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Publisher's Summary

In the bleak, not-too-distant future, most people who could fled to the virtual reality OVR World Online.

Zachary "Zee" Jones will never be able to afford to become a player of the game. After committing a crime in order to save his mother's life, he was arrested and included in the Inmate Player Program. Even without perception filters to limit his pain, it was better than the alternative. He has the opportunity to earn more money in a five-year sentence then he could have in his entire life as a hospital janitor. 

Zee is jacked into Gygax, a high fantasy adventure game world, filled with knights, magic, and monsters. But Zee quickly learns that just because the world is virtual doesn't mean the danger isn't real. Can he find his fortune, perhaps a few allies, avoid the dangers of adventuring as an inmate, and unravel the mystery behind the game's confounding sentient computer program wearing a familiar face called "the doctor"? 

©2021 Justin Monroe (P)2021 Podium Audio

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  • RJ
  • 05-18-22

Deeper than I thought!

Zachary "Zee" Jones, the former hospital janitor, enters the virtual world called Gygax via the Inmate Player Program. Pop culture references abound. Did any of you know the passphrase to the Bond painting? Zack acquired an unprecedented squirt of brilliance using his brand new spells and dealing with the elementals when they were below the Goblin’s Keep. It made for an exciting scenario but his newly discovered knowledge was unlikely. Without giving up spoilers, the quest they are on leads to the next volume. It also adds considerable danger as this is a PvP world, and once they leave the Orientation Zone they will be vulnerable. I like the story. The premise is deeper than I first thought considering the Doctor’s research. Volume two is out but not yet available in Audible. I’ll get it when I can.

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Loved this!

I really enjoyed this - I’m very much looking forward to book 2!

Excellent job Mr Monroe!
Excellent reading Mr Bennett!

Now get us book 2!! On with the adventure!!

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two thumbs up

loved the book good mix of what the future could become and an Emerson into fantasy virtual world, looking forward to the second part

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Ready player one meets The way of the shaman

Combined 2 great books and got a fun book. If you enjoyed either of these books, you will like this.

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can't wait for the next one

I had so much fun listening this book it had some major Ready Player One Vibes with a great Twist on the litRPG genre keep up the good work and hurry up with book two LOL

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long menus but good story.

Waiting for the 2nd book the type of wolf is knowen from the cover but i like the way the wolf is used in the book.

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a great litRPG eager for more

Great characters and interesting story, only sad part... waiting for next book Thank you

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Nice!

Narration was fine. Story - the same
No harem and nice references to old movies.
But nothing spectacular all in all.
Too much char references for an Audio book though.

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A welcomed new addition to the LitRPG genre!

I thoroughly enjoyed this new author's first book to Audible. Plus a good performance from the narrator, which can make or break any story.

The plot is not totally new but presented with enough thought provoking concepts to keep even the widest reader/listener of this genre engaged.

Also, the story has just begun to tease-out details of a more complex storyline.

I can't wait to listen to further books from this author, especially this series. Enjoy!

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Amazing & Great for RPO Fans!

This was a really great book and the premise worked really well. I've listened/read a LOT of LitRPG/isekai books and this is on my top 3! Also this is THE BEST book for Ready Player One fans I've found to date. Lot of references without seeming like a copy cat. This felt like its own book and I had a lot of fun listening! The narrator does great character voices but is way too relaxed and a bit monotone at times in-between but I don't feel it took away from the story. I absolutely recommend this book!

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  • Josef Jamai-H
  • 05-09-22

Great and exciting story

A lot like ready player one (the movie) but better
the single drawback is the character sheet which becomes too long and boring, the weapon stats three confusing numbers which i must have missed the meaning of

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  • JK
  • 05-04-22

Alright!

The best thing about any book is having a main character you can cheer on. This book had that and I was pulled in. The story was great, especially the references, and the narration was spot on. I look forward to the next.

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  • Noel
  • 04-20-22

Excellent Book...Excellent Narration

Surprisingly found a little gem in this book. If you like The First Defier this will be right up your street.

Looking forward to follow up books.

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  • Stu
  • 04-16-22

Ready Player Deja Vu?

Firstly, I would like to say i got this free as inclusive with my audible account. Is it enjoyable? Yes. Is it well performed? Yes, good naration. Is it original? Nope! A dystopian future where democracy is broken and the law and all aspects of society is governed by large corporations, those that break the law can be sentenced to a virtual reality game to pay off their debt, sound familiar?
As pointed out in other reviews it is quite similar to "Ready Player One" in all those aspects, except that the story doesnt end with this one book, so a series?
I suppose it was inevitable that this would happen with this genre eventualy.
When the next book in the series is available I would probably follow it just to see how it turns out.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-06-22

Not original but great fun!

Really enjoyed this. It’s not original or very surprising but very well crafted and fun. Very much like ready player one and if you enjoyed that you’ll probably enjoy this too

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  • Duncan g.
  • 04-01-22

Good first book

Great story and good voice actor if you a fan rpg game your love this book

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  • AJAS
  • 04-01-22

Very good first book

Looks like this is going to be a good series, looking forward to the next one.

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  • aseqq
  • 03-23-22

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Aaahhhhh please i need book 2 😭
This world has so much potential. I love it

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  • Joe mellor
  • 03-16-22

looking forward to book 2 .

the story is engaging and well put together. the Narrator did a great job too