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Our hero carries on down the path that has been laid out before him. He must wrestle with the task of leading a new race of Demons and grapple with a madness that threatens to completely consume him - all while working with a bounty on his head and thousands seeking to kill him.

©2015 Charles Dean (P)2018 Charles Dean

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 09-07-2018

And who shall wear the Bathrobe and Crown?

The Bearded Lord of Bacon and Booze has broken my expectations with his third installment of the Bathrobe Knight. This is a series that I started listening to with my family when BK I first hit audible, and we all became hooked. My mistake was that I did not wait for them when I started BK III, and my son caught me listening. He had a complete hissy fit that I betrayed him by not sharing the new book (we usually listen when we go on long trips, but we haven't had anywhere to go for some time, and I wanted to get this bad boy reviewed). So, I had to swear to him that I would relisten to the book when we go on our family trip in August. That says a lot about how devoted Dean's listeners can be, and the rabid fervor hat his writng inspires.

In BK III we finally get to see Stephanie's plan, the truth about Darwin, and Charles's idea of what he expects Darwin to do. Cass falls into some hard times, Kitchens get upset that Big D might be looking up his precious flower's dress, and several members undergo some dramatic changes that you really do not see coming. Dean amps up this story, but he also lets it slow cook like a nice pig roast. There is a ton of action, and plenty of killing to go around, but he spools out the big picture stuff like you were a fish on a hook and he was just waiting for you to get tired before reeling you into his net.

My only concern is that this book seemed to be lacking one really big stick in your brain moment. For example, in BK I the spoon in the eye incident is something we all laugh about, BK II dealt with what happened with Caisson, the king. Yeah, ther are some great battle scenes, and the council encounter might be equivelent, but it didn't feel so. Nor did the encounter between Charles and Darwin, which was cool, but not a stand out in your mind book, not likie I have come to expect from a master wordsmith like Charles Dean. Did I like the book any less? No. I jest really wanted a gutbusting or heart wrenching moment. Cass's big scene could have fit the bill if things had gone another way, but this was not a wash out. I just got a great book that stayed awesome across the board, that's all.

Broadhead carries this book on his broad shoulders, and as always, does a great job. He is always infusing a scene with emotion, and he plays each character with a different and distinctive voice. My youngest son doesn't think he does female voices very well, and made me swear to say that, but I have no issues wit hhis rendition of the ladies; particularly Stephanie.

This book does not wrap things up, there is still plenty of story to tell, and it is clear that Darwin's journey is far from over, that Stephanie's plans are only just starting to come to fruition, and Cass is slowly becoming aware of everything that is happening around her. I truly anticipate the upcoming events, and trust that the Bacon Lord will keep us on a fun, exciting road as we find out humanity's fate. 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. In fact, 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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  • katdr2000
  • 20-11-2018

Fizzled

this series had some good ideas but it has imploded. characterization & personalities are inconsistent. gaping plot holes the protagonist doesn't even ask about. most of the female characters are vapid and annoying.

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  • Nickel
  • 09-07-2021

Still good. Character progression/regression so-so

Was a good book, and if you're already finished with book two, you'll probably track with this one.

It can't be easy writing a series, especially when the first was so well done. The character progression / regression seems at times forced and... not quite extreme, but... off. Maybe that was the intention to fit a trope, or maybe that's what the author decided they always were, and was correcting their previous writing.

Either way, a decent book. I'll probably get the next one because I'm drawn into the story line. If you liked the 2nd, probably get this. If you didn't, I don't know why you're reading this review.

Edit: Just realized one of the authors is Charles Dean. If you haven't listened to The Heroic Villain, get that. You'll love it. And the 2nd. You'll love that. And... The authors note on the 3rd explains some things that gives a pass on some things servings hard and not meeting reader expectations on the 3rd book.

All the best, if you're reading this. Sorry about things. Hope you find joy in writing again.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-02-2021

What Happened? This sucks

The first two books were good. They had an interesting story with promising characters. The last chapter of book two got a little strange then the two "Bonus Chapters" were out of left field. in this book you get to chapter 6 ok. there are a bit much of the ditzy girl tropes but thigs are basically ok. then suddenly BAM every character in the book completely changes. The hero goes from lets take out the racists and get everyone under one banner with as little blood shed as posable, to lets KILL everything and take over the world. all in ONE Chapter! If this series was supposed to be a villain centered book ok but when EVERY character that was level headed up to that point changes personalities like a switch was flipped it just doesn't make sense.
Realy its like the author was writing one series and halfway threw the third book just ran out of ideas and started a new story then tried to mash the two stories together.
Matthew Broadhead consistently does a barely OK job. it just gets really tiring listening to every sentence sound the same nomater what the situation is, everything comes out like a question with an exclamation point on it.

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  • Kelton
  • 28-05-2020

rollercoaster ride

I really hope this book is doing a lot of set up for the next one. I really liked the first books in the series. but this one isn't as good. it tried too hard to create dimension in it's characters which ended up falling apart and was an unpleasant mix of being spoon fed information, and abrupt characters changes that destroyed the character development in the story. just too inconsistent to be very enjoyable, even though the setting and arc are very interesting and loved the previous ones.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-10-2019

not as good as the first

at first I thought this series was going pretty well, yed the character was massively overpowered and seem to have no difficulties whatsoever kind of liking anime...
I continue to tough it out and listen to the books because I thought some resolution was going to be made and I wondered at the heroes plate and is ever changing into a demon.. unfortunately the author did not know where he was going with the book and I think his outline for the story really needed a lot more work the characters broom or wooden unless feeling the father you win and it felt like he wanted to just switch it into a simplistic harem book... the finish was anti-climatic and left tons of loose ends don't know if I could stomach another book by this writer

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  • Jennifer
  • 20-04-2019

awsome

the third book in this series is awsome, bur it is anything but predictable. the second book leaves us with a pretty big cliff hanger, and the third book never loses its stride. I cant say enough how the direction the story went in is so original and enthralling. keep up the good work charles Dean and audible crew

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  • william
  • 01-02-2019

great book

another great addition to the series, can't wait to read the next one, definitely recommend

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  • Kelvin
  • 08-11-2018

Just...Bleeeh

If you compare the breadth of promise for a plot that the 1rst book setup to how the 3rd book ended it's like 2 different stories with the same characters. Trilogies like this are sadly becoming the reason I dont take chances on writers I'm not familiar withanymore. Too often it's a great 1rst book followed by a 2nd that erases plots and characters from the first (pk guild that were the main antagonists) and a 3rd that pulls something out of thin air to wrap up. Reminds me of Japanese anime plots that go off on weird tangents about ethics, morality or some other aspect that is completely cultural and screeches the plot to halt. We just ignore that Eve got backstabbed and shot by Stephanie when she kidnapped Darwin as a baby because the writer got bored and wanted to make her good? Great promise, in my opinion, weak delivery.

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  • Ash Wyn
  • 22-10-2018

It is a blast to dive in to this story.

I enjoyed this book immensely. But part ways through the story shifted dramatically as if the author decided to take the entire series and go in a completely different story and was forced to rush through and tie up loose ends before moving on. I am personally glad about that because the new direction looks able to keep the more humorous tone hopefully.

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