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The Tournament of Supervillainy

The Supervillainy Saga, Book 5
Written by: C.T. Phipps
Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
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Gary Karkofsky, aka Merciless the supervillain without mercy, is presently the most disliked supervillain in the world. Superheroes don't want to just throw him in jail, they want to deliver an epic beat down for ending their golden age by killing Merciful, the superhero with mercy. His fellow supervillains aren't much better, either jealous of his success or loathing him for all the other baddies he's killed. Also, what's up with his wife, Mandy? She's been acting extra strange since getting her soul back (long story). That's when Gary receives an invitation to the Primal Fighting Tournament - an interdimensional contest involving all the universe's greatest warriors. The prize? A wish with no limitations. Gary can finally get on that world domination thing he's been putting off.

Unfortunately, Gary is competing against good and evil way above his league. Not only Gabrielle Anders, aka Ultragoddess, his former fiancée, but Entropicus, the Space God of Evil. Thankfully, Gary has allies from unexpected sources including Jane Doe, the protagonist of I was a Teenage Weredeer, G from Agent G, and Cassius Mass from Lucifer's Star.

©2018 Charles Phipps (P)2018 David N. Wilson

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  • JulieM
  • Louisiana, United States
  • 2019-01-29

Gary is back! Woo-hoo!

I've been eating up this series from the first book, so I jumped at an opportunity to review the audiobook. Here's the disclaimer: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. I didn't expect to see a book 5 because I thought book 4 had wrapped up Gary's tales. Nice to see I was wrong.

Here's the deal about this story: Gary and crew (Cindy, Mandy, Diabloman, Gabrielle and others) from the previous books are back. This is almost a reboot of the series, or it's the place where the author finds his mojo again. As fun as superhero/supervillain tales can be, they can be a drain on creativity. So Phipps spins it in a new direction with this salute to Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, and games of that sort.

We get the same intelligence, irreverence and cleverness that we've known in the previous books of the series, but here it's an everything goes in the multi-verse type thing. Basically, Phipps brings in characters from other book series he's written that are completely unrelated to this story and lets them play here. It works so well that now I want to get my ears on the Agent G and Jane Doe series. (A were-deer. Seriously? Turns out she's cool!)

Jeffrey Kafer's performance was as great as ever. He's a hard-working narrator with lots of titles I've enjoyed. Some of my favorite voices of his are Cindy's and Diabloman's. Even though he's got a vast audiography, he excels with scifi/fantasy titles.

Bottom line: A good story to start fresh with Gary/Merciless, but I do recommend going back to the beginning. The other books are just fun. For those who love their leads witty and snarky and who don't mind their bad guys doing good. This is why Gary is the best anti-villain.

Looking forward to book 6.

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  • Clint M Niec
  • 2019-01-10

What a ride! Thoroughly enjoyed this crossover event.

Phipps is that rare storyteller who can juggle multiple series with independent themes and characters. He produces engaging, entertaining plots and arcs within each individual book and throughout each series.
With “Tournaments”, he has brought some favorite characters from around the CT Phipps multiverse together for an epic battle. The lines between hero and villain are blurred, new alliances are formed, and there are moments of loss and sorrow amongst the victories and sarcastic quips. This was an excellent addition to my library. I look forward to hi future projects.
Specific to the audiobook: Excellent performance by Jeffrey Kafer, bringing to life the huge cast of characters!

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  • AudioBook Reviewer
  • Madison, WI, United States
  • 2019-02-25

Multiple universes merge heroes and villains

C.T. Phipps has taken Merciless (Gary Karkofsky) and dropped him on an Island to fight against superheroes and supervillains from other worlds. Integrating characters from his other books, Jane Doe and Agent G and Cassius Mass, they come together with Merciless to fight in the Primal Fighting Tournament to protect the existence of the multi-universe. Now Gary must determine the reason behind the tournament and what Entropicus, the Space God of Evil, stands to gain. What’s the real reason behind the tournament and what wish should Gary ask for?

I enjoyed the combining of characters from a variety of Phipps books. Phipps masterfully integrated the characters into an interesting and action-packed book. Blending the characters into one story was innovative and exciting. The dialog was well done and realistic.

Jeffrey Kafer’s performance is magnificent! As a narrator, he moves the story along with his voice and enthusiasm. His cadence is perfect and he brings the book to life. Love to hear him perform, he has skills that draw the listener in and keeps them engaged in the story.

There were no issues with the audio quality or production of the book. It was well done, no issues at all.

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  • Kaz
  • 2019-02-04

Good book but not for a general fan

At the beginning of the book the author does give a fair warning about references to his other works. Honestly I had never heard of the series so I’m sure their were many references I missed.

I do love all of his geek and nerd references. However the book is just good. It will not change literacy or even start of a genre. However it is a good read and seemed to pick back up some of the original spark the last one fell well short of.


Overall give the series a try and even if book four made you doubt this this one a try it is a solid read.

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  • Charles A.P. Wetherington
  • 2019-01-26

A story of constant change!

Stated laughing from the introduction to end of story. UAnnunciations were clear and professional.
Has a surprisingly funny/ good ending

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  • craig williamson
  • 2019-01-26

I truly love this series!

Seriously, its like I'm reading dessert lol. Sarcasm, wit, bad puns, these stories have it all!!

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  • Jamie Fister
  • SoCal
  • 2019-01-25

another great story!

well developed characters that while the author shamelessly "borrows" from other works and micks multiple generes openly, manages to still be unique and thrilling.

can't wait for many more in the series to come!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-01-25

Awesome

loved it an Awesome addition to the series looking forward for the next one .

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  • Randy
  • Riverside, CA USA
  • 2019-01-24

hurray!

thought this series had ended. I'm glad it wasn't. Love the 80's pop cultural references, and yes the song is now stuck in my head. loved, laughed, and can't wait for the next one.

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  • R. MCRACKAN
  • Raleigh, NC
  • 2019-01-24

More of the same

Tournament has more of what you've come to expect from the Supervillainy series. Whether or not that's a good thing depends on how you feel about the previous 4 books. I expect that fans will enjoy this quite a bit.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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