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One of IndieReader's BEST BOOKS of 2014!
The entire Socket Greeny trilogy (Discovery, Training, and Legend) follows a white-haired teenager that discovers he's part of an evolved human race, how he trains to understand his true self, and the legendary conclusion of his true nature.
Work has always come first for Socket Greeny's mother, ever since his father died. But when she shows him the inner workings of the Paladin Nation, he discovers why.
Paladins traverse the planet through wormholes to keep the world safe, but from what, they won't say. Although his parents were not actually one of them, Socket is different. He soon finds himself in the center of controversy and betrayal when he's anointed the Paladin Nation's prodigy. He didn't ask for the "blessing" of psychic powers and the ability to timeslice, and he doesn't want to be responsible for the world. He just wants to go home and back to school and be normal again.
But, sometimes, life doesn't give us that privilege, his mother tells him.
And when the world is soon threatened and the Paladins are forced into the public eye, Socket discovers what his mother means. If he doesn't embrace his true nature, life as we know it will change forever.
A year has passed since the Paladin Nation was exposed to the public. Their mission is still to protect humanity from whatever may threaten them. Previously, it was the human duplications, but now that they've been extinguished their biggest challenge is dealing with the complications of public image. Socket Greeny, now 17 years old, has been a Paladin cadet for the past year and is nearing the final test. But that's the least of his problems. He's trying to live two lives: one as a superhero while hanging onto his normal life.
While fearlessly dealing with his masochistic trainer, he's trying to salvage his deteriorating relationship with his girlfriend back home.
©2013 Tony Bertauski (P)2015 Tony Bertauski
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By Ms. Christian C. on 08-26-17

An exceptional sci-fi/tech trilogy

This was one of the best sci-fi/tech audiobooks I've heard lately, and frankly I can't believe it's still relatively undiscovered. The Socket Greeny trilogy is no slow starter. It hits the ground running from page one and never lets up. Socket Greeny is a disaffected, tech-savvy 16-year-old outsider, who, along with his friends Streeter and Shoot, frequently ventures into an internet virtual mode. Accessible via a small wearable transmitting device, anyone with the right gear and skill can enter a moldable world of virtual reality, which Socket and his friends often do while in school (because their high school has the most powerful gateway in the area). But on one particular day when the trio enters virtual mode, something strange happens, and their lives become forever changed.

I was genuinely impressed by author Tony Bertauski's writing skill (spectacular balancing of story elements), his imagination (Spindle, the preserve, the grimmits), and foremost his ability to describe with astounding, well-proportioned detail the environments, events, and emotions experienced by the characters. This trilogy could easily become a movie or TV show, and I fervently hope that soon it will become one!

In some cases, I've found that when an author narrates their own material, it can sometimes be at a disservice to the story or performance, but this is certainly NOT the case here. Bertauski masterfully narrates each installment, and he accomplishes the feat with marvelous results. I caught only a few mispronounced words (eg. ethereal; YIN and yang), but in no way did they detract from my understanding of the context or decrease my overall enjoyment.

Despite its teen/young adult genre categorization, I believe adults will, like me, find a lot to love about the Socket Greeny saga. Going beyond mere entertainment, it was a full-on head rush of mental escapism. It was simply a pleasure to listen to! I'm looking forward to more from this author because he has so much to offer his readers and listeners.

I was provided a free copy of this audiobook by the author in exchange for my unbiased review. Many thanks for the opportunity!

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By B. Stoller on 09-18-16

It goes on and on and on and on...

There are parts of this book where you just want the pain to end. I stuck with it just because I wanted to find out where it was going. But it was painful. I was literally yelling at the narrator telling him "Oh, just get on with it already!" The story is depressing and the narrator is monotonic. These three books should have been edited down to one, it would have been much better.

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By Mrs A Hardcastle on 07-13-17

Enjoyable but...

I like sci-fi and this was ok. The first book was good fun but I found the second book a bit tiring and by the third I was a mental truant. In the third book especially there are large amounts of time where the main character rambles on about what's going on in his head and the action falls away a bit. Saying that, though, I wouldn't return it as I did find it entertaining.

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By Gayle S. on 08-16-17

compelling to the end

even though i enjoyed the story it was a bit hard to follow at times

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By Brianna Stormcloud on 08-11-17

Unexpected and intriguing!

Wow! A Thought provoking look into the realms of virtual reality, digital technology and real life. This plot definitely did not 'go' where i had expected it too!..Even up to the last chapter.

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