The Russian cluster. The ground shakes as the enemy approaches. The angered gods frown as they look down from the sky.
Intelligence agencies are locked in a brutal fight. Hundreds of thousands of sentient beings happily slaughter each other. This is no longer a game quest nor a petty fight between clans over some land rich in resources. This is war! A war of civilizations, religions, and all the dimensions of the world.
The Earth weeps in pain. The astral beings turn away in horror. Burning castle towers collapse to the ground. Stones melt in the heat. The enemy is coming. Refugees flood the Valley. Alliance members are joining forces.
Max is not just a clan leader anymore. He is the Chief, the head of the resistance. And you have no choice but to fight; you are the hope of the children and the thousands of innocents. They have entrusted you with their lives.
©2014 D. Rus; Translator Alisa Bogodarova 2015 (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
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I freaking LOVED the first 4 books of this series, and then I just couldn't wait for more, so it actually prompted me to purchase a few other series from this specific unique genre (which ended up being quite good for the majority of them) but this was the one that set the bar, and set it HIGH... That said... This continuation of the series was awful... It was literally HARD to listen to the whole audiobook... If it were any other book/series I would NEVER have finished it, and asked for a refund!! I had to finish it to see if the old style came back, or all of the awesome story-line and gaming mechanics came back into play, mostly to just save face and allow me to consider picking up the next book in the series and chalk this particular one up to a fluke of editing and chopping up the story incorrectly to try and span the tale/story over more individual books (this being the one that got the "odd-cut" or something), but this was just bad... All of the fun quests, game-mechanics, epic-story of outside world vs. Alterworld, and even the banter and comraderie amongst the Other Gamers/Main Character/Faction Acolytes/etc, it is just bad... Uninteresting, and lack of cohesiveness is the only way that I can describe it... It just doesn't fit with the way the story has been created thus far up to this installment... WHAT HAPPENED??? It makes me sad, and I really don't know if I want to even give any of the remaining titles in the series a shot, because it would take some SERIOUS "Writing Firepower" to come back from what "The Battle" was, in my honest opinion - as a gamer of RPGs, MMORPGs, and almost anything halfway decent in the sci-fi/Fantasy realm of writing... This should have been just as awesome as all of the series thus far - I mean coming into it, this is what I was thinking... I imagine there will be MANY others as well... Good luck D. Rus... The last 4 were outstanding, and I hope you find a way to bring your readers back to that type of emersion and enjoyment again soon... I REALLY do!!!
"Very disappointing, sadly...."
I've lost my respect for the main character, or maybe just the author. The first four books were great, but you'd think that the threads holding our world together with this world would dispel the heavy nationalism in this book. There would be a decline of nationalities and why segregate when it's a fantasy world and the computer auto-translates? Given that the character idolizes Stalin who was a villainous turd in WW2. Though I forget if it was this book or the last in which he returns slaves to the Chinese because they are not Russian. Which makes me feel he is xenophobic or something to that regard. Of course, all the chest pounding, we are Russian we are in the right began to loose me. Perhaps maybe the translators should have translated this book should have left that nationalism junk out. Other translated books I've read don't even go to the extreme of how this book does and they are more enjoyable.
If this D.Rus was an American author I'm sure he'd be have his main protagonist riding a bald eagle while waving an american flag while screaming,"I am american and I'm in the right! bow down the greatness that is my nationalism." Where is the escapism in this? As other books like perimeter defense for example, the main character is forgetting about their real life self and becoming a part of their new environment.
The sexism that others are talking about, I really didn't notice it too much. As there are some strong female leads in this series. Just the chest pounding nationalism just came at me in too heavy a dose for me in this book.
I'm going to call it quits with his series and just remember the first four since those were the really good listens.
A complete and utter disaster of a book. I made it through an hour and sorely wish I could get that time back for my life. Disorganized and overtly bad, more like the rough draft of a drunk or lunatic. Such a shame, as the first few books were really rather good. Worst book I have downloaded from Audible, which is saying something.
"Love the Series, but Disappointed"
I like Michael Goldstrom more than D. Rus at this point.
Yes, because there are some key components you cannot get anywhere else. The game mechanics for the VR world are what keep me listening.
His sarcasm is spot on.
I will listen to the next book, but my hype is gone. Part of me is dreading it.
Honestly, the sexist and racist moments are getting harder and harder to swallow. In previous books you could chose to ignore them as they blipped by. It is incredibly tiresome in this book and pulls me out of the story. I've come to dislike the author on a moral level.
Also, the pacing is rushed and haphazard in this book. It's harder to follow than the previous ones. I have a bad feeling that this will be how the series is from now on and that saddens me.
"New translator is a bad one"
The new translator hired via an indiegogo campaign is no where near the quality of the fist 4 books. While the first four books had foul language, I think in one chapter I have heard as much cursing as the entire last book combined. There is no elegance to the language but instead it reads without character voice and authenticity. This is nothing against the narrator who is doing the best with what he has but instead is strictly against the translator who thinks "The f**** b**** who f****** thought of the sh*** system must have sh**** in their f**** skull" is good prose. Every sentence is like this. Im not a prude. I love to swear. But I also love the voice of the first four books which is now dead.
"he lost me with this one"
between his scattered writing, his complete lack of respect for women and his characters loosing their unique apeal d russ lost one reader today
As my gateway LITRPG "Play to Live" was the chosen one and went full jarjarbinks... This book is just "okay". Most people say stop after book III maybe IV. I would agree; however, if you've already plowed this far I think you should power through V for the finality of the battle and then make a decision to continue on with VI or VII. Prepare for heavy Russian propaganda, cussing/sexism, and the author's thoughts on social issues.
I was wondering why this book received such low reviews on audible compared to VI and VII, but now that I have completed the series (book 8 still pending) it makes sense. The people rating VI and VII are the only ones left and they seem to actually like the new direction D. Rus is going in. Personally, If I was recommending this series I would tell people to read books I-V and then decide. VI is easily the weakest book in the series and VII was better but just ok. I feel invested at this point so I'll probably get 8 when it comes out just because I can't look away from the train wreck this series has become. D. Rus has cleary decided to move this series into some kind of cyberpunk/Russian nationalism platform with a light sprinkling of high fantasy and occasionally he remembers he should put a RPG element in the story somewhere. Sadly the series is drifting further and further away from the elements that made it one of the gold standard LITRPG series. Having completed book 7, I guess I understand why he brought all the "real world" elements into a virtual reality based book/world, but it ruined this series for me.
Hopefully, "The Way of the Shaman", "The Land", "Patch 17" and "Awaken Online" continue to deliver. I also found "The Gam3" surprisingly entertaining. If you found Max's recent angsty dialogue annoying and frustrating definitely skip "The Otherlife" series.
"A step down from the previous books"
This book was a disappointment. I enjoyed the previous books quite a bit but this one felt very disjointed. The story bounced all around with no segue so I kept looking at my phone to see if the file was corrupt and I had skipped a section. The characters were much more shallow than previous. The main character just ran around commenting on the looks of female characters and stabbing anyone who got in his way with his unstoppable super blade.
I kind of want to know what happens but I think I'm done with this series. There are just too many better options.
"Russian nationalism at its worst"
I was really enjoying the book series until this book series. But this book is hugely disappointing. Not only is the plot weak. The mixing of Sci-fi into the fanta sy genre is poorly done. Mixed with a very strong Russian nationalism that vilifies USA, Europe, and China. While making a hero of of Stallon the leader of communist USSR. I will not be continuing this series and would advise others to not waste their money. Instead buy The Land or Alter world series books.
is this his rough draft? it's all over the place. I felt no attachment to anyone what so ever
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