A Thrilling Story from Great LitRPG Veterans
4.5 out of 5 stars
Apocalypse Grit by Craig Hamilton and Tao Wong kicked off at a breakneck pace. throws readers straight into the midst of a war, with Hal Mason and his team at the center of the chaos. The rapid start sets the tone for an adrenaline-fueled adventure that doesn’t let up.
I felt the action in the story kept intensifying, presenting Hal and his team with one formidable challenge after another. The relentless pace contributes to the book’s gripping and dynamic atmosphere, keeping me on the edge of my seat throughout.
My thoughts lingered on the compelling interactions between characters and the relentless fighting, two aspects that consistently draw me into these books. Apocalypse Grit delivered abundantly on both fronts. During moments of respite from the intense battles, the characters engage with new acquaintances, adding depth to the storyline (in my humble opinion where Wong and Hamilton really shine). And just when you think the fighting might subside, it revs up again, maintaining the story’s fever-pitched momentum.
I appreciated that this installment could stand alone even as part of the System Apocalypse – Relentless series. It allowed me to enjoy the narrative without feeling lost in an intricate series backstory. Even though I’ve read the other two stories in the series, I didn’t feel like they were holding me back from enjoying this one (or in my case adding tons of value to the whole story). That’s great for new readers because you can jump in at any point. And given how long these stories are – you get a lot of value wherever you start.
For those who revel in stats, I thought it was noteworthy that this book is loaded with them. Admittedly, at times, the recitation of stat lines by Casey could border on monotonous (not Casey’s fault at all), but it didn’t detract from the overall experience. The abundance of stats added a layer of detail and complexity to the story, catering to those who relish such intricacies, and is an engrained part of any good LitRPG story. I remember mentioning in one of my other reviews that it was done in a more “he reached level x” way before, but they teter between the two uses within this one.
Apocalypse Grit is a thrilling addition to the series, offering a seamless blend of intense action, engaging character dynamics, and a wealth of stats for LitRPG enthusiasts. I enjoyed the heck out of it and I believe fans of the genre will find this installment a satisfying and immersive read.
Settling scores for profit and power
The land rush is over. With just a few open stakes remaining two years after the System’s arrival on Earth, the incoming alien groups turn on each other in a cutthroat struggle for dominance.
These conflicts are ripe opportunities for bold adventurers and bounty hunter Hal Mason isn’t one to miss his chance. When a trade dispute between two powerful Galactic factions escalates into open warfare, Mason plunges headfirst into the fray.
Hal soon discovers that he’s not the only hunter seeking to temper his strength in the forge of combat. In this crucible against more experienced killers, winner takes all.
And in the System, all means a lot more than just his life.
Apocalypse Grit is the third book in the System Apocalypse: Relentless series. Set in the same universe as Tao Wong’s bestselling post-apocalyptic LitRPG, The System Apocalypse, it’s another glimpse into what humanity will do when the chips are down and the monsters are crawling from the shadows.
Apocalypse Grit by Craig Hamilton, Tao Wong
Narrator: Shamaan Casey
Length: 16 hrs and 59 mins
Series: System Apocalypse - Relentless #3
Published by Starlit Publishing on December 2nd 2023
Genres: Science Fiction
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