Blackjack Villain by Ben Bequer is trying to do many of the same things as Confessions of a D-List Supervillain by Jim Bernheimer (Amazon link; Bernheimer doesn’t have a good landing page for any of his books). Small-time, likable supervillain. Big-time beautiful heroine separated from her superhero team. The inevitable drama as the two are drawn together by world-threatening machinations of a third party.
Except it doesn’t do it nearly as well, or nearly as succinctly. My honest recommendation is to go read Confessions instead. I only made it a little over halfway through Blackjack Villain before I gave up and put it aside. I liked the character, and the writing was pretty good for a self-published book except for one glaring flaw: the author clearly didn’t have anyone to rein him in. The darn thing just keeps going and going and going, with lengthy scenes that do little for the characters other than add more plot for them to wade through.
Plus by the time I quit the characters were doing things for no reason other than it added tension and presumably helped the author tick off the plot points he wanted to hit. And that drives me nuts. A reviewer on GoodReads commented “Starts off with a good story but slowly slips into stupidity”, and that about sums things up for me, too.
I don’t recommend this one, although the flip side of it going on forever is that you get pretty good bang for your buck if you don’t mind wading through interminable fight scenes for no real purpose.
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