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Do you ever wonder why spirits take the actions they do? What if there was a system of rules they had to follow?  

Clive Logan is a serial killer; or, to be more accurate, Clive Logan was a serial killer. Caught after a record-breaking streak of murders, he was executed by lethal injection by the state, while thousands of his victims' grieving family members watched.    

That should’ve been the end of his emotionless and unfeeling existence - but it wasn’t.  

Sent to Hell - where he enjoyed himself entirely too much - he was singled out to become a Spirit Core, an invisible spiritual entity that eventually ended up back on Earth. At first unfamiliar to him, his new incarnation slowly revealed itself to have its own set of rules, following something not unlike the video games he used to program back when he was alive. At its root, he was tasked with invoking fear upon his new victims - but there was just one problem.  

Having never felt any emotions before, he had no idea what that meant. Contains LitRPG/GameLit elements such as level progression and statistics. Warning: The main character is a successful serial killer. If you enjoy paranormal movies such as Paranormal Activity and wonder how the ghosts and spirits operate, this book is for you!

©2019 Jonathan Brooks (P)2019 Jonathan Brooks

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A whole new field of LitRPG

This book is truly amazing. It was disturbingly fun. A truly new take on LitRPG

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Interesting take on an haunted house!

This story depicts paranormal events well in terms of an emerging haunting and it delves into how effective these supernatural powers can be on the human psyche. It was hard to get involved with the protagonist but the story telling and environment development was well done.

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Not your usual Dungeon Core book.

I really liked this new take on the litrpg genre. The story was well written and the voice work was top notch. I'm looking forward to the next book.

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Great, clever dungeon core

I’m not a huge dungeon core fan, but I love gamelit, and I love horror. So I jumped at the chance to listen and review this. It’s a great, solid story. But most importantly, it’s clever. We don’t get clever nearly as much as I’d like in these stories.

It almost reads like a deconstruction of a Paranormal Activity movie. As in, why does the poltergeist slowly ramp up the scare stuff if it can pull off all that stuff it does at the end? It fits well in this scenario.

This is my first book by Sarah Colton also. She is an excellent, well-rounded narrator. Hopefully she does more gamelit or horror titles in the future.

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Spooky!

Good story and narration!

A condemned criminal is given a deal. A house is haunted. The death of its occupants is his goal, and he will stop at nothing to accomplish it. There is just one problem - he is effectively a ghost and can't physically attack them.

Interesting and unique take on Gamelit.

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Scary and fresh take on the Dungeon Core genre!!

I am a big horror fan. I love horror movies and books…all things scary and gory. I have been hyped for this audiobook for a while and now it arrived at Halloween. This book is written by King of the Dungeoncore Jonathan brooks…yes, another Jonathan Brooks story and yes this is another amazing Jonathan brooks story. Damn, I gave away that I liked the book.
Somehow Brooks is able to take the dungeon core genre and put a fresh take on several of his books…dungeon world, crafting dungeon and core of fear. This dungeon core is different from any you have read and that is a very good thing. You follow Clive, a terrible serial killer that feels no pain and goes to hell, they kick him out and make him a spirit core. His goal is to terrorize this poor married couple in hopes to garner enough fear to appease the queen of the underworld. This is basically a haunted house/ghost simulator and it is one hell of a good time.

The book is very stat heavy and the skills Clive receives are interesting to see him implement. He can put cold spots in a room, he can flash redeyes, he can slam drawers, create a shadow figure in the corner, etc… This book is freaking brilliant. Don’t worry about gore, there isn’t much here, but some of the content may unnerve some of your happy go, lucky readers. That’s ok, the main character is a serial killer and they are supposed to be unnerving.

This is the second book I have listened to from Sarah Colton. The other being Dungeon Player, I felt she did an average job in that book. In this book, she steps up her game and does a really great job. I think she may have improved her sound equipment as well. The production sounded much better.

All and all this audiobook thrilled me and I was highly entertained by it. We need more horror litrpgs dammit.
This book gets a 9.0 out of 10

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Something New

This book is twisted in the most amazing way. From the Prolog to the epilogue, it kept me invested and and torn on if I should be rooting for the MC. Definitely recommend if you are looking for a great take on Dungeon Core stories.

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The best kind of mean spirited

this is the kind of book I love to listen to when i’m just mad at the world it was a fun ride and It wasslightly unnerving at times voice actors did a great job and I can’t wait for book 2

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amazing I can't wait for book 2

I got a code for this book for free from the author and I'm happy I did. The book turned out to be amazing. the characters showed struggle and emotion even for an emotionless character. the story was breathtaking an amazing finish I can't wait to book 2. thank you again for allowing me to listen to your book.

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a spooky twist for Dungeon core litrpg

From start to finish it's a good read. The aspect that this book looks at dungeon cores is a fresh breeze of air. If you like dungeon core litrpg then you are going to love this

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  • Robert hughes
  • 03-15-21

Interesting and fun

I was really pleasantly surprised by this novel. I think this book will appeal to a wide audience that are interested in both LITRPG and horror. It is well written and has a great sense of pace. Initially I wasn't sure, but after the first chapter i was hooked and could barely put the book down.

A demonic haunting from the demons perspective, with a levelling and progressive system.

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  • Rickie
  • 01-06-21

Very good

Very good book and a unique take on litrpg. Good to see a horror from the ghost point of view. I wonder if needing to level up and unlock new skills is why in most ghost films the haunting always starts slow and builds up with time. Look forward to more like this

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  • Dalton
  • 12-27-20

Enjoyable listen

I enjoyed the change and different twist in a dungeon style listens. Not something I could have imagined myself listening too but I am glad I did.
For the majority, I thought the narrator was brilliant, I just could not stand the way the stats were given. To quick and a tone that I could not actually listen to because it gave me a headache, so had to skip a lot or slow it down and turn it down.
Will def be giving the next book a listen as overalls I liked it and it did put me on the edge of my seat at times so hoping the next is better and the narrator takes a different approach to the stats.
Thank you to the author and narrator

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  • Jim
  • 11-02-20

New angle on a haunting

Good book. interesting premise, novel approach to a... ghost story, for want of a better phrase. well constructed plot, and excellently read by the narrator. Looking forward to listening to the next in the series.

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  • Nighteyes
  • 01-01-20

better as book I think

not a bad story, but the amount of stats and their presentation was hard to keep track of. and I generally like stats
I honestly think this book works better if you read it yourself...

Sarah does a fair job and my only complaint is how she presented the stat tables

would recommend as book for the interesting ideas and concepts

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-03-19

The only terrifying part are the stats

This audiobook is slightly less scary than your average episode of Scooby Doo. If you are looking for something scary, this isn’t it.
The long litany of scare stats at the end chapters are incredibly frustrating and nonsensical. 200xAFC+2DMx34YMCA+127LOLS=WTF.
Only bloody mindedness got me through this mediocre “something” core story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-03-19

Great book but less scary than I thought

If your into thrillers, you have to give this one a try! It took me a little while to get realy into it, but it's well written and narrated. Therefor I will still give this one 5 stars. The story was a bit mild for me but that's personal preference.

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  • Xravia
  • 11-11-19

Deconstructing fears

Although the story is a shallow retelling of paranormal activity with a MC that cant carry a series. It combines the litrpg and mystery elements well to provide a reasonable background for the paranormal movies.

Personally I found no enjoyment from the movies or this audiobook as there is nothing new or inventive from mg perspective that I havent seen from other books but I am leaving it a four star rating considering that bias.

The Mc just has no personality or drive with the reaolution being more killing. He just chases the next high which sometimes interferes with his actions anyways. Its like watching a wolf among sheep.