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Nicholas Andrews grew up in Dayton, Ohio. After graduating from Bellbrook High School in 2000, he went on to attend both Ohio University and Wright State University. He worked as a freelance video editor for various independent pro wrestling companies for three years, before returning to his first love of writing. He has been writing stories since he was ten years old. He is also the nephew of Ted Andrews (1952-2009), award winning new age author.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Stray Publishing (June 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615493866
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615493862
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,834,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Oleg Medvedkov on February 1, 2013
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The Great Adventure Tournament tournament is the best idea King of Bolognia, King Clader VII has heard in a long time to prop his popularity and take care of some of the nagging problems his kingdom has. Remilius Fairwyn, known to his friends as Remy, lackluster student of the Foeny University (FU), by an accident becomes a captain of team in a great Adventure Tournament. His dream has always been to become an adventurer, go on the quests, search for treasure, save damsels, the usual. Now, it seems like this tournament will let him "get his feet wet" in this adventuring business.

His team after the qualifying round consists of a thief Marie the Lock Collector, healer Artesia Branford, magician Fosher Corwain, and an ex pro wrestler Bleg. With a rookie captain who keeps stumbling over his own feet, will this unfortunately named team "Bowel" have any chance of even advancing to the next round?
There's also an intrigue afoot at the highest levels of power that threatens the king, stability of the nation, and possibly even a survival of the human race, if things get too out of hand.

So, this is the basic setup for the story. The events start unraveling fast after all the main players are introduced, and a few supporting characters add diversion and exposition, like Remy's friend Kyra and his new-found romantic interest Melicia. Interestingly, the competing team members sometimes look way more colorful that Remy's team even though they get less page-time. Team Parquois, Team Chosen, and especially Team Gorgomar make their appearances and help the storyline move forward smoothly.

This is a fantasy in the tradition of D&D, adventure dungeon crawlers (despite a certain lack of dungeons), and Anime versions of thereof. It's a fun and, in places, funny read with (spoilers) a happy ending. If you are looking for a well written, lighthearted adventure with a fantasy setting, I'd definitely recommend "The Adventure Tournament".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Book Hound on December 6, 2012
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Adventure, fantasy and humor all in one book. I will not give spoilers but a short and sweet comment. The characters were well thought out and all had a place in the story. The story flowed well, had me laughing numerous times and not once did I have to question what I read. I read ALOT of books and this is now one of my favorites. Definitely worth the time to read it. Thanks Mr. Andrews for a humorous and fun adventure!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By spottiest on May 23, 2012
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.This was a very enjoyable book to read, the characters were unique in their own personalities and very likable. Even the story line was different than the normal fantasy book these days. I enjoyed the authors play on words ie... street names and university. I never write reviews but I found myself compelled to boot up the old laptop when I finished the book to do just that. Thanks for a memorable story, I will be sharing this title with my friends that's for sure :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nash Android on May 30, 2013
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This is a Dungeons and Dragons type fantasy with a team of adventurers competing with others to overcome monsters in a series of contest events. A unifying thread of political intrigue and even a touch of romance provide the plot.

The heroes are likeable and the bad guys have motives beyond just wanting to take over the world (Mwa-ha-ha). The name of place where the story begins, Foeny Balognia, adds to the sense of comic adventure, letting the reader know this is not to be taken too seriously. There is nothing deep about this-- no cultural satire or philosophical insights, but the prose, editing, pacing, and other technical details are done well, making for an enjoyable, light read.

My only issue is that serendipitous events, such as finding a ladder or a jar laying around just when such things would come in handy, or happening to be on the right rooftop that just happens to collapse at the right time, strained my ability to suspend disbelief. Other than that, this is a fine story. I can recommend it.
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By donchute on November 13, 2013
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Our never do well great hero. The only reason he has for not flunking out of college, is that his father is a professor there. He then reads the King's notice, that adventurer's are needed to rid the country of all undesirables. He immediately signs up. However, since his father is a well renowned scholar at Old FU, he is made the captain of his adventurer's team. You next follow his team's many hilarious misadventures and ordeals. He also worries about hisgrades at Old FU, since he promised his father to maintain them.. An unexpected twist near the end, makes this book a very enjoyable read.
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I read this and enjoyed it. Of course, I enjoy light-hearted stories sprinkled heavily with humor. I would suggest offering an e-book version as I've switched to an 'e-reader and will never go back.(i'm deliberately not mentioning brand, just display tech. And e-ink pearl is good display tech.) In closing, this is not patches-on-your-sport-coat-elbows litrachur. It's a story the author seems to have enjoyed creating and hopes you enjoy it as well.
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By Kim Pulsipher on November 16, 2012
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I have to say that this book was as good as one of the Piers Anthony "Xanth" books. What I mean is I got the same silly feeling reading this as I do reading about Com Pewter and the gang. The characters are well written, and the plot is entertaining. Unlike a lot of recent books, I didn't find obvious spelling or grammar errors. I really enjoyed this and will read more from this author.
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