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Summary

A temple desecrated. Sealed paths opened. Let the hijinks begin!

Sergeant Marcus Bola and his platoon flew to a newly uncovered temple in the desert while deployed overseas, an unheard-of mission. Something in the ruined holy place had killed many, and the survivors met an unfortunate ambush just before reaching safety. The attack left Marcus wounded and medically discharged from the only life he’s known...but something wasn’t right. None of it was.

Laying low and waiting for answers, Marcus decides tending bar is as good a way to stay afloat and off the radar. Turns out slinging cocktails, singing karaoke, and talking to the patrons isn’t as easy as he thought it would be: Gods, monsters, and devils are showing up to try the mixers.

The vessel has been chosen. Something inside him is calling the shots - and we’re not talking about tequila!

©2021 Christopher Johns (P)2021 Mountaindale Press

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Good story buy lacks depth

There was a nice idea, decent characters but it lacked motive and deeper character progression.

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Great new series

This is a fun new series by Christopher Johns and I look forward to the next one.

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  • 10-06-21

Meh again


Reads like a Isekai, everything is cool at first and the MC is somewhat humble. After that he goes full on power trip and things go from 0-100 in a couple chapters. From getting the girl, ignoring his normal job, assaulting what they consider the police multiple times with ZERO consequences. Oh and the arrogance is in abundance after a few hours into the book. Don't let the bartender picture fool you, the author let's him play bartender for about 1 chapter and that's about it.

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  • Sailfish
  • 09-07-21

Just Okay

Christopher Johns writes good prose but the story he crafted seemed uninspired. It came off as a mashup of Larry Correia's Monster Hunter International and a harem novel. Unfortunately, the MC's backstory was too ill-defined until near the end and his arrogant bravado in face of being exposed to others with power that far exceeded his made him come off as a rather uninteresting MC. In fact, there was more development provided to his Bloody Mary concoctions than to his own character.

Christian J. Gilliland's performance was fine but his interpretation of the MC was overly boisterous., Dansare Marks did an excellent job with her performance of all the female characters.

I'll not be following this series.

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  • Jeremy
  • 20-06-21

Awesome

I love the new refreshing take on gamelit, it is light refreshing with very little crunch and the unbranded fantasy elements really help with the emersion. Loved it can’t wait for book 2! PS Gillian and Marks killed it, what an awesome performance.

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  • jj_hall
  • 15-12-21

Great Series!

I was hesitant to start this series based on several of the reviews stating that the MC has a harem and that he gets power hungry and basically goes full bad guy to get more. All I can say about these is: Tell me you didn't read the book without saying you didn't read the book. none of that happens. Through 3 books there is no harem and the the MC doesn't just start murdering people for no reason. If you are looking for a gamelit/litrpg with an urban fantasy/dresden feel this is it.

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  • Carlos Restrepo
  • 10-08-21

Great story arc

Well written, well voiced, overall another great series from Johns. Looking forward to the rest of the books and getting to know the characters better.

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  • g j
  • 10-07-21

Completely Amoral

The MC starts out as a heroic veteran. He gets magic powers and then is willing to do anything to get more powerful, including murder to get more powerful. He starts a haram and becomes besties with Lucifer. All this is ok because he is such a nice guy.

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  • steven
  • 24-08-21

Just wow

I'm a huge fan of this author and the company he is with. The work that was put into this book just blew me away, which says a lot sense his other great series "axe druid' had me in tears at times and laughing aloud at others.
12/10 recommend and a great reminder for people who may need to reach out to others or whom are being reached out too.

just grabbed the 2nd book to dive into!

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  • chris olsen
  • 07-08-21

Great book and narrator

The mix of myth and reality was absolutely amazing. And the narrators where great.

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  • R. Walton
  • 05-08-21

Kind of an isekai but without moving to a new 🌎

I really enjoyed the book and the characters. It was pretty easy for me to visualize the actions. Plus it was just a fun listen.

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  • Lonnie-The GreatNorthernTroll-Moore
  • 24-07-21

Marcus has a steep learning curve!

Christopher Johns had me going for quite sometime... It was hard for me to decide if I was reading a litRPG, or a straight-up Urban-Fantasy. By the time I finally decided, I then found out I was wrong on both counts! It's really a Gamelit Urban-Fantasy! LOL, and it was fun!
 I  completely enjoyed Marcus Bola (the Main Character)! He's so dang affable, I couldn't help but like him!  After Marcus was honorably‐discharged from the military, he got a job as a bartender at the High Table... and discovered Magic!
It turns out that High Table has been declared neutral ground, where the preternaturals can come and let their fangs down! The only 2 rules? No fighting, No bitting!
Marcus has a lot to learn, as it's a whole new world, with a steep learning curve involved... and outside of the bar, No fighting/No biting just doesn't apply! It'll take all of Marcus' Military and Martial Arts prowess to survive, and to stop a Fae Lord's thuggish attempts to take control over the city! All the while, Marcus is building up his ally's and his stats. Whether you're at the High Table, or some other literary dispensary of libations, like Callahan's Crosstime Saloon, or MacAnallay's, you're guaranteed to have a good time with a story like this! One of my personal pet peeves however, was when a kickass woman's character is diminished by being called a girl! It's kinda' grating to me! Ooops... my feminist side may be showing a bit!
I found both narrators to be quite satisfactory, with pleasant voices and good characterizations!

 Here's one of my favorite notions/quotes from the book...
"Embracing the self-inflicted suck."

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