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Publisher's Summary

Henry and Jason somehow survived being kidnapped to Ludus, a monster-filled, sword and sorcery world. They managed to make friends, pay their rent, and they even founded their own adventuring business, Delvers LLC.

Unfortunately, by overcoming the odds and creating a reputation for themselves in such short time, monarchs and nobles have taken notice of the two men from Earth. Foreign, deadly struggles may be unavoidable for Delvers LLC.

Henry and Jason are about to discover something even more dangerous than murderous monsters on Ludus: politics.

©2017 Blaise Corvin (P)2017 Blaise Corvin

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Not complete

Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the book and liked the characters a lot more in this one (the first book had too much self deprecation and loathing). The story was interesting and makes you want to continue.

But, it does not feel like a complete book and more like a small stepping stone.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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This series just keeps getting better and better

All right, admission time. This book combines two awesomely talanted individuals, whom I deeply respect. Corvin has anability to write a battle scene that will simultaneously make you sweat from fear and laugh uproariously at the same time. His characters are real live people, and you feel every emotion they display. His dialogue is sharp and witty, and his plots are skillfully interwoven.

Jeff Hays, is without a doubt, the best narrator I have ever heard. He is the Andy Serkis of narration, stepping into a role and making it his own while staying true to the character and not disrespecting the writer. Seriously, this guy is the Lon Chaney (Sr.) of voice actors. He can play male and female, human, dwarf, alien, god, etc. You name it and he will have a voice for it.

The Delvers books only getter better and better as they move on, with the stakes continuously raising, danger mounting, and the team having a hard time staying together.

If you aren't reading this series then you are only hurting yourself. It is packed full of great fight scenes, hot chicks, magic, powerleveling, jokes, and a jerkface god named Dolos. You have to realize that by not reading this series that you are causing irreperable psychic harm to your brain. Don't fry your brain, get this whole series and see what you have been missing.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Decent battle, lots of emo, not much else

Would you try another book from Blaise Corvin and/or Jeff Hays?

Narrator is fine. Author needs to reign in the emo. Not much happens in this book except one pretty bad ass battle. And lots and lots of emotional anguish/introspection from the characters... Get over it already.

Would you ever listen to anything by Blaise Corvin again?

ehhh.... might give the next one a try. The world and overall premise is super creative. Cut/edit out the emotional introspection that made up about a third of this book and it would have been a great short story. Seriously a huge part of the book is the characters struggling with their feelings. Weak.

What about Jeff Hays’s performance did you like?

Solid. Rock on dude.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Not sure how so much emotion and self introspection would be captured in a film. Close up of a tear rolling down a cheek? Then a close up of the next character with a tear rolling down their cheek? And so on... Needs way more world building and plot development. Way, way more.

Any additional comments?

Nope.

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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It was like purchasing the first few chapters

Would you try another book from Blaise Corvin and/or Jeff Hays?

Jeff Hays did well but the book did not have a story or at least a complete one. More like just the first few chapters of a book. at this rate it will take two or three more books to complete just one story So no will not purchase from Blaise Corvin again.

Has Obligations Incurred turned you off from other books in this genre?

no

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Good change in voice and I could tell who was talking from the sound of the voice

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

NA

Any additional comments?

Give the reader at least a sub-story that completes in a book. For me I feel ripped off buying a part of a book for the cost of a complete book.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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YA Fantasy with Excessive Vulgar language

“Obligations Incurred” is the second book in the Delvers LLC series. There are currently three books available on Audible; at the time of this review. Each of the books are written by Blaise Corvin and the audiobook editions are all masterfully narrated by Jeff Hays. This book is a continuation of the events from the first book and overall it felt like a young adult (YA) contemporary fantasy storyline with the addition of gods, demigods, and many of the mortals who serve them. If you can put up with the weak, immature, and rather dimensionless writing along with the heavy use of vulgar language and humor, you may find the book appealing. For me, the book was difficult to complete as it seemed more like someone simply writing a stream of consciousness rather than a well-crafted fantasy tale. I am unable to highly recommend this book to anyone. However, based on the overwhelming positive reviews, I understand that I may be in the minority.

I want to say up front that both the narration and audio quality is exceptional and it was the main reason I was able to complete the book. Had it not been for the wonderful performance by Mr. Hays, I would have marked the book as “Did Not Finish” (DNF) and moved on. Mr. Hays is able to voice the many different and unique characters masterfully. He is able to give a feeling of life and personality to each of the book’s main characters, and I liked that very much. Along with the audio quality not having any noticeable artifacts (swallowing, page turns, etc.), the listen was rather enjoyable and I will continue to listen to pieces he narrates.

Let me turn back to the book itself. For me, the book had too many bumps, blemishes, and bruises for it to be enjoyable. It is rare when I listen to books, but I found myself checking the time remaining and excited as the book neared the finish line. There was a lack of any prologue for someone who had an extended gap between listening to the first and second books. I felt the characters were rather flat and uninteresting. The writing style lacked depth and descriptive elements when often I found myself wanting a clearer picture of the current scene. The constant use of vulgar language seemed to not fit the character nor the world which they were a part of. The characters names were complex and hard to remember making it feel more like an anime cartoon than a fantasy series; this may have been the author’s intent. The story often felt more like someone was describing a video or streaming event, rather than leading the listener on the journey along with the characters.

In summary, I would recommend you pick up a different book series than this one if in doubt. I understand that I may be in the minority based on the many other positive reviews here, but for me, the book simply did not work out.

Disclaimer: I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Enjoyable, but feels short even though it isn't?

thoroughly enjoyable however by the end you're left wondering "wait it's over", because it feels like nothing's really progressed from the start.
As someone who has been reading ahead in this series, it does lay some groundwork for the next book, but it feels like half of the next book should have been included in this book and the next book should have had a couple extra wrap up chapters.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Very good book very well written

I listen to a lot of books this one is very well written and is highly recommend

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great follow up to the first Book!!

Would you consider the audio edition of Obligations Incurred to be better than the print version?

I Absolutely LOVE the Audio versions over the print / kindle versions. The way the Jeff Hays makes a different voice for all the characters is awesome. He really made it feel like I was there in Ludus.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Even though I wasn't able to listen to the book in one sitting, I found that I would push how much I could listen to it at work before I would get caught by the boss..... The story really has me hooked and now I can't wait to find out what happens next to the gang and I hope that the author doesn't wait to long to help me get my fix.. LOL

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Great series..

Love the series although it seems too short. Book one had more action but nook two got intense towards the end. Hurry with book three already lol..

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Excellent story

I really loved book one, this book was also very fun. It did feel short however and there were a few parts dealing with Jason and Henry's introductory speeches about "Thirsty" that seemed quite preachy and a little out of place. Also, "Thirsty" seemed rather stereotypical as if the author watched a few minutes of an overly referenced tv program and then attempted to mix that show and some racial preconceptions togeather to form his character. I do like the way Corvin is keeping his story on the move and I'm really looking forward to the next book.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • kanundra
  • 08-07-17

not too bad at all :)

I have to admit this one took me a little longer to pick back up than some other second books have. And I really wasn't sure why. I think the characters in the beginning of this and the situation they find themselves in just didn't grab me as much as the MC's being stranded on Ludus in the first book.

However it did pick up, and I was glad that I stuck around.

The POV switches were handled a lot better in this book, considering there were only a couple of changes in the first, this had a lot more balance in it, and because I'd gotten to know the others, it was good to get inside their heads a little more.

I've seen some of the other reviews and comments about Thirsty as a character, and I have to admit, I loved him/her. I think this is exactly the kind of situation and personal event that would happen. It wasn't his fault he ended up on Ludus anymore than it was for Henry and Jason, and Jeff's characterisation of him/her both were fab. I really enjoyed the performance and the person underneath it. Thirsty plays a great and integral part in this book and I hope that we do see more of her :)

Overall, this book did seem to take on a life of it's own, there was the onset of their journey and then it was taken over by having to defend against a horrific attack. I thought it all came together really well. And Jason, was just fab. No spoilers, but the ending, brilliant.

It may have seemed a little on the short side, but only because we know that although this was a novel and story on it's own that there's a lot of set up and more adventures to have.

I kinda think this would be the series for me that I'd binge listen to, one after the other because that would make this much more fun. Waiting on the next one is hard...

Come on Blaise and Jeff. More!!!

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  • Aslanenlisted
  • 12-14-17

Cracking story.

An absolute cracker, Jason and Henry have found themselves embroiled in a wide reaching international conflict. Brilliant pacing, further develop characters and the introduction of one Fiercely Fabulous addition.

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  • Sam
  • 09-02-17

Great listen, well paced and satisfying

Fun book, entertaining throughout. Great performance, the extra work done by the narrator really pays off. Can't wait for the next one

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  • MB
  • 06-18-18

Loved it

Pretty cool series. Can’t wait to read the next book. Well written and funny too

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  • scott
  • 12-16-17

excellent story

it was very well done book, good audio and story line, but it just was not long enough

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-05-17

Book 3 we're are you my love

Great book and series so far love it .. recommend this book if you love a good story