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Eighteen-year-old Aidan Salt isn't a superhero. With his powerful (and unpredictable) telekinetic abilities, he could be one if he wanted to, but he doesn't. He's unambitious, selfish, and cowardly, and he doesn't want to have to deal with all the paperwork required to become a professional superhero. But since the money, fame, and women that come with wearing the cape are appealing, he decides to become the first supervillain the world has seen in more than 20 years: Apex Strike.
However, he soon finds villainy in a world where the heroes have long since defeated all the supervillains. While half the world's heroes seem to want him dead, the other half want to hire him as their own personal villain to keep them relevant. Choosing the latter course, Aidan enters a world of fame, fortune, and staged superhero fights that is seemingly everything he ever dreamed least until he sees what truly hides behind the cape-and-mask lifestyle.
Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for listeners interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times best seller, a national best seller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors.
©2016 Matt Carter (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 01-13-17


This did not go where I was hoping it would, but I still liked it. I was hoping for some real bad guy stuff. Turns out bad guys, can be good guys sometimes. This is super heroes, Hunger Games and America's Got Talent, rolled into an alternate world. This world is similar to ours, but different. I always love books, that contemplate what the world would look like, if history had turned out different.

The main character is a 19 year old virgin male, so as all red blood American males know, all he thinks about is Kitty Kats. Some female reviewers were upset with the amount of times the P word was used. Ladies, studies show that most men think about sex every so many seconds. I was surprised in how often the F word was used. No one ever wanted to have sex or make love, it was always LET'S F, male or female. The story is very well written, and I believe that we are seeing the character grow and mature. All characters are grey, including the so called good guys. The book is also full of strong female characters, if you don't see that, you are not listening. Black Jack, Ghost Girl and Firewall are strong female characters.

Techosky did a fine job, but I believe his timing was a little off. I kept thinking if only Wil Wheaton would have read the book, it would have been hilarious. It seems as if the book was written with Wheaton in mind. Don't let that stop you from buying the book, it is still an entertaining well written book.

If Carter writes any sequels, I will buy them.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Stephen Belikoff on 08-02-17


I admit, I wasn't expecting much out of this one, and boy was I surprised. Not only was the story superb, the world building, and the character development were as well. Voice performance was also top notch. I loved this book from start to finish and am just thankful I found it. Kudos to Matt Carter.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Ho-Man Yau on 10-20-16

superheroes, who needs them.

this is a great story about what happens when there are no more super villains to fight and when power corrupts.

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