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Occultist: Saga Online #1

A LitRPG series
Narrated by: Adam Sims
Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (538 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Damien thought his exams would be bad enough. Then his mother collapsed with a failing heart.   

In a desperate move Damien throws himself into the Streamer Contest of Saga Online, the latest fantasy VR-MMORPG. Winning will provide the funds for his mom’s surgery. Yet early betrayal and a close run in with a vampire almost ruin his attempt he before he even begins.   

Stuck at the bottom of a dungeon with no gear, no allies and little hope, Damien must embrace the undiscovered Occultist class, master control of his new demon companions and take the contest by storm. His plan is simple enough. Topple the most famous player in Saga Online.   

Summon your imps. Prepare for battle!

©2019 Oliver Mayes (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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I took a rare blind leap on this one...

If you’re like me, you’re a big fan of the GameLit genre, but you’re regularly disappointed by how often extremely subpar audiobooks are given unreasonably high ratings.

For me this means that I am very careful when spending my credits on LitRPG titles. I read through (and mostly ignore) all the 5 star reviews and try to discern from the negative reviews whether the book deserves its inevitable 4.x overall rating.

Even then I have to make sure I don’t end up accidentally getting ear-violated by a 13-year-old’s, inane, pornographic fantasy loosely dressed in GameLit clothing (coughs, Schinhofen)...

Which is why it’s so rare that I’d take a chance on an unknown author whose kindle book hasn’t even been reviewed on amazon yet. But I was in a gambling mood, and the audio clip convinced me to give it a chance.

I will fully admit that my 5 star rating is probably artificially inflated by how surprised I was to hear a well-written and professionally narrated audiobook.

This book is not on the level of The Land or Videogame Plotline Tester, but it is an above average LitRPG audiobook with an MC who both acts his age and also avoids describing every female character as “soooo hot!” It also has a very good “real world” motivation and storyline for the MC to have a stake in the game-world.

In the end, the author could surely find a way to turn this into a series, but it is written as a standalone novel without loose ends and forward looking plot lines. The book is completely self contained. Oddly enough, this may make it less satisfying for those who are used to the minimum 3 volume storylines that are almost ubiquitous in the genre.

That said it’s definitely worth a credit, and if this is the author’s first published book, I’m very much looking forward to seeing how his writing develops in the future.

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Great listen

memorable moment was the ending. its was mostly a cliff hanger at the end of each and every chapter. made me keep listening and finish in a day and a half. great story and characters. now I'm going to keep my eye out for more of Adam Sims works.

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wow, just. wow

This book has everything I look for in a good audible book and I theroly enjoyed every part of it. I won't give away any of it because I would be doing a disservice to the people that haven't had a chance to listen yet. I'll tell you to pay attention to details in the beginning and threw out because the author pulls everything together quit nicely and the ending ripped out my funny bone and tickled me with it untill I couldn't stop laughing. I mean, talk about a twist..... twists, plural, multiple, both funny, unexpected and serious and exactly how to end a book!!. No cliff hangers! I am a truck driver and listen to books on the road to pass time, but when I got the last 3hours of this book, I couldn't stop listening. I listened all the way home and sat down on my couch not even bothering to turn on the lights on the way through the door and was oblivious to the world untill the book was done.

I want to thank the author for writing this book and the amazing job the narrator did! Amazing on all characters 🙌👌

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Sun Tzu could take lessons from this kid.

What a wonderful read. 15 hours flew by. It is not often Sci-Fi can make you laugh, cry and set on the edge of your seat. I am amazed by the gauntlet of emotions this book brought out of me. A young boy of 16 is faced with grown up problems. He is hounded by authorities and faces choices I would never want to face. If you are new to the lit-RPG style of books, let this be your first read. I don't often feel the need to write a review, but I just hope we can keep this author writing. 50 years I have been a fan of SCI-FI, and sometimes you just know that a series is going to be a smash hit. Don't let this one slip by your reading list. I am going to give it a week and listen to it again. There is just so much going on that I know I missed some of it. It is five am, I just finished it in one setting and I am still laughing. When you read this book, you will laugh also. Have fun, I did...!

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Amazing Listen.

I loved every minute is this book. It was my first LitRPG, and since finishing it, I haven’t been able to find another that was as enjoyable. I can’t wait for the next book.

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A wild and hell filled fun ride with a side of exploding imps.

This book.... oh man. I consider myself an avid reader and a gamer at heart. I have been reading and gaming since I was in elementary, constantly stuff whatever fit into these genre as fast as my brain could take it. I have read a lot of books, from light reads to dark horrors and I can firmly say that this has hit my top 3 books of all time easily.

Every chapter makes you want to get into more and more, sucking you in harder than any implosion ever could. Almost every subplot and minor detail is tied nicely and the character growth is amazing with decent pacing for the time slot that was given.

I really really reallllllllly want another book to this, even as well as the ending was wrapped up. Oliver Mayes, you genius you, you can’t bait me like this and not give me another book. Anyone who is reading this, stop doing so and take the time to listen to this book. You will not regret it.

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pretty good

not to shabby audible...pretty decent narration, good story with a solid finish in one book (not common for the litrpg genre).

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pretty darn good

I liked this book. solid class skills and what not. I liked how real the m.c. was. written from a 16 year olds point of view and although some of the story were a bit annoying, at the end of the book I really enjoyed it.

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Phenomenal

Highly enjoyed this reading and story. A fantastic adventure. Laughed out loud many times. Recommended.

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Great book

Would love a book two follow up to answer some questions, other then that it was a great little book

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  • Laust
  • 02-28-19

Really compelling story

A litRPG where the world outside the game, is just as thrilling as the one indside.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-17-19

At first thought I would not like.

I have 0% interest in gaming. however the mental construction of characters is great. Well worth a listen.

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  • LGKM
  • 03-06-19

Really enjoyed the book great example of the genre

Wow! One of the best Litrpg books I've heard. Gripping story with real life and virtual world edge of the seat plot lines.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Bugeag Sebastian
  • 03-03-19

Nice book

a new Lit rpg concept very refreshing to see a new point of view. nice

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  • Huggieuk
  • 02-25-19

MMO AT ITS GREATEST

This has to be one of the best things I have read in ages, I love gaming and this captured the best and worst of the genre,
with a sad heart I have to say good bye to the character as it seems to have all converged to end without a window of a sequel however this doesn't mean you shouldn't read this but to the contrary, that you will want more to the very end. Great Book Great Writing ☆☆☆☆☆ 5Stars from me

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  • Ian
  • 03-21-19

very enjoyable.

I outlay enjoyed this book, nice to have a different prospective I'm the genera. loved the whole underdog story like most other LITRPG.
I would happily recommend this book, I'm looking forward to the next chapter.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-19-19

Loved it

Couldn't stop listening if you like gaming in anyway this is awsome I loved it

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  • Adrian
  • 03-14-19

really enjoyable

doesn't look like there's going to be a book 2. really glad I picked this up to listen to as it's a good story. nothing ground breaking, but good, well read and perfect length.

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  • colin nelson
  • 03-14-19

Loved it!

Such a great tale. Both the online aspect and real life aspects are balanced and enthralling. The narration is fantastic and does justice to the story. I loved every minute of this title.

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  • Peter
  • 03-12-19

Awsome listen, fast paced and exciting for a gamer

A great listen. I'm a world of warcraft player for last ten years could really. Identify with the hero

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  • Christopher Thomson
  • 03-14-19

Stunningly good story telling.

Incredible from start to finish, a must buy for everyone. I hope the there is another.