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The Five Trials

By: Mike Truk
Narrated by: Leo Barnabas
Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

My name's Noah Kilmartin. I'm from Ruddock, Ohio, and I'm absolutely, 100 percent unqualified to save the universe from the slavering demonic hordes of the super evil bitch queen Lilith. Too bad nobody asked my opinion.

All I've got to do is pass five lethal trials that'll prove I'm the universe's last chance at salvation. To do so, I'll have to lean hard on those three years of Okinawan jiu-jutsu classes I took in high school, learn to wield my new magic sword, and, oh yeah - select five women to flesh out my team, bonding with each one for arcane purposes and desperately trying to stay alive in the process.

Piece of cake. Right?

Warning and minor spoilers: The Five Trials is a book intended for mature listeners age 18 years and older. It contains graphic sex, medieval violence, and nudity. People curse, piss their pants, hack off heads, get a little dizzy and tortured, seduce each other, try to seduce each other, and get scared witless by horrors from the darkest dimensions. Most importantly, you'll meet gorgeous, powerful women, some capable for hurling lightning, others of swinging battle-axes, and one that's Noah's unrequited crush from high school. All of them are willing to enter unconventional, polyamorous harem relationships if it means saving the universe, and luckily for Noah, this time it actually does.

©2018 Mike Truk (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Great read/listen great performance

I new early on that this was going to be a great book. For me I like authors who arent afraid to use curse words or desribe sex scenes in detail, I mean would you want to skip the details in your own sex life? With this book its more than that ,great dialogue and tension between some characters , the story moves along well without skipping the depth and the author doesnt let you off the hook in the fight scenes either lots of tension there too. Also thought Leo Barnabas did a fantastic job bringing the characters to life. Loved it thanks Mike great work.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-12-2018

loved it

the story was great narrator very good kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time!

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  • Jim
  • 12-01-2019

the MC is a serious wuss.

I just can't listen to the MC get is metrosexual ass-kicked any longer. what this boy needed was an abusive father AKA drill sergeant knock him into shape.

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  • tiago
  • 15-12-2018

Super good!!

Great book overall!! I love everything the author brought to the table and I especially love the characters!!

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  • Radamise Arroyo
  • 04-12-2018

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I was hesitant at 1st to get the series but I am not regretting list from beginning it has a good plot line and interesting characters a diverse background and multiple venues I honestly can't wait for this next series to start

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  • Cthaeh
  • 30-11-2018

horrible whiny MC

The MC is awful. This book is 16 hours of a whining crying 12 year old beta male running from conflict. He has no redeeming characteristics he pisses himself constantly both literally and figuratively. When he isnt hiding under the bed from scary vaginas throwing themselves at him he is pining for the one girl who doesnt want him. He has zero agency no agenda no plan hes not a char he is furniture that hates itself.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-12-2018

Great story but frustrating MC

The story of the book was good, narrator was great but its annoying and frustrating that the MC always sounds meek after finally acting more forward and didnt really see how the martial arts applies if he doesnt use it...

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  • Erik
  • 10-12-2018

Cringe

if I could post a "nice guy" meme I would. The MC totally rubbed me the wrong way. He is a spineless nobody that pines after his childhood crush even after she rejects him to his face and then builds a harem but still pines after her all while the universe is ending. That's pretty much the story with the addition of a few obligatory action scenes. It's like clockwork. MC finds hot chick, They fight through a trial, Sex scene, MC finds hot chick, they fight through a trial, sex scene, and so on. I called it quites after the second trial BC I realized that the "5 trials" mentioned in the title is most likely the whole book and I was wasting my time if what I'm looking for is any character development or plot building. Narration was great! He totally nailed the whining

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  • Chris Sheridan
  • 04-12-2018

Troubling

I don’t know why this is but the last few books of this nature that I’ve read as well as this one. The MC seems to be mentally unable to cope with the things going on and to him/her that the story suffers to the point of me not wanting to finish or caring how the book ends. It’s frustrating. They don’t have to be superheroes right off the bat but to continually piss yourself or doubt yourself from start to finish makes for a horrible MC.

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  • DAR
  • 07-12-2018

I like this a lot. almost like SAO but more sex.

I liked this lot. Almost like SAO but more sex in it. Can't wait to read the next book

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  • Ben
  • 18-01-2019

first foray

for my first excursion into the swords and sorcery harem delights I'm glad it was Mike truk and his nobody champion Noah. as far as I'm concerned Mike has all the elements of a great read . I can't wait to hear the rest of the series