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William is just your typical engineer fresh out of college with a stressful job, a boring life, and not a lot of prospects of anything better in the future.

Until one weekend while hiking in the woods he stumbles across a portal to another time, or perhaps another place. The more he investigates this new world, the more he realizes that it may just be able to offer him a lot more than the one he's been living in.

However, there are forces at work beyond anything that Will has ever come across before and the local Goddess seems to have taken a liking to him. Will may soon find himself getting an offer and cannot afford to refuse.

©2014 John Van Stry (P)2014 John Van Stry

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Champion for hire

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?


I enjoyed listening to this audiobook, A great companion while driving to work
I will definitely be following this author. Narrator is good too.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • 01-04-17

Great Underlying premise.

Would you consider the audio edition of Champion for Hire to be better than the print version?

Probably not. Quite frankly the storage issues with buying books is too great. Even if I liked the series. I do have the Kindle version of the book.

What did you like best about this story?

The Underlying premise is very good. The fact that there are hidden portals throughout the world where you can travel, and the gods of the various realms in their sphere's of influence, does make a good story. The only issue is there is a little too much "fantasy harem" stuff. I like it as much as any other, but honestly I wish it were tuned down a little

Which scene was your favorite?

"The war" scene was my favorite. I like the idea of using historical tactics in a "new world".

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The are infinite dimensions, but where will you find home...

Any additional comments?

I honestly liked the book a lot. I like the premise, and the narrator is quite good.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A fun pulp Fantasy adventure romp.

I was given a copy of this book by the author, in return for an unbiased review. OK, that being said, I really enjoyed the book. It has got a nice pulp sensibility to it, Like something an early Roger Zelazny or Jack Chalker would have written. unabashedly unpolitically correct, it is as subtle as a dagger to the ribs, in a good way. in a genre that has gotten so PC, the author has decided to write a fantasy that Doc Smith or RE Howard would have been proud to call their own. The story involves, Will, a young engineer on vacation with his friends when he stumbles through a portal to another world. The natives are human, and society seems to resemble the middle ages. He quickly assimilates, and determines on a course he can make money on, by transporting bows of each world to the other, where the handcrafted bows of the fantasy world sell for big money here, while fiberglass bows sell for high prices in the fantasy world. He meets a woman in the Inn he stays in, and starts a relationship with her. He starts taking sword lessons from a local swordsman, and keeps traveling between the worlds, until one day he comes back to earth and can't get back. He ends up at a Ren Faire as a performer, learning different skills, until he is called upon to fulfill his true Purpose. A god calls upon him to be a Champion, and he takes up the Mantle in yet another world, where he meets a queen, fights a war, beds some women, including the Queen, and finds out his true purpose, which is much grander than he knew. I wont say what that is, but it seems to be one I'll be reading the rest of the series to find out. Lots of battle action, solo fights and adventures in this book. The characters are fun, with actual masculine make characters and some actually feminine female ones, as well as some badass women warriors too. There is also magic, Gods that manifest, and a nicely developed set of world, with lots of room to expand the story. I recommend this book to any fans of old Zelazny and Chalker stories, as well as some of the older Heinlein stories, such as Glory Road.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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very good if short book

loved it, concept was excellent. fast paced and we'll worded. the story is very original and it draws you in. the narration very good with all sorts of infections.

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Absolutely Loved It!

Wow i really enjoyed this book. When I read the synopsis I got the impression it was going to be one of those D&D books where some modern guy falls though a hole and appears in a world worthy of a 20 sided die. I listened to the audio clip but it had only humans and they were using some old english words here and there. That was confusing. Where were the elfs? The other thing that struck me as different, was that... the writer and publisher are the same. Self published? I wanted something different so I gave it a try. I was blown away. This isn't a D&D book or a medieval setting found via a magic doorway. The title gives you a hint by using the word "portals". It's a parallel worlds book. Not only that but you latter find out that everytime someone steps through one they are changed to fit into that particular reality. This creates a lot of potential for future content being that in one reality you are an engineer in another you are a mage. Besides height and build alterations there can also be changes of species. Where would I put the tail when I sit? That is a question you might ask yourself if you buy the book.

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Couldn't Finish This One

Would you try another book from John Van Stry and/or Rob Shamblin?

Nope

Any additional comments?

I couldn't finish this book. It felt like some kind of lame neck beardy power fantasy. The main character discovers a portal to another world and rather then exploring it and going on adventures, he takes advantage of a value differential between our two worlds to be rich and have a hot girlfriend in that world. The book goes on about how much sex hes having without really advancing the story. There is a brief mention of him learning how to sword fight but its barely mentioned. Its all about how poor his girlfriend is and how its fine hes sleeping with other women because she worships him because he so rich, smart, and treats her so well. It got cringey and annoying really quickly. The author needs to see a therapist about his last ex girlfriend not write power trip books.

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Great book!

Incredible story, great characters, good mythology, everything is great in this book! I'll start on the second one right now!

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Some good ideas poorly exicuted

The plot feels like a railroaded RPG with little to no agency from the main character and the main NPCs.

The main character is a basic Marry Sue on a power trip, a PC mowing through a sea of mooks with little to no serious resistance.

The female characters have little to no character development, failing to pass the Bechdel test.

Conflicts are mainly solved with naked violence.

The multiple worlds system was interesting and developed fairly well. The supernatural elements were less developed but still interesting. The social / economic differences between the world's were interesting but mostly abandoned by the second half of the book.

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too short vs cost

too short vs cost. did enjoy his other series better.
do not think ill continue the series.

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Just enjoy it

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Good story line and idea for different worlds I like how he ends up making money haha it's something I could see myself doing