Confessions of a D-List Supervillain [NOOK Book]

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?Being a supervillain means never having to say you?re sorry ? Unless it?s to the judge or the parole board. Even then, you don?t really have to. It?s not like it?s going to change the outcome or anything.?

Those are the words of Calvin Matthew Stringel, better known as Mechani-Cal. He?s a sarcastic, down on his luck armored villain. Follow his exploits as he gets swept up in a world domination scheme gone wrong and ends up working for this weak willed, mercy loving heroes. Immerse yourself in his epic battles ...
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Confessions of a D-List Supervillain

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Overview

“Being a supervillain means never having to say you’re sorry … Unless it’s to the judge or the parole board. Even then, you don’t really have to. It’s not like it’s going to change the outcome or anything.”

Those are the words of Calvin Matthew Stringel, better known as Mechani-Cal. He’s a sarcastic, down on his luck armored villain. Follow his exploits as he gets swept up in a world domination scheme gone wrong and ends up working for this weak willed, mercy loving heroes. Immerse yourself in his epic battles and see what it’s like to be an outsider looking in at a world that few have ever experienced.

Climb into Cal’s battlesuit and join him on his journey. Will he avoid selling out his principles for a paycheck and a pardon? Can he resist the camaraderie of being on a super team? Does he fall prey to the ample charms of the beautiful Olympian Aphrodite? How will he survive the jealous schemes of Ultraweapon, who wears armor so powerful it makes Cal’s look like a museum piece?

See the world of “righteous do-gooders through the eyes of someone who doesn’t particularly care for them.

And remember - Losing an argument with a group of rioters isn’t a good excuse to start lobbing tear gas indiscriminately at them. You’ve only got so many rounds and it’s going to be a long day, so make sure you get as many as possible with each one.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012483072
  • Publisher: EJB Networking
  • Publication date: 4/24/2011
  • Series: Confessions of a D-List Supervillain , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 67,273
  • File size: 640 KB

Meet the Author

Jim Bernheimer lives in Chesapeake, Virginia with his wife and two daughters. In addition to this novel, he is the author of the Dead Eye series and the Spirals of Destiny series from Gryphonwood Press. He is the author and publisher of Horror, Humor, and Heroes Volume One and the editor and publisher of Horror, Humor, and Heroes Volume Two.
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  • Posted January 3, 2013

    In Confessions of a D-List Supervillain, Mr. Bernheimer tells th

    In Confessions of a D-List Supervillain, Mr. Bernheimer tells the story of Calvin Stringel, an electrical engineer who makes bad choices. After a employment dispute with one of the heavyweight superheroes, he decides to turn to crime, but he’s not very good at it. The world, as it’s wont to do, becomes endangered, and all the do-gooders have been converted to the dark side. It’s up to Mechani-Cal to save the day.

    Why to buy this book: This novel is entertaining from start to finish, a true joy to read and hard to put down. The author makes fantastic plot choices. He could have focused on a plot-driven story about saving the world. Instead, it’s character driven, and the characters, even the minor ones, are fantastic.

    Why not to buy the book: It’s written in present tense. Normally, I hate present tense with a passion. I’ve literally put down otherwise promising books because of it. This one drew me in so quickly that I didn’t mind it. Other than that, I only had minor quibbles such as the use of subjunctive mood. The protagonist is portrayed as smart and educated; you’d think he’d know to say “if I were” instead of “if I was.”

    Bottom Line: I finished Confessions on New Year’s Day, and, already, I feel that it will be a strong contender for my favorite book of the year even considering that A Memory of Light is coming out soon. I don’t gush about books often, but it’s not often that I read a book I enjoyed this much. I paid the author the highest possible compliment — the day after finishing this book, I bought another of his novels, and this despite the fact that the new one features unicorns. There’s no question but that I give this book 5 stars.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2014

    Such a fun read!

    It is a quick, easy read. But man I enjoyed every second of it! Action-packed and fun. I highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2014

    Awesome

    Read it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2013

    A Fresh Look On Superheros

    A fresh look on superheros that shows being called a hero or villain doesnt always define you. This book is one of my favorites and such a great read that i could easily read it multiple times right after another.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2013

    Read it.

    This book was great. It really is the best book I've read in awhile. Gets the highest recommendation I can think of and that is a must buy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Brilliant Book

    This was a superb book, I only wish it was one a series so I could read the rest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    I really enjoyed this book. I ran into the main character in an

    I really enjoyed this book. I ran into the main character in an earlier set of short stories and wished at the time that Jim would write more about him. A villain who ends up having to save the world (as well as his former foes) is real entertainment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2012

    Picked this up on a whim. Knew of Jim's previous work and was un

    Picked this up on a whim. Knew of Jim's previous work and was unaware of this book's existence until now :(

    Fast little romp that I couldn't put the down until I finished it. Great way to spend a couple of hours.

    I echo Clell65619 review down below.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    Great book

    This book was something my friend let me and once i started i couldnt stop!

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  • Posted May 22, 2012

    I thought the book was well written and an interesting read

    I thought the book was well written and an interesting read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2012

    Surprising good

    I really enjoyed this a lot more than I was expecting to going in. It is witty and different and very well written

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  • Posted February 29, 2012

    For those who like their superheroes dark!

    COADLS skirts dangerously close to the Beware the Supermen trope. Unlike Alan Moore’s Watchmen, it doesn’t completely deconstruct the superhero, but it does gleefully dance around on top of the slippery slope of corrupting power, and is shot through with a kind of film noir sensibility–the kind of movie where the costumes don’t tell you who the good guys are. It’s hard to review a book like this without giving important twists away, so I won’t discuss plot here. It’s a fun story, well-told, and about the only criticism I have is that the story structure means that, in Lord of The Rings terms, Cal throws the Ring of Power into Mount Doom halfway through the book. Sure, everything after that is important, but not Save The World important; in my opinion, Mr. Bernheimer should have divided it into two shorter novels (novellas?). I’d have paid to read them both.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2012

    Daniel L

    really good a bit long but it was a true cliff hanger some parts are midly innapropiate but overall a really good book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2012

    From D-list to Delight

    Meet Mechani-Cal , A villain more by necessity than choice. When a Worldwide disaster and an unfortunate encounter force him to step up into a role he is unfamiliar with.....HERO. the story follows Cal as he rises from the ashes into new challenges. The story is fast moving and told from cal's point of view as he deals with trying to fit in with the heroes. sometimes funny, sometimes tragic. a fun read to have on the go.

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  • Posted October 23, 2011

    Unpolished, but entertaining

    It's a brisk read, and moves well, but I'm afraid the word that best describes it is "amateurish." There were some nice details; for example, the evolution of the protagonist's suit of armor were interesting and imaginative, especially the final iteration (I'll leave it at that -- don't want to give anything away here). However, the narrative voice is uneven, the world building is not very well realized, and there are typos galore. It was worth the 99 cents I paid for it, but not much more.

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  • Posted May 27, 2011

    I can't recommend this enough, Buy this Book!

    - First of all I would like to say that the title of this wonderful story is misleading.

    - Our protagonist, Calvin, isn't a Villain, he's a guy who does what he has to do to get by. He has quite a bit of luck, most of it bad, and has made a bad choice or three, but he is basically a good guy who thinks he's a bigger ass than he actually is.

    - I first encountered Calvin in Jim's Horror, Humor and Heroes anthology, where his was in my opinion the best of the a wonderful set of imaginative stories. Now in his own book, Calvin shines, and I hope that Jim finds himself an illustrator and puts this epic out as a graphic novel.

    - Be forewarned, the Super Heroes of this story mostly aren't. For the most part they do the right thing, but much of their images are the product of PR Firms. In fact most of the truly horrific acts of villainy in this story are in fact the results of actions of these so called heroes, while most of the villains at are least people who can be reasoned with. Even the 'common' folk in the story by and large are bigger monsters than the so called villains.

    - Through the story we see Calvin in a desperate fight for his life, showing compassion for someone who would gladly kill him for her next fix, we see him in fights he cannot win, we see him in love, we see him in pain when this love is lost, we see him trying to improve himself and we see that beyond all else, Calvin does not quit. Ever. He runs when he can, stands and fights against any odds when he has to, but he never quits.

    - Buy this book. If we make Jim Rich enough, maybe we'll get that graphic novel.

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