When Marine Corps pilot Jacob Merely crashes during a routine mission off the coast of Cyprus, he was sure it was game over.
After surviving the crash and pulling himself onto the sandy shores of a long-abandoned island, however, Jacob unwittingly stumbles headfirst into the ancient ruins of a dead city. Unfortunately, he also stumbles into an age-old battle between good and evil - and he is now its newest recruit.
The island once belonged to the Amazons, daughters of Ares, the God of War, and stood as the final bastion between the human world and the monstrosities of the Great Below. But Jacob’s arrival has awakened the old gods and disturbed the seal holding the ravaging darkness at bay.
Now, with the help of a sacred gem containing Ares’ power, Jacob must recreate the Amazonian defenders of humanity and fortify the island stronghold. And if he fails, Hades will unleash his army of the damned and the world of men will fall, giving rise to an age of walking nightmares.
"You had me at mythology. You sold me at the crafting, game mechanics, great characters, and serious action. From start to finish, War God's Mantle delivers. Do not miss this book!" (Harmon Cooper, author of Fantasy Online and The Feedback Loop series)
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By Scott R on 22-03-18
Great Detailed Epic
As a fan of previous works by James Hunter i was expecting great things and the detailed world building wa excellent. not sure the war god route works as well as say his viridian gate series as the start is a little rocky with the flow. It does pick up tho and by the end we are in full flow with a thoughly enjoyable adventure.
The very very end does fall slightly flat as maybe a little rushed and not what i expected but does not stop me from looking forward to the 2nd adventure.
Narration worked very well i thought.
This was a story i asked for and as such is based on my own opinion.
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By Lynn Cartan on 06-03-18
Original concept and great characters!
What a fantastic book! I loved the concept behind this book and found it to be a very original take on the LitRPG genre. The Greek mythology aspect was interesting and added a lot of depth to the story as my brain went back in time to remember all of the mythology I'd learned in school. This was an engaging listen and the time flew by. Before I knew it, I was at the end and hoping that James Hunter and Arron Crash have a sequel coming. I think my favourite part was the characters. They're very vivid and made me care about what happened to them. Love that in a book! A final comment on the narrator, Armen Taylor. I wondered how he was going to pull of narrating a bunch of Amazons. I was really pleased with how he represented them. He managed to convey the female voices very well and the Amazons came across as stately, even when they started to pick up modern vernacular. With quite a few Amazon voices to portray, Armen found a way to give them all a distinct voice. This is one of the most enjoyable books I've listened to in a while!
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By Ray Johnson on 08-03-18
When you absolutely MUST LEVEL UP!
Jacob, a marine Pilot,finds himself in a world of hurt (technically on an island of hurt) when his plane accidentally enters a pocket universe owned by ancient Greek Gods. His life goes from bad to aw crap, in about five seconds of crash landing and only gets worse when he makes it to shore.
War God's Mantle is a fun little ride that has dashes of greek mythology and gaming sensiblities blended into a wonderful soup of battle, bloodlust, and babes. This has a Harem feel to it (because. . . well, DUH), but is squarely centered into RPGLIT. The explanation for the gaming screens and leveling of experience is deftly handled in a logical fun way. My only complaint is that it does steal a little from the 80's classic Clash of the Titans, but I'm writing that off as a homage. Taylor does great narrating, and I don't think I've ever heard a narrator announce a new chapter quite the way he does. It kind of comes across like those old monster truck rally commercials where they scream, "SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY!". It's pretty awesome how he does that. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review. So take my word for it, this is some fine fun writing.
This is a book that I appreciate did not rush the premise, and seems like it will be a trilogy rather than an endless series of books, it has an honest to "god" end in sight, and I can't wait to see that happen. Then, once the initial premise is completed I would more than welcome anotehr set of books!!
James Hunter , Aaron Crash keep them coming!!!
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