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  • Matt Rappette

Starter Villain by John Scalzi

Updated: Oct 18, 2023

Starter Villain by John Scalzi (Copyright, 2023) reviewed by Matt Rappette is a cleverly written Science Fiction thriller you will enjoy if you like mystery, humor, super heroes, and writing with an excellent imagination. The author uses animals as many of characters which is a testament to his creativity. The main character Charlie inherits his uncle's supervillain business and off you go into this wild adventure! Charlie, the main character, has a life that seems to be going nowhere fast. He is a substitute teacher, divorced, and living with his cat in a house that his siblings want to sell. His current dream is to open a pub downtown, but he needs money in order to realize his wish. Then his long-lost uncle Jake dies and leaves his supervillain business to Charlie. But becoming a supervillain isn't easy as you will discover when winding through the story. I enjoyed the authors great ability to structure a highly entertaining James Bond type approach in this venture. It will have you reading cover to cover in no time! I really got a lot of joy on how he used his love for animals (he dedicates the book to his pet cats: Sugar, Spice, and Smudge) working his magic to weave them into action characters in the adventure. Dolphins as well as Cats are used as characters in the book giving it an extra twist of intrigue. As the phrase goes "In a dog-eat-dog a cat!" You will not be disappointed especially if you like a good, fun Science Fiction book! I really liked the cover, it was very creative going appropriately with the story. “Starter Villain” by John Scalzi is 264 pages long and published by TOR publishing Group.

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