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Publisher's Summary

When virtual reality becomes real enough that people feel as if they're being transported to another world, Valia Online arrives.
A man running from his past joins the game to forget it all. Calling himself Jack Thorn, he chooses an undead race, Deathlord.
A mage by choice, and a swordsman by necessity, he soon finds out that he'll need to use much more than magic and steel to survive; strategy, creativity, and carefully chosen words can often accomplish what simple attacks can't.
As the game becomes too real and touches a part of him that he'd rather leave buried, he is faced with two questions: Who is he, really? And who should he become?
Challenge is book one of the Unbound Deathlord series, a LitRPG saga.
©2016 Edward Castle (P)2017 Podium Publishing
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5 out of 5 stars
By Cody on 08-21-17

A new take to the typical litrpg

I really really like it.

You get the feeling right off the bat that this "Jack" isn't your straightforward protagonist. While trying to follow his instincts to help/loot he's also a Jackass, Non apologetic, clever, and dark.

His upbringing and background paint a picture of pain, anger, self destructiveness, confusion, and a deep deception.

That same upbringing allows a different angle to the typical Litrpg. Most Litrpg's I listen to have me wishing right off the bat for it to focus exclusively on the game. This one however, gives me nibbles and clues about the bigger picture and draw me into the outer story just as much as the inner, if not more.

By the time the last chapter rolls around I'm at the edge of my seat to see what "Jack" will do.

The 17 hour read time is also a great seller. A lot of other Litrpg's are less than half as good, half the time, and at a similar price.

I can't tell you how disappointed I was that there wasn't a second book on Audible yet.

The only complaint I have is that every single chapter the status is read. That by itself is fine except for the mile long list of traits by the end of the book. I'd much rather hear them say, "Traits Minimized" or just mention the important ones. A minor complaint, but a common one among Litrpg's.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 08-18-17

What did I jsut listlen to, that was amazing!

Where does Challenge rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

8th out of 200+

What was one of the most memorable moments of Challenge?

The ending

What does Jeff Hays bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He adds great depth to the characters

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did not laugh or cry, but was very entertained with the drama

Any additional comments?

Great book, only thing I disliked was the constant verbal implication that a group was racist or xenophobic as it felt very forced into the dialog. The story had already described this and did not need the character telling the listener, it maid it feel forced and a cross between an agenda and a writer who was not sure about his story covering the point. Which I though they did well without the verbal comment.

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5 out of 5 stars
By JP OK on 08-22-17

One of the best in its genre

One of the best LitRPG around, up there with awaken online. Definitely worth a listen to.

Really looking forward to getting stuck into the second book!

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Ivan Fodor on 10-24-17

Good

good for litrpg. who likes the world of games will enjoy it. aiting for next one.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 01-04-18

A quality read.

Dont really write a review often but i just have to say that i really thoroughly enjoyed this book and thought the plot had a much needed depth required in this genre.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 12-05-17

Jack Thorne, what a legend.

This story is funny, very well told and I hate that I have to wait for the next part. I laughed a lot during this book and felt like I was apart of the quest line.

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