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Noah finds himself stranded in a completely unfamiliar world after something went wrong with the 'Gates' mission back on Earth. Running low on supplies and with no means of contacting those who were supposed to arrive here with him, he will have to use his almost forty years of experience as a mercenary on Earth to survive, establish himself, and try and locate others, as well as learn if there is a way to go back home -- back to Earth.
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The concept of the novel, an isekaied super soldier/infiltrator ending up in an otherwordly land and going his way to ursurp power, isn't exactly new and thus my scrutiny falls mainly on the execution.
The world-crafting is pretty basic, details are only offered if the author/mc wants to make a point of something, like the technological level of the natives. Personally I find it pretty bland and insufficient.
The story itself is pretty solid if not particulary inspired, though up to the chapter I've read progression felt more artificially crafted than naturally developed. Another minus is the tendency for the inner monologues of the mc to slow down the story instead of carrying it along.
Grammar is about average for rrl, which means frequent grammatical errors and no particular flourish regarding vocabulary. It doesn't particulary hamper reading though.
May main gripe are the characters, mainly because of the clichees/tropes at play. The mc has supposedly decades of experience (mid forties) but thinks like an anxious teen and fumbles his way to success all the same. Meanwhile the author let's him entertain morally dubious stuff regularly just for the sake of hammering down how much of a hard ass he is or let's him make basic and superficial observation (sometimes even flawed) to show-case his 'ingenuity/experience'.
The first female pov (and probably lead) immediately gushes over his looks, cleverness and affability, making her look more like a cultivation trope collection than a real character. Might be that the author develops her properly later, but I'm not to find out.
I hope my feedback offers insight and wish you fun and plentiful experience while exploring this story, beddedotaku.
I think the biggest flaw this story has is the character development of the people around the protagonist. We learn a little bit about their desires, but they lack the drive to do anything about their situation until the main character meets up with them, which is unfortunate because the characters seem complex and varied in regard to their past and current situations. It seems that any character development that happen only occurs when the protagonist speaks to them or teaches them directly, with only a few instances where it happens through their interactions with the world without the protagonist around.
Frankly, it gives off the feeling that the world revolves solely around the protagonist, which doesn't give it many points for worldbuilding either.
Aside from that, the story is fine in its other aspects. The author does a good job of depicting a protagonist who is powerful in the eyes of others without the use of flashy magical moves or huge stat numbers like in other isekai novels. It's clear that the protagonist is experienced and very intelligent, and he uses the traits he has to manipulate those around him to get what he wants. Every time he manipulates a character, the interactions seem fluid and natural, which is what makes it feel much more real to the reader. He isn't the most altruistic person in the world (worlds?), but it's shown in the novel what made him who he is, which gives the character a bit more depth. This novel is not extremely action-packed as of now, despite its action tag, which is something to keep in mind if you're planning to read this novel. Instead, the meat of the story is how the protag disrupts the world around him to achieve his goals.
Overall I think that it's slightly above average, but not quite reaching 4 out of 5.
3.5: Decent, and with interesting parts here and there. Not something that I'd be comfortable recommending for everyone though, so if you could bear the main shortcoming of the novel, then I'd say to give it a try.
That being said, I think that the novel still has a lot of unrealized potential in future updates. The author has experimented with different perspectives of characters occasionally, and the recent events that are unfolding present an opportunity for the author to showcase what the reactions of many of the people he has met will be in response to a very particular event.
So it may be worthwhile to keep an eye out.
Reviewed as of chapter 69. Started reading and didn't put down until I was caught up with recent post.
In the not to distant future... Noah, a cold-hearted special ops mercenary with a history of political sabotage, takes a new mission. A mission unlike any other that will change change his life forever. With a handful of others, he is is thrust into a new fantasy world with magic and powerful beings only to find himself separated and alone. Watch as he adapts to this new world and does what he does best--collapse the existing government structures and taking power. Will he adapt and survive? Will his cynical and closed heart be opened? Will he amass enough power to gather his lost teammates and return?
This isekei novel is written as a traditional western fantasy with stylistic elements from xianxia woven in. Semi-OP MC.
Scene setting is good.
Plot is good.
World building is great.
Grammar, syntax, spelling errors are minimal.
Character development is average compared to traditionally published novels.
PROS: thrilling ride that has you cheering for a bad guy who through happenstance is headingtowardsthe right goal.
CONS: expect POV shifts every few chapters, many of which exist to show how the supporting characters are impressed by the MC rather than developing those characters -- a trait many eastern novels are guilty of.
Ultimately, I found it well-written and enjoyable so far.