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Reluctant ruler of the settlements in British Columbia, John and his friends must now face even greater dangers as they seek to free other human settlements from Galactic control in North America. But John's enemies have begun to take notice of the burgeoning resistance and take steps to stop him and the human resistance including bringing in Master Class help. Can John navigate the treacherous waters of Galactic politics and human interests without compromising his beliefs or sacrificing his friends?   

Coast on Fire is book 5 of the best-selling System Apocalypse line of books, a LitRPG apocalyptic book series that describes a world thrown into confusion by the addition of a game-like system and the monsters that come with it.

©2019 Tao Wong (P)2019 Tao Wong

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Scope of series expands again

Picking up directly from the end of the previous book, this would not be a good place to join the series and in any case the previous four book are also very good so you should check those out before this one if you haven't already done so.

This latest instalment ramps up the challenges for the main character and his friends with much more of a focus on taking back the cities and towns that had been 'bought' by alien races when the system was implemented, along the way they form alliances with new groups and also have to deal with the negatives when fighting back for some groups turns out to be an excuse for violent xenophobia. One slight negative to this book's plot is how heavily it relied on the use of one particular new ability of John, it featured so heavily that the opposition had to be specifically setup to counter him.

It is actually quite difficult to say anything different about the narration, it is again done very well and enhances your enjoyment of the book.

Overall, another strong instalment in the series that includes an ending that definitely leaves you eager for the next book.

[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

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Great story and performance

One of the most enjoyable stories I've listened to. Every book in this series makes you want more. Can't wait until the next one is available.

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still slowly shifting the focus it seems, and I'm not a big fan of how this changes the story, but I'm still loving it and still bought the next book before finishing book 5 so that should tell you something :)

Nick does his standard job... Which is still amazing... :)

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5* best post apocalyptic litrpg out

The mechanics are still evolving and the plot twist at the end really draws you to commit to the next book. I'm fully committed to see this series until its end

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  • 31-03-19

gahhh why can't the next book be out yet!!!

this was a bit slower than the rest but still amazing and got me so pumped for the next book!!

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  • Nawlins
  • 13-06-20

The story was good but the author seems impatient

The story was good and the narration was outstanding but the author seems to share the MCs impatience. There are several jumps in hours, days, and weeks during battles, negotiation, dungeon dives and traveling. it's not that its important information being left out. it's more that the jumps are during times of detailed descriptions and then suddenly you jump and after a few of the bigger jumps, you get the feeling that the author is eager to "move the story along." This is a personal thing so not everyone will have a issue with it. I just found that it pulled me out of the imagery that the author was presenting at the time. Other than that, it was another great addition to the series.

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  • Phillip
  • 31-01-20

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I received a free review copy.

I enjoyed the book and look forward to continuing to listen to the series.

In this book, John and company deal with various issues caused by the system apocalypse as they work to unite human and alien allies to drive back evil, both alien and human. John is able to advance in skills and knowledge as he becomes a critical asset in freeing the oppressed. Also, he and Lana continue their relationship. This one is a little more sweeping in scope that earlier books as armies are led in battle and summarizes more than earlier books.

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  • David
  • 31-05-19

Finally he's not a total raging jerk.

It has been a long time in waiting but our MC is no longer a raging jerk that just goes around yelling at people, being a total shut in, and killing things. The end of this book though has me super excited for the continuation of this book series.

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  • Sheridan
  • 27-05-19

Never thought LitRPG could be so rich!

I'm new to LitRPG and found this author and narrator to be an amazing duo!

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  • TheTruth
  • 02-05-19

most whiney lead character ever

with power, money and influence.... the lead character over came it all...

Pushing aside survives guilt. That feeling of not being good enough. Of not having sacrificed enough. Being more in touch with my feelings I think some things will be there forever

and he over came Canadian racism... wow

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  • Cory
  • 31-03-19

as usual the master Tao Wang has man another maste

as usual the master Taiwan has made another masterpiece from start to finish fights love lost grittiness to the story showing an evolution of his characters and leaving us wanting more see when the world will be on fire and will he get his master class save the world add for Paris for the next stage in our evolution galactically

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  • Justin
  • 04-04-19

Boring, Choppy Base Building...

I love books 1-4. I love Nick Podehl. I love Tao Wong.

However, with this book he's fallen into the trap every LitRPG author seems to fall into. My arch nemesis: Base Building.

It began in book 4 and extends over to Coast on Fire as well. Additionally, our MC is basically playing a side role in this book. He's letting the U.S. Government dictate where he goes and what he does. This is not why we fell in love with the previous books. We fell in love with the gruff rogue wolf who can tackle any obstacle in his path, with one of those obstacles learning to control his anger and learn to work with others.

However, in Coast on Fire the anger is controlled a bit too much. He is no longer the MC, rather just a "Glorified Magic Bus" who get's little to no credit for what he does. I've still got 3 hours left and maybe I'll change my rating, but so far I'm putting this book aside and finishing it later.

Slow, boring meetings, superfluous details, cities we don't care about full of ungrateful people, and frankly full of overarching boring. A few token dungeons, but nothing particularly interesting. Scenes bounce from place to place with no ceremony, just letting you figure out what's happening, and by the time you figure it out and are uninterested with your findings, the scene changes again. Seems to have very little direction at this point, as if the author has run out of inspiration for where to take things. Hopefully book 6 will fix these issues.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-08-21

wonderful!

epic progression of themes and story arc.

epic ending. can't wait for the next book!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 18-06-21

not bad but

not bad but has continuity issues. a quantum field blocks his skills until half way through a fight where those blocked skills are used despite the field still in effect.
other small issues but still not bad