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Publisher's Summary

Damaged. Disgraced. Dishonored. 

And the only hero who can save seven worlds. 

When a freak accident ruins his body and his memory, Wes Malcolm loses his scholarship and his place in the world. 

Every treatment has failed, save one: a fully immersive VR game, designed by his late, disgraced father, that mimics the condition his body used to possess. To everyone's disbelief, his body and mind slowly improve, bit by bit, but it's still not enough. 

Then one night, he wakes up in a world just like the game his father designed. Here, he can grow, learn, and thrive. 

But this world and all its sister planets are under assault from nightmare creatures, supernatural storms, and a host of other cataclysms. 

The strange, beautiful steward of these worlds offers him a deal: Save her planets, and he can take the power he gains back to his original body on Earth. 

It's the best chance he's ever been offered. But will his determination be enough, both for himself and the worlds now depending on him? 

Come and find out.

©2018, 2020 Nathan Thompson (P)2020 Nathan Thompson

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Now in my top 3 favorites!

Absolutely amazing character building and developing story! I was invested in the MC from the start, quickly rooting for him and willing him to succed. The story prgression was fantastic, no long and dry walls of words and no feeling like things were rushed or jammed in. The way that the author built up his version of LIT RPG was unique and intriguing. The author was incredible! His writing flowed well and felt like it was intended to be listened to, which leads to the phenomenal voices of the narrators. They both did a great job! The righting and the narrating together, upon finishing the book, has slammed down this title into my top 3 books! The male narrator's range of voices is large. He can do the most innocent child up to the most vicious and absolutely disgusting villain. The female narrator also was superb, from young child to condescending bi... buisness woman... Overall, the book read like the author knew who was going to narrate his work and, well, it worked! Really well. Now I'm pumped for the next book and I might have trouble sleeping.

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A rare 5 Star for me

I don't normally give books 5 stars because that means I would rave and recommend this book endlessly. Let me say it was a very, very slow start and it hit a lot of sensitive subjects as plot points for the MC and his family. That being said it was done wonderfully and tastefully for me to keep its heavy dark edge while not being disgusting and I applaud the author for this, it could have easily made me return this book. I think this series is one that will be something I pick up and struggle to put down with each release and if it comes to slow I may end up grabbing the books to just read. I like to say I appreciate the author for doing an audiobook and allowing me the chance to discover this series, I have little time to sit down and read so this made it much easier to experience and he picked a wonderful duo. Personal rating of the book: 5/5 Objective rating of the book 4/5 Reason my objective rating is 1 star lower is because the opening theme might be to heavy and to emotional for some and could throw them off before really getting into the good parts of the book. 100% ready to throw some cash at this man when he has the 2nd book released and if need be i'll throw it at him through my kindle instead.

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Just a great listen

so I've been waiting for this to come out on Audible for a while cuz I'd already read the book and I am not disappointed I cannot wait for the next book to come out here on Audible

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mandatory "I never write reviews"

Absolutely amazing. This is literally the first time I've ever taken time to write a review after an audiobook. let's start with the narrators. I was enthralled by every voice, every emotion, every stop or stutter, it's like I was reading to myself. S/He fully grasps the tone in every scene. I haven't enough vocabulary (or near by thesaurus's...theisorisi?... English obviously isn't my forté) to articulate just how impressed I was listening to this man/woman I got goosebumps, my heart pounded when the action was on, I was nearly in tears at times! But, enough of them though. The characters are well rounded (except for a few that I'm assuming was done on purpose and will be revisited and and hold more important roles in the next books) everyone felt like they had their own unique thoughts and opinions. The story... while not exactly original, has very unique twists to literary tropes. There are some dark themes, and at times it might get uncomfortable, but evil does exist... only here, there's a hero never stops fighting it. The hero is smart, (except with women) able, and perseveres through more than what is considered logical. I won't spoil a single thing, if you wanted to know what the story was about read the synopsis. But know, this story, the pace of it, the characters in it, the plot, even the darkness makes this book enter my top 5. I will be heavily recommending this to everyone I know. I'm off to buy the next 5 books. hope this was helpful to at least 1 person.

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awesome

such a good book. worth the credit. solid plot. character Dev. and a great twist. buy it

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Dark and light and what a ride!

This book was a surprise! It made me mad and happy and the narrators absolutely killed it! Couldn’t recommend it more! Hope the next one comes out quick! 10 out of 10

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Rage against the MC

It’s a great concept For a story but the drawn out monologging on what should be a five minute conversation between characters and that the MC should be asking questions even a child could come up with is just so nauseating and rage inducing I’m surprised I finished this book. The performance was pretty good but so slow trying to show emphasis in scenes of the book I was like “ok I get it let’s move on now”. Read the book, it’s much better. I don’t know why Christopher Boucher and Jessica Threet are chosen for almost every other audiobook, especially with some of my favorite authors. I see a favorite author of mine with a new audiobook and I’m like YES! Then I see who’s narrating it and then I grown and ask myself why them, why again. SMH

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not for me

The narrators has always do a great job. I prefer my entertainment has removed from are world and time has possible, the story was not bad at all and could be inspiring for people who have to overcome obstacles in their daily life.

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Whelp, almost perfect

This book could be one of the best of the year, mostly tasteful and good twists, lots of emotional activity but it in a good way I think. If you’re like yo I only listen to litrpg I don’t know if I should get this, stop, this is a great story, one I could connect with, not too many stories out there like this. Yes, it has flaws like every other book besides the Bible. I stayed up till 5 am at the end couldn’t stop listening. Man, what a great book I hope the next one is just as good or better

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Be emotionally ready!!!

I can't even put into words how much I love this book, I completely recommend it.

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  • Io
  • 11-08-20

Good story, excellent performances.

Story is ok, however the voice actors really bring it alive, especially Jessica Threet who's accents are really authentic.

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  • Cj
  • 11-06-20

superb!

I was on the fence with buying this one so I read the reviews and can safely say the positive ones are on point.

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  • Alex
  • 11-19-20

Great book, please finish want the rest.

Loved the book. Really enjoyable. The character development was fantastic. Please release/finish the sequels as soon as possible.

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  • Jed
  • 11-17-20

Fantastic

Kept me hooked start to finish great pacing and as a fan of DnD etc a worthwhile read

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  • Michael
  • 11-08-20

Unexpectedly hooked.

This book was recommended to me by a good friend so I came into it knowing I'd probably really like it, but man I wasn't expecting to want the next in the series so bad... the writing and characters are unique and the voice actors did a fantastic job. Eagerly awaiting the sequels!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-07-20

exceptional

I cannot wait for more. probably the best audio book i have listened to and one of the strongest storys i can remember seeing for over a decade. pleas do more quickly.