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Emperor Mollusk versus The Sinister Brain

Emperor Mollusk versus The Sinister Brain - A. Lee Martinez, Scott Aiello A review of the Audiobook edition.
Very campy book set in our solar system but as if we had life on every planet. Main protagonist, Emperor/Warlord Mollusk is like an evil version of Dr Who. Though he conquers earth without ever having to fire a weapon (or often mentioned death ray) he ends up loving Terrans and defending them and the planet from various forms of attack, including invading Saturnites. The plot has him trying to foil continuing attacks on his life, while under protective custody of a vengeful Venusian, trying to bring Mollusk to face a trial for previous crimes. I enjoyed it more then I thought I would, but took awhile to get used to. The narrator was excellent, but some words were pronounced with a very posh accent. The characters were very distinct and well performed though.