• The Guardian Guild

  • A Dungeon Core Epic (Station Cores, Book 3)
  • By: Jonathan Brooks
  • Narrated by: Miles Meili
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (469 ratings)

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Stranded on an alien planet with his consciousness implanted inside of a Station Core, Milton Frederick has used all of the resources at his disposal to protect his damaged Core from local hostile beasts, Proctans, and even a massive bear-gorilla hybrid that almost single-handedly destroyed his dungeon. 

Milton is joined by his AI guide, ALANNA, as well as Brint and Whisp - two Proctans that have joined him in his endeavors; with the introduction of two new “recruits” - Rosewyn and Moxwell - they form a plan that enlists a few more Guardian Guild members to help combat the threat that Brint had discovered underneath the Quizard Mountains to the east. 

Unfortunately, not everything is going as well for the Guardian Guild, the organization tasked with defending the Proctan kingdom from the wild beasts roaming their borders. A political coup instigated by the Cordpower Company has upset the monarchial government and the Guild has been caught in the crossfire. 

Now, Milton has to figure out how to deal with that issue, while at the same time preparing for the inevitable arrival of the threat from the Quizard Mountains. 

Fortunately, new discoveries of his own has led to great strides in manipulating the Gene Mutations that affect the Proctans. Not only has the introduction of a Neurological Control Unit allowed for the manipulation of abilities, but it also provides something that will change the very nature of how the Proctans view death - and something that Milton, as a gamer, knows very well: respawning. 

But will those advantages be enough against the threat coming their way? 

Contains LitRPG/GameLit elements such as level progression and experience, optional tables, no harems, and a heavy Dungeon Core emphasis. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Jonathan Brooks (P)2019 Jonathan Brooks

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11 hour audiobook with 6 hours of stats.

Keep in mind that you don’t have to listen to the stats because Jonathan Brooks is a conscientious author, and he separates most of the stat lists into their own chapters. With that said it’s still a bit of a bait and switch...

When it comes down to it, we’re really only getting a novella length story. Moreover, plot-wise it’s more of a short story than a novella. As much as I enjoy most of this author’s books, I have to go into most of them knowing that there’s going to be a lot more world mechanics than in any other GameLit book I’ve ever listened to.

Usually, by the end I still feel like I’ve gotten a good story along with all the data dumps. in some of his books it feels like the story is almost overshadowed by the systematics. In this book however there almost wasn’t any story at all. For an 11 hour commitment you really don’t get much... especially because the stats and mechanics didn’t really do much for the plot or storyline this time.

If you are into this series you should still listen to this audiobook, but I’d recommend skipping every stat chapter and resign yourself to a short episode rather than a full installment in the overall story.

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Enter the Dungeon!!!

Great story and narration!

Milton and the gang are back and dungeoning it up! Power Core is making their move for total dominance, and the Guardian guild is taking the heat. The Bearzillas are still a threat to Milton's new world. How will our heroes manage the fallout?!

I enjoyed this continuation of the series. If you have enjoyed it so far, then you will like it too!

I can't wait to find out what happens next!!!

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Meili gives another great performance.

Miles Meili gives another great performance with Jonathan Brooks's station core series. Milton and company must prepare for the imminent attack from the Mountains, and Milton, himself, must navigate his new role as the Guild caretaker in their time of need. Milton has fully accepted his role as a Station Core and look forward to more adventures in the next book.

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another great instalment

this is another great instalment with a lot of tables for those of you who like them and for those who don't are placed in a perfect location so you can skip them

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Wasn't good... It was GREAT!!!

I couldn't give this book enough stars.
I'm really getting into the characters and story line here and so it just keeps getting better and better.
I think if there is anything that I would be critical of it would be that the stats info keeps growing and growing. Especially when more characters are added. And MORE characters are added! If you are a stats and minutia geek like Brooks this is the icing on your cake.
This isn't the last book in the series so he leaves a bunch of stuff hanging so you want to get to the next book. I personally can't wait.
We found out at the end of the last book that a serious threat has unwittingly showed it's very powerful face and you get to see that here.
Brooks and Meili get 6 out of 5 stars for me on this book.
If you like fantasy, dungeons and especially LitRPG you are going to love this book!

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Good Sequel

I requested this audiobook from Audiobooks Unleashed and have voluntarily left this review.

I really enjoyed this book in the series. I liked it even more than the last one. If you liked books 1 and 2 in the series, I recommend this one too.

The Milton learns of problems affecting the Guardian Guild and ends up taking them as refugees and has to provide them with the necessities whilst working to shore up defenses for invasion from the bearzillas. Some of the defensive and training ideas were cool and there are some new plot twists in this book. I look forward to the next one!

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Time Padding but makes up

I had to take off two stars for time Padding. the stat tables can be truncated and shortened to make the story 5+hours shorter. the final table is fine but we don't need percentages read to us one after another. it turns into just a jumble of none stop words.

Giving 1 star back for the inclusion of the PDFs and the ability to skip the tables with a chapter skip (great inclusion )

Giving another star back for the great performance.

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Great Book

Another great book added to the series. I am very much looking forward to the next one.

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Hints of things to come.

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

The guardian guild picks back up from the disaster that Brint brought onto Milton by being a curious little cat. Overall I enjoyed the story, and the narration is as usual on point. My only real complaints come from book 3 to book 4 in that a name suddenly changes in book 4. I'm still enjoying Jonathon Brooks varied formula for writing, though i might be seeing a pattern to it now. Either way, it's content is different enough that i can enjoy it without much issue.

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Ever played dungeon keeper? Awesome!

What a great take on the whole dungeons and dragons, fantasy realms, LITRPG type of book. A human trapped in the core of a computer. The core designed to protect a race that may or may not still exist. Crash landed on a planet it must protect itself and gather resources to search out its creating race and protect it. In the mean time it’s like a dungeon master deep in a dungeon. It must protect itself from invaders after its secrets and its resources. It makes an unlikely band of allies that it enhances with special respawn abilities. I missed the first two books but will be going back for them as well as for the rest of the series. This was awesome!!! I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher

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  • kharnynb
  • 11-19-20

part 3, more people join!

The developments in the kingdom and in the mountains make it more fun, more characters join in and the story gets a lot more fleshed out, milton's reasons are also more logical, as he starts to care for the people he influences.

Well narrated, but the "stat" parts are sometimes too often in this book, making the constant chapter announcements almost so slow it would have been better to just leave the stats inside the main chapter.

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  • Rea Semei Solomon
  • 03-07-20

good book series but...

I like the plot of the series and love the character developments i even like the stats but i just can't get over the cursing. like there are Full sentences of cursing. this is a good book but for some people some like me that amount of cursing is a no-no. esp for an audiobook. but i would still read it and recommend it because it is a great book with a great story. however, sorry although it was a great performance and the plot is good, i would probably stick to Reading this than Listening to it. will probably enjoy it that way. so if you are not averse to cursing like a pirate/trucker and you like Dungeon Litrpgs that involves stats(i love those) you would love this book series. Just try it!

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  • Kindle CustomerSyrob
  • 03-04-20

Avesome book

It was pleasure to listen to another part of this series. Now it's time for next part😁

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  • C. Rowlands
  • 02-03-20

Solid escalation in this instalment

Getting the obvious comment out of the way first, as book three in the series, it is not the ideal starting point for somebody new to the series and they would be better off with book one. This book shares a fairly similar structure to the second book in the series, the timeline is again basically contiguous without the skips that were necessary in the first book and the amount of people interacting with the station core expands again. This time round the increased cast is in theory, significantly larger with the addition of an entire guild, although in reality the increase in significant characters isn't anywhere near as high as that.

It is interesting to see the way that the focus and goals of the dungeon core have changed over the course of this series, going from the more abstract developing sufficiently to return to the collective that had basically abducted him in the first place towards the more grounded aim of helping the population of the planet whose lives had been changed so drastically by his presence on their planet.

The performance of the narrator continues to be a strong point of this series, helping to nicely enhance the overall story with suitably distinctive tones.

Overall, this was very much a middle book in a series, escalating existing issues and introducing some new ones rather than closing off any particular plotlines, but this isn't a problem when you are already engaged and enjoying a series by this point anyway.

[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

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  • Jim
  • 11-20-19

A strong continuation of the series

Full disclosure. I was gifted a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

For me, this has been the best book in the series so far. I am very definitely enjoying the ongoing plot line, and the steady build up of the overall story.

The pacing in this one seemed better to me than the first two, which could be a little slow in places, and I do like the way the stats are interleaved in in such a way that they could be skipped by anyone less interested.

The only slight disappointment was the big surprise reveal at the end of the book... which I'd already guessed back in volume 2. It certainly didn't runin the ending or the book for me, so don't let that put you off reading it.

It is definitely a series that needs to be read in order, but for me at least, it's well worth doing so.

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