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When the Alpha Event struck Earth, the rules of reality itself were rewritten. Millions died as the world was transformed into a lethal realm of magic and monsters.

Yet somehow, an overweight, out-of-shape construction supervisor managed not just to survive the apocalypse, but inadvertently became an reluctant hero after saving thousands from one of the many monsters spawned by the mana storm.

Now, Adrian Fitzgerald is slimmed down, leveled-up, and ready for the dangerous journey back home to his wife and kids. But the Interface he's spliced with has other plans. Creatures even deadlier than the Bird are almost certainly threatening survivors on the road to Melbourne, and as Adrian learns more about the rules and systems that govern this new reality, he's called to a duty greater than just his own survival.

Thousands of souls are counting on his newly-acquired strengths and skills, and the Interface is challenging Adrian to choose between his own desires and continuing along the path towards a destiny he'd never realized he'd been capable of.

Which will he choose?

Delay is the second book in Alex Kozlowski's thrilling Alpha Physics series, a powerful post-apocalyptic litRPG saga.

©2021 Alex Kozlowski (P)2021 Podium Audio

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Stupid safety

Got to chaper 11 (3 hours roughly) and was more frustrated at the author for repeating those two words (see headline) over and over and over and over again. The character is stupidly safe. In the first book, he took risks and was confident to an extent, but now he regressed. He over thinks the same issues. I don't think this book is bad, but I am tired of "stupid" & "safety" being used to describe the character actions or behavior.

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soppy and poorly connected

log entries?
rather than properly emote a separate thinking entity the same voice of the author smears the read.
there are only 2 log entries making each of the entire entries a waste of text. In short write the entries and reactions separately then shuffle in the story when you write, Kozlowski, otherwise the half effort adds nothing.

Those of us expecting continuity of the alpha physics stories would appreciate the development of skills and the honing of those skills described as you have occasionally done in the past. What better way to develop character progression than a journey story. This one, face plants over the telling and remains a weakening attempt as time in tale progresses. I don't blame the author, I blame an editor that let the second half of the book collapse undeveloped and honed.

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Normally do not leave poor reviews

I got through the first had issues but I was willing to give this book a try. I made it about 3 hours in and returned it. Which I normally never do.

The litrpg elements that was put in the book made me just frustrated, for a multitude of reasons. An example would be making the MC's version of the interface work in decimal points? I mean if 1.1 was basically 11 for others why not make that the way for everyone? It just seemed overly complicated for something that is already complicated. Makes it hard when you talk about anyone else besides the MC. Really makes it less impactful when thing with the MC changes. Nothing is more exciting that them MC getting a .1 increase in a stat!

From the previous book. One thing I thought was crazy is that the whole system was designed to help. So they put put in classes, levels, skills, "paths" and other litrpg elements but there are no quest. Ok no quest, I get it Life is not a Game, but there are loot boxes for betting a raid boss!! There are non-combat paths in the system but there is no way for them to advance without combat, Seems like a serious oversight by the beings behind making this system to "help" new races knowing that there would be a portion of the population that would need to advance but are not suitable for combat. The people fighting need equipment and other supporting elements to advance but if they want it they have to do themselves because there is no other way for people to level without combat. Sort feels like the systems was made by beings who believe in "Jesus helps those that help themselves."

Not for me. Best of Luck.

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slow start

kept repeating insecurities went over the same subjects over and over in the beginning slow burn to get going

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Good but still it is questionable

This was an enjoyable story with an excellent background but. I have had it up to here with how whiny the main character is. I swear in every chapter he has to whine and whine and whine about something. This is a good story if you can get through the main characters constant internal complaining or regrets. I honestly did not mind that in the beginning because it made him very human but now that two novels have gone by and it hasn’t slowed down one bit it’s just becoming repetitive and depressing. There are many Systems Apocalypse storylines out there, cover the whole range in this genre and since I’ve read a lot of them I distinguish them by nature of the main character. In this one I would classify it as the whiny system apocalypse story.

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expected more but wasnt bad.

First book was much better but this one wasnt bad just expected more from it. hopefully it was just a set up for the next one to be amazing. regardless I will be continuing the series and am looking forward to the next one.