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A down-on-his luck screenwriter. The mythical warrior Beowulf. A harem of hot warrior women and monster girls. Joining forces to take down the bad guys in modern-day Los Angeles. Wait. What? 

Adam Fraser's coming home from an unsuccessful movie pitch when he nearly collides with Beowulf and a duo of powerful warrior women who’ve been catapulted forward in time by an evil alchemist named Mossheart. Realizing that each can help the other, they set off on an epic journey across Hollywood to track down the alchemist before he accomplishes his ultimate goal: the resurrection of the monster Grendel. 

What could go wrong? Lots. Tons. A crapload of things could and do go wrong, but along the way, Adam builds his harem, grows in strength and skills, gathers material for an incredible movie, and discovers how to defeat villains and become an expert, um...swordsman.  

Warning: Would it surprise you to learn this audiobook’s intended for those over the age of 18 who like fresh takes on old stories, sexy monster women, shape-shifters, adrenaline-fueled action, cool, snarky characters, and lots of haremy (yes, that’s a real word) adult situations? Probably not, so if you like those things, and I’m guessing you do, come and get swung with The Swordsman

©2018 Zack Archer (P)2018 Zack Archer

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The Swordsman

The Swordsman was a lighthearted time travel adventure set in L.A. This is a book that you read if you like guns, girls, and swords, or simply want entertainment. It is set in L.A. but is able to mix it up by putting in ancient magic, monsters, heroes, and villains from Beowulf. I must say I personally found the setting very unappealing; however, it seems that the second book will have a more exciting setting. The plot was simple and perhaps used overly stereotypical and contrived reasons to advance. The characters in this book, while they often had a decent backstory and their own motives, frequently acted in ways that seemed contrived and simplistic and I could not bring myself to really care about them or their problems. Although the storytelling simplistic, Archer is able to keep the story moving forward and fun. The overall feel is that of an author who is simply writing for the pleasure of it and, therefore, focuses on things he considers enjoyable: action and getting hot girls. While it was enjoyable at times, I am still uncertain whether I will read the next one.

I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.
Morality rating- The Swordsman contains a threesome, explicit sex, language, and lots of violence.
#UrbanFantasy #Quirky #Adventure #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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  • Backlash
  • Princeton, NC United States
  • 11-13-18

Beowulf's Bogus Journey

Anyone that has had high school English has heard the name. Beowulf, the first English hero. Even though He's a Dane. Adam doesn't really have time for history as he tries to make the rent and time with his beautiful next-door neighbor Sawyer. So when a time-traveling wizard brings the near-sighted warrior and his two companions to Hollywood he wants nothing to do with them. He somehow gets sucked into the mayhem as they battle Grendel, his Landlord, and Mossheart in order to get back in time. I had so much fun with this story that is part Bill and Ted and part Conan. I was given a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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Time Travel Harem Adventure

The Swordsman: A Pulp Harem Fantasy Adventure was written by Zack Archer. The audiobook is narrated by Chris Graves. The publishers summary really covers what the audiobook is about there should be no surprised listeners. This is pretty much straightforward male wish-fulfillment fantasy. There is nothing wrong with that. The time travel twist of dropping off the classic characters of Beowulf and giving him an evil foil who is an Alchemist named Mossheart makes for interesting adventures in Los Angles of 2018.

The story does hold the listener's attention but moves slowly through the first part of the audio performance. The main character Adam tends to slide from snarky over into complete waste of space at times. The other characters surviving out of their time were interesting. The harem part of the story was okay but not that big a part of the overall story. Just a scene tossed in here or there to keep Adam dragging along as there look to the next thing. The narration by Chris Graves was good this is the first performance that I have heard from this narrator and he did a solid job with the material he was provided with for this audio performance. There were some errors with the audio production it seemed like there were word breaks or missing words. It would draw me out of the story. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Did you find this review helpful? If so, would you please take a moment and select the 'helpful' button below? Thanks so much!

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Definitely a fan

This is the first book I have listened to by Zack Archer and I'm definitely a fan. I enjoyed the way Archer takes a hero of old and thrust him into the 21st century. There is plenty of action and humor that keeps you engaged in the story and the sex scenes are very detailed. Looking forward to book 2. Chris Graves does an excellent job in telling the story and his voice works well for all the characters. Good job all around.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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  • moze
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Pretty good story and a solid performance.

First off, I was offered this book by Zack Archer for the purposes of review. Let that color your opinion of my review how it may.

The story is a good mishmash of Mythology and "current year" craziness. I feel this is sort of a sleeper title. Through the book I was able to enjoy what was a slow burn. At first, I was a little dubious but quickly I was finding myself enjoying the title more and more. The main character was believable (to a point), but didn't fall into my biggest pet peeve in these sort of titles where the MC remains a reluctant a**hat through the whole ordeal. By the time I hit the closing Audible bit I was left wanting the next title.

The audio is a big thing for me in audiobooks. This was a solid performance by Chris Graves with no major issues with him as narrator.. but there are a few mistakes that were made in mastering. They are minor and you can easily pick up what word is missing in a cut here and there. This is represented by my 3 star performance. A few mistakes do happen.. but that leaves it as average in my eyes.

Overall it's worth a credit or purchase even at the non-discounted non-member rate. Mileage my very based on the length, most times I won't check out many books shorter than 9 hours, but I can and do recommend this one.

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I enjoyed the book

it was definitely a different kind of book, it added a good twist on an old story.

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Interesting Take on Beowulf

Adding extra color to Bewwulf is a novel idea, I love the glasses idea, struck me as quite funny. Its a good bit of escapist fun and I will be getting the next book when it becomes available. The Harem parts arent over the top, the characters are mostly believeable. The magic side needs a bit more fleshing out, when the bad guy just tells his new henchman what to say and voila he can conjure plasma balls was a bit meh to me. Overall I enjoyed the book, just a few nit picks here and there. IF you want an escapist urban fantasy to get your mind off your troubles this is a good candidate to help get thru your day.

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It knows what it is

The story is pretty enjoyable the fights were thrilling, and you are getting what you expect. I would recommend it to anyone who likes the harem genre. Few minor things that will throw you off but not enough to buck you off from enjoying the ride.

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radamise14@gmail.com

I gotta say this 1st book in the series is utterly epic I can't wait for the others to come out

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Disjointed

A confused, broken narrative. That action was slow and witless. The sex was really awkward.

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