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Hal Dix is the unluckiest guy in the world. He's stuck in a boring IT job with a bully for a boss and a successful wife who makes parenting look easy. Hal plays role playing games for fun, and he's just been duped into spending all his spare cash for a bootleg version of a game that doesn't exist yet. Except when Hal tries the bootleg disc, it works. And it transports him bodily into the world of Fantasma.
Hal awakens in the game and immediately runs into trouble. Framed for the murder of a powerful city warden, he's arrested and sentenced to death. He needs to use all his wits and the points he's allocated to his luck stat to survive.
This is a solid LitRPG, an enjoyable listen. Hal is a good MC to follow, a bit awkward at times but not a sad sack. He's just reacting to events in the beginning, but soon takes control and becomes someone to cheer for. The action was fast paced. The game mechanics were incidental to the story, they didn't play a major role and it would be a fun fantasy listen even if you're not into LitRPG. The stat sheets are very short and aren't repeated too often, and Hal doesn't spend any time agonizing over point allocation. Although this is book one, it ties everything up neatly and can be read as a standalone.
The narration is really well done! The narrator performs subtle voices for the various characters and kept me listening and immersed in the story. If you're looking for a LitRPG for a teen or young reader, this book doesn't have any sex or swearing, but there are fight scenes and some references to adult themes. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.
14 of 15 people found this review helpful
I really liked this book a lot. Hal was fun, and Kay? (sorry on audible so not sure if it is just K) was great. The book is about a normal guy who likes to play video games that is sucked into a fantasy world. The world translates things to him in game format, so that he understands it. So he levels and picks powers just as if he were playing at home. In fact, there is a point where he isn't sure if he is playing or if it is real.
The only beef I have is that his one singular ability, his luck, never failed. I would have liked to have seen him flub a few tries, because it got to a point where you knew he was good if he heard the slot machine sound in his head. A minor plot point. I just have to be honest.
I eagerly await book 2, and hope that next time he's not an accidental thief, but an intentional one. Go get this book, it will make a fine addition to your audible library. Oh, and Robert Scarloto does a masterful job of keeping your attention with his inflection, emotion, and pacing. I'd happily listen to him again and again.
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