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Publisher's Summary

After traversing the dangerous Dead Zone, Zac has finally managed to save his sister and bring her back to Port Atwood.

But Zac knows he can't relax. Not if he wants to keep her safe. The foreign factions keep spreading their influence, and ancient foes have set their sights on Earth.

With his newfound abilities, Zac has joined the Limited Hunt to gain the strength needed to protect his family and his world.

However, the System is unwilling to let Zac train in peace, and the hunt is not what it seems...

Don't miss Book Three of the hit Defiance of the Fall LitRPG series with over 20 ,illion views on Royal Road.

About the series: Jump into a story that merges LitRPG elements with eastern cultivation. Class systems, skill systems, endless choices for progression, it has everything fans of the genre love. Explore a vast universe full of mystery, adventure, danger and even aliens; where even a random passer-by might hold the power of a god. Follow Zac as he struggles to stake out a unique path to power as a mortal in a world full of cultivators.

©2021 Aethon Books (P)2021 Aethon Audio

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did some reviewers even read the book?

This series is one of the very few who has a cast of competent, real people who act like people would act if the story was reality. no whiners, no nagging, no idiots succeeding because plot armor. if you're dumb and greedy, like the guy who stole the water bottle, you die. the book makes a point of that.

literally nothing about Zac's character -- or any of the other main characters has changed.

before listening to part 3, I've relistened to book 1&2 back to back. nothing has changed. even with **** (no spoilers) he is still aware, thinking clearly and acting rational and in charge.

where did Zac change when it comes to women? where does he do "whatever women say"?? cause he teamed up with the Marshall clan ranker lady? cause he freed her from being a hostage?
maybe cause she literally saved his life before that??? could that be it? maybe because humanity needs to stick together?

and one line where the author mentions that Zac's would be absolutely ruthless when it comes to defending his family is 'out of character'??? the reviewer then rambles on about WW2 Germany??? non-sequitur much? wonder what the real problem is -- maybe that the author does *not* compare everything happening to real world history or politics and has no agenda except telling an amazing story?


It's quite tough to find good books on audible since you aren't able to sort by anything or search for style or genre. even if you copy paste the title and author audible sometimes acts like the book doesn't exist, but if you buy it on amazon for audible, it's there.

so reviews that completely misrepresent a book are really annoying. and people who click 'helpful' on those just ruin the platform.


the MC is one of the most alpha men in litrpg, which, as a genre unfortunately suffers from whiney brats and fools who need constant deus ex machines to stumble from victory to victory.

so I really dislike reviews that muddy the waters and --for whatever reason or agenda-- try to create the impression that one of the very few series who has a clear thinking intelligent and courageous MC is just the same trash as most.

reviewers disagree naturally on pretty much anything. but people who make up story / character changes or plot points should be banned.

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ignore the reviews

The characters of Zac is the same as ever. I have no clue why so many "helpful" reviews say otherwise. Just because you wouldn't do something or trust a character doesn't mean it was a bad decision or a change in character. The book has lots going on and lots of interconnected plots and interests.

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So it begins, the weakness of all MC

I don't get it why they always start weakening the MC in these books to make them so stupid no matter even if they're OP in power. Zack is starting to get stupid making simple and stupid decisions that you have to just scratch your head and say why, whenever he did something so different in the last book.
I also don't get why he was so afraid to ask for reparations from the Marshal clan after they cause 3 of his people to die. I say Zack in the earlier book was willing to almost kill an entire city for his sister, but letting his own people die. I say what if his sister had been in the battle and die, would he be fine with it or kill all the marshal clan? So, asking for simple reparations isn't much since that's also normal in human world as that happened in WW1 and 2, so yeah.
He also is constantly being rushed around by the people around him rather than focusing on getting stronger. I also don't get why he said he was willing to forgo the tower for instant power up and thinking that's of anything but a waste of time. This man was so calculating in the first book and is getting slower and much more stupid in his decision making that I hope it doesn't continue this way. We will see in book 4 because if it gets worse well, I'm out as I don't want it to turn into the good guy series or something like that.

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So, I really wish I could hold a true conversation with the reviewer who thought that I was so wrong that he wrote a review about my review. Let's be clear, I did go back and listen to all three like you did back-to-back and yes Zack has changed over the books, I do agree he is one of the most alpha MC in the Lit RPG world, but he's slowly becoming like the rest. He is less calculating, more overconfident and less willing to be a s ruthless as he was in book one whenever he was looking for his family and sister. It's just a fact, and basing Zack's behavior around normal human behavior isn't crazy, it just makes him more relatable. Normal humans need to have a consequence for an action, not just get away with it like the Marshal clan was able to whenever they allow their people to cause three people from Zack's army to die because of them being set up. You didn't answer the question I pose which was what if his sister had been one of the three to die, would Zack kill all the Marshal clan because of the betrayal? If yes, why can't he ask for reparations now?

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Cant wait for book 4!

Great third installment in the series. I can’t wait for book 4 to come out!

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Absolute. Masterpiece.

This book series could easily last another 10 years without getting stale. The way the author structured these books so perfectly to where the main character is building his town, his power, and everything else is at a PERFECT pace to keep you entertained the whole time. This audio series is easily tied for my top two series ever.

Narration was great, could easily tell the characters apart by the voices even before their name was said. Well done!

I NEED book 4 ASAP

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Fantastic!

This was a great addition to the series. This is becoming one of my favorite series. The narrator was excellent at bring the characters to life.

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NOT SAME CHARACTER FROM FIRST BOOK

the first book Zack did not succumb to his environment , but now in book three he seems to be pandering to that same environment. I get it some circumstances changed a bit, but the situation in the world has not gotten better so why is his character getting weaker (figuratively). the expositions also started to become background noise for me as there was quite a bit of it. I was very excited for this book, but my expectations were tempered a bit about a third of the way through book when started speeding up the narration.

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Definitely worth listening to…

This book is a decent listen. The problem I had was that it was too busy, the MC has so much going on that you just want him to do anything except talk about exposition. There has to be like four or five Massive team meetings (exposition chapters) in this book.

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Woodsman to edgy teen weeabo

Our hobo lumberjack has turned into a teenage weeabo. the story has devolved from suspensful post apocaliptic survival into a Chinese comic book given written form. I cry for its loss.

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This felt more like a bridge than a good tale!

I absodamnlutely loved listening to the first two books in this series but book 3 kinda sorta took the wind outta my head long dash to the end.
We find Zac where we left him in bk2 starting the limited hunt for stats and nortoriety and I felt that it was like a rehash of the beginning of the series, with Zac alone against the world, yawn. When the hunt ended and we finally get back to Port Atwood I found that the pacing slowed down to a crawl. There was so much world building and talking, that I actually felt like screaming! But the conclusion was good... So in my opinion this book was only written as a bridge to get us from book2 to book4 and I'm not sure 🤔 that I'll continue to follow Zac's adventures...

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  • Nicholaspoiuy
  • 12-04-21

Epic western Wuxai/ Xainxai. One of the best

I have completed audiobooks 1 to 3 now and am tempted to continue the story on RR, although I much prefer listening to the excellent narration of Pravi Proczko. I just do t know if I can wait till early 2022 for book 4.

JF Bri k is first amongst equals when it comes to western writers of Wuxai and Xainxai, progression, cultivation and semi lit rpg stories. If you loved Will Wrights epic series cradle or Shirtaloons He who fights monsters or the Dungeon Crawler Carl series or the Noobtown series or the reborn apocalypse or Begging after the end series, then you will absolutely love JF Brinks Defiance of the Fall. The story is massive in scope, incredibly detailed with many memorable characters. Yet, there is no filler. There is no self righteous mc pontification and internal dialogue. Instead, we get page turning action, great banter and dialogue between interesting villains and hero’s and their side kicks, and at all times the story remains tightly focused. I highly recommend all the books (soon to be four).

JF Brinks story is everything that the original CN leading authors of Wuxai and Xainxai have entertained us with. Zack’s story It is as expansive and fun to read as the adventures of Meng Hao in Er Gans I shall seal the Heaven or as Linden’s in IET epic coiling Drangon. So what more can I say: buy the books now.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-21-22

Its still pretty Good

The story keeps up the pace and the worldbuilding is amazing. Only reason it doesn’t get full pot is cause the power system “dao”, makes the characters talk a whole lot about it, which is kinda just empty talk. Would have gotten full score if the author slimmed down all the talking about.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-27-22

An enjoyable listen.

Really enjoyed this book and cant wait for the next installment, had no issues with the narrator either and I could understand people and work out who was who when in conversation.

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  • T C Halliday
  • 05-16-22

epic

loved it a great continuation to the story looking forward to the next one

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-24-22

I enjoyed it and can wait for next.

I am lucky to take my axe and clean wildlife small trees and listen to the adventure of Zack , to bad the wait time for next book is not next week.

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  • S Taylor
  • 12-31-21

Very enjoyable as always.

Such a long book but I am still sad when it comes to the end. I enjoy the world where it is set and enjoy the narration as well. Looking forward to the next installment when it comes :)

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  • Daryl peter lambrou
  • 12-29-21

Class

this book was so enjoyable I very much enjoyed the book the world is amazing and well done you get pulled in and want to dive deeper into the history and lore about the world the characters are very interesting there’s story’s are great they get more and more interesting as u progress and you see them grow and start to really like them and there storys the writing and narration was done very well i really can’t wait to start the next one

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  • Mardigann
  • 12-07-21

Far too heavy on the plot armor!

I've read a fair amount of Eastern Web novels and unfortunately what this series has in common with alot of the worst of them is the plot armour. This story is stuffed full of them! For one example the mc is challenged to make a choice against his morals, instead of him actually having to make the immoral choice the story just happens to pit him against someone who just gives up with no fight and kills themselves. Another is how he just makes assumptions of the system and the greater world that are just guesses but you guessed it are spot on... I can go on but you should have an idea of what I mean.

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  • travis
  • 06-02-22

cant wait for the next one

Loved the book, enjoy every part of every arc confused at the end, the levels changed from 70s to 50s again? performance was a little off on this one, the text didn't indicate any of the annoying emotions the narrator put forward at times. It was off putting

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  • NeitherSoldier
  • 03-15-22

Not much I can say but loved it

It’s really picking up and I love that can’t wait till I buy the 4th

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-10-22

Spoilers Ahead

Strongest woman on the planet becomes a damsel in distress. Twice. Kinda soured it for me as I really liked her as a top runner on the ladder. Otherwise a great instalment

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-08-22

Great/Spectacular

I honestly cannot wait for the next books in this series. Hard to get into as a whole but after the first little hurdle it steam rolled. I have barely stopped listening the whole time. If you are not into lit-rpgs this might be a good step into the genre

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-12-22

Enjoyed the series so far

Really Excited for how many books could be in this series, endless potential. Hopefully they don’t scale too fast and slowly build and create a exceptional universe.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-01-22

Rather Good

find the use of the word bisect, in any of its forms, used a touch too frequently.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-29-21

Awsome book

this book is a must listend to,the voices and narration is superb,congratulations on another stunning episode can't wait for the next book, i feel like the characters were real and had a mental picture of them.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-22-21

An Addictive LitRPG

Over the last 4 years I have been listening to as many litrpg / cultivation stories as possible.
This is by far my favourite one from the moment I started this series I was drawn in. From the character development to the story progression this book and series will just captivate you in.
After now finishing this book I find myself lost and wondering around feel sad thinking what do I do now? Which to me is how a story should make you feel.
So definitely buy.

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  • Penuser
  • 12-14-21

This series is GOLD!

Defiance of the fall is easily one of my top 5 favorite Litrpg series, and I'm always hanging out for the next installment.
Utter...utter...Gold!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-07-21

Good book

This a good addition to the series with more challenges and character growth for our MC the only problem I have with it is the first couple hours nothing happens to much. The voice was great overall 15/15