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Hostile Takeover (How to Succeed in Evil)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  156 ratings  ·  14 reviews
What happens when a loyal henchman, or better yet, hench-laywer rebels against his criminal mastermind?

The answer is Hostile Takeover, the sequel to How to Succeed in Evil. Victorious over the forces of good (such as they are) Edwin Windsor is free to do the most evil thing he can imagine: open up an insurance company. Sure, it's a cover for using the Cromoglodon (think,
Kindle Edition, 221 pages
Published June 27th 2012 by good words (right order)
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A weak follow-up to an excellent book. I really don't understand how things can go wrong when the cast of characters include: The Most Calculating Man in the World; a maniacal, hedonistic, destructive dwarf, a superhero with a desire to switch teams and a human wrecking ball.

But somewhere in there the author decided to screw over the reader.
Writing was solid, minus a few errors.

But it just didn't seem believable.
The main character, our stalwartly calculating Edwin from the first book,
Don't get me wrong, I liked this book - but the first one was much more fun. This didn't have the same mix of amorality, charm and wit as the first book.

I'll be reading the next book that comes out as I like McLean's demented little world he's creating - but I hope this next one doesn't focus so strongly on just one character. This was too much Topper and needed other sociopaths to keep the fun going.
Might have been better than the first installment. These were very good words in definitely the right order.
The kindle version has a lot of typos, but still enjoyable.
Sasha Garza

This was a wonderful book. I wish I could have listened to it. I love the sound of McLean's voice.

Edwin is one of my favorite bad guys. He is the scariest one I know.

In book 1, Edwin was logical, calm, and composed. The story starts out normal. As the situation progresses, Edwin makes decisions I understand. They're clever and justified. I identify with him. About half way through, there is a chapter told from the perspective of a prostitute. She sees Edwin as cold and evil. Her description is
Wow, what a disappointing followup to a great book, How to Succeed in Evil. This book just wasn't any fun. Edwin, the fabulous consultant for Evil, is simply boring in the few scenes we actually see him. Topper is the star of this one and while I loved him in the first book and the novella Consultation With a Vampire, he didn't have any fun in the book either except for his too brief time as a super hero.

I hope there's a next book in the series and I will happily give it a chance but I hope it r
Michael F. Feeney
Jun 03, 2013 Michael F. Feeney rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: evildoers & villains
Really enjoyed this, the sequel to How to Succeed in Evil. I don't think the storyline was necessarily better, but Hostile Takeover seemed to flow much better than the first book. May be just an impression, but I found it more polished. Exactly as enjoyable, though...

The main thing about these books is simply that they are great fun. The characters of Edwin Windsor, efficiency consultant to supervillains, and his hedonistic attorney Topper are well conceived and written. Patrick E. McLean has pu
Joe Fair
Love to hear about Topper.
Nathan Hillyer
Not as good as How To Succeed in Evil but worth reading. There were some funny moments with an always eccentric Topper but some really sad trauma that was left hanging and forgotten, perhaps being part of the cruel injustice, but a reader certainly desires some significance when an innocent man like the lovable Adjustor Jerry is killed or when the Cromoglodon is electrocuted. I guess I thought it could have been a bit funnier, even in its evil. Even in evil, a reader loves comedic karmic justice ...more
Rochelle Brandon
Abandoning evil consultation because of poor quality villains, Edwin perfects evil in the form of an insurance company (confirming my long held suspicions that the insurance industry is pure evil). McLean continues his series by focusing on the Edwin’s disgruntled sidekick, Topper. Evil has gone corporate and Topper vows to teach is friend that there is more to life than evil. Once again, McLean’s superb story and impeccable writing had me wheezing with laughter.
Marcelus Cooperino
I only gave this book 4 stars because I don't think it is as good as the first book. But I do love it. the story is great. there wasn't as much balance in this one. a little too much topper and not enough Edwin. and Agnes, the best character is gone. but Daniel is around. hopefully he plays a bigger roll in future stories.
This book seemed to lack most of the wit and charm of the previous books I only gave it 3 stars because I love Topper so much
Robert Williamson
Another great one from Patrick E. McLean. Topper is back and better than ever. Great story.

Can't wait for more.
Meeh... low involvement, entertaining, perfect end of summer reading.
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Patrick's work ranges from the autobiographical, to the absurd and fantastic. Describing himself as a "writer raised by Economists" his perspective on the world is naturally unusual. From violent revenge and musings on the value of life from a character who is dead (Unkillable) to the rage and frustration of a consultant who grows so sick of having his advice ignored that he decides to take over t ...more
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