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The Heroic Villain

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Although he was once the promising young CEO of a successful corporation, Lucas abandoned everything he knew and retreated from both the real world and his demanding life following a horrific accident. In order to cope with tragic loss, he began spending his time in virtual reality, lazing about in the sun, and living a carefree life.

When he learns that his escapist paradise is being threatened and is about to disappear, however, Lucas is once again forced to take action and do what he does best: take charge. With newfound purpose, Lucas desperately begins making plans that will not only save the world that he has come to love but also propel him back into the spotlight once again - only this time as the villain.

In this GameLit LitRPG adventure, Lucas overthrows local lords, assumes command of the evil Imperium’s forces, and begins designing a dungeon that no player would ever want to miss out on. As he struggles to evolve his monsters and create an entourage of minions in order to become the greatest villain ever, however, Lucas realizes that things aren’t going to be as easy as they initially seemed.

Dave Willmarth, writer of the Greystone Chronicles: "A great start to a new series from a master storyteller! The MC being more of an anti-hero is a new twist for Charles, and I’m really enjoying it!"

This book is brought to you from the author of the Litrpg series War Aeternus, The Bathrobe Knight and Merchant of Tiqpa.

©2019 Charles Aylett Ashby Dean (P)2019 Charles Aylett Ashby Dean

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It’s like the Anime Overlord

Its almost like the anime Overlord only the MC isn’t overpowering & broken or trapped in another world. The story is pretty good as the MC makes his way towards the top, Jeff & co. did a really awesome job on the voices, I rather enjoyed it & can’t really say anything otherwise it might spoil the story. All in all it’s a really great book!

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Evilly good like an unhealthy snack cake

Awright, you know what time it is. That’s right it is time for another SOUNBOOTH SPOTLIGHT!!!! Whoop Whoop!

Sorry had to naughty up the narrators a little bit since this book technically lacks naughty bits. The actual narration is performed by Jeff hays, Annie Ellicott, Justin Thomas James, with a special guest appearance by Annileise Rennie.

So, I am including this in this show for few reasons. First, because we have a naughty MC who is the villain of the story rather than the hero. Secondly, because Charles Dean likes to create harems and then make you want action to take place but you never get to see any action. Third, simply because this book is such a departure from what he usually writes that there is barely any beer in the book, and nary a strip of bacon to be seen. There is a sultry bath scene that is nicely descriptive, but don’t go looking for other types of naughtiness.

I will say that I did talk to Charles about this book, and we had a bit of a disagreement over the ending. He claimed that when he wrote this he had no intention of writing more books in this series, and that it was a completely self-contained tale, but I disagreed. I think the end did nothing but set up a second book. We had too many things unfinished, such as the vampire’s questline, and the other continents that needed dealing with, so I’m calling him naughty for trying to make me doubt what I’d read.

The book is clever and smartly written, and centers on a lonely guy mourning a loss and trying to just spend his days drifting about a game world doing nothing but drinking wine and eating cheese until he learns that the game is going to be shut down. Now, any other player would just move onto a new game, but the MC, Lucas, has reasons for not wanting to see this particular game world die off. So he pairs up with a dev to figure out a new way to draw players back to the game without any new content being developed.

Dean is pretty slick in the way that he handles negative levels, and having Lucas handle betraying team members. As always, he creates a set of characters to titillate the reader, but for me the BDSM Mercenary was my favorite. Bonnie! That’s her name. I loved her, if I had to pick a favorite then she’d be it. There is also the sympathetic girl, played by his game changing accomplice who is more than she seems and closer to him than he realizes.

I especially enjoyed the fat spider and the flying gorilla, but the spider Saba made me laugh consistently. A body shamed spider is not something you see everyday. The story is whip smart and crafted meticulously and definitely leaves you wanting more.

The SBT crew add in a ton of SFX and music and they perform the hell out of this book. Oddly, I did think the drumming during the battle scenes didn’t fit as well here. They kind of distracted me from the story, and I know that I’ve said that I’ve enjoyed similar work in the past but here it just seemed out of place for some reason. It wasn’t a game changer, but it did throw me off when it started up. Otherwise, just amazing. Oh, and kudos for including the ever amazing Anniliese Rennie in the book. That was just chocolate sauce on my whipped cream banana split. I can never get enough of Rennie, and to hear her paired up with SBT was a really special moment. Hays is just fun, and takes a morose Lucas into a conniving villain role very believably. JTJ has fun with his role as the betrayed gamer. Anneliese fits right in with the SBT team. Personally, I think they all get better every time they do a new book.

Final score 8.6 stars. Super awesome, with some great surprises both story wise and in the narration.

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liked it, but didn't love it

Lucas is kinda...boring. there is a lack of focus on any one thing, though there are passable attempts at leveling and character mechanics. I didnt find there to be a real antagonist, and most of the characters were pretty forgettable. not bad, just not great. soundbooth theatre is always top tier though. 10/10 narrator.

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fantastic

loved it wish the 2nd book was out. Narration was fantastic I've bought a few books just cause Jeff hays was the narrator but the all the people that worked on this book killed it.

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A huge step forward for Dean

I don't intend to downplay Dean's previous works but there's certainly a much more immersive and emotional core to this new book than I couldn't personally find with his previous work. Also the narration alone brings a level of passion and life to this story that complements the plot massively. Plainly put this is a fantastically good time to just sink into. Like a good summer blockbuster, it's worth it to just have a fun ride with decent characters and just deep enough development.

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Holy Sh*t

what an amazing book. I couldn't stop listening... I can't wait for a sequel. I want more.

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Excellence

Great story, enjoyable characters, makes ne want to play D&D or a good MMO, leaves you wanting more...... purest EXCELLENCE in story telling. totally worth getting.

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fantastic new addition

if your looking for a villain story this might just be the one for you. great story and action, monsters and evolutions with dungeon building

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Fights, Villainy and Feels

the voice acting is amazing the vocals are vibrant and match the scene. an the story is nice and we'll thaught out. no plot holes or wtf moments.

if you liked Chaos Seed, Dungron Lord, or life rest your like this book.

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What's next?

Sign me up. Great story with well developed characters. Clear character growth and plot progression. I am a fan of Charles Dean and I believe this book is the culmination of everything he has learned from writing his previous books.

I can still feel the sense that he likes Harem's but always teeters it on the edge. Or maybe he just likes having a lot of women surround the main character. Either way I think he has improved how he expresses this.

He leaves us with an open ending where it could possibly progress further but also just as easily finish. Personally, I hope he continues. I look forward to whatever comes next.

Cheers!

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  • Bugeag Sebastian
  • 08-18-19

villian but not really

a good book with a good blend of litrpg elements. not too much of one thing. if the sound effects weren't too loud in a couple of places it wood have been perfect.

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  • Mr. Ir Pinch
  • 08-14-19

great performance

really enjoyed the story. Loved the use of sound effects and music. I see there are a some people in the reviews that wernt that into it but Imo it was fantastic. I felt it really added to the emersion for me at least. Hope to hear more like it in the future.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-12-19

A great setup for a possible sequel

Makes me excited for a sequel, despite the overused tropes in this book.

Kinda tired of the dark and broody characters who lost their loved ones, only to never acknowledge and engage with a love interest 😒

The atmosphere music is too inconsistent to be welcome and ends up being frustrating. The sound effects weren't bad and don't mind the continual use I suppose.

And that spider voice was so annoying that I almost dropped it right there....

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  • L.
  • 07-25-19

What an experience

I've read this book on 3 separate occasions. I could never imagine, that the Audiobook would beat my imagination; but it did.

The storytelling of soundbooth theater has surpassed every experience I've ever had. I don't think any audiobook will every surpass this book. I've had so much fun listening to this book, and quite literally shoved it down my families throat so they would listen to it aswell.

I love you, guys.

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  • Mauritz Krylander
  • 07-24-19

Ruined by sound effects

I don't know who added the drum beats and random low quality ambient sound but they should be fired and replaced by someone competent

The book itself I actually rather enjoyed but was always annoyed when the sound effects happened and couldn't concentrate on anything other than how stupid the person or people who added them must be

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  • John
  • 08-07-19

The Heroic Villain

Charles Dean is one of the most talented and skilled author's I enjoy his work greatly. This book is bloody brilliant and can't wait to buy the next book of this series and with the voice acting talents and skills of Anneliese Rennie, Justin Thomas James,
Annie Ellicott and Jeff Hays who's narration makes the characters and world come alive this book is a must to listen to and owned... 12/10 stars.