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SuperGuy

Available now on Amazon (hardback, paperback, audiobook and ebook) and on Barnes and Noble (hardback and paperback).  Published by Not a Pipe Publishing. Audiobook version is also available on Audible and iTunes.

The Generic Alternative:  Less Superhero Hype, Same Superhero Quality

Superheroes are common in Oliver’s world. He doesn’t pay them much attention since he’s just trying to survive his city government internship and the latest useless—but time-sensitive—project that’s been dropped on him.  Then he mistakenly takes the super serum the Milwaukee mayor wrote into the budget to help his slumping re-election campaign.  Now Oliver is dealing with an annoyed police chief, a surging crime wave, paparazzi, a super villain, a bit of romance, and the creepy ladies of the Milwaukee Flower and Garden Society.  You expect the super villains to be trouble, but you never expect the bigger problem to be getting your city-issued car replaced after you’ve reduced it to a burning hunk of metal your first day on the job.  If Oliver can survive the endless on-the-job training sessions, the awkwardness of the extremely generic but very tight suit, and getting thrown through the occasional wall or two, he might just have time to stop the bad guy from enslaving the world.  No biggie.

SuperGuy 2: Electric Boogaloo

Oliver Olson, generically-themed official city superhero of Milwaukee, has finally become more comfortable with his job, if not so much with his suit. After defeating the supervillain, Gray Matter, and thwarting his plan of world domination in his first few weeks on the job, Oliver is settling into the routine of protecting his city by catching small time crooks, protecting a larger part of the country by joining a regional supergroup, and protecting his job by keeping his trainee sidekick from destroying anything. But now there’s a giant blue monster who wants a word. All Oliver wants is a cape.

"4.5 Stars (out of 5): Highly recommended. This book is a great read. It can hold its own against any traditionally published novel in its genre, and surpasses many."

—Bill Kieffer, Underground Book Reviews (Full Review)

"SuperGuy may be a low-budget superhero, but his story doesn't skimp on laughs; a super-powered workplace comedy."

—Karen Eisenbrey, author of The Gospel According to St. Rage

 

"SuperGuy is SuperFunny, from the banter with the bad guy to the liasons with the would-be love interest. ...SuperGuy goes above and beyond; entertaining to the last page."

Micayla Lally, author of A Work Of Art

 

"In SuperGuy, Kurt Clopton satirizes inter-office city politics, feuds with other departments, budgetary maneuvering, and handshake deals in parking garages. The overarching irony is that the man caught in this political quagmire is a freaking superhero who is not treated with the respect we expect. SuperGuy is treated like just a guy, and we can all relate."

Maren Anderson, author of Closing the Store

 

"Sarcastic but never cynical, SuperGuy tosses the reader into a world where superheroes are just a serum away. Unfortunately, so are the supervillains. As a newly minted superhero, Oliver has a lot to learn into to be the hero Milwaukee deserves. Written in the tonal tradition of A. Lee Martinez with a dash of Christopher Moore, SuperGuy is delightful and entertaining."  

LeeAnn Elwood McLennan, author of Dormant and Root 

 

"In SuperGuy, Clopton introduces us to an ordinary world filled with mundane people and all their tedious routines, including the nice, but completely unremarkable, Oliver Olson. Except things aren't quite as generic as they seem on the surface, because in a world where superheroes are commonplace, "normal" takes on a whole new meaning. Relatable but quirky characters in amusing relationships and outlandish situations create a zany, upbeat story that provides a humor-filled escape from the trivialities of everyday life. Nondescript becomes distinctive and monotonous becomes entertaining as SuperGuy prepares to battle his first super villain ...and to walk the streets of Milwaukee in a skintight body suit."

—Heather S. Ransom, author of Going Green