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War is coming!

The government has accelerated their super soldier program. Their new Virtual Reality system is the perfect tool to train soldiers for the coming war. There is a shortage of enlisted men and women that possess the "talent". Everyone from athletes to professional gamers must be sorted and vetted. Humanity is on the line.

Lucius is one of those lucky few selected to participate in Codename: Freedom, a new game that promises to push Virtual Reality to the ultimate level. Unknown to him, the Game Developers have no time to waste. With the pain dampeners turned off and an army ready to attack the new players as they enter Codename: Freedom, he will have to ask himself an unexpected question. Is his dream worth suffering for? Will he quit, go mad, or find the motivation to fight when it becomes painfully clear that this is far from just another game?

©2017 Apollos Thorne (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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wow

I love the lit rpg genre but I was thinking I was getting too familiar with it's tropes and couldn't be surprised... this book showed me the genre still has a few in it for me. This new twist as far as connecting the real bodies of the players to their avatar adds a sense of danger not always there in a genre where main characters can die then just come back. I listened to this in one sitting and loved every minute of it. That can't be said with many other books. Five stars without hesitation and am looking forward to book two.

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Great LitRPG Book

I loved the book. I found the unique game mechanics the writer used for the world interesting and I want to see where he goes with them. The characters have more depth than a lot of hack and slash LitRPG books our there. The protagonist had a nice realistic feel with him not being some overpowered player that would always just get what he wants. I eagerly await the next book.

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As stellar as I imagined

Exactly how I heard and pictured it in my mind as I read the book. McLeod Andrews did a stellar job bringing the book to life and making everyone believeable. As I was listening to it I could feel myself swinging the sword, I could feel the thump of me feet on the ground. This has quickly become one of my top 5 audiobooks.

I will highly recommend this to anyone looking for a thrillseeking, heart pounding adventure.

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Repetitive narrative " feelings"

The book had a good concept. Good characters and nice world building. But they choose to make everything about feelings. Like a drama instead of a book about gaming. Focusing on getting injured and how that made you feel. How others felt. It nothing wrong with feelings but it prolonged scenes way to much. Could been 4 hours instead of 9. I felt like after 9 hrs the story could advanced so much with another author but only 4 days passed. Then the author would prolong the scene with info he just gave like the character status for 5 minutes. Explaining what fast twitch muscle mean n etc. Almost like he lacked imagination and wanted to set it up for another book. Which he did

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Seriously awesome book!

The audio of this book is top notch. The story is fantastic. I rate this up in the top tier of GameLit fiction. Not only was I all about the maun characters I found myself wanted to koing them and sad that I couldn't, conscequences bw damned.

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This is one of my favorite LITRPG novels now.

Took a chance and I rolled a 20. I didn't expect this one to be good but I was diffidently entertained from beginning to end. The struggles of an aspiring gaming saleb adds an interesting twist to the plot. Just give it a shot if you are into the genre you won't be sorry.

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Sorry not for me

This is supposed to be a rpglit or a game right? not some drama or feeling and Vitoria , all the main character did is just protect Vitoria and be a fan boy to other player and then feeling and sh*t. I have listened to a lot of rpglit but this one is on a different lever , others may like it but not me. The narrator is OK but the book sorry .

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Great debut by a new author!

This book puts an interesting spin on the trapped in a game theme in that the players are choosing to stay through hellish circumstances for potential rewards instead of being physically unable to leave. The over arching plot is hinged at, and I'm intrigued to find out more! I really enjoyed the competition aspects, social dynamics, and how pain in the game is treated.

I really enjoyed listening to this book, and, as always, Macleod Andrews does a superb job narrating!

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Great story idea + Supurb start, fell off quickly

I liked the potential the story had to start with and how the author went about starting it. The problem is that the story pretty quickly devolved into the main character turning into a bodyguard for a random girl in the game and stayed there.
How to not advance a story 101:
1. Make the main character a bodyguard for a girl in the game he literally just met essentially stalling his own character development.
2. Give the main character PTSD from the first real battle he fought to fuck over the rest of the book for him. Thus, basically taking the entire book just to get the guy back to square one for his development.
3. Make pretty much all the in-game abilities the starter abilities from all other litrpgs. It feels like he is literally getting nowhere fast and levels mean absolutely nothing. I honestly don't even know why the litrpg leveling systems were added into this book. They are honestly dead useless for plot advancement. If these systems were meant to be a way to show the MC is actually getting anywhere like most other litrpgs, they failed pretty badly at their job.

The narrator did a great job in my opinion

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I always so I got this book availability and disconsolate interesting honestly was pretty good in my opinion I really hope to see what they do with it