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Conquest

The Dungeon Core Gambit, Book One
Narrated by: Camille DuBois
Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
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When 31-year-old Markos Turloch is murdered in a heinous manner by his boss, Bobbi Nox, as revenge for whistle-blowing on his employer, he loses his humanity and is reincarnated as a diamond-like dungeon core in another world.  

After discovering and exploiting a dungeon-breaking cheat, Markos maxes out his dungeon level and begins to explore the world above his dungeon.  

When his dungeon helper, Jessica, comes across a dying young man being sexually tormented by a female ogre, Markos' decision to save his life becomes the turning point in Markos' new existence. Upon learning the truth of this new world as one where females dominate in both numbers and social status, Markos settles on a new goal: to conquer the land of Enwald and reassert male dominance as its king!  

Markos' first target of conquest is the kingdom of Vessar, where his dungeon is located. Borrowing the body of Sibalt, the young man he saved, Markos journeys across the kingdom in search of information, allies, and companions to help achieve his goal to conquer the kingdom.  

Conquest is the first audiobook in the Dungeon Core Gambit series. It is a dark harem fantasy built on the twin pillars of GameLit and Dungeon Core elements. Inspired by Ooku: The Inner Chambers and How to Build a Dungeon: Book of the Demon King, Conquest will appeal to fans of both Japanese manga series.  

Warning: This audiobook contains profanities and numerous mature situations involving sex and violence. In particular, the opening chapter depicts the violent murder of the main character. Furthermore, there are numerous explicit sex scenes as well as the enslavement of the MC's enemies. Listener discretion is advised.

©2018 Antony W.F. Chow (P)2018 Antony W.F. Chow

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Author bias fails to deliver a compelling story.

This is an obvious bandwagoning of the popular litrpg trend without uaing any of the elements which makes it enjoyable. There are literally no constraints on the dungeons power, power levels are inconsistent and always end with everyone shocked at how powerful the dungeon is, the usual tragic backstory and fourtuitous encounters with harem world ripe for the taking...
I mean how much more generic can you even get?

What was the gambit? it is hardly a gambit when the power level disparities are this great.

I would not recomend this audiobook even if you have time to spend.

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  • Zachary
  • 16-12-2018

Don't Buy

I am a pen and paper nerd, a game master infact and am a sucker for dungeon core stories, with or without lit rpg elements.

This writer has made many, errors but I will go over the largest ones. I will avoid spoilers as possible.

1: The M.C. is a Mary Sue. Not simply overpowered, but never truly changed while acting comically naive.
I don't use the title of Mary Sue lighty. I love Overlord, and Lord Ainz is comicly overpowered, but not a Mary Sue becuse he struggles with interactions and maintaining his airs as a Overlord.

2: Antony apparently has never played a rpg and still tried to make a Lit RPG without any research.
Example: a character who is basically a epic boss monster gets poisoned at the same time as the rest of its party, the entire party get knocked out at once, including characters without a tenth of said character's hp(one of five hard number stats used... I include level and damage).
This, fast acting, poison knocked out a character who, by "stats", should have been able to shrug off a literal hundred arrows to the knee, for enough time to let anyone kill said epic equvilent character. Every poisoned character woke up at the same time after a protracted period of time.
This story would have been better off, simply better, without trying to be a Lit RPG.

3: Characters do not develop naturally and commonly act stupidly while struggling to find their third dimension.
They just accept the bazaar with a brisk explanation and trooper on, they do this faster then P.C.s at a two hour one off table top game.
The main characters seem to love mentioning that they are aligned with a dungeon.

... I can't endorse this book.
if you want a good read/listen with Lit RPG, try Dungeon Lord, The Land: Chaos Seeds, or Everybody Loves Large Chests. With out RPG elements, try: Divine Dungeon, Another Stupid Trilogy, or Demons of Astlan.

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 02-01-2019

Barely Dungeon Core


Conquest is a book that feels like a dungeon core book, but then doesn’t feel like a dungeon core book. It starts off with a guy being murdered in a pretty hardcore fashion. I think Chow is a big fan of Lorena Bobbitt, because his assassin sure as heck makes the MC live out a John Wayne Bobbitt scenario prior to his death. The guy gets reborn as a dungeon core, and immediately starts making monster friends, absorbing people, and growing his territory.
The story flips between dungeon building and sex scenes, since the world has a dearth of viable males to support the population. I’m not sure if this originally started out as a naughty book that evolved into a dungeon book, or a dungeon book that evolved into an erotic book but it is very hard to tell what the focus actually was on. I have no problem with sex scenes, but I need a solid story behind it. I do read harem books, and I am no prude, but this was not my cup o tea sex wise.

My issues with the story are thus. First, the book never really delivers a challenge to the MC. He pretty much overcomes and outthinks any obstacle in his way. There was never a threat or serious concern for his success. Secondly, the way that the story explains that dungeon cores need to keep themselves hidden and secret, but I never saw the protagonist do that ever. Pretty much every person or thing that he encounters he tells. Third, he expands really quickly, most dungeon books take time building rooms, levels, etc. This dungeon expands its territory and range by incredible leaps and bounds. Third, the core’s helper was either deliberately obtuse or was a savant, because she was constantly goofing things up, and then she was a master. It made no sense. Fourth, the cheat that the dungeon exploited, garnering limitless mana pretty much at will. Fifth, there were literally no monsters in the dungeon. That is what is fun about the dungeon genre. New monsters. I wanted to see more with the nematode or queen ant, but no. Also, there is only one real party of adventurers who take on the dungeon, and they mostly quit halfway through. What does it say when a band of adventurers don’t even want to do a dungeon run? Then I even had a grammar issue in the audiobook. This is me being picky, but I have to call it out when I hear something like this. The word Dwarfesses is used a lot, which comes across like dwarfesses. I would have rather that the terms she-dwarves, female dwarves, lady dwarves, or even just dwarves, as it was very clear that he was only referencing the female variety of dwarven folks. It might have actually worked ok on the page, but when spoken out loud it was mildly silly.
Speaking of out loud, Dubois is clear and clean, but almost robotic in her speaking. She had a very boring delivery style. I found her to be intently hard to listen too. She also had some mispronunciations, but I’ll just call out one. Look, if you are entering a specific style of genre like Sci fi or fantasy, get used to technobabble or strange creatures being named. In other words, prepare yourself. Dubois uses the pronunciation of Like in place of Lich. This was very irritating and coupled with her style every little error that she made stood out like the Eiffel Tower on Liberty Island. I have said it before, and I will say this again. Narration is key to keeping your story interesting on Audible. Choosing a bad narrator is like shooting yourself in the foot. You might hobble along, but you aren’t going to win any races. She crushed this story with her monotone flat reading. She is not, by far, the worst I have ever heard, but man, she is not even a middle of the pack narrator, unless you are talking about a pack of cigarettes.

I really struggled with this, I tried to figure out if it was a Litbook that wanted to be a dungeon core book or a dungeon core book that lost its way. I really did not feel like this was a dungeon core book. It was missing too many elements for it to be that, it also strained my LITRPG perceptions since there was no real attempt at levelling or other standard fare things like stats abounding. Taking it for just the story I was given I have to, coupled with the narration, give this 6.5 stars.

Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. Getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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  • Scott A. Clark
  • 31-12-2018

literature porn

while I am not adverse to harem, don't f*** everything. not able to finish book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-12-2018

The narrator needs to be fired.

She sounds like a high school freshman with no emotions at all. Completely kill the whole thing for me. I will be returning this as fast as I can. Then seeing a doctor for my bleeding ears.

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  • Erik
  • 16-12-2018

Absolute Trash (DO NOT BUY)

I'll be blunt, this is possibly the worst book iv ever listened to in this genre. let me explain. You remember when you were learning to use adjectives in grade school and so you started off with simple ones to describe emotions like, "Chad was sad"? This book is filled with them. The MC gets his Johnson cut off and the author describes the scene like he would a a piece of toilet paper floating in the wind. There is absolutely no backstory to the MC. He might as well be a piece of lint. The guy is a moron too, or the author didn't take the time to hash out any logic behind his writing. Its like he wants the MC to reach point B from point A as fast as possible so he's bending over backwards to make the story fit at the expense of anything of substance. Good plot but no character development, lots of lazy world building, zero backstory, and the emotional intelligence of my alarm clock. Not a big fan of the narrator's voice but in all honesty Morgan Freeman would have had a hard time reading this book with any success

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  • Robert Rowe
  • 17-02-2019

Odd mix of Dungeon Core, LitRPG and porn.

The writing is amateurish at best. There are several gratuitous sex scenes that add nothing to the story. The author needs to learn when detail adds to the story and when it doesn't. Opportunities for good scenes were squandered while too much time was spent un unimportant things.

The narrator must be new to fantasy writing because she mispronounced many words like mine- ator instead of minotaur. She also spoke too slow and all the characters sounded the same.

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  • Jeff
  • 28-01-2019

Boring D and D

You will regret buying this book I did. It’s like the author wrote his fantasy D and D. With level ups and xp.

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  • Marlon
  • 20-01-2019

Poor man's Overlord

This isn't some masterpiece that everyone has to read it's a decent book with a similar premise to overlord and the first few chapters are a bit similar to "that time I got reincarnated as a slime". overall decent nothing to terrible

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  • stphand40
  • 17-01-2019

great book

Enjoyed this story greatly!! The characters were very interesting. I'm looking forward to hearing about what happens next.

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  • Matt
  • 13-01-2019

Editor Needed

This book has not received even basic editing, neither before becoming an audio book nor after. The writer switches between all three tenses randomly, and the sentence structure itself is clunky. Either the reader is reading the words as written, or is not familiar with the genres proper pronunciations.

The idea is an interesting one, and in general the narrator is a good one.

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  • Oskar
  • 30-12-2018

Amateurish

The author is relatively new, it’s a good book for an amateur author but if I were to judge it without that as a variable i would give it a 1.5 on audible and the book alone would get 3.
The book doesn’t “flow” naturally and the mc doesn’t have a distinct personality, it keeps moving between different personalities and because there is no mention of any mental illness I’m gonna blame it on bad writing.
The performance was awful, there were many words she didn’t know how to pronounce(she called a lich a lick for example) and didn’t create any distinct voices for any character so you will loose track of whose talking many times when listening. she also didn’t have a male and a female voice so everything was read in the same tone.

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  • William
  • 24-12-2018

twaddle made by a horny boy

i think my title really says it all. poor story, poor naration. a dungeon that makes avatars and send them out to hump there way to conquering all. sounds funny. nope it dosent. the pros are so poor. the sex is poor. the combat is poor. the narator i hope was drunk.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-12-2018

Fun but not enough conflict....

Fun but not enough conflict in this story too much emphasis placed on soft porn scenes.
I also felt the narration was too 1 dimensional.

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