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Strength. Honor. Death.

Once every year, in the city of Sunja, gladiators meet within the arena known as Sunja's Pit. Some men enter for the lure of fortune, some for the fame, and some simply for the fight. The games continue for days until a champion is finally crowned. Or until all involved perish.

Four companions struggle to change their lives in and out of the arena as it becomes clear that to be a Free Trained pit fighter is to live with a mark on one's head. And not everyone is pleased to learn of their plans, as the four warriors soon discover that the path to establishing a formal presence in the games, after the season has started, is infinitely more difficult than expected. All the while, unseen forces watch, waiting for the best time to strike at the companions and take everything that they have.

This is blood sport at its finest.

At its worst.

At its longest.

©2013 Keith C. Blackmore (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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A Masterpiece, read by one of the best!

OK, this doesn't belong in horror, which is where I found it. I'm not typically a fan of action fantasy fiction. It takes an exceptional book to get one to like something outside of their preferred genres, and this book does that and leaves me wanting more.

131 Days is like the best historical fiction, rich with detail, fast moving, but in this case so compressed, focused on the arena and those connected to it that it ultimately seduces you with the finely woven world.

Then there's the one-two punch of Blackmore's excellent character development and Lee's typically incredible character performance. While I notice a few voices were familiar from other works (particularly Clive Barker's the Crimson Gospels) this is in no way a negative. They were perfect for the characters they were used for. In my mind, Lee adds so much to the uniqueness of each voice, that it's as if you're listening to a full cast audio play, and some roles are being played by familiar, highly talented actors. Take note publishers, and you too Audible, THIS is what an audiobook should sound like.

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Driveway moment

Full disclosure - I did love the movie Gladiator ... and this audiobook made me want to scream like Liz Taylor at the Oscars "Gladiator." The action scenes deliver so much tension that I sat in my car until I knew who'd make it out of the pit - hence giving me that driveway moment. John Lee's performance of the characters is incredible - he takes you there. You love some and hate some. Really a great beginning - can't wait for more.

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better then mountain man

I loved the mountain man series and so far this series is even better. the characters are deep and endearing, there's a lot of humor and a ton of action. I can't wait for the rest of the series to come on audible! Blackmore is so much fun to read!

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Good on the brink of great.

This is a review for the whole series but applies to book one as well.

Simply put, its good all the around with the potential to be amazing. Seems like a very long novel or maybe a trilogy spread out over several books.

Narrator is very good.
Characters are good.
Story isn’t anything special, but is written really well and touches on some very deep and relatable subjects. The action is excellent and descriptive without obsessing over gore. Someone might get their guts ripped open but the author doesn’t obsess over those kind of details, instead he just points them out in a matter of fact fashion.

I recommend it if you like his other books.

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  • 02-05-20

Really good story.

The chararcters were great and the story was unique but for some reason I just could not get into this story. I’m not sure if it was the length and too drawn out. I’m a huge Blackmore fan but I’m not sure I will continue with this series.

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oh wow

I really like this book. I could not stop listening. much better than I expected. well developed.

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excellent

awesome Keith c blackmore is the man. this ranks up there with mountain man. ready for more from this story.

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Perfect mix

Great mix of story and Narrator, with just the right amount of humor!!!!!! Can't wait for Book #2!!!!

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Action Packed Awesome!

131 Days is all about the arena. Fighter vs fighter, blood and gore, tons of action.

Never been disappointed with this author's books and I've been reading them from the start.

Listen to the sample and enjoy. It starts off with an old fighter going back to the arena for glory. The matches fly by and you'll be attached to the characters hoping they can win against the odds. Who doesn't love an underdog?

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Worth sticking it out

I loved pretty much every other series Blackmore has written. Did not like this one at first. The story doesn’t really develop until half way through. But i loved the direction the plot eventually went and how it ended. Definitely downloading the next book in the series.

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  • Simon
  • 12-22-18

A Heartwarming Blood Bath!

My only previous experience with Keith C Blackmore was his excellent Mountain Man series which narrated by RC Bray has remained a favourite of mine. This is a very different genre and indeed a very different narrator. As for the story it's a fantasy piece about four friends who number among the free-trained, the mongrels of the Sunjan gladiatorial games. They battle against the odds to set themselves up and survive against the settled establishment. While this is something very different overall some of the facets of the Mountain Man series can be found in this one too. Most obvious are the bloody and aggressive fight scenes both inside and outside of the arena as bodies are hacked apart in ever inventive ways. Next is Blackmore's ability to create thuggish, beered-up characters that you somehow warm to, one or two in this may well have you thinking back to the Mountain Man himself.

Blackmore is far more than an author who writes fight scenes among louts though. I loved the clever and rather oblique way he chooses to introduce his main characters. It's something I have rarely seen before and the constant shifts in fortune and the way it's done mean that as a reader you can never be quite sure about which way a fight is going to go or how serious the results of it might be. On top of all this there is a richly detailed set of characters populating the city of Sunja where this all takes place. Schemes within schemes surround our unwitting protagonists.

Breathing a resonant life into all this are the rumbling tones of John Lee. I find he often has a slightly odd cadence to descriptive parts but he seems like a complete cast in a single man! Some really great voices bring these gladiators and the scheming house masters to life in a genuinely impressive performance!

So, different to what I have seen on Audible from Blackmore previously but as a start to a series this feels extremely promising.

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  • kevin king
  • 01-15-20

WOW!!!!!

Blackmore delivers yet again. He truly is a fantastic writer...I devour everything he writes. A “Bloody” great story, lovable, brutal and engaging characters. I’ve already bought the rest in the series.
John Lee is simply faultless and one of the best in the business. A great combo.....!!!!!!
Great work lads ;) cheers!!!!!!

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  • Roberto L
  • 07-06-21

Gladiators, treachery, subterfuge and lots of gore

Blackmore is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors, I especially enjoyed The Mountain Man series and it seems that his talent for depicting blood and gore, together with interesting and believable characters has served him well here.

This series has me hooked and I'm loving it, the narrator is first class and extremely well suited to this story. It's a tale of gladiatorial matches, gruesome characters and devious games of subterfuge and treachery. The characters are fascinating to follow and don't always survive keeping you on edge. I can't wait for the next installment.

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  • Dr KJ Cross
  • 12-04-20

Reader beware

As a simple warning, don't start reading any of this series if you want completion. The author has simply abandoned this story arc mid-write to return to older series (presumably with the $) leaving people invested in the characters, high and dry. It's just a cash cow, left rotting to one side!

I've enjoyed some of this series, however roughly every other book is just fill, consisting of unnecessary side stories and dialogue. This is a fantastic book, beautifully narrated, but it is unlikely to ever be completed so save your $ and time.

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  • Scotty
  • 08-24-19

Excellent story

I loved it. This book had flawed characters you cared about, and the story kept me interested without becoming unbelievable. recommended . Also excellent narration.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-13-22

Gritty

Thunderous and gritty. Not my usual fair but once started the narrator brought to life the life of a pit fighter in a world of violence. Very good indeed. Well done to everyone involved.

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  • Lewis Tod
  • 01-22-22

Listened countless times

This series is my go to comfort series. Just fantastic writing by Mr Blackmore, brought to life by Mr Lee. Cannot wait for the next instalment.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-03-21

Simply Excellent!

What a great series of books! I discovered these books after listening to the author's Mountain Man series - those book are great, but this gladiator series is just so much better! You can't help being drawn into the individual characters' story archs and their plans. The gory arena fight scenes and the build-ups to the fights are done so well. John Lee also does an admirable job with the narration - such good accents. Listened to all 5 books in less than two weeks. I really hope the author continues with this series!

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  • Aidy
  • 12-09-20

a little drawn out but not bad

good story but hard to stay engaged. tends to wander in places and takes a while to get to the bones of it.
theres to many characters to keep up with at the beginning and some names are similar its easy to get arcs crossed

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  • Leon
  • 10-24-19

Excellent

Really enjoyed the reading of this book and the warriors story looking forward to the next book.

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  • John G
  • 04-21-21

Absolutely Awesome

All books the series are awesome, this is book one where the awesomeness began Keith C Blackmore the author who brought you the phreakingly awesome Mountain Man series turns his a total awesomeness 180 degree and produces the series 131 Days. This series is full of Blood, Snot and Gore, yes, yes all three. It's Spartacus meets Gladiator meets John Carter. John Lee is awesome as the narrator, the characters and story he brings to life with mucho gusto, there's comedy, suspense, tension, despair and even a love story thrown in for good measure. Will they live will they die, who can tell in the arena of death yes you read it, I said death and lots of it, read the gruesome butchery that abounds as they say in the coliseum of death.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-09-20

I really enjoyed this

i came here after reading breeds. kieth comes up with some great stories. I finished this book in no time at all.

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  • Thomas
  • 08-24-20

An enjoyable book

A very well performed audio book. The story is a bit one dimensional but it kept me entertained. I will continue with the series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-17-19

I absolutely loved this book.

I'd listened to the mountain man series and I wasn't sure how this book would turn out. I was captivated from the start I finished it in 3 days. great story.

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  • Chrissie
  • 06-12-19

Great story, at time tedious, worth listening to

in any case.

I think the genre is not really something for me.

worth picking up and reading

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  • Tony Wright
  • 04-04-19

brutal, compelling and intriguing

a classic under dog v establishment within the political layers of a gladiatorial environment - I love Blackmores ability to create suspense with violent undertones. if you loved breeds you will love this.