hab the Olympians and save the world are quite entertaining. There are some adult themes, but though there is nothing graphic I recommend this as a fun adult read.
I really liked this story. It was engaging, one of the few where I finished dinner, got the kids showered and slipped back to my reading chair before bed type of book. Jim Bernheimer did a great job of creating Calvin Stringel, a character that is a hardcore bad man...well, sort of a bad guy. Well, okay he's mostly just not a nice guy that has some standards, they are flexible. The main character crosses the line in some instances but holds to it in others. And always in a manner that is true to himself and, more importantly in a fiction story, is within character. Through the course of the narrative you begin to question who the real villain is when his actions and motives are compared to the inside scoop of the glamourous superheroes world. It reminded me of the old "film noir" style stories where at the end, you realized the good people weren't necessarily so and the unsavory ones were pretty decent after all.
I saw that some reviews had a problem with the 1st person narrative. I had no problem with it. Actually, I think it that it works for two very good reasons. It was necessary to deliver a plot twist at the end. But more importantly the reader comes to realizations as the character develops before the character does. Without the benefit of 3rd person hindsight, Calvin does not realize how he has evolved and progressed in association with the so-called heroes around him.Read more ›
In general, I'm especially hard to please when it comes to first person, present-tense narration. This story pulls it off, but just by its fingernails. Most of the way, I was half aware of the format, which is not the total immersion in the story that I wanted. I kept thinking, this would just be easier to fall into in the past tense.
It turns out that the narration is in the present tense for a reason. A somewhat contrived gotcha! plot twist seems to be the point. (Given that, otherwise, the past tense could totally be as good, if not better for the rest of the story). I quibble, and will allow the twist to pass because it is sufficiently well set up and clever. (I won't spoil anything by saying that the one chapter that seemed out of the narrative arc does earn its presence after the fact, by setting up the twist.)
Bottom line: Fast paced entertainment. Well thought out. Everything wraps up at the end in a satisfying way. The characters are believable and I identified with the principals, and cared about them.
I'd give this a solid recontamination based on how well it does what it intends to do. I believe that the target audience of super action adventure readers will be well pleased.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent story! Would recommend to anyone who has a love of sci-fi and superhero stories. Finished it in less than a day and immediately purchased the sequels.Published 2 months ago by Andrew Hackett
I hope Jim Bernheimer gets fully recognized for how good he really is. I read a lot of Scifi, and it seems the authors nowadays will add an amazing amount of worthless detail in... Read morePublished 2 months ago by L.P.
This is a story of how even a D–List supervillain can save the world from itself. Like eating an elephant...one bite at a time. Very action packed. The humor is woven throughout. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jerry Newhouse
Do you like wry humor? Do you like superheroes? Then you might just like seeing through the eyes of witty D-list super villain Mechani-Cal! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Elizabeth Clark
A really good story about how a luckless super-villain ends up becoming a one of the great superheroes of his world—without getting sappy! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Charles
Fun book that's a bit too short and could elaborate on a few of the events as they happen. That said, i still enjoyed it.Published 4 months ago by Interested buyer