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Gearing Up

Apocalypse Gates Author's Cut, Book 3
Written by: Daniel Schinhofen
Narrated by: Tess Irondale
Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
5 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Alvin had another rough week, but at least this time, he had Gothy with him.  

Travelling from Utah to Nevada, they were able to set up two more Settlements. Then they had to visit the world of Fey to rescue the kids of the Beatty, Nevada, Settlement. Just when things looked like they were going well, the Developers got involved.  

With the very rules of the game changing, Alvin found himself in a new position. Gothy pledged herself to him through the game system, leaving her collared and bound to obey his every whim. Coming to terms with their new relationship, Alvin wondered what would come next.  

He wasn’t expecting a road trip north to loot an abandoned town, nor the dragon that guarded it. What came as the biggest surprise was the chance encounter with a fantasy race whose gate had opened. What would come of this fateful meeting?  

This audiobook contains adult situations, in all their horror and glory, including sex, abuse, drug use, and murder. It also contains graphic sex scenes that portray elements of BDSM. You’ve been warned.

©2018 Daniel James Schinhofen (P)2019 Daniel James Schinhofen

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  • Vincent P Short
  • 2019-01-20

Same problems as his alpha world series...

Just like in the Daniel Shinhofen's "Alpha World" series; the world building takes a back seat in the third book. So now that world building is gone we get to focus on the relationship of the MC and Gothy. Alvin becomes even more of an ass and Gothy encourages him to be even worse. I didnt enjoy the direction this series decided to take. Sadly I think this is were I leave.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Kristine Burks
  • 2019-02-23

Needs more furthering of the actual story.

I don't mind the sex scenes, but more of the story itself would be appreciated. Too much of the sex stuff just makes it tedious.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-01-16

narrator review

the story was good but the changing narrator was kind of a big change but it was still really good

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  • Greg Kennedy
  • 2019-02-11

The non-stop Dom fantasy is getting tedious.

The attempt at building a dark and borderline bad guy anti hero has become a corny cliche version of 50 Shades. All the masochism and dominance is really getting awkward not that it is terribly bad it's just that it's steadily growing in abundance to the point where it might just be the focus of the story now. I'm starting to wonder if his plan is to phase out the story line all together and just produce compilations of corny, cliche 'Im so dark and tough' lines followed by awkward dom-fantasys.

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  • J
  • 2019-02-08

boring

boring had no real plot just lots of talking and fucking all 3 books are basicly letters too penthouse. gets old

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  • KC
  • 2019-05-28

Action! Adventure! Hedonism!

Book three expands even further on the world opened to us in book 2. It also gets into stronger BDSM, so if you find that objectionable, then you may want to reconsider this series. To be fair, the main characters have issues, so this fits them. It’s also all done very well, so I myself didn’t find anything distasteful. It definitely adds something to the story.

And what a story! The world keeps getting richer, and you often never know what’s going to happen next. No matter how bad things get, our dynamic duo manage to work their way through with style, snark, and a - in this world - healthy lack of anger management.

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  • Dean
  • 2019-03-29

Tess is awesome

Tess Irondale is a great narrator. The only problem with the story is that that story is taking a backseat too many time during the story. I love the story while it's being told but the cliff hangers feel like they are only there because he ran out of time.

I want to say I love the series entirerly but there are issues here and there but Apha Company was good in the beginning as well but the character dynamics made it annoying to finish. High hopes for this book series.

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  • Atom
  • 2019-02-25

awesome read

if you like hot sex scenes and a bunch of zombie murder and mayhem this series is for you.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-01-30

to much sex not enough story

liked the first two books. but had a tough time with this one just seemed like the focus was on the sex and not the story

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  • Christopher
  • 2019-01-17

Promising series devolves into BDSM gag-fest.

Pun in honor of the crappy and unfortunately ubiquitous flirt-banter between the MC’s. This series was riding the line that only a few of it’s contemporaries have managed to do... That is to be a good enough story that you’re willing to fast-forward through the poorly written sex scenes and flirty dialogue written by authors who clearly don’t have enough personal experience to pull them off.

It’s like listening to the dirty fantasies of 14 year old boys and it’s disgusting: I’m not talking about the topic, I’m referring to the experience of listening to some furiously masturbating, shut-in author’s desire to connect with furiously masturbating, shut-in listeners who share the same extremely vanilla and unimaginative sexual fantasies and believe they are being ever so naughty. It’s like picking up a landline phone and accidentally overhearing your father’s pay-per-minute phone-sex chat session... So, gross. I’m going to go disinfect my ears now.

What was I talking about?... oh right, Gearing Up... the LitRPG story in this installment is still really pretty good, but Shinhoffen (famous for being unable to write a story without basting it liberally with bad porn) has so thoroughly inundated this book with cheesey “sexy-talk” and laughably bad, semi-hardcore porn scenes that it rendered the fast forward method largely unusable.

Normally I’d just give a book like this 2 stars and move on with my life, but it’s become so frustrating to see so many viable LitRPG series made unlistenable by this disturbing trend of inundating them with harems and 13-year-old sex fantasies.

Please, get your Penthouse Forum letters out of my GameLit... I’m begging you.

9 of 13 people found this review helpful