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Start the Game: Galactogon Series, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Twelve players set off through the online world of Galactogon, lured by the game owners' promise of an enormous payoff. The question is, who will survive to tell the tale? Which of the 12 is a potential hero - or a traitor in the making? Which of them will defend the weak, and who will become the ultimate evil overlord? A knight or a coward? Each of the 12 will have to choose his or her path. Each will keep a poker face. But if the billion-pound prize calls your name, you can't conceal your choice. And you will do everything to lay your hands on it.

©2015 V. Mahanenko; English translation copyright 2015 by Boris Smirnov (P)2017 Tantor

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    Chris Vernon CORALVILLE, IA, United States 04-08-17
    Chris Vernon CORALVILLE, IA, United States 04-08-17 Member Since 2012

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    "Story started out slow and Narrator voice ruins."

    Bill Lord was a terrible voice choice in my opinion. While he ABSOLUTELY sounds like someone who is mostly friendless and only socializes online. I also could not get into the characters or problems

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    Amazon Customer 03-15-17 Member Since 2006
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    "Ready player one without the 1980's"

    i was hesitant to purchase this. I love The Way of the Shamen series and did not think the writing style would work with sic-fi. I should never have doubted, great start to a new series.If you're in to litrpg this will fall into the top 5.

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    Brandon donaldson 03-16-17 Member Since 2012
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    "great book"

    good story
    didn't care for the narrator

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    i hate cliffhanger hanger endings
    don't see any point for them
    if it's a good book I'll buy the next one if it's not I won't

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Wionzek 03-22-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Narrator doesn't get it"

    Here's a story about online games, gamer culture, and tongue-in-cheek fantasy & sci-fi. The protagonist is a professional gamer - clever, resourceful, and charismatic with a sarcastic gamer sense of humor.

    The narrator completely ruins this first person story. Instead of the sarcastic gamer personality the text begs for, we get this god-awful affectation with heavy aspirations that's better suited for a smutty romance novel than a LitRPG.

    I love Vasily Mahanenko's Way of the Shaman series which had great narration. But I really struggled to get past the narration in this one.

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    CLASH ROYAL IS AWSOME 04-30-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Good"

    This book was awesome but it is not the ending you would have expected.I would recommend it to a friend though.

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    Amazon Customer 04-26-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Editing issues"
    Any additional comments?

    I am enjoying the book and think the narrator is engaging. BUT the producer of this tape did a horrible job. I continue to hear the breathing pauses and lip smacking of the narrator. It makes me cringe every time I hear the nasal intake and the smack of his lips. Either this narrator did this at home which means he did a great job or the producer / editor wasn't paying attention during the editing process. The good news is I am not willing to stop listening because I really like the story.

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    John 03-25-17
    John 03-25-17 Member Since 2006

    I am a professional driver and therefore spend a lot of time on the road. Audible has been a great source of entertainment for me.

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    "Another good RPG spinoff book."

    This book is well written, has enjoyable characters, and flows well. The only complaint that I have is the cliffhanger ending but hopefully it won't be too long until book two.

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    james 03-19-17
    james 03-19-17 Member Since 2015
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    "one of my favorites"

    cant wait for book two loved this as much as way of the shaman hope it dosent take too long to come out the cliff hanger is bad lol

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    S. Seigel Planet Earth 03-18-17
    S. Seigel Planet Earth 03-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Performance horrible ending."

    This story has been put on paper many time. you know it the main protagonist is vary lucky
    And sum how find stuff no other player has come across in all the time the game has been played.-1 star to all category's
    Still the characters are fun to listen to and the narrater put sum real life into the book. +1star to performance
    However I really hate cliffhangers and find them childish a good story speaks for its self the ending doesn't have to leave you in the dark for you to buy the next book for example (Harry Potter) in which all the books end with sum semblance of closer.-1 star to story
    Hope to read the next book and hope it has a real ending not the sub middling ending of this one.

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    DJ 03-18-17
    DJ 03-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "That ending though !?"

    I can't believe that is where it ended. Talk about a cliff hanger. I throughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it for an enjoyable story.

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    "almost as good as The Shaman Way series"

    If you enjoy any form of mmo/rpg, the book will give you a very pleasant time.

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