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His army is on the move. Their blades are ready. 

When a lone warrior appears in their village, the Bullik-Braunzin Clan prepares for battle. They are surprised to learn he isn’t there to fight but, rather, to talk. 

Although it’s clear he has an agenda, he warns them of a battle-hardened army camped nearby that has been commanded to attack the village. Many questions are asked of the warrior, including why he’s helping them, but all that matters is they must fight.

But even if the few villagers somehow manage a victory, the danger will not end. No clan has stood against the hateful tyrant who sent the army and survived. He commands complete loyalty over those he rules, has additional well-trained troops, and is guarded by intelligent beasts. 

What they’re facing seems impossible, but everyone, even the most powerful, have secrets - ones that could be used as an advantage. Once the Bullik-Braunzin Clan understands the warrior’s secretive relation to the tyrant, they also discover the key to defeating him and all he commands: take what he covets most...

©2013, 2017 C. A. Gleason (P)2017 C. A. Gleason

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...did everything i wanted it to. Helped me kill some time. If you like this sort of thing go for it.

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  • Midwestbonsai
  • 18-10-17

I enjoyed this book immensely

This is the story of Deemuth.  Once an imprisoned naïve slave, Deemuth watches, learns and then moves to betray and dethrone the leader in a conspiracy that threatens his very soul.  Deemuth steps into the recently vacated ruler role and becomes the villainous tyrant dictating who lives and who dies.

The realm of Vraniga is fascinating and engaging.  One cannot help but become engrossed in the tale of Deemuth and the treacherous road he travels.  For all his violent and deadly encounters, one cannot help but feel he is justified in his decisions – up to a point.  Deemuth has a gentle, caring side but ultimately it is his brutish side that is dominant.

Clint Gleason does an excellent job of creating the world and giving his characters a three-dimensional existence.  He carefully builds each character showing more depth than expected.  It is far easier to hate a villain if you know only the evil parts – Gleason shows all sides of the characters drawing the listener in and building connections.

The story is vividly told by Mark Deakins whose talented voice keeps the listener spell-bound.  In narrating the book, Deakins continues the violent and powerful story by using his voice to demonstrate the brutal and intense storyline, yet lightly softens during Deemuth’s lighter moments.  I enjoyed Deakins narration – it added to the story.

I enjoyed this book immensely.  It draws the listener in and you can’t help but steal moments to listen more.

There were no issues with the production or audible quality of this book.

Audiobook was provided for review by the author.

Please find this complete review and many others at my review blog.

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 02-09-18

Sic Semper Tyrannis, and the listeners too!

I have been dying to get an opportunity to listen to this book for some time, probably for at least two years. Can I say, now that the wait is finally over that it was worth it? Hell yes! This is just as good as I had hoped, and it hit every point you could ask for in a story. I am a connoisseur of fantasy, dark fantasy, and even Urban Fantasy and have been reading these types of stories since 1971 (yeah, I'm old). To say that fantasy is ingrained in my soul would be a complete and utter understatement, and so when I say that I was blown away by a book you can take my word that I know the genre. Here, Gleason crafts a finely tuned tale that will stay with you long after you have finished listening.

I chose the headline because it deals with tyranny, and it is a fairly famous line. I had thought about Sic semper evello mortem tyrannis, but decided against it because that isn't always the case. This story follows a slave who through a variety of actions and fortune manages to take control of the very throne that oppressed him. Deemuth, the protagonist, is a complex character who can easily justify his actions, which slowly become more oppressive as he goes on. Basically, he shatters his soul with every step he takes to become the absolute leader of those around him. He is a sympathetic character that makes you wonder if he deserves your sympathy. Like I say, justification does not equate in morality. The story is completely engrossing and it will not let you go. You will wonder just how Deemuth will go in his cause, and his transformation from slave to ruler will fascinate you.

The story is intensely well written, and the characterizations were believable and realistic. The characters felt like real live breathing individuals, and you cared about them. I was deeply impressed at just how deeply written they were. You generally do not see characters like this in a fantasy tale. The story itself is compelling, and captivates your imagination. It is less black and white than it is a study in how our decisions shape our lives.

The narration is very well done by Mark Deakins. Deakin's voice is a perfect fit for this story. His voice is made to portray the violence and brutality that takes place in the book, as well as showcasing the more poignant and human aspects of the tale. He paces the story well, infuses a ton of emotion, and drives the action home like a dagger in your back. Deakins is an incredible narrator who has a long line of well known completed works behind him, meaning he has an exemplary curriculum vitae. He is the consummate professional, and he manages to elevate this story in the way only a master narrator can. I have long been a proponent of the belief that a good narrator can make a good story great, and a great narrator can make a good story amazing. Deakins is the latter kind of professional.

This story is intense and moving. The writing is rock solid and is crafted by an artisan. The narration is moving and riveting. This is a book you will not want to see end. Don not miss out on what looks to be an amazing series with a fantastic first book.

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  • Josh R
  • 06-03-20

Did not finish

First, I requested and received a review copy of this. There was no expectation of my leaving a review, and this is the first time I haven't finished a review copy. I always finished review copies, even when I don't like the book, I accidentally request a children's story, or it ends up being a romance novel.

This book feels and reads like a young young (not a typo) adult novel. Due to the amount of reviews referencing violence and sex, it seems like that may not be the case, so maybe the authors writing style just isn't for me. Also, it seems like the author ended every sentence "<NAME> said." I found it distracting and eventually grating until I stopped listening. Due to all the other reviews I even tried to push myself to get further, but oh well. The narrator did a great job though.

I was given a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • TU
  • 08-02-19

loved it

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I have to say, this was a fantastic book. It is brutal, violent and utterly gripping. By the end of the book, I was still on Deemuth's side, but torn between understanding why he is doing what he is doing, and thinking he has gone over the edge into the depths of evil. The narration is very well done, and really brings this saga to life. I am definitely moving on to book 2!

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  • Aurora McMillian
  • 01-08-19

A Day in the life of a monster

Just goes to show you that even the bad guy does not realize he's a bad guy. Most bad guys see themselves as doing good that the people around them enjoy their presents because they reward them with the things that they want and they need. But just as this book demonstrates when the bad guy is gone the people feel free and wander about and look for a life that they truly want and not one filled with oppression and Madness. I really enjoyed this book it was great to have sentient monsters and to see a little bit inside of their personal lives and families and relationships. I was given this book free for my unbiased opinion and I must say it was enjoyable enough that I have used one of my credit to purchase part 2 and am excited to read it.

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  • kevin
  • 14-01-19

Fascinating Concepts

Against a Tyrant is a truly fascinating book about clans struggling to overcome the obstacles of living in a prehistoric-like world. It is the time of hunter-gathers and civilization is in its infancy. This to me, may the most enjoyable element of this book. The writing itself focuses on the individual perspectives of the characters and the narrative is entirely character driven. In most cases, that would be a huge positive, however, it is not here. The author takes very little, to no time on setting, there are many scenes where the only orientation you may get is “he walked outside.” This was exceedingly frustrating for me, as not only was I disoriented regularly, but I also really wanted to know more about this world, particularly because I found the concepts that did come across to be so fascinating. This problem was further compounded by viewpoint changes which were sometimes overly abrupt, and because the characters did somewhat blend together.
Overall, I found the world and concepts in the story to be unique and extremely interesting as the world is entirely alien to our own. If only the author spent more time on world-building. The plot is solid, but the characters needed better development and characterization. Honestly, if I had not already had a copy of the next book I would not have read any more from this series. However, I also just finished the next book and the story, characterization, and world-building were hugely improved and I ended up really liking it. If you like entirely new concepts in fantasy then read the next book The Great Protectors.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Morality rating- the book contains sex, sexuality, mistreatment of animals, and violence.

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  • Victoria Haugen
  • 23-10-18

DEEMUTH!!!!

This book was awesome!

Deemuth, as you might wonder, was once a slave, now turned tyrant. He's one bad dude.

But, although a beast, there's some sympathy there for him also, which be challenging but I think lends very well to the story as a whole.

We all have some good and some evil in all of us -- it's just a matter of which side wins out :)

Great story, great narration, it all comes together nicely to deliver a fun read/listen. I think you'll enjoy it. I sure did!

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  • RJ
  • 27-09-18

Life and times of Deemuth!

After the war between the Efftruls and Numooks, Deemuth, an Efftrul slave, was set free as promised. Deemuth learned the ways of war and ultimately replaced the current ruler with a tyranny of his own design. This is the story of Deemuth and an account of his unyielding rule. Perhaps his memorial? This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

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  • Rebecca Azizov
  • 08-09-18

incredibly interesting

a very interesting and well-written book I enjoyed it incredibly it was so well-written each Drew you in and you couldn't stop listen to the book The narrator did a great job a very very good book five stars definitely
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