• Convergence

  • Convergence, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (3,961 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From New York Times bestselling author Craig Alanson comes a thrilling new series that melds action-packed urban fantasy with his signature humor, read by none other than award-winning narrator R.C. Bray.

My name is Kazimir Wolfe. People call me "Kaz", except they don’t. I never use my real name; it’s too dangerous, for me and for anyone I meet.

I’m on the run from the law, who think I killed my aunt, and from whoever did kill her, because they want to finish the job. So, I move around a lot, working construction or whatever job I can find. It’s a lonely life. I don’t let anyone get close...people who get close to me end up dead. Why?

I’m a wizard. The world’s only wizard, as far as I know. I don’t have a wand or a sword, and I don’t ride a dragon. I carry a Glock, and drive around in a beat-up RV with a talking dog.

Yeah. The talking dog was a surprise to me, too. Duke is inhabited by the spirit of a 3,000-year-old wizard from Babylon, and he’s a good dog, but he is still a dog, and that’s a problem. Like, he still thinks squirrels are his mortal enemy. And that I don’t feed him enough. How did the spirit of a wizard reach across millennia, to our time? I don’t know.

The truth is, I’m not much of a wizard, because there’s not much magic in the world for me to work with. But there used to be magic. And magic is coming back as our world converges with the Nether.

Unless I can stop it.

©2022 Craig Alanson (P)2022 Podium Audio

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How did this get passed an editor?

I'm... not quite sure how this book gets written. I'm about half way through and I'm having to force myself not to bang my head against a wall.

Forget the synopsis. This story has been 'Modern Man Explains Why Tech Isn't Magic To Time Travellers' for HOURS.

Couple that with tedious dog gags and the MC being Joe Bishop 2.0 and I'm honestly struggling with this one.

I'll power through and update this review if necessary. I highly doubt it.

A tip though, maybe don't make magic and the urban fantasy world you're creating as dull as hospital walls?

edit 1: A few more hours in and it hasn't gotten any better. So why update? Just to rant a little more about Wolf being Joe Bishop 2.0. Infinitely, frustratingly self-deprecating, constant random food tangents (likely from a hungry Alanson while writing) and really ignorant, rice-paper thinly veiled social commentary that's really just 'profound insights' direct from the author's mind.

The incident in particular that triggered this little update is Bishop, I mean Wolf, not wanting to show the time travellers from the FOURTH CENTURY action movies because he didn't want to upset them - THE MEDIEVAL TIME TRAVELLERS - with how violent and crappy the modern world can be.

Just... next level stupid.

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It's not Expeditionary Force

I wanted to like this book because I love the other books with Skippy! I found my self frustrated by an imaginary dog that could talk. We spent a lot of time talking to a dog and not going into things like plot. It did not feel like it had the same dynamic as the Ex force books.

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yikes

this definitely feels like an author who has never read an urban fantasy. we like magic. the dog stuff was way over done. there are much better options out there than to listen to this painful thing for 17 hours.

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meh

r.c bray as always was great. story...not so much. just kinda drags on and on. jumps around to past memories and different characters without notice, dry dialog etc. had to return it.

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What’s with the jailbait ?

Hey Alanson , can you toss a couple birthdays on the female minor in the story you have the main character sexualizing and being attracted to? Jesus man, this is cringe.

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the dog angle gets old really fast

I want to enjoy the book... based on the synopsis, I thought I would and yes it mentions a talking dog how ever I think too much time is spent explaining things to a dog or arguing with dog, at least let the wizard take over.. something to move the story along.

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A lot of filler but hopefully it gets better.

Pretty much the whole book is filler. It spends a lot of time with things that have nothing to do with the plot. In general only 2-3 things really happen in the whole book the rest is pointless filler and conversation. Some is funny but most gets repetitive after a while. This whole book could have been over in like 5 chapters with out it. Pretty much nothing happens in the entire book of any importance until the end. Very little is explained other than saying over and over again that the main character doesn’t know anything and it’s not his fault he didn’t know anything. I mean this point is brought up like 15-20 times. Very little is explained about the mystery groups or magic or anything really. Finally at the last 20 min of the book you get a chance but nope ends the book with no more explanation than it had already done. I hope this series isn’t going the same road as expeditionary forces as soon many of those books are just pointless redundant filler. This is maybe half a book at most. RC bray as always delivered a wonderful audio experience.

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Pedophile

the main character directly looks at one of the knights in a sexual way Repeatedly even after saying she's a minor and under the age of 18 he will repeatedly say how disgusting it is that other characters look at her that way considering she's a minor but then he will directly say something sexual about her about how hes a man and she is beautiful and he has needs he can't explain it he understands why they're looking at her like that but they shouldn't because it's disgusting but then he'll mention how he needs to get a baseball cap even though he thinks girls putting a pony through the back of a baseball cap is extremely hot I don't need to read ahead to know she will be a love interest with him and it's disgusting there's no reason for the character to be a minor if you wanted a sexual relationship between them then you should have made her an adult it's extremely alarming

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rc bray.....good job.
Craig Alanson.... this isnt book 6+ in a series where you can have nothing happen for 15 hours. if you need help hire me. you have to move the story along man. Ive been frustrated with ex-force for awhile (like all the aliens we know nothing about), but im determined to finish. You come up with brilliant concepts and characters then never develope the plot....until the very end. more needs to happen. you are streaching what should be 1 book into 3-4 books. please look back at your early work and bring some of that storytelling and pacing into your work.

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OMG a slow, plodding bore by a master narrator

You will get more action at a retirement center than in this book. Seriously, the Dog is a weak Skippy, main is a redundant snooze....this book is like 75% explaining modern times to new people ad nauseum and another 10% food tangents. NOTHING interesting happens. No action....I am down to just under 2 hours and I am forcing myself to finish. The dog thing gets old...he really is just a morose Skippy...

This is like ex-force if Bishop just rambled into a pod-cast for hours with no point. Seriously, I cannot believe this is the same guy that wrote Ex-force.

White Bray could make the dictionary sound interested, even he cannot save this slog. Such a Bummer.

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  • Per Vejbirk
  • 08-04-22

Craig do it again and Bray nails it.

While this book might not have been my first choice as it's not normally the genera I listen to. I have been enjoying Craigs books since Expedition force book 4 (as in how fare the series had gotten when I found it and got book one :P) Duke steal the show just about every time he opens his doggy mouth and Wolf is a great character rights from the start. It should be noted that as of this review I am only about 4 hours into the book but it have had my attention right from the start with Craigs awesome way of telling a story and making it interesting. AND of cause it is preformed beautiful by Bray like always!

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  • Andrew
  • 08-29-22

Slow. Despite success still hasn't learned to edit

Edit. Edit. Edit. Those are the three things Craig Alanson needs to work on.

Another pretty good concept, but killed by mundane repetition of the same patterns and very slow story development.

R C Bray as always does a good job, but the material is rather limited.

I enjoy Expeditionary Force, largely due to the Skippy / Joe dynamic, and I can see the attempt here for Duke to be the comic equivalent of Skippy, but once the "me hungry doggy, ooooh what's that smell" angle has been beaten to death and still no progress with plot I gave up and moved on with my life.

I almost never walk away from a book without finishing it, but I couldn't bring myself to keep going with this one. This author could consistently loose 4 hours from his books and gain a huge amount in quality.

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  • Phil Hare
  • 08-04-22

An excellent start to the series

Yet again the combination of Alanson and Bray has resulted in a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-04-22

Excellent book establishing a new world

it is an excellent book establishing a new world for Craig. it has a familiar sense to it, as many of its characters are written in a very Exforce manner. the pace is a bit slow, but it picks up towards the end, once the characters are a bit established in our minds.
Bad points in my opinion is all this food talk. seems in all books we get a very detailed description of what the characters are eating

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  • Peter R. Finch
  • 08-03-22

Brilliant

Loved it. Good tale, not my usual fare but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The combination of Messrs Alanson & Bray was, as always, both the attraction and the reward. Thank you both, looking forward to the next adventure.

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  • nigel a milne
  • 08-03-22

Who's a good boy??

Duke is obviously, that Labrador steals the show from Mr Wolf and he is a great character. Funny. has suspense and intrigue and is a VERY enjoyable story. And Bray is his usual excellence. Highly recommended.

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  • jason
  • 08-03-22

Amazing

Highly recommended Listening to it
I Couldn't stop listening and I couldn't stop laughing

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-02-22

DONT EXPECT EXFORCE RIGHT OFF THE BAT NUMPTIES

I am a fan, therefore Craig gets my support.

Book really gets going about halfway, and accelerates towards the end.

Stick with it.

Lord Bray is awesome as always.

Next book will be awesome.

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  • Scot Gardiner
  • 08-28-22

Don't trust the reviews...

There's not a lot of story here, it feels like a mystery box with a few zany characters that aren't well developed due to too many history lessons and tutorials on how the modern world works.

I think this series will be another one that lasts forever with no real resolve.

I say don't listen to the review because there's a lot of Expeditionary Force fans that clearly love the author and, in my opinion, are over rating this story.

There's a cheap scene with Duke towards the end too that I hated.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-15-22

New adventure , new cast , new laughs.

I really enjoyed this story , I like the articulation of the author and his captive sense of humour. A must for the Skippy fans , duke is awesome. Keep up the great work Craig.

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  • Dustin
  • 08-24-22

Joe bishop and Skippy as a dog

Our main character (wolf), initially started with his own unique personality. but as the book has progressed, the writing seems more and more familiar with Joe (Barney) Bishop from the other series.
Now this might just be because the narrator is the same? but I suspect not.

Other than that, about half of this book is just him talking to a talking dog (which is as dumb as it sounds). Later we introduce other characters to the modern wonders of technology and food. which is fun to read but... can we have something with substance please?

Getting to the half way mark, I am starting to get more interested because things are happening now. and we are less focused on talking dog dialogue.

I will finish the book and edit this review with final thoughts.


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Can confirm there is only about 6 hours of interesting story development. the rest is just filler dialogue.
New character introduced, I won't spoiler it, but... lots of similarities to Skippy.

and to my horror... it hurts to write this. there was a moment when the new character was explaining something to Joe .. I mean, Wolf. They actually said ..

'break it down Barney style' (this dropped my review from 2 stars to 1, I honestly died a little inside when listening to this part)

It is a direct quote from the other books in a totally different series when Joe Bishop was driving a Van with Barney painted on the side.

don't get me wrong, the ideas in this series are good..
but I can't help but feel Craig is taking too much influence from his Skippy books. they might as well be the same characters rinsed and repeated in a fantasy theme.

I will probably try out the next book in this series as it did get interesting at the end with a stranger things vibe. But I will be holding my breath the whole time.

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  • Hawk
  • 08-02-22

Heavy Handed

The having to over explain everything to a dog gets thin real fast.

It's an ok premise but Alanson is his own worst enemy and the story feels like a tired cliche. Brays narration is good except when he can't pronounce Maori .... it is not mayo-ree.

This book will be appreciated more by a YA audience for its doggy humour.

Wow, its been 9 days since I purchased this and besides listening to 2.5 hrs on the first day, I have no inclination to continue with this book, let alone the series. Life is too short for this sub-grade pulp. For urban fantasy I will stick with Harry Dresden and The Rivers of London series, and if I need a talking dog I will rewatch Wilfred.

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  • Raymond D
  • 09-30-22

I wasn't a fantasy fan, but I guess I am now

I wasn't keen on this book when I first read the blurb and listened to the sample. It sounded very interesting compared to ex-force and I was more of a sci fi fan. I gave this a go anyway because it was Craig Alanson and I have no regrets. This was very well written. Definitely skippy vibes in there. Pretty much ex-force again but without the spaceship and aliens.

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  • kris
  • 09-27-22

Another great story and performance

Loved this first chapter of the new series and can't wait for more. The characters are very likeable and the story kept me interested.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-24-22

a talking dog y not

i thought this was just an average book but then i got sucked into the story the next thing i new the book was fimished a good book does that

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  • Alex
  • 09-19-22

Another amazing book by Craig Alanson and RC Bray

I loved this book, the humour, the characters the storyline all of it. I cannot wait for the next one.

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  • SonOfHenry
  • 09-07-22

Awesome start to a new series

A really good plot that really sets things up for the series ahead, great characters you can't help but sympathise with and like, all wrapped up with Craig Alanson humour and the brilliant narrative of the awesome R C Bray...

You'll walk away from this one not understanding Dogs better...

Am now counting the days for book #2...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-07-22

Love the talking dog Isaiah

An absolutely fabulous novel by Craig Alanson with an excellent narration. I hope I don’t have to wait long to find out what happens next.

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  • Jason
  • 09-07-22

good story but I'm still hungry

pretty good story read well. I wonder how long till the next one will take

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-30-22

if your looking for a book after exforce

you will definitely find alot of similar things you enjoyed about the Joe Skippy relationship in this book and a few inside jokes great read R.C bray as allways does a magnificent job bringing the story to life

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