• Activation

  • Invasion Series, Book 1
  • By: D.I. Freed
  • Narrated by: Grant Cartwright
  • Length: 21 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (156 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the year 2035, humanity broke the dimensional barrier and attached its world to another.

Unfortunately, something was waiting on the other side. Nearly 150 years later, humanity is in a never-ending war to hold what is left of its world. Vic is a military asset for the United Forces of Humanity (UFH), and his job is to kill the Invader Orcs and their kin.

While on a mission, he is exposed to an advanced technology that grants him powers beyond anything he has known. How can he grow and use those powers to serve humanity and its hope to take back the world? Travel with Vic as he uncovers strange happenings throughout human cities, strengthens himself and his allies, and breaks rules set in place a century and a half ago. Watch as he allies himself with elves, dwarves, gnomes, and beastkin to battle the Invaders using a mix of ancient magic and futuristic technology.

©2021 D.I. Freed (P)2021 Podium Audio

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  • Al
  • 10-05-21

It has potential

The beginning was way too much crafting and menus for me, but the book eventually started rolling. MC is a burgeoning OP character, but he isn't there yet. Given the scale of challenges he/humanity faces, even being OP might not be enough so that isn't a bad idea for story balance.

His cluelessness got a bit grating at times, as it was inconsistent, but eventually (albeit near the end of the book) he started to resemble a functional adult.

It shows potential overall, so I'll certainly read another one if it shows up in audible.

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love it

alright, this is now another series I'll follow doggedly. great story, no major headache characters, and the mc stupidity only last so long.

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Boring

Some reviews say the story gets good once the MC leaves the cave, but I didn't find this to be true. The author still engages in pages of detail as the MC sews pieces of leather together to make articles of clothing. While crafting can sometimes be interesting, this isn't.

I also find the interaction between the MC and the elf girl irritating. The author clearly was setting this elf character to be a romantic interest from the moment the character came on screen, but she's portrayed as a young, naive girl, even though she's over 50 in elf years. Because of her youthful behavior, the romantic development almost comes across as pedaphelia. The author tries to be coy by putting them together in barely clothed situations, but it's a bit too romance-novelish for my tastes.

Overall, the author isn't good at the human interaction aspect of storytelling and the situations that are supposed to be funny really aren't, which makes it painful to listen to.

I have 5 hours to go in the book and I'm stopping.

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good book

this is a solid book. nice ideas, good length. the start is a bit slow but still interesting. its worth your time. and credit

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its okay

-2 stars to the narrator for being to lazy to ask the writer how to say hud instead yet another lazy sack keeps saying h u d . its an acronym for example people in the military don't say f o b they would just say fob for forward operating base. other then that he did a good job narrating I would recommend he get a female to co-narrate with him on stories like this.

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Very upset

I was excited to see this book was available on audible. I really like this series and look forward to the third book. The narrator was good but not a lot of difference between Vic and Jo's voice or the menu reading. I was really upset when it ended half way through the book. It ended up being almost half of the play length shown in detail. It wasn't ended at a chapter end. I returned it hoping Audible will fix the issue.

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I’m not blind guy

I am listened to all lit RPG/progression fantasy books you can think of I would say 10 rooms is my favorite and this book is my second ever enough about 500 great book

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Good ...but it could be great

It's a really good story. The world building is good, the magic/ability system is wide open, tons of potential for cool powers/abilities. The whole interplay between nanomachines and magic essence is dope. Potential is through the roof.
I also, love books where MC has an AI or a hidden mentor sharing brain space ...so this book has all the elements to be one of my favorites
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The writing!!! It is technically sound, but it feels flat a lot of the time.
Pretty much, I like the concept but I think the execution is far from being on the same level as something like "Defiance of The Fall" or "He Who Fights Monsters" The potential is there for it to be on that level, but something about the delivery is just not there.
I think the pacing is a little slow, the dialogue is awkward at times, and the introspection goes off on needless tangents. Maybe this first book was just laying foundations, and the next books will improve on these elements.
I will for sure keep up with this series, and I do recommend it to others, but I do so with a grain of salt.
I am hopeful though, if the writing improves this series cud become something really special.

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Great Potential

Story is awesome...once you get to it. the Intro is oddly done as is the abrupt ending. agree with others that it seems like an error given it cuts off mid thought.

Not to spoil anything, but if you can make it past the cave you'll enjoy this book.

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Jack Ryan + system apocalypse

Great take on litrpg. Takes a post system apocalypse setting with typical rpg races and magic then sprinkles in some nano tech for extra spice. Combined it with a Jack Ryan like MC, special forces soldier, who’s is set up to be killed on mission. Betrayed by fellow humans? Their government?


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  • Mary peppard
  • 08-07-22

D I Freed

lover it can't wait to listen to the next on and reborn was brilliant but i'm sad now there are only three books on you page you and tge Narrator both of you are Ledgends well done more please i'm hooked