Melee, Book 1

Narrated by: Luke McKeel
Series: Melee, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
4 out of 5 stars (67 ratings)

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What was once virtual, is now reality.

Trapped in the middle of an alien invasion, Logan James, a down-on-his-luck dollar store cashier, discovers there’s only one way out...

Compete in an alien-imposed game, a global battle royale called the Melee.

Forced to fight with his best friend Dwayne and a cute cashier named Alicia, he finds that the rules are simple: battle against the other participants and an army of the galaxy’s worst monsters and villains, level up, amass experience points and loot, and use any means necessary to reach the center of the Earth in 19 days.

Hundreds of people will live.

Hundreds of millions will die.

©2019 Wyatt Savage (P)2019 Wyatt Savage

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Oh my gosh it’s raining spiders!

My friend told me about this book so I had to give it a try and I am absolutely blown away not only by the amazing narrating but the storyline kept me hooked the entire. The story, about a young man’s journey and the new friends he makes along the way quickly leaves the listener biting their nails in anticipation of what the next page has in store. Narrated most likely by some kind of voice God, the story is a must listen to! . 10 out of 10 stars. My ears and my heart will never be the same.

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not bad

god this mc is stupid. I mean really dumb, over not bad typical game lit type of thing.

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great performance, shoddy writing

While the performance of the text was very well-done (emotionally believable, easily-differentiated character voices, not overburdened by authorial word choice), the story itself could have been far better-executed.

The concept is fantastic--alien oppressors have come to pit humanity against itsel in a race to the center of the world,, and they've brought their own toys to play with as well! The possibilities are endless!

The execution on the other hand is ham-fisted, rife with unnecessary expletives & deus ex machina, and lacking in believable character development.

I have high hopes for this author's future, but this showing could perhaps have seen some more time at the editor's desk.

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Really excellent read, unique litrpg book

This is really excellent book. The narration was spot on and the characters and plot were well developed. The story involves a main character who’s caught up in a global battle royale game imposed after an alien invasion. The MC has to team up with his friends, discover abilities they never had, and find a way to level up while trying to uncover a way to overthrow the aliens. The characters were likable and the action was intense and well-choreographed. Strongly recommend this unique litrpg book.

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enjoyable

really like the book. definitely going to grab the next one in the series. worth a listen

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I enjoyed it!

I would have thought maybe folks would be a little more helpful towards each other instead of accepting game rules and killing there neighbors.

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Not that great

There are so many better options in the litrpg category. The upgrade system is week and not explained. The action is so so.

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Battle Royale Alien Invasion

Another book that I went into blind, I have to call out right away the awesomeness of the cover art here. It shows the main three characters and allows the reader to get an image or at least a base for what each of them look like. I had no idea just how accurate it was going to be until I got into the book, but it’s pretty spot on.

The main story revolves around an alien invasion battle royale. This is not the first book that I’ve read where this happens, but this is the first semi-serious book. (The first book was Space Force by Jeremy Robinson, but that one is balls-to-the-wall funny). That’s not to say that Melee wasn’t funny. There were a lot of moments in it that had me smiling or chuckling as I read it. Also, I appreciate the adult audience that Melee is going for. I think that Savage was writing to adults and I noticed it almost from the beginning. Sure, some adults won’t know battle royale games or XP but the tone and overall language has a distinct not-YA vibe to it. Not that there’s anything wrong with YA LitRPG (they’re usually fantastic). I just appreciated the cursing that happened almost immediately in the book and the Savage was not afraid to show some gore.

Each of the main character brought something interesting to the story. I found that I was rooting for them without even realizing it. Each moment that they were thrown into I couldn’t figure out how they were going to get out of it, but they utilized their combined strengths to figure a way out. Logan stood out the most (since he was given the most back story). The brain injury and subsequent story after that was fascinating and added another level to this that I wasn’t expecting.

I also want to comment on the narration by Luke McKeel. This is the first book I’ve listened to where he narrates – but it will not be the last. He acted out some of the scenes and in the moment I wasn’t sure how I felt about it but looking back now, the scenes where yelling happened (lots of “Get down!” and similar moments) wouldn’t have felt right if they were just said. It’s not overacted by any means and it’s not a dramatic read either. It ended up being the perfect fit for this story. Looking on Audible, this appears to be his first book but don’t discount him. This was a great first read.

Overall, a really enjoyable read with a great performance. I looked at his Amazon author page and saw that the stories in the series appear to be related to different people and how they dealt with the Melee. That’s an interesting take and I hope that the characters that Savage builds into those stories are as good as the ones in book one.

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Amazing!

Absolutely Amazing book. Very detailed and dark and shows how dark Humanity will go when the end comes. Amazing.

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Great start!

It reminded me of the tower to heaven series with the plot and how it brings in aliens that place things down to challenge the mortal humans.

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