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Publisher's Summary

An existence spent being forced to kill others to satiate a monster. 

Where the only thing to look forward to was the blessed, if brief, period of time between paying that bribe. 

Except that very same monster is and isn’t Rene. 

It just happened to live inside his own mind and force him to do what it wanted. Rather than being an actual monster. 

That was Rene’s entire life until a fateful day changed that. Where he died in a mission gone wrong. 

When he met the Watcher in the afterlife, and took on a new life. A life of idyllic bliss that involved having a family. 

Until he was kidnapped and taken to a new city. A city where Rene broke free, set down roots, opened a business, an orphanage, an underground gang, and began taking over. 

Rene has become the Hood, the Mask, and young Anatolis all in one. 

Where he continues to take more power with the Anatolis bankroll, his blade, or someone else’s blood. 

Except as he gains more power, he becomes more of a target. 

With every day, more people are targeting one of his lives and what they can take from him. 

The city is about to be pitched head-first into the front lines of more than one fight to the death. 

It has no idea, and it’s one true defender is a serial-killer turned hitman who became a bounty-hunting money-lender that moonlights as a gang leader. 

All before the month is over. 

Warning and minor spoiler: This novel contains graphic violence, undefined relationships/harem, unconventional opinions/beliefs, and a hero who is as tactful as a dog at a cat show. Listen at your own risk.

©2020 William Arand (P)2021 William Arand

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If you were looking forward to book 2 .....

*sigh* The first book provides not a new concept but one with an interesting twist to the character. He is very flawed, dealing and coming to terms with himself and his monster. There are character conflicts, juggling miltiple personae as well as dealing with multiple relationships that don't know about each other.

Conflict is good, keeps a readers/listeners interest. All conflicts and flaws are removed within the first hour of this book. The multiple women are just all happy to share the MC with no questions. The revelations of the MC and who hes is and his past is met with a "meh" from the group and left me just confused. The build up was for nothing.

I am about 3.5 hours in the MC's "harem" is now up to 10. All but 2 are forgettable throwaway damsels in distress with such cheesey dialogue that I cannot finish this book.

The Narrator doea a great job with what she can.

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over the top

William, please tone down the crazy nymphs when you are on the PG side of the house. you have a score of books by two different authors all telling the same story. but William D. Arand is supposed to be the PG side.

second, Andrea P. has the most amazing range. I mean WOW!

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Not as good as book one.

If you have followed William D. Arand starting with Otherlife Dreams, you know that his series overlap. This is interesting and enjoyable for the fans. The leading male protagonist in Monster Mercy 1 & 2 has considerable potential. He is a very colorful character. However, I felt that in this sequel he was overshadowed by his harem and defanged and declawed. He wasn't as strong as he was in the first book. That doesn't mean that the book wasn't enjoyable. It was entertaining. Mr. Arand does a good scifi story and has a flair for harems. If you are a fan than it isn't a bad pick. It just isn't as good as the first book and the male protagonist was disappointing.

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  • 07-29-21

Too much harem

The action is great and the narrator is fantastic, although male voices often sound too similar, requiring context clues to distinguish who's speaking. The harem aspect was boring and clumsy, with characters frequently grinding the story to halt while they profess, at length, their fanatic and inexplicable devotion to Rene. Nearly every female character is attracted to him, even if they only know him as a masked serial killer. The author's other titles handle it better. Here, it was annoyingly predictable by the end.

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Really like the first book disapointed with the se

I enjoyed the first one story a lot I also appreciated that the "harem" didn't actually involve any sex yet the second book just mentioned and left to the imagination which was nice for a change but still that was just way too many girls they really would have been better off with three to five cuz how's the girls you couldn't even remember the name

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  • 07-14-21

Awesome!

The cross-series tie-ins come thick and fast in this one so things are definitely building in the Runnerverse. This is a typical WDA book with harems which build beyond the management capacity of any mortal man. Anyway, a good read that moves well, and some diverse action broke things up effectively without derailing the story.

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The action wasn't bad.. The romance juvenile.

How the main character can go from brutally gutting someone with a knife to an embarrassed pre-teen virgin like seeing his first naked person every other sentence is beyond me.

I generally don't have an issue with harem fantasy but there's just no believing that such an awkward sexual person could handle more than 1 partner.

I really struggled with the narration. Every female voice sounded like a baby's. It really deflates the sex appeal when awkward child voices are attempting to talk dirty. It was just a very hard listen.

I had thought that since I made it through the first book a while back that this would go better since I had hopefully worked past the character build ups and such.. If anything it was more difficult. I think I'm going forego the rest of the series.

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Only one thing missing

The only thing missing was the glorious blooper reel at the end. Come on! That was priceless!

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Worst book of the expanded universe...

... by a good margin. Nothing really happens for the vast majority of the book. The harem aspect, instead of being a useful plot aspect, is heavy handed to the point of verging on a teenage boy's self-indulgent fantasy. While the madness of the brothel girls is generally well done, they are just annoying on the whole, particularly Stockholm Syndrome Rose. The villains are mostly incompetent (nobody is expected to notice the difference between Rene, Aurora and a cat-girl's shape thanks to their cloth masks...) and throw-away. On the whole, the book is largely uninteresting other than the parts that tie into the rest of the universe. Though if you skip it outright, you really won't miss anything.

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Excellent

This is one of my favorite series of William D Arand, it’s so nice to finally get it on audiobook and of course by the incomparable Andrea Parsneau. The characters are marvelous the story is fantastic- funny, suspenseful and draws you ever deeper into Rene’s world and mind. The sculpting of the story by Andrea is marvelous as always she certainly enhances an already marvelous story. I truly love her work and William’s writing which I have already read many times! I can’t wait to get the 3rd book!

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  • Daryl peter lambrou
  • 11-06-21

another belter

just another addicting book series from mr arand this book has a great story and the characters are great theres great growth from the start book 3 please lol

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  • James glazier
  • 07-20-21

Great book

please hurry up with the next audiobook this is a great series I love it