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.
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By Bodger on 07-03-18
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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By Kindle User on 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.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
By Lia on 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!
9 of 9 people found this review helpful