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Peaks of Power: Beginnings

Narrated by: Christian J. Gilliland
Series: Peaks of Power, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
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There’s always somewhere to go, someone to defeat! At least that’s what Ryan believed until he ran out of challenges, adventures, and stories. Bored with his life as a casual player, he slipped easily into the lifestyle of a professional gamer.

After reaching the pinnacle of success, an email arrived from the mysterious Beta Academy. With his best friend and self-proclaimed bodyguard, Dimitri, he decides to take a chance and accept the strange offer contained within. Overconfident in his skills, Ryan thinks he’ll defeat this game as easily as every other, but that confidence is shaken and shattered within the first 15 minutes. This wasn’t a standard game with haptic chairs or gloves; this was the real thing.

Ryan and Dimitri must learn the heights of the Peaks of Power...and what it will take to achieve their summit.

This is a re-release of Peaks of Power with improved editing, new cover art, and even more snarky dialogue!

©2019 Paul Campbell, Jr. (P)2019 Paul Campbell, Jr.

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  • Chad
  • Arkansas
  • 09-27-19

Excited for the next part of the story!

I very much enjoyed this book. At the beginning of the book the MC is very arrogant, short tempered, and easy to dislike. As this book is the first in a series the title peaks of power: BEGININGS is extremely topical! As the MC is broken through trial, he is rebuilt with the help of his companions. The character development in this story is exquisite. I strongly recommend you give this book a chance, it can be difficult to root for the MC at the beginning but hang in there it is well well worth it.

I was given a free code in return for a fair and honest review.

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  • Erik
  • Champaign, IL
  • 09-26-19

Fantastic coming-of-age LitRPG

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this LitRPG. Ryan starts off as a bit of a pretentious jerk, but over the course of the story he evolves into an interesting and empathetic character. The mechanics of the game world are well written, which is imporant in this genre.

The narration was top notch as well. I had read the eBook version of this, but Christian Gilliland brings the characters and story to life.

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A POWER HOUSE

So I got this book and had no expectations other than what I could glean from the cover. Looks like a coupla guys are in it up to their necks. They are Ryan and Dmitri, and they agree to something and get more than they expected, finding themselves fighting for their lives.

One of my favorite things about the book, and there are several things that I liked about it is that the MC, Ryan, is not all that great a person. In fact he is a jerk. I don’t know if I would classify him as a D-bag or not, but he is not the most likeable dude you’ll ever read about. Why do I like this? Why after I complain that the MC in say, God of Gnomes isn’t very likeable and that it detracted from the story? A coupla reasons. 1) Not every one is likeable, sometimes good guys aren’t all that nice. 2) While we are supposed to get character growth Ryan pretty much stays the same. Well, people really don’t change, do they? We get life lessons but rarely shift our personalities because of them. 3) The personality works here. The story can handle a not so nice good guy. 4) There is evidence of growth and change in the MC by the end of the book. He just happens to remain a jerk. Plus, I just like A-hole characters and I think that noble people or goody two-shoes are a little boring.

The book is very well written and is packed to the rim with action. The fight scenes are incredibly done and there are times this has a wuxia feel to it as much as it does a litrpg. The story flows and takes you along with it like a momma lion carrying her cub you don’t know where you’re going, but you know it will be a safe place. I really think Mr. Campbell did an excellent job. I never lost interest and really anticipate book 2. That is all I really need to know about a book. I had fun and want more.

The narration is pretty good. I think Gilliland fits the genre well and elevates the story. I mean you get Ryan’s attitude come through, and can even see why Dmitri hangs out with him even though he is an insufferable cuss. Gilliland has done mostly fantasy novels, written and narrated one of his own books, and has another Litrpg novel on the shelf, so the guy pretty much fits here like a glove. Keep an eye out for this dude.

Final score 8 stars. I most certainly want to see what comes next and figure out if Ryan remains a first class jerkwad or if he loosens up a little. This series has a lot of potential. Give it a look.

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  • JPhillips
  • Hermantown, MN United States
  • 10-21-19

Excellent

Excellent story that was well written with great character development. The MC character development was definitely necessary. The audio was exciting and the narration was top notch. Would definitely check out the next book in this series.

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Great story doesn't get repetitive

Some lit rpg can be repetitive especially with every level up, but this one doesn't. It's a great story that spends the majority of the time in the "game" and it's very enjoyable.

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A great intro to the game world.

This book is great. It's fun in the way you get to see the mc grow. It doesn't just flash forward like most would with a "he slew 50 rats and gained 50 levels. They aren't completely op and there is effort needed to gain the power. The novel is very descriptive which helps with imagining this new world.

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Hope this is not the last we hear of them

It would be nice to live in a world that would be able to do this. It just seems so real.The characters really ring home and are so believable. I can just picture Ryan in my head with the way he acts and takes no heat from no one. And Dimitri with his calming effect on Ryan, they are the perfect match.

It is a tale of growing up in a comical way and really enjoyed it.

"This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

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  • Ben
  • United States
  • 10-28-19

Odd structure, enjoyable progression + characters

This book spends a signifffficant amount of time on training montages. I was surprised to find myself most of the way through the book with no little real action to show for the time invested. I enjoy a good power-up sequence and some quality world-and-magic-system building...but even so, this seemed a bit much. Overall, the main character's best friend is much more appealing than the main character. It's a growth-type story where they build the MC as an unlikable person and you get invested in watching them become less...douchey, for lack of a better word. The book did alright at this, but at times the mental and emotional progression of the MC felt way too sudden and explosive. That ignores how explosive his game progression is, though we're told there's a reason behind this. It's definitely verging on OP protagonist (which is trope I actually enjoy).

Overall, I liked most aspects of the game world and progression, and the cast of characters was unique enough. I'm interested in reading a second book and hope to get more of the world and more action in it. The world was also a bit murkily defined, as the characters hop from one location to the next, so I'm hoping a next book will having a feeling of scope to it. The narrator definitely put effort into his reading, displaying emotion and differing voices by character, but I didn't like his voice for the protagonist rasped on my nerves and it never grew on me.

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The book starts off a little slow but glad I stuck with it turned out to be a very good book cant wait for the next one.

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Promising New Series

I thoroughly enjoyed this book . At first I couldn't stand the main character but that was obviously by design. I was able to follow his growth and became pretty attached to him. I was pleased with the character development and it was clear to follow. I would recommend this series to anyone that enjoys the LitRpg genre.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-15-19

Simply loved it!

Loved every second of it! Great story laced with lovely sarcastic humor. The narration is on point and really adds to the experience. Good job all!

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  • Jonathan
  • 12-03-19

An enjoyable training montage

I recieved a review copy of this book. The world is intetesting, as are the characters. You follow the main character as he develops from a spoilt "kid" to a man worthy of the role thrust upon him. The story itself starts strong but the core of the book is spent on training scenes as the characters develop. This focus leaves you without enough investment in the world, but this recovers towards the end as the characters apply their newfound power.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-19-19

reference

I love this book. the references made throughout the story are awesome. I felt all the emotions of this book so clearly.

The story builts up and has several pivotal moments. I did wonder a bit about a gamer not knowing about mana en the effects of wisdom etc. also the book forgets about the leveling and points at the end but because of the speed in the story I just realised this now while typing the review.

The naration was well suited for this book. I really liked the raspyness of the voice and thought it matched the story very well.

I would recommend this book of you dont need romance but love a good bromance.

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  • Jason Lawford
  • 10-02-19

Great LitRPG with interesting premise

This was my first in this genre and I enjoyed it. The narrator did well with the different voices and kept the story ticking along well. I enjoyed the story and like the idea of nano bots instead of a matrix style physical connection was cool. Well worth a listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-30-19

MC that you love to hate

Ryan is a character you love to hate but throughout the story you get to watch him start to mature. His BFF Dimitri is a solid support for his friend and sticks with him even if Ryan is a jerk sometimes.