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December, 2042

The Imperial Legion marches, and war looms on the horizon....

Jack Mitchel and his misfit crew of rebels never wanted a fight with the Empire, but the time for diplomacy has passed. 

Ruthless tech genius Robert Osmark is coming, and trailing behind him is a vast army determined to wipe the Crimson Alliance from the face of Eldgard. Impossibly, Jack has united the warring Murk Elf clans under his banner, but even with their aid, the Alliance is still badly outnumbered, and Osmark has some nasty tricks up his sleeves.

And while the long-awaited battle unfolds, an ancient evil stirs in the heart of Viridian Gate Online - one that will change the game forever.

©2017 James Hunter and Shadow Alley Press Inc. (P)2018 James Hunter and Shadow Alley Press Inc.

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Grim Jack is back and you're gonna be in trouble

We return for the FOURTH installment of an amazing series. Can I start by saying we need more Cutter? Love the guy. Any way, we pick up just a bit further down the road than where we had left off, but that's fine. We had an impending army of Doom approaching and I really didn't want to read half the book talking about how they were going to get there and what was gong to happen. Hunter knows how to pen a story.

Grim Jack and his team are back (Cutter rules), and my only complaint is that I'd like to see Abbey doing more. I know this is Jack's story, but Abs needs to do something to prove she deserves to be co-captain of this squad. Something really serious, just look at everything Jack has managed to do almost entirely on his own.

Anyway we get some new characters and a new looming threat to add to the dangers they now face. Love the Gravemonger! We also get a face off with Jack and Ozmark, too! I can't spoil it for you.

Anyway, we get a great bunch of action,that leads into a new threat that could literally spell the end for our heroes. VGO is an amazing series that just keeps getting better and better. One thing I like is that just when you think you know where it is going it veers off that path and starts driving through thick brush and briars. I've said a lot about Taylor's narration in other reviews, so just know that he is doing a great job, and I think he is growing right along with Grim Jack. 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.


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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Where are we?

I'm definitely losing interest in this story. Giant two handed swords with glowing runes. 'Steampunk' garb and tools. All I see is world of Warcraft and I can't pretend it isn't.

Perhaps it's my disappointment in the visuals that caused me to notice the writing was frustrating as well. Simile after simile after simile. My eyes began to roll wondering how many times the author must have typed "like a".

*spoiler*
Finally, the course of the characters seemed forced to me. Why did it have to be the spider queen that brought Jack to the dungeon? Why didn't Jack warn the dungeon boss that he just befriended that there's a major raid going on and to watch his back? Why was Jack so gung- ho to face the emperor (like a newb idiot) but didn't take the few seconds required to pound him like a tent stake when he had the chance?

I can only give the book a 3/5 mostly due to the previous story line that brought us here.

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Too battle-centric

The book seemed to have far more straight up combat, which actually made it a bit boring compared to the previous in the series. Taylor has a very fun plot line and story concept, but he does better at allusions to combat than actual fight scenes. Plot > action.

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Fantastic book!

Spectacular book! would definetly recommend this to litrpg book lovers. now for the fifth one!

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great book

I really enjoyed this book, about to start book 5! I was able to predict pretty early on where this series was headed but it hasn't made this series any less enjoyable.

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Love these books

can't wait to read the next installment, I'm hooked. I love the entire concept, an now theirs a twist. lol Awesome!

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Took a hard downturn

While I enjoy the ongoing story in concept, and I enjoy all the characters except the MC, he ruins the entire story.

He constantly leaps from one insane reaction to a situation to another, and he just flat does stupid things while justifying it in his own mind like he's some kind of genius.

Spoilers

The most insane example of this is, spoilers, when the MC manages to get the big boss finally at his mercy. Hundred or two feet fall, in a world that establishes that even a moderately bad impact can paralyze you, concuss you, or snap your spine, without killing you. "Oh good!" you would say, walking over to the COMPLETELY INCAPACITATED ENEMY WARLORD and kill him. He's stupidly strong, but eh, what's a dozen or two hammer hits to the head.

What's that? You're going to "remember the battle is bigger then just him" and leave him? Let him recover? IN A WORLD WITH HEALING POTIONS?! IN A WORLD WHERE LEVELS MATTER AND HES THE TOP?!

Ok, fine. What's the worst that could happen?
Oh, he's got a magically hidden army of mecha and tinkers, and in the span of like... thirty minutes recover, assemble the murder legion, and somehow destroy not one, but two separate forces! Without any confirmed reports, including from your mind bound minions until the literal last moment.

I'm mad. I liked this series and stuff like the main character acting not just dumb, but actively working against himself because "reasons" truly irks me. Why not tell the guy who made this world about the literal gam changing weapon you found? Maybe you have bigger fish to fry?! Or not, because it's both a horrifying evil awful oh god the world is ending situation, and also you can't be bothered to care about it at all or warn literally anyone of authority in or out of your faction. UHG

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Great!

Read my other reviews for this series, they still apply.

Simply Amazing.

Keep up the great work!

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A lot of unnecessary reiterations

While this series started off well enough, at the fourth book, the continued use of the same imagery gets tedious. You can only hear “a column of flame the width of a telephone pole” so many times before you get pulled from the story.

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Done with it

Alright, I am done with Viridian Gate Online; it's turned into a PVP fest and hardly any real exploring or adventure. The MC seems to think he can take on the creator of the game, along with his financiers of the game. The bottom line author not telling a believable story now. It would be one thing if the author gave hints that the creator of the game could not interfere with the game world, like not being able to power level or tweak out ones characters without doing anything. But not one of those hints have come in the previous 3 books. The MC has not explored hardly any part of the game world, he's been stuck in a swamp zone for 3 books. Yeah and there was still the capture of Rowanheath. He was a noob and the rebels were all noobs, Not believable for someone like him to capture a base in a major game.

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  • mark emerson
  • 09-19-18

4th book

Well I have "read" these 4 books in 3 weeks and what a story I've held my breath so many times and laughed and cried and I still have 1 book to go I think I will take a brake and listen to something else 4 books in three weeks is hard going especially if it's the same author please read/listen to these books they are worth it

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  • Scott R
  • 02-21-18

Great in depth LitRPG

James Hunters Book 4 of his Viridian Gate series is well thought out with plenty of action, intrigue and surprises.
As a LitRPG author James goes to a great level of detail especially compared to a lot of upcoming bestselling series in this Genre.
What this means is that Visually its easy to go back to skill trees, stats and health, spirit bars etc. For audio then this has the same hurdle to face as lots of other LitRPG series and its managed very well with plenty of voice changes, inflections and emphasis during the battle scenes where magic and physical attacks keep you on your toes keping track of the action.
Armen Taylor does this masterfully and hats off as this is a particularly difficult book to do especially as this is the first audio i have listened to in the series.
Yes you will need to listen carefully but for those who enjoy LitRPG in detail and are more than happy to do this then this does not dissapoint. For everyone else then i think most shall struggle, i would reccomend the books and audio based on the above warning however and i will definitely be looking for more audio from this series and for other material by the narrator Armen. Buying the books also gives a good deal on the audio which i shall be taking advantage of myself.
I was gifted this audio by request and i have given my honest review and as such is based on my own opinion.