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The Guardian Guild

A Dungeon Core Epic (Station Cores, Book 3)
Narrated by: Miles Meili
Series: Station Cores, Book 3
Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
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Summary

Stranded on an alien planet with his consciousness implanted inside of a Station Core, Milton Frederick has used all of the resources at his disposal to protect his damaged Core from local hostile beasts, Proctans, and even a massive bear-gorilla hybrid that almost single-handedly destroyed his dungeon. 

Milton is joined by his AI guide, ALANNA, as well as Brint and Whisp - two Proctans that have joined him in his endeavors; with the introduction of two new “recruits” - Rosewyn and Moxwell - they form a plan that enlists a few more Guardian Guild members to help combat the threat that Brint had discovered underneath the Quizard Mountains to the east. 

Unfortunately, not everything is going as well for the Guardian Guild, the organization tasked with defending the Proctan kingdom from the wild beasts roaming their borders. A political coup instigated by the Cordpower Company has upset the monarchial government and the Guild has been caught in the crossfire. 

Now, Milton has to figure out how to deal with that issue, while at the same time preparing for the inevitable arrival of the threat from the Quizard Mountains. 

Fortunately, new discoveries of his own has led to great strides in manipulating the Gene Mutations that affect the Proctans. Not only has the introduction of a Neurological Control Unit allowed for the manipulation of abilities, but it also provides something that will change the very nature of how the Proctans view death - and something that Milton, as a gamer, knows very well: respawning. 

But will those advantages be enough against the threat coming their way? 

Contains LitRPG/GameLit elements such as level progression and experience, optional tables, no harems, and a heavy Dungeon Core emphasis. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Jonathan Brooks (P)2019 Jonathan Brooks

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good book series but...

I like the plot of the series and love the character developments i even like the stats but i just can't get over the cursing. like there are Full sentences of cursing. this is a good book but for some people some like me that amount of cursing is a no-no. esp for an audiobook. but i would still read it and recommend it because it is a great book with a great story. however, sorry although it was a great performance and the plot is good, i would probably stick to Reading this than Listening to it. will probably enjoy it that way. so if you are not averse to cursing like a pirate/trucker and you like Dungeon Litrpgs that involves stats(i love those) you would love this book series. Just try it!

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Avesome book

It was pleasure to listen to another part of this series. Now it's time for next part😁

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Solid escalation in this instalment

Getting the obvious comment out of the way first, as book three in the series, it is not the ideal starting point for somebody new to the series and they would be better off with book one. This book shares a fairly similar structure to the second book in the series, the timeline is again basically contiguous without the skips that were necessary in the first book and the amount of people interacting with the station core expands again. This time round the increased cast is in theory, significantly larger with the addition of an entire guild, although in reality the increase in significant characters isn't anywhere near as high as that.

It is interesting to see the way that the focus and goals of the dungeon core have changed over the course of this series, going from the more abstract developing sufficiently to return to the collective that had basically abducted him in the first place towards the more grounded aim of helping the population of the planet whose lives had been changed so drastically by his presence on their planet.

The performance of the narrator continues to be a strong point of this series, helping to nicely enhance the overall story with suitably distinctive tones.

Overall, this was very much a middle book in a series, escalating existing issues and introducing some new ones rather than closing off any particular plotlines, but this isn't a problem when you are already engaged and enjoying a series by this point anyway.

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

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A strong continuation of the series

Full disclosure. I was gifted a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

For me, this has been the best book in the series so far. I am very definitely enjoying the ongoing plot line, and the steady build up of the overall story.

The pacing in this one seemed better to me than the first two, which could be a little slow in places, and I do like the way the stats are interleaved in in such a way that they could be skipped by anyone less interested.

The only slight disappointment was the big surprise reveal at the end of the book... which I'd already guessed back in volume 2. It certainly didn't runin the ending or the book for me, so don't let that put you off reading it.

It is definitely a series that needs to be read in order, but for me at least, it's well worth doing so.

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  • Emma Baker
  • 01-11-19

Meili gives another great performance.

Miles Meili gives another great performance with Jonathan Brooks's station core series. Milton and company must prepare for the imminent attack from the Mountains, and Milton, himself, must navigate his new role as the Guild caretaker in their time of need. Milton has fully accepted his role as a Station Core and look forward to more adventures in the next book.

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  • Cory
  • 31-10-19

another great instalment

this is another great instalment with a lot of tables for those of you who like them and for those who don't are placed in a perfect location so you can skip them

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  • Josh Noneya
  • 29-10-19

Enter the Dungeon!!!

Great story and narration!

Milton and the gang are back and dungeoning it up! Power Core is making their move for total dominance, and the Guardian guild is taking the heat. The Bearzillas are still a threat to Milton's new world. How will our heroes manage the fallout?!

I enjoyed this continuation of the series. If you have enjoyed it so far, then you will like it too!

I can't wait to find out what happens next!!!

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  • Keith Brown
  • 08-01-20

Great Book

Another great book added to the series. I am very much looking forward to the next one.

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  • Andrew
  • 04-01-20

Hints of things to come.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this review voluntarily.

The guardian guild picks back up from the disaster that Brint brought onto Milton by being a curious little cat. Overall I enjoyed the story, and the narration is as usual on point. My only real complaints come from book 3 to book 4 in that a name suddenly changes in book 4. I'm still enjoying Jonathon Brooks varied formula for writing, though i might be seeing a pattern to it now. Either way, it's content is different enough that i can enjoy it without much issue.

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  • Mary Karowski
  • 02-01-20

Ever played dungeon keeper? Awesome!

What a great take on the whole dungeons and dragons, fantasy realms, LITRPG type of book. A human trapped in the core of a computer. The core designed to protect a race that may or may not still exist. Crash landed on a planet it must protect itself and gather resources to search out its creating race and protect it. In the mean time it’s like a dungeon master deep in a dungeon. It must protect itself from invaders after its secrets and its resources. It makes an unlikely band of allies that it enhances with special respawn abilities. I missed the first two books but will be going back for them as well as for the rest of the series. This was awesome!!! I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher

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  • Asher
  • 18-12-19

Fun continues

This one was a more about building power but man did it have an exciting ending making me look forward to the next one!

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  • Glenecollins
  • 13-12-19

A good story well told

This series seems to be just getting warmed up but so does the Author. I am looking forward to the next instalment, as well as hoping he decides to work on this series and not one of the ones I haven’t started.

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  • AEK
  • 04-12-19

My son turned me on to this series

So far, good easy listen and enjoyable story. I like it. This being the third one, the characters are coming along, the world is growing and the ideas are good.

I am a fairly harsh critic, so, (3 stars )pretty good from me, it means pretty good. I rarely put things at 4 or 5 stars.

Audible's rating is:
1 Star is "not for me"
2 Stars "it is okay"
3 Stars "pretty good"
4 Stars "it's great"
5 Stars "I love it"

A one star book could be a very dry topic, story,crude or someone preaching down to the reader. I generally don't have 1 star books. I will just return them and go my own way. My last 3 were from the same series, I had hit a very dry spot in my listening.

A 2 star story, would be something that was phoned in by a writer that typically has done much better work. I have a couple of reviews from authors that just seemed to phone it in, one most recently from an author that decided to mix current politics into his novel. If I wanted that, I would just watch the news.

A 3 star review is where I really start. It means I enjoyed the book. That I did not have a hard time following it (I have lost alot of my conversational hearing). That the story kept to a plot, the characters were not static, and the world built was plausable.

A 4 star review is something that I really enjoyed. It puts the author on my map to keep an eye out for. I go through 12-15 books a month. (audible is my primary source of entertainment. ) I will search for the author's works regularly, and seek out their stories for future purchases.

A 5 star review, These are not as rare as one would think. These are the books where the characters grow, learn, act according to their nature. Where the world is not only plausible but believable. Where there are economic systems, businesses, rules of law that make sense. Where the story is woven is progressed and told with caring and dedication. These are books, series, authors and narrators that bring it all in a package.

So, when reading my reviews, if anyone does, that is how I judge the books.

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  • pldittrich
  • 11-11-19

Another excellent addition to the series

Another excellent addition to this series. This author never fails to impress. Everything u could want in a dungeon core litrpg series. Likable characters, staggered progression, political dbags the dungeon couldn't care less about, and mysterious hooks. Looking forward to the next one.

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