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Disillusioned businessman, John Lawrence Locke, finds himself summoned as a hero to another world, filled with monsters and magic! With his body reverted to the age of 15, the 33-year-old's mind is filled with the possibility of battles and adventures, like the ones in his favorite video games.

Unfortunately for him, life isn't always so convenient. Betrayed by the very people who summoned him, he's condemned as the False Hero and forced to flee for his life. Alone in an unfamiliar world and hunted by all of humanity, he takes on the alias of Lutz and uses his gaming knowledge to quickly adapt to the world's strangely game-like mechanics.

©2021 James Michael Plymel (P)2021 James Michael Plymel

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give it a chance

it took quite a bit for me to get interested in it. because to me it was seemed just like a shield hero knockoff. once it got to a certain point though I was hooked and I actually prefer this story over the shield hero one. I do recommend if you plan on bringing out such short volumes to package them because on audible a lot of people don't like to spend so much on just a 6-hour book.

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shield hero 2.0

if you like rise of the shield hero, this would be up your alley.

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Good but...

This was a good story, but remarkably similar to Rise of the Shield Hero.
Four heroes summoned, check.
Trash king called Trash, check.
Slave purchased with blood slave tattoo, check.
The other three heroes work together, check.
Talks of betrayal while doing "good" quests, check.

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Fantastic

Mason Born did a good job. I enjoyed the story and look forward to book two. As for the writing, the pacing was smooth, fluid, and the story wasn't a cookie cutter novel. Give it a try, you'll see what I mean.

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A fun read!

I really enjoyed it! I can't wait to see what Lutz does next. It was well written and I enjoyed the way the narrator portrayed the main characters inner monologues and the moments where he plays the role of "the false hero". Highly recommended!

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Excellent story

It’s an excellent story but a little bit simplistic and taken a lot from some other anime series. If it continues like this then it will definitely be an excellent Book series, I look forward to the next book.

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Shield Hero Similarly but Good

The story is so similar to the Rising of the Shield Hero, but…. Without much spoilers, similar except for the Princess, the 3 heroes, & what happened to the protagonist when he was labeled a False Hero. I mean let’s face it, if you compare Naofumi’s treatment & Lutz’s treatment, I’d say Naofumi had it easy at the beginning. The narrator needs to make the voices of other characters different if he can, I enjoyed his narration but up to the final chapter with the king & the princess, I couldn’t tell who’s talking. Other than that it’s a good listen. I’ll definitely wait for the next book, & this is from the Shield Hero LN fanboy.

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surprisingly good

on the darker side of a story witch is good. but I wish it was longer or cheaper just because it's only 6 hours or so for the money seems high. voice actor was good but all the voices for all the characters sounded the same at times

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Meh...

It's exactly what you expect. Anime levels of cringe and plot. Starts as a another variation of Shield hero and becomes Code geass

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loved this story

I enjoyed this story. The story seemed to flow smoothly, didn't rush parts like some authors I've read in the past. I liked how we received some details on the MC, that left some mystery about the MC, but helped develop a good picture of the MC

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  • 01-08-22

A great start!!!

An amazing start so far, very engaging as I've listened to the whole thing in one go. Also a likeable MC. definitely recommended.

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  • Daryl peter lambrou
  • 09-09-21

Solid start

It’s a solid start to a new series narrator did a great job and the story catches you