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Summary

Before World War II could reach its conclusion, the world suffered what could only be defined as a cataclysm.

Legend has it that an experiment failed. Catastrophically so. And when it failed, the center of the United States, from the Sierra Nevada to the Mississippi river, became "The Waste", where everything changed.

In The Waste, every fantasy creature, fairytale demon, or mythological monster exists. From orcs, to neriads, ogres, trolls, wraiths, elves, harpies, and even beastmen. They all exist, and all despise humankind.

In the ruins of the west and east coasts, new governments have arisen. With new jobs.

Vince is a Ranger, a profession whose sole job duty is surviving in the waste, and taking missions from the Ranger Guild. Be it courier services, escorts, or simply exploring tombs and cities.

Taking up an escort mission, Vince encounters a situation that will shape his life forever onward.

As well as the lives of everyone in North America.

Warning: This novel contains adult themes and moral ambiguities. The main character is written as a real person in an apocalypse, and will not make choices that line up with society and cultural norms.

©2017 Randi Darren (P)2017 Randi Darren

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simply brilliant

fantastic story, in depth characters, great narration. all in all a must read. couldn't recommend it enough

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Good read but very similar to his other books

If you could sum up Wild Wastes in three words, what would they be?

Adult fantasy pulp

Any additional comments?

If I didn't know that Randi Darren is a pseudonym of William D Arand I'd be thinking one of them had plagiarised the others book. I previously listened to "Super Sales on Super Heroes" which I really enjoyed, and searching out his other books thought I'd give this a try. The story lines of these two books are basically identical but placed in different settings i.e. (spoilers) a guy with some sort of power to 'read' and adapt other people starts buying up slaves to create an initial harem of powerful characters and then expands by buying up loads more to create his own army/commune.I felt it was a little lazy to essentially use the same storyline, but it's set in a more Tolkienesque fantasy world and with a very large smattering of adult content. However, taken for itself I found the book enjoyable and an easy listen, but it's more of a pulp read than anything deeper, but I doubt it was aimed as anything more than that. If I could only choose one I'd pick Super Sales, as I prefer it's dark humour but this has it's place for those that like a more fantasy style story and adult content, which at times is quite explicit, which didn't bother me but others may find difficult if not keen on that sort of content. Other than that, the narration is very good and pretty enjoyable.

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  • Lia
  • 13-08-17

Everything I Love in One Book

Fantasy, magic and sex? Amazing! I just loved this book. I guess this can be called erotic fantasy, but it really felt like it was much more than that. Amazing characters and character development and a great environment. I loved the take on the whole post-apocalyptic world mixed with magic. Eagerly waiting for the sequel!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Kindle User
  • 03-08-17

Amazing narration to a great story

First let me say, though Andrea's voices for the characters didn't fit with what I'd imagined for them, they did fit the characters enough to grow on me. Please tell me she will be doing the whole series. It's always weird for me to listen to an audio book of one I've previously read since it can be quite jarring when the narrator 'miss voices' someone. Thankfully that didn't happen here.

As far as the story itself goes, it's your typical loner guy sets off on adventure, meets harem, danger, and fun times insue. The story is good, the characters are well written. The sex isn't overdone and fits the plotline, adding to the overall story. If that's not your thing, or it bothers you, give this book a skip, you probably won't like it. Otherwise I can't recommend it enough.

I plan to give more Andrea Parsneau books a listen while waiting for Randi to finish book two. She's really good at bringing a book to life.

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  • Jeffrey A. Blowers
  • 27-07-17

Fantastic!

Nice ballance between erotica and story. Excellent character development, none of the characters are two dimensional or overly cliché. Both the author and narrator make you care about them all.

Looking forward to the next book.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 17-10-17

CREPUSCULAR

This book is male masturbation material. The main character has sex with various fairy tale type women. He has sex with an ogre, who is fit and muscular. Matter of fact they screw every night. He deflowers a dryad. She loses her virginity and orgasms all at the same time. He screws an ant woman with a sort of Data from Star Trek personality. She is over six feet tall. The Dryad is short and curvy with perfect breasts. At one point he has sex with nine women at the same time. He gets lots of blow jobs and he always ejaculates into their mouths. All of the males worship him and don't mind that he keeps all the women for himself. Some women are satisfied to just clean his cock with their tongues after he as sex with other women.

The narrator was fairly monotone and I feel she was not happy to have landed this job.

Like most erotica, this starts our pretty tame, but escalates into heavier and heavier sex scenes.

Sex happens and it is a big part of life and I wish more authors would recognize that, but I got to where I just hated the main character, as he went from a nice naïve guy to a sort of Harvey Weinstien.

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  • Daniel
  • 04-09-17

Very graphic but extremely entertaining

great narration, well written, definitely NSFW. I found the book slow to get started but once it was going it was a good blend of sex, violence, and sword and sorcery fantasy.

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  • Chris Vernon
  • 22-08-17

Finally a believable and smart main character.

It did take me a bit to get into the story. After so many poorly written or concieved plots points from other authors, it is a true marvel to have a Hero who is not stupid or being saved by a author's ham handed attempts at conflict resolution.
I believe I would have made many of the same decisions as he did. I found the author's world and concepts a novel idea and approach to making the conflicts and plot devices believable and engrossing.

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  • Michael
  • 02-08-17

Interesting with potential flat as week old Coke

Fantasy adventure with a harem of girls of a variety of unique fantasy races; Orc, Dryad, Soldier Ant, and Elves. Kinda post apocalypse. Main male character seems to have undergone some sort of genetic engineering as a child by his mother. It is only alluded and never elaborated upon. I really wanted to like it. It is not even close to as good as any of the Daniel Black books, The Selfless Hero Trilogy, or Good Intentions. The author should take notes on the main characters from those two series. I'm fine with graphic sex when it adds something to the story. The story could have been greatly improved upon with the character development of all the females. The females have so much potential but the writer basically treats them all like Dutch Wives. I honestly laughed a number of times as I could frankly imagine a sexually frustrated teenage boy trying to write a Fantasy Adventure story from the Harem subgenre and it turning into this. The series is certainly not beyond salvage. I hope the writer continues to grind away at the craft and takes the feedback from those of us that have invested in this first and hopefully not last book. In closing, the female narrator saved you book this time. The narrator's performance far outstripped the material she was given. I could easily give the narrator five stars with any other material. Truth is the material actually was bad enough that I had to keep that fifth star.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 14-08-17

good read

good storyline and kept me interested. unique blend of wild west, guns, swords, and magic

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-08-17

May be a bit too adult for most listeners

Great story and very entertaining if a bit adult.

If your looking for an adult based fantasy novel this is well worth it.

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  • dan christenson
  • 04-12-17

Hard to get through

Interesting premise for erotica fantasy, but it was a bit too much about the sex scenes and not enough of everything else. I had a very hard time getting through the whole thing because the dialogue was only a step up from a bad porno.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful