• Towers of Heaven: Book 1

  • (A LitRPG Adventure)
  • By: Cameron Milan
  • Narrated by: Steve Campbell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (2,073 ratings)

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Towers of Heaven: Book 1

By: Cameron Milan
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One day, six towers appear on Earth. Each one stands hundreds of stories tall, and are invulnerable to all attacks. At the base of each tower is a portal, welcoming in all who dare enter it. All sorts of magical monsters can be found inside the towers. Even treasure, magic, and superhuman strength can be acquired.

The problem is that the towers aren't a friendly place. Even worse, the towers sometimes release waves of monsters to attack Earth. In the year 2083, there are only a hundred survivors. In one last attempt, they challenge the final floor without regard for their lives. By some miracle, they manage to beat the floor at the cost of their lives, leaving only one survivor. As a reward for clearing the tower, he is granted one wish. He decides to go back in time to before the towers arrived. His goal is simple: prevent humanity from being wiped out.

©2019 Cameron Milan (P)2019 Cameron Milan

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horribly written

I have no problem with the premise of this book. on the contrary, I picked this book up because it sounded interesting. what I got was a badly handled opening that completely took me out of the book entirely.

I can only imagine that the author was trying to catch the audience up to speed quickly so that they could get on with the story they wanted to write. unfortunately, this meant being thrust headlong into a dizzying description of the world and the people in it. Immediately the characters are being talked about as if there was a book that should have been read before this one. I had no chance to care about this characters and so, when they started spitting out the cheesiest dialogue I've heard in an actual published work, I could only groan from the pain of it all.

in short, the beginning of this book is boring, full of itself, and very cliche. I dont reccomend this to anyone.

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Apocalypse + Time-travel + Litrpg = Yes Please

Honestly amazed that the author managed to combine these concepts in what feels like such a smooth way. None of the individual elements are particularly groundbreaking but the way they are put together here is fantastic. The story drops right in with excitement and then fills in the world components once it has you hooked. The main character is well-rounded, he does seem to fail to rely on his years of experience in a few cases, but mostly displays the wisdom that should be expected. The story is a lot of fun and has me hooked for a sequel.

The narration by Steve Campbell brings things to life very naturally and just allows you to immerse yourself in the experience. Could not ask for more.

I was given a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an unbiased review.

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I love this book!!!! I can't wait for the next one

why must I have to wait! if you like tower climbing books this is by far one of the best!

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Finished in one sitting

247 Audible titles in (most of them litrpg) and this is my first review if only so that Audible would let me know when the author releases a sequel. I bought the book right after I read the description. I mean, it's got towers, dying actually means something (ie. it's not a game), and it's got time travel all together. I was hooked in the first 5 minutes (what an awesome intro) and the rest surpassed my expectations. The characters were the best part and I just enjoyed everyone in it. When I recount all of the top litrpg works I know, I'll be adding this one to the shortlist.

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Struggled.

No continuity, no depth, lack of development and detail. I found the narrators performance to be acceptable but I was absolutely struggling to finish this first book. Opening scene was forced, though could be considered necessary. Definitely do feel that the overall concept is a fun experience - just poor delivery.

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GameLite/Tower Climber at its best

I really love the premise of this story. I enjoyed the traveling back in time elment mixed with tower climbing leveling of a gamelite. The tower being such an integral part of the stories real world and also being its own dynamic elment was really orginal feeling. I liked how the MC used his knowledge of the past to change his present and learning that some outcomes are inevitable. The writing was great and I warmed to the narrator by the second chapter. I recommend this story and suggest you move it up your list.

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A really interesting mix of real and game worlds

This story has a unique twist to the standard LitRPG formula. It mixes a slightly futuristic setting with a game like fantasy setting. At first I thought it would just be Jason abusing his knowledge of the future (and he does some of that) but it turned out to be more about him trying to fix things. Like all time travel stories though it just gets more complicated.

This story is really lite on the stat dumps which was a pleasure. I know that reading off of character stats is a signature feature of LitRPG but some books over do it. Cameron Milan seems to have found a good balance for it.

I really liked how the game in the towers interacted with world politics and society in general. I could see similar events happening if magical towers really appeared. I think that is is going to be a great series.

Steve Campbell did a good job on the voices. His timing was spot on and he was clear and easy to understand. He really brought the story to life.

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Amazing story. And the narration was perfect

This is the kind of lit RPG that would be good for anyone. It doesn't over do the RPG stuff that a non-gamer wouldn't understand at first. the concept and whole world draws you in and leaves you wanting to know more.

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Great first entry!

I just finished Towers of Heaven and I have to say that I definitely enjoyed my time with it. Usually, audiobooks are something that I listen to on my (admittedly horrible) commute and while doing housework like laundry. I don't often turn a book on "just because", and yet, that's exactly what happened with this book. This is definitely a story that draws heavily upon Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey archetype, which I particularly enjoy. It's a story cadence and flow that has been with us since the dawn of storytelling itself. It feels familiar in a really comforting way. We, as listeners, are able to easily slip into the tale and allow ourselves to be transported into the tower to fight alongside comrades new and old alike. I'm not sure if Cameron Milan did this on purpose or not, but it certainly helped to align our expectations of the book.

There were definitely some parts that could use some polish. The first chapter feels a little sluggish and heavy-handed but evens out quickly after the first confrontation with "the big bad". It's difficult to care enough about the MC in those early chapters for the emotional punch of their big moments to land. This is remedied pretty quickly once the story gets rolling. Outside of 2 or 3 characters, the other inhabitants of the world felt a little one dimensional. This isn't necessarily distracting, but it would help to have a firmer grasp on the motivations for more of the characters to go into such a deadly business. There has to be something more than getting sweet loot to drive someone to risk life and limb in the way that many of the characters do.

From an RPG-System perspective, the character abilities and game terminology are familiar enough to not warrant significant explanation to those that are likely to be reading this book, but for newer or non-gamers, there may be a bit of a learning curve. I found the RPG elements of the book to be satisfying and a definite enhancement to the story, as opposed to many in the LitRPG space where they can feel excruciatingly distracting. This is helped along significantly be a very competent narrator in Steve Campbell. Not every narrator will thrive in these types of stories, as the technical nature of the game world itself can be a challenge to portray. Fortunately for this story, it's definitely a subgenre where Mr. Campbell excels.

I'm definitely happy with my decision to invest 7 1/2 hours into Towers of Heaven and will look forward to book 2 upon its release. To the "would recommend to friends" list it goes!

**Note: I was given a promotional copy of this book at my request in exchange for the unbiased review above.**

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I LOVED this story

Wow...this story took me right back to my Middle and High Schooldays, staying up late playing Dungeons and Dragons, I was just riveted to the story, especially the character stats. Can't wait for book #2.

Steve Campbell does a wonderful job narrating this book.

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