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The perfect conclusion to the Perfect Run saga!

It's one thing to go back to the beginning and another to reach the perfect ending.

Ryan Romano has done it. He has gathered information about all the villains threatening New Rome. He listed all the people he wants to protect. He knows which places he has to blow up and which car he has to steal. All that's left is going back in time one final time, achieve the perfect sequence of events, save everyone, get the girl, and defeat the ultimate enemy.

It's time for the Perfect Run.

©2022 Maxime Durand/Void Herald (P)2022 Podium Audio

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Truly "The Perfect Run"

Disclaimer:

This is my first review after hundreds of books read and hundreds listened to. Most I leave to others more eloquent than I to review, as I know I do not have the ability to give them Justice, either in critique or in adulation or anything in between or outside of. This, however, I must voice my opinion, as this is now, unquestionably, my favorite trilogy of all time within the fantasy/sci-fi genre, and likely all books I have ever read or listened to.

All reviews are subjective, as they are completed by us Humans, which are subjective in all things. So, though you may not agree with my opinion, that is your right and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Now to the short review:

I will start with the TLDR since I know there will be a wall of text that follows after.

This is an intelligent, character-driven, story. What makes it shine the most are those Characters that make it. Any fiction work must be at least largely driven by its Characters. The fantasy/sci-fi "reality" can only be truly believable in any way, shape, or form through those Characters. If this trilogy does anything masterfully, it is the Characters, and although other important aspects, such as the plot, world-building, and pacing will not catch everyone's attention, the Characters likely will.

My review in short then? Give this a read or a listen (or both). For even if you end up hating certain Characters or simply being annoyed by them, or dislike the plot, the world, or the pacing, there will likely be some character out of the multitude that you still wish to follow on their journey in this trilogy. I, personally, have found few other works where the Characters go so deep into many facets of the human condition in a fantasy/sci-fi setting. So, for the Characters alone (and yes I capitalize Characters for this, because, in this, they are truly important), it will be worth it.

Finally, the long review:

There are 4 aspects of a fantasy/sci-fi fiction work that seem to carry the most importance to the vast majority of audiences throughout all entertainment mediums. I will list these in the order I believe are most important, because again, all reviews are subjective, and most certainly my own.

1. The Characters

As my short review stated, this trilogy is worth it for the Characters alone. Even if every other aspect could potentially fail to grab the attention of the audience to this trilogy, I find it hard to believe that any thinking AND feeling being to not be captured by the Characters that make it into a Western Culture Masterpiece. You will not run into only single faceted characters in this story. There is no good or evil entirely encompassing any of the individual's portrayed in this, although there is plenty of both displayed. Instead, you get the human condition in nearly all its glory and wickedness, and so much in-between, and outside of. The dialogue is smart, intelligent, and often humorous. And the dialogue makes sense to the world it lives in and to the characters that convey it from their fictional lungs, throats, and mouths. The dialogue does have its own set of weaknesses that may hurt it over time, however, and that is references. References will always suffer over time, as people who do not know or care about such things will already not even care to remember them (if ever exposed at all), and time will undo the people and cultures that try to remember them. Jokes will also not translate over all cultures or throughout time either. This is a trilogy with time involved, and even within itself, it recognizes these issues. Yet, what will be, will be, and doesn't make this less because of the (seeming) inevitability that is time. For these are characters that will make you FEEL. And that, in any fiction work, is likely the most important aspect of all.

2. Plot

The plot is important. Without, at least, a somewhat captivating beginning, middle, and ending, the story may falter or fail even with amazing Characters. Many will continue reading, listening, or watching for the characters alone, but if the plot has any of these aspects be poor in the essence of the execution of them, then it will be rightly criticized or abandoned all together. No plot is perfect, for human ideas of perfection, like humans themselves, are subjective in nature. This is no exception. It is not perfect. Yet, at the very least, it's interesting and, to many, it will be satisfying. Point #1 in this review comes to save the day at each and every turn. The Characters make the plot, even the wildest portions of it, real, captivating, and believable. Without #1, there are undoubtably times that people would scoff at the ideas, principles, or words in this trilogy. Even with #1, that will still occur, but it will be due to subjectivity rather than an objective viewpoint (if such exists). The plot is intelligent and well thought out. It may not be perfect, like the name suggests, but the plot in relation to the Characters that portray it, is.

3. World-Building

Another important aspect to any fantasy/sci-fi fiction work is the world in which it lives and breathes. This trilogy doesn't do the best job I've seen in this aspect, but again, it doesn't have to. Point #1 comes in to bolster the broken world that it finds itself in. The Characters make nearly all aspects of this fantasy "world" believable. This is not the most descriptive world there is in this genre, those are reserved for the giants of epic fantasy/sci-fi. It is doubtful people who decided to give this trilogy a read or a listen, even thought that would be the main focal point. Those people would be right. The Characters are the most important point in this trilogy and that makes itself clear time and time again. Loop after loop. Onward.

4. Pacing

This is the final point that seems to make a large impact on many people's enjoyment of any fantasy/sci-fi fiction work. Many who've graced a movie theater or a play theatre will know the importance of pacing. So many potential masterpieces can be ruined by this one aspect alone. If it's non-stop action and/or movement, then the pace will be too much to handle for some or many. If it's largely descriptive, then the pace will be too slow and lose the attention of some or many of its audience. Finding the right mix, is again, impossible to achieve for all, since we'll all subjectively choose what pacing is "perfect" for us. This trilogy strikes a good balance between the two. It rarely ever seems to slow down for too long, yet it's rarely ever too much either. With a reader's or audible listener's control over the speed in which they enjoy this, it makes this a more trivial point out of the others. Horrible pacing can ruin even that for the audience, regardless of the amount of control they may have over it. This trilogy, thankfully, does not seem to be one of those.

Final word:

Eric Michael Summerer deserves his own review, but I will just say this: He was the "perfect" voice actor for this trilogy. I put his pairing to this work similar to castings such as Ryan Reynolds to Deadpool or Viggo Mortensen to Aragorn or Marlon Brando to Don Vito Corleone. Truly well done and, at least in this, he will forever in my short forever that is my human existence, always have a listener in me.

Maxime J. Durand, Void Herald, and Eric Michael Summerer have gained a follower in me through this series. I'm not even one of those who likes going into offshoots of a story, yet if they decided to do so with this, then I'd gladly and fervently read or listen. And if that isn't satisfying enough? Then I would gladly join the Time Traveler again on this magnificent journey.

For this trilogy's Characters of "The Perfect Run" will always be my friend.

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Weak Finish

Strong performance carried on however weak motivation, out of left field romance, and Deus Ex Machina's left me wanting more. Ryan also started mind controlling people or something because everyone started feeling that his sociopathic urges were now quirky and fun.

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Good-hearted series

While the story is probably PG-13 on the surface, the underlying niceness is G-rated. You have to pay close attention to every single sentence, because they're almost all funny if you understand the cultural references.

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best trilogy

this series has literally everything you need to experience a fantastical world. That from beginning to end is a ride, I will sit through multiple times and I recommend you do the same.

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An instant audible classic must read

Even as my least favorite of the three books this is really really good. amazing series. very good ending that wraps it up perfectly. if you are reading this and have read book 1 and 2 this won't be a spoiler.... i liked Ryan better with Vulcan and those two were the power couple and the best chemistry. In a book filled with characters to love im in team 1. Mr Wave 2. wardrobe and 3. Lucky girl.

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A decline in quality

1st book - Amazing couldn't put it down.

2nd book - Pretty good except for a few elements.

3rd book - Had to force myself to finish.

What went wrong:

Towards the end there are barely any time travel elements, resulting in basically a generic sci-fi story. This is due to some people remembering info through loops and Ryan being able to make permanent changes.

Due to the issue stated above you don't get the stated perfect run where Ryan makes all of the right exact moves in the perfect order by a certain time resulting in the "Perfect Run" that was promised.

50% romance novel. This is not a joke around half of the final book in a time travel book is centered around a romance between two people that remember the loops so, it's just a generic love story.

Finally everyone agrees with all of Ryans decisions and completly trusts Ryan. Despite his actions are extremely untrustworthy and most of the people only barely knowing him due to the loops.

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Perfect superFUN in the Apocalypse!

The EvoVerse, The Land, Constance Verity, Andrea Vernon, Axiom, Vainquer😉 and Superpowered series' are my go to absolute favs in these genres and The Perfect Run just made #1 in this most excellent pantheon. Never stop writing! Unique characters and theme, compassionate, funny action-packed and scary! Some of these MC's are truly disturbing. Summner's reading made this series a Perfect Run. PS. when can we get the next Vainquer on Audible?

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Great story

The first book started a little slow but I'm glad I stuck it out, as it turned out to be a very entertaining story. Highly recommend.

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Please don’t kill my daddy

The entire plot could have been solved if there were not stupid constraints on the main character. Why does the author insist that women won’t want their mass murdering psychopath fathers put down.

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Loved the concept but the execution was eh at best

Perfect run had a great concept and it was not a bad listen Eric Michael Summerer did a fantastic job at narrating. but my biggest issues I had with the books where how sexual they where, the stupid nicknames, and trying to make us sympathize with mass murders who killed hundreds of people like seriously? I had to force myself to finish this last book for those reasons and I will be returning it.

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  • Ben
  • 03-15-22

The Perfect Run greets a perfect end.

Honestly, this is a great series that starts off a little iffy but builds to a grand crescendo. I've enjoyed every quip, pun, dramatic turn and plushie apocalypse. I can honestly say nothing bad about the series or its ending. I've truly been engrossed in a detailed and well-thought-out story of superpowers. Superpowers in a warped, post-apocalyptic world ravaged by said superpowers all nailed down with well-explained believable logic that kept my immersion throughout. I've seen characters grow, change and delight. A proper showing of cause and effect. Well-intended people shown the moral implications of their actions. And finally, a love story heavily borrowed (or plain stolen depending on how you want to look at it) from a classic with a happier ending.

I really enjoyed this series. My compliments to both the author and the narrator.

Side note: That said, there are flaws all over the place but none were strong enough for me to really care about or break immersion. There were things I thought about after a listen and went, 'Hey, hold on a damn second!' You'll get those too, but you won't care. You'll likely smile to yourself and shrug. The overall story is that good.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-07-22

If you have read part 1 and 2 then you already

Loveble characters, amazing story, great power system, amazing powers then contra act and balance one another bound together in a beutifull story about the meaning of life. The book is amazing just straight up read. It ponders questions like, what happens if you would be immortal never able to truly connect to people and what happens when pandas become even cooler. that is all i can say. Go read part 1 and 2 then return for this

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  • adam
  • 05-29-22

Amazing series!!!!

it's an amazing series, witty, funny and very well done. Well worth a listen.

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  • Carol
  • 05-24-22

I am sad that the run has ended but happy I made it to the end.

Silly, sad, and surprising. I enjoyed this world a lot and finishing it is like loosing a friend.

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  • Jamie
  • 04-27-22

Truly a perfect ending to a fantastic set of books

This set of books are a fantastic read. They're funny and witty and had me genuinely laughing out loud on many occasions.

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  • oli
  • 03-24-22

Good for a laugh and sleep deprivation

Great Scots I wish there was more of this blithering brightness in the world. Dear dear Maxime, you have made a fan very happy.

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  • Noiz
  • 03-20-22

The perfect end!

An amazing end to such a great series, The narrator really brought everything and all the characters together! This is one of my all time favourites book series and it was a pleasure to listen too.

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  • Charlie Wallis
  • 03-20-22

Loved it

Where to go from here :( one of the best books I have read ever

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  • Morris
  • 03-15-22

LONG LIVE THE PANDA!

This is definitely one of my favourite series. It is hilarious! Void has done an amazing job making you fall in love with all the characters. Everyone is quirky and the plot is divine!

Think groundhog day with super powers then add a few nukes!

Enjoy.

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  • connor wilson
  • 03-15-22

Brilliant

That was the perfect ending to a truly great and original story, would love some sort of follow up years down the line but this was amazing, did not disappoint in anyway with loose ends tied up and satisfying endings for each character you have grown attached over the trilogy

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  • lachlan sanders
  • 04-02-22

LOVED IT

an amazing trilogy well worth listening to highly enjoyed all three books . .

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  • Doug
  • 03-30-22

Amazing series

Great conclusion to an amazing series. The struggle of the mc leads to a rewarding pay off

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-21-22

I wish this was a TV series

A perfect conclusion to this beautiful book.

Thank you Ryan. Now... I can't wait for more of those extras that the writer was doing. Royal road has one. And I love it...

The tale of the clockstopper...

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  • Terminator
  • 03-20-22

The Good Guys always win. Eventually

Great story. plays like the bad guys can win
and they can, again and again. but friendships, hard work and perseverance defeats them all. That's not the real story though really it's another love story, or maybe it's a story about peoples ability to do good, Or a story of enduring lifes, inevitable challenges. or..