Doug Ross

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-05-20

Michael Chatfield does it once again!

Well I was trying to find a new series to keep me busy while I waited for Chaos Seeds/Expeditionary Force/10 realms/ether collapse/spell monger to release new books. I tried a few new ones like War Aeternus...etc.... and was none to happy with the few new ones I tried, until I got frustrated and started looking at Authors I like, well thats how I stumbled upon the gem by Michael Chatfield, I wont give any spoilers but I will be adding this series to my top list like the ones I listed above.

The story pace is great with great character development, the MC is technically not stuck in the game but also stuck in “the”game, so there is the possibility of logging out of the game but not in the traditional sense, that makes sense right? Look its all backwards from here, once you start the series you will understand .
Lots of funny moments with very colourful language for an extra laugh, oh and some pretty decent sex scenes if your into that kind of thing.

Very well written and the voice acting was mostly on point.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-05-11

Great news series.

Overall im enjoying this book quite a bit, but there is a few things that took me a bit to get used to. Also I would have rated this book 5 stars if it weren’t for the over explanation or items and skills, I generally skip these parts if the author carries on with an overly in depth explanation.

The one main thing that took a bit to get used to involves the type of work I do for a living, and of the type of people I work with, there is definitely some internal conflict with the plot of this series so far, but looking from the other-side im finding im enjoying this book and the authors point of view of this new world. Its well written and easy to follow, the only gripe I have is the over explanation of items and skills, but this is only a small issue.

If you are not closed minded im sure you will very much enjoy this book

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-04-02

Unexpected developments!!!

I rarely write a review halfway through a book unless its a book that im not happy with, but this addition to the series has one heck of a twist to it, it quite frankly shocked me to the point that I had to go back to the start of the twist and re-listen. I will say that this new development has completely turned the Spell Monger series on its head, I had no suspicions whatsoever that this series would take such drastic turn, for me its a great change in direction, I have listened to every book in the series and have really enjoyed all but that Court Wizard book, I actually return that book as it was awful.

This book starts out very slow to the point I was tempted to skip through a few hours to see if it got better, but this book does improve with story quality and progression about 6 hours in. If you are having doubts about getting this book I very much recommend you get this book and you will thank me around the 11 and a half hour mark in the book. This series can go in some many interesting directions now, more than defeat the Necro dude and the undead butthead, im definitely looking forward to the next book, and infact the rest of this book. Wow I never thought finding out the origins of humanity would be so shocking, once you find out for your self there are a few words that now make complete sense the author uses through out all these book. Where did humans come from? I cannot say it as it may spoil it for you.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-02-12

Five stars but screw you Mr Craig

Hmmm where oh where shall I start.

Well im now 100% positive skippy is Craigs alter ego, yup thats right!!!

Besides Craig being a jackass with a cliff hanger ending like that, well more like a Grand Canyon cliff hanger, this addition to the series is top notch, great plot progression blah blah haha.

The only thing that stopped me from becoming one of those social media trolls was the blooper real past the ending, lucky RC Bray saved ur ass Craig lol.

All joking aside this is an amazing addition to the series, if I could rate it 6 stars I would then I would promptly rate it back to 5 stars with that cliff hand ending.

Well played Craig.....

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-11-29

Great story but terrible narrator

As the title says the story is great but the narrator is not good or enjoyable at all. The narrator in the first book was pretty good, enough so I had no issues becoming immersed in the story. So heres the down side, this narrator the guy who has done the second book appears to narrate a few other books in this series, im not to keen on continuing on with this knowing this crappy narrator has done more books in this series. But the narrator for the last few books feels to have a good voice for this type of story, so I'm undecided wether or not to continue as this story is amazing, id say more enjoyable than the king killer series. Its a hard choice, maybe you can deal with the crappy narrator better than I, id at least give it a try as im doing.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-11-01

Not a good feel

I’m going to return this book, I listened for about two hours and I cant get into this story.
First off, this narrator is not good for a military scifi style book , he has a good voice but he needs to have more expression, right now it’s pretty much just mono tone with little bits of octave changes at the start and end of sentences, he doesn’t capture that military style bering like RC Bray or Ray Porter. I think this narrator would be good for one of those litrpg books, he needs to work on his performance and he would probably be similar to Nick Podel from Chaos Seeds.

Now all that being said I don’t think a legend like RC Bray would make this a great book, perhaps he could make it a decent book. The story so far is just boring and flat, I just can’t get excited to continue on. Now keep in mind I only listened to this first book for a couple hours so maybe the books get better, I will not know. I was hoping for a Mass Effect(game) feeling book, but this one is not that.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-08-18

Absolutely amazing

What a great book to start off a great series. Hard to put into too many words without giving away spoilers, this book was amazing, so much so I binged all the way from start to finish and I’ve only done that for a few books out of my 200+ audible collection. Great story telling, very well paced and developed plot, great characters you become heavily invested in, there is one great loss in this book so far. And ya, very enjoyable book

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-07-10

Not the best book in the series

This book is good but feels like a bit of a series filler, I feel the author could have fit this story in the previous book and next book, not have this story as a stand-alone book. All that being said there is some good and interesting plot and back story in this book and it’s definitely worth reading/listening to. I would give details about the plot and back stories but if you’ve made it this far in the expanse series then you get the jest of what’s going on. The narrator is on point as usual.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-07-04

Great series so far

So far this series is turning out to be in my top 5 list. Tbh I didn’t like the first book very much but decided to continue on with the second book and so on. I will say there is very little page filler in all the books ive listened to so far, every book seems to be paced quite well. I will definitely complete this entire series and I will definitely watch the entire tv series once I finish these books. This current book is centred around being on one planet, its sounds mundane and lacking in content until you complete the entire book, you will find out this planet is a great opener to understanding the race who built the proto-molecule.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-05-16

Honestly good

I got this book on a deal and I’m happy to say its a surprisingly a good read. This book seems to be underrated but don’t let that fool you, so far its a great series, in fact ive purchased the other two books. I don’t do spoilers so you’ll have to give it a go but. One thing I can say that will not spoil the book is, the entire real world in this book is completely under the control of an AI, so there is some pretty interesting story arcs both in game and in the real world. Dystopian? You be the judge

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