• The Nexus Games

  • By: Shami Stovall
  • Narrated by: Dan Calley
  • Length: 16 hrs and 36 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (87 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Special Forces Soldier Alex Kellan has three problems. He’s on forced medical leave, he’s alone on Christmas, and two men are actively stalking his every step.

Things get worse when Kellan wakes up in a twisted world, where people have magical abilities, and high-tech weaponry. It turns out, Kellan’s stalkers want him to participate in a deadly competition - whether or not Kellan agrees. Forced to participate in the infamous Nexus Games, Kellan must risk everything to survive the competition, and save the other members of his ragtag team.

A litRPG thriller with high-tech magic, and a game with the ultimate prize.

©2021 Capital Station Books (P)2022 Shami Stovall

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surprisingly good

at the beginning of the book I was a little confused since you get thrown into his confusing life, but after a little while you start to understand, and the book gets better and better, if you enjoy litrpg books you will enjoy this one, I hope there is a 2nd book

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Dark, Gritty, Fun, Creative

"Gold Arcana is good for the soul, Red Arcana takes its toll"

Normally when I am choosing a litprg I am looking for some Type of medieval setting.. I want to see a goblin, wizard, X, sword Or something of that nature. Normally when I see a cover like this that looks kind of tecky I skip over it. This is obviously a mistake because I am missing out on some great books. I would have missed out on this one if it were not recommended to me. I went ahead and listened to it and was pleasantly surprised. The MC Is a special forces guy who is on medical leave. He is definitely a scarred character. And when I say scarred I don't mean as in bruises and cut, I mean mentally scarred.

Being a veteran myself, I loved all of the references especially when they had other veterans noticing things about other veterans. As I was focusing on that the book took a different direction than I thought. I am not going to spoil it here until you how it did that, But it was definitely entertaining.I will say the scene in my opinion it's dark and gritty.It seems that the settings had shades of Gotham city, matrix, and Mulan rouge.

Honestly those comparisons are hard for me to explain, but they are the 1st they that came to mind.The narrator did a great job as well. I normally just followed narrators that I know of,So again I was taking a chance.Even though their voices are very different, his cadence and style reminds me of Dion Graham Particularly in the Gideon series.

I would definitely be looking out for more of the author's series, especially on audible.

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Very good

Dam good book can't wait for book 2 author and narrator are a killer combo

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Where the heck is bk 2?

So I have been looking at this book for over a month wondering if I should give it a try. I finally buy the ebook but I don't have time to read and use the Whispersync option and get the audiobook. The whole time I'm hoping that I didn't waste my money on an unknown author. Ha! I couldn't stop listening and was ready to snap at anyone who made me pause the book.

There was plenty of intrigue and plot twists. They arent crazy twists just slighty left or right of what could be guessed at. That was plenty enough to keep the plot fresh.

The book is now devoured. My annoyance with the ouside world has diminished. I am back to normal after thoroughly enjoying this book. I then go looking for book 2...which is not ready yet. I'll wait patiently for it because I know you can't rush the good stuff, but I need bk2 soon.

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Well done

Well done. Well narrated. will be looking forward to the next in the series. You should buy this book.

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refreshing and hilarious

A new spin on the LitRPG genre. The world and setting really hooked me and I'm a sucker for reality tv so the death game vibe pulled me in the rest of the way.

The magic system seems really deep with mages being vastly different from one another even if they are the same types.

Check it out if any of this sounds up your alley.

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Oy Shami. Get some decent alpha/beta readers, please!

This should have been a really good audiobook. Dan Calley did a great job with the narration, the prose and dialog were well done, and the world was imaginative. Usually, I really don’t like “arena competition” books, but Shami Stovall managed to make it exciting and much less repetitious/tedious than most other books of this type.

So why was this book only pretty good? Because the MC who is supposed to be an experienced Delta Force operator makes dumb mistakes and fails to do some of the most basic things that you’d expect a normal person with no special training to do.

That the author has written the MC as a trained and experienced professional makes his obvious blunders and oversights completely unbelievable. Like I said, a normal person with no military experience would have to be half an idiot to miss some of these things.

So why does the MC do these stupid things? I can only think that either Stovall’s alpha and beta readers are useless or she’s not listening to their criticism. Let me be clear, I have no experience with covert operations or even overt operations.

I’m not one of those guys who returns a book because the firearms specs are inaccurate. But I found that the use of the MC’s obliviousness as a device to get the plot to move the way the author wanted was actually insulting to my intelligence.

So to sum up, this was mostly a really good audiobook. Honestly, I was surprised by how good it was. I was fairly skeptical when I spent the credit and was not expecting much from it.

Which is why it’s a bummer that such obvious and glaring flaws were allowed to be included in the final draft. Overall, I really do want to listen to the next book in the series, but I’ll be waiting for some written reviews before I actually decide to spend the credit.

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Well folks, round one of the Nexus games is done!

Dark isekai adventure, gritty and interesting. the setting is complex and tastefully disturbing. By the end I really felt for the denizens of the nexus.

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Underwhelming

Interesting premise, but not without it's flaws.
I also did not think this narrator was the best choice. He was by no means bad, but his voice felt out of place here, maybe because of his British accent clashing with MC's very American background in my mind.

I was hopeful for this book as I've read another one of the author's works, that being the Arcanist books, but found this very hard to get through. Over half the book elapses before we get to the main point of this story, that being the Nexus games with most of that first 8.5 hours feeling like slow unnecessary fluff with small bits of exposition sprinkled throughout.
My main issue here though is the characters. The characters either came off as bland, unlikable or both to me, to the point where I honestly didn't care what happened to any of them at any point, but the biggest thing imo is the inconsistency in the the MC's behavior with his given background alongside the down right nonsensical behavior of both he and the supporting cast.

This MC is supposed to be a highly skilled special ops agent. I'm told that, but his behavior and reactions to the world around him paint him as a normal altruistic guy, maybe just a regular soldier if anything. It feels like the choice for his background was made, but since it would have made him too competent or pushed the story in another direction it's ignored until he needs to know something specific or not freeze up in a fight. It feels like no effort to explore and portray the mind of that kind of individual was put in. I cannot stand that. Your character can't be an elite military man in name only, failing to demonstrate basic intelligence gathering and tactical decision making skills. The author also wanted to make him a very generic good guy, which is fine imo if it works for the character, however someone with this background would be familiar with making hard decisions and do unethical things to complete their mission. Again, it feels like the character has this background but only when it's convenient to push the plot where the author wants it to go.

Also, something that irritated me to an extreme degree here is this thing where information is given out in tiny pieces throughout the story despite it not making a single bit of sense. The side characters give the MC next to no information in a situation where they need him to be as informed as possible, then get upset when he makes mistakes due to his lack of information. Why??!! For example, they constantly berate him saying "he doesn't understand magic" etc. but even when given time and opportunity they make little to no effort to proactively explain it despite the fact that him understanding is good for all of them. There are times when exposition dumping makes sense, and this was definitely one of those times.

Having read the author's Arcanist series, I found the reuse of ideas from that series a bit annoying. Maybe there's a very good reason for the crossover of content, but without that knowledge it came off as lazy to me.

The overall plot was ok. Nothing that blew me away, but nothing I'd really complain about. The world itself seemed interesting.

Overall i felt this wanted to execute some interesting ideas, but needed a lot more work to reach it's potential.

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Mmm no

I made it to chapter 6 then no I couldn’t listen to anymore of this.

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  • Dalton
  • 04-18-22

Brilliant listen

Loved this ! Can’t wait for the next one, great job by both the author and narrator ! Worth a listen

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  • darius ley
  • 03-28-22

Slow start but worth it

As the title says. The story started slowly and I nearly gave up, but I'm sure glad I didn't as I really enjoyed the story of kellen and the nexus games as it got going. I'm looking fowrad to the Void Knight and the continuation of the Nexus Games.

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  • Jay uppal
  • 03-16-22

A fun new adventure

I’ve been following the author primarily through the Frith chronicles which has got to being among one of the best fantasy series I have read in a while. This is a completely new and unrelated work in a while other universe and is definitely a bit more adult focussed though still accessible. I’m not going to lie it did take me a while to get into the world, it’s very distinct and has been built well with an interesting cast of characters, I particularly liked the dungeon crawler style of the missions and the multiverse concept it almost felt like a D&D adventure with the way parts were structured.

Overall, it was a fun listen and Dan Calley does an admirable job with the narration however my main gripe would be that apart from Kellen the other characters, especially the villains, felt a little underdeveloped especially in comparison to the Firth chronicles, now part of this is probably intentional since this is the first book in a series and there’s still quite a lot of mysteries to uncover in the future but it definitely feels like a book setting up the rest of the story rather than a complete volume in itself. Still I thoroughly enjoyed it and definitely recommend it if you want a more maturish sci-fi/fantasy blend with a bit of D&D thrown in for good measure