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Publisher's Summary

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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unforgivable idiocy by protagonist

the guy is stuck in a loop. then he meets someone who offers him and the reader explanations and a way out (implied) and the protagonist starts attacking this person for no reason and interrupts EVERY given shred of clue what is going on with unseasonable, irrational and unbelievably annoying violence. he whines for two hours straight about how much he hates the loop and when help arrives, he tries to stop it with obscene violence. why? well, so we get another hour of him whining about how bad his situation is, of course. do not buy

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I enjoyed it

I enjoyed it like all Harman Cooper's other books he has to offer currently. wish there was more available

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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!

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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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Its not bad, but... (No spoilers in review)

I honestly like it, allot of things kind of don’t add up though but I won’t write any spoilers. Basically a few things just kind of contradict one another based on time and reasoning. It’s like every few chapters the author either adds something he forgot to hint at earlier(being a possibility) or thinks of something new he wants to add then adds details to explain how it makes sense or fits the story when it kind of doesn’t add up with details for other things mentioned earlier but no characters really question it. I will say one thing that does bother me before I got 2 books into this... when I clicked to listen to the sample they had for this book I had no idea they were going to play a part from the third book I almost didn’t even listen to it because the sample made the book sound like it was going to have a completely different feel to it 😅 but besides that maybe next time when someone chooses to play the sample for a box set don’t play the beginning of the very last book in the set for them. Samples are suppose to give you an idea if it’s something the person could get into, not somewhat spoil future friendships and show off a side plot that doesn’t really reflect the boxset in its entirety very well.

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  • Morris
  • 05-26-20

wow

Great setting and world building, MC is a total badass. If I was in a groundhog day scenario I would have gone crazy!!! It's a must read

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  • J. A. N.
  • 04-04-20

Raymond Chandler meets William Gibson

I loved the Feedback Loop. The story of a man captured in an ever-repeating nightmare of a film noir is captivating and well-told, and the author managed to capture the personality of the protagonist and the effect the Loop had on him. Highly recommended!

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  • Angrenades
  • 02-16-20

The start of a great thing

In the first book, the hero, Quantum Hughes wakes up every morning, does the same routine day in day out. Little does he know the full extent of the situation which is unfolding in the game which he calls the loop. That all changes when he gets a message from Frances Euphoria who is the first player he has had contact with in years, and this disturbs the loop, and Frances appearance has also made the Reapers, a murder guild appear and everything he has come to know turns on him and he has to fight for his life both inside and outside the game. It puts a whole new perspective on VR Gaming. Harmon put a great deal of attention to the character details as well as the situation that Quantum is in and the ramifications are evident throughout. In book 2, Quantum is on a new adventure that brings him back to his original purpose, rescuing those stuck in VR worlds, facing off the Reapers and trying to adjust to the real world. The action increases as do the different worlds that we come across, and again, Harmon has put a lot of detail into the scenario. Book 3, we are back in the various worlds, fighting the reapers, with weapons and combos that get crazier. Quantum is still trying to adjust in the real world where things had changed considerably whilst he was trapped in the loop, not least the ongoing battle with the new dietary restrictions that have prevented him from eating what he wants, however, he is joined by some of his earlier companions, including the marvellous morning assassin. Jeff Hays does a marvellous job and manages to capture fully all the individual voices which are absolutely breathtaking and shows him to be truly brilliant at his art.

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  • Nighteyes
  • 08-04-19

Entising

I was ready for the Blood... I was ready for the Killing... I was even ready for the Swearing... What I was not ready for..... was the feels... oh wauw... That was a low blow Mr. Cooper, low blow indeed... And I loved every moment of it and I'm going on to listen to the rest of your books in this universe right now... GET THIS BOOK As for Jeff Hays this is some of this earlier work creating SBT and it shows, not that it is bad, Jeff is extremely talented even when he made this, and I really enjoyed hearing him here and comparing him to the man I heard recording ELLC4 in the Discord... So if you aren't familiar with Jeff, this is a great place to start... If you are, you will be entertained by this younger version of him...

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  • S.Reid
  • 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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  • Jasen Palmer
  • 02-07-20

Enjoyed

Had a entertaining story that was fun and deliver d on it without getting silly or offtrack.

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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