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Excise (A Post-Apocalyptic LitRPG)

Ether Collapse, Book 2
Written by: Ryan DeBruyn
Narrated by: Luke Daniels
Series: Ether Collapse, Book 2
Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
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Otherworldly invasions. Nuclear meltdowns converted to dark power. A quest assigned by the planet itself.
 

Three weeks ago the world started anew as buildings literally stood up, fearsome monsters materialized, and humanity’s way of life changed forever. Now, Rockland Barkclay must continue to protect his people from a new threat while dealing with internal issues that keep popping up. For instance, will he choose to heed the warning of his resurrected Ancestral Guide as she notices the edges of an ancient conspiracy?
 

Things take a turn for the worse thanks to a freshly awakened God - or was it the fearsome evolution of Earth's wildlife? Regardless of the cause, the group discovers something dark and twisted in the Atlantean System, invited by a recent unmanned nuclear catastrophe.
 

The apocalypse isn’t over; it’s just luring everyone into a false sense of security.

©2019 Ryan DeBruyn (P)2020 Mountaindale Press

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returning it, author shot himself in the foot.

got to chapter 3, the whole excuse to not swear just ruined the whole book for me if you dont want to write swear words as an author just dont instead of sticking a 3 page long reason why our mc says dumb stuff like "oompaloompa" instead of "fuck" it gives the book a corny feeling and I just cant do it.
this is a missed opportunity, this world and characters had a chance of being great the author shot himself in the foot. I am left disappointed by this.

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The lore is very good

I very much like the lore behind these books the way they use Odin and other gods and Powers. I also like the subtle nod to smog.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-01-13

not as good as the first, still better than most

the story kind of drags and seems directionless as nothing really gets done, maybe too much was tried to be stuffed into the story. if more time was devoted to each "act" I think the story would have ended better with each idea being more developed.

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  • Christopher
  • 2020-01-12

Writing is improving, but the author still REALLY needs a better character editor.

If you liked the first book then you will definitely enjoy this one. The story was once again compelling and interesting. Plus the author addressed the biggest sticking point in the first book, which was the ubiquitous, Rated-G cursing.

The main thing still holding this book back is something that seems to be more and more common in contemporary GameLit. It’s the inexplicable fascination that writers seem to have with moronic and inept MC’s, whose actions are constantly contradicting their character or even just basic common sense.

At best, this is an extremely frustrating and annoying way to create tension. It’s a classic device used most prominently in bad horror movies to manufacture tension and suspense... It’s the, “No, No! You dumb, horny, big-booby’d, blonde, teenage girl who is actually 23 in real life! Don’t go into the dark, scary basement by yourself!!!” trope.

However, since this is a LitRPG book, and not a B-grade horror film, and the MC doesn’t have any of the aforementioned “traits,” the result is that the cheap plot-device just makes you mad.

Note to the Author:
Do Not, heavily foreshadow the obvious possible solutions to a problem and then have the MC repeatedly scratch his head and say, “Gee, I wish there was some way to deal with this obstacle. I better dick around for a while and act contrary to my character, and then wait around some more until there’s a moment where it looks like everything is about to collapse, and only then, I’ll “magically” remember to pull out the obvious and over-foreshadowed solution to my problem that would have negated the whole situation in the first place, and then I’ll... SAVE THE DAY!!! ... again... for the 7th time.”

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Have him think to himself, “Wow! I’m in the middle of this scary, evil dungeon, full of high level monsters, and I’m hunting my devious adversary... Hey! I just picked up something moving fast in my peripheral vision! I think I’ll just blink and stand right where I am until something kills me..., OR..., one of my friends saves me in the nick of time!!... It’s not like I’ve been perpetually in danger and fighting dangerous adversaries for more than a month now. There’s no way I would have adapted my behavior when I’m in obviously dangerous situations. No Way at All!!... especially not for the... 7th time.”

See how annoying that is?... Yeah.... Then cut-it-the-eff-out! No one wants to read or listen to that garbage. You’ve got a great story here. Stop pissing on it!

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  • Twon
  • 2020-02-09

Awesome Adventure

I really enjoy this book. The author really put a lot of work into this book and you can tell. from the beginning to the end I have not missed a single moment. The MC is the best idea I've ever seen in a book. He's not to OP or too overwhelming with strange powers.i wish I could see a live game or movie of this it would be nice. book one was fun book two to me was crazy. bring out more and more players little by little keeping on my toes to see what's going to happen. yet, not leave any stone unturned. if u get what I mean.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-02-03

good books need more

I really liked these books ..but ran into same problem as many other books on here in them not being finished series

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  • John
  • 2020-01-12

Luke saves the day again

Luke saves this one in my opinion. First and foremost I really love the concept and the worlds building going on and without going into great spoilers the MC and the people of old earth are getting slammed up against huge XP wall ( a grind ) that doesn't seem to being going away and getting worse, Not to mention the issue with other factions coming into play that have been dealing with this gameish universe for a looooong time, it literally will be stone-age people fighting against far more advanced civilizations with no hope in sight. They just keep having silly setbacks dealing with minor things like other humans aways being dumb without knowing the way bigger picture.

This book in my opinion the MC didn't grow one bit, yes the the little town did some but humanity as a whole lost way more than gained. In the end I will give it one more book before I drop this series, unless something changes. Like the author lets us know WTF is going on with the rest of the planet and not some little valley and some butt hurt guy wanting to take over some xyz city. I just have a bad feeling that Rocky is going to want to travel to xyz city to find his family next and during that time other civilizations are coming closer and closer.

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  • morgan
  • 2020-02-10

Great books

Really interesting storyline. I can't wait for the next book. Luke Daniels is as always awesome with his reading.

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  • Kate Juden
  • 2020-02-08

wonderful

I love the little references to the Algonquins and hope that Smith takes a bigger role in future books. Atlantis, the City of Gold, Asgard....the author weaves the legends into the story beautifully. I love the mythos he has created and look forward to many more books.

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  • Charles F. Fritz II
  • 2020-02-03

LitRPG greatness!

Ryan doesn’t disappoint with his second installment in the series. I was on the edge of my seat most of the time and the expansiveness the new turns opened up are exciting to say the least.

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  • Mary
  • 2020-01-31

This is one of my favorite books

This is one of my favorite books currently. I look forward to more to come.

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  • Harley S Marciel
  • 2020-01-29

I'm liven it. it's like a video game in a book

I'm liven it. it's like a video game in a book. I love the gient golems.

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