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Resurgence

The Rise of Resurgence, Book I
Series: The Rise of Resurgence, Book 1
Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Pay to play. Since the beginning of gaming this has been the norm; you pay the company and you can play their game. So, it's no surprise that Alex Stanton was living every gamer's dream. It was the opposite for him. He was getting paid to play.

The latest in virtual reality gaming, in both graphics and hardware, was being beta tested by the largest retailer of online gaming, AltCon. But before they could go live, they wanted serious beta testers. So serious, AltCon was willing to pay and ensure their lives revolved around the Beta, and the Beta only. And the company pulled out all the stops. If there was a heaven for gamers, it would look exactly like this game: Resurgence.

However, odd things start happening that Alex can't explain. But like every hard-core gamer, Alex has no problem ignoring them to focus on the big picture; winning the game. Still, in time, even the littlest of things can add up, and Alex finds himself asking, “What’s really going on in Resurgence?”

This is a new release of an edition originally published by Joshua W. Nelson. 

©2017 Joshua W. Nelson (P)2019 Joshua W. Nelson

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I made it to the end...

Which means this book is well edited, narrated adequately, and isn’t impregnated with the all-too-common, festering boil on the ass of LitRPG and fantasy titles on Audible... (for those not in the know), that’s the 13 year-old male, masturbatory fantasies inartistically and repeatedly rammed into the plot...

forgive the pun. Much like the authors I’m referring to I just couldn’t help myself.

It’s a testament to the state of the genre on Audible that merely meeting the three criteria above pretty much automatically guarantees a minimum 3 star rating from me.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of other problems that I had to overlook in order to get all the way through it.

In spite of the 3 star review I can’t say this is a “good” LitRPG book, it was just well executed in terms of basic technical writing quality and performance. Otherwise I can’t really recommend it unless your wishlist is bone-dry.

First, nothing (plot-wise) happens for about the first 10-11 hours. While there are a couple of “Interludes” that lay a little bit of the base of the story down, in terms of story progression or character development, NOTHING HAPPENS!

I won’t go through all the unnecessary things that the author tells us prior to the point where a story is actually begun. If I just start at the point where there is an actual plot, I can say that the book would be a typically average and inoffensive, middle of the road, Player collaborating with an AI, LitRPG book.

Sadly, even in the last few hours where the story begins to create some momentum, there are all kinds of holes in the story-logic and then the narrator chooses this point to become more hammy and melodramatic. In his defense though, he was probably just so bored of the book up to that point that he couldn’t help but get over-excited at the opportunity to do more than directly relate game mechanics and deliver “then they did this” narrative.

Finally, this author spends less time with any visual or sensory description than a trigonometry text book. I’m not saying I wanted him to wax poetic about the beauty of the sunrise or myopically describe the intricacies of a sword hilt, but common... We’re lucky if he tells us what time of day it is and whether the characters are inside or outside.

So all in all, in spite of the three stars I can’t say I’d recommend this, unless you’re like me and have listened to every single GameLit title on Audible that doesn’t include a harem, prose and editing a hamster would criticize, sex scenes as told by adult virgins imagining how great it would if the opposite sex wasn’t made temporarily impotent by a mere glance at them, or god-effing-forbid.... narrated by the true ruiner of every audiobook he touches: Mathew “the Anti-Narrator” Broadhead...

...seriously, anything but that.

On the other hand, if you are like me and just can’t face trying (again) to make it past the first 30 minutes of anything written by Schinhoffen, D. Davis, or Cipriano, or any other audiobook whose cover art features a minimum 2:1 ratio of semi-exposed breasts to pectoral muscles, then this is not the worst title to spend the credit on.... At least it didn’t make me truly angry that I spent time listening to it.

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Modern Fantasy

This book combines compelling modern characters and a well crafted storyline with excellent narration. My inner gamer was filled with a sense of nostalgia and I recommend this book to all my fellow gamers out there!

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OMG!!

Buy this book now!! If you enjoy litrpg in anyway, you will love love LOVE this book. I have not read any litrpg like this one and it is amazing! I cant wait to get the next one.

*I requested this book and am voluntarily leaving this review

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Funny & Entertaining

I didn’t realize until after that this was written a few years ago. It is definitely way ahead of its time. It was full of humor and kept me entertained all the way to the end. And what an ending...I want the listen to the rest of the series. Narrator was great and Added to the humor and tone of each character.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Great read and a big step Forward for the Genre!!!

Wow - what a great addition to the Lit-RPG genre! This is a great book not matter your familiarity with video games - Role Playing Games- or their presence in fiction.

I loved this book, the characters are unique and dynamic, the plot is interesting and coherent, and the story is just plain fun. The author perfectly captures the excitement that a gamer feels while playing these games and makes that excitement available to the reader without getting bogged down in the minutia of stat pages, skill trees, and other staples of an RPG, while still connecting to those aspects of the games.

I would recommend this book to anybody looking for a quality read. I anxiously await the next installment.

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Great!

If you like LitRPG you will like this book. I have listened to/read a lot of LitRPG and this is definitely towards the top. The narration was great and the story kept me interested. I cared about the characters. Worth a credit!

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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Almost to good

Its taken me far to long to review this,i love these lit rpgs, and this one is totes up my alley, i have wasted a lot of time thinking about where it is going next, im really stoked for a 2nd book!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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The new game is out. Beta test begins. Something isn’t right

The future is here. Virtual gaming is legit. Many people make their living in these virtual games. This company is taking it to a new level. Full immersion. Beta testing is here and the experience is amazing. Something isn’t right though. The government is suspicious of the company and its activities. A plant is made. what is discovered will shock them to their core. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Inside the game something else is happening. A secret is revealed through a glitch in the system and what it is will lead to an adventure that I can’t wait to see unfold. This is the beginning of a tale of epic proportions that will leave you drooling for more. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher

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Fun LitRpg with enjoyable characters

This is a very entertaining LitRPG book with great characters and an interesting story. It follows Alex a professional gamer who has been accepted into the Beta of a brand new Virtual Reality game Resurgence. The game is produced by the company AltCon and is cutting edge with cutting edge equipment a brand new VR pod that makes the game insanely realistic and immersive. The game of Resurgence is a fantasy based game and should feel somewhat familiar to anybody who has played RPG's before. Alex receives an error in his VR pod everytime he logs in and this error seems to give him a 10x multiplier of his Chance skill which definitely comes into play in the book.

Alex and his group have fun interactions and become quick friends and soon become the leading team in the game thanks to their skill, knowledge and Alex's chance modifier doesn't hurt. There is also a bit of a mystery going on with AltCon that is being investigated by an undercover department of defense agent in game which lends a different and interesting aspect to the story.

The narration by Christopher James Mayer was very good and fit the story and characters very well. I am interested in the future installments to see how it ends up. If you are a fan of LitRPG i would definitely check this one out.

"Please note I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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incredible and fun

such a good and very very interesting story I liked Alex a lot as a character I liked the book you had a very funny moments in it and actually I didn't expect to chuckle so much it was an incredible audio to listen to the narrator it was very very good

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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  • Scott R
  • 05-17-19

An Intriguing story

This story takes a new look at a usual emerging tech giant with a lot more villainy and a lot more psychology to it. The MC is a hardened gamer and trader but the detail is basically a introductory start to gaming including terms. This does make it a lot more drier than the usual LitRPG offerings. This is offset by a good backstory about the tech company, a nice little twist to the game mechanics and a great character to help the MC. If it wasn't for this then I think this may have less appeal for the serious LitRPG listener.
Due to the humour and narration skills then I give this a 4 as this keeps it fresher and more easy listening than charged so may not suit all tastes. The new listener however who is new to this genre will love it as this gives a great intro.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-14-19

A different look at game lit.

The book is highly focused on group gaming, which is quite different from other books and the only game engines are monsters with the main mystery being the details of the game itself. The dialogue is sometimes frustrating to read with the author often stating if something is a joke or writing stilted and awkward dialogue, but that reduces somewhat towards the end. I found the book kinda dull with the NPC's being very limited not there own people and the overarching plot that keeps you reading isn't really introduced fully until the end. In saying that I quite enjoyed Dan's character at points and the dwarf plotline.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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  • Michael Bardason
  • 05-12-19

Slow start but ends well

This was a fun and surprising take on the Litrpg genre, and Joshua Nelson has some very interesting ideas including the incorporation of VR. I really enjoyed the introduction Nelson gives in the book, and how he builds the worlds and gives an introduction into the worlds of RPGs. I believe this book is a good choice for any gamer, and I look forward to listening to more by Joshua Nelson.

I think the narrator, Christopher Mayer, did a fine job of bringing this world to life, and I hope these two continue to work together on further projects.

This copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.