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The Earth has changed. War is now fought in an alien virtual reality - the Game - where many of the players are anything but human.

Now part of the Black Rose guild, Alan heads to the Academy to level up and get stronger. He hopes to make allies and learn skills to win the battles to come. But with everyone pursuing their own agendas, what can one gamer do in a universe he still doesn't fully understand?

©2017 Cosimo Yap (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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Excellent original story

Story was fantastic and incredibly original. Cant wait for book 3.

Nick Podehl amazing as usual.

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Better but still too minutia heavy

Book 2 was significantly better than book 1. The narration continues to be great. Areas of improvement:

- A plot finally presents itself

- Alan starts to make a few decisions of his own

- Lambda is far more interesting than Eve, the exposition engine

- People are starting to appear like people and not low budget computer NPCs

The series continues to suffer from the sin of telling instead of showing. He tries to rectify this somewhat by showing new discoveries in training simulations, but they are no stakes throw away scenes. Likewise, the massive info dumps, while less common in book 2, are still far too many.

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wish their was more...

fun series, highly recommend. Nick Pohdel is a master, wish their was more. keep it up!

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OUTSTANDING story line!!

I really do like this story line. Lots of Twist and turns and it doesn't bog down while keeping up the speed needed to keep one in the story.
The main character some times seems like and idiot but he does have help from others...

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Great book

All around really good book. However the MC has zero people skills and refuses to learn.

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this is hands down on of the best LitRPG novels. the voice acting is on par with the writing and comes together to form an amazing epic.

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It was great, just make it like longer next time

This was a very fun listen. Nick is also a great reader. It’s just a little to small. Been reading some others that are just as good but 3 to 4 times longer. This does not tale away from the great story. It just a bang for buck thing:)

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Nice installment into the LiT-RPG world

Fun series! Book 2 was as good if not as fun as the first! Can’t wait for the third!

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Excellent follow-up

I thought this was a great twist on the typical D&D type book. I went through both books in about 4 days total. I am looking forward to book 3. The narrator is a great fit for this book.

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goodness

can't wait for the next one, let's get moving and get it out. taking to long on all good sequels.

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  • Graham
  • 01-02-18

Non stop entertainment!

The second installment of Yap's 'The Game' is even more gripping than the first. I'm not a gamer myself - the story is standalone entertaining and so appropriate to a broader action and Sci -Fi/fantasy junkie audience. This story draws you into a multi faceted, complex universe with rich characters and abounding plot twists - the next installment can't come soon enough.

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  • Jordan Nash
  • 04-11-18

Wow, Book 3 can't come soon enough!

Book two was amazing! expanding on Alan's adventures from the previous book the first few chapters set the tone for another great book.

It is slow at times but they're either for plot explanation or for general description, One thing I love about this series is the Narration, Nick Podhel really out does himself and delivers another great narration.

would definitely recommend the series to any avid gamer, it sci fi fan!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-18-18

Another epic installment

I was expecting a party of five, Alan, kitana, sidestep, etc to go on some quests and dungeons for loot and levels, but instead the story took a much larger more interesting route and it was great.
It was a little less 'gamey' than the first but as the ground was already set this wasn't a bad thing.
I genuinely can't wait for more.

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  • RADOSLAV MARINOV
  • 01-22-18

A truly gripping series!

By far the most immersive RPG series I have read this decade. Thee authors attention to detail is impeccable and succeeds in capturing the quintessential nuances of the genre. Thus is definitely one to read to the end, hopefully there will be many more additions.

Rad

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  • David
  • 11-15-17

Good sequel

Enjoyable story too short though and no real epic battles all seems a little easy for the hero and lacks tension but an enjoyable book in all

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  • Terry
  • 10-21-18

great fun listen 👍

can't wait for book iii bring it on, wish I had an eve up top

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-16-18

Just like ready player one - only better!

Great series absolutely love it!!!
Only problem is books are too short!!!
Need more more more!!!!

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  • MR D C WINDLE
  • 07-23-18

A great 2nd book that I couldn't put down

An excellent story that kept me hooked to the end, with a great narrator. I can't wait to hear more from this brilliant author.

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  • Ljones78
  • 05-14-18

I really liked it

I loved the full on in game immersion aspect to this sequel, as in the first you are mainly following Alan through his adventures - really looking forward to the third installment!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-24-18

Love the universe that's being built. However....

So I love the universe being build. The performance and the story are amazing and I've grown to like a few more of the characters as they are being developed more. However, the one issue with this series not necessarily just this book is that it seems like it's taking forever. I almost feel like we could have made the first two entire books into just one. Our main character is a badass but is still a noob in many ways. So few things seemed to have happened by the end of book 2. Still very interesting and a good story but it seems like we won't get anywhere until like book 6.

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  • Craig
  • 11-22-17

Ready Player 1 meets Expeditionary Force

Ready Player 1 is one of my favorite books. It was the first LitRPG stories I ever read and it was so much fun. Sadly the next few I read I barely finished and some I didn't. I was hooked quite early with this series and finished both books in about 4 days.

I liken the feel of these books as the title says - Ready Player 1 meets Expeditionary Force.
Skippy the A.I. form Expeditionary Force is nothing like Eve though. But the general premise of an A.I. helping the main character to discover the mysteries of the universe along with some sidekicks to help is essentially the same.
Alan is similar to Wade from Ready Player 1. A down on his luck character who seems to stumble into a situation he is ill prepared for yet despite all odds shines under pressure.

You don't have to like playing games to enjoy these books, just understand how they generally work. If you love a great adventure and science fiction then you will love these books.

Nick Podehl does a wonderful job with his narration. His female voices aren't annoying like most males are who try to perform them, his accents are good and he is easy to listen to for long periods.

Buy this, love it, and spread the word so we can get many more stories from Cosimo.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-31-18

Can't get enough of this series!

I haven't read many LitRPGs but this is by far the best I have read. Can't wait for book 3!

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  • David
  • 12-06-17

Epic book.

a fast paced adventure. briliant concepts and world building. I am rather fond of this book series.

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