About the book:
OTTO VON TRAPEZOID AND THE EMPRESS OF THIEVES, by Jesse Baruffi
Genre: Science-Fiction, Humour
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Release: October 5, 2015
Cover Artist: The Cover Lure
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“Filled with adventure, action and outrageous comedy, OTTO VON TRAPEZOID & THE EMPRESS OF THIEVES is a wildly entertaining read.”
—Paul Regnier, author of Space Drifters: The Emerald Enigma
OTTO VON TRAPEZOID AND THE EMPRESS OF THIEVES is the story of two criminal masterminds who can conquer anything except their own feelings. Otto Von Trapezoid is a mad scientist who rules an army of robots from his orbital space station. Angry and grumpy, he sees no value in humanity except becoming their ruler. Esmerelda Santa Monica is the stylish self-proclaimed “Empress of Thieves,” who values her own legend and the thrill of the theft over actual wealth. Both live lonely lives, the desire to become the greatest villains of all time primarily on their minds
When the two meet in simultaneous attempts to blackmail the UN, their instincts are to attempt to kill one another, but soon they discover a mutual attraction that neither thought possible. Once they begin to pool their resources, the pair seems on track to become the most successful evil-doers of all time and set out to conquer the world itself. But what happens when their villainous natures emerge, and both realize there can only be one absolute ruler of Earth? Can either be satisfied with being second to another?
To make matters worse, they must deal with the protestations of Otto’s sidekick robot SCRAP, the meddling of their fellow villains, their families, and worst of all, heroic superspy Jake Indestructible is determined to bring them both down, once and for all.
Filled with robot dinosaurs, exploding dinner parties, and villainous poker games, OTTO VON TRAPEZOID AND THE EMPRESS OF THIEVES is a hilarious sci-fi comedy that will leave you falling in love with the bad guys!
About the author:
Jesse Baruffi was born in a West Virginia college and quickly became the adorable dorm mascot of his parents’ alma mater. While other little boys dreamed of being astronauts and firemen, Jesse dreamed of creating stories, a curse which failed to subside, even in adulthood. He has been a teacher, tutor, caseworker, cat rescuer, filmmaker, and accidental kite-flying champion. He currently resides in Chattanooga, Tennessee with two demanding feline overlords. Otto Von Trapezoid and the Empress of Thieves is his first novel.
Well, for starters let’s just say that I got a serious Dr. Doofenshmirtz and Dr. Horrible vibe off of Otto Von Trapezoid. This is not a bad thing as I happen to love both of those doctors. Haha! I immediately fell in love with the names of the inventions:
COMMODE: Cannons of Mobile Mayhem, Obliteration, Destruction, and Evisceration
FIX-IT: Functional Intelligence for eXamining Internal Technology
SCRAP: Self-Creating Robotic Apparatus Protector
That last one created himself, determined he was male, and then developed self-awareness. Fascinating! This book is happily filled with the impossible — how are you going to steal a museum, Esmerelda? — and in that case, what will you do with it?
I give this book 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. I did a lot of laughing and giggling, but there were a few issues – the main one for me being that the author doesn’t seem to have left himself the chance to easily write a sequel. And I would love a sequel out of this book!
I also apologize for the length (or lack thereof) of this review; my mother had to have an emergency medical procedure and then a family friend passed. All of the reviews being posted this week will be shorter than normal as they are pre-written and then scheduled.
About Curiosity Quills Press:
Curiosity Quills Press (CQ) is a small hybrid publishing company specializing in genre fiction of the highest quality. With 150+ titles in our catalog already and approximately 6 new books coming out each month, there’s never a dull moment at CQ. We work with major retailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Audible to ensure that you, the reader, can find whatever you are looking for at your convenience.
Founded in 2011 by Eugene Teplitsky and Lisa Gus, CQ was initially a resource portal for writing and publishing, created in an effort to help writers, like themselves, survive the publishing industry. After rapid success, CQ morphed into publishing press that over time has solidified its share in the market. Now we spend our days searching for the next great escape!