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  • Hero Forged

  • Ethereal Earth, Book 1
  • By: Josh Erikson
  • Narrated by: Josh Erikson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (57 ratings)

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Hero Forged

By: Josh Erikson
Narrated by: Josh Erikson
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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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great book

This book is one of the best ones I have listened to in while. It puts a new spin on things that I enjoyed greatly.

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loved it.

Kept me away from the washing up for hours. So Josh you owe my wife an apology, or a dishwasher depending on how the sales are doing. It's fast paced and the narration keeps the energy up there throughout.

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eeeeexcelleeeeent (you'll get it one you hear it)

Incredible, I loved both the story and narration, he really brings the characters alive

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It's ok

I really tried to like this book, the guy writting it obvioulsy has a good heart and is trying to make it fun, but it just doesn't work for me. He's going for a Skullduggery style fun, young adults book but, though it's not a bad job, it doesn't come close to the writing of Derek Landy or even someone like Eoin Colfer.
I don't think it helps that he's read it himself, he can't do accents and should have left it to an actor who could have really given the story a new angle.
Having said that I did finish it and I'm sure lots of people will enjoy it, it just wasn't for me.

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genuine

This book is very original in its approach, which is rather refreshing in a lot of ways, combined with the earnestness of the writer makes it awesome. I'd it reccomend highly.

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Brilliant, Scary, Fun

I loved this story! It was the right amount of mystery, fantasy, horror and comedy that I needed to read after tackling ‘Ulysses’ for... some reason I thought was smart.

Either way, the characters are brilliantly thought out, even the small fry, and the story is clever without trying to be so smart as to confuse you. The ending twists included some I saw coming and relished when they did, and some I didn’t see coming and enjoyed discovering.

Overall, ten pishtacos out of ten!

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Enjoyable, irreverent, fun

I liked it, good spin on an old trope. Don’t get why the old gods would still have so much power though

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Bit rough around the edges but overall very good.

This was a very entertaining audio book, full of engaging characters and rich lore. It was well paced and had a plot that kept me gripped from beginning to end. There is lots of great tension building throughout, in which I was genuinely on the edge of my seat wanting the heros to succeed and I shared in their triumphs when they did. The author (and narrator) paint a vivid picture of the world that really helps to bring the characters and their actions to life in a very enjoyable way.

The book falls down a little bit due to the protagonist escaping death one to many times due to dumb luck. He's a con man, I would have liked to have seen a bit more clever trickery in his escapes. Also feels that sometimes the characters make decisions based on what the plot needs them to do rather than through their personal characteristics.

With the above being said through, it was still an extremely fun ride and I'm very much looking forward to the second book in the series!

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Stunning debut

Josh blends the amateur energy of passion with a seriously adept story that's been polished to a mirror sheen. This urban fantasy novel brings together a lot of influences, and eagle eyes will spot notes from some particular 90s movies - but the resulting work is never derivative, and the author's good humor and humanity shines underneath. Well done.

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Really enjoyable and unusual fantasy story.

Very good and unusual story with well thought out characters and good world development. Really enjoyed the narration and cannot wait for the next book in the series.

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  • Steelgator
  • 21-07-18

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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  • jonathan
  • 20-07-18

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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  • Donald
  • 03-08-18

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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  • Luke
  • 31-07-18

Great plot but a complete pushover main character

Got about 8 hours 30 min into the book before I had to drop it. I did love the plot of the book and how the story was playing out, but the main character's characterization was atrocious. When dealing with his succubus lady friend, he basically does whatever she wants. If it were literally anyone else in the main character's position, she would have been left on the curb in the first couple hours of the book (even despite it probably ending up with her dead).

Next comes the classic story hero mentality (where he can't hurt others without them hurting him first)... This honestly makes me want to howl at the sky in frustration. I don't think I've ever seen a main character in a story that acts as much of a little bitch as this one does. He can't bring himself to kill a rapist sorcerer who sells dead child body parts, or even kill a few passed out child slavers, murders, and grave robbers. If the author made the main character's age closer to the early teenage years, then it might be slightly more appropriate. A dude in his 30s thinking like this is honestly depressing.

I can't say I'm much of a badass in real life as a computer programmer, so it shouldn't be as much of a problem as it is, But trying to immerse myself into the story is impossible with this guy as the main character. Sorry, it's just not a believable characterization.

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  • jayson a noden
  • 25-02-19

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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  • Jarred Scoopie Allen
  • 22-10-21

MC isn't a hero.

Consider the fact that the MC is a lifelong con man who manipulated, robbed and abused people his entire life, all of a sudden decides to have morality checks for any decision he makes. There's a bad monster who rapes, tortures and kills little children yet we shouldn't stop them because murder is bad...STFU you little Beta Boy.

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  • Thomas Huber
  • 27-07-18

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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  • casey
  • 20-12-18

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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  • jeffrey millirons
  • 19-08-18

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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  • aaron haar
  • 15-08-18

enjoyable

I really enjoyed this book. had a great plot and leaves great potential for the next book. the performance was really good as well. an all around good book.

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