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You don't always get a second chance...unless you're a pawn for an eldritch horror that: A) can bend time, and B) is a sore loser.

Justin Thyme is not a good man, nor one destined for glory. He was meant to die in obscurity, yet another level 82 Templar that was just about to get chewed up by a horde of skittering monstrosities clawing at humanity's last enclave.

One short conversation with a time-splitting monstrosity later, and Justin finds himself flung five years into the past-right when the Earth was first chosen to host the 9,947th Gladiatorial Games.

Justin must now do all that he can to help save the world from crumbling under the twin pressures of monsters and murderers. But it's not all about grinding experience, gaining the most levels, and kicking the most ass. He can't even stand out too much, lest he draw the attention of the other eldritch horrors observing Earth's struggles for their amusement.

No, it's all about making the right connections, sowing the seeds of hope, culling the pests causing despair...oh, and exploiting the hell out of the System with his "borrowed" ability to tweak time to his advantage.

©2021 Burt Wrenlaw (P)2021 Tantor

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  • JJ
  • 10-25-21

Pretty okay first book. Ravenous desire for book 2

I don't like to write reviews since I'm clumsy with my words. that being said I took a risk on this book and i want others to give it a chance as well.

I really wasn't expecting much, crunchy is usually code for lots of numbers and statistics without story. and while the book does have all the stats read out continuously, this does not detract all that heavily from the absolutely fascinating and very entertaining story. ((I enjoyed this book a lot!)) The main character is reasonably likable which is a lot more than I can say for other books. and his growth feels natural without being forced or rushed. A well-rounded set up for book 2. We don't spend a lot of time with secondary characters but the few that are there feel mostly fleshed out.

But the Cliffhanger at the end absolutely had me raving and hunting to see if I can get a head start on the next book. it appears the author is still working on book 2. and I simply cannot wait to get my hands on it!

This is most definitely a young adults book. Don't recommend for this sophisticated reader. but for anybody who just enjoys a good brain candy story, this is for you!

Please forgive any spelling and grammatical errors.

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  • 12-17-21

What the...The Confederacy won PLUS racist rant?

This book has suspicious undertones throughout the beginning but ya try to give it the benefit of the doubt. Even when you find out it's set in a world where the Confederates won the US Civil War. Kinda out of off or stereotypical minority characters are there. But you still could give it the benefit of the doubt or just go along with it.

That is...up until the point where we find out that the character was part of a violent KKK-type group, coyly slips the question of whether he's still kinda racist against people of color, and he goes on an entire rant in his mind while talking to a black general. It goes almost exactly like:

He kinda liked this general. It couldn't have been easy to rise up the ranks in the Confederate Army as a black man. There are 2 kinds of black people. One, a small but loud minority, all braying about how tough they've had it and their victimhood and the need to address how they've been treated. Even though slavery was abolished in 1906 and segregation ended in the late 90s. They still wanna complain. The other kind, a silent majority, were just happy to finally be getting a fair shake. This general seems to be in *that* group. He's alright with me.

Like... the author takes time out of the book to write almost exactly that. A good chunk of the above is almost word for word. It comes out of nowhere and it just... you can't give out all the benefit of the doubt anymore.

The book is nowhere near good enough to get away with it, either. There's not enough there to focus on if you're going to ignore the racist undertones and sometimes overt stuff. Well... now I know. Not the author for me.

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Could've been better, hopefully book 2 is better

So, I gave this a listen and almost returned it right away because of how weak and unorganized the MC was in the start letting himself be a pawn. The only thing that stopped me is that he has some ability to kill people, but if it doesn't get better this story is done at book 2.
Let's get into the problems now. The MC is sent back in time to help humanity survive, but is so afraid to lead that he has to be a pawn and hides. He is then controlled by people who have little to no understanding of what the real big picture is and has to play politics. I could think of 10 different ways he could have done better right off the bat, but I went with it. What got me was the willingness of the author to dumb down the MC and weaken him as the book went on for what reason idk, as well as not even giving 1 or .5 exp for killing a goblin. This was bad. I also don't think that slavery fighting will or could work because you are strengthening the people you have imprisoned, so yeah not going to work because I also thought of ways to beat it.
finally, I say give it a try and see, it's not the worst thing that has come in the litrpg market, but it's not anywhere close to the best. If book 2 doesn't make this MC more ruthless and stronger by building a stand alone class this book is over because he even says he can't depend on anyone else so yeah.

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Very unique time reversal story

It seems like a common trope in this genre is to have the MC's skills with fighting to make them virtually invulnerable in the early times to people of their level, and to have had them be a pinnacle of humanity at the end before reverting. This MC breaks all those tropes, and it makes for a very compelling story.

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Same stat readings 3x in less than 5 minutes?!

Seriously.. What?

I took at chance on this because it sounded awesome, and it starts out awesome too.

However, its like the author is padding out the time to make the book longer.
At one point, the MC changes his HUD around 3 times, and each time he does so, all his values are read out, like, what the actual fudge?! I figured "Okay.. Just the author getting into the swing of things.. Right?". But nope, later during a battle, the author writes out the current and maximum health, stamina and mana each time the dude gets hit, its annoying and takes you out of the experience.

Worst part? The author knows its annoying, he makes a point of explaining that the MC turns off all the "annoying" notification about experience, health, stamina, mana, damage and so on, yet still insists on writing them out so WE have to listen to the damn things!

Then, later on, the story just skips forward to a battle, like the author is rushing the story becaue he doesnt have enough time to explain it all.. Heres an idea, skip explaining the stats 5 times in less than 10 minutes to tell us about all the awesome spells and what they do over and over again, and explain the story instead?

If you took out all the repeating stat screens and explanations of health, stamina and health so it was only explained once per chapter, the book would likely only be around 8 hours long.. Good concept, bad execution.

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really good

I think I really like how this first book ended. In fact I was kind of giddy and started looking for the sequel to it in paperback or electronic. I just couldn't help but laugh I think this story is overall fantastic and I think that the creator should definitely consider making a book two in the next year.

it started off strong and got stronger. I really enjoyed this book guys I don't know if I can say that again without it becoming redundant.

I thought the human race in this book was completely screwed.

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Overall I really enjoyed this audiobook. Interesting story and unique character. The universe this audiobook is based in, is actually very interesting and a very unique way of telling a story🤔. This audiobook touch on racism. what it means to be a patriot. fighting for the greater good. redemption. if you’re thinking about listening to this audiobook, what I mentioned before can be said about pretty much any Litrpg. This audiobook main character is taken in a much different way than your typical heroic figure in other audiobooks. The premise is pretty typical. But I think the story will surprise most people that listen to it. I’m looking forward to listening book 2. It would be very interesting to see what direction the right circles with the character in the story.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-26-21

Get's real racist

Racism is taken up in such a way in this book that I feel like the author is kinda racist himself and not only the main character and alternative timeline earth he describes.

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  • jason
  • 10-24-21

One of the best

Great start to the series . Well written and great pacing . Plenty of action . Well worth the credit and the narration was excellent

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-23-21

Good book

I Really enjoyed it not 2 long, and story was complete. Still left room for a sequel which I hope he makes.

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  • Jim Brodie
  • 10-12-21

Great Beginning

The first quarter is slow going but ramps up to be quite enjoyable some of his flashbacks seem to come out of left field of what he did in his first life
Looking forward to next book