Narrator: Bahni Turpin
Series: Andrea Vernon #2
Published by Audible on April 4, 2019
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 11 hours and 7 minutes
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More than a year after she helped save the world from the Sparnaxian invasion, Andrea Vernon is in a good place. Her boss is giving her greater responsibility and she’s getting to travel a lot (although her fill-in is hopeless at making coffee); things could be getting even more serious with her 8’ 4” superhero boyfriend, The Big Axe; and she has a really fun new BFF, Never More.
Small issue, though, with that last item - Never More is a supervillain bent on world domination, and it looks as if nothing can stop her. Especially since Congress is determined to bring the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection and all of “Big Supe” under government control.
Even with mankind’s greatest heroes fighting back, will it fall on Andrea to save the day - again?
I was very excited to be back in the world of Andrea Vernon, assistant to Mrs Oh, president of Corporation for UltraHuman Protection, aka CUP. She is now traveling around the world to help with issues in other parts of the world, including Europe, which is where we find her at the beginning of the book. She is tasked with trying to follow Never More, a supervillain with several similarities to ravens. She isn’t very good at hiding, but it could also be that ravens always pay attention to the world around them.
Never More and Andrea hit it off, even if they are on opposite sides. Never More has an ingenious way to take over the world. Do it legal through corporate takeover. She buys the second largest hero corporation. She works with lawmakers to deregulate superhero corporations. Once she gets the contract to control prisons for supervillains and lets them all free. Now Andrea and her US Senator brother are the only ones working to take Never More and her corporation of supervillains masquerading as superheroes. Funny thing is, Andrea and Never More continue to be friends because they are able to be open and honest with each other and share things that many other people wouldn’t understand.
In this book, CUP has a new superhero in the ranks. GLARE! This superhero (I honestly can’t remember the gender, but it really doesn’t make much of a difference with this particular character), shines as bright as the sun. GLARE is also not able to speak in a normal voice, everything is loud (think Oprah when she was giving away prizes on her show, “you get a car, and you get a car”). GLARE! also burns up any fabric that comes in contact with his skin, so he walks around naked, though truthfully, you can’t see anything through the brightness. But then there is also the bare ass on the chairs, which is denied until Inspector Well Actually shows his ability to be a great lie detector. This entire scene where we first meet GLARE! had me laughing hysterically.
I really loved this sequel. It has all the humor as the first book, maybe a bit less silly humor, but plenty to make you laugh. I also think this one had a bit of a better plot. Not that the first one had a bad plot, this one is just a bit better, in my opinion. And we really get to see several real heroes in action, and that have nothing to do with superpowers, but the ability to put others over themselves, no matter the consequences. I really look forward to the third, and the most recent, audiobook published. I’m really hoping the series continues. I might be able to tell better when I listen to book 3, Andrea Vernon and the Big Axe Acquisition, which was released in 2021 and these have been released every other year. 🤞
In the review for book one, I told you one of the big reasons I picked up this series is because Bahni Turpin was the narrator. She is one of my absolute favorites. I’ve grabbed several books narrated by her by authors I didn’t know. She does such a great job with her narrations. She puts so much passion into each character. I don’t know what else to say about her. If you haven’t listened to something she’s performed, you’re really missing out.
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