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Continue Online Part Four: Crash

Narrated by: Pavi Proczko
Length: 14 hrs and 57 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)
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Summary

Actions have consequences. Grant’s prior adventures tie together and he finds himself back in Continue Online, as Hermes - in jail. He's forced to experience life as a digital convict and earn redemption points to gain his freedom. Each in-game death pushes his goal of helping his friends out of reach. The AIs Grant’s grown to love, trust - and sometimes fear - are facing extinction, and he holds the key to their survival.

©2017 Stephan Morse (P)2018 Stephan Morse

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Brilliant

This has been a brilliant book in the continue series. I am curious to see where the 5th book goes as the story feels complete. can't wait to have the 5th.

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  • Anon
  • 21-03-18

Ehhh...

I think Mr. Morse has gone off the rails with the series. I found this to be meandering; my mind easily drifted away from the story as I was listening. Which is really disappointing.

The whole thing feels like it is a second draft of some rough big ideas. Morse tries to delve into AI, humanity, reality, love, etc... but it just doesn't connect. I can see the goals he was aiming for, really clearly. They just aren't realized. I say second draft because there aren't proofing issues, but rather lack of refinement in the story. It feels like with another 5 or 6 months and some fresh perspective the story could have be significantly improved. All the pieces are there, they're just flapping in the wind.

The relationship with Zin (sp?) is touted as the lynch pin of the story, but it falls flat and one dimensional at best. At worst it is patently painful to listen to and frankly unbelievable. Surrounding characters are stunningly OK with certain progressions and many of the more compelling issues from the first two books (and even bits of the third) are completely brushed aside.

It's frustrating and sad that the story has gone this way. I was a massive fan of books one and two. I do think I will listen to the final installment when it becomes available on Audible, but my expectations are at a rock bottom. Perhaps there is a reason Mr. Morse's books have not rocketed forward like some other self published offerings.

Avoid if you have not listened to the previous books and even then approach only with reserved expectations.

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  • L or D Day
  • 29-10-18

Story recommend with reservations

This is a rare virtual reality tale with characters possessing a storyline with depth, consistent flow, and characters one grows to care about.
The story has two plot lines; the first is the impact advanced forms of virtual reality will have on a society embracing it, and how that society will react to the inevitable development of true AI. In this the author shows some true insight, happily avoiding the cliche of the evil corporations that seem to predominate in modern sci-fi. There are good characters and bad and each behaves in a way reflecting the characters ideology and values, logically advancing the story. The author should have stuck with this part of the storyline and found another way to motivate the main character., because had he done so, it could have been rated with Asimov’s Foundation series.
The second plot line, unfortunately is a childish love story so cliched, obsessive and poorly conceived it belongs in a teen romance. Its the plot a twelve year old girl would craft. (Mild spoiler)The main character looses his fiancé, whom he loves and misses, then discovers an echo of her in the VR program so he tries to go to connect with it. After discovery of this echo of his lost love, all he can do or think about is her. This obsession becomes quite tedious as the tale progresses, and while the love story is the main characters supposed motivation, the author needed quite a bit less of it. The protagonist speaks her name at least once per minute at times, as if we could forget it, and frames all of his grand decisions around how the result will affect her. At one point, with the fate of the whole virtual universe at stake, he admonishes his niece to make sure his fiancé isn’t hurt, ignoring that once the universe is gone, they’re all gone. It’s not cute, or heart warming, this guy is pathetic and his obsession is creepy. He’s more stalker than hero. Worse he likes to blame himself for things that go wrong, whether he was present at the time of the incident or not. This layering of guilt crops up a lot in pre teen books but is out of place here. We’re supposed,to see the main character as a reluctant hero, but dwelling on the past and wallowing in guilt is a behavior hero’s don’t engage in. If the author wants to understand heroic behavior and the love of a woman (which are fine and epic storylines), he should read the Odyssey first, where Odysseus spends ten years getting back to home & hearth. Obsessive behavior doesn’t fit a hero.

This second plot line caused me to actively dislike the hero and I found the story hard to finish, sometimes wishing he would die (his fiancé seemed stronger and more interesting) so the story would be less obsessive.

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  • Tesauron
  • 09-04-18

Penultimate Act?

Morse does it again with a psychological sci-fi romp through danger, tragedy and the very essence of consciousness. Look I figure the only people reading a review for the fourth book are the ones who wonder if the next one lives up to its predecessors: yes, it might exceed the others actually.

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  • Robert Riese
  • 16-06-18

was good before

the first 3 books were good but this one sucks. refunded and done with this author

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  • flowerchild
  • 18-03-18

Edens gate is lame

Compare this series to Edens gate, and it will come out on top every time. It has a real story line not just repeated stats over and over just to fill a page to rip you off.

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