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Quantum Hughes has been a gamer for most of his life.

Trapped in an online world, he lives his days on repeat, fighting the same killer NPCs and playing out the same story line again and again.

Then he receives a message from a mysterious woman named Frances Euphoria which sparks a humorous, action-packed adventure across multiple online fantasy worlds.

©2016 Harmon Cooper (P)2017 Harmon Cooper

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Awesome!

How would I describe this series? In a word ... AWESOME! This collection includes the first three books of an awesome, action packed LitRPG series. The story is wild and complex and a total blast. Quantum Hughes, the main character of the series, is a wisecracking badass. The first book takes place in dark noir VR murder world, think the Matrix on steroids. Book two continues the story but this time the majority of the action shifts to a very cool steampunk word. And book three transports us to a more traditional fantasy world. I'd be hard pressed to say which book I liked best, as they all roll one into the other into a continuous epic tale. Give it a try and I'm sure you'll get sucked into the Loop! Can't recommend this series strong enough, and can't wait to see what happens next.

This set of book is narrated by Jeff Hays, who has become one of my favorite narrators. His vocal talents bring the characters and world to life. While Jeff narrates multiple genres, I've actually come to identify the sound of his voice (voices actually given how he manages to give every character their own distinct voice) with the LitRPG genre, to the point that even when I'm reading a LitRPG novel I hear his voice(s) in my head.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Not what I expected

love the narrator, love the sound booth team, the performance was great! The story... there were a couple of zingers that got a chuckle, but overall the 1950's slang and over use of redundant and multiplicious adjectives in a sentence to describe another character, situation or object, got to be too much at times. It seems as if maximum verbosity was installed to add words to the page to meet a minimum requirement. Even the dime store detective grit novels only went so far, this guy delights in taking it ten steps further to finally get around to the point, rather disappointing.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Rise and shine campers, its the Feedback Loop

Wow.

Huh? Not enough of a review?

How about Holy Freaking Crap!

No?

Ok, since you are interested Ihave to say that this is just brilliant, and should become a Netflix series. It is a sweeping story that begins with Groundhogs day for a setting, and transitions into a reality hopping mind trip that you just won't forget anytime soon. Quantum, the MC, is interesting and funny. The action is cinematic, and the emotions are like a rabid methhead on redbull who just found out his dog got run over but is alive. The story easily flips settings, and does so effortlessly. The concept is so out there it was on an episode of X-files!

Seiously, this is an amazing book, and I cannot wait for the next set to make it to audible. Harmon Cooper is a stand out writer, who must be tripping on peyote all day long to come up with some of the stuff that he concieves. Plus, not only is he imaginative, but he has a real way with words, most importantly, with dialogue. The words his characters speak are believable, emotional, and funny when they need to be. You really get to like his cast of characters, and will fall in love with the whole game concept that he creates.

Do I have to talk about Jeff Hays? Yeah? Good, because I have no qualms admitting he is my favorite narrator by far. This guy is so talanted he could win a yodeling contest with a ventriloquist dummy, while gargling chocolate syrup. Told you he was my favorite. In all sincerity, the man is a master of the vocal arts, like Dr. Strange, but with words. He can do no wrong in my eyes.

This means that the pairing of Cooper and Hays is powerful enough to create a rift in space time if not handled appropriaely. It might even cause a feedback loop in our own digital universe! The truth is their combo makes for one heck of a fine time listening to an amazeballs story that you will have never seen anywhere else before. 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. In all honesty, I had to tone down my level of enthusiasm for this book, as hard as that might seem.

If you love sci-fi, LitRPG, GameLit, MMORPG's, great writing, acrobatic vocal skills, or just having a fun time then this book is for you. DON'T MISS OUT. READ THIS BOOK!!!!

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Another great listen

Jeff does a great job as always bringing the characters to life. The plot is compelling as the character suffers memory loss and is often discovering things as we are. We find out and learn about this tale as he does. it is a tale of revenge, betrayal, and redemption. I have read through the whole series released and it is really satisfying to see the character slowly but surely grow. Some authors unrealistically rush character growth as if a person can literally change overnight, but quantum learns little lessons here and there and even stumbles along the way. Love the series as a whole. it has great action, great humor, and love the little pop culture references hidden every so often.

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Wow. Loved it.

Great boxed set. Want to hear the next three. The story is wonderful and interesting, with characters you want to follow. Keep up the great writing. I received this audio book for free at my request and voluntarily reviewed.

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Like you games with a little bit of noir flair

Damn, This book set is a wild ride. Filled with wit, chaos, and a little bit of the ultra-violence! Not a lot of narrators could pull this off but its another shining example of both Harmon Cooper and Jeff Hayes!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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A bit of a miss instead of a hit

First off, the performance by Hays is great along with everything Soundbooth added in. Hays has the perfect gruff voice for one of those old noir detective flicks. The other thing I'll point out too before I get into a small rant is that I would be hesitant to call this a LitRPG series. It'd be better to call this a Sci-fi & Fantasy mix story more than anything else. There are references to things like lifebars and even levels (which crops up in book 3), but that's it. Quantum makes ample use and reference to his "Inventory" a lot but its not enough to do much. Finally, there is no sense of mechanics behind the VR world(s), which a lot of LitRPGs spend at least a little time building up. Cooper just wanted to use VR worlds as a backdrop to build a story upon, which is fine, but it lacks what many other LitRPGS have and I don't think its fair to call it a LitRPG as a result. Will I listen/read books 4-6 in the future? Maybe if I run out of other stuff, but not right now. 4/5, Hays' performance pulled it up from a 3/5, reasons below. Now for a bit of a rant. These books really weren't my cup of tea and I struggled to finish the third book. I get that similes are a thing for noir and old detective time stuff but by the third book they were grating on me and I was becoming convinced that there was an extra hour added to all 3 books combined because of the amount of similes that get used. Cooper is a good writer though and he has quite the vocabulary to be able to pull this all off, I must admit. The next thing that really REALLY bugged me in this story were some glaring plot holes that I can't just ignore. Book 2+ happens partly in the real world and Quantum's aggressive and rude personality continues into real life as well. This can be written off as having spent so long in The Loop, but here is the thing. Cooper has made this world out to be some highly monitored society with AI everywhere watching things, and at no point has anyone stopped and considered "Hey, maybe he has PTSD and maybe he could use some help." Nope, everyone just chugs along like its just a flaw with who he is. Cooper never even gives Quantum the chance to counter against a "I think you have PTSD, Quantum." I wouldn't have an issue with this either if I didn't have to sit here and have Cooper's vision of what a full blown liberal, nannystate future would look like. *Spoilers below* Plot hole, or plot short sight number 2 is the fact that half of the jokes/wise cracks in the book are about how no one gets Quantum's references or vice versa. Quantum wasn't in VR for even a decade, he's only just around 40 something too, this is not enough time for some weird generation gap to occur. Quantum also would have been born in the late '00s or '10s. Quantum is not 70 years old, but that's how we are lead to feel; could a VR world make someone turn that way? Maybe, but no one in the story ever comments on it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Joe
  • Texas
  • 10-15-17

Great series

This is an Omnibus that contains the first 3 books in the series, as of this review. There are 7, but only the first 3 are on Audible. The next 3 are coming shortly. It is a great take on the LITRPG genre. Each world has its own genre and the characters are able to travel among them which helps to keep things fresh and interesting. The characters are likeable and the story moves at a great steady pace. Each book is short, but they have their own ending and as a whole provide a lot of story, RPG action and fun. Narration is great, each character has their own voice.

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A fun read!

After an experiment gone wrong quantum the main character gets trapped repeating the same day in the virtual world.
He must figure out how and why this has happened, and how to stop it from continuing. Great listen was like a movie.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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An excellent world and series.

** I own the individual book 1 of the feedback loop prior to this trilogy being released. Below is my review for that book, and so far book 2 is turning out to be just as great as the first. If Audible lets me edit this review later I'll add to it after completing each of the others.**

Harmon Cooper has done an incredible job creating what possibly is the best world system in lit-rpg. The setup of the worlds allows him to make future books in any type of world, fantasy, Steampunk, etc and still feel logical or ‘lore friendly’.

His first in the series takes on a sort of film noir blended with an mmorpg. At first I wasn’t sure I’d like that combination but in the end he came up with a winner. The main character is not very likable, however whether it is Harmon Cooper’s writing or Jeff Hays’ reading, I found myself really liking him. Then again maybe it is sympathy for someone who’s been stuck in this loop for so long.

All the characters were written and voiced very well. They even made the easily ignorable taxi driver feel like he was a larger part of the story rather than a quick NPC interaction. The story is great and entertaining.

Overall a great audio book and I am enjoying the next in the series.

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  • Scott R
  • 01-14-18

A Great Read , even more fun in Audio


Being familiar with the Series I was excited to listen to what I had already enjoyed I'm glad I did although it takes a little bit of time to get used to , especially as there is a lot more I notice in terms of sayings, slang and pop culture references. This does make it a little harder to look up what you don't understand but the skills of Jeff Hays means the amusement and action increases fourfold.
For those who are new to the audio and didn't start with the ebook version then I shall break it down for each book.
Feedback Loop
Our Hero Quantum Hughes has found himself caught up as we find a him caught in a digital world where he lives , dies and repeats in the most interesting ways that would amaze you soon we find out he has a bigger purpose than just escaping and it may have a lot more ramifications than he first could of imagined.

Steampunk Is Dead
After book 1 Quantum Hughes is soon on a new adventure that brings him back to his original purpose , rescuing the unfortunates stuck in VR worlds and facing off against the enemies Reaper. The action increases as does the different worlds that we come across and we get to see even more of the worlds that Harmon Cooper has created, showing us why he is such a master. Some of it can be a little obvious but the addition of a few familiar faces from his past soon help the speed and enjoyment along. Jeff also performs well again and im glad that he does all the rest of the books as it helps the continuity from start to finish of the entire series.

High Fantasy
Yet again we ride into the various worlds and fight the good fight, the combos and weapons get crazier and the banter gets better, this one has a bit more of a twist or two as we learn a few things about Quantum and the price that he will have to pay to make sure that the Reapers can be met Justice Quantum style. A lot more behind the scenes in this one but a exciting read and just makes me a bigger fan of the feedback loop series and the Skills of Harmon Cooper.
WARNING after the audio version if you find yourself saying things like Quantum this is perfectly normal and may subside until you buy more of his Audible titles in the Feddback loop series.
Can't wait as I think I have two new fav heroes called Quantum and Aiden ( the next big bromance in the literary world)
I was gifted this Audio and choose to leave an Honest Review and as such is based upon my own opnion