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Summary

The Apocalypse Game has begun, and all of humanity is up for grabs. To the victor go the spoils.

My name is Killian Dunn. I'm eighteen, a high school senior, a gamer, and, oh yeah, the Harbinger of the Apocalypse. Not exactly what I had in mind as a career path. Reality took a nosedive when Armageddon came knocking. It brought with it classes, levels, and skills, as well as a horde of Lovecraftian abominations to use them on. I never wanted any of this, but the sick god who orchestrated this whole nightmare has my family. Their lives are forfeit if I refuse to play his game.

He left me no choice but to accept my role and play my part—not as just another piece on the chessboard, but as the king—the Demon Lord of the Black. But if I'm the villain, then there must also be a hero. On the side of White stands the Archangel, and they're as determined as I am to win.

The prize? A single wish. With it, I can protect my family, fix everything that's broken, and save the whole damn world.

I just have to destroy it first.

©2022 Grayson Sinclair (P)2022 Podium Audio

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the game is rigged

I would like to start by saying that I enjoyed this book I like how the characters interact and the story moves at a decent pace. But it seems clear to me that the main character should have basically no chance of winning the apocalypse game. The archangel is given every conceivable advantage, they have one month head start, the world is one of the demon Lord ahead of time and all they have to do is ask him what his class is and now he has to lie about it until he's forced to use abilities all of which are clearly demonic in nature. Then there are the pieces which you can give to your allies to give them unique classes. For the archangel this must have been pretty easy see they just find someone who seems good and say do you want help me save the world and boom done, the main character ASDA convince people to join him despite the fact that his end goal is to end the world, admittedly he will then wish for it to be put back together but they have to take that on Faith from him. All and all I have to question if kalisto ever intended for the main character to be able to win and the only reason the main character could possibly stand the chance is if the archangel royally screwed up which they kind of do I won't tell you how since that would be a spoiler.

So all in all well I enjoyed the book the only reason I thought the main character had a chance of winning was because he was the main character and I don't think that's a good thing if it doesn't turn out that callisto had always intended for the main character to fail then there are some serious problems

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  • Nate
  • 11-06-22

Superb book

"Pawns do not speak when kings are conversing" - midnight king.


That quote really sent shivers down my spine when it was said, with daniels narration that quote was one of the best I've heard in books.
Grayson Sinclair writing abilities really came out really came out when writing this, there are some things I don't like but I think that me and grayson have the same perspective. All the things I didn't like were fixed more or less in the story.
So yes this story was superb and I can't wait for book 2.

The narration was perfect, I love daniel's voice and it's just so awesome. Rebecca woods narration was also good, she narrated the female voices perfectly.
Every voice was different and you could tell them apart, I think that this duo has to be one of the best when it comes to narrating. I truly can't wait for book 2 just so I can hear more of this perfect narration.

The characters in this story weren't bad at all, I have some qualms with some of the story but overall it isn't bad, I like the MC and I love how his opinions fit with mine, He's not annoying or anything like that and he's one of the most down to earth mcs I've read in a while. The side characters are also good, the author sets a nice tone for them and they have a lot of depth they also have their own personality. The mc also has depth and is really well written.
Character development is also good. You could tell that the MC changed throughout the story and his morals changed along with his personality. The side characters also changed and their personality changed, one such example is when they had to accept that they were going to work for the demon lord.
There is also some character plot between the characters. It's actually pretty well written and I liked it.

When it comes to skill progression this is your book.
There's a lot of skill progression and it's so good. Listening to him level up his skill as the demon lord and seeing his build and what he's going to become is a treat for me and everyone else who is also listening. The side characters also have a lot of skill progression and that is one of this books best qualities.

The plot is good but it's not the best part of this book. I know what the end goal is and what the Mc is striving for but the way the story plays out could be better. The plot lacked depth for lack of a better word, I liked a lot of things about this book but the plot just could've been better.
Grayson has some of the best foreshadowing I've read though, he can write the book like an anime and can give suspense when it's needed and can play out the scenes perfectly.
The world building is also superb, I loved the way the world was built, it gives the story and litrpg/real post apocalyptic feel. I think that this is one of the books best qualities.

The fighting is so good and is explained so well. This has to be the books best qualities by far, the fighting is detailed and there's so much of it. The ending fight was the best by far and the cliffhanger was also good. One of the reasons the book was so good is because of the mix of weapons, the mc uses his abilities and whatnot but he uses guns also.

I really liked this book and I can't wait for book 2.

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  • Caleb D.
  • 08-06-22

Characters/Dialogue are juvenile AND poorly done

Firstly, I almost never give 1 start reviews and almost never write anything out, but this book is just not good. The premise of the book sounds interesting in a synopsis, but the execution is not well done and doesn't make a whole lot of sense.

But mostly what brings this book down is the characters and their interactions/dialogue. I get that the MC is an adolescent, but the dialogue and actions of the characters are more juvenile than the worse CW show. The main character is supposed to be sassy/witty, but he is mostly just a dick, which other characters seem to find charming for some reason. Almost every time the characters talked to each other, it was cringe inducing. Particularly when they are being "fun" or "flirty."

The male narrator is also not great. He elongates the words at the end of sentences, and it is very irritating, even as you get used to it.

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  • DJ Johnson
  • 11-06-22

Exceeded all expectations!

This book Exceeded all my expectations! Main character wasn't annoying, felt real, had real growth constantly throughout the whole book so did the side characters that accompanied the main character.

Action was intense constantly throughout the book, progression was great slowly seeing the MC make his build. there is some light romance and the banter amongst friends is super great.

Narration Daniel and Rebecca knock this out the park. Every scene they did you can feel the emotional ooze out the voices, and the scenes were intense. I can easily picture everything happening as I listen to it which is a testament of Grayson writing and the narration performance.

If your looking for a litrpg with a great story look no further!

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  • BiduscasMate
  • 08-06-22

Fun of apocalyptic proportions

this is an amazing book. highly recommend if systems and apocalypse are your jam or if you want to try something new.
Daniel and Rebecca are icons on the genre and do an amazing job as usual

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  • Edwin Bolanos
  • 14-06-22

First Audiobook

This is the first audiobook I ever finished and I couldn't get enough. I really enjoyed the storyline.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-06-22

awesome storyline

cannot wait for the second book. story was great and had me on the edge of my seat the entire time.

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  • James Mitchell Stephens
  • 12-06-22

Amazing

Seriously one of the best books I have ever read. Grayson Sinclair did a fantastic job, and I enthusiastically await more books from this series. Superbly narrated as well.

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  • J Rhodes
  • 09-06-22

Wonderful Addition to the Genre!

Truly fantastic writing on display here. Mr Sinclair, you should be proud! And excellent work on the part of the narrators. Rebecca especially is on fire in this book!

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  • Justin
  • 20-06-22

meh

narration was done well. Slow burn on the story. The rpg part 0f the story was limited. No real class system. other then deamon lord and friends. I see time loops in the future.