Friday, January 31, 2014
Review: The Supermarket Guy III by Daren Doucet
The Supermarket Guy III: Supermarket Dominium takes off from a peaceful time of robust growth for Harold's supermarket chain. With the evil Jon Acadou behind bars in a maximum-security prison, nothing seems to be threatening these prosperous and peaceful times. A new supermarket chain, the Edmundo Market, is just on the heels of Harold's own franchise. He soon finds out that it only takes a few days for his world to turn inside out.
Mr. Acadou escapes from prison, with his heart set on retaking the helm of the Edmundo Market after having his own one-sided, deluded religious conversion. He discovers much has changed with his foster son, Edmund, at the reins, and Edmund refuses to hand over control. Instead, Edmund plans on world domination with an engineered concoction that will make everyone duly follow him.
Suddenly, Jon Acadou needs the help of his old rival in order to stop him in his tracks as the police, military, and total population swing over to Edmund's thinking. All of Harold's friends now rush to abandon him. Harold and Acadou become wanted fugitives. Having lost everything, now Harold must trust and rely on an old foe who continues to accidently cause him near-death experiences along the way. A seemingly harmless bite from an experimental singing sheep gives Harold super sheep powers. But will it be enough to stop Edmund's bewildering plot to blow up the entire world under a total nuclear assault?
Harold Wannapus is an unlikely hero as the things he manages to get himself into seems almost unreal and in many aspect are. He is not the smartest of guys it seems but yet can manage to get himself almost out of anything like, getting thrown out of a moving airplane or almost getting eaten by a lion. He does after all run the top supermarket chain in the world...at least for awhile.
Harold gets caught up in mystery, intrigue and James Bond-esq mayhem all the while helping his arch enemy regain control of a company that was taken away from him. Does this seem unlikely? Well, yes, but that only adds to the humor of this book.
To give Harold Super Hero status, he gets a bite from a special sheep that gives him, of all things, super sheep powers. This includes beautiful and soft hair and the ability to whip his sheep tail around to grab things needed just at the right moment. With these powers he is able to save the day!
This book is for people who enjoy a bit of tongue and cheek humor. In all fairness, the author does tell you that this is the case in the preface of the book. The Supermarket Guy III is a completely different look at how world domination could happen. However, in this case it is through the use of supermarket products and chains.
This is one of those books that as you are reading along you wonder why. This had to be one of the stupidest books I ever read but in truth, funny. I really did laugh out loud at some of the antics of Harold, the supermarket hero in the book.
Author Daren Doucet does tell a good tale but the cover on his book leaves something to be desired and in truth, I probably would not have bought this book based on that alone. It also may be a good idea to read the author's first two books so that the reader can have a better idea of who the characters are and what makes them tick. I did not have that opportunity before I read this book.
All, in all, the book was ok and because of that, I can give it 3 stars.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for my open and honest opinion. The reviews expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours.
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