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The Player Blackout: A Superhero LitRPG Adventure

Capes Online, Book 1
Narrated by: Joe Hempel
Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
4 out of 5 stars (70 ratings)

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In 2043, Capes Online is the biggest, most popular VRMMORPG in the world. With over one billion active players and counting, gamers can become brave Heroes or cunning Villains, their every choice determining their alignment. Everyone wants to play this game and almost everyone does.

Except for 25-year-old police officer Nyle Maxwell, who can't log out. Killed in a car accident on his first day on the job, Nyle gets his mind uploaded to Capes Online to save his life. But the one way mind-to-game upload process means Nyle can never return to his physical body in the real world. Nor is he allowed to contact his friends and family outside the game or else he risks deletion by the secretive government organization that put him in the game in the first place.

Things get even worse when a villain known as Dark Kosmos takes over Capes Online not long after Nyle's arrival. Trapping all of the players in the game and cutting off all contact with the real world, Dark Kosmos targets Nyle for death.

Now Nyle must become a true superhero and save his fellow players from Dark Kosmos while adjusting to his new digital life. All of which would be much easier if he didn't have a hyperactive sidekick overly fond of puns or if he even wanted to be here in the first place.

©2019 Lucas Flint (P)2019 Lucas Flint

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enjoyable

Narrator was a little slow and the dialogue was a little repetitive but overall awesome book. Story was good and I'm definitely going to do book two.

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Awesome New LitRPG Series

The Player Blackout: A Superhero LitRPG Adventure Capes Online, Book 1 is written by Lucas Flint. The story is set in 2043, Nyle Maxwell is a police officer killed in the line of duty on his first day. His consciousness is digitally uploaded to the worlds largest and popular VRMMORPG in the world, Capes Online. Nyle is part of a government program called Second Life he is unable to contact anyone from his past life without repercussions.

The story holds the listener’s attention as Nyle is learning to become a hero in the game and exploring the world of Capes Online. Dark Kosmos takes over Capes Online just after Nyle's arrival in the digital world. The villain traps all of the players in the game and cutting off all contact with the real world. People in the VR gear will die in a few days if the can not log off. Dark Kosmos targets Nyle for death offering all trapped players a choice of 2 world missions, the first is kill/capture Nyle and bring him to Dark Kosmos. The second is to defeat Dark Kosmos. The stakes in the game become real for everyone.

The narration is provided by Joe Hempel. Mr. Hempel brought his strong skilled vocal quality to this audio production. He created some truly enjoyable moments with his skilled performance in this large cast of characters. The production quality of this audiobook is also the highest quality. I heard no problems during the entire performance. There were not any detectable flaws that I was able to hear during the entire performance such as loops, breaks, or buzzing. The production was crisp and clear. Secret Identity Books delivered an excellent audiobook production. I highly recommend this audiobook. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Yeah more superhero games

Fantastic book, I was very surprised as so few authors write superhero litrpg books. If your a fan or real heroes vs villains I suggest give it a listen. The book gives good details and starts off at the perfect spot introducing the world.

This review was left in trade for a free copy of the book. If you question about bias please my others as I’ve given out 1, and 2 stars when they deserve it.

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Fun and entertaining read.

The extent of my gaming experience is playing the Lego games with my son, but I've enjoyed other LitRPG books before, and because one of my favourite narrators was performing it, I had to give it a go. And I'm so glad I did because I thoroughly enjoyed it!!

The plot was unique (to me) and easy to follow. Nyle Maxwell is a new cop fresh out of academy and is involved in a car chase on his first day, when both him and the suspect he is following are killed in a crash. Nyle gets his mind upload to the biggest game and is basically living in the game. I actually loved this aspect of the plot because Nyle reacted how I expect people to react when he finds out. The game is a heroes and villains game and every choice you make can lead you to become either one of them. Nyle becomes a hero and the book centers around that.

Not being a gamer, I enjoyed this so much because the author made it easy to follow. I felt like I was learning everything along with Nyle. Even the stats and the whole idea of the game was easy to understand and I never felt lost. I became lost in the world with the characters and thoroughly enjoyed it.

The characters were all well written and developed. I really liked Nyle and his hero alter ego. I loved his side kick and thought he was the best character. He was a chatter box and had me laughing a lot. I'm intrigued about the other characters and am looking forward to finding out more about them. In a hero and villains book, it's nice that the villains are all actually evil but I also really loved the fact that a villain can become good through his actions.

In all, this was a fun, easy and entertaining read and I'm really looking forward to more.

Joe Hempel is one of my favourite narrators and no matter the genre, he always gives a great performance. He has plenty of voices and tones for all the characters and brought this book to life with his inflections and cadences.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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🔥🔥🔥

I enjoyed this book way more than I thought I would. I just got in to ready litrpg books and superhero’s and rpg great combination ... can’t wait for the other 3 books of the series to come to audible books... great story👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾

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maybe its my age but the MC...sheesh

Okay..maybe as a 54 year old and actually kno0wing a few cops (younglings and vets) I just couldn't get past the MC's atitude/moaning "this sux" basically. Great story concept but for me at least the MC should have been portrayed a bit differently. I made it thru about 2 hours and caught myself screaming "your an idiot" more than once.

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Excellent Story!

This is a fantastic story. Both the writing and narration are flawless. I can hardly wait for the next one.

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how stupid can one be

a lot the answer is a lot this character is insufferable and frankly kind of a selfish prick also very very stupid oh how dare you separate me from my loved ones know dumbass you died he preserved your existence you didn't separate you also dumbass are you really saying that you can't figure out who the hell might have put you in the top secret government program when you have a high-ranking government official in your family that is powerful stupid

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Good not great

The story is good...not great though. The narration is very annoying. The narrator has a constant whiney voice that gets tiresome really fast. There are times when the main character is almost as whiney as the narrators voice all the time, but overall the speech patterns and tone of the narrator are a major turn off. Think of listening to Steve Urkel telling the story and you wouldn't be far off.

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  • Phyllis
  • JASPER, MO, United States
  • 06-08-19

Not that great

The fight scenes were a little dumb. Who stops and has a conversation when the final boss is down and ready for a killing blow. When someone is about to be stabbed in the back, you don’t have enough time for a pun and then still have time to save them.
Also several writing redundancies, things like “the blow was hard enough to bring his health bar down to half his health bar”
The concept was good, and some of it was interesting.

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  • RobertMcDermott
  • 06-09-19

Decent

My first litrpg audiobook. The story was entertaining and the narrator did a decent job of bringing the story to life.

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  • Helen
  • 06-08-19

Great storyline

Enjoyed everything from storyline to narrater felt I was next to him great job 10/10 can’t wait for next book

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  • Bugeag Sebastian
  • 05-17-19

good concept bad ending

the writer begins with an interesting story rookie police officer loses his life and his mind transferred to vr game , good concept. after that it all goes to ... there is a villain but is not a human villain but wait the 2nd in command villain is human. abuses trapped mind concept no ties to the beginning story... 1/4 good the rest a filling job.