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Brandon Strayne. Brilliant computer programmer, businessman, and world leader. Where did this mysterious man come from?

This volume details Brandon's history and rise to power. Before there was the Game, there was a boy.

This takes the story of the Game even further by viewing how it all started!

A must-listen for all fans of The Game Is Life series.

©2013 Terry Schott (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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Classic in a rush writing ..

Book 1 in the series created a bunch of interesting possibilities. Book 2 ignored the story premises set up in book 1, and told of an incoherent set of circumstances that appeared to take place in the same universe, but were mostly unrelated. Book 3 is the story that lead into book 1, and seemed promising at first but went off the rails around the time things should have been tied together with the first book. If i had to do it again, i would read book 3 first, then book 1 and pretend book 2 and 4 are part of the author's other collection on titles that take place in the same universe but not the same story & then skip those because they are really not worth the time. Luke Daniels was brilliant as always.

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IMPRESSED! SURPRISED AND CONFUSED

That about explains it. Thoroughly enjoyed this 3rd entry, the time just flew by. Luke is great and the story engaging (you must read the first 2). Last few chapters left me somewhat confused. Granted, I am not super bright but I get most things. Is there a chart explaining all the worlds? I cant say more anything more specifically in order not to spoil it but I did go a little crosseyed, who was where and how and why. Looking forward to more!

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Now I'm completely hooked on the series!!!

I will be avoiding spoilers as it would completely ruin this particular series. are the reviews criticized the offer as they feel that he starts to start with fantasy elements rather than sticking to Syfy. by the time you get to the third book you'll find that a lot is revealed in the fantasy elements really are Syfy.
There's definitely a layer of depth that puts "The Game" right on par with the Matrix (before everyone got tired of the over saturation) and a definite must-read for 2017. Book 3 starts answering lots of questions but still definitely leaves you wanting for more. I can't wait until whatever is wrong with this pre-release for the next book is corrected as I'm excited to go on another listen Bender. I've gone through the first three books in the last 4 days if that gives you any idea how much I enjoyed this story.
I genuinely thank the author for entertaining me for quite some time.

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More More More

I'm not sure I can wait for the next book to come out, great back stories explained & it just keeps building. Enjoy

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best of the series so far

at first I wasn't sure i was going to enjoy these books, but they keep gettimg better and better, i really enjoyed the back story of brandon, it made you have remember the characters from the first 2 books and see truly how the worlds are intertwined. .. and luke daniels isnalways the best... last of iron druid series here i come

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Enders Game enters Game is Life!

Excellent tie in with the original story! This is the story behind everything. A marvelously, and sadly told story too!

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book 3 was amazing

Book three did an amazing job of clarifying a lot if events from the past two. amazing series five stars

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Very different from the others

This is a pretty good story, and it explains some things from the previous book, but it didn't seem quite as interesting to me as the others, and I haven't decided yet if I'm gonna go on to book 4.

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Love this book

I haven't loved a book series like this in years. I can't wait to start the next book

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Very fun

Not a book to rip apart and act like some disgruntled failed writer that's bitter at someone else succeeding where you fail.
Drawing parallels to many things familiar to me I am thoroughly enjoying this world, its characters, and the twists that were hinted at in the last book and revealed in this one.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 02-18-18

Most think life owes them something, it doesn't

As suggested by the title, this book steps away from the ongoing story of The Game to look at its creator, Brandon, and the establishment and motives behind it. Having greatly enjoyed the immersive earlier books, at first this reader was reluctant to look outside, to perhaps have preconceived expectations dashed. Instead, the opposite occured and ideas were given even greater interest, the concepts, as well as Brandon, written large.

As always, the narration by Luke Daniels was excellent, read with good pace, clarity and intonation. The various characters, too, were well voiced, distinctive and appropriate. His reading enhances the experience of the book.

Interlude: Brandon could easily be read earlier in the series but, placed as it is as book three, this is definitely the optimum position. Having read the first two stories, the reader will surely have formed their own ideas of the Game and what it is from both information given and that deduced. This book the steps in to add to the understanding of what it really is, at the same time introducing new speculations.
Well written, gently building character and tensions, this is an excellent, unmissable part of the entire series.

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  • Adam Sheridan
  • 03-20-17

Good filler<br />

Better than the second book. Fills in a lot of background information. Hopefully it leads up to a great finale.