Book Review | Confessions of a D-List Supervillain
Author: Jim Bernheimer
Calvin Matthew Stringel, or Mecahni-Cal, is down on his luck. He’s also an armored supervillain who may be the world’s only hope against the superbugs that have taken over the earth. As Stringel saves the world, he must decide if attention from the alluring Aphrodite is enough to make him switch sides and fight alongside the rest of the world’s heroes.
The premise of this book is really fascinating. Most superhero books focus on just that, the hero. It’s refreshing to read from the point of view of a man who felt he had no other choice than to become a supervillain. The world kept screwing with him, so he was gonna screw with the world. I enjoyed his no bull attitude and the sarcasm that regularly sprang out of his mouth.
That being said, I had a hard time reading this in the first person. There was so much action with so many characters that it was overwhelming to me most of the time. I was partial to the scenes that had Stringel talking with someone else one on one. It was a nice break from the fast pace, near chaos of the other scenes. I think it would have been amazing to read from an alternating person view, going from narrative to first person. I enjoyed knowing what Stringel was thinking, it helped to sympathize with him, but narrative would have made the action scenes so much easier to read.
I am a fan of Iron Man and Starship Troopers and you can tell that this was inspired by them. The super heroes that were created were original and I enjoyed the use of the Greek Gods, or Olympians, as heroes. Though, I think the author may have relied on the reader’s set knowledge too much. I studied the Greek Gods in high school but it was still difficult to remember what each of their powers and abilities were.
Any frustration I had while reading were at least smoothed out with the ending of the book. The two part epilogue left this book with a pleasant after taste, making me want to dive back in for more if there was a sequel.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*