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Publisher's Summary

Imagine waking up in a world where magic is real!

One minute Ethan Gower was an average computer technician, playing online games with his friends. Now he’s been abducted and dropped into a strange world with others who have been taken from their homes. And magic and monsters are real.

Now, Ethan is a wizard and must convince his new companions to band together in order to survive in this strange new world as they level up, gain abilities and try to unravel the mystery of why they were abducted and how to find a way home.

But things are never easy and soon he and his friends find themselves in the middle of a conflict that could spell disaster to their new home.

Oh, and there might be something murdering wizards and sucking out their brains.

Could things get any worse?

©2021 John Elijah Cressman (P)2021 J.S. Arquin

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Ethan needs a laxative

Overall its a decent story, interesting enough to buy the next.
the narrator though makes ethan sound like he's struggling to hold in a painful turd.

Seriously, Its like ethan is hanging off a cliff and is trying not to groan in pain as he explains why his party should pull him up.
his voice is like that all the damn time.

good story. C grade narrator.

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It’s nice

This is a nice book with slightly different mechanics from other litRPG books. With a good range of characters and excellent narration.
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  • Joseph
  • 17-03-2021

Frustrating

I wanted to like this book, but there were a few big problems that made it hard for me to do so.

First, the narrator. He was totally fine save for one inexplicable choice. I have no idea why, but he chose to make Ethan speak like he was constantly constipated while talking. I think he was trying to effect a nerdy, shy, introvert voice, but not only did it not pan out, the words he's saying don't match the tone he went with. It's incredibly frustrating and hard to listen to.

Another issue is the numerous plot holes that could only come about from a lack of thought put into the writing. These aren't pedantic plot holes either, but glaring ones that stick out like a sore thumb. One example is when t they're jumped by four bandits in a alleyway and Ethan is simultaneously worried his fire magic would obviously out him as a wizard while also affirming the group would kill them all...

Is he concerned a corpse would tell everyone he's a Wizard...?

There are several scenes like this that could have easily been fixed with a slight tweak, but are just ignored, that make me point to a lack of thought...

Finally, by the end I was really getting over Ethan's constant pontificating on whether they're in a simulation when it literally makes no difference. He's CONSTANTLY going on about this to no effect and it's maddening. His assertions that 'this' couldn't be reality because there's magic and a HUD are so hilariously brain-dead, especially given the alternative is even MORE fantastical, that I'd probably find it funny if it wasn't played completely seriously...

I'm not sure I'll continue. As you can see by this rant, I found this book incredibly frustrating...

I did finish it though...

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  • Kaz
  • 14-03-2021

Entertaining

This book really seems to go more off of a pathfinder game than traditional mmo.

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2. Entertaining story
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  • Cory
  • 19-03-2021

Interesting start but not the payoff Expected

As an interesting start but the payoff is not as great as you might thinkAs an interesting start but the payoff is not as great as you might think Is a standard pay fine numbers you could tell what's going to happen sort of book

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  • Ryan
  • 13-08-2021

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This audiobook wasn’t too bad. The main character is a typical nerdy hemorrhoid type. He’s surrounded by female characters. Luckily the author didn’t use sex to sell the story!. Overall it’s a decent audiobook.

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  • Maxwell J Oss
  • 23-06-2021

only made it a third through the book

this book is cartoonishly moronic to just outright bad. the main characters intuition is so spot on as to be painful. the villains make Pluto from the old popi cartoon seem like a deep and interesting person. the magic system in this book is power of emotion. I don't know I guess the recommended reading age for this one would be five to seven year olds how this get rated as a young adults is beyond me.

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  • Kazren
  • 17-05-2021

Nothing of substance

This book was a yawn for me, and I had wanted to like it. The protagonist is dense, even though he's supposed to be smart. He seems to only know what the MMOs on Earth were and how they worked. The others were stereotypes. Sorry, just a big bore.

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  • A fan of great audio!
  • 25-03-2021

Fantastic Story

I gave the book a shot and loved it. A gamer ripped into a game made for a great tale and I cruised through the story. Mr. Arquin did a fantastic job and I look forward to listening to book two.

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  • Go-go Getter
  • 23-03-2021

Great book

I enjoyed this book and look forward to more in the series. I had a great time listening to it.

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  • Meena C Siddiqi
  • 16-03-2021

Awesome and Captivating!!

An exciting read from start to finish!! So captivating I could not put this book down! The detailed creative imagery described felt like I was actually there watching in remote view! Fantastic storyline! Looking forward to reading the next book in series!

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  • Josh Noneya
  • 16-03-2021

fun!

Good story and narration!

Snatched from Earth, our main character and his party were stolen from their home planets, and deposited on a different world - one with game mechanics, magic, and monsters. Now they must figure out how to survive and make their own way in this mysterious new world.

JS does a great job with the narration!

I'm looking forward to finding out where this story goes from here!

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