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How Often Do You Get a Second Chance in Life?

Seth Kinnaman's dream has always been to become the best fighter the world has ever seen. After spending his entire life training, he's finally ready to test his skills in the biggest tournament on Earth, where hundreds of the fiercest competitors vie for the supreme title.

In the semifinals, Seth is getting the upper hand when his opponent uses an illegal blow to take him out. Upon waking up from a coma, Seth finds out he's lost his sight. He's become blind, and he's completely devastated. All his dreams are now shattered, and he soon falls into depression. What is he going to do with his life?

That's when he's introduced to Bushido Online, a game that promises to keep his skills sharp while he figures out what his next move is going to be. Set in feudal Japan, this VRMMORPG is the land of ninjas and samurai. A world where the most honorable warriors meet the vilest bandits and where mythical creatures roam free. When he'll enter that new reality, Seth will discover that while it's easy to make friends there, one doesn't have to try very hard to get his fair share of powerful enemies.

Soon he's going to have entire clans hunting him down as he struggles to learn the ropes and regain a sense of normalcy. Thankfully, Seth has a few things going for him: his extensive knowledge of combat and a never-say-die attitude.

Bushido Online: The Battle Begins is the first book in the Bushido Online series, a work of litRPG fiction.

Credit: Cover art by Pindurski

©2017 LitRPG Freaks (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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A very good LITRPG Book.

I saw a review that almost scared me away from the series but I spent the credit anyway. This guy does not mope about his handicap through the entire book or take a lot of time bringing it up. Everything that happens has relivance to the plot and the story as a whole.

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  • Damon
  • Puyallup, WA, United States
  • 05-19-18

love this book!

all I want to know is when the next book is going to be out? This book is good. I have listen to this book multiple times, and I still can't wait until the next book comes out.

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good premise, but a bit flat

I enjoyed the story, but there were never any real stakes. the real world character was also almost never addressed. good overall, but not at the same level as The Land.

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Great book

Fantastic ,very detailed good story with a great narrator. Definitely recommend this book to friends.

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Second chance at badassery

a talented fighter gets a second chance at being a badass. pretty awesome book and athletic non-gamer has a reason to enter a game world and he thoroughly enjoys it.

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Different but Emotional

Different then normal LitRpg
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2/3 trying recover from the trauma of loosing eye sight. 1/3 fighting/leveling
Asking NPC deep questions which they don't answer. MC takes the game very serious. The world building is mainly based off him being very emotional. That be ok but alot of the other characters (to many drop in characters that play a big part in one scene then are gone) in the story remind him it's just a game. Even telling him about what to expect next in the game story. Most of the story is filled with him looking for answers in the game about how he feels. Those two don't go together you can't have high emotions from MC and so many other characters just blowing it off. Then it's a martial arts books so it's highly descriptive about each move and fight style. The book has to choose what type of book it wants to be. It's a return

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Exciting and Entertaining!

This was a very fun book to listen too.

After a terrible accident, a young man is transported back to medieval Japan through an online game. He must learn how to survive in the rules of the game, making friends and enemies along the way. His real-life martial arts training and discipline offer a significant advantage in helping him to learn who his character should be.

My only complaint is that the narrator really struggled with the Japanese in the book. At some points it distracted from the story.

All in all, it was a fun book to listen to, and I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

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good, ish

I like the plot, it's really good. but the delivery is lacking. Seriously it's mind boggling trying to keep up with all the names...I found myself rewinding ALOT just to keep on track with who's who.

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Really enjoyed the story

I liked the setting and theme a lot, it was new for litrpg and I found myself wanting to listen any chance I got.

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A Gamer's Fun Ride!

Bushido Online is something that I have waited for, for a very long time. Most of these GameLIT, LITRPG books all tend to play out in a western fantasy setting. That is fine, as most fantasy novels I have read are in that setting but I really wanted something new and different. In fact, I was thinking about this and recalled when AD&D put out a hardcover called Oriental Adventures. That book changed my RPG life. I added ninjas and martial arts to my campaign, and soon I was having more fun than I had in years. Bushido Online made me think of that as I read it. This is the kick in the pants writers need to do something different and fun. No need to stick to the same old stuff, and man, did Thorn ever end up miles away from all the other books in this gaming category.

Are there some issues with the book? Sure, all books have some problems, and I like to get those out of the way first, so we can get into the good stuff later. We start with a protagonist who is a master martial artist, but after an accident, he becomes blind. As a result, he ends up spending all of his time in a new game, the titular Bushido Online. A game in which he can see and act normally again.

So what is the bad? To be fair, there is nothing that says you must have a character overcoming adversity. However, I do think that the MC, Seth, should have had some issues dealing with his loss of vision. Could he learn to cope better? Could he accept it? I don’t know because it seemed like he never logged out of the game. Other people seem to do so, but not Seth. He has hunkered down for the long haul and seems to have no plans to ever go back to eat, take a bath, or have a real life. So, I would have liked to have seen this addressed a touch more than it was.

Beyond that, this book was, to be blunt, a fun ride through feudal Japan. A place we rarely ever get to experience in the US as most games are Eurocentric. Another boon is the fact that Seth is not some overpowered Ogre running rampant with special abilities or opportunities no other PC seems to have. His training in the martial arts does help him a little; but not so much that it makes him untouchable. He is an average everyday player in Bushido Online. He is only 9th level when the book is completed and has some nice gear, but there is nothing that can secretly slay gods. It is very refreshing to find an MC in this genre who isn’t at least level 70 by the end of the story, and possess magic or equipment that no one else will ever find. I loved this aspect. Additionally, the story flowed. There were some emotional parts and action-filled episodes. The plot, the pacing, and the characterizations wound together in one nice tight story.

Rummel does a fine job narrating. His voice fits in with the characters and the setting. His voice is almost whiskey hardened, nice and deep. He plays each character, no matter how big or small as if they mattered, so no throwaways here. He adds a lot of emotion and gravitas that is needed. I loved his work.

I did receive a copy of this book from ABR for an honest and unbiased review, which I have fairly given here. Even though I did receive a promo copy for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and only inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

Please find this complete review and many others at my review blog.

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  • 07-06-18

Very interesting book

What an interesting series. Love this game and the world building. Rummel is still a great narrator. the end of the book was heartbreaking

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  • Xravia
  • 03-25-18

Great premise with lots of potential!

A start is what this book ultimately boils down to with A lot of introductions into interesting concepts and elements within the online universe, alluding to many things that could happen without really commiting to anything yet in regards to customising his personal skills. Hopefully now that the character has reached a personal/emotional milestone he can focus a bit more on the samurai/ ronin premise and elements like capturing territory or developing some side skills/ professions.

coincidence plays quite a big factor in the book, hopefully in the next book the main character can make their own deductions and decisions.

I do have a gripe with the blindness thing, which is if technology had progressed enough to have full immersion VR then why can't they simulate a camera attached to a go-pro or something. solving the root of the problem rather than the aftereffects.

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  • Lee Redwood. Gorin
  • 06-03-18

one of the good ones

yeah, an good story, could do with more description of the fighting, the guy is an ex world champ and it feels glossed over in parts. also it feels odd that we never had a moment back in the real world dealing with his blindness.

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  • Bradley
  • 05-14-18

Awaiting book two, but missing a couple of things.

I've listened to other titles read by Christian Rummel, I like Samurai, and Ready Player One is an annual read for me. So I'm probably the target audience for this novel. Whilst I certainly did enjoy the story there were a couple of things that I struggled with:

The Narration.
As I said, I've listened to other books narrated by Christian Rummel and enjoyed them. He does a fantastic job with all of the character voices, but when it comes to the plain text (non dialogue) and his (or the producers) choice to be completely monotonous/repetitive in tone I really struggled and almost quit the book several times in the first couple of hours.
Get past that and you'll get some great characterisation with the different "players" in Bushido Online.

Two Worlds.
I thoroughly enjoyed Ready Player One and the back and forwards between the Real and Virtual worlds. The real life struggles the character faced when not in the virtual world greatly enhanced the story. That, sadly, is lacking in this story. The fact that the main character becomes blind is a means to an end (getting him into Bushido Online) and nothing more. The story really becomes completely about the virtual world and the physical world plays little to impact on the story aside from a couple of throw away remarks about sleepless nights.
I often found myself asking, ok so what's happening in the real world? How is he providing for his existence, how does he overcome the struggle of the mundane?

Overall.
Putting those aside, this is a really cool story and I'm eagerly awaiting the rest of the series. I can't wait to delve back into Bushido Online. I even went looking for Samurai-esque MMO-RPGs to pass the time whilst waiting for the next books. (Sadly I didn't find any)