• Back to One

  • The Bad Guys, Book 7
  • By: Eric Ugland
  • Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (1,205 ratings)

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Back to One

By: Eric Ugland
Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
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From the number one best-selling author of One More Last Time!

Follow Clyde on his continuing adventures, as he gets back to Glaton - wait, he promised to visit the City of Darkness. Right. City of Darkness and then back to Glaton. Except...wait. What's wrong with the small coastal town of Furtaxo? Okay, first Furtaxo. If Clyde can get that mystery figured out, then he can move on to the next quest.

©2021 Eric Ugland (P)2022 Tantor

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Sunk Cost Fallacy, just stop buying these

MC tells everyone to join for fun and adventure, then proceeds to have over 3 hours of pointless banter. Ugland's dialogue is horrible. It is just every character trying to patronize each other to death, all made worse by Neil Hellegers ending every sentence with an exclamation/question mark intonation that has driven me insane.
Example:
Stupid question!?
Did you just ask a stupid question!?
I did!!? (Was this a question too?)
Answer!
Your answer is stupid and doesn't really answer my question, does it!?

It's all a trap. Ugland's MCs hardly ever make a decision. If they do, then they are instantly wrong, as they didn't consult anyone. If the MCs do consult, they first have a whole conversation on how stupid the MC is, followed by the MC pleading for an answer, followed by the MC doing whatever they can to make the person regret getting involved or being alive. When the MC does do what everyone wants, he is still wrong and everyone will complain and blame them for something.

But of course the person who can't make a decision is Ugland. Both the good guy and bad guy series go nowhere. Ugland literally has this MC restart his character. So all that coolness gone along with all my audible credits. This is not actually a litrpg, it is in the literary nonsense genre, like Alice in Wonderland. MCs just continually follower rabbits, story sequences don't add to the plot. A real litrpg would have had a reset character like this take advantage of their experienced team to grind levels and build treasure in the gloom instead of running off at level 1. MC uses blink all the time that is a spell that was supposed to be way too mana intensive for him to use. Character reset did not include Ugland appropriately reseting MCs levels, because he beats up every level 20 and 30 he meets. He can throw anyone he wants.

Why is this book only 8hrs long? They spend the first 3 hrs leaving High Gloom. Character reset, elevator, wagon to the port, then flee port; and still nothing meaningful happens. 1hr later, MC blunders into another pointless story event, where everything he does is stupid. But don't worry, very long dialogue will be involved. By 3hrs to the end, still nothing going on. He gets a silly quest that interrupts a quest that was interrupted by a change in motive from adventure to heroics.

I will not be continuing either series. I cannot express how disappointed I am. I have listened to all the good and bad guy series up to this point, which is like a 170$ worth of books, not to mention the time waste.

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Felt like a retcon, that didn't retcon anything

So I was looking forward to this book. Given where events left off in the previous book, and what Clyde was trying to accomplish, I really wanted to see how it was different. But, sadly, it seems like not much really changed. Warning, my biggest criticism about this book is basically a HUGE spoiler for the climax and resolution of this book. So if you don't want to know that, then my short review is as follows:

"Solid writing that you would expect from this series, enjoyable characters and fun events, but ultimately flops on it's face at the end of the book (in my opinion) by implying that it's undoing the entire point of the previous book. I can't say this was a very enjoyable resolution, and it definitely soured my enjoyment of the book overall. It feels like the author just wanted to get rid of an annoying plot point that he wrote in early on, and didn't really know how to neatly wrap up...but still wanted all the rest of the stuff associated with it. Hope next book is better"

Spoiler Criticisms:

Ok so, the whole point was to rid himself of the Corpse King, which meant he was going to have to give up his necromantic spells. But, due to circumstances, he's able to remember ALL of his necromantic spells, but is warned, quite strongly by a GOD, to not mess with them, for multiple reasons. 1. It will likely get you back on the radar of the various gods in The Game, and that would be bad. 2. Necromantic spells are just bad as it is, and best left alone. 3. It might get beings that he doesn't want the attention of (not just the other gods) to take notice, and that would be bad.

But, he just decides to use them again at the climax. So, now it feels to me, that the author is just going to keep tempting him with "hey Necromancy would REAAAALLY be useful here! Don't you want to play with it some more?" plot elements, and basically walk him right back down the same narrative path he just climbed out of. And if that's the case, I'm frankly annoyed. I really dislike the trend in fantasy to have characters using dark/evil magic, but trying to justify it as "oh it's only bad if you use it badly!" It's the same logic behind The Sith weren't evil, kind of fanboy rationalization. Because they have a cool aesthetic, and people want to be that, but not be the thing they actually represent, which is EVIL.

I fear that he's going to try and just retread the necromancer route with Clyde, and if that's the case, I might stop reading this. Which sucks, because I was REALLY enjoying his "Thief with a heart of gold" story line. I've always been a fan of stealth games, the Thief game line in particular. So having this story about such a character was super fun. But...now it seems to be becoming something else. And I personally not a fan of where it appears to be heading. I hope I'm wrong, and I hope this is just a slight detour,

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disappointing

let me start by saying i am a fan of the series and recommend it highly, however i was very disappointed in this book. i dont know how to explain this without giving the book away but it just didnt make sense to me. game mechanics went out the window, the party had no part other than to provide banter and the quest was more of a drag than anything else. perhaps if this book was shorter and made into a side quest then given away free to get people interested in the series i could see it but as is it was just disappointing after waiting for it to come out. the ending would've been ok if this was a speed bump in a larger book but as it is its just the cherry on top of disappointing. i hope in the future this will be made into a side book instead of part of the actual series. with all that said im still a fan and hope this review helps with future projects.

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no overall progress

it feels as if the author's afraid to have any meaningful progress happen with each book in all honesty this book felt more like filler then anything else I would not recommend this book sadly

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Still cracking me up!!!

Great book, funny and well worth the listen, love these books!!! Neil helliger's does a wonderful job, can't wait for the next adventure!!

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awesome

another great book in the series very funny and a good bit of action

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Good book

Great book by great author. Highly recommend. If you like a fun and funny book this is for you.

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Awesome

Once again great writing and great narrating. Unfortunately the only thing is these books are way too short. Eric you got me hooked so I need you to start pumping these things out ASAP.

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short but good

I feel like this story could be longer. And that it was more progress in the story then what it was. Still good and would recommend it, but kinda feel like filler book.

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The Bad Guys

Narrated Neil Hellegers brings this book to life.
every time new book is release, i cant stop listen do it and always hungry for more..
and that does not happen often for me when a series getting longer than 5 books

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-27-22

Great as allways.

Eric Uglands books are the best you can experience if you love fantasy and litrpgs.

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  • james pearce
  • 04-19-22

a bit short , good but not great

probably the weakest in the series sadly also feels short so getting less for your money. hoping the series doesn't continue in this vain. It's my fave series so let's hope it's a one off

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  • Robert
  • 04-19-22

good stuff

Always look forward to this series. It is another enjoyable installment in to the story