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Viridian Gate Online: Cataclysm Audiobook

Viridian Gate Online: Cataclysm: The Viridian Gate Archives, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

October, 2042

An extinction-level asteroid, 213 Astraea, is cannonballing toward Earth. Collision, imminent. An international team of scientists is working around the clock to avert the cataclysm - few are optimistic. World governments are preparing for impact with deep earth bio-dome bunkers, but only a select few lottery winners will be saved.

Jack Mitchel, a 32-year-old EMT living in a tiny studio apartment on the west coast, isn't one of those winners.

Still, there might be a way for him to survive Astraea: a slim chance, requiring a radical leap of faith. Through a connection at Osmark Technologies, Jack's acquired a NexGenVR capsule and with it, a one-way ticket to the brand-new, ultra-immersive, fantasy-based VRMMORPG, Viridian Gate Online. Taking that leap of faith, though, means permanently trapping his mind in the game, killing his body in the process.

Worse, one in six die during the transition, and even if Jack beats the odds, he'll have to navigate a fantastical world filled with vicious monsters, domineering AIs, and cutthroat players. And when Jack stumbles upon a secret conspiracy to sell off virtual real estate to the ultrawealthy - transforming V.G.O. into a new feudal dark age - the deadly creatures inhabiting Viridian Gate's expansive dungeons will be the least of his concerns.

If Jack can't game the system, he's going to be trading in a quick death for a long, brutal one....

©2017 James A. Hunter and Shadow Alley Press, Inc. (P)2017 James A. Hunter and Shadow Alley Press, Inc.

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    Dustin Tigner 05-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A story of a new journey - LitRPG"

    For those looking for a new LitRPG, Viridian Gate Online was pretty good. It has a slight different take on the stuck-in-a-game trope, in that without the game, most people on Earth would die. It's a new beginning that could go anywhere. A new world.

    I feel the book was a bit short and didn't conclude solving any major goal. It's the start of a series, so the big questions that were asked in this book will be answered later. I'll just to keep reading to find out what happens.

    Like LitRPG? You'll probably like this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shayne 05-12-17
    Shayne 05-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great litrpg"

    Been through quite a few litrpg books in the past few months. Concept is solid and I have yet to here a scenario quite like this in any litrpg so far, so points for originality.

    Do yourself a favor and grab this one. Short and sweet.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Irshad Karim 05-04-17 Member Since 2015
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    "There's some potential here, but far from perfect"

    The premise is definitely strong - I've always loved the clash of the real and the virtual worlds, trying to come to terms with age old challenges in a new environment, with a chance to upset the balance of power.

    That said, this book has a lot of weaknesses that keep it from really taking advantage of its own plot. It leaves much for sequels, but ends up focusing so much on the quests, the levelling, making them the primary focus rather than storytelling devices.

    This is very much my own opinion, but I've always preferred litrpgs that don't rely on quests and interactions with npcs (unless they're really fleshed out) to drive the story forward. The thing about quests is that they feel inherently fabricated - it's like reading a standard fantasy novel, obstructed by the lens of VR and MMORPGs. Again, this is specific to what I look for in a litrpg, but my favourite titles have always been much more rooted in the interactions of real players, using the virtual world, the npcs, the quests, etc. as a backdrop.

    Story aside, I did feel that the writing ckuld use some refinement. While there was some lovely turn of phrase, much of the vocabulary smelled of ex-roleplayers, who have a tendency of needlessly over complicating their wording. Complexity is not always the best choice.

    Finally, the narration - generally not bad, a great variety of voices. My only issue was with the way there seemed at times a sort of forced sense of drama, especially at the end of each chapter, in the way the last few words were read. May have also been more if an issue with the writing itself, trying to punctuate every chapter with an almost campy concluding phrase.

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    KC Jones 04-28-17
    KC Jones 04-28-17 Member Since 2012

    From Houston and I love audible and audio books

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    "A good lit RPG just like the rest of them"

    This lit RPG is good although it is just like all the rest with a kind and well meaning hero who dies in the real world and is made special for some reason or other Destined to say the game world with the help of an AI god.
    Even so I liked this book I can't get enough of them so this author has nothing to worry about from me. Just keep the XP coming and give him a cool Mount an I'll keep listening.

    P.S. I just have to say no offense but the Reader is just not good. He is just to one dimensional. All of the male characters had the same deep voice it just put me off for some reason.

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    Nick Smalley 05-22-17 Member Since 2015
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    "solid litrpg"

    This book has the kid gloves on. It is a solid interesting litrpg but so far the main character is your traditional nice guy and tries to save everybody his companion offsets that a little.
    My main pet peeve is that the supposably evil creator of the game along with the worlds governments and wealthy had to help to get the game online before the world ended and in return got some land and some very small advantages in game. So they are out to vanquish these evil overlords that have done nothing wrong to them and saved there lives by getting the game online. Really in truth there robbing the people that saved everyone. So essentially are the bad guys which makes the book better even though its not the authors intended perspective.

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    Richie 05-22-17
    Richie 05-22-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Narration lacked, but only a bit."

    The story was great, well written and gripping to the end. Armen Taylor also did a great job narrating however at certain points in the narration it felt as if he was just mailing It in and not putting in effort. However there were some parts where he seemed to put in tremendous effort and it made the characters seem alive. Great book and narration overall though, can't wait for book two.

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    tommythegreat 04-27-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Wow"

    Wonderful new lit rpg really great, pick this one up! Can't wait till the next one!

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    Mike H 05-07-17
    Mike H 05-07-17 Member Since 2013
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    I can't wait to hear the rest of this story. great narrator and the beginning of a vast world.

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    "Really enjoyable LitRPG!"
    What made the experience of listening to Viridian Gate Online: Cataclysm the most enjoyable?

    Liked the plot, the narration, the pace. Would highly recommend for anyone who's into RPGs. Only complaint is that it could have been longer!


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