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Previously published as Rise of the Night Stalkers by Kurtis Eckstein

Genres: LitRPG / gamelit, post-apocalyptic, adventure fantasy

A male Deathstalker regains consciousness....

Waking up to discover the apocalypse had begun, and to find that I was no longer human, was not how I thought my day would go. But then again, I supposed I was thankful to just have another day to begin with, considering I’d apparently been a mindless monster for the last several months.

The city was a mess, with many buildings destroyed by massive black towers that rose into the sky like enormous thorns. And yet, despite all this, I was about to discover that the monsters and bizarre landscape weren’t the strangest things about the apocalypse.

At least, not if the visual hallucination that displayed game-like stats counted.

Prologue

As she got into position to strike, I quickly realized that stalking must truly come naturally to our kind, because the little demon proceeded to expertly sneak up on the man like a ninja, leaping onto his back and sinking her teeth into his neck.

I could hear the snap from here, as she broke his spine at the base of his skull, dropping him to the ground in an instant. However, the fact that I could hear it so loudly also meant that the other man did too.

He whipped his head around, just in time to see a four-legged creature dash behind another car.

Crying out in shock, he fired his gun a few shots after she had already vanished, only to run over to his partner in crime, continuing to point his weapon towards the car.

Little did he realize that she was already on the move the moment he glanced away.

Rise of the Deathstalkers is a full-length novel.

Genres: LitRPG / gamelit, post-apocalyptic, adventure fantasy

©2020 Kurtis Eckstein (P)2021 Kurtis Eckstein

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Big angry demon man is very angry all the time

Very salty anger man does very salty anger things. Responds to everything with super anger. And everyone else is always very, very, scared. Edge lord BS. But what did I really expect from this.

Spends way too much time thinking about points, stats, menus and other unnecessary things. I don't need an entire stat sheet read off every time you check a small thing. I don't need the time limits down to the milliseconds.

The constant internal monologue is ridiculous, for both the reasons stated above and also because its so fricken repetitive.

certain scene transitions are incredibly abrupt.



BREAKDOWN (spoilers)
First 4 hours: are the worst as far as edge lord nonsense.
next 4 hours: actually kind of ok, not great but ok.
next hour: Randomly murder time because their favorite human got stabbed and then while drugged has a guy
masturbate on her or something, it wasn't really clear specifically but something like that happened.
last hour: Fight with godzilla. blew up its head. Again, completely random.


Thank you for listening to my rant.

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It's a nice change of pace

I usually hate how mcs that are soposto be like villains always end up actually being a goody goody. There is some of that but it dosent seem like he is doing it just to be good more to satisfy people around him. I do feel like the end had a bit of plot armor and made no sense on how what happened worked. maybe it will be explained in the next one witch I'll absolutely be gutting.

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mixed feelings

I like this, but I feel like it would be better to cut the LitRPG elements. Being a mutated humanoid predator and evolving were compelling enough as is.
The gaming elements seemed out of place for a good chunk of the begining and didnt really add much to the plot for me.
I'm a fan of the Immortal series and was alittle disappointed with this. I also probably won't pick up the sequel.

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great story so far but

so I really like where the story is going I don't like the MC at all he's arrogant and selfish and I'm sure it's going to change but it just makes me not like him at all and he's an MC for Christ's sake he should like everyone but that's just me

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amazing!!

I cant wait for the next book! the MC wants to not care about anyone but slowly becomes attached to the others and the level up system is unique. if you like apocalyptic RRG books you need this one!!

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Dammit

It's kind of annoying how my time he overreacts when anything happens. Besides that I enjoyed this book

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Original story.

It's a solid story, Eckstein did that thing again with the MC where they're realistic and not always valiant and likeable. He's a person with flaws and grows as the story goes on.

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Good but!

An excellent story. I really enjoyed it though I’m not sure if I really liked the main character. People with anger management issues and the type of personality he shows it’s not something I’d like to see the main character. I know the story tried to show that he had a softer side just hidden under his gruff exterior but it still feels like sandpaper. If it wasn’t for this fact I probably would’ve given this review five stars.

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Pretty good so far..

1st Stupid thing: How does the mc not wonder immediately after eating the 1st monster if regular humans give more points?
2nd: The mc not realizing that the people attacking with gas mask on when he returns obviously have more info, and that he can get points from them. Dumb.
3rd: MC's internal dialog is annoying. Enough with "damnit" and "shit" over and over again. If you're going to have him use expletives all the time, then vary them. There are WAY to many better, and funner ones: "fuck", "mother fucker", "cock sucker" ,etc, etc.
4th: Sex ruins "innocence"? Are you an idiot? It "ruins" innocence about the same as finding out Santa isn't real- as in not at all. It's just a simple fact of a good, decent, life. Unlike the insane amount of violence she's endured- from seeing her sister with a knife sticking out of her to eating and brutally killing monsters. Get real.

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This one I like

if we could get more of this one, that'd be great. demon seer series, not so much.

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  • 09-03-21

I ... can't

Oki, so i listened through the whole thing, since it's was fun. Cheap and trashy kind of fun, like a fart joke, but still fun. The main character's monologues were hard to listen to though. Some of the monologues and dialogues were breathtakingly stupid. The degree to which the author betrayed his ignorance of basic science that his characters deliberate on in this story is astounding. No way that the narrator's performance was deserving of 5 stars, but i gave it to them anyway since i felt terrible for them.

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