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Gene Harvest

By: Joshua Rettew
Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
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Summary

Benny White had been having a rough couple of years, and the approaching apocalypse wasn’t exactly helping.

Pulled from the point of death and thrust into a horde-mode-style survival game, Benny’s odds weren’t looking too great. To make matters worse, an eldritch god… entity… thing named ‘Dave’ tasked him with destroying the very System that now controls his fate.

But hey, it's not all bad news. Benny’s experience as a lab tech grants him a rare Splicer Class that lets him repurpose the genetic material of slain enemies into augments for himself. Bone claws, blood-bullet turrets, and maybe a skeletal hydra head or two are just a few of the additions to his gory arsenal.

Then there’s his Flesh Golem summon, a six-foot mound of muscle and sinew called Meat. That lumbering monstrosity might come in handy, just as soon as it stops walking into trees…

The stage has been set. The contestants have been chosen. The entire galaxy is watching.

Welcome to the Game of Souls, where the only prize is to survive.

©2024 Joshua Rettew (P)2024 Portal Books

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it was a fun and engaging story with plenty or background characters and in enjoyable digestible chapters 😀 would highly recommend

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A Promising start

I picked up this book despite my usual impatience with unfinished or nascent series. I'm glad to say, I found myself immersed and engaged.

That said, there was a moment where I nearly set the book aside. The main character's lengthy moral deliberations, complete with verbose explanations and principled speeches, threatened to derail the story. It's a trope that plagues many in this genre, often leaving readers feeling patronized and disengaged. While I believe they could have been conveyed more succinctly and organically, I ultimately think in this book there is a point to it (with regards to the characters development) so I am persevering through it

The magic system introduced in the book is good and i definitely like the splicing aspect.

Where this book truly shines is in its world-building and the hinted to machinations of the entities that govern it. While the main storyline progresses in a linear fashion, there are tantalizing hints of a much broader and more complex world lurking just beneath the surface.

I grew to appreciate the main character, who defies the typical alpha archetype and instead grapples with his own shortcomings while striving for the greater good. His connection to dark powers adds an cool layer to his character.

In conclusion, while this book may have its flaws, it marks a promising debut for the series. I, for one, am intrigued to see where the story goes from here and eagerly anticipate the next instalment.

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Character growth

Start of it was a bit slow but quickly picked up with interesting character growth and skill variety.
Characters and summons personalities are quite good and varied and develop well through out. Especially the summons Meat.

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A great new series

I really liked how they weren't afraid to change the character body, and make him less and less human.

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Fantastic!

I can’t wait for book two 2 reached all of my expectations and more ,also I love the narrator’s voice.

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Pretty good definitely worth a listen

fun little story likeable enough main character and a decent narrator. My main issue was some of the jokes went on way too long, the one right at the start was funny the first time then fine the second but it comes round like two or three more times and that's the start of your book not the best start.

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MORE MEAT!

I recieved a free copy for a honest review.

This book is great. Its has the qualities of an amazing series; a good MC (who's normal), great convo between MC and the side characters, a loveable summon (MEAT!) and an amazing plot.

Furthermore, it contains elements which makes the story intesting and addictive.

The MCs build is unique and interesting I can't wait to see how he progresses.

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Fantastic

Brilliant and new take on the system integration story, unique power and fascinating characters both main and side.

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Great LitRPG - Better than the sum of it's parts

This had many of the common LitRPG elements but instead of being boring it all mixed together to become a great book.
I loved the MC companion MEAT who portrayed a great personality without speaking and was really great buddy. The MC was likeable character and wasn't too whingy or stupid.
Obviously he started to build up a rooster of friends who were all well developed and interesting.
The game mechanics and spells were varied and well thought out.
There was a bit of dungeoning, tower defence and exploit grinding which I enjoyed.
I had not listened to Eric Michael Summerer before but was pleasantly surprised and he was spot on.
This is a perfect book one of a series I will be looking forward to more.

[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

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Surprising little blood gem

Whole new world created with good nods to their inspirations. For a first novel I am very much looking forward to more.

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