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Summary

From the very first hour Cayden had set foot inside the massive, real-life game that was the Tower of Babel, nothing had gone according to plan. A unique skill, a handful of new friends, and the wrath of an ultra-wealthy, patricidal lunatic were just some of the complications to his best laid plans.

So why was he even surprised when a special event trapped him, his companions, and dozens of other players inside the tower, squaring them off against a murderous army of stone-faced warriors?

If they are to have any hope of survival, they'll have to leverage not only their own personal power, but the power of the Elan as well. There are castles to be built, armies to be raised, and one real question to be posed: How good is a self-proclaimed RPG nerd going to be at turn-based strategy? 

©2017 Adam Elliott (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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Doesn't live up to the first

Disappointing after the first book. The author makes continuity errors repeatedly, such as saying characters are 16 years old, when it was a whole plot point in the first book that no one can enter the tower under 17. The speedrunner and streamer angles - which attracted me to the series in the first place, remain thoroughly abandoned, making it just like every other LITRPG. Finally the game changes genre to a RTS game instead of RPG which is extremely dull. It made me go play some RTS games instead of listening. I gave up with 2 hours to go and returned it.

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I'll likely listen to the next, but...

It felt off on the first with the RTS elements to the story. And sometimes I had no idea what the hell was going on. Like with the first I felt like the listing of level and attributes and the like were filler.

Though it was an enjoyable story I see it as a poor man's Sword Art Online and this book especially like a filler episode or a side-along movie.

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Not as good as the first

Well the first book was amazing, the second, no so much. as it goes, i'm finding this one boring and not grabbing me like book 1.

if a book 3 is on the cards then I guess i'd buy that too, hopefully the series can pull back.

the narrator done a great job though 5* overall book 2 , 3*

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Half a book with little effort

Books ok but isn’t the full story kind of ends outta nowhere. Characters just blend into the background. Doesn’t really follow on from the first book just some loose references in all wasn’t worth spending a credit on which is a shame as I love the first book

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  • Kyle Garrett
  • 19-04-18

Felt like filler.

Didn't progress the main story or aspects of MC that stood out in book one. Wasn't a bad book, just felt like it should have been 1.5 not 2.

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  • Erik
  • 18-04-18

Trying not to be nitpicky

great book and great series. in my opinion the dungeon tower trope isnt played out yet in the litrpg genre. There is just one thing that bugged me throughout this book. The first book made it seem that the MC is a all about speedruns and streaming his gameplay. i thought that was pretty neat because most litrpgs tend to focus to much on the details and i thought the series would be primarily about fighting an uphill battle as quickly and innovatively as possible. Then i listened to the second book and it totally spun of track. it switched to RTS like age of empires gameplay and it totally threw me for loop. Its good, but i feel like the author keeps reinventing the MC and i think he had it perfect the first time

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  • dave.N
  • 12-06-18

Looking forward to the next book in the series

Vikas Adam killed it again with a great performance.
the story seems to have fallen off track of the main plot but it was entertaining nonetheless and am looking forward for a release of book three.

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  • Zakery Tippins
  • 08-06-18

A decent sequel

A good story that suffers from the table top parts. Turn based gameplay might be fun to watch, but it isn't fun to listen to. The book could also be longer since it doesn't deal with the main problem. The end point leaves the story feeling half finished.

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  • Mike G
  • 29-05-18

Seems as if it was written by a different Author

This book diverges so far from the original, it's more of a new series than a continuation of the previous, both books could be book 1. This one however is far inferior than the previous and is boring as all get out. You find yourself drowning in the minutiae of the game they are playing and losing interest rapidly.

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  • Croda
  • 25-05-18

Incomplete

To start, if you liked the first book, you'll likely enjoy this one, at least to a degree. There are 2 big things to note though. First, there's less of a focus on personal growth, or even party growth, and more of a focus on strategy. The story takes a lot of inspiration from rts games such as civ5 in city building, turns and troops. Personally, I didn't mind the adjustment much, though it did leave me a bit wanting. I would have liked to see the party dynamic or personal abilities of some of the main characters improve.

Second, this book is not book 2. It can call itself book 2 all it wants, but it's book 1.5 without a doubt. Rather than focusing in the least little bit on the overall plotline, this book goes on a tangent. While it's a fairly enjoyable tangent, it's left incomplete. Ending with a cliffhanger for a sideplot is just obnoxious. Maybe get this book after a sequel comes out, but as it is, it isn't worth the credit.

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  • DC
  • 23-05-18

Not as good as first book.

This book quickly became civilization 5. Not the best turn. Became boring and tedious to read. The premise of the story is gone. Focus on streaming, speed running, or even mmo concept is kind of gone.

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  • Ben
  • 21-05-18

Way Too Short

This book was about more of a side quest and the author didn’t even have the decency to finish the side quest in one book. I’m getting tired of authors that just think once they get to the 10 hour mark they can just stop cause they have hit their page number count and are ready for their payday. Maybe that’s ok if they fit a full story line in one book but super annoying when they just throw in an epilogue when they hit the 10 hour point.

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  • Mike
  • 18-05-18

What a total let down...

The 1st book is called Speed Runner, this book should have been called Boat Anchor. Totally different from book #1. This story does take place at the end of the first book, however instead of an action packed run and gun type of story it turns into the typical MC getting into the logistics of commanding a castle. Blah, blah, blah food and shelter and defense. There are only like 5 battles scenes in the whole book. Not to mention a whole new way of moving and fighting.
But the worst thing for me is when Cayden starts referring to the NPC as real people, their feelings, their well being, the whole.. "We can't send these people into battle" garbage. Although Cayden keeps telling everyone that it is just a game and how it should be played, he refers to the NPCs as real people, I really do not enjoy this, I know it is full emersion but I am not looking for a soap opera.
If you are expecting the same type of story line as Speed Runner then do not buy this book. In fact I will not be buying any more of this series, more than once I had to ask what the heel they were talking about.

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  • adam
  • 16-05-18

Honest Review: No Hype No Hate

I really enjoyed the first book and the world the author is creating. It has a lot of promise and offers that Sword Art Online feel that's really popular right now. It has the hidden mysteries and popular references that make the characters more relateable/enduring to the modern audience. That said I'll break my review down into parts I think other fantasy readers will under

Story Consistency:
The premise of the 2nd book is a continuation of book 1 at an approriate place with the same usual what ifs that all books run on. In this one it's special game event similar to season events that mmos are fond of and makes since given the creator of the tower. Usually in a fantasy series you want each book to center around a big major event that chain together with other books and hook you into the future. The author tries to do this but confuses long term plots with short term ones. I felt like the book was missing a few more chapters to finish it off. It cliff hangs hard and not really in a great spot. It should be like 2-3 hours longer, wrap up major events and then sneak in the over arcing quest near the end and some glimpses in the middle. But it's like ending the middle hump of a story between the builder scene and the final climax.

Character Development:
The MC is starting to grow up more and his companions have some of their past revealed. It may seem like he's the same dumb kid but he's starting to realize his mistakes and figuring out he can't keep doing the same thing. I applaud the 1 step backwards thing the author was going for.

Enjoyability:
If you liked the first one by all means it doesn't break the mold. It's fun and has those awe moments while back stabbing you with pop culture reference to break the seriousness. It's light, gamer friendly, and for teenager MC avoids the angst that never makes sense to an adult.