Otto Von Trapezoid and the Empress of Thieves by Jesse Baruffi (Review by #NerdGirlJulie)

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Title: Otto Von Trapezoid and the Empress of Thieves 

Author: Jesse Baruffi 

Published Date: October 5th 2015

Genre: Science Fiction, Humor


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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!

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***#NerdGirlJulie’s  Review***
Otto Von Trapezoid and the Empress of Thieves by Jesse Baruffi is campy, vampy, SCI-FI comedy that is reminiscent of a Mel Brooks or Monty Python movie with a pinch of Guardians of the Galaxy thrown into the mix. Come to think of it, Otto Von Trapezoid would make an excellent movie!

I have to confess that Science Fiction is the last genre I would normally choose, but the cover and title of this book captured my attention. I am a sucker for math pun/play-on words! So, now you know the shallow reasons I chose this book. I opened this book, and “BAM”, “KAPOW”, the first sentence had me hooked!

“Good morning, Earth. Today…you are mine.”

This well-written story of two criminal masterminds is filled with fabulous characters. The book stars Otto Von Trapezoid—a nerdy, slightly out of touch, mad scientist, and Esmeralda Santa Monica, the slick, quick, self-proclaimed Empress of Thieves. These two funny villains are absolutely cheesy and totally lovable just as Boris and Natasha of Rocky & Bullwinkle fame. I just couldn’t bring myself to hate either set of infamous antagonists.

Baruffi’s madcap, zany plot is a wild mix of science fiction, humor, and parody. Otto Von Trapezoid is action packed from the start to the finish! Families, fellow villains, and heroic superhero, Jake Indestructible, are rich foils to Otto’s and Esmeralda’s plans. I loved the crazy UN General Assembly scenes that felt like a frat party as well as the over-the-top plan to take over the world. There are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments in this book.

I highly recommend that you don’t wait for the movie version. Get a copy of Otto Von Trapezoid and the Empress of Thieves by Jesse Baruffi and start reading!


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