Get Your Free Audiobook

Excise (A Post-Apocalyptic LitRPG)

Ether Collapse, Book 2
Narrated by: Luke Daniels
Series: Ether Collapse, Book 2
Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (34 ratings)

Non-member price: $34.76

After 30 days, Audible is $16.45/mo. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's Summary

Otherworldly invasions. Nuclear meltdowns converted to dark power. A quest assigned by the planet itself.
 

Three weeks ago the world started anew as buildings literally stood up, fearsome monsters materialized, and humanity’s way of life changed forever. Now, Rockland Barkclay must continue to protect his people from a new threat while dealing with internal issues that keep popping up. For instance, will he choose to heed the warning of his resurrected Ancestral Guide as she notices the edges of an ancient conspiracy?
 

Things take a turn for the worse thanks to a freshly awakened God - or was it the fearsome evolution of Earth's wildlife? Regardless of the cause, the group discovers something dark and twisted in the Atlantean System, invited by a recent unmanned nuclear catastrophe.
 

The apocalypse isn’t over; it’s just luring everyone into a false sense of security.

©2019 Ryan DeBruyn (P)2020 Mountaindale Press

What listeners say about Excise (A Post-Apocalyptic LitRPG)

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    26
  • 4 Stars
    7
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    23
  • 4 Stars
    6
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    22
  • 4 Stars
    7
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Good story....

Enjoyed the first book and the first 60% of this one. Quite disappointed by the ending of this book, this whole magical mguffin to end the book was frustrating to no end. No Thanks in future.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Christopher
  • Christopher
  • 12-01-2020

Writing is improving, but the author still REALLY needs a better character editor.

If you liked the first book then you will definitely enjoy this one. The story was once again compelling and interesting. Plus the author addressed the biggest sticking point in the first book, which was the ubiquitous, Rated-G cursing. The main thing still holding this book back is something that seems to be more and more common in contemporary GameLit. It’s the inexplicable fascination that writers seem to have with moronic and inept MC’s, whose actions are constantly contradicting their character or even just basic common sense. At best, this is an extremely frustrating and annoying way to create tension. It’s a classic device used most prominently in bad horror movies to manufacture tension and suspense... It’s the, “No, No! You dumb, horny, big-booby’d, blonde, teenage girl who is actually 23 in real life! Don’t go into the dark, scary basement by yourself!!!” trope. However, since this is a LitRPG book, and not a B-grade horror film, and the MC doesn’t have any of the aforementioned “traits,” the result is that the cheap plot-device just makes you mad. Note to the Author: Do Not, heavily foreshadow the obvious possible solutions to a problem and then have the MC repeatedly scratch his head and say, “Gee, I wish there was some way to deal with this obstacle. I better dick around for a while and act contrary to my character, and then wait around some more until there’s a moment where it looks like everything is about to collapse, and only then, I’ll “magically” remember to pull out the obvious and over-foreshadowed solution to my problem that would have negated the whole situation in the first place, and then I’ll... SAVE THE DAY!!! ... again... for the 7th time.” or Have him think to himself, “Wow! I’m in the middle of this scary, evil dungeon, full of high level monsters, and I’m hunting my devious adversary... Hey! I just picked up something moving fast in my peripheral vision! I think I’ll just blink and stand right where I am until something kills me..., OR..., one of my friends saves me in the nick of time!!... It’s not like I’ve been perpetually in danger and fighting dangerous adversaries for more than a month now. There’s no way I would have adapted my behavior when I’m in obviously dangerous situations. No Way at All!!... especially not for the... 7th time.” See how annoying that is?... Yeah.... Then cut-it-the-eff-out! No one wants to read or listen to that garbage. You’ve got a great story here. Stop pissing on it!

23 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-01-2020

not as good as the first, still better than most

the story kind of drags and seems directionless as nothing really gets done, maybe too much was tried to be stuffed into the story. if more time was devoted to each "act" I think the story would have ended better with each idea being more developed.

7 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for D. Neill
  • D. Neill
  • 21-01-2020

Arg!

Stop demonizing nuclear power! DeBruyn obviously is unaware that Hiroshima and Nagasaki are both robust metropolises in Japan and have been continuously inhabited, before and after their bombing. They did not turn into waste lands. They did see an uptick in thyroid carcinoma, but that bump has for the most part come and gone. Nuclear power stations built in North America, in Canada and the U.S. are incredibly safe. They fail OFF, unlike Chernobyl (which failed ON, but the Russians don't have the best safety track record). The biggest nuclear power plant failure in the US (Three Mile Island) is the poster child for how safe nuclear power is!!! All the safety protocols worked and the reactor failure was contained appropriately. If people are truly interested in combating climate change, and truly advocate for science driven decision, nuclear power should be implemented world wide!!! We would already be zero carbon right now if public ignorance regarding nuclear power wasn't mainstream. I'm deeply saddened that DeBruyn would propagate popular ignorance so blatantly in an otherwise delightful book. At the very least, if he wanted to have nuclear be disastrous, it should be located in either China or Russia/Soviet bloc nations where there is at least empirical evidence of corner cutting and poor reactor design. That said, I would be very skeptical of anyone claiming modern reactors built in either country would be at risk for explosive failure. Even after the Fukushima plant failure (which is a prime example of not designing for the location and corner cutting) was contained to the point that no alteration to the natural rate of disease has been observed in the areas around the disaster site. Modern reactor design is safe and robust. Nuclear energy is abundant and clean. Turning it into the boogie man of this story is sad and irresponsible.

6 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Twon
  • Twon
  • 09-02-2020

Awesome Adventure

I really enjoy this book. The author really put a lot of work into this book and you can tell. from the beginning to the end I have not missed a single moment. The MC is the best idea I've ever seen in a book. He's not to OP or too overwhelming with strange powers.i wish I could see a live game or movie of this it would be nice. book one was fun book two to me was crazy. bring out more and more players little by little keeping on my toes to see what's going to happen. yet, not leave any stone unturned. if u get what I mean.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Kate Juden
  • Kate Juden
  • 08-02-2020

wonderful

I love the little references to the Algonquins and hope that Smith takes a bigger role in future books. Atlantis, the City of Gold, Asgard....the author weaves the legends into the story beautifully. I love the mythos he has created and look forward to many more books.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 03-02-2020

good books need more

I really liked these books ..but ran into same problem as many other books on here in them not being finished series

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Jacob
  • Jacob
  • 20-01-2020

2 for 2

This second installment of the Ether Collapse series is great. I'll admit that I was hesitant to get the first in the series because I'm not a big fan of post apocolyps books, but I am a growing fan of Lit RPG. The story is engaging and grabs you right off the bat. There's a smattering of sexual tension, dark conspiracy, and bursts of action. All centering around the need to survive. But if there is one thing I must say about the audiobook, it is that Luke Danials is one of the best and most engaging narrators I've ever listened to. I've been listening to audiobooks my whole life, so I have a healthy respect for this profession. I feel that all too often we throw praise at a book without acknowledging these artists. So, I have to use this chance to thank both the author, Ryan DeBruyn, as well as the man who made his work come to life, Luke Danials. Thank you both!

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for John
  • John
  • 12-01-2020

Luke saves the day again

Luke saves this one in my opinion. First and foremost I really love the concept and the worlds building going on and without going into great spoilers the MC and the people of old earth are getting slammed up against huge XP wall ( a grind ) that doesn't seem to being going away and getting worse, Not to mention the issue with other factions coming into play that have been dealing with this gameish universe for a looooong time, it literally will be stone-age people fighting against far more advanced civilizations with no hope in sight. They just keep having silly setbacks dealing with minor things like other humans aways being dumb without knowing the way bigger picture. This book in my opinion the MC didn't grow one bit, yes the the little town did some but humanity as a whole lost way more than gained. In the end I will give it one more book before I drop this series, unless something changes. Like the author lets us know WTF is going on with the rest of the planet and not some little valley and some butt hurt guy wanting to take over some xyz city. I just have a bad feeling that Rocky is going to want to travel to xyz city to find his family next and during that time other civilizations are coming closer and closer.

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Michael
  • Michael
  • 13-01-2020

excellent

I really enjoyed this book and this series, I can't wait for the follow up book!

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for morgan
  • morgan
  • 10-02-2020

Great books

Really interesting storyline. I can't wait for the next book. Luke Daniels is as always awesome with his reading.

1 person found this helpful

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for MK
  • MK
  • 30-01-2020

A bit disappointing

A lot of filler not a lot of progression. the entire start of the book is simply describing how Rocky is delusional and seeing things. Then they get to his territory go on two expeditions to do things and the books over. also the fighting was mostly just "we cant possibly win!" Rocky: "let me try this wierd ring" "omg your so amazing rocky" no new skills, plans or forethought. No progression or answers just a vague hint that the society in the past was sexiest. oh and Mars is waking up but he didn't say its name cause that would make it an answer to a question the reader has. not sure why the author bothered writing this as it's just frustrating how much filler there is. if you've read this review you know everything you need to read the next one. My advice skip this one and hopefully there's some better writing in the next one. Also luke for the last time warrior is not pronounced like that:)

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 22-01-2020

The main character is such an annoying character

The main character is such an annoying character In the first book he was ok but in this one he was just egotistic and bad

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Kindle Customer
  • Kindle Customer
  • 24-04-2020

9.5 of 10 one of my favourites series!!

This was even better than the first one really loved the concept and characters of this work of art. Good to see some build a settlement as team work!!! Ready to buy the next one⭐⭐❤️❤️

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Queen of Swords
  • Queen of Swords
  • 02-02-2020

Okay

It was okay. Entertaining enough to finish, but the writing quality isn't where it needs to be. A lot of dialogue and game prompts are unnatural, and there are a great many misused words, or words that are just invented when there are already perfectly good English words that could have been used in their place. I also kinda get the feeling that the author freaked out about the reviews slamming his fake cursing and put a band aid on it at the beginning of this book. It didn't work. The language filter in a story that takes place in the real world was ridiculous.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Richard w
  • Richard w
  • 16-01-2020

That was great!

When I listened to the first book of this series I was unsure about it but Holy Atlantean !!! That book was fantastic could not stop listening to it!!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Kindle Customer
  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-07-2020

Somewhat unique

I'm a big fan of LitRPG; I remember reading Ian Livingstone books when I was a teenager. I'm very cynical in general and also judgmental of LitRPG since the Genre is getting somewhat saturated with lacklustre books, there are 4 or 5 series that I actively enjoy -- Aether Collapse is one. It's somewhat unique in it's presentation of a world-turned-RPG setting of the LitRPG genre, it doesn't recycle many themes at all (such as an overly self-doubting protagonist; which in this case actually fits into the story-line (could be a little smoother for me but hey it's a great job overall)), has completely unique plot points and excecution therein. And as for the narrator, Luke Daniels -- you could NOT have picked a BETTER narrator in my opinion. Luke Daniels is a 11/10 narrator and meshes with this books perfectly. Top LADS.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Zak Wightman
  • Zak Wightman
  • 24-03-2020

Thrilling read

Great twist to the norm litrpg genre, only down side I'd like a bit more world building and Insight to the past.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 15-02-2020

Great 2nd book

cant wait for the next one. hopefully with more antics from Azoth, Roxky and Sela

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for james mcadam
  • james mcadam
  • 23-01-2020

excellent second book

loved it great addition to the series love were the story is going . great characters and excellent narration can not wait for the next one