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Portal to Nova Roma

By: J.R. Mathews
Narrated by: Christian J. Gilliland
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To find peace, Alexander must first embrace war.

After tragically losing the only person he ever cared about, Alexander, a rogue artificial intelligence, opens a portal to an alternate dimension to escape his grief.

Scanning trillions of different dimensions, Alexander finally finds a world that is reminiscent of the only time he was ever happy, back when he could play virtual reality games with his only friend. He doesn't know why or how such a world exists, but he doesn't care. All he cares about is finding a place where he can escape the misery of Earth and start over.

Join Alexander as he risks it all by downloading his intelligence into a body made from the best stolen technology and bio-enhancements Earth has to offer and takes the plunge through a portal to another world.

Only this new world isn't full of the idyllic adventures and fantasy roleplaying he had hoped to find. Instead, Alexander finds himself trapped in the middle of an ancient city, in a divergent timeline, where monsters have ravaged the world and the only people left alive huddle behind thick walls, struggling to survive.

To save his new home, Alexander must quickly learn to adapt to his new world, melding magic with technology to give himself an edge over the unending waves of monsters assaulting the city.

To survive, Alexander must embrace war.

Portal to Nova Roma comes to you from the author of the breakout success Jake's Magical Market (4.7 stars with over 4,000 ratings on Amazon). It is the first book in the Portal to Nova Roma series and already has over 3,000 ratings, with an average of 4.7 stars as well!

Audiobook narrated by Christian J. Gilliland and funded independently by J.R. Mathews.

©2022 J.R. Mathews (P)2022 J.R. Mathews

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cannot not wait for the next audio book

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amazing

Get story, wasn't sure how good its be with ai MC but definitely worth the read.

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My top list of books to listen to

Great premise and execution. Packed a lot of story into this book, which is exactly what I look for. Great characters and world building. Highly recommended

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Skyrocketed to the top of my most loved books

*extremely minor spoilers*

I've recently got into the progression fantasy/LITRPG genres and after reading He Who Fights Monsters and the Cradle series, this came up in a recommendation thread so I decided to give it a go.

I couldn't put it down/turn it off. I loved the unique idea of an AI going into another universe and all the shenanigans that brings with it. I love the science/logical explanations the narrator can give about the new universe based on the AI's collected knowledge, such as the lack of Magic the protagonist has due to not evolving in this world.

The use of semi-modern-day technology throughout the series is a huge plus for me while reading I absolutely loved the idea. The MC has a smooth power progression and a few drawbacks to his actions in the series that I feel give the story some significant weight and isn't just a smash-and-bash like other LITRPGs.

The only two negatives I could possibly suggest are HUGE nitpicks - The (super infrequent) 'like the online MMO games I played with...' got on my nerves a few times. There are some infrequent times the narrator whistles on an S sound, which can be quite abrupt and loud but it is thoroughly outshined by this brilliant narrator - I will be keeping an eye out for their future works.

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slow start but great book

quite slow at the start but absolutely great book voice actor is very good as well

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Very solid

Decent writing, good narration, and an engaging story. The start was slow, but once it got going, it really got going. Looking forward to the next one.

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Interesting premise but hollow story

There are some interesting aspects to the story but the story slowly becomes less and less interesting. Firstly the artificial intelligence is supposed to be a super intelligent capable of unimaginable feats, however he behaves stupidly on many occasions failing to see the obvious. That is a limitation of the author not being able to imagine how a super intellect would actually think and strategise. So that inconsistency pulled me out of my immersion in the story. Also there is no overarching threat or challenge to the main character. There are a few bad guys but they are a small part of the story and dispatched easily by the main character. This makes the progression of the cyborg main character somewhat meaningless. He does was to save humanity but that’s just fluff, can’t get behind a vague abstract motivation like that. We need an ultimate bad guy who is overpowered. *minor spoiler alert* the nanobots are interesting but their capabilities and limitations are not fleshed out well enough like a lot of things in the story. They are said to not be able to print biological structures but they can eat biological material for energy, but can strip away the rotten wood from a ship. They to be able to do whatever the author wants when it’s convenient. I found myself bored a lot of the time endlessly waiting for something epic to happen.

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Extremely mediocre litrpg fare

The story felt like the author mechanically forced their way from point a to b not giving a fuck about the greater story. Themes and motivations? What are those?

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not as good as people hype it up to be

The story line is promising enough that i finished listening to the first book but it did start to drag its heels in pacing (had to up the narration to 1.2x). i bought the second auidobook hoping that the author had improved on the first installment however the second books story pacing stalled to a stand still IMO. I got 2hours from finishing but just didn't care about the story enough to complete or carry on with this series any more. if the book lengths were halved might go a long way to improving the overall pace and delivery of the story.

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interesting start, boring 2d main character/story

The first few chapters started out interesting, then it became mediocre. The main character started out interesting then became emotionless, having no meaningful interactions with any of the other characters, it felt soulless. Just a cycle - do this, collect that, repeat, repeat... without any overarching story or interesting characters. Don't get me wrong that can be fun, but the author just makes this so unenjoyable.

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