About Otto Von Trapezoid and the Empress of Thieves

“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!

Reviews for Otto Von Trapezoid and the Empress of Thieves

The comic style cover should have tipped me off as to what type of book it was, and I did little research on it prior to requesting it. Here's the blurb that sold me:

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 [...]

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Vigorously entertaining science-fiction super-villain adventure parody that may at first seem like a cross between Naked Gun and Austin Powers, but with a serious and strong plot. In his astounding debut novel, author Jesse Baruffi shows us the ridiculous and far-fetched way heroes are presented, as inordinately stupid supermen who can brush any affliction aside and who mindlessly fight for democracy and freedom, defying natural laws, and of course being unfaithful to their girlfriends!

We have Otto Von Trapezoid, a mad scientist supervillain who is emotionally stunted and has a short temper that sometimes leads to inadequacy and poor short-term decisions. [...]

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The Plot

So the basic premise is simple: The two biggest villains in the world fall in love. They both have evil plans, so imagine a sort of partnership. What can go wrong? (Or better yet, what can go right?)
Overall, this book combines a refreshing simplicity that you can find in a cartoon (think villains that want to take over the world) and a complexity of a well-developed satire. Many aspects of our society are satirized, and typical cartoonish roles are stereotyped: The hero, the villain, etc.
You’ll get loads of action and many hilarious scenes. It does feel a bit ‘episodic’ [...]

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Well, this was unexpected. It was definitely not an everyday read. It got me hooked right from the start with it's absurdity. And absurd it was. In this respect it sometimes reminded me of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, because at times it was almost as if a random mix of words was created (like the robotic tapirs or the disposable yacht). Not that I consider this a bad thing, not at all. I enjoyed myself a lot reading it.

Otto and Esmerelda were both quite likeable characters despite their short comings, and I don't know what it is [...]

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