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Alvin had another rough week, but at least this time, he had Gothy with him.  

Travelling from Utah to Nevada, they were able to set up two more Settlements. Then they had to visit the world of Fey to rescue the kids of the Beatty, Nevada, Settlement. Just when things looked like they were going well, the Developers got involved.  

With the very rules of the game changing, Alvin found himself in a new position. Gothy pledged herself to him through the game system, leaving her collared and bound to obey his every whim. Coming to terms with their new relationship, Alvin wondered what would come next.  

He wasn’t expecting a road trip north to loot an abandoned town, nor the dragon that guarded it. What came as the biggest surprise was the chance encounter with a fantasy race whose gate had opened. What would come of this fateful meeting?  

This audiobook contains adult situations, in all their horror and glory, including sex, abuse, drug use, and murder. It also contains graphic sex scenes that portray elements of BDSM. You’ve been warned.

©2018 Daniel James Schinhofen (P)2019 Daniel James Schinhofen

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great book!

Only complaint is the disconnnect of switching narrators. Both Tess and Andrea are excellent. Great read.

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  • Sondre Nesheim Hamre
  • 16-12-2019

worst one.

Having a 16 year old girl get raped and tortured (flayed) was sickening, ruined my whole day. Then later there is wife getting gang raped infront of her husband. This book made me lose any respect I had for the author. I can't believe that so many people gave this 5 stars. All the sex scenes and sexual innuendo also gets tiring and just annoying, I end up skipping most of it because there is just so much of it. The author seriously needs to get laid. I have regretted purchasing books before, but never have I been so disappointed that this book series is in my library. Last book I ever get fron this author.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-01-2019

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the story was good but the changing narrator was kind of a big change but it was still really good

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  • Vincent P Short
  • 20-01-2019

Same problems as his alpha world series...

Just like in the Daniel Shinhofen's "Alpha World" series; the world building takes a back seat in the third book. So now that world building is gone we get to focus on the relationship of the MC and Gothy. Alvin becomes even more of an ass and Gothy encourages him to be even worse. I didnt enjoy the direction this series decided to take. Sadly I think this is were I leave.

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  • Ramzes
  • 02-09-2019

Great read

Love the book characters story all get 5 stars. To me the narrator was good but I much more enjoyed Andrea Parsneau as a narrator.

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  • Kristine Burks
  • 23-02-2019

Needs more furthering of the actual story.

I don't mind the sex scenes, but more of the story itself would be appreciated. Too much of the sex stuff just makes it tedious.

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  • Dustin
  • 14-06-2019

I feel like it has been dumbed down since book 1

I'm sad I enjoyed book one so much Becky went from an interesting love interest to a willing sex slave. I'm really disappointed.

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  • KC
  • 28-05-2019

Action! Adventure! Hedonism!

Book three expands even further on the world opened to us in book 2. It also gets into stronger BDSM, so if you find that objectionable, then you may want to reconsider this series. To be fair, the main characters have issues, so this fits them. It’s also all done very well, so I myself didn’t find anything distasteful. It definitely adds something to the story. And what a story! The world keeps getting richer, and you often never know what’s going to happen next. No matter how bad things get, our dynamic duo manage to work their way through with style, snark, and a - in this world - healthy lack of anger management.

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  • Atom
  • 25-02-2019

awesome read

if you like hot sex scenes and a bunch of zombie murder and mayhem this series is for you.

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  • Daniel
  • 21-01-2019

Inconsistent narration

I love the style and flow of this series. Not happy with the change in narrator though. Not sure why the series I like tend to do this but it breaks the spell.

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  • Christopher
  • 17-01-2019

Promising series devolves into BDSM gag-fest.

Pun in honor of the crappy and unfortunately ubiquitous flirt-banter between the MC’s. This series was riding the line that only a few of it’s contemporaries have managed to do... That is to be a good enough story that you’re willing to fast-forward through the poorly written sex scenes and flirty dialogue written by authors who clearly don’t have enough personal experience to pull them off. It’s like listening to the dirty fantasies of 14 year old boys and it’s disgusting: I’m not talking about the topic, I’m referring to the experience of listening to some furiously masturbating, shut-in author’s desire to connect with furiously masturbating, shut-in listeners who share the same extremely vanilla and unimaginative sexual fantasies and believe they are being ever so naughty. It’s like picking up a landline phone and accidentally overhearing your father’s pay-per-minute phone-sex chat session... So, gross. I’m going to go disinfect my ears now. What was I talking about?... oh right, Gearing Up... the LitRPG story in this installment is still really pretty good, but Shinhoffen (famous for being unable to write a story without basting it liberally with bad porn) has so thoroughly inundated this book with cheesey “sexy-talk” and laughably bad, semi-hardcore porn scenes that it rendered the fast forward method largely unusable. Normally I’d just give a book like this 2 stars and move on with my life, but it’s become so frustrating to see so many viable LitRPG series made unlistenable by this disturbing trend of inundating them with harems and 13-year-old sex fantasies. Please, get your Penthouse Forum letters out of my GameLit... I’m begging you.

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  • Martrix
  • 22-08-2019

it's changing and not for the better

The story has enough to hold your interest but the school boy fantasy is getting worse this time by adding BDSM. The over the top sex just drag you out of what is a interesting world. At lest the author did not go down the paedophelia looking wrote it seemed like he was going to go with in this book. The change of narrators is a bit distracting with all the characters now having new voices that don't match to the previous two books while she does a good job it's not what you are expecting. if it wasn't for the ending this would be the last book in this series I would purchase.

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  • Ben Carter
  • 26-04-2019

Not great...

There is a massive difference in the performance, and the story seemed to lack in this book. Lots of sex and Al just being an asshole.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-06-2020

Disconcerting

The change in narrators really changes things (nothing against Tess, got a few books narrated by her) but it feels disorienting having to get used to the new voices. Also there is a big difference between being a dominant asshole and then going full Christian grey BDSM style. The two things don't mesh and it changes the MC and the tone of the book for the worse. Just overall disappointed from what was two good books from people (author and narrator(s)) I've really enjoyed previously.

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