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Hero Forged

Ethereal Earth, Book 1
Written by: Josh Erikson
Narrated by: Josh Erikson
Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Gabe thought he had covered all the angles, but it’s tough to plan a contingency for accidentally trapping an evil god in your brain.

Gabriel Delling might call himself a professional con artist, but when walking superstitions start trying to bite his face off, his charm is shockingly unhelpful. It turns out living nightmares almost never appreciate a good joke. Together with a succubus who insists on constantly saving his life, Gabe desperately tries to survive a new reality that suddenly features demons, legends, and a giant locust named Dale - all of whom pretty much hate his guts. 

And when an ancient horror comes hunting for the spirit locked in his head, Gabe finds himself faced with the excruciating choice between death...or becoming some kind of freaking hero. 

Hero Forged is the first book in the new series, Ethereal Earth, a modern fantasy adventure that challenges the natures of myth, humanity, and what it means to be the good guy.

©2018 Josh Erikson (P)2018 Josh Erikson

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  • Kai
  • 2019-02-09

Nice work Josh!

Great story, thoroughly enjoyed it, start to finish!

One thing that let it down a tiny bit for me was the Harry Potter attitude of Gabe... I just get a bit tired of the hero not wanting what he/she has... It's about time someone wrote a story about an arrogant hero. Looking forward to the next installment.

Cheers,

PS. I didn't pirate it :) I'll still spread the word though.

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Great story, looking forward to a sequel

Great story, very curious to see what happens next. Keep up the good work! Good luck

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Pleasantly surprised

I was tremendously hesitant when I saw that the author was the narrator. As a long time audiobook listener, I can say with certainty that the skills required to write a good book are not even remotely related to the skills required to narrate said book well.

I'm happy to say that the author is somehow quite skilled in both areas. Honestly, it's a bit unfair.

For a pilot, the story is fantastic. I feel like it was maybe a touch disjointed in areas and could use a bit more exposition here and there. That's largely personal taste though.

Overall, I'm very happy and will definitely continue with this series.

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Haven't seen it's like since I first read Dresden!

I generally consume audiobooks far too quickly to leave a review on them. Going through maybe one every two days.

This story forced me to ignore my usual policy. The characters and their motivations are clear and understandable, and the narrator - who is also the author - does an excellent job of injecting personality into them.

Josh Erikson has an excellent vocal range, and the cadence and inflection he provided to the story made me feel as though it would be a crime to experience Hero Forged in anything but audiobook format.

There is a genuine spark of greatness here that I haven't felt for many years sifting through Urban Fantasy stories that increasingly feel like dime store novels.

Perhaps greatest of all is the slow changes the main character is forced to undergo throughout the story. The fact that he is conman and not a combatant is oft repeated and easily recognized in his problem solving process - and I love him to bits for it.

If you have a credit, or even if you don't - get. this. book.

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Well Done

Really well done. Performance was very good too. The author could probably do that on the side if he wanted, but I hope he just concentrates on getting the next one out. Looking forward to it !

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  • Steelgator
  • 2018-07-21

Surprisingly Good

I usually don't like Author narrators but this author is actually good with the exception of the god villan . I hated the over the top way he was done.
The story itself was very good and a fresh take on urban fantasy. It is well worth an audible credit.
I recommend giving it a listen.

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  • Donald
  • 2018-08-03

Yes!! Give me More!

Fast paced and enjoyable! A different twist and not the same ole same ole. Looking forward to more! I also think Josh should moonlight as a narrator for other books! Just finished a book and the narrator drove me nuts with the monotone reading and bad monster sounds and I thought, this would of been so much better if Josh would of read it.
Just my two cents.

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  • jason a glynn
  • 2019-02-25

Dresden files meet now you see me

Ok that may not be the best description, but what I can tell you is, this was fun.
I have been into “the Dresden files” “iron Druid” “ink heart” “Harry Potter” type books for a long time. This is now up there on my to recommend list.
My biggest hope for this story is that the author keeps doing the audio books as he brings the story the color and emphasis that every part needs.
Josh keep up the great work and I will be referring your books to friends!

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  • jonathan
  • 2018-07-20

Hero Forged

Ok , let me start with I had no idea what I was getting into with this book . That’s not always a bad thing, I didn’t realize that the author is also the narrator. It’s a good thing cause I probably wouldn’t have bought it .
I am very glad I did ! It’s a fun ride . I was expecting the tried ok overly tried hero stick . You know , shepherd/farmer chosen/ Prophecy meets wise old sage/master you all the tropes . That is not what I got . Too my delight this is better , refreshingly good story interesting an remarkably likable characters an a nonstop ride into a magical unseen world . Plus this world is full of possibly.. I Eagerly await the next step in the story!
I have too give kudos to Josh Erikson not only did he create a great story with his written words . He brought it too life with an outstanding Audio performance , which is no easy thing. So if your like myself and love a good story , give this a try you won be disappointed.

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  • casey
  • 2018-12-20

Wow..just...WOW!!

Great performance and great book. Can’t believe the author did both. It’s a great story and I am amazed that it convoluted and muddled with how how complex it became. Can’t wait for the new book in January.

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  • Lee
  • 2018-08-20

slow to start but kept you going

it was a really slow start but it kept you going about a quarter of the way through pics of real quickly though if you can send to get through the start very good read

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  • jeffrey millirons
  • 2018-08-19

Thank you Josh Erickson

I cant wait to see where the story goes from here. This is truely something fresh and new to science fiction fans. I hope the author keeps to his word and keep cranking out these books without too much delay in between.
I also love and admire an Author who narrates his own books. it's a sure fire way to make sure the listener hears the book the way it was ment to be.
And imcase the author ever reads reviews on his books I just like to say, Thank YOU for caring about the fans

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  • Thomas Huber
  • 2018-07-27

Next Book Please!

After listening to hundreds of audio books and never writing a review I felt like I should this time. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it has amazing characters, great pacing, as well as an interesting take on urban fantasy world building. The main character is interesting and can best be described as the lovable rouge who often finds himself way over his head. All in all I loved this book and can't wait for more.

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  • Glenn
  • 2018-08-22

Hey this was pretty good!

It was good and better than a lot I’ve listened to here. Kudos for someone who writes and narrates. Mmm... waiting for Conscience though! :)

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  • Paul B.
  • 2018-08-22

solid read.

good performance and story. looking forward to book 2 . I hope the author fleshes out the world/ system a good bit more. interested to see the Vista when we get more than puzzle pieces.

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