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Excise (A Post-Apocalyptic LitRPG)

Ether Collapse, Book 2
Narrated by: Luke Daniels
Series: Ether Collapse, Book 2
Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (169 ratings)

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Otherworldly invasions. Nuclear meltdowns converted to dark power. A quest assigned by the planet itself.
 

Three weeks ago the world started anew as buildings literally stood up, fearsome monsters materialized, and humanity’s way of life changed forever. Now, Rockland Barkclay must continue to protect his people from a new threat while dealing with internal issues that keep popping up. For instance, will he choose to heed the warning of his resurrected Ancestral Guide as she notices the edges of an ancient conspiracy?
 

Things take a turn for the worse thanks to a freshly awakened God - or was it the fearsome evolution of Earth's wildlife? Regardless of the cause, the group discovers something dark and twisted in the Atlantean System, invited by a recent unmanned nuclear catastrophe.
 

The apocalypse isn’t over; it’s just luring everyone into a false sense of security.

©2019 Ryan DeBruyn (P)2020 Mountaindale Press

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not as good as the first, still better than most

the story kind of drags and seems directionless as nothing really gets done, maybe too much was tried to be stuffed into the story. if more time was devoted to each "act" I think the story would have ended better with each idea being more developed.

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Writing is improving, but the author still REALLY needs a better character editor.

If you liked the first book then you will definitely enjoy this one. The story was once again compelling and interesting. Plus the author addressed the biggest sticking point in the first book, which was the ubiquitous, Rated-G cursing.

The main thing still holding this book back is something that seems to be more and more common in contemporary GameLit. It’s the inexplicable fascination that writers seem to have with moronic and inept MC’s, whose actions are constantly contradicting their character or even just basic common sense.

At best, this is an extremely frustrating and annoying way to create tension. It’s a classic device used most prominently in bad horror movies to manufacture tension and suspense... It’s the, “No, No! You dumb, horny, big-booby’d, blonde, teenage girl who is actually 23 in real life! Don’t go into the dark, scary basement by yourself!!!” trope.

However, since this is a LitRPG book, and not a B-grade horror film, and the MC doesn’t have any of the aforementioned “traits,” the result is that the cheap plot-device just makes you mad.

Note to the Author:
Do Not, heavily foreshadow the obvious possible solutions to a problem and then have the MC repeatedly scratch his head and say, “Gee, I wish there was some way to deal with this obstacle. I better dick around for a while and act contrary to my character, and then wait around some more until there’s a moment where it looks like everything is about to collapse, and only then, I’ll “magically” remember to pull out the obvious and over-foreshadowed solution to my problem that would have negated the whole situation in the first place, and then I’ll... SAVE THE DAY!!! ... again... for the 7th time.”

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Have him think to himself, “Wow! I’m in the middle of this scary, evil dungeon, full of high level monsters, and I’m hunting my devious adversary... Hey! I just picked up something moving fast in my peripheral vision! I think I’ll just blink and stand right where I am until something kills me..., OR..., one of my friends saves me in the nick of time!!... It’s not like I’ve been perpetually in danger and fighting dangerous adversaries for more than a month now. There’s no way I would have adapted my behavior when I’m in obviously dangerous situations. No Way at All!!... especially not for the... 7th time.”

See how annoying that is?... Yeah.... Then cut-it-the-eff-out! No one wants to read or listen to that garbage. You’ve got a great story here. Stop pissing on it!

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Luke saves the day again

Luke saves this one in my opinion. First and foremost I really love the concept and the worlds building going on and without going into great spoilers the MC and the people of old earth are getting slammed up against huge XP wall ( a grind ) that doesn't seem to being going away and getting worse, Not to mention the issue with other factions coming into play that have been dealing with this gameish universe for a looooong time, it literally will be stone-age people fighting against far more advanced civilizations with no hope in sight. They just keep having silly setbacks dealing with minor things like other humans aways being dumb without knowing the way bigger picture.

This book in my opinion the MC didn't grow one bit, yes the the little town did some but humanity as a whole lost way more than gained. In the end I will give it one more book before I drop this series, unless something changes. Like the author lets us know WTF is going on with the rest of the planet and not some little valley and some butt hurt guy wanting to take over some xyz city. I just have a bad feeling that Rocky is going to want to travel to xyz city to find his family next and during that time other civilizations are coming closer and closer.

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Lots of action

This was a great book. the action just kept coming like hoards of undead and the ending made me want more. Write faster Ryan and Record faster Luke because I need the next book.

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Good but lacks progress.

I liked this book but not much is accomplished while loads more of issues arrive. there are also quite a few things that are just illogical and don't make sense like the whole swearing thing.

that said the book is engaging and you get to know the main characters a bit better.

Luke daniels is always awesome.

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  • Matthews, New Caledonia
  • 01-13-20

excellent

I really enjoyed this book and this series, I can't wait for the follow up book!

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Great sequel to a great story, ready for book 3.

Said everything I had to say in the title of the review, well worth the listen.

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Amazing!

City building, leveling up, loss and gain, and a great plot all await readers in book 2. The narration is excellent which really adds to the overall feel of the book. overall, I highly recommend getting this book!

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Keeps ya guessing

Seems like a lot to pack into a book but I like the detail. I'm not sure how much summarizing will be in the next book due to the growth of the population and there are so many enemies how will you keep focus. Please don't splinter off like some authors with all the spinoffs. Good luck. Just saying, when you spinoff I just right off the series. Story becomes lost but still Good luck.

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great listen

fun story with some original takes on the litrpg genre. really enjoying the series so far

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  • 01-16-20

That was great!

When I listened to the first book of this series I was unsure about it but Holy Atlantean !!! That book was fantastic could not stop listening to it!!