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Max was a professional soldier, and extremely good at his job. Right up until it killed him. 

At the moment of his death, he meets Hildi the Valkyrie, and is given three options. Serve Odin in Valhalla as one of the Einherjar, fighting each day and celebrating each night until the battle of Ragnarok. Accept his death as final, and end his existence. Or be reincarnated as a Battleborne on a random unknown world. 

Max chooses to gamble! To live a new life, whatever that might entail. Favored with a blessing of the Valkyries, who gift him with an unusual bloodline, he is reborn on a world of magic and monsters. In fact, his own new body is half monster! 

Thrust into the world with nothing but a canvas diaper, sharp teeth, and claws, Max must use his skills as a soldier to improvise and survive. There are no respawns, and at level zero, nearly everything can kill him. 

With his new status as one of the Battleborne, much is expected of Max. Dangerous and difficult quests are presented to him, and the loot ranges from filthy goblin loincloths to epic weapons! 

Join Max as he learns to navigate his new life, struggling with the instincts of his monster bloodlines, and taking advantage of them at the same time.

©2020 Dave Willmarth (P)2020 Mountaindale Press

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Amazing!

Wow. It's been awhile since I got pulled in like that.

Can't wait for the next book...

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For LitRPG style story it was very good

Book like this is one of those that you turn on and kill some time. It was entertaining had all the right mix of action and heartbreak and I was able to turn my brain off. Was it LOTR no but it was worth the money and that’s all that matters.

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  • DL
  • 2020-10-04

Awesome Read

Definitely A nice change to the standard lit rpg formula. Will absolutely get the next book.

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awesome story!

if you're a gamer at all, you will definitely love this book. I am not, and still very much enjoyed it. I am very much looking forward to the sequel and can't wait to hear the trouble that Max storm gets into. Definitely worth the read. :-)

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Loved it

Amazing book can’t wait until the next one! Can’t wait to see who max meets up with next and what race they will be.

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Surprising

I’ve never been a fan of this author. His stories just weren’t for me. But he struck a cord with this book and I Enjoyed if immensely.
Also it was nice to have two narrators because then the women actually sounded like women and the men sounded like men.

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could be so much better

why does every fanatasy book need to be litrpg nowadays. It would have been better without lvl and exp and stuff....

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Fun. I would play in this world

There is nothing terribly original in this LitRPG book - there are dwarves, goblins, orcs..stats, skills, professions..health, mana, experience..and looting for crafting items, coin, and mundane/magic items. Much of the book is straightforward developing skills and finding/learning spells. In fact, the book starts with selecting a race and progressing from Level 0 to legendary status. The listener can visualize every step and mentally picture the inventory and map screens as Max - the main character - sees them. Dave Willmarth is a very descriptive writer, to the point that one can imagine him actually playing the RPG and simply transcribing what happened to his character. He "plays" the story the way that I would - exploring, collecting things, trying strategies out, trying diplomacy in some encounters. As a simple consequence of the subject matter, the writing is immature - it's not what anyone would call 'quality fantasy'. In addition, female NPC's are often just plain slutty, there is a surfer-dude orc, and there are actually poop and fart jokes. Ugh. The writing is not great. The format is a little off, too. In book form, I could go back to maps, inventories, and character sheets to enrich the reading experience..something not possible in an audiobook.

Daniel Wisniewski and Jessica Threet are the best part of this offering. They are a great tandem of readers. Wisniewski handles the male voices and the narrator - Threet the female characters and the metagame notifications. It's a system of reading I have not heard before (though Michael Kramer and Kate Reading use a variation of it) and it works marvelously.

This entertaining story is puerile, but still worth 3 stars out of 5.

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great high fantasy or litrpg but not the same time

The story is trying to be to manythings at once

high fantasy or litrpg

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  • Tommy
  • 2020-09-28

Amazing narration, the rest.. not so much...

First of, narration is fabulous!

Story tho... if you like a MC that is completely flat and everyone just love because of reasons, and a story that, within the 2 first levels lets the Mc get blessed by gods, randomly finds a priceless artifact lost to the ages, gets a race so OP that he literally can’t die and is way above everyone when it comes to abilities without even trying, then this book might be for you!

For me tho... amazingly boring and unrelatable

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  • Jeremy Pierre
  • 2020-09-20

Dave Willmarth shots far but misses in the end

Let’s first start with Dave Willmarth is an excellent writer. I think his failure is that the Main Character is a Monster Race and does multiple things that would piss off the Dwarfs but they are like ya it’s cool. Also we all know in games a level 9 isn’t going to take out a ?? Boss. Max’s ability to just walk over people at least twice his level is unreasonable. Also one of my large gripes is that he is attempting to make characters the I would say are chaotic neutral but immediately go super hero lawful good in every situation. They are super understanding of everything. I just felt like Max was not a completely developed character and acted more scripted. Also when he does a big no no and ninja loots something everyone is like ya that’s fine no biggie. I just can’t relate to the character and am finding myself hating and despising him. That being said the book is good but don’t expect the MC to move from the I am a lovable monster character and everyone doesn’t care. Good filler series while you wait for the ones you love to be released

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  • paul
  • 2020-09-25

Snark! Snark everywhere!

Another great LitRPG book in an ever increasing number to join my library of late! Our MC Max finds himself in a charming fantasy world accompanied by a snarky leprechaun, and an even snarkier interface, and I love it! The humor in this book is pretty consistent, and balanced by genuinely touching moments of sorrow, along with loads of action. The character sheet reading is infrequent, which I appreciate since those moments can slow the story down. Nor are any character sheets miles long, so that’s pretty nice.

Max, as a protagonist, is both believable, and endearing. I know quite a few soldiers, and I found myself thinking, yep, that’s what my buddy would do in that situation! Red is hilarious, and I found myself enjoying her every appearance. The other characters, without spoiling too much, play their parts well, and I especially appreciated the author’s portrayal of Orcs as intelligent, civilized beings with a strong sense of honor, and avoiding the “primitive morons living in squalor” trope.

Both narrators performed extremely well, and I always appreciate a female narrator to voice female characters, because it’s a thousand times better than any gent’s falsetto (Jeff Hays being the exception, and even he’s better when accompanied by Annie Elicott or another female narrator). Both Daniel Wisniewski and Jessica Threet have a fantastic range of accents and voices to lend to this story.

Overall, I really enjoyed this, and if you enjoy a good fantasy romp in the LitRPG style, I think you will too! This was the first book by Dave Wilmarth that I’ve tried, finding the summary over on Reddit when poking around for news on Dungeon Lord Book 5, and I’m glad I took the plunge! I definitely plan on listening to more of his work, thanks to this. And I am very much looking forward to book 2 in this series!

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  • Brian dowis
  • 2020-10-01

Predictable and cheesy

I'm an avid fan of this genre. That being said, I wanted to like it... But I can't recommend this to a veteran of LitRPG. There's potential if you can get over the lack of imagination and predictability.

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  • charles
  • 2020-09-22

Gary Sue

I like the premise that he was going for and overall enjoyed the first half of the book, but as soon as he meets others the flaws start coming out. The book turned into a total “nerd fantasy” everyone loves the MC can’t be wrong and if you don’t you’re evil. He is invincible there is no other way to explain a lvl 2 beating lvl 15-20 enemies. I’m 10 hours in I’m not looking forward to finishing this drivel.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-10-01

really good UNTIL

all hale the MC... I mean king
really hate this trope. it doesn't make for good adventuring for the main character to stay in 1 place playing government

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020-09-20

Great book and narration is amazing.

Dan and Jessica do a fantastic job narrating the story by Dave Willmarth. LitRPG fans rejoice! Sadly, playback is currently broken on Alexa enabled devices. Audible app and Bluetooth is a decent workaround until it gets fixed though.

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  • Andrew M. S.
  • 2020-10-05

So much potential

litrpg check, reborn check, fantasy check, mature themes check. How was this so boring?

Well the MC just has everything thrust upon him and gains power at a rate that makes no sense. Starting with literally nothing and becoming a KING in a matter of days. This book feels like it's all style and no substance. No real plot, character development, or world building. It checks all the boxes without expanding on any of them.

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  • Cindy
  • 2020-09-21

Beyond Awesome!

This is one that you don't want to end and keep hoping there's more time left. So, all I have to say is, hurry, hurry, hurry and let's get the next one released.

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  • Mr. Lee
  • 2020-09-21

Excellent story and superb narration!

This is a great story. A little different take on died and sent to a new world trope. I really like the character development.
The narration is superb! I really hope to hear more of these two narrators in the future books and different authors works as well. They made the story come to life. Some of the better narration I’ve heard.
Highly recommend this one. It’s definitely worth the credit.

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