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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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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.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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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.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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It’s a rough listen

First off Jeff Hayes does really well with his voice acting, I think he was the only reason I could muscle through this whole book.
I don’t know if I would classify this as LitRPG, kinda like how ready player one isn’t really litRPG in my book.
So the main character speaks in a bad private eye/gum shoe style of dialect that gets real annoying real quick. After the first novella he eases up on the cliched lingo but it still sticks out like a sore thumb.
And there are just seriously obvious flaws. Like the team has to explain to the MC what an MMO is but later the MC is making pop culture world of Warcraft references... despite having no clue what an MMO is
The MC is obsessed with a stereo typical dick Tracy type area but constantly references the pop culture of the 90s and early 2000s , despite it almost being like 50 years later. It just doesn’t align well

Once you pick up on this sloppiness in the story telling then you start seeing it everywhere.

Also, the entire story suffers from the perfect bad guy syndrome. To the point that it’s annoying..... the guy can kill anybody, do anything that’s illegal , buy off anyone , and it just always works out perfectly and he never gets tripped up.
I don’t want to spoil the story, but there are a number of eye rolling moments.

3 of 3 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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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 6 people found this review helpful

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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.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Great Story

cyberpunk noir litrpg audiobook. It's amazing that those words even go together. Harmon Cooper is a poetic genius and excellent storyteller. Jeff Hays is basically the best narrator alive. nuff said.

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Wow, that was unexpected

Omg, if you like snarky smart alike main characters this one is for you. I wasn't expecting much going in, but I might actually like this spin off series more than the series it came from. if you liked the Fantasy Online series, you'll love this one too.

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The main character is a real ass hat.

Quantum's attitude is so bad that I wanted to punch out the author. He is an egotistic, narcissistical douche.

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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

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  • GotSauss
  • 09-24-18

Cool weapons. Slight romance. Works well

This was a fun book for me. Took a while to get into but I like this mix. Romance and vr or whatever it is called and weapons ......

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  • John
  • 07-06-18

awesome

i love this book from start to finish the characters a well written and informative the narrator did a great job with the narration and the author did a great job with the story