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Extemporaneous Peregrination

Pentacle, Book 3
Written by: Robert Harper
Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Danny is finally headed back home to Diadem to see his family and settle some old wrongs.

The men of Diadem have been sacrificing their own potentials for the sake of the country for long enough, and Danny has the perfect solution.

©2018 Robert Harper (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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  • Cody
  • 2019-03-12

An unexpected disappointment

I came into this with high hopes. I LOVED the first two books, and was fully expecting to love this one too. Boy was I mistaken. Before anything else I should mention that there is one very distinct thing that can make me abandon a book, no matter how far I get into. That something is, character reset. Or in other terms, making an otherwise powerful, fun, and entertaining character helpless. Be it mind control, power nullification, coincidences that put an otherwise intelligent person in a bad situation he can't escape.

It started off so well, then did away with Cranny, and replaced him with a generic red shirt. Big mistake in my opinion, but it's not the end of the world. What really did it was a simple thing. In one move, ONE, all his abilities are gone, his sanctuary is practically gone, religated to being a Deus Ex Machina later in the story. Because, obviously it'll come back when he needs it most. Now he's kidnapped, with no powers, and on artificial deadline. It's like playing f£cking Zelda again. Oh you got all this cool, interesting, and fun stuff in the last game? Better get rid of all the junk so you can find different junk. It's a stupid plot device. The character has gotten so powerful that he literally needs to be stripped of all his powers so the plot can progress. It would be one thing if it was an actual fight, where he's up against a tough enemy but is untimely defeated and captured. That's something I can respect, and then look forward to a rematch. But no, the whole thing took maybe 2 minutes.

I honestly doubt I'll get much farther in the book. I've given up on series's bigger and better than this for resorting to the same thing.

And judging by the other reviews that have cropped up, I'm not alone either.

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  • Randy Smith
  • 2019-03-13

My least favorite of the three books right now.

A good third of this book is just him being tortured and cruelly treated. Plus by the end of this book you feel like the author went back and re-wrote what they intended for the storyline to be. What was presented to be extremely rare in the second book becomes commonplace in this one. It’s like when the author decided to write this book they decided to go back and redo what was known history. It just leaves a bad taste in your mouth especially with a series that you like. I am still undecided whether I would read a fourth book if it came out this one just ruined the series for me.

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  • Cody
  • 2019-03-14

not bad

I've seen a few bad reviews on this book ,but I honestly didn't think it was too bad

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  • Lionelle
  • 2019-03-14

didn't care for this one

I get there's a new chapter so to speak this book was trying to accomplish, I personally didn't like the way it went about it. When it's all said and done, it's still a good book

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-03-13

Rushjob

In short, the book feels incredibly rushed. While it starts out as the previous books, it then turns into cliché territory with the MC being captured and rendered powerless. It somewhat drags on a bit if I'm honest, until things go from bad to worse for the MC. After that, the rush to the end begins. Things happen, time passes, add a massive info dump, adventures that seem to make sense for the MC and then he gets reunited with his crew.
While in one way, the rushed part of the book is kinda a blessing since the MC by himself turns out pretty boring without him interacting with some of the already established characters and the new ones are very one dimensional. And with the comic relief from the previous books being gone, it really isn't all that interesting. It slows down at the end and becomes more like the previous books, but a big chunk of the middle is a real slog to get through at times since, while a lot happens, none of it is interesting.

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  • David Riemer
  • 2019-04-16

I love the story and look forward to the next book

I have to say taht this one has thrown me. I have never been so emotionally thrown as I had near the end of this book. I don't know how I feel about the direction of the book but I hope that the new direction will make it better.

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  • Sondre Nesheim Hamre
  • 2019-04-01

gave me some gut dropping moments

feels like these books just gets better and better. excellent world building and expansion on the power system.

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  • Niko
  • 2019-03-23

Least favorite of the 3 books

This book is tough and infuriating to get through, feels more like it should be volume 2.5 than 3.

Aside from Danny, all of the other established characters are barely in this book.

There is no relationship or character development.

This story only exists to
•Exposition, exposition, exposition.
•Briefly introduce the Drow, Dwarves and Beastmen.
•Make Danny far more powerful.
•Make everyone older.
•Talk about a possible external threat not yet introduced.

I hope the next book is better.

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  • Jake Malone
  • 2019-03-20

Better than expected

After reading a number of disappointed reviews, ultimately I'm glad I made it through to this book. The payoff at the end was pretty solid and was worth the sometimes odd pacing of the story. Even from the first book, the biggest two issues were 1) The main character frequently behaves in ways that seem slight off from what you might expect based on his personality and 2) it felt a bit like the author couldn't quite decide what genre he was writing in.

Overall, the writing and character building was well above average, especially for anything touching the LitRPG genre. This is what made the inconsistencies mentioned above sometimes cause the story to dip into the uncanny valley.

For what it's worth, I was unreasonably exciting to read the "Flight of the Navigator" reference.

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  • Earl
  • 2019-03-13

Total letdown

I eagerly awaiting this new installment. I mean, the first 2 books were outstanding so this third one should be good as well. Sadly I was mistaken and it was a total letdown. The MC's development was spot on in the first 2. This 3rd book seems to have went in the opposite direction. The MC seem to have forgotten everything he learned previously. The situations he finds himself in seem to be the author's attempt to show growth or character development. It missed the mark by a mile as the MC acts more childish then he does in Book 1 or 2. With that being said I am not sure if I will listen to the next one.

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