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Publisher's Summary

Tolkien meets Shock and Awe 

Orcs. Trolls. Wraith riders. Dark wizards. Together, they form an unstoppable force. Or so they thought. 

Dark Army...meet the US Army Rangers. 

When a Joint Task Force of elite Rangers are transported to a strange and fantastic future where science and evolution have incarnated the evils of myth and legend, they find themselves surrounded, pinned down, and in a desperate fight for their very survival - against nightmares of flesh and blood made real. Which means only one thing. 

It’s time to Ranger up and stack bodies. 

The forces of evil have no idea how dangerous a Ranger has been trained to be, and once the action starts, it won’t let up in this no-holds-barred, full-auto, epic battle for survival in the Forgotten Ruin. 

From the creators of Galaxy's Edge....

Buy in, and jock up for this thrilling WarGate adventure. A battle unlike any other is calling. 

©2021 Jason Anspach & Nick Cole (P)2021 WarGate Books

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Can't decide between Military Sci-Fi or Fantasy?

Well, here's the solution to your conundrum. Told from the POV of some hardcore Rangers (as if there were any other kind), this story is the start of another great series from Anspach and Cole. Instead of fighting amazing aliens and twisted sci-fi humans, now we're taking on the magical and the bizarre (happily, the 240 cares not when it's angry and cyclic).

And when they run out of ammo, that's when a Ranger PFC gets to use a magic staff to channel their inner Harry Dresden and really go to town on the baddies. I mean, what's not to love?

Just like their excellent Galaxy's Edge series, the characters are all relatable and identifiable if you've spent anytime in the military (or just been around your share of military personnel). Perhaps they wanted to throw a bone to us nerd POGs, because the main character is a linguist who finds himself playing Ranger alongside the "real" hardcores and that makes me cheer for him all the harder. (Even if he breezed through DLI.)

Also true to form, the book is perfectly fine as a stand alone novel, but the authors already have book two coming. So unlike some authors with three initials and too many HBO deals, you don't have to worry about running out of entertainment or not getting sufficient bang for your buck (and resolution to the plot)!

These authors are on my "buy immediately" list for Audible and my Kindle. You might not end up enjoying their books quite as much as I do, but if you take the chance on them I bet at the very least you'll have a blast!

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A little less exposition please

I like the book but the constant yammering in the form of eronious imagery and long tangential verbal diarrhea gets to me a bit.

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The best of all the Anspach & Cole Offshoots.

If this book doesn’t reach out and touch that part of your soul that loves stories, that feels brotherhood, and dreams of killing Orcs, well…you have no soul, and maybe you should do something about that. There wasn’t anything in this novel that I did not love. As a vet, I will say the authors nailed the ideology and behaviors of a group of combat arms soldiers at war, and in this case, it happened to be Rangers. I related with MC’s obsession with coffee more than I should admit, but once the Rip-It tabs were popped, I immediately placed this at the top of my favorite fantasy (and honestly, military) book list. It’s the little things that made the difference for those of us who have spent time in the company of men like these. It’s the smoke sessions, the one guy that marries the stripper and will forever be a PFC, the small words of leadership that to the entitled would yield a middle finger, but to those who have served, will keep them moving when there is nothing left in the tank. Those things. They're small things, and yet so huge. I hope this series continues, and I hope the grit, and determination, and brotherhood, and dark humor, and all the other Rangering continues until the end. Jason and Nick, you nailed this one and it’s ridiculous you managed to stir up some forgotten memories within me in a book about Orcs and Wizards. But I guess it’s not about them at all. It’s about Rangers, and every other combat arms soldier that’s served. You almost got a tear from me, and for that, I’m going to go put my back against a wall, get into a riding position, and ride an imaginary Harley across the U.S. until my legs give out and the walls sweat. Thank You for this one men.

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Outstanding mix of modern and fantasy fiction!

Absolutely loved the book. My buddies and I, when we were in the field or deployed, used to sit around and wonder what it'd be like if a company of hard charging Soldiers were transported to an alternate dimension. This book delivers it on a scale that knocks it out of the park! Can't help but think that all those years of playing D&D in secret paid off!!
Listening to the creed got me a little misty too as recited alongside.

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Reviewed on an advanced copy due to preorder.

When I first saw the concept of the book I was expecting to read an American version of the anime GATE, I was pleasantly surprised. Anspach and Cole were able to take the modern equipment and tactics of the US military and show how it would preform in a realistic way when met with an enemy that either doesn't feel fear, or fears the bark and bite of rifles far less than the magic of the new world.
The way this book integrated high fantasy and military fiction was a sight to behold and I cant wait to get ahold of Book 2.
Be Meaner than it!

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Summary: Black Hawk Down meets Lord of the Rings...or Lord of the Rings meets Black Hawk Down.

If you've ever watched a fantasy movie and wondered, "I wonder what a light machine gun would do to those marching orcs," or "what if this D&D "ranger" was actually a U.S. Army Ranger," then this is the book for you. Great action and an original but familiar setting.

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Just get to the bloody story please...

We get it...we get it. Rangers are "Awesome." Could please get to the story without hours of exposition?!?!
I'm a fan of Jason and Nick, but this story sure beat a dead horse with incredibly tedious exposition. I want a fun story about Ranger's fragging Orcs and monsters, but I can do without the hours of not-so-subtle social commentary and conspiracy theories. I'm going to stick with Galaxy's edge when the series continues, but this new series is a no for me.

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All Battle Little Story

If this book is an indicator to the remaining stories in the series, those that are really into battle descriptions are in for a fun arc.
I am not one of those folks.
I really hoped for a lot more story and was overwhelmed by the constant battle.
I will not be going on in this story arc.

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Loved it

A Fun book. Shades of Glen Cook's The Black Company meets Tolkien's middle earth. Can't wait for the next one

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Does not Disappoint!

This book is everything you would expect from this creative team of authors and a little more.
This is a great stand alone but there could be more. (More Please!) Much better than most adult fairy tales (this isn't one but has done similar elements) and it's fun to see what happens when the military visits fantasyland.
I love that this book is appropriate for a PG-13 audience so I can share with anyone.
The narrator keeps the story moving along and gives an interpretation of the material that is thoroughly enjoyable.

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  • J. Wright
  • 06-26-21

I'm a fan

I came across the books of Anspach et al by chance and I have to say I'm a fan as other reviews have mentioned it's Lord of the Rings meets We were soldiers.
No story reveals just get a copy you won't be disappointed, roll on the next instalment.

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  • Peter Odukwe
  • 03-14-21

Definitely Sold on this!

Absolutely brilliant mashup. Waiting patiently for the next one. Great narrator by the way. Really got me from the first page.

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  • Len
  • 05-31-21

Promised little, delivered less

Had an extra credit to spare.. Thought I'd try this. Wasted. Incoherent story that goes nowhere. Runaway machismo with obsessive serial number gun fetish. One battle takes half the book and that's the better half. The rest is repeated bleating about coffee addiction and ranger magnificence. I'd yawn but I wasted enough energy on this already. Narration is poor with appalling accents. I'll have my credit back please..

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-19-21

GRATE

loved it, best listen for a while, couldn't turn it off
as good as R C Bray

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  • David Aylesbury
  • 05-02-21

Filled with racist dog whistles

I found this an uncomfortable listen.

Apart from the puerile adulation of violence and worshipful praise that’s heaped on it meat headed protagonists. This is a gossamer thinly vailed fable is in my opinion, laced with blatant racism.

The ‘enemy’ who are literally subhuman creatures (rendered into canon fodder for mindless trigger happy ‘patriotots’) are garbed in Chinese Coolie hats, Mullah’s robes and Babbling a hybrid language, a convenient mixture of German, Arabic and Chinese. This reads like a who’s who of races US Nationalists wants to view down a gun site.

The god like hero the writer lord as the paragon Ranger kind calls himself Thor and is of course blond with blue eyes. Far right groups have a history of co-opting Norse mythology btw.

If perchance this unsubtle racist flat shovel in the face escapes you and you can reasonably find fault with my analysis, I’d like to draw your attention to when the writers literally refer to Pakistanis as Paki’s

It a disgrace.

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  • steve
  • 05-01-21

BRILLIANT

Bit unsure to start with, very quickly got into it, story brilliant performance brilliant, can't wait for the next story, rangers, orks, elves and a vampire navy seal, BRILLIANT

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  • N. M. Kosky
  • 04-25-21

Seriously enjoyable

This was fun. A spec ops / middle earth mashup. Excellent story arc, good characterisation, likeable protagonist, interesting narrative structure and a superb vocal performance. Hurry up volume 2!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-12-22

Rangers rangering rangerly

A great adventure, narrated with mixed competence, but that may have been down to the script. narrator does do excellent voices for the characters, his Gandalf is pretty good.

The bad is the sheer lack of brevity. "Hey guys, remember how we're Rangers and we do ranger things?" The same information is hammered home every few chapters and several times I found myself yelling 'yeah, I got it bro. Ranger can be used as a verb. funny. Now tell a different joke!'

But otherwise, this is worth a gander if you are patient with it.

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  • David
  • 05-23-22

Way to much explanation not enough excitement!!

this was a struggle. the premise was interesting, but i just found the constant over explaining of every situation from the main character constantly removed me from the story. plenty of battles but slowed down so much by the over explaining, i forgot what they were fighting about. characters are very forgettable, as i found them very genric. so didn't care. Which is the feeling im left with about the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-20-21

outstanding

truly unique.excellent. thoroughly enjoyed this book a great idea well written. great. write more please

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  • Christopher Slee
  • 06-29-22

This book is bad

This book is bad and the author should feel bad for having written it.

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  • Harrison
  • 04-02-22

Cool...

The plot and premise may seem a little far out - "what would look like if a modern day real world army ever crossed with a fantasy world of yore? - but the execution is awesome. Narration is excellent, too.

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  • Phillip
  • 02-21-22

Not bad, but too wordy.

Plot good, Narration is fine, if uninspired. way too wordy a story though. too descriptive.

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  • Daniel Bouras
  • 01-05-22

Exceeded all expectations.

A Jason Anspach and Nick Cole book without R.C Bray... I was sceptical. Alas it was wasted energy. A mash of themes and genres executed brilliantly with a noteworthy performance by Ryan Grant.

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  • Feliks
  • 11-24-21

A painful rambling mess

I stumbled upon this audio book after finishing the Galaxys Edge (GE) series thinking that since GE is a master piece this story should be good too. Boy was I wrong...

This audiobook is very frustrating. The narrator is excellent and there are hints of a very compelling and interesting story but it's completely lost in a rambling mess of "magical fighting scenes" that just go on and on and are incredibly boring. It feels like the authors started the story arc and then handed it to a teenaged boy who plays LoTR/ Dungeons and Dragons and just let them pollute the whole book with incredibly boring and annoying battle scenes. I was also disappointed with how magically things would just appear out of nowhere to make the story progress. Also the weird fantasy about an 18 year old elf girl from a ranger who presumably is in his late 20s was awkward and gross.

If you came here from GE. Definitely give this book a pass. I'm bitterly disappointed the authors released this dumpster fire of an audiobook. Kudos to the narrator who had to read all this aloud. I suspect it would of been painful for them.

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  • JENNIFER
  • 10-13-21

Embrace the Fantasy

Loved it. Yes, just embrace the fantasy story line and enjoy the ride. A Great mix. As usual Anspach & Cole have delivered good depth of character and story. The battle scenes are so well written that a novice can grasp the complexities and experience the intensity. Love the slatterings of humor. I found the timing of explanations and side-bar additions to the story well situated. Could have had the addition of a couple of female rangers. Not as romantic, "oh I sprained my ankle", characters. If I can imagine Orcs, I can imagine female rangers. This was the first time I have listened to Christopher Ryan Grant. Loved his voice. I will now check out his other readings.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-17-21

The journey I didn't know I wanted!

Another great book from these authors, great performance (I'm always worried when I see an unfamiliar performer and was pleasantly surprised)

now to buy the next one!

KTF

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  • Pete
  • 05-13-21

Enjoyed it

Just enjoyed it. Liked the style and enjoyed and narrator is great. Hope to read more just like it.

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  • anthony laverty
  • 05-10-21

Jarhead meets lord of the rings

I was initially not taken with the story of this book but it grew on me very quickly as all the plot points fell into place. It is written in a very dark fashion as if the main character needed to get all of what he has experienced down on paper before the end comes.

I'm not going to beat about the bush! The way the story unfolds is not for everyone but if you like fantasy stories with a difference this is it.

I found the writing almost autobiographicaly poetic in an extremely gruesome way with an "all night forever feel" but with a glimmer of hope at its core.

If military or fantasy are your thing and your willing to endure a dark story with almost no heroes give this this book a try.

that's it review done...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-15-21

loved it

ill be cut if they don't make a 2nd book. loved every minute of it