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Publisher's Summary

Tolkien meets Shock and Awe 

Orcs. Trolls. Wraith riders. Dark wizards. Together, they form an unstoppable force. Or so they thought. 

Dark Army...meet the US Army Rangers. 

When a Joint Task Force of elite Rangers are transported to a strange and fantastic future where science and evolution have incarnated the evils of myth and legend, they find themselves surrounded, pinned down, and in a desperate fight for their very survival - against nightmares of flesh and blood made real. Which means only one thing. 

It’s time to Ranger up and stack bodies. 

The forces of evil have no idea how dangerous a Ranger has been trained to be, and once the action starts, it won’t let up in this no-holds-barred, full-auto, epic battle for survival in the Forgotten Ruin. 

From the creators of Galaxy's Edge....

Buy in, and jock up for this thrilling WarGate adventure. A battle unlike any other is calling. 

©2021 Jason Anspach & Nick Cole (P)2021 WarGate Books

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loved it

ill be cut if they don't make a 2nd book. loved every minute of it

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An wild ride

I normally don't write reviews but for this book I shall simply say, this is a ride from start to finish full of combat and fantasy, I look forward to the sequel

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  • Garion Adkins
  • 01-03-2021

Can't decide between Military Sci-Fi or Fantasy?

Well, here's the solution to your conundrum. Told from the POV of some hardcore Rangers (as if there were any other kind), this story is the start of another great series from Anspach and Cole. Instead of fighting amazing aliens and twisted sci-fi humans, now we're taking on the magical and the bizarre (happily, the 240 cares not when it's angry and cyclic).

And when they run out of ammo, that's when a Ranger PFC gets to use a magic staff to channel their inner Harry Dresden and really go to town on the baddies. I mean, what's not to love?

Just like their excellent Galaxy's Edge series, the characters are all relatable and identifiable if you've spent anytime in the military (or just been around your share of military personnel). Perhaps they wanted to throw a bone to us nerd POGs, because the main character is a linguist who finds himself playing Ranger alongside the "real" hardcores and that makes me cheer for him all the harder. (Even if he breezed through DLI.)

Also true to form, the book is perfectly fine as a stand alone novel, but the authors already have book two coming. So unlike some authors with three initials and too many HBO deals, you don't have to worry about running out of entertainment or not getting sufficient bang for your buck (and resolution to the plot)!

These authors are on my "buy immediately" list for Audible and my Kindle. You might not end up enjoying their books quite as much as I do, but if you take the chance on them I bet at the very least you'll have a blast!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-03-2021

A little less exposition please

I like the book but the constant yammering in the form of eronious imagery and long tangential verbal diarrhea gets to me a bit.

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  • Blake Roberts
  • 01-03-2021

Reviewed an advance copy received via pre-ordering

Summary: Black Hawk Down meets Lord of the Rings...or Lord of the Rings meets Black Hawk Down.

If you've ever watched a fantasy movie and wondered, "I wonder what a light machine gun would do to those marching orcs," or "what if this D&D "ranger" was actually a U.S. Army Ranger," then this is the book for you. Great action and an original but familiar setting.

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  • Kyle Klincko
  • 08-03-2021

Outstanding mix of modern and fantasy fiction!

Absolutely loved the book. My buddies and I, when we were in the field or deployed, used to sit around and wonder what it'd be like if a company of hard charging Soldiers were transported to an alternate dimension. This book delivers it on a scale that knocks it out of the park! Can't help but think that all those years of playing D&D in secret paid off!!
Listening to the creed got me a little misty too as recited alongside.

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  • Hudson
  • 01-03-2021

Reviewed on an advanced copy due to preorder.

When I first saw the concept of the book I was expecting to read an American version of the anime GATE, I was pleasantly surprised. Anspach and Cole were able to take the modern equipment and tactics of the US military and show how it would preform in a realistic way when met with an enemy that either doesn't feel fear, or fears the bark and bite of rifles far less than the magic of the new world.
The way this book integrated high fantasy and military fiction was a sight to behold and I cant wait to get ahold of Book 2.
Be Meaner than it!

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  • Darrell Clarke
  • 09-03-2021

All Battle Little Story

If this book is an indicator to the remaining stories in the series, those that are really into battle descriptions are in for a fun arc.
I am not one of those folks.
I really hoped for a lot more story and was overwhelmed by the constant battle.
I will not be going on in this story arc.

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  • Patrick
  • 08-03-2021

The best of all the Anspach & Cole Offshoots.

If this book doesn’t reach out and touch that part of your soul that loves stories, that feels brotherhood, and dreams of killing Orcs, well…you have no soul, and maybe you should do something about that. There wasn’t anything in this novel that I did not love. As a vet, I will say the authors nailed the ideology and behaviors of a group of combat arms soldiers at war, and in this case, it happened to be Rangers. I related with MC’s obsession with coffee more than I should admit, but once the Rip-It tabs were popped, I immediately placed this at the top of my favorite fantasy (and honestly, military) book list. It’s the little things that made the difference for those of us who have spent time in the company of men like these. It’s the smoke sessions, the one guy that marries the stripper and will forever be a PFC, the small words of leadership that to the entitled would yield a middle finger, but to those who have served, will keep them moving when there is nothing left in the tank. Those things. They're small things, and yet so huge. I hope this series continues, and I hope the grit, and determination, and brotherhood, and dark humor, and all the other Rangering continues until the end. Jason and Nick, you nailed this one and it’s ridiculous you managed to stir up some forgotten memories within me in a book about Orcs and Wizards. But I guess it’s not about them at all. It’s about Rangers, and every other combat arms soldier that’s served. You almost got a tear from me, and for that, I’m going to go put my back against a wall, get into a riding position, and ride an imaginary Harley across the U.S. until my legs give out and the walls sweat. Thank You for this one men.

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  • Julia Monzon
  • 08-03-2021

Does not Disappoint!

This book is everything you would expect from this creative team of authors and a little more.
This is a great stand alone but there could be more. (More Please!) Much better than most adult fairy tales (this isn't one but has done similar elements) and it's fun to see what happens when the military visits fantasyland.
I love that this book is appropriate for a PG-13 audience so I can share with anyone.
The narrator keeps the story moving along and gives an interpretation of the material that is thoroughly enjoyable.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-03-2021

Loved it

A Fun book. Shades of Glen Cook's The Black Company meets Tolkien's middle earth. Can't wait for the next one

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  • Artis
  • 01-03-2021

A rafhed unique look on post apocalyptic genere

When you get a book by Anspach and Cole, you know that you are in for a wild ride, but this one exceeds many of their other works.
While, in general, it is not that hard to predict, how the story will go, the really good part is in how that story is shown, and the point of view of protagonist is much more interesting than many of the typical "action fantasy" heroes, who have pretty much superhhman powers. In Ranger company our hero is at the bottom of the "pecking order" in his combat skills, but he makes it up in other areas, making the story much more relatable (honestly, how many of us could claim to be equal in capabilities to an US Army Ranger? Or any special forces soldier from most countries? the linguist specialist however...)
All in all, very solid book with a unique look on the genere, and sven more enjoyable thanks to my knowledge of D&D.
Eagerly awaiting the next installment!

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  • Peter Odukwe
  • 14-03-2021

Definitely Sold on this!

Absolutely brilliant mashup. Waiting patiently for the next one. Great narrator by the way. Really got me from the first page.

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  • Shane Scott
  • 24-03-2021

Absolutely Amazing

What a breath of fresh air. Great story from start to finish. I love the way we didn't waste time with a big set up. This book starts as it continues.....100 mph.
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  • paul sparks
  • 15-03-2021

Better than Galaxys Edge!

Now that is not a statement I thought I would be making but this book is just absolutely brilliant on so many different levels, I can not wait for the next instalment so please Jason & Nick get it out to your fans soon

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