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Fid's Crusade

(The Chronicles of Fid #1)

4.53  ·  Rating details ·  407 ratings  ·  63 reviews
Rage, grief and guilt have fueled Doctor Fid's endless quest to punish the unworthy and he has left a long trail of blood and misery in his wake. For more than two decades, the sight of the villain's powered armor has struck fear into the hearts of hero and civilian alike! But when a personal tragedy motivates Doctor Fid to investigate a crime, he uncovers a plot so heinou ...more
Kindle Edition, 371 pages
Published June 2018 by Amazon Digital Services (first published March 23rd 2018)
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"In the end, it may take a villain to save the world from those entrusted with the world's protection"


Actual rating: 3.5 stars
TS Chan
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-review-copy
Review copy received from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I can't say that I've read many superhero/villain stories. But for what it's worth, I'd say that Fid's Crusade was great read; an engaging anti-hero story that balanced fascinating character work with clever plotting and cool action scenes.

It's easy to see why this book was the winner of the 'Science-Fiction / Fantasy / Horror' category in the 2018 Publishers Weekly BookLife Prize.  Admittedly though, it didn't begin on the be
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How evil is the supervillain, Dr. Fid? Not only does he take great pleasure in beating the tar out of superheroes, he secretly video-records them, and posts their most embarrassing moments on YouTube. Yeah, he’s that evil.

And not only is he evil, he’s also a pretty nice guy. As Terry Markham, he runs a multinational biotech firm dedicated to developing technologies that benefit mankind. How did he get this way? He’s a self-made man, who's been through so many self-makeovers that he can’t remembe
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
David Reiss is a friend of mine, so I'm a little embarrassed that I took this long to check out what he's written. I also know some of the things he's into, fiction-wise, and they don't always mesh with my tastes. So, I started Fid's Crusade with a little trepidation, and a few mental nods, 'okay, yeah, this is the type of character he gravitates towards...'.

And all of that went away during chapter 2, and the story took over.

Fid (a phoneticization of 'Ph. D.') is a supervillain by choice. And he
David Clayton Walsh Jr.
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic.

This book is an outstanding example of the supervillian genre. Previously, my gold standard was Cal Stringel of the "D-list Supervillian" series, but Doctor Fid is my new personal favorite. Too often, villians as main characters are just "regular guys/gals with crap luck" or they just had "one really bad day" and they are forever, often somewhat reluctantly, painted with the bad-guy brush by their respective societies. Fid is a standout, by every available metric.

If you lik
David Coe
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I gave "Fid's Crusade" a five out of five Stars! Most books of this "Super Hero" content seem to approach the storyline from the view of the hero involved. Surprise! This book is written from the viewpoint of the super villain. It is a study in the character of a villain who, save for his technology and armor, would be an ordinary man who suffers through life's terrible mishaps. However, because he IS a genius, he uses his intellect to fight back against the forces that have shaped his life in t ...more
That is what I said last ReMo. I reread it this ReMo, because I've been wanting to since I finished the series.
Is is gory? Yes.
Are some characters horrible? Yes. They don't get a ton of page time.
I first went into the book with trepidation. It's about a super villian! But half way through my first read through I loved the titular character. At three quarters I feared that the author had broken the character, put him through to much.
All I need to enjoy a book, is a likeable character doing so
Elizabeth Tabler
Dec 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Superheroes can be complex characters, and none more so than dr. Fid in Fid's Crusade by David H. Reiss. Gone are the days of herculean knights swooping in to save the damsel in distress while simultaneously grinning at the camera with a twinkle on a tooth. Readers are asking more of their characters. It is not enough to be super anymore; we want super and complex—no small feat. It is this desire for more is why Fid's Crusade is such a successful story; Fid is an incredibly intricate villainous ...more
Gilbert Stack
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book just landed on the list of my top ten superhero books of all time. Ever since the creation of Marvel’s Wolverine, it’s been popular to depict heroes who often cross the line. Then there are villains like Cat Woman who sometimes find themselves playing the role of hero. Fid’s Crusade is the story of how the world’s most notorious super villain finds himself putting it all on the line to save the world—which would be awesome in and of itself even if the novel didn’t give you one heck of ...more
Phillip Murrell
If you like anti-heroes, then check out this anti-villain

I learned of this book on Goodreads. It hit the points expected in a superhero (okay, supervillain) novel. You really get inside Dr. Fid's head from several points in his life. I enjoyed the character, but I wish I had received more development from the characters Fid interacted with. The rest of my review will contain spoilers.

The Good.
I absolutely loved the origin of Dr. Fid's name.

His reason for becoming a supervillain was well explaine
Savy Leiser
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars! Fascinating concept, great writing style, but I thought the pacing was too slow and weighted down in the first half. My full in-depth review is HERE on my booktube channel!
FOR the book tour End of June!!
Look for the review!
Patrick Smith
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Miles ahead of the competition

I consider myself a conesseur of superhero fiction, and I have nearly read it all. But this book is light years ahead of all but a scant few in the hero/villain storytelling genre. Thrilling plot, great action, deep characters, its got it all. Perfect 5/7 (😆), 10 out of 10 would recommend and will read again. Great work here.
Craig Zimick
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Must Read!

This Anti-Hero story was very well written, the action vivid and coherent, and the most important part... very fun to read. Looking forward to the sequel...
I found this an enjoyable superhero/supervillain novel from the perspective of supervillain Doctor Fid, who is really more of an antihero than an actual villain. This book put some unique twists on the genre, which I liked. For one, the implications of more modern cultural norms were explored; Doctor Fid's suit and accompanying drones took video of his fights so he could post embarrassing shots of his enemies online. Perhaps my favorite twist, though, was that everyone--heroes and villains alike ...more
Peter Wichert
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I can say that this series defenitly deserves the high rating it currently has.
Books with few reviews tend to have better ratings than deserved but not this one.
I am very surprised to not find this on a lot of top superhero list on this site and on others.
Read all 3 books in about 5 days and had a great time.
Defenitly a pearl among the superhero books.

5/5 would crusade again.
Erin Dydek
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: onlinebookclub
Pure Genius

Loved this book! Character-driven supervillain novel that allows you to get inside the mind of the man behind the mask. Doctor Fid is hard not to like (the confidence and genius of Tony Stark with the showmanship of Megamind) and exists within an intriguing network of villains and superheroes. The backstory, motives, and growth of Fid made for a great story. Looking forward to books two and three!

Official OnlineBookClub Review:
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: superhero-books
I loved this book. I got to a point where I couldn't put it down, and I knew I was going to finish it that day no matter how long it took me. It's a little slower than I usually like until a certain point, but I was so fascinated by certain aspects that I didn't mind the pace. Then it got crazy and I was in for the ride.

I would say it's more of a character study for the most part. There is plenty of action and eventually we get to a big plot that impacts the world, but the main point of the book
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-new, superhero
Fid's Crusade is an extremely interesting book, it follows Fid, a super villain, as he tries to find his place in the world following the loss of his brother. The story is focused on his emotional/moral dilemmas and his character growth. The book is unique, not only due to the material, but also due to an interesting narrative structure, and unique character voice.

This was published before- but it is somewhat reminiscent to "The Boys" on amazon.

What You Should Know Before Reading:
1) The book has
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
David H. Reiss writes a very good book about the antihero… A super villain who wants to expose the truth about the heroes and the corrosive culture of worship they leave in their wake… His goal: embarrass and disgrace his enemies. Fid!

Most of my interaction with superheroes comes from the pages of comic books and the big screen. These plot usually follow pretty time-tested formula: opening fight, regroup, hone in on the big bad guy, find way to beat the big baddie, mega ending fight scene, curta
Erik McManus
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was the first time that I have read a book about the villain as the main character and I just want to say that I am here for it! I really liked Dr. Fid. He was a very likable villain and had witty banter that he would just play in his head while thinking over different situations.

You can definitely tell that the author has grown up on comic books based on the world of characters he has created. There are a bunch of unique superheroes with interesting abilities that Dr. Fid encounters and ha
Free'D Demon
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Honestly, the best book where the main character is a villain I've ever read. I'm not interested in villain MCs who are thieves, rapists, serial killers, etc. I try very hard to sift through books for good villains, ones who hold themselves to their own high morals but would not hesitate to lay down destruction upon anyone in their way given their own reasons. Also, I was so blissfully happy at how what humor there was in the book was presented. No sex jokes, toilet humor, nor references to pop ...more
Shanell Meek
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Is Dr Fid a super hero or a super villain?

Fid’s Crusade (The Chronicles of Fid Book 1) by David Reiss is a super hero story that takes a whole new perspective on superheroes and super villains. Dr Fid is more of a super villain than a super hero but somehow he finds himself as the only option for saving the world and somewhere along the way he turns into a super hero. It’s definitely not cookie cutter super hero story and I actually found that I enjoyed it more because it’s not your typical rea
Julius Blitzy
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
How far can mankind go wrong when the only hope for the world is a villain?
Honestly, without reading the description that caught me off guard at first, but then as the story progress I was quiet impressed by the twist presented here, it was the reinvention the anti-hero formula desperately need it, and the way it works here is amazing.
But trust me, that is not the only reinvention made in this story, every normal or predictable thing to happen in a sci-fi story like this has been shattered, I w
Chris Bauer
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I can't exactly recall how I heard about "Fid's Crusade" by David H. Reiss, but I'm glad I picked up. As a big fan of any kind of superhero fiction, this interesting slant on the genre was squarely in my wheelhouse.

- The novel moves wicked fast, but pack an immense amount of detail and emotion in each chapter.
- Combat choreography is suitably 4 color and fun to read.
- Our anti-hero protag, Dr. Fid, is well-developed, with clear voice and motives. Very enjoyable.
- One of the more interesting aspe
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
We are all a bit over-saturated with superhero movies, shows, stories etc. these days. But, there is always room for one more, and pretty good one too.
Dr. Fid is not a typical superhero, the author decided to approach this topic from a different angle. He is more of a supervillain, but he doesn’t really end that way… Anyway, it is best to read the book and see what exactly happens. Main character is clearly great, and the other characters are done in a similar fashion – no one is really black or
Renee Spicuzza
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Fid’s Crusade” is David Reiss’ exciting tale of the human experience as it lives within the dichotomy of good versus evil. Doctor Fid is our character of reigning terror who has built this large facade and expectation for who he is and the damage he can cause with his power. Reiss’ novel takes a look into those that seek to push Doctor Fid and his boundaries beyond belief, no matter the cost. The shock of the atrocious behaviors that was supposed to be on the same level as himself is something ...more
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have read over 200 some "superhero" books and I have never written a review on any of them, even "Steelheart" but this one is one that totally deserves one. It has such a completely different unique style, which is the reason I believe I loved it so much, after all reading the same "hero" or "villain" plot can get tiresome. This book has that extra something that allowed it to be a great and memorable book to me. I loved that it had that kind of dairy feel to it, with perfectly pla
Brian Gates
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read so many superhero stories, that it's a breath of fresh air to read one centered around the villain. It's always fun to get inside the villains head, and understand why that person acts the way they do, and how they view themselves. Dr. Fid reminds me of a Dr. Doom type of Supervillian, with similar powers and aspects of a similar personality.
This urban superhero tale reads somewhat like a mystery novel, as the doctor inspects crime scenes so terrible they shock even him.The writing is
Leandro Couto
Heroes and the medium of books seem like an odd fit, but I'd been wanting to see it tried for a while, so when I found out about this book I pounced on it! The idea is clever: the protagonist is a great concept and the universe has a bit of everything, just like superhero universes should: wacky technology, aliens, weird powers, costumes, etc. The execution is not perfect: it has some iffy motivations and morality at times (the book seems simplistic about some issues it raises), and the action s ...more
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