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A product of the latest technologies, Barliona is a virtual world brimming with fun and entertainment. The government has become the guarantor for the in-game currency, allowing its free circulation. As a result the population floods Barliona in pursuit of easy money.
It doesn't take long for the game developers to discover a source of free labor: real-world prison convicts. While their bodies are locked in special auto-maintenance virtual capsules, the prisoners' minds are released into Barliona's virtual mines.
Dmitry Mahan has been through it all. Sentenced to eight years' hard labor, he now struggles with an unpopular class - the Shaman - and an equally unpopular profession of a Jeweler. His fight for survival becomes anything but virtual.
©2015 V. Mahanenko. English translation copyright 2015 by Natalia Nikitin (P)2016 Tantor
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By D on 05-18-16

The Narrator sets the Tone

I had read the first book, “Survivor Quest,” in the “Way of the Shaman,” series but decided to listen to the second book “The Karloss Gambit, on Audible; reading the first book without the influence of a narrator made the story seem somewhat more intense. I realize this is a LITRPG genre series and therefore probably should be a little lighthearted; and its not that the narrator, Johnathan Yen, did a bad job, in fact he was very credible giving each character their own voice. It’s just, in my opinion his tone made the story seem more juvenile and not the intense adventure I had read in the first book.
Having said all of that I like the series so far, although it is not complete and I don’t see Audible or Amazon offering the third book yet. The same thing happened in the “Play to Live Series,” by D Rus; another LITRPG series that I like and Audible listeners are left hanging waiting on the completion.
I’m giving the story four stars only because the ending seemed rushed and it is not complete. The narrator four stars even though I thought a more intense reading would have given this story a completely different experience he did a credible job. Overall four stars

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By Amazon Customer on 05-01-16

never thought an MMO would make such a good book

I listened to both the first book and this book in secession and I must say that I was greatly surprised by how well the story has turned out. on the whole this book was wonderful to read the characters are rememberable as well as the world that they live in. I would say that this book could be listened to by both Gamers and non-gamers though the constant speak of the game mechanics and system mechanics would greatly throw off a lot of the non-gamer readers. and let it be said that if a game like this was ever to come out, virtual or not there would be many players who would never leave its company.

the narrator wow he did a great job at narrating all the characters in their own unique way had a few moments where the voice kind of fell short. In moments where the character was screaming or enraged I didn't quite feel what I was supposed to from the character. But in all other cases the narrator did a wonderful job of presenting each character individually.

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my favorite moment would have to be the initiate shaman trial test Not only would I really love to see this implemented in some game where not only are you were not restricted by what you are given Quest wise but it is what you want out of the game and still succeed at what you're doing the whole thing was something I would love to see in life much less in a game so many interesting features in this book hard to describe as great moments just because it's in a game but is it truly a game if you can live and feel every moment in it?

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By David on 01-07-17

Power leveling but in a good way

This is the second book in the series and whilst it could stand alone, you really need to read the first. Story grows well and the character remains believable (in a game context of course). Story develops well and the addition of other characters is good.

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By Jan on 09-26-16

loved it!

love this series! when is book 3 coming??
this is the first series i a long time that got me hooked

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By Marston on 04-18-17

bloody good book

love it it gets you really into it I recommend this book hope there's more

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