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No longer playing as a Local from the world of Continue Online, Grant Legate’s adventure can begin. The Voices offer him a unique title along with a test and reward. To start—he'll have to survive underground horrors, old girlfriends, become a warrior. To win—he must become an imp familiar and kill another player, one with a dozen tricks up his sleeve.

©2016 Stephan Morse (P)2017 Stephan Morse

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Continue Online: Character Creation begins

This is an interesting book for me, as a funeral director and foster father I see how loss is a sould crushing event. It breaks even the strongest individuals. Sometimes, there is no recovery. Sometimes, healing isn't possible, and all we can do is muddle through the remainder of our lives as best we can. I say this, because the Main Character, Grant Legate, seems to be one of those people. Morse really nails this shattered man's spirit. Believe me, I have seen people like Grant more than I ever I've ever cared to, but I have no choice.

That being said, the book is an interesting study in character. Can someone who loses everything important to them ever heal? Will they want to? Can the game help? Much like the first book, book two has a slow start, but the pace builds and rockets through to the end like a book on fire. Still, I can see how some people might see the MC as being wimpy or weak, or a cry baby. Depression is like a tidal wave that continually assaults the same beach over and over. No matter what you have, no matter what you do, it will crush and shatter everything in its path when it comes. I, for one, appreciate a suicidal protagonist who doesn't have a Doc Holliday mindset.

If you liked the first book then you will love the second. It pretty much plays out in a similar fashion, with the slow burn and build up into a great crescendo. If you didn't like Grant in the first book, you will absolutely hate him here. So don't expect a lot of growth from the cowardly lion. He finally gets to play the game, but not in a way he expects, and his reaction is pure Grant. If you loved him, you will now cherish him.

Pavi Proczko does an amazing job on the narration. Just as in the first book he really makes you feel everything that Grant does, you know his emotional state, and it hurst because there is nothing that you can do to help. He also nails the characters, the imp's summoner is fun, and he really does his best to make each PC in the book have their own voice and personality. He does a great job setting the tone, and the mood of each chapter.

I also LOVE the cover of this book. It looks creepy as all get out, and really catches your eye. You cannot unsee it, and the colors and tones really work with setting the story up. I don't know if I could pass upa book with this as its cover.

In spite of the perceived downer some people think Grant is, I think this is an incredible book, and it will stand out in your mind long after you read it. You will have hope that Grant's spirit will heal and that he will become a whole man once again. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, 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.

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  • Jayde
  • Nampa, ID
  • 09-24-17

Continue Online… YES PLEASE

The first book in the series was proof that Stephan Morse is a first rate author that can relate a story with the best of them. This second volume backs up that claim with mounting evidence. This second story can be read as a standalone however there is much back story you would be missing that would greatly increase the pleasure of this immersive experience.

Stephan Morse has created a world not to far in our future that appears to have a lot of features I would like to see. He has taken the RPG game to new levels and is addressing many of the issues and repercussions of that expansion. This is a thought provoking story that will fully immerse you in his world so you can relate and deal with the issues that follow. There are several plot lines developing and I am sure the third novel will be explosive… as any good RPG should be.

Pavi Proczko does a good job in this edition and really merges well with the story

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

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Get over it dude

I tried, jebus I tried to listen to this one again to see if it was going to be better. But no, the MC is some candy ass that has been living in a safety bubble and he seems to not want to grow up after 30 years. That is fine to drone on about this stuff the first book, but move the hell on dude!! it makes for a book that is not entertaining and boring as hell. It seems that every character in this book is a emotional train wreck and has been carrying baggage around for years.

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Enjoyable

This book really begins to explore the topics of AI and our interaction and experience with our future overloads.
Thank you Alexa for allowing me to post this and have a good day!

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I dont know why Im trying so hard

Wouldve been nice to get a litrpg instead of a snooze fest about a grieving fiance.

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A fantastic follow up

I really love the deep psychological twist in this series. Everything is centered around Mental Health, gaming and overcoming struggle. I'm almost scared to read the next book because it's sending left me scared of which direction to book may turn. the voice performance was perfect.

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Different than the normal litres books.

This book is a great second book, with the characters becoming more life like. The narrator is awesome, and the story is fully rounded. Makes you wish we had that tech now. I received this audio book for free at my request and voluntarily reviewed.

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Despite minor flaws, the execution was enjoyable

the first half of the audiobook did well to bring closure on the previous book while continuing the plot. Throughout, the second installment maintained the same quality of character development, and more characters were introduced which contributed to the story overall. The second half lagged in it's ability to retain the reader's interest, at least initially, but by the novel's conclusion, I was left satisfied and looking forward to the next installment. I believe this work to be very much worth an audible Credit.

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amazingly written

Compel story captivating plot line as well as interesting uses of Greek myths I am truly looking forward to the next installments in this series

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  • Michelle
  • Denver, CO, United States
  • 11-29-17

One of the better LitRPG books I have listened to!

This story is one of the better LitRPG books I have read / listened to. Like all in this genre there are some issues, but they are pretty minor. I am happy that in this series the second book actually has its own story arc while still continuing the overall series arc. Pavi Proczko does an excellent job narrating and bringing characters to life! I am looking forward to book 3!

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  • GN Oh
  • 12-04-17

As Good or Even Better than the First

This series remains my favourite audiobook series. The story is as gripping as the first. The development was good as Grant comes to grips with how far he would go to reclaim his love. I can't imagine any other narrator than Pavi as Grant. Can't wait for the next book to be released on Audible!

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  • Xravia
  • 05-12-18

where is this story going?

I'm not sure if it's because I'm burnt out on VR novels or not, because I found this hard to get through without falling asleep, It's like the story is focusing on a side character rather than the main one, he is given so many hand holding moments, with the first time bonuses being a joke, like for the gambling casino bonus thing, would a casino manager try and open a casino before an accountant who occasionally plays cards? skills and stats seem to have little importance because you can't compare and contrast as the premise stipulates the player not knowing what the game is about is due to censorship?

You would think that after two years, and the fact that the a.i has already downloaded tons of info, that these get ahead strats would have died out. You can noticeably tell where the author has put effort and where they have not which makes the story less appealing as there is quite a lot of fluff.

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  • moo-kyung
  • 12-12-17

wouldve given 2 stars but it was overall alright

these repetitve sob story is annoying me rather than allowing me to sympathize with the protagonist. especially in my case, where i listened to book 1 and 2 in one hit.


once again the book starts off slow but kept my interest. only down side is there was no moments in the book that made an impact or draws the listeners back. its judt a linear story you listen to only if you want to. not because you cant help but press that play button to see what happens next.

overall it was another interesting addition to grant leggets adventures.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-03-17

Moo review

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