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Evolve

The Scourge Wars, Book 1
Series: The Scourge Wars, Book 1
Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
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Summary

Jonathan Slate, former Marine infantry officer and the Governor of Texas, has just won his bid for the presidency. When an assassin's bullet takes his life during his victory speech, he is conscripted from the afterlife by the Lord of Light, Lucidus.

Slate is thrust into the game-like world of Somnium where he has been reincarnated into the body of a parasite and given one mission: evolve or die.

If he can channel the monster inside and utilize his military and political experience to establish Lucidus' personal army, the Scourge, he might have a chance to evolve before his many enemies find him and send him to a permanent death.

©2019 Derek Belfield (P)2020 Derek Belfield

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Will be Returning

Overall the books concept is really cool and interesting different from other litrpg type books but similar with the RPG elements. However there are a lot of mistakes where the voice actors use different names or read the lines wrong,other commenters said this as well but I decided to try and find each one, because spending money on a book with this many issues is disappointing, especially considering it's on Audiblebooks. Chapter 16, 1m 54s to 1m 49s: Male Voice actor; uses wrong name to address different person, they mean Slate (who is in the room) but uses Shale (who has already left the room) to address mieress. This is less of a mistake but its confusing: Chapter 17, 22m 8s to 22m 3s: Female Voice actor;  Shale responds to Slate with : I guess so. But the Female Voice actor  says the line so quickly that you can barely understand it, I personally had to rewind this a couple times to understand it myself. By far the worst mistake so far is this: Chapter 17, 17m 20s to 17m 14s Female Voice actor; While reading out stats/ upgrades she cuts off saying no I need to not have that last bit. Where is the editing and the professionalism in this audiobook?? This is an outtake that's been included in the audiobook in the middle of the story. It not only breaks the immersion of the story but ruins the book as well. It feels more like a money grab than an actual book that an author would take time to produce. The more scary thing is the time between each mistake, it's like common sense in editing was "launched" (not thrown) out the window. There are multiple points in the book where the Audio jumps or skips, throughout the book I've found the lines to either be pronounced slowly, like it's been to hard for the voice actors to read the line or spoken to quickly and is barely intelligible. Chapter 25, 19m 3s to 18m 55s: Female Voice actor; while reading out her line there is a considerable jump in speed, like they've read the line out twice and spliced it together.  clearly from the previous mistakes, this one included, who ever tried to edit and clip this together should consider a career change. Chapter 26, 10m 13s to 10m 8s: Male to Female Voice actor; annoying spliced clip of conversation between goddess and Slate, It seems to be done on purpose but its poorly edited together. Apart from a final mistake at: Chapter 28, 16m 43s to 16m 37s: Male Voice actor; This is a more confusing part that Slate is talking to a Male and female guardian but after talking to one, proceeds to talk to the other, as if the first was female, with the line ( he turned next to the other woman). This is confusing as A: the Voice actor uses the  Male voice for the previous guardian  and by that I presume they are Male and B: If they are not Male then either this is a line for the Female Voice actor, regardless of whether the character is Male or female there would be no reason for 2 voice actors in the first place. Finally I personally feel that this book is basically a money grab, 1. No one in the publishing company or editing seems to care or even bother to check  this book for release. 2. Audiblebooks hasn't bothered to check either considering this book made it on sale in the first place. 3. Though I understand it's not the Voice actors faults this audiobook was released like this, it still puts a bad taste on any other works either of them might of done. In which case its common sense to do a follow up  on anything released with your  name on it. In this case (Christopher Boucher and Jessica Threet).

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It’s ok but not great

Usually I don’t review but I was a bit disappointed with the editing of the book there are parts when Jessica accidentally reads the wrong line and goes oops and it’s disappointing that know one caught this before it was released

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lost interrest halfway through.

For some reason, I didn't even care if I finished the book or not. not really sure why. the female narrator read her lines like she was in a hurry. which I didn't like

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great story

fantastic twist to the reborn in a game world story. really happy to recommend this book. shame about the narration error but it's not unforgivable and only happens once. toward the 3/4 of the book. otherwise great narrators :D look forward to part 2

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Excellent

Well written, outstanding voice acting that left me wanting more. Really liked the genetic modifications. It left my imagination free flying with possibilities.

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Amazing start with a lackluster decision

The premise was amazing but halfway through the book throws it out the window. Instead of the promised parasitic ghost in the machine we jump to becoming alien conquerors with a snap of a deities fingers. I'm writing this review about halfway through and I'm not sure if I can keep listening to the story when the big shift felt cheap and unearned. Especially how a deity who has no power in this world is capable of changing an entire village to suit her alien pet.

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Boring, mundane and rote.

If you have read the "everyone loves large chests" series you'll feel deja a vu eerily so in this title. It copies and mixes a few titles but brings very little new and interesting to the table. It's just another power fantasy with a Mary Sue protagonist again. The two narrators and voice actors though were pretty solid I'll be looking at their other titles as a result. Oh and pointing out and rolling your eyes at other fantasy novels for being derivatives of Tolkien and complaining that its sooooo unoriginal, and then brazenly doing the same thing and pointing that out is not cute or funny. If you know it's bad why are you doing it? I hate this book don't waste your time or money their are better novels out.

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  • V. Newman
  • 01-04-20

don't waste a credit on this book

while a good concept the author goes about it in a very mediocre way. At the beginning it's good, the characters are well structured and all their decisions seem realistic to what they would do but then out of nowhere it starts to fall apart. He randomly adds a love affair just to add some sex scenes and a bunch of other stupid things that slowly tear apart all that was good with the book eventually making me hate.It would not be bad if it followed the character but it doesn't seem at all with what the character would do and that irritates me more than the book could entertain me. summary, I do not recommend this book to anyone,do not waste a credit on it.

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  • Havattack
  • 10-04-20

gets better...

The prologue and beginning of the 1st chapter, is some of the most boring, stupid shit you will ever read (and suck my dick author there are A LOT of atheist in fox holes, and they live longer and do better then the superstitious retard who hits his knees and starts crying to his stupid sky-daddy.) The book gets tolerable after that.

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  • john moglia
  • 19-04-20

was somewhat misleading

The title, cover art, and audio sample I found was somewhat misleading. The MC dose not start his new life as a microbe and then has to evolve into a sapient race. Instead he is a parasite as a human and then a snake like thing takes over a nearby tribe. And uses them to start a quest to rule the world. It is still a good book and I do plan on getting book 2. I just was expecting more evolving then happened.

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  • Shadow2780
  • 08-04-20

To many editing errors.

I had high hopes for this book, and the story started interesting, but it just didn't meet my expectations. Progression is slow, and their are no real challenges for MC to overcome. He simply always has the answer to a problem, usually by upgrading himself in such a way prior to actually seeing the problem that it is no longer an issue once encountered. Any tough issues are solved by a sudden considerable boost from his diety, overwhelming all threats. Don't get me wrong I love books with powerful heroes, but this book just lacked the character development that makes them attractive. Finally, there were too many editing errors. Multiple occasions of the narrators messing up, speaking to someone in the room with them, or when the female narrator begins to read the lines for the male MC and then says ”Oh wait” and the male narrator kicks in and reads the same lines. And in one of the last chapters, the female narrator is answering questions before the male narrator even asks the questions.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-05-20

Mah

Its ok, just not what I was looking for. I picked up this book becous it seemed like Everybody Loves Large Chests, but its not.

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  • Blake
  • 13-04-20

amazing

This is a great take on a series. I know many complain about the love interest but overall it still fits in. A lot better than having a throwaway queen. This also leaves a huge opening for her to lead her own army, or pick up if the leader ends up killed off. I love it.

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  • Fetladral
  • 04-04-20

Great Start needs editing work.

I’m used to the great flow of Christopher Boucher and Jessica Threet. So I took a chance on this book. It feels a bit rushed at times. Definitely some editing issues with narration as well. Last 30 + min is rather jumbled lines out of place ect. That being said it’s a great start to a series. It kept me engaged throughout I gave it 4 stars and would of been 5 stars had those issues not been present. Worth the credit and I’ll be interested to see where the story progresses.

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  • Max
  • 25-03-20

Love it!

I loved this book when I read it and I love it even more now that it’s an audio book I can’t wait for the next book!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-10-20

This book is masterfully written

Telling a story from a sociopaths perspective plays well into why he is perfect for his role but also why he’s mistrusting of the goddess he’s helping the entire story is perfect in my opinion and I can’t wait to listen to books 2&3 when they come out on audible!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-09-20

Great!

Great book and narration was as well! There were a couple editing mistakes though. One was around the 8.5 hour range and I didn't catch the time of the other.