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Unlike in real life, Max is pretty good at playing games, so when a new limited-time dungeon opens up in the virtual reality game he plays, boasting a huge cash prize, Max knows he needs to try and complete it if he wants to be able to pay rent this month.
Fortunately, the only guild strong enough to attempt to take it on before the timer runs out needs a tank.
There's just one problem, he's never played with them before, and even if he convinces the Sisters of Artemis to let him join in time to tank the dungeon and collect the prize money, if they wipe, it's all over.
That would be bad because without that prize money, both he and his baby sister will be sleeping in a cardboard box under a bridge, and Max really hates sleeping in cardboard boxes. Been there, done that, sold the T-shirt.
©2017 Jason Cipriano (P)2017 Jason Cipriano
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5 out of 5 stars
By Rabid Reader on 05-21-17

Excellent gamer story

This is a really enjoyable and exciting audiobook. I'm not a gamer but I found this story made me want to be one. I'm sure if you like teamwork fantasy combat games you will adore this story. The duel tale of immersion in a virtual reality game, where quests can be undertaken, friends made and money gained, and the real word, where the physically disabled are struggling to survive, kept me totally entranced. Max is a great character, confined to a wheelchair and taking care of his equally disabled sister in real life. He needs money in order for them to survive and gaming is the most viable source. In the game he is a excellent tank and team leader, he has built a team that he is starting to consider as friends (some a bit more than just friends) and they are leading the game in newly released quest. The narrator does an excellent job, I think it is some of his best narration work. He draws you into the story and makes both the fantasy and the real life seen alive and captivating. You soon become invested in Max's life both in reality and in the game. I really enjoyed both the story and the narration and I look forward to listening to the next in the series.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 05-08-17

So glad I gave this a chance!

So I heard about this book from a friend and his thoughts on this weren't terrible but he couldn't get over the weirdness of not being able to speak about real life in this book. So I came in with lower expectations than I might have otherwise. His issues with the book were addressed if only in passing which makes me wonder if he missed that paragraph. So yeah it passes that world building requirement at least as far as it goes with me.

I was also surprised to find that, while this isn't the most in depth lit rpg book as far as numbers go, this has one of the more "cute" romances I've seen in these books at least as far as it was allowed to bloom in this first book. I'm looking forward to seeing where it goes later. Especially with the how main character's real life circumstances are arranged.

If there's something I'd love to see more of here it's the characters in the book. They're so likable that you just want to know more about them but the main hook of the book kinda makes it hard for anything past the surface level. I'm interested in seeing how the author works around that little fact as it's clear there's some real chemistry between all of them. I'm definitely looking forward to more from these authors!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 03-05-18

Sick read

Starts of a bit slow but as the book progresses and u meet the characters u start to get immersed in knowing more about them the narrator does a sick job of the book and plays each character with there own personalities and set of emotions and his job as main char well I'll let u read to see what a great job he does well done joe hempel write man for this book about to read book to and very excited thanks also to both writers well thought out book thanks thanks thank bring on book two

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5 out of 5 stars
By Tarcha on 02-17-18

Path of Exile in written form

I love playing Path of Exile and this is more like that than any other LitRPG I have read, which is nice and I love working out which is the best weapon and gems based on slots etc.
This book looks in to that aspect as well as balancing the battles and the character development.

It’s a story about a guy who has it hard IRL and has to work hard in game to make a living.
I can relate to the MC from the perspective of the disability and the social awkwardness and it’s great to see those moments of “oh god oh god what do I do?” As that’s exactly what I would do.

Sometimes it’s a little graphic, but it’s all in line with the character and him telling his story. It doesn’t go too far or off topic.

The narrator does a good job of it, keeping voices distinct and consistent.

It’s a refreshing take on LitRPG and I encourage you to try it.

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