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Publisher's Summary

The gods walk again....

When Marine Corps pilot Jacob Merely crashes during a routine mission off the coast of Cyprus, he was sure it was game over.

After surviving the crash and pulling himself onto the sandy shores of a long-abandoned island, however, Jacob unwittingly stumbles headfirst into the ancient ruins of a dead city. Unfortunately, he also stumbles into an age-old battle between good and evil - and he is now its newest recruit.

The island once belonged to the Amazons, daughters of Ares, the God of War, and stood as the final bastion between the human world and the monstrosities of the Great Below. But Jacob’s arrival has awakened the old gods and disturbed the seal holding the ravaging darkness at bay.

Now, with the help of a sacred gem containing Ares’ power, Jacob must recreate the Amazonian defenders of humanity and fortify the island stronghold. And if he fails, Hades will unleash his army of the damned and the world of men will fall, giving rise to an age of walking nightmares.

"You had me at mythology. You sold me at the crafting, game mechanics, great characters, and serious action. From start to finish, War God's Mantle delivers. Do not miss this book!" (Harmon Cooper, author of Fantasy Online and The Feedback Loop series)

©2018 James Hunter and Shadow Alley Press (P)2018 James Hunter and Shadow Alley Press

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When you absolutely MUST LEVEL UP!

Jacob, a marine Pilot,finds himself in a world of hurt (technically on an island of hurt) when his plane accidentally enters a pocket universe owned by ancient Greek Gods. His life goes from bad to aw crap, in about five seconds of crash landing and only gets worse when he makes it to shore.

War God's Mantle is a fun little ride that has dashes of greek mythology and gaming sensiblities blended into a wonderful soup of battle, bloodlust, and babes. This has a Harem feel to it (because. . . well, DUH), but is squarely centered into RPGLIT. The explanation for the gaming screens and leveling of experience is deftly handled in a logical fun way. My only complaint is that it does steal a little from the 80's classic Clash of the Titans, but I'm writing that off as a homage. Taylor does great narrating, and I don't think I've ever heard a narrator announce a new chapter quite the way he does. It kind of comes across like those old monster truck rally commercials where they scream, "SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY!". It's pretty awesome how he does that. 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. In fact, 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. So take my word for it, this is some fine fun writing.

This is a book that I appreciate did not rush the premise, and seems like it will be a trilogy rather than an endless series of books, it has an honest to "god" end in sight, and I can't wait to see that happen. Then, once the initial premise is completed I would more than welcome anotehr set of books!!

James Hunter , Aaron Crash keep them coming!!!

21 of 24 people found this review helpful

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I like the concept hated the main lead

Concept is fine but main lead's dialog made him sound like a massive idiot. Slang and pop culture is fine in small doses but constant use is not lead to intelligence. I seriously stopped listening half way in for a day because I got annoyed so much at the way the protagonist just threw out references. as a side question was this financed or supported by a certain product cuz it came up so many times that it made the protagonist even more annoying.

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Original concept and great characters!

What a fantastic book! I loved the concept behind this book and found it to be a very original take on the LitRPG genre. The Greek mythology aspect was interesting and added a lot of depth to the story as my brain went back in time to remember all of the mythology I'd learned in school. This was an engaging listen and the time flew by. Before I knew it, I was at the end and hoping that James Hunter and Arron Crash have a sequel coming. I think my favourite part was the characters. They're very vivid and made me care about what happened to them. Love that in a book! A final comment on the narrator, Armen Taylor. I wondered how he was going to pull of narrating a bunch of Amazons. I was really pleased with how he represented them. He managed to convey the female voices very well and the Amazons came across as stately, even when they started to pick up modern vernacular. With quite a few Amazon voices to portray, Armen found a way to give them all a distinct voice. This is one of the most enjoyable books I've listened to in a while!

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This was really bad

Audible titles are clearly rated too highly. How can almost everything be above 4 stars?

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Wouldn't recommend

Did anybody else find this painful to listen to? It seemed like the author wanted to sum up what it was to be a nerd and a military pilot in the most cliche way possible. I had to stop listening when he says with great power comes great responsibility. This reads like bad dnd fan fiction.

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a blushing school boy marine?

Guy acts like he has never seen a member of the fairer sex. It's hard to listen to a fighter pilot mumble, mutter, then blush furiously at every thing.

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A 13 hour long Mountain Dew ad.

Somewhere between the self congratulation and outright idiocy of our hero, he manages to mention Mountain Dew some 10000 times. That is in addition to his general prudish nature. I also found far too often that I was wondering where he misplaced his spine during his crash landing.

If you're looking for someone with some poetic skill, this is not your book. If you're looking for someone with even high school level command of the English language, this is not your book.

If, however, you happen to have dropped out of middle school and never even considered college, this tidal wave of teenage vernacular and novice writing is right up your alley.

Waste of a perfectly good credit.

Spend an hour or two listening to Randi Darren or Jan Stryvant, would you? You might learn something. Perhaps your writing skill at least would gain a new level and you'll be able to write without slipping in an "Awesome dude" every 3 sentences.

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  • W. Wulf
  • Columbia, MD, USA
  • 04-14-18

shallow and chauvinist fantasy

Another case of a social awkward makes lead landing in a situation where he's the only male among supernaturally beautiful and sexually active women. only the performance is worth the time and credits spent.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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interesting but that protagonist

this is starting to be a thing with a lot of these types of books. it's one trope I'mfinding more and more annoying. Jacob is put simply a god damn idiot. It was frustrating trying to wait for him to catch up to the rest of the class and frankly his insecure I'm a good guy bullshit is extremely aggravating. Other then that I enjoyed the rest of the book and loved the three generals especially Phoebe. its a fun, strong and cool idea but honestly fuck this protagonist.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Meh.

My biggest complaint is the use of slang. And despite what people say the main character does not act 16. He acts like he's a 48 year old ex surfer dude trying to sound like he's still 16.

Seriously, I only hear people talk like that in 80's movies. Who still says "my dude" every other sentence un-ironically anymore?

Really liked the narrator though, never heard of him before and I was thought he was good, despite his seemingly limited range when it came to female voices. But with a voice like that you can't really fault the guy.

10 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • RickG73
  • 06-30-18

Love this so much.

Fantastic book. Can't wait for book 2. Tasteful adult humour and battles between monsters from Greek mythology. Fantastic... 5 stars *****

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  • John c
  • 03-24-18

Epic!

Epic as in where’s the next epic?? I can’t believe there’s only one book, you can’t leave it there,

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  • Scott R
  • 03-22-18

Great Detailed Epic

As a fan of previous works by James Hunter i was expecting great things and the detailed world building wa excellent. not sure the war god route works as well as say his viridian gate series as the start is a little rocky with the flow. It does pick up tho and by the end we are in full flow with a thoughly enjoyable adventure.
The very very end does fall slightly flat as maybe a little rushed and not what i expected but does not stop me from looking forward to the 2nd adventure.
Narration worked very well i thought.
This was a story i asked for and as such is based on my own opinion.

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  • JaniceO
  • 10-27-18

Oops this is a LitRPG

It's a great title, cool cover art and a neat concept, modern day fighter pilot crashes through a mystical barrier smack dab into an aeons long war with the central figure a now deceased God of War Ares, a bunch of Amazons and the bad evil hell spawn bent on over running and destroying mankind's last bastion of defence from sinking into a dark, short future.

The writing is not bad, the performance by Amen Taylor pretty good but I've never been into role playing games and the constant references to levelling up, gathering energy, power, etc to allow our hero to become the war god himself, and rebuild Ares' fortress to protect the ultimate weapon against the darkness is not m cup of tea.

I did finish the book because I rather liked the characters and wanted to see how they fared. If you are into RPG and like fiction written about them this is probably a series you will enjoy.

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  • John
  • 03-27-18

War God Awesome

Great book overall gave it 5 out 5 star's like how the author used ancient Greek mythology to make the story come alive . must to read

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  • Bradley
  • 10-04-18

It's more of a 16 year fantasy book

It's ok but it's more of a drama then a action and that gets annoying

0 of 1 people found this review helpful