• The Kingdom Rises

  • Station Cores, Book Four
  • By: Jonathan Brooks
  • Narrated by: Miles Meili
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (366 ratings)

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The Kingdom Rises

By: Jonathan Brooks
Narrated by: Miles Meili
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The Fortress that the Station Core had constructed was completely destroyed following a particularly brutal attack by superior forces - but they had won, albeit by the skin of their teeth. Fortunately, using his drones and multiple Molecular Converters to clean up the rubble, Milton was able to piece together everyone who had fallen under the Bearilla’s assault.

Unfortunately, the force that had attacked him on his home turf was only a very small portion of those heading inevitably closer to the Kingdom’s border. After the beating that they had just taken, Milton, Rosewyn, Moxwell, Brint, Whisp, and the rest of the Guardian Guild knew that even with access to the Station Core’s dungeon, they wouldn’t be able to save the entire Kingdom all by themselves.

Therefore, they must do all they can to delay the northern army of Bearillas and Quizards, knowing all the while that time was not on their side. Meanwhile, other plans are hatched to bend the citizenry to their cause; however, Milton and the others are not the only ones devising plans - the Cordpower Company still has it out for the Guild.

But will their efforts be enough to save everyone? Only the brave actions of the Proctans - and Milton’s Combat Units, of course - will determine that, as various plans come to fruition as The Kingdom Rises.

Contains LitRPG and 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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Awesome book

Really enjoyed this book and the whole series! Mr. Brooks is a great author and knows his stuff can’t recommend enough! Also suggest Dungeon Wold and Crafter Dungeon series as they also have really fun and different viewpoints!

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the Author still puts in way too many stats. it fells like it cuts an hour off of the story.

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Another misleading run-time.

This series continues to be interesting, but it also continues to drown under bland stat and advancement lists. The author makes an effort to ameliorate it by sectioning off some of the stats list into their own chapters which can then be skipped.

However, even after you skip those chapters, very often you’ll run right into another list of resources, skill options, etc. And these lists are considered part of the story. I normally don’t mind the stats and progression info in most LitRPG, even in books that many other people found overstuffed with the “data” of the characters. Brooks takes it to a whole new level though. Often times the book would only make it 10-15 minutes in between 5-10 minute lists.

Though the run time of this book is something like 13 hours... the actual story amounts to more like half of that. It’s a bit misleading, and in the end the stat lists are uninspired and often seem irrelevant to the events in the book.

Though Brooks comes right out and tells us that he’s a lover of all the technical number basis for LitRPG, in the end, he doesn’t do a great job of making those elements relevant to the story he’s telling.

Please Mr Brooks, try to get a better handle on balancing your books and making the numbers interesting enough to be worth including.

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Core Tactics!!!

Great story and narration!

Milton and the gang are back and under siege! Power Core is in control and trying to hunt everybody down! Another station core, quizards galore, more bearzillas than you can shake a stick at, and a mysterious new monster!?! The gang will have to play their cards just right, or all of the Proctans will die!

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

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

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Great Story

loved every minute of it. What a great series. Can't wait to get started on the next one.

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The Core Guild are still the bad guys!

Now that the Guardian Guild is hanging out with "The Milton" and buffing up to protect the kingdom from the monsters will the Core Guild and the rest of the kingdom find them?
Battles and intrigue abound.
Can Milton save the people?
Brooks knocks another one out of the park, people and Meili makes it a grand slam.
I thank both of you for sharing your talents with us.
I really enjoy listening to Meili. As usual he does a great job.
If you like fantasy, dungeons, battles and amazing characters, you are going to love this book.

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Solid series.

*Narrator voices Brint perfectly.
*Fun premise
*looking forward to finale.

*Wish there was more story about Brint and Wisp.
*Fights can be drawn out but story events rushed.
*Magic gets convoluted.

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Great

Excellent book. I can’t wait for the next installment!

I received a free copy of this book and am leaving an unbiased review of my own volition.

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Interesting Strategies/Fun Surprises

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

I enjoyed this book even more than book 3. If you liked the first 3 books in the series, I recommend reading this one too. There are some surprises in store with interesting strategies being employed.

In this book, Milton works to help his friends level up, gain new abilities, improve his core and stats, and must deal with the planned attack by the bearzillas against the kingdom as well as the machinations of the cord power company.

I look forward to the next book in the series.

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slow...

i really want to like this iteration of the story, but really it was just to full of stat sheets and resource collection. there was very very little plot development and the story advanced very little. the ending was very anticlimactic. first 3 books have been fun, but like many other litrpg boooks, i fear this one will fail to close the story out.

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  • J. A. N.
  • 01-24-20

It is just bad.

LitRPG books are a strange thing. I can abide by bad writing. I can stand padding with stats so bad the book reads like a quarterly financial report. I can even live with glaring plot holes. But one thing I can't stand is a willfully stupid protagonist. And the 'Station Core' series it an epitome of that, because the very moment Milton becomes the station core, he loses all knowledge of human military history. Or maybe the aliens who intended to erase his memories have inadvertently amputated his common sense.

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  • kharnynb
  • 11-19-20

part 4, big battles

While there are some minor niggles, the book is still well written with some good twists. Yes, milton should be smarter and better tactically than he seems, but it works for the story I guess..

Narration is good, but I wish the narrator would speed up his cadence for stat heavy areas.

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  • Jim
  • 03-22-20

very enjoyable series

Loving this series so far. The storyline is clever, and well written, with good characterisation, and some interesting twists. The narration is well paced, and the characters are nice and distinct. Definitely recommended, though I would strongly suggest you read the series in order.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-22-20

Another great addition to this series!

Although it's getting a bit too stat heavy for me, I still realy enjoy this series. I'm glad the possibility has been provided to skip the star tables without missing out on the story. There are just some days when I can't bring it up to focus on the stats and I just want to have a good time. And good times I've had with this one! The story keeps drawing me in. I might be a young grasshopper when it comes to audio books. But this is one of the best series I've come across so far! Keep up the good work! Great writer and a great narrator!

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  • Rea Semei Solomon
  • 03-07-20

A good book 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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  • C. Rowlands
  • 02-03-20

Major changes and revelations

This latest instalment in the series is unsuitable for those just starting the series, but for those already engaged with it, you get an entertaining mix of new developments for the main characters, major changes to the main plotlines, some plots being concluded and a major revelation concerning the main foe of the hero and his friends as this series starts heading towards it's eventual conclusion.

Like the previous books in the series, we again get another increase in scope with the dungeon core becoming involved with even more of the wider population as they face an invasion larger that needs a larger force to repel it than just the guardian guild. Along with dealing with this existential threat from the invading monsters, this book also deals with threat coming from the Cordpower company and it is quite interesting to see the way that threat is dealt with so readily without it becoming the main focus since it shows how some of the characters have grown well beyond their initial need for vengeance on that company since they have the much bigger threat to face instead.

The narration is once again a strong point, a good range of distinctive tones ensure the expanding cast remains easily distinguishable from each other.

Overall, a good balance of closing off some plotlines and escalation of others as the series heads towards a conclusion, but I would prefer a bit more brevity when it comes to the stats sections since they are readily available in the included pdf if you really want to dig into them.

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