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Wild Wastes: Eastern Expansion

Written by: Randi Darren
Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
4 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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[Faint-hearted listeners: Please read all the way through to the disclaimers at the end of the blurb, which contain spoilers regarding what types of strong content may be found in this adult fantasy audiobook.]

Before World War II could reach its conclusion, the world suffered what could only be defined as a cataclysm.

Now, Yosemite City stands as the gateway between two worlds. The empire of humanity to the west, and the wild wastes to the east.

Standing at the helm for Yosemite is Vince, a ranger turned city-state ruler. Supporting him in his endeavors is his inner circle.

Vince has begun to maneuver through the intricacies of ruling. At the same time he must balance his expanding foundation and fend off external threats.

Thankfully, every single citizen of Yosemite is united to the cause. To make their home, permanent. To dig out their place in the world and make a stand.

Things are starting to spiral out of control. Almost as quickly as he can put it all back together something else falls apart.

And with Yosemite rapidly rising into prominence, Vince finds that it really means just putting a bull's-eye on your back.

Warning: This novel contains adult themes and moral ambiguities. The main character is written as a real person in an apocalypse, and will not make choices that line up with social and cultural norms. This story contains a harem and is an adult fantasy novel.

©2017 Randi Darren (P)2017 Randi Darren

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A little tired

I found this series through the 'Super Sales on Super Heroes' linkup that this book series does with the other series.

The first book was pretty good, I've never really 'read' a book with so much descriptive sex, and probably wouldn't have continued on if it weren't for the fact that I wanna follow both series.

Reading reviews of this book going in, people said there was way more gratuitous sex in this book than the first, but I disagree, there's a bunch at the start but it slowly tapers off to almost nothing.

It seems this author just kind of fills empty space with sex, and in this book when everything was getting busy and to a head in the main conflict, there was basically no scenes of any kind for the remainder of the book, so it seems as though it may be true that the author just writes boredom porn..

If you're coming here for the same reason I am, hoping to read through the crossover bits, you'll only see a little, Vince gets a glimpse of the other universe in the same way as the first interaction (fleeting) in Super Sales, and then no more, I'm hoping everything comes to a head in the third book.

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  • Matrin Zachs
  • 2017-10-31

I liked it. I am not proud of that fact.

It is down right harem fantasy biggest baddest guy macho pandering. That being said it speaks directly to the wanton area of my soul whixh the other aspects look at with disdain. I realize I read too much of these books when I recognize the main character dissing another character feom a different book by a different author. The darkness of my soul rejoices at these petty exchanges. I really need to add some class to my library.

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  • joshua
  • 2017-10-14

ok

I liked the first book more this one had too many new characters and you start to get lost on who is who besides those in his Inner Circle some are good and you want to know more bit they get glossed over . felt rushed

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  • Brendon
  • 2017-11-05

If 16 yr old Tolkien wrote "50 Shades of Grey"

I'm no prude, but there is a TON of sex in this book. Mostly in a harem sort of way. Vince, the protagonist (we'll talk about him in a bit) has many wives and must acquire more in order to strengthen his "kingdom", of which he has to have monthly orgies with Driads to "seed" them. Interested yet?
Which, the sex aspect is fine; if its done for character development or to further the plot. However the sex in WWEE is borderline gratuitous and sprinkled in seemingly whenever the author got bored.
Vince the protagonist is a self inflicted martyr whose watery complaints get old after maybe chapter two. He's the king of a mixed socialist society but his major decisions are made for him by his skilled advisers (who are mostly women and fairly 2 dimensional). His only responsibility is really to impregnate his many wives and go meet with other factions to determine trade accords (but even this is defined by his Elven advisers), but he complains about it constantly. it gets tiring hearing the main character constantly bitch about his paltry role in anything. It essentially comes down to him saying "Oh, jeez. I'm so tired of killing people and fucking beautiful elves n shit" every 2 chapters or so.

the worst part? Vince even comes to a realization that "[He's] complaining about having to have sex with beautiful nymphs whose only drive is to please me..." but he gives a soggy excuse along the lines of "Oh well, I miss being a ranger and roughin' it".

Long story short, this reads like a 16 yr old Tolkien writing erotic fan fiction. The plot feels rushed and incomplete, there's little secondary character development and Vince performs like a bit of wet bread.

The voice acting was impressive though, and Andrea Parsneau is very talented.

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  • trond-eirik
  • 2018-01-02

its all about one thing

all about one thing, Vincent domenating fairytale folk. i found myself skipping the intemate stuff, and then Just deleting the whole book after 3 hours playtime

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  • william floyd
  • 2018-05-26

wild waste + super sale on superheroes

I wonder how many people caught that. I can't wait for the next book to come out.

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  • Mr. Fiks
  • 2017-10-18

Close, but...

I really wanted to like this book but it feels like its a romance novel and not the fantasy/survival story it advertises itself to be. I'm an adult and don't mind occasional sex scenes in what I read, watch, or listen to, but I don't want that to be the focus of the story. In this book it is the focus. Bums me out because I dig the world that Randi had built.

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  • Zachary
  • 2019-01-31

We win with mild setbacks.

if you listen to book one you know what you're getting here and it is more of the same while progressing the story. the author needs to work on foreshadowing a bit more.

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  • AGirlUShouldKnow
  • Tacoma, WA United States
  • 2018-10-14

Sliding down the quality scale one book at a time.

If you read my review for the first book review here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show…, it shouldn’t surprise you that we are on a downward spiral. Not worth the time.

The book continued its decline. There were really no positives in the book. The writing of the women and the “shipping” between characters declined. Mostly in an attempt to distance him from his current women and to add additional women.

The cons from the first big are still there, but even more evident. The relationships are stale, the plot line veers from Vince being all powerful to not being able to stand up to a strong wind. There was no real world building here, just Vince thinking he could threaten everyone and they should follow him.

It is a shame, the world is interesting, even the portals he finds, but just not enough to keep it going. The relationship scenes are very much written by rote, and not worth the time.

Overall, this is where I jump off the series. I am fairly certain I won’t pick up more of his books either. I don’t think he has bad ideas necessarily, just doesn’t go anywhere with them, and gets more and more plot bloat as we go.

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  • Nedra
  • BIRMINGHAM, AL, United States
  • 2017-10-09

Unbalanced

I am not new to reading books with detailed sex scenes but. . .this book. . .too much sex. It drowned out the story. the writer needs to learn how to balance the two. Could have been a 5 star story if there was balance.

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  • Hayster_
  • 2017-11-02

YEEAH book 2 came out

im so glad i got my hands on book 2 there is still alot of smut so if you dont like that dont buy this book however if you can see past that its another fantastic book by randi darren however now i have to wait for book 3 :(

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