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Be a hero in the ultimate game.

Are you a top-rated gamer?

Then you might have the skills to play the Game...where players are sponsored by actual demon lords, gods and goddesses, or Lovecraftian nightmares.

Enter Thera, a real kingdom at the crossroads of many other worlds, but with all the augmented-reality interfaces, character progression, and game mechanics that players know and love.

And the stakes of the Game?

Nothing less than Creation - every world in every universe and reality.

So...no pressure.

Thus Hector Savage, gamer extraordinaire, comes to Thera. Nothing can prepare him, though, for the schemes of Abyssal Lords, rampaging barbarian ghosts, and a host of nefarious forces who want him dead - before he can even make fifth level!

©2017 Eric Nylund (P)2017 Eric Nylund

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Wonderful in book and audio formats!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If your a fan of fantasy and video games you can not go wrong listening to this wonderful audio book. Hero of Thera is the type of book/audio book that you just want to keep reading/listening to to the very end, then start it up again. The characters are well written and like-able allowing you to enjoy the journey along with them.

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoy following Hector on his journey and seeing how he reacted to the world around him.

What does Jeff Hays bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Jeff Hays narrates Eric Nylunds wonderful story perfectly. Engaging from the first moment to the very end. His voices he used were spot on for the characters and made the story even better.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I just really enjoyed it. As a game and avid reader of fantasy / sci-fi it hit the spot!

Any additional comments?

If you have enjoyed any of Eric Nylunds other titles like the mortal coils series this is a must read/listen.

I received a copy of the audio title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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you will have a load of fun

If you are looking for a Literary Role Playing Game (LitRPG) that is not only immersive but also tells a great story, look no farther that “Hero of Thera”.  The book is wonderfully written by Eric Nylund and narrated by none other than the expert voice of the genre; Jeff Hays.  What events occur when a condemned man on death row is given the chance to engage in a game that is not your run of the mill, “I’m stuck in a virtual world story.”  Not at all, this story is also not simply involving the life or death of a single person, but instead, the outcome determines the fate of everyone because the makers of the game are actual demons, gods, and other nightmarish creatures.  For almost any person faced with these events would be driven insane, can our main character survive and save all creation? If any of this sounds remotely interesting, I recommend you pick up a copy and have a listen.

The game our main character joins is not one where you simply die and come back to life at a specified location.  This game is instead played in “Hard Core” mode, meaning that if you die in the game, you die physically.  No pressure here.  The story itself is quite weighty and involved, yet at the same time, the author uses humor at appropriate times, and not excessively.  Even on a plane while traveling I laughed out loud as the main character faced the dreaded End User License Agreement (EULA).  Should you read all the terms and conditions fully before clicking “I Agree”, or do you simply click and get on with the game?  After selecting that you agree to the terms, what choice did he have, and clicking on the “OK” button, our character is forced to watch the initial game title screen.  Once again, this brings me back to my gaming days when it was nearly impossible to skip these opening sequences.

On the surface, the book seems like a standard LitRPG story.  But, it goes much deeper and wider the more you dive into it.  There is mystery and suspense that will raise your blood pressure along with some humorous wit.  Sometimes it is the little subtle things that keep you laughing such as a few of the quest names or story events.  There are many of the standard character types one would expect to find in an RPG story such as skeletons, ghosts, gnomes, and elves.  However, you are also introduced to “Mr. Pinchy” one of the childhood pets of our main character.  So, what about our main character?  Who is he?  He was raised a gypsy elf who was trained in the skill of martial arts from birth, but he still does not know how to fully utilize his powers.   He struggles when he is drafted into the world of evil.  What I enjoyed was the main character was not invincible and instead required assistance from many of the friends he picked up along the way.  There are friendships, relationships, and a few shocking and unsuspected events along the journey.  I found the story to be enjoyable and inspirational.

I would have liked to have had more time and action during the many battle scenes because they seemed to start and finish rather quickly.  The story appeared to lack some of the more intense or graphic aspects, but this may have been intentional to keep the book available to younger audiences.  On that note, I do not remember any use of vulgar language, nor were there any sexual subject matter that I recall while listening.

Let me turn to the book’s audio narration by Jeff Hays.  It is no surprise, and I would expect nothing less from one of his narrations, the audio is expertly and professionally done.  Jeff continues to amaze me with his ability to voice multiple characters while giving them all unique personalities.  I am able to quickly get a picture in my head of the character simply by listening to their accents.  Jeff always includes that extra effort by adding some special audio effects to so of the characters and he never over uses them.  It can often be a fine line, and Jeff knows when to quit.  There were no noticeable audio artifacts such as swallows, page turns, or other distractions.

In summary, if you want to hear a high-elf speaking to the main character about the unified theory of the universe, or if you are in the mood for a town that serves bacon and eggs with cheddar cheese as one of their staples, or a cola beverage that not only allows you to see in the dark but comes with an interesting side-effect, I think you will not be disappointed by picking up and listening to “Hero of Thera”.  You will laugh, you may cry, but you will have a load of fun along the way.

Audiobook was provided for review by the author.

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One of the best LitRPG' out there

One of the few LitRPG's I've done in one sitting. Well structured, well written and leaves you wanting more. Excellent work Mr. Nylund. Jeff doing an outstanding performance as always.

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Terrific read of a great book

What made the experience of listening to Hero of Thera the most enjoyable?

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

I have already read Hero of Thera in softcover format so I knew the story. But if anything, that made listening to this story even more enjoyable. Jeff Hays really brings this book to life and is a terrific narrator.

This is a story written by a gamer for gamers. I haven't played a video game in over 20 years, but I play Dungeons and Dragons and this book is every D&D gamer's vision and imagination brought to life. What if you were playing in a game and suddenly were in the game? What would you do?

But you don't need to be a gamer to really appreciate this book. Nylund is a great storytelelr, and this is a fun story. If you expect deep meaning here, move along. But if you want a great story, stop and try this one.

What other book might you compare Hero of Thera to and why?

Hard to say, as LitRPG is not a genre I've done much, but Ready, Player One is the obvious comparison. It's a comparison, though. Hero of Thera is a completely different book with an entirely different premise.

Which character – as performed by Jeff Hays – was your favorite?

I liked the first character, Hector. Since I had read the book previously, I had him envisioned in my mind before Hays started reading it.

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

How would you play the game if you knew you were going to die?

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litRPG with a great story and masterful narration

The story itself is well crafted. Interesting game elements. Fantasy based instead of VRMMO. I'd put this somewhere between Bill the Vampire and Harry Potter. The narration is by Jeff Hays. He's why I bought this audio book. Jeff does wonderful character voices and has an easy to listen to narrator voice.
I thought the author's note at the end of the story, read by the author, was a nice touch. A little bit of dessert after an excellent meal.

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MORE!

Picked this up a but reluctantly and I am so happy I did!
Fantastic world and character building with a wonderful narrator. This title went by very fast and I am desperate to hear more. I greatly look forward to see where this author goes with this story.

I do not try to summarize the story or characters in a novel because I am terrible at it, this was a good LitRPG and if you enjoy the genre I believe you will enjoy this one too.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Simply amazing

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, because this is an amazing LitRPG book

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hero of Thera?

I didn't really fixate on any one moment

What about Jeff Hays’s performance did you like?

He brought the audiobook to life, to the point that I could easily see in my mind what was happening throughout the book

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

I don't know if I could actually listen to a book in 1 sitting

Any additional comments?

Nada

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Simply Fantastic!

A captivating novel that will have grinning with delight and excitement from the very beginning.

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Yes. Yes! And More Yes!!!

I enjoyed this book imensly. The characters were fun and interesting. the story was top notch, the progression system was awesome and the narration was superb! I can't wait for book 2!

I received this book for free in exchange foe an honest review.

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Not sure what to say

Lit RPG not so good. Are last this one wasn't. Save your money. Narrator was good, the story just wasn't.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • scobie
  • 09-27-17

heroes of thera

another good LRT RPG novel looking forward to see what this offer has install for this book next a good read I very much enjoyed it give it a try

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