• Sidequest: In Realms Ungoogled

  • By: Frank J Fleming
  • Narrated by: Richard Cefalos
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 04-03-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Post Hill Press
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.8 (71 ratings)

Regular price: $19.95

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Publisher's Summary

Terrance Denby takes an unusual route to work one day and finds himself in an enchanted forest where winged fairies give him a sword and tell him, “Your journey is about to begin. Learn to use this sword or perish.” 
Terrance doesn’t have time to go on a magical quest: he’s late for his job as a computer programmer. But when he gets to work, he suddenly notices things he hadn’t seen before. Like the fact that his boss is a demon with scaly skin, horns, and bloodstained fangs. Or that an “unnamed thing below” feasts on human victims in an arena filled with people absorbed in their cell phones. 
Set up on a blind date with a perky blonde named Shannon, Terrance finds that she is wearing a full suit of armor complete with a helmet and sword. “I’m a Sister of Torment,” she explains. “We’re a group of women who serve the Darkness.” Terrance can't help wondering how such a nice, attractive girl ended up beheading people with an ax.
But their budding romance is complicated when Terrance is recruited by The Infinite, a shadowy group that is at war with the Sisters of Torment and their demonic overlords. Will Terrance join them? Or will he try to return to his old life and forget the evidence of his now-awakened senses? Faeries, elves, warriors, mermaids, and his dark-souled girlfriend will help him decide.
If J.R.R. Tolkien and Mike Judge got drunk and wrote a book together with the sole purpose of making it epic, it might be Sidequest. With cleverly written dialog and dry humor set against a fantastical, apocalyptic backdrop, Sidequest reads like an episode of Silicon Valley that crossbred with Lord of the Rings.
A hilarious, fun and exciting ride, Sidequest possesses a wry hilarity, lovable characters and a plot that starts mundane and turns gargantuan in its scope. 
I'm not one who is into typically geeky things, but I geeked out when I read Sidequest.
©2018 Frank J. Fleming (P)2018 Post Hill Press
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Customer Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
By Wise Momma on 04-17-18

I’m not a fan of fiction, but....

I listen to a lot of podcasts and audiobooks, around 10 hours a week. But I haven’t listened to or read a work of fiction in years. And I haven’t read a work of science / fantasy fiction in, maybe, ever.

But Sidequest had me hooked from the beginning and kept my interest through the end.

The book was very well done, with multiple interesting themes running in the undercurrent. And the artist reading it did a fantastic job.

Definitely worth the time and money.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Cazamus on 04-27-18

A fantasy clash with reality expertly done

What made the experience of listening to Sidequest: In Realms Ungoogled the most enjoyable?

The story does not bludgeon the listener with explanation of every fantasy creature. It does not try to go 5 layers deep into how magic works, and lets us know just enough that most people recently introduced into the fantasy genre will understand the context, without having to fully explore each aspect of every bit of lore.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Sidequest: In Realms Ungoogled?

The ending. This is one of the best endings to a story I have seen in a while. It is not a cliff hanger, it explains everything that takes place in the book, while saying little. It leaves on a high note, rather than a cheap cliff hanger or some cop out.

Which character – as performed by Richard Cefalos – was your favorite?

Overall it was the MC. Most of the performances where immersive, but I liked the pilot bear alot more than I probably should.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending. It really just tied everything together. It was the summation of the all of the characters growth, without hammering out needlessly, or overexplain what has happened.

Any additional comments?

Get it, it's a great book, that has a great performance. I can't think of the last time a fantasy novel really left me that happy overall days after for the experience of it.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Robin on 04-12-18

Ok

So this is a pretty good book but the ending is a bit of a letdown.

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