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SuperEgo

By: Frank J. Fleming
Narrated by: Joel Richards
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Publisher's Summary

Can a genetically engineered psychopath grow a conscience, get the girl, and save the galaxy? Two out of three ain't bad.

Rico has a problem. The experimental program that gave him the high intelligence and lightning reflexes he needs as a hit man for a galactic crime syndicate left him incapable of internalizing moral imperatives the rest of us take for granted. It takes real effort for him to pass as a normal human being and he avoids it whenever he can. But he has a job he loves, a fast ship, and plenty of cash. So life is good.

When Rico takes an assignment on a planet where a major political conference seeks to bring more order to the galaxy, he accidentally thwarts a terrorist attack and has to pose as a visiting cop from a faraway world. To complicate matters, he partners with a local female cop and soon realizes he has fallen in love. That shouldn't happen! But not everything is as it seems, and as the story speeds along from one unexpected plot twist to another, Rico discovers the secret of his own identity and faces a terrible choice.

Will Rico live to become fully human? Or will he die just as he grasps what has been missing from his life?

Frank Fleming's exciting debut novel combines action, romance, and moral philosophy in an entertainingly combustible mix.

©2014 Frank J. Fleming (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Surprise surprise

Pleasing surprise I don't like sociopath books but this is hilarious and a wildly fun and at times wicked but always entertaining roller coaster ride. I had listened to too many Sci fi books that were either boorishly slow or too generic and lacking in originality. This book was not either of those and if you want funny and creative Sci fi this is truly a masterpiece

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Kind of like Dexter in space

This was a fun and thoughtful book that is well presented. The protagonist's quest to understand his own humanity resonated deeply with me and made for a compelling character. It reminded me a little of Dexter from the television show. There is enough levity in the story to make it one of the funnier sci-fi books I have read in a while, without being overdone. The supporting characters were well conceived and added to the quality of the work. This a book that is worth your time.

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stupid and a little racist

even as a power fantasy it causes a healthy amount of eye rolling. female characters are goofy as hell and fall into fairly tired tropes. sci fi often uses a thinly veiled Islam for the bad guys. this uses actual Islam. action sequences are boring. narrator is phoning it in, but I would too if I was an actor and my agent handed me this.

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Best book I have read this year

Would you consider the audio edition of SuperEgo to be better than the print version?

Audio is always better than print version, but the reader is especially good and well suited.

What other book might you compare SuperEgo to and why?

This book has some Simon Green elements that I really like, except it also has humor. The humor is especially good because it is so unexpected.

Which scene was your favorite?

I liked the ending.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

This book made me want to drive to work in traffic.

Any additional comments?

I will auto buy any book by this author, and I fully recommend it.

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Decently done

This is one of those book that is good and keeps you listening but when taken by itself is only so so. What it does do is leave you anticipating where the author will take the next book. So many possibilities in the world that emerges from the end of this book....hopefully the author is up for the challenge.

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Last hour saved this otherwise boring book

Would you listen to SuperEgo again? Why?

Would I listen to SuperEgo again? Nope.

Too boring, too repetitive, and too predictable. Until the last hour, nothing happened that was surprising. The action sequences didn't ring true, so they couldn't enliven the protagonist's endless variations on "I have no conscience, so let's blend this puppy and eat it!".

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Who was your favorite character and why?

Didn't catch his name, but it was the guy who said "The End".

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Which scene was your favorite?
Injecting the Fazium; second time around.

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Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It was tedious in pace and content. I occasionally smiled but that was it. Lot's of checking the iPod to see how much time was left until I could move onto something more entertaining.

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New take on the soulless hit man

At its heart this story is a take on the redeemed soulless hit man genre; however the dialogue and character development set this one a part. I'm hoping there is a follow-up. It gets a little wordy at times but overall it's a very entertaining and engaging listen.

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Insufferable

Action sequences like "...I shot two more purple guys I saw running toward me instead of away. I also took out of my jacket a Pocket-Rocket, also illegal on any planet that's heard of them, and tossed it into the air..." speak for themselves...

The narration is phoned-in (I can't really blame him)

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Absolutely Wonderful!!

Satirist Frank J Fleming has written a really funny novel, his first foray into the medium. The result is not just good,; it is great. The novel is about Rico a man who flies about the populated planets of the galaxy as a killer for hire. Rico does not relate well to other humans; well, actually he does not have empathy for anyone but himself and lower forms of life.

SuperEgo is really a new genre of fiction. Let's call it "satirical psychopathic science fiction". The book starts a little slowly, but after an hour it is almost impossible to put it down. Mostly the book is laugh-out-loud funny.

The narrator, the voice of Rico, is ideal.

I love this book!!!

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If you could sum up SuperEgo in three words, what would they be?

Damn good book

What was one of the most memorable moments of SuperEgo?

all of them

Which scene was your favorite?

the school

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Even a bad man can do good

Any additional comments?

Really want a movie

11 people found this helpful