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Imagine waking up in a world where magic is real!

One minute Ethan Gower was an average computer technician, playing online games with his friends. Now he’s been abducted and dropped into a strange world with others who have been taken from their homes. And magic and monsters are real.

Now, Ethan is a wizard and must convince his new companions to band together in order to survive in this strange new world as they level up, gain abilities and try to unravel the mystery of why they were abducted and how to find a way home.

But things are never easy and soon he and his friends find themselves in the middle of a conflict that could spell disaster to their new home.

Oh, and there might be something murdering wizards and sucking out their brains.

Could things get any worse?

©2021 John Elijah Cressman (P)2021 J.S. Arquin

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Frustrating

I wanted to like this book, but there were a few big problems that made it hard for me to do so.

First, the narrator. He was totally fine save for one inexplicable choice. I have no idea why, but he chose to make Ethan speak like he was constantly constipated while talking. I think he was trying to effect a nerdy, shy, introvert voice, but not only did it not pan out, the words he's saying don't match the tone he went with. It's incredibly frustrating and hard to listen to.

Another issue is the numerous plot holes that could only come about from a lack of thought put into the writing. These aren't pedantic plot holes either, but glaring ones that stick out like a sore thumb. One example is when t they're jumped by four bandits in a alleyway and Ethan is simultaneously worried his fire magic would obviously out him as a wizard while also affirming the group would kill them all...

Is he concerned a corpse would tell everyone he's a Wizard...?

There are several scenes like this that could have easily been fixed with a slight tweak, but are just ignored, that make me point to a lack of thought...

Finally, by the end I was really getting over Ethan's constant pontificating on whether they're in a simulation when it literally makes no difference. He's CONSTANTLY going on about this to no effect and it's maddening. His assertions that 'this' couldn't be reality because there's magic and a HUD are so hilariously brain-dead, especially given the alternative is even MORE fantastical, that I'd probably find it funny if it wasn't played completely seriously...

I'm not sure I'll continue. As you can see by this rant, I found this book incredibly frustrating...

I did finish it though...

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Entertaining

This book really seems to go more off of a pathfinder game than traditional mmo.

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1. Narrator did a great job
2. Entertaining story
3. Fun references

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Fantastic Story

I gave the book a shot and loved it. A gamer ripped into a game made for a great tale and I cruised through the story. Mr. Arquin did a fantastic job and I look forward to listening to book two.

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Great book

I enjoyed this book and look forward to more in the series. I had a great time listening to it.

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Interesting start but not the payoff Expected

As an interesting start but the payoff is not as great as you might thinkAs an interesting start but the payoff is not as great as you might think Is a standard pay fine numbers you could tell what's going to happen sort of book

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Awesome and Captivating!!

An exciting read from start to finish!! So captivating I could not put this book down! The detailed creative imagery described felt like I was actually there watching in remote view! Fantastic storyline! Looking forward to reading the next book in series!

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fun!

Good story and narration!

Snatched from Earth, our main character and his party were stolen from their home planets, and deposited on a different world - one with game mechanics, magic, and monsters. Now they must figure out how to survive and make their own way in this mysterious new world.

JS does a great job with the narration!

I'm looking forward to finding out where this story goes from here!

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awesome litrpg!

loved this so much had to get it on kindle. I don't do that often.

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  • 04-03-21

It’s nice

This is a nice book with slightly different mechanics from other litRPG books. With a good range of characters and excellent narration.
Overall 15/15