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From the very first hour Cayden had set foot inside the massive, real-life game that was the Tower of Babel, nothing had gone according to plan. A unique skill, a handful of new friends, and the wrath of an ultra-wealthy, patricidal lunatic were just some of the complications to his best laid plans.

So why was he even surprised when a special event trapped him, his companions, and dozens of other players inside the tower, squaring them off against a murderous army of stone-faced warriors?

If they are to have any hope of survival, they'll have to leverage not only their own personal power, but the power of the Elan as well. There are castles to be built, armies to be raised, and one real question to be posed: How good is a self-proclaimed RPG nerd going to be at turn-based strategy? 

©2017 Adam Elliott (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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Trying not to be nitpicky

great book and great series. in my opinion the dungeon tower trope isnt played out yet in the litrpg genre. There is just one thing that bugged me throughout this book. The first book made it seem that the MC is a all about speedruns and streaming his gameplay. i thought that was pretty neat because most litrpgs tend to focus to much on the details and i thought the series would be primarily about fighting an uphill battle as quickly and innovatively as possible. Then i listened to the second book and it totally spun of track. it switched to RTS like age of empires gameplay and it totally threw me for loop. Its good, but i feel like the author keeps reinventing the MC and i think he had it perfect the first time

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Felt like filler.

Didn't progress the main story or aspects of MC that stood out in book one. Wasn't a bad book, just felt like it should have been 1.5 not 2.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Mike
  • Putnam CT
  • 05-18-18

What a total let down...

The 1st book is called Speed Runner, this book should have been called Boat Anchor. Totally different from book #1. This story does take place at the end of the first book, however instead of an action packed run and gun type of story it turns into the typical MC getting into the logistics of commanding a castle. Blah, blah, blah food and shelter and defense. There are only like 5 battles scenes in the whole book. Not to mention a whole new way of moving and fighting.
But the worst thing for me is when Cayden starts referring to the NPC as real people, their feelings, their well being, the whole.. "We can't send these people into battle" garbage. Although Cayden keeps telling everyone that it is just a game and how it should be played, he refers to the NPCs as real people, I really do not enjoy this, I know it is full emersion but I am not looking for a soap opera.
If you are expecting the same type of story line as Speed Runner then do not buy this book. In fact I will not be buying any more of this series, more than once I had to ask what the heel they were talking about.

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Short, but good!

at under 10 hours, it's far too short, but it's good and worth the money.

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Not as good as SpeedRunner

I still enjoy the series but this 2nd volume completely disregards the main plot line of the first and instead spins off on a side quest, and an incomplete side quest at that. If you liked the first I think you’ll enjoy it but I was hoping to encounter more of Kadens unique skill and find out more about the white knight. It seams that won’t even be likely to happen in volume 3 which seams like it’ll be the Liar King part 2.

Vikas Adam maintains a solid performance.

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Elons galore.

This second entry in the tower of babel series, is equally as intriguing as the first was. the elements behind the mass warfare and the Warframe, are both very cool nods to other geek culture. with refrences to pop culture around every corner, if you enjoyed the first book tou are sure to enjoy this one.

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a dumpster fire of a book

I liked the speedrunner, and without looking at the reviews or length of the book bought this. Ready for a quirky adventure to save the damsel in distress or whatever the author had ready, what i got was so much less then that low expectation. This rubbish is a slogh of hack rts base building boring enough to cure insomnia. stats and stats of things, long winded exlpinations of common rts mechanics, and zero character development. all previous mechanics thrown out and we sit in the base listening to hours of this in a 9 hour long book. and then we get to the set piece, the climactic battle, that is mildly interesting when compared to the coma induced from the previous hours of exposition suffered through. ( I will note i woke up once when they did a dungeon delve to break up monotony. ) but the set piece was underwhelming, none of the characters really seemed bothered by the scorched earth policy adopted except one. and then the book ends, no resolution to the plot, a cliffhanger is all you get. you're welcome, go fuck off, I got my money. is what the author just told me.

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Need book 3

I loved it and seriously was caught off guard when it ended suddenly. This is a great series and I am looking forward to its next iteration.

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fun

you get half a book for the price of a whole one but it the fun to money ratio is defiantly high enough for 5 stars.

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Weak follow-up to the first book in the series.

Adam Elliot did a great job writing the first book; it was well written and cohesive entry into a young genre. Liar King was a poor follow-up. The first of the genre (that I've read) that attempted to integrate the RTS gaming genre into the book, it was poorly executed, but failed to be a significant impact on the story line. Adam attempted a significant leap in the barmaid/monk story line from the original, but the build up, context, and foreshadowing didn't add enough context or desired build up for the type of bombshell history for the character.

This reads like a PG-13 harem LitRPG.

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  • Anastasia
  • 05-08-18

Doesn't live up to the first

Disappointing after the first book. The author makes continuity errors repeatedly, such as saying characters are 16 years old, when it was a whole plot point in the first book that no one can enter the tower under 17. The speedrunner and streamer angles - which attracted me to the series in the first place, remain thoroughly abandoned, making it just like every other LITRPG. Finally the game changes genre to a RTS game instead of RPG which is extremely dull. It made me go play some RTS games instead of listening. I gave up with 2 hours to go and returned it.

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  • N. Lyons
  • 05-09-18

Not as good as the first

Well the first book was amazing, the second, no so much. as it goes, i'm finding this one boring and not grabbing me like book 1.

if a book 3 is on the cards then I guess i'd buy that too, hopefully the series can pull back.

the narrator done a great job though 5* overall book 2 , 3*

1 of 1 people found this review helpful