Review by: Morgan HobbesThis was a funny and entertaining book. Gary Karkofsky, our “hero” of the story leads a dull life where he wants nothing more than to be a supervillain. Of course this wish is fulfilled when the magical cloak of the foremost (and newly deceased) hero of the city turns up on his doorstep.
Suddenly he gets everything he wants and becomes Merciless: The Supervillain Without Mercy. The tautology alone should give you an idea what this book is going to be like.
Gary enjoys being a supervillain, but aspires to be a nice one by only killing those who really deserve it… like all the other supervillains who stand in his way. He bumbles about, acquiring sidekicks and mentors along the way to help him in his quest.
The author plays on clichés and superhero tropes well to give a funny and thoroughly entertaining read. I'll definitely be looking to add the next books in the series to my Audible library.
The narrator, Jeffrey Kafer, gave a terrific performance, his voice lending itself perfectly (in my opinion) to Gary. That kind of... self-assured, manly superhero, er, supervillain type voice worked well. Certainly easy to listen to.