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The Daily Struggles of an Immortal: A Superhero Adventure

Immortal Supers, Book 1
Auteur(s): Kurtis Eckstein
Narrateur(s): Christopher Boucher
Durée: 9 h et 36 min
4 out of 5 stars (9 évaluations)

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Description

In a world where almost everyone has a superpower, Sam Archer finds himself with one of the most useless abilities of all - immortality. Sure, he can’t die, but he sure as hell can’t fight back either. If anything, the incapacity to die has turned out to be a hassle for Sam, with ridiculous requests for obnoxious favors being a primary concern. However, his coworker Lily Dodson is about to make his life a lot more interesting with her unique proposal.

Warning: This book contains adult content that may not be suitable for all audiences, including suggestive adult scenes, slight harem elements, consensual sexual aggression on a male character by a female (slight BDSM elements), graphic violence, talk about self-harming behavior, and alcohol consumption/drug use. However, this book does not contain overly vulgar language, and it has parts you may find wholesome.

©2018 Kurtis Eckstein (P)2019 Kurtis Eckstein

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Au global

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars

Amazing!

Amazing, the pacing is perfect, the action is short and brutal (just how you would imagine it being) and the characters are so lovable I missed them wile waiting for the second book.

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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Scott
  • Beaconsfield, Quebec, Canada
  • 2019-03-19

Fun story, bad final words

A fun story with a rather unique set of relationships between somewhat overpowered characters which culminates in a nice relaxing ending... except for the last few pages.

The writing in this story is pretty decent starting out strong but sort of petering out near the end almost as though it was started with good intentions and the author had to rush as the deadline began getting closer. That being said, the writing was overall pretty good, though I did get tired of the constant references to a character "getting there" near the end.

The story is interesting and has many minor details that I can foresee being fleshed out into much larger arcs. The relationships between the main cast feel a bit more well thought out than your typical fare and I appreciated that the author allows a great deal of time to pass over the course of the story. It makes everything feel a bit more real when people work towards something over months rather than having sparks fly over a few days.

The characters are unique and have good reason to be there only stumbling slightly with a rushed introduction for each new one to appear. Unfortunately this isn't the case for the bad guys in the story. Each one is plopped in, dealt with, and forgotten, often in the same chapter. They feel less like characters and more like simple plot devices to have something happen to the main cast. This isn't a huge detriment since these flat henchmen characters serve to contrast the important characters who are all much more well rounded and thought out.

One detail that I really didn't like was the main character's powers. He begins with what is frequently thought of as an amazing power, though we are frequently shown how it can be a curse too. Before long he gets a hold of some info that explains how his powers came to be, though the characters make some intuitive leaps that make absolutely zero sense. Then now that he knows how his power came to be, he's able to use it as a weapon... immediately... And it's broken as all hell. Bam kill 19 people 100 feet away just by thinking it. No defence, no stopping it, and completely mutable to the point that he can use it for whatever he wants. It's like his power is magic, not like magical or anything, just like literally just magic. If he had spent some time working towards it then it would be a bit more forgivable but he's literally a master of it within seconds of learning it. This is softened a bit by the fact that he rarely uses it to it's full extent and instead uses it for fun most of t he time but still, it's a weak and rushed plot device.

The ending of the story is is relaxing and sweet and is a nice ending to what has been predominantly a pretty relaxing "slice of life" story in a super powered setting... Except for the final few pages. The story ends on the most annoying cliffhanger which is obviously meant to get you interested in pursuing the next book. It's a cheap hook and sours what has been an enjoyable read for me up to that point. If the author would have hinted at this hook in some way, foreshadowed it a bit more clearly, or even jumped to the point of view of another character to show it to the reader, then it would have easily jumped this book up another star for me.

In the end this is a fun story that I enjoyed (minus the ending) and I think I will continue the story once the next book is released.

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Durid The Druid
  • Minnesota, USA
  • 2019-04-24

Good story, and moderately sensual story

Be honest, part of the draw of this story is the several warnings it starts with. But honestly, there are many stories that have more and better erotica and bloody combat than what's in this one. Other than having some BDSM relationships, it's actually quite tame, and is more of a secondary plot.

But so saying that, this is actually a pretty good story. Well worth spending money on. Honestly is about equal to the "super sales on super heroes" series.

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  • Au global
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Adam
  • Tulsa, OK, United States
  • 2019-03-26

It's Romance Novel Grade Porn, people

It's dressed up nicely, and it's well hidden ... but it's lite S&M
porn. If you like the Anita Blake vampire series after about book 5, then it's your kind of lite S&M Porn. But it's still porn, with a Masochist as the Main Character. He likes to be hurt, he Demands to be hurt, it was Very insistent and graphically descriptive on this point.

I've returned two books out of literally a thousand and this was the second.

If you like it, fine. But don't try and pretend it's not a Romance novel level of porn.

Enjoy, you do you.

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  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Julian
  • 2019-05-28

Do you like romance novels?

Less of a Superhero story and more of a Harliquinn with a gimmicky premise. If you like reading romance novels and general softcore erotica then this could be the book for you. If you wanted Super heroes try Dreadnaught or Soon I Will Be Invincible.

2 personnes sur 2 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Paul Ewing
  • 2019-04-10

really great read/listen

very laid back book at the start and gets more entertaining and engrossing the more you read

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  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Jonathan T.
  • 2019-08-08

Phenomenal concept, dreadfult execution.

I suppose I will start on the o ly positive note: the voice acting was PHENOMENAL. I was wholeheartedly impressed. I've already baught other titles this actor has done.
Now for the meat and potatoes. This entire book was basically an excuse to write about big tits, the hope of a threesome, and sex for EIGHTEEN CHAPTERS. I truly appreciate romance, I appreciate sex scenes, I appreciate something to get the blood pumping. This was NOT any of those things. This was a book with a unique and fantastic concept, yet all was for naught as the story was virtually non existent outside of sex, talking about sex, alluding to sex, inner monologue about how turned on the MC was, and so on. If all you want is a book geared toward sex you have sooooo many better options.

I did in fact finish the book. Normally I'll go through a 50+ chapter book in a few days or a week max. This one took me well over three weeks as I couldn't listen to it for more than a half hour at a time due to the repetitiveness and lack of ingenuity.

All in all? Great narration that in the end the writing was not worthy of. My advice? Skip this one. For sure.

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  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    1 out of 5 stars
  • William
  • 2019-07-31

Nothing but shmutt

I guess I was just expecting the story to be about super heroes, instead all this is a super sex and romance novel. I feel misled by the summary, I thought this was a super hero novel with an actual plot and a fair bit of shmutt, but this is worse than twilight. Please let your potential readers know that you're going to make a "sex and the city 2.0", instead of an actual auper hero novel next time

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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Cabe
  • 2019-07-23

I enjoyed it, but...

First, let me say that I enjoyed this book, despite the list of its flaws. It’s not my favorite in this genre. That would probably be ‘Super Sales on Super Heroes’, just to give you a frame of reference.

To me this book is somewhere between ‘Super Sales on Super Heroes’ and ‘Good Intentions’ when it comes to explicitness. Super Sales mentions that characters are having sex, but doesn’t go into detail (except some minor humorous details). While one-third to one-half of ’Good Intentions’ is a description of sex to the point where it actually starts to get old. This book does go into detail, and while it can get a little repetitive, it didn’t get to the point where I felt like skipping fast forwarding though it.

The plot seemed light. I’m assuming that the writer is a discovery writer, but I only say that because the ending was weak and there didn’t seem to be a competent antagonist.

Unfortunately, the setting didn’t seem to be developed beyond the specific needs of any given scene. The story is set >200 years in the future in an alternate reality (or maybe our reality?), but, somehow, the only futuristic technology is self-driving cars. But even then, all the characters drive manually. There’s a mention of futuristic technology, but it’s really only really described in narration.

The characters were the best part of the story. Their relationship arcs are the reason to read the book.

I mention several flaws in the story below that are spoilers, so don’t read the part that’s tagged as spoilers if you don’t want to be spoiled. You’ve been warned. It’s not my fault if you didn’t bother to actually read this warning.

Beware, there be excruciating details below. This is meant to be constructive criticism. Like I said above, I did enjoy the book despite its flaws.

***SPOILER FREE***
*It took too long for the plot to be introduced. I realize that the character relationships needed to be developed first, but there should’ve been foreshadowing that hinted at the plot to come. If there were hints they were too subtle for me to catch.

*The writer kept using the tag ’wondered’ when he should’ve been using ‘asked’.

For example:
“Why is the sky blue?” Sam wondered.

Instead of:
“Why is the sky blue?” Sam asked.

At the very least it should’ve been:
“Why is the sky blue?” Sam wondered aloud.

When you wonder about something, that implies internal dialog unless explicitly stated otherwise. It was confusing until I realized that they were really just asking a question, and not pondering at all.

*In the beginning of the book the two main female characters were powerful and imposing, but as the book progresses they become more and more childish. At the end there were several reference to them skipping, pouting, and squealing. It’s kind of strange really. Why would a 357 year old vampire squeal? I’m not saying she has to be dark, brooding, and all staby staby. But squealing like a little girl just doesn’t fit.

*This book makes the same mistake that a lot of these types of books make with female characters. There are no complex female characters that aren’t either: 1) one of the bad guys, or 2) either sleeping with the main character, or trying to sleep with him. This gives the impression that all the women in the world are interested in this one guy, and the ones that aren’t are either flawed or unworthy of his attention.

I’m not saying that fantasy books need to be realistic. I mean it’s not like magic or superheroes are especially real. And it’s not like female romantic literature is any more realistic. But even if he was the coolest and most handsome man in the entire world — even if he was Brad Pit in his 20s with magic powder sprinkled down his pants — it would still be just too unbelievable to accept. Surely there must be one woman in all the world with the strength and skill to resist his charm.

*The first time we see events from Lilly’s point of view we still hear Sam’s internal dialog even though she wasn’t privy to Sam’s thoughts. It was a POV error that could’ve easily been corrected. I’m assuming that the POV for that section fo the book was switched to change things up, and one or two details got accidentally missed.

*In the beginning there was a mention of love being a super power. It had already been strongly implied immediately previous to being specifically spelled out and I felt that doing so detracted from the point. Most readers would’ve made the connection on their own, and the ones that couldn’t probably didn’t care anyway.


***WARNING, SPOILERS AHEAD***
*When Sam creates a sphere of protection around Lilly during the climax fight in the underground tunnel the writer mentions that no oxygen could get past the barrier. But if there was no oxygen in the enclosed environment, then how was Lilly on fire inside of it? Wouldn’t the lack of oxygen starve the fire? If the writer hadn’t specifically called it out I wouldn’t have cared, but it was specifically mentioned. The worst part is, there was no need to mention it at all. The fact that oxygen couldn’t get past the barrier didn’t really make any difference to the scene one way or the other.

*At one point we find out that Camilla, who has the ability to look any way she wants, is deceiving Nick by pretending to be someone she isn’t in order to get close to him. But for some reason Sam just can’t understand why Camilla wanted to look nerdy. He just couldn’t seem to connect the dots. A normal person with normal intelligence would assume that it was because she was trying to get close to Nick, who was nerdy himself.

I realize that we find out later that she looks nerdy because she has low self esteem and she looks that way because it was how she saw herself. But at that point in the story Sam should’ve come to the conclusion that she looked the way she did to get close to Nick, but instead he was inexplicably baffled. Sam came off looking kinda stupid.

Also, when it was explained that Camilla saw herself as a nerd Sam’s reaction was, “But she’s rich.” Huh? He just couldn’t believe that a rich person could see themselves as a nerd, which is a little crazy. There are a lot of examples of nerds that have money. A correlation between money and self-esteem is unproven.

*At one point in the story the main characters question whether Sam has the ability to swap souls. Souls? There’s no mention of spiritual/celestial magic in this book. Sam’s abilities seem to be based on mental magic. It should’ve been a reference to swapping consciousness.

*At every point in the book where Sam used his abilities to view past events he had to be in the immediate vicinity to witness what was happening. The exception to this seems to be when he was ‘forced’ to relive the events surrounding the deaths of his wife and daughter. Are we supposed to assume that we was living at the site of his family’s death? If his house burned down, how is this possible? Houses can be rebuilt, but it doesn’t happen immediately. Especially when insurance agencies are involved.

*This story doesn’t have an antagonist. Sure, there are several people who’ve set themselves against the heroes, but no one that actually coordinated the whole thing. Sam’s boss was the closest thing to an antagonist there was in the book, but he was defeated easily when he was confronted, and that left about an hour and twenty minutes in book. At that point there was no one left in the story other than Nick. I thought that either he was going to turn out to be pulling the strings the whole time and somehow fooled Freya’s ability to read minds, or there was going to be a character that was suddenly introduced at the end (which is a big no no, of course). Someone was mentioned meeting with Nick and his boss and giving then instructions, but then nothing came of it. So I suppose that was foreshadowing for the next book. But that left this book without a big bad to overcome unless Sam’s boss was supposed to be it even though he posed no real threat once confronted.

*Sam is never challenged in this story. There were obstacles that were placed in his path that he had to overcome, but none of them were especially challenging. Usually the protagonist has a story arc with a challenge to overcome during the climax of the story that forces him to grow, but, since there was no challenge, the climax was unsatisfying and all they really had to do was show up and flex their muscles.

*During the fight in the tunnel Freya was extremely concerned about leaving fingerprints, but apparently it was okay for Sam to leave DNA evidence all over the place. During the fight Sam was so severely hurt that his spine was exposed. Surely that must have left at least a little blood and flesh lying around that needed to be cleaned up?

*At least twice in the book the writer mentioned that Freya’s family left her. It gave me a mental image of her family walking away and leaving her all alone. But we find out that she was abandoned at an orphanage. Maybe I’m knit picking on this one, but the melodramatic imagery doesn’t match the actual events. It would’ve made more sense to say that they abandoned her. But like I said, this one may just be my personal preference. The words are very similar, the difference is in the mental imagery.

*Sam and Nick are having a conversation at the end of the book where Sam complains to Nick that he didn’t ask to have a 3 way relationship. However, Sam told Nick the exact opposite several chapters before. It was a made up story to cover up the fact that Sam abandoned Nick while he had been passed out, but it was a definite consistency error from Nick’s point of view. Sam can’t seem to keep track of his own lies.


That’s not all, but that’s all I’m going to mention. There were a few other points, but I forgot to write them down. O well.

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  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Solo
  • LOUISVILLE, KY
  • 2019-06-12

not half bad

honestly i wasn't expecting much from this book, but it ended up being a decent book to listen to while at work. minus all the chesey crap

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Wai
  • 2019-06-12

Laid back story but still very enjoyable

I did not expect the laid back flow of the storyline but the change of place was rather nice and I look forward to book 2.

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