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Following a mock tribunal comprised of unfeeling elder magicians, Daniel is sentenced to the bowels of Hell. What he finds there defies his wildest expectations.

The prison that is Hell has long since been transformed into a series of vicious competitions pitting the prisoners against one another. The bloody debacle is broadcast live by PrisonWatch, the ruthless corporation headed by the demon emperor, Beelzebub. 

But Hell isn’t just an exercise in profit nor a dumping ground for exiles like Daniel. The magic that ensures Hell’s existence is bound in complex history and forbidden secrets that underline the relationship between humans and demons. With only hints of the truth to guide him, Daniel must fight to keep his head above the political water and escape his role as a new pawn in an ancient conflict. Along the way, he’ll meet old friends, forge alliances, and make new enemies as he strives to beat PrisonWatch at their own game. 

On Earth, the Vorid have been beaten back, but the war is only just beginning. Eleanor Astor struggles to bring her personal principles into alignment with the politics of the Ivory Dawn. Suddenly at odds against the order of magicians by which she was raised, she is a lone voice advocating for the contractors, and it’s only a matter of time until the Vorid strike again. With the fate of the entire world resting on the outcome, she’ll be pressed to hold the line until she can find a way to free Daniel...somehow.

©2020 Andrew S. Ball (P)2020 Podium Audio

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Years to wait and you couldn't speed it up?

Dude you seriously made us wait this long for a week of the MC in Hell? If you're going to space the books this far out speed it up. I could literally guess the ending from the first chapter, I finished out of hope I was wrong. A full chapter of dialogue? That's just lazy man

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What Happened!

The first Contractors book was awesome but for some unknown reason the author decided to switch genre from sci-fi/fantasy to straight up LITRPG. I hate LITRPG.....who want to hear about points and magical items kept in a wristband when you are expecting a continuation of a great sci-fi/fantasy blend like the first book. There are some unique and very interesting takes on Hell but the authors unfathomable switch to LITRPG turns Hell into a cross between Frogger and Zelda....yes it's that stupid. Luke Daniels does an awesome job as always but the direction this book takes completely ruins the series. After 20 hours, the series is still stuck where it was at the end of the first book. If the author continues down the LITRPG path I'm tapping out....

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I hate having to write this review

The first book in this series was absolutely amazing. One of the best books I've ever had the pleasure to listen to. We waited years for this novel and the book starts off very good. The first half of this book is actually super good. But then it just turns into torture porn. Almost nothing happens in this book that furthers the story but its twenty hours long. If you took all the important bits of this novel and only wrote the story to surround that, it would have been a couple chapters at most. The author does a great job with action scenes..... sometimes. They are insanely repetitive in this novel. There is a 1 on 1 fight scene in this book that lasts like an hour and half in audio and serves 0 point in the plot of the story. The author created this amazing world for us to imagine and then takes Daniel out of it and into a much less interesting world. The over all plot of this novel is sad because its essentially the exact same thing that happened In the first book, but in a less interesting setting. Daniel is often insanely smart but more often incredibly stupid. This makes the character feel less believable and takes away from the story drastically. He's capable of making the most intelligent deductions but falls for the same things over and over. I know he's a kid, but come on, even kids learn. Almost every character in this book went down hill, dont even get me started on Eleanor, who we barely even saw in this story.. Spoiler alert, nothing uplifting or good happens in this novel. What we have here seems to be a novel filled with fluff action sequences and torture porn. Maybe the author was depressed when he wrote this? I got into this book series for the magical Alien war, not game shows in hell? Except it isn't hell..... Im really confused as to why the author went this direction. It feels almost like he wanted to write a different book series but had no real plot points for the idea so he decided to force the idea into this series. I deeply hope that Daniel's torturous experience in "hell" turns out to hold some key to defeating the Vorid in the coming novel because if not, I'll likely never listen to this book again since it basically does nothing for the series.

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Yes it's depressing, still a good addition

Reviews are all over the map on this second installment. My guess is that reviews would be higher if fans had confidence that we wouldn't need to wait years for next book since the ending is a bit depressing. However, the book is also better than what the top reviews might suggest. In this book we get more POV changes and are let in early on traps set for the MC. This makes it especially painful when MC blunders right into them since, with the benefit of other POV, they seem obvious. It would have been more enjoyable if we discovered the traps with the MC which would have made the lack of foresight more believable. My only other complaint would be that the MC stopped trying to improve himself in basically the whole book despite opportunities to do so. When side-characters advance more than the MC, it's disappointing, but doesn't necessarily make it a bad book. I think time will tell in the third volume, which is still set up nicely, despite a somewhat bumping road along the way.

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Where did the awesomeness go!

This second book is such a depart from the first book I almost want to just write it off and convince myself Contractor was a one off book. My god it's depressing. I know I know. He's in hell, it's not supposed to be fun. Not that Hell got the memo on that though. Instead of continuing to build upon a inter-dimentional/inter-galaxtic war with earth cought in the middle, it fizzles out. The MC it stripped of all power is dropped into a stupid prison game show. He's pulled along by every powerhouse in the joint, including his own personal 'feelings', and we don't really get to feel awed by him anymore. Plus we get the infuriating cuts to earth and the stupid people there. I cought myself hoping everyone died there so it would get to something actually interesting. I got half way through and I honestly can't take anymore. His powers are cool, and interesting to experiment with, but he can't even fuck around with it anymore. Not to mention he only gets access to portions for a limited amount of time. ALSO ALSO, by the halfway point he STILL hasn't checked the shop. If I were him I'd be gearing up. Your in hell with access to a technology advanced demon empire. Get weapons, armor, tech, knowledge. Even just checking if you can buy permanent power unlocks. Seriously, even 1% would let him test things and DO something interesting. The story turned into the life and times Clark Cent and Lowes Lane (not sure if I spelled that right) with ocational superman sneezes to liven things up. I waited a LONG time for this, and was utterly disappointed.

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God this is a great series... Me hungry... More!

Please treat yourself to this brain candy! You will not regret it! You will not regret it!

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NOT A COMPLETE STORY AT ALL. Very little happens in this book most of it is dedicated to describing hell in vivid detail and its not nearly as interesting as you might think. I waited years for a follow up to the original Contractor book but this did not live up to expectations.

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Ok, not what I was looking for.

First off, this was well written the performance was ok, not as good as the first. The performance lacked the same variance in voices, as all of the female characters sounded far more male than the first book. Regarding the story line.. this seemed to be a "middle" that at the final telling won't matter... I can't see how skipping this book and moving on to the third would matter much. Time will tell.

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The main character seems to have gone stupid.

I thoroughly enjoyed the first book. this book is good in many ways guessing as to what is going to happen. the main character though does not seem like the same character from the first book. is that going to hell has made him idiot. Does not ask many questions that seem obvious to someone who's aspiring to be a lawyer. I also don't like how long it took her book 2 to come out after book 1

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Not what I had Hoped For ...

Overall this is still a decent addition to the Contractor series. However, it is NOWHERE close to the first book in terms of the reader being able to immerse themselves into the characters and the storyline. I have been waiting for this installment for a couple of years now and although I will purchase the next installment, my expectations are not high that this ship can be righted. Good: Elanor's character development Zykes involvement Ivory Dawn stumbling Bad: Story of Jack Fight scenes Elanor's inability to accomplish much Ugly: Daniels character development

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  • Ben Maybanks
  • 12-04-20

great book

cant wait for the next book, dying to find out the secret. daniels in for a rough ride.

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  • N. Lyons
  • 12-05-20

Dip after book 1

Most books I've read get boring or dip after like 5 or so, the flow of the story i mean. lets hope the author gets it out the way now and bangs out the rest to blow our minds. Huge potential in this series and i wish the author all the best. I'll stick by this series.