Michael Atamanov
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Michael Atamanov

Michael Atamanov was born in 1975 in Grozny, Chechnia. He excelled at school, winning numerous national science and writing competitions. Having graduated with honors, he entered Moscow University to study material engineering. Soon, however, he had no home to return to: their house was destroyed during the first Chechen campaign. Michael's family fled the war, taking shelter with some relatives in Stavropol Territory in the South of Russia.

Having graduated from the University, Michael was forced to accept whatever work was available. He moonlighted in chemical labs, loaded trucks, translated technical articles, worked as a software installer and scene shifter for local artists and events. At the same time he never stopped writing, even when squatting in some seedy Moscow hostels. Writing became an urgent need for Michael. He submitted articles to science publications, penned news fillers for a variety of web sites and completed a plethora of technical and copywriting gigs.

Then one day unexpectedly for himself he started writing fairy tales and science fiction novels. For several years, his audience consisted of only one person: Michael's elder son. Then, at the end of 2014 he decided to upload one of his manuscripts to a free online writers resource. Readers liked it and demanded a sequel. Michael uploaded another book, and yet another, his audience growing as did his list. It was his readers who helped Michael hone his writing style. He finally had the breakthrough he deserved when the Moscow-based EKSMO - the biggest publishing house in Europe - offered him a contract for his first and consequent books.

Michael is now the author of three bestselling LitRPG series: Perimeter Defense, The Dark Herbalist and Reality Benders which are already considered the classics of LitRPG.

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Best Sellers

    • Stay on the Wing

    • The Dark Herbalist, Book 2
    • By: Andrew Schmitt - translator, Michael Atamanov
    • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
    • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,645
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,574
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,572

    When Timothy finally found work as a tester for a popular online MMORPG, his lifelong dream was fulfilled....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing story

    • By Anders on 09-18-17

    Regular price: $31.49

    • Video Game Plotline Tester

    • Dark Herbalist Series, Book 1
    • By: Michael Atamanov
    • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
    • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,120
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,015
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,013

    How would you like to bust your hump for a large corporation without a wage or a single day off? It might change your mind that the job is to play a MMORPG game....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Different and Good LitRPG

    • By Don Gilbert on 06-15-18

    Regular price: $26.59

    • A Trap for the Potentate

    • The Dark Herbalist, Book 3
    • By: Michael Atamanov
    • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
    • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,137
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,087
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,084

    The great hunt is over. In the end, Timothy managed to keep his invaluable prize. A victory? Perhaps. But glory and adrenaline are very powerful narcotics....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • a great story until the cough out at the end

    • By Cory on 03-16-18

    Regular price: $34.99

    • Sector Eight

    • Perimeter Defense, Book 1
    • By: Michael Atamanov
    • Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
    • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 674
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 618
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 618

    A strange body that refuses to obey you; a weird game you can't quit until your contract expires; a world teeming with powerful and very real enemies....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good story. Super bad audio.

    • By Francois on 06-17-16

    Regular price: $24.49

    • External Threat

    • Reality Benders Series, Book 2
    • By: Michael Atamanov
    • Narrated by: Rudy Sanda
    • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 255
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 248
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 247

    Gnat is on his voyage with the Shiamiru, all the while trying to find backup for humanity among the great spacefaring races. After all, based on what he's already seen, he knows not to count on the good sense of his own kind....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love the series hate the narrator

    • By David Riemer on 01-28-19

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Game Changer

    • Reality Benders, Book 3
    • By: Michael Atamanov
    • Narrated by: Rudy Sanda
    • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 243
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 229
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 229

    A war has broken out in the galaxy! The great spacefaring races are all entangled in the fight, and even at the very edge of the known universe, humanity can hear the echoes of its distant bloody battles. Gnat is with the Shiamiru crew on the front lines....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I love this series.

    • By David Riemer on 01-28-19

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Countdown

    • Reality Benders Series, Book 1
    • By: Michael Atamanov, Andrew Schmitt - translator
    • Narrated by: Rudy Sanda
    • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 379
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 357
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 357

    At long last, an extraterrestrial civilization reached out and made the First Contact. However, no one on Earth took their communique for the genuine article....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • I enjoyed the story but the Narrator...

    • By Mad 8omber on 11-07-18

    Regular price: $20.99

    • A Game with No Rules

    • Perimeter Defense, Book 4
    • By: Michael Atamanov
    • Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
    • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 283
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 262
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 261

    The Empire is splitting at the seams. The Great Houses refuse to obey the Throne World and have begun to conduct increasingly independent politics....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book I'm sorry to see the end of the series

    • By Amazon Customer on 11-22-17

    Regular price: $30.09

    • Beyond Death

    • Perimeter Defense, Book 2
    • By: Michael Atamanov
    • Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
    • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 533
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 497
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 496

    In his attempt to delay his appearance in Emperor's court, Crown Prince Georg triggers an alien invasion of his own star system. The whole of the Empire watches....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Flawless

    • By Mikal on 10-22-16

    Regular price: $27.99

    • New Contract

    • Perimeter Defense Series, Book 3
    • By: Michael Atamanov
    • Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
    • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 445
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 413
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 413

    The enemy's at the gate, the situation getting worse by the second, and Ruslan's employer hasn't done a good job (to put it mildly) of securing his successes....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Worth the credit

    • By Jake on 12-17-16

    Regular price: $27.99

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