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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to a society governed through computer games!
On New Earth, society is governed and conflicts are resolved in the arena of a fantasy computer game, Epic. If you win, you have the chance to fulfill your dreams; if you lose, your life both in and out of the game is worth nothing. When teenage Erik dares to subvert the rules of Epic, he and his friends must face the Committee. If Erik and his friends win, they may have the key to destroying the Committee's tyranny. But if they lose....
©2004 Conor Kostick (P)2018 Conor Kostick
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5 out of 5 stars
By cosmitron on 03-01-18

A great read especially if you are a gamer.

Would you consider the audio edition of Epic to be better than the print version?

Have only listened to the Audio edition.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Cindella is out of charactor for this author..... she is a woman.

Which scene was your favorite?

When the main character realizes the government is tracking his every move.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Gamer Heaven

Any additional comments?

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ray Johnson on 02-23-18

A real Stand Out

I don't know how many books are planned in this series, and all I can say is that I hope it ends up like Alterworld, with one great book after another popping up. Kostick takes plain ordinary people and drops them into an immersive world that has slowly taken presidence over the "real world".

The people I am talking about are the descendents of spacefarers who fled Earth after it became a nasty place to live due to warfare. SO, with violence being the root of all evil, no one is allowed to commit any kind of violence. To get out aggression and solve problems people go into a VR game world complete with avatars of their own making.

The story slithers around well fleshed out characters who are very real seeming, to a point that you have to wonder if these are people that Kostick knows or has known. I mean, they come off the page. The title of this book isn't an exaggeration, either. This is a full blown world that has been well thoughtout, and characters who shake your hand or punch your face depending on their personalities. I really do not want to give too much away, so as not to spoil it for you. Hoke does a great job narrating, like I said the characters feel real, and he gives them soul. You will want to come back to this world time and time again.

Get it, read it, love it.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Norma Miles on 04-27-18

All the marshmallows you can eat.

Centuries before the time sitting of this story, a game was created to while away boredom, an entertainment for the travellers to New World, an inclusive multiplayer computer game called Epic, where people could work off their aggressions and have fun. But, over time, this psychological release became all pervasive, ruling life both in and out of reality. In order to succeed in real life, players - and that is everyone - had to succeed in the virtual world, building credits even to further their education and to select the levels in society in which they will be placed. There are many losers, chosen to do the hard work of provisioning New World, and only a few winners who rule both the game itself as rich members of Central Allocatons and decide the life placements of everyone else.

Eric is a talented player but, with the Graduation Ceremony fast approaching, he is destined to fail as he keeps being killed in the game. He can no longer afford to re-equip new characters to acquire the desired monies to to fight, defend himself and so claw his way upward. So he changes his usual player character to that of a girl he names Cindella with the attributes of the long forgotten Swahbuckler, and invests all he has left in beauty. Then he sets about the task of raising his financial profile and trying to rescue his parents fallen victim to the harsh reassignment regulations and, in the process of changing the world itself.

The story concept is a good one, but, although there are flashes of excitement and some excellent descriptive passages, for this reader the book never really comes alive. The characters themselves are the main reason as they remain stoically two dimensional without ever engaging a feeling of empathy which would have increased a feeling of excitement. Changes in plot directions, and too easily won battles, compound the overall lack of involvement.

Narrator Samuel E.Hoke has a pleasant, deep timbred voice. His reading is clear and steady with a good single pace throughout which adds to the fairytale unreality of the story, further compounded by a lack of emotional imput even when the tensions are rising. His voicings of the characters other than the main protagonist are also minimal even if clearly defined. In many ways his input is excellent, matching the text itself, but it also has the effect of making the whole seem overlong and, to be perfectly honest, tedious apart from the central portion of the book.

Epic is very much a Dungeons and Dragons type story which, if rewritten now would probably be far more thrilling set in the full LitRPG world. A clever idea but not one I would recommend, even to game players unless very young and really into their gameing. My thanks, however, to the rights holder who, at my request, freely gifted me a complimentary copy of Epic, via Audiobook Boom.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Peter on 03-26-18

Interesting.

A solid story with good narration.

The writing is good, well paced and with characters with plenty of personality. The in game parts are easy to understand and does not go in to too much detail about the systems in game. Letting it be more about the action, conflicts and characters.

The narration is easy to listen to and clear. Each character is enhanced with unique voices and plenty of emotion. I would happily listen to more books with this narrator.

In a world where everything is controlled by those who have the most powerful characters in a game it can be hard to get by if you have work to do instead of being able to dedicate yourself to improving your character. It is an intresting lesson about what can happen if keeping power becomes more important than using it wisely.

This was an intresting listen and I can recommend it.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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