BEWARE! There might be slight spoilers in this review. I will not reveal anything BIG, or what you wouldn’t be able to find in a normal back of the book synopsis.
One More Last Time: The Good Guys by Eric Ugland
Our snarky sarcastic protagonist is introduced, with wounds apparently gangrenous, “bad” people approaching his home and finds he has no way out. He is about to take his own life when his only friend in the world offers him a way out; A URL link? Upon clicking on it, he finds sign up forms for a video game called iNcArNaTe. The bad people are starting to break into his house and his friend says it is imperative that he finish the sign up. Just as bullets fire and a grenade falls to his feet the world goes dark.
He wakes up in a place between worlds, meets an interesting person named Mr. Paul who says that everything is late, and they find an arrangement to have our protagonist, newly named “Montana” enter the world called Vuldranni.
The books follow Montana’s adventures in Vuldranni, where all he wants to do is find a small piece of land, build a cozy log cabin and fish. His dreams are thwarted and he finds himself mixed up in wars, intrigue, fighting bandits, meeting Otter people and more.
In most video games and fantasy book series I much prefer the rogue type characters, so knowing that the main character; Montana was a pure strength build type warrior like Conan the barbarian, I didn’t really have high hopes for liking the book.
Boy was I wrong.
This is one of the funniest books I have ever read. So much snark, and silly action scenes. Eric does a wonderful job making every gorey detail come to life in the most humorous ways possible. Every interaction of Montana’s in the story gives so this hope that something hilarious is about to happen.
If you get the audio book version, the humor and the flow of the story are even better. Neil Hellegers makes everything 10X more funny.
I wouldn’t say that this is bad in any sense, but this book is most definitely not for everyone. It is very bloody and can possible have many triggers for those who are of the much more sensitive type to especially descriptive visuals of things. Otherwise, the detail makes everything very funny.
The book is quite short in my opinion. I finished reading it in a 5-hour session. I hope the future books have a bit more meat on their spines.
I was really pleasantly surprised by this book. I started reading prepared to dislike it, but I found it is now one of my favorite LITRPG books, as long as they are all just as funny. 😉
I would give this book an 9 out of 10.
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