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Max was a professional soldier, and extremely good at his job. Right up until it killed him. 

At the moment of his death, he meets Hildi the Valkyrie, and is given three options. Serve Odin in Valhalla as one of the Einherjar, fighting each day and celebrating each night until the battle of Ragnarok. Accept his death as final, and end his existence. Or be reincarnated as a Battleborne on a random unknown world. 

Max chooses to gamble! To live a new life, whatever that might entail. Favored with a blessing of the Valkyries, who gift him with an unusual bloodline, he is reborn on a world of magic and monsters. In fact, his own new body is half monster! 

Thrust into the world with nothing but a canvas diaper, sharp teeth, and claws, Max must use his skills as a soldier to improvise and survive. There are no respawns, and at level zero, nearly everything can kill him. 

With his new status as one of the Battleborne, much is expected of Max. Dangerous and difficult quests are presented to him, and the loot ranges from filthy goblin loincloths to epic weapons! 

Join Max as he learns to navigate his new life, struggling with the instincts of his monster bloodlines, and taking advantage of them at the same time.

©2020 Dave Willmarth (P)2020 Mountaindale Press

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  • Ivo
  • 23-09-2020

awesome!

entertaining light book a bit more character development would have made this a little better but still an awesome read thank you

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Great quick read

Fun characters, great book, liked the monster type hero. Race irrelevant. Hoping for a sequel

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Good book

Thoroughly enjoyed this book, recommend to anyone who likes game lit.
MC is OP but for me it didn't detract from the story.

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excellent story

it was a real pages turner. very good book that kept your attention from the first page.

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Good but no real feeling of threat.

The game world seemed vague and not super fleshed out. The main character abilities don't really have limits.
doesn't build tension when he can just one punch things.

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hands down by far the best book iv ever read

loved every bit of it I used too game RPGs skyrim ff7 8 and 9 realy enjoy the levels thing soo good thank you dave

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Very enjoyable!

Overall it was a great book, fun but interesting, told well and I really recommend it.

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Amazing story

Loved it! well wrote amazingly read! had me trapped from start to finish! cant wait to continue the story

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brilliant entertainment

The 2 narrators brought the well written characters to life. I loved this book and hope he is writing a sequel.

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captivating story told well

This is a good listen with plenty of good moments for you to remember and smile about

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  • Tommy
  • 28-09-2020

Amazing narration, the rest.. not so much...

First of, narration is fabulous!

Story tho... if you like a MC that is completely flat and everyone just love because of reasons, and a story that, within the 2 first levels lets the Mc get blessed by gods, randomly finds a priceless artifact lost to the ages, gets a race so OP that he literally can’t die and is way above everyone when it comes to abilities without even trying, then this book might be for you!

For me tho... amazingly boring and unrelatable

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  • Jeremy Pierre
  • 20-09-2020

Dave Willmarth shots far but misses in the end

Let’s first start with Dave Willmarth is an excellent writer. I think his failure is that the Main Character is a Monster Race and does multiple things that would piss off the Dwarfs but they are like ya it’s cool. Also we all know in games a level 9 isn’t going to take out a ?? Boss. Max’s ability to just walk over people at least twice his level is unreasonable. Also one of my large gripes is that he is attempting to make characters the I would say are chaotic neutral but immediately go super hero lawful good in every situation. They are super understanding of everything. I just felt like Max was not a completely developed character and acted more scripted. Also when he does a big no no and ninja loots something everyone is like ya that’s fine no biggie. I just can’t relate to the character and am finding myself hating and despising him. That being said the book is good but don’t expect the MC to move from the I am a lovable monster character and everyone doesn’t care. Good filler series while you wait for the ones you love to be released

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  • paul
  • 25-09-2020

Snark! Snark everywhere!

Another great LitRPG book in an ever increasing number to join my library of late! Our MC Max finds himself in a charming fantasy world accompanied by a snarky leprechaun, and an even snarkier interface, and I love it! The humor in this book is pretty consistent, and balanced by genuinely touching moments of sorrow, along with loads of action. The character sheet reading is infrequent, which I appreciate since those moments can slow the story down. Nor are any character sheets miles long, so that’s pretty nice.

Max, as a protagonist, is both believable, and endearing. I know quite a few soldiers, and I found myself thinking, yep, that’s what my buddy would do in that situation! Red is hilarious, and I found myself enjoying her every appearance. The other characters, without spoiling too much, play their parts well, and I especially appreciated the author’s portrayal of Orcs as intelligent, civilized beings with a strong sense of honor, and avoiding the “primitive morons living in squalor” trope.

Both narrators performed extremely well, and I always appreciate a female narrator to voice female characters, because it’s a thousand times better than any gent’s falsetto (Jeff Hays being the exception, and even he’s better when accompanied by Annie Elicott or another female narrator). Both Daniel Wisniewski and Jessica Threet have a fantastic range of accents and voices to lend to this story.

Overall, I really enjoyed this, and if you enjoy a good fantasy romp in the LitRPG style, I think you will too! This was the first book by Dave Wilmarth that I’ve tried, finding the summary over on Reddit when poking around for news on Dungeon Lord Book 5, and I’m glad I took the plunge! I definitely plan on listening to more of his work, thanks to this. And I am very much looking forward to book 2 in this series!

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  • Brian dowis
  • 01-10-2020

Predictable and cheesy

I'm an avid fan of this genre. That being said, I wanted to like it... But I can't recommend this to a veteran of LitRPG. There's potential if you can get over the lack of imagination and predictability.

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  • charles
  • 22-09-2020

Gary Sue

I like the premise that he was going for and overall enjoyed the first half of the book, but as soon as he meets others the flaws start coming out. The book turned into a total “nerd fantasy” everyone loves the MC can’t be wrong and if you don’t you’re evil. He is invincible there is no other way to explain a lvl 2 beating lvl 15-20 enemies. I’m 10 hours in I’m not looking forward to finishing this drivel.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-10-2020

really good UNTIL

all hale the MC... I mean king
really hate this trope. it doesn't make for good adventuring for the main character to stay in 1 place playing government

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 20-09-2020

Great book and narration is amazing.

Dan and Jessica do a fantastic job narrating the story by Dave Willmarth. LitRPG fans rejoice! Sadly, playback is currently broken on Alexa enabled devices. Audible app and Bluetooth is a decent workaround until it gets fixed though.

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  • Andrew M. S.
  • 05-10-2020

So much potential

litrpg check, reborn check, fantasy check, mature themes check. How was this so boring?

Well the MC just has everything thrust upon him and gains power at a rate that makes no sense. Starting with literally nothing and becoming a KING in a matter of days. This book feels like it's all style and no substance. No real plot, character development, or world building. It checks all the boxes without expanding on any of them.

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  • Cindy
  • 21-09-2020

Beyond Awesome!

This is one that you don't want to end and keep hoping there's more time left. So, all I have to say is, hurry, hurry, hurry and let's get the next one released.

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  • Mr. Lee
  • 21-09-2020

Excellent story and superb narration!

This is a great story. A little different take on died and sent to a new world trope. I really like the character development.
The narration is superb! I really hope to hear more of these two narrators in the future books and different authors works as well. They made the story come to life. Some of the better narration I’ve heard.
Highly recommend this one. It’s definitely worth the credit.

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  • Mattytentoes
  • 02-12-2020

Concrete litrpg

Fantastically executed story, great narrative with brilliant characters and a couple of laugh out load moments!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 16-11-2020

When is the next one

I liked this story. Narration is brilliant. Not my normal book I go for but I can’t wait for the next one. If you like this type of story, then I recommend it.

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  • Grant
  • 29-09-2020

Great start to a LitRpg story

loved this book, it was a fantastic start to a LitRPG, the main character is likeable and earns all he gets throughout the book. Unlike other stories where they get OP from one thing. Just an all round great story and great characters.

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  • Maximilian Topp
  • 05-10-2020

Brilliant

Absolutely brilliant book and hoping there will be more coming! Need me some more chimera action.

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  • Micke
  • 26-09-2020

Good litrpg book.

Pretty good story with interesting plot. Good narration. Its fun and fast. Has action, magic and some romance. Would like a bit more character developement and integrations between them and a bit less kingdom building.

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  • N K
  • 25-05-2021

ciouldn't be happier

This book kept me engaged the whole time, the dual narration was a real treat and I can't wait for the next one.

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  • Daryl peter lambrou
  • 22-04-2021

Epic

What an epic start great characters and story I can’t wait for book 2 amazing

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  • DES
  • 18-04-2021

Nice LitRPG

Thoroughly enjoyed this book, can’t wait for the next instalment.
New to the world of litrpg and what a winner for my initiation.

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  • ben
  • 15-04-2021

it's one of those books!!

amazing! found it hard to stop listening just couldn't get enough, its fast paced and and full of emotion all round a very good book and I will be look forward to the next one!

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  • Mark Hodges
  • 05-04-2021

Brattleboro

Great Litrpg story, reminded me of The Ten Realms, another great Audible series, I've enjoyed this first book and enjoyed the character progression and story line. I'm looking forward to hearing the next instalment of this Battleborn series. May there be many more adventures awaiting to discover.

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