The Monster Spawn

A LitRPG Series, Adonis Rebirth #1
Narrated by: David Loving
Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
4 out of 5 stars (62 ratings)

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Nathan Attis wakes up with no idea where he is, how he got there, or why his memories of the last few days are gone. He's more than a little perturbed to discover that he is dead, but it's not the end of the world. 

Due to his being in the army, he gets a second chance at existence in a fantasy VR game called Adonis Rebirth. There, Nathan will get to live another life, one filled with heroic quests and epic adventures. A land packed with legend and glory, where anyone can be a hero. 

But there's a problem with his transition into the game. His consciousness isn't loaded into a player character, but instead is transplanted into a beast who lives in the bowels of a mountain. Even worse, he finds out he is the end monster in a new limited-edition quest, where the first to complete it wins a unique prize. 

Soon, hero players are going to come to kill him. He needs to find a way to survive the hero onslaught, all the while trying to discover how to reverse what happened to him. He needs allies, but it's hard to make them when you look like Nosferatu's ugly brother. 

Nathan will have to master his skills and learn how to play as the monster - his second life depends on it.

©2017 Deckhard Davis (P)2018 DeckhardDavis

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The Audio quality was poor.

It is hard to enjoy any Audio Book if the Audio is not up to speed so I am not comfortable giving a review when it is difficult to tell
what could be if.


My apology to the Author the Audio needs to be redone and then will do a new review.

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

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Story is great

I’ll start off with my first comment. The story it self is great . Like the mc and the different approach to being trapped in a vr. It is shorter than I prefer. I think the author should combine two books in one set to make it worth the money. I do wish we could of seen/heard a bit more about the personality test that he took in the very beginning. Also I like how Book starts off with the character having no ability whatsoever. That’s the way any pc should start instead of being a special chosen one.

My issue is like a few his choice of narrator. Now the narrator has talent. Just this does not feel like his genre. I would suggest mystery. I’d have no issue listening to a mystery novel from this narrator.


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

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Could have been better

I liked the writing style but the characters were not the brightest. I found a lot of plot holes and the fight scenes were anticlimactic. I really liked the twist at the end if it weren’t for the unrealistic company they were keeping.

I think the story has potential maybe with a different narrator.

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A decent first book in a series

Alright, I know that I said I would not be doing Deck Davis reviews for awhile. I had been pretty hard in a couple of reviews and didn’t want to go around beating the poor guy up, because, hey this stuff is just my opinion and I don’t want to hurt anybody, But, I talked with Ramon, and he said that my job is to review, and so long as I am open, honest, and fair then it was up to me to do what I do and he was right. So, I have to admit that I headed into this book with some serious trepidation, and not trepanation which is honestly what I thought it would take to get me to return to this well.

Ready for this? I actually enjoyed the book. A lot of the stuff that put me off in his other tales were noticeably absent here. While the MC is a monster he isn’t a d-bag. He isn’t a smart mouth or a punk, and that actually plays well for Davis. I cannot handle his crude characters and humor. Here the humor wasn’t bad. It wasn’t great, but then it also wasn’t predicated about potty humor, sexual innuendo, or vulgarity. It was refreshing to actually see him do some straight forward writing rather than letting his inner teenager take the wheel.

The story centers on a guy named Nathan who has died, like in Reboot, and has been uploaded into the game Adonis Rebirth, the problem is that he’s downloaded monster and not a player. A lot of the book deals with him coming to grips with that fact, and accepting it, and it isn’t until sometime after the midway point that he actively acts like a dungeon master by setting traps and creating minions. One thing I will say is that the premise showed a lot of potential with where this could have gone, and the ending threw me a good bit. Davis tossed a huge curveball and I don’t know why it was thrown, since this seemed to be a football game up to that point. I thought that the mechanics were unique, but the end seemed to toss everything that we knew out the window. Plus, there were a lot of things that just made no sense to me at all. The end confrontation with the big bad was really poorly executed, the plan had more holes in it than a fishing net and held water as well as a colander. Like I say, the writing was improved, but there were a lot of little things that bogged the story down. I think my favorite aspect was the whole sanity aspect, in which he goes more and more insane as he does monstrous stuff. That was an excellent game mechanic that played into my call of Cthulhu sympathies.

David Loving’s narration is purely middle of the road, but it does not detract from the story. In fact, I believe that it sort of meshed well with Davis’ writing. By no means was I blown away by his vocal skills or reading capability. To me he seemed more like a novice high school kid trying out for the Senior play, but one who knows how to read his lines without fumbling. He was clear, but his emphasis and emotional delivery could really use some work. But, he didn’t kill the story. He kind of dragged it a long at a fair pace and managed to keep things running.

So, plot holes, weird ending direction, and mediocre narration made this actually much better than his other audiobooks I’ve reviewed so far. It is a step up, and I like that he is trying to be more adult in his writing. This is a great step up from what he’s done so far, and I am actually looking forward to the sequel to this book just because it is such a departure from what he has done before. In spite of the weird direction he took I can still see a lot of potential. After all, he’s the monster that PC’s want to kill, and now he’s . . .well I can’t tell you that. Spoilers! So anyway, I digress, while I did say that I liked it that pretty much meant that I didn’t hate it. The story had a better semblance of what it takes to make a story, but the plans and attacks were not well executed, the MC was a little dense and clumsy, and the villain’s motivation made zero sense. Either way, the book was more than tolerable and I am glad to see that improvements have been made. I would actually read/listen to the next book in this series.

Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. Getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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Story was straight forward with no twists.

Was hoping this would be a fun story but it felt very lacking in imagination, the entire story is very straight forward and had no real meaning behind any of the events, the so called puzzles were not even puzzles, they were more like a simple instructions in a ryme.

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Not worth your time

I don't usually write reviews, but I seriously think this book needs a warning. Although the premise is very interesting it quickly loses its luster to the tedious story telling and flat dialogue. Every character seems to have the personality of a cardboard box, and almost childish motivations. This becomes excruciatingly painful because the narrator sounds like he is reading the transcript of a court proceeding. I was looking for some light reading, but found a creative writing assignment from a drunk highschool teacher's reject pile.

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dont waist your time<br />

Short and disappointing. The narrator needs to work on using some inflections when speaking within diferent characters.

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Loved it but it’s sooo short

Loved the book but Please please please make the next one longer I like the main character but wish it was longer.

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Loved it

Ok give is the next installment please. U set it up real good. I'm excited to c where this goes
Nadal guys a plenty.

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GOOD BOOD

GREAT READ AND CANT WAIT HEAR IT AGAIN. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK. WILL RECOMMEND

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  • Peter
  • 07-05-18

Interesting but short.

Having the main character spawn as the bad guy is an interesting take on the LitRPG story.

The writing is good and the story flows well.

The main character seems to have plenty of depths to them and the effects of their situation on then and the fight against their new nature is well handled.

The narration is soilid and I did not notice any errors in the recording.

All and all an interesting story that I would like to find out what happens next in the digital world if a bit short.

This book was given to me for free and I provided this voluntary review.