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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,734 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Austin Grossman Narrator: Coleen Marlo Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A wildly entertaining first novel about good and evil, narrated by a cape-wearing superhero and a nefarious supervillain.

Doctor Impossible—evil genius, mad scientist, diabolical time-traveler, wannabe world dominator—has just broken out of prison—again. He's tried to take over the world in every conceivable way: doomsday devices (nuclear, thermonuclear, nanotechnological), armies (robot, insect, dinosaur, fungus, fish), mass mind control, even a corporate conquest (Impossible Industries LLC). Each time, he has been foiled. This time, it's going to be different.

Fatale, a gleaming technological marvel built by the NSA as the next generation of warfare, is living in Boston, watching TV and listening to the police scanner. A woman of skin and chrome with a long silver ponytail, she's given the chance every superheroine dreams of: to join a once-famous group of beautiful young heroes, newly reunited to stop Dr. Impossible.

In alternating chapters, we see Dr. Impossible plan his comeback, and we watch the good guys—Fatale, Damsel, Blackwolf, Feral, CoreFire—come together in the face of unspeakable evil.

Featuring a cast of superheroes and supervillains with remarkably human emotions who inhabit a world strangely similar to our own, this is an outrageous adventure with a literary bent—a smart take on power and celebrity, glory and responsibility, and those old standbys, truth and justice.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Taylorjt | 2/12/2014

    " I really wanted to read and enjoy this book, but it just did not strike me really well. It was enjoyable, don't get me wrong, but I may have been hoping for more. The alternating chapter structure was not terribly confusing, but I think it did a lot to interrupt the flow of the story. Almost like it would have been better had the author written two separate books. he did a good job of creating two voices for the different narrators, but that was almost bad in a way. I felt that Dr. Impossible was a much more interesting character. He was much more charismatic than Fatale. I remember feeling a little disappointed when I finished a Dr. chapter and started a Fatale chapter. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by William Thomas | 2/4/2014

    " When I was quite a bit younger, I used to run around the apartment in my underwear, a He-Man sword stuffed down the back of my shirt. I used to try to ride the dog like he was Cringer and pretend he was Battle Cat. Later, I concocted plans to become a vigilante like Batman if I were to ever come into money, like winning the lottery. Early on in puberty, I hoped to develop mutant abilities like the X-Men. Instead of becoming any of these things, I now worship barbarians, read history of barbaric hordes, study philosophy in regard to vigilantism, and have sharpened my skills of observation to a razor edge. I realized that fantasy was not reality, but that I could try hard to become an aristotelian superhero if nothing else. And all that reading and watching and daydreaming has done wonders for my imagination. Fantasy was a large part of my childhood, because the reality of it was grim. Poverty and abuse permeated most of it. And so it was a form of escapism that helped form the person I am today- not an escapist, but a very grounded young man. Now, I don't think that Austin Grossman ever ran around with a plastic sword stuffed down his shirt. Nor do I think that he ever plotted and schemed to become Batman. Or even wish for mutant superpowers during puberty. I don't think he has much of an imagination, to be honest. Because this book was devoid of any sort or form of originality and there is about as much use of imagination here as an archaeological dig. What he has done here, instead of using his imagination, is practically steal from comic book characters throughout the ages and put them in this book- which reads more like a technical manual than it does any sort of humorous lampoon or loving homage. The writing is dry and focuses far too much on descriptions of costumes or certain pieces of background information or poers and abilities. It has no heart, no soul, and doesn't observe as it should, doesn't give us anything to hold onto. There is no humanizing part of this book, nothing that helps endear these characters to the reader. It becomes like reading the outline for a proposal of a new comic book. It's a bore without redeeming value, and without any sort of imagination. The characters are all bits and pieces of Avengers and Justice League characters, of Lex Luthor and so on. I spent more time rolling my eyes than I did actual reading. Anyone looking for a comic book that is full of humor and imagination and pokes fun at itself and the genre should instead look into reading Mystery Men. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Orbis Non Suffice | 2/1/2014

    " Good, fun read. More character exploration than action, but nice and twisty plot. I liked the deconstruction of the superhero personas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kora | 1/28/2014

    " this book is surprisingly awesome, clever and engaging. "

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About the Author
Author Austin Grossman

Austin Grossman is a video game design consultant and the author of Soon I Will Be Invincible, which was nominated for the 2007 John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize. His writing has appeared in Granta, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. He lives in Berkeley, California.