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Summary

Leave your body at home.

If you loved Ready Player One, you won’t want to miss this sleek, new virtual adventure! 

The year is 2341 and Earth is a distant memory. Thousands of people from all over the world, and some from other worlds, enter a vast virtual reality on planet Zeta. Commonly known as the ALT, visitors hope to find what they can’t in their physical world. Sport hacking, gambling, and pleasure houses are a few of the offerings of the ALT. But there are also dark dynamics lurking within the virtual city....

Seventeen-year-old Stass Tatum is a highly skilled human hacker from the futuristic city of Rourke. She is known on the grid as Deadlock for her dominant, lethal tactics in sport hacking. After meeting a popular elite player, she hatches a plan to jettison her rank into his. 

But fate has other ideas.... A deadly virus wreaks havoc on her plans, and now she must face what death means outside the virtual world. 

From the Raven's Sphere world by Melissa Koberlein comes this new virtual adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

©2020 Melissa Koberlein (P)2020 Melissa Koberlein

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"Hang on and hold your breath."

Though the writing is somewhat stilted and mundane, the story is exciting and the narratio, by Amy Deutchler, is very good making the audio experience of Deadlock, a Raven's Sphere novel a most enjoyable one. Set in the far future of 2841, many people come together from far and wide to live much of their lives in virtual reality world where they can over indulge without physical pay back. Stars Tatum is just 17, and an agrophobic, confined to her small cube of a room when in her human body but free to adventure when in the APT (Alternative Reality Transport). Already an acknowledged player, she aspires to go higher, to become an elite. But when a friend becomes engraved in the Shadow ALT.she's willing to risk everything to save him.

The fast paced action is matched by Ms.Deutchler's equally rapid narration which throughout remains clear, well modulaated, expressive and with all character voices individual and appropriate. Her performance adds greatly to the enjoyment of the book which is a little lacking in character development as a purely written experience. Howwever, once underway, the story comes to life with fascinating pictures drawn of the different landscapes through which Stass, also known as Deadlock, and her friends pass to reach into the prisons in the Shadow ALT.

I was fortunate in being freely gifted with a complimentary copy of Deadlock by the rights holder, at my request, via Audiobook Boom. Thank you, it was an enjoyable listen and would !and an excellent film, lending itself to visual effects alongside a colourful action thriller story.

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Virtual world

I enjoyed this book. The main reason I got this book was because I love the narrator and know that anything is involved with is going to be great and I was right. This is part of a series and it wasn't until I was about half way through that I connected the two books and I realised I had met Stass before.The two books although set in the future are very different so you don't need to have listened to one to enjoy the other. Although not being a gamer and having no experience with the virtual world the author has crafted a clever story that was easy for me to follow along with, especially if you have a good imagination because this book will certainly test it and open your mind up to a whole new world. Its a bit like watching tv but crafted with words instead. I love the characters and the way they become friends over the course of the adventure.
Stass is an Agoraphobia and the only time she leaves her apartment is when she hooks up to the ALT, the virtual world is her playground. As a gamer and hacker she has reached the top of her league and if she wants to progress she needs to get noticed by an elite and secure sponsorship. She sets her sights on Rafe and not just because of his skills but when he notices her things start to go wrong and she is accused of something that could very well lead to get death in the real world. Someone is targeting player and infecting them so they are no longer connected to there real world bodies. Now Stass is being accused of the crime and the only one that knows she is not guilty is trapped. Stass has always been a loner but now she will have to find some people she can trust to help her prove her innocence?
As I said I got this book because the narrator is one of my favourites and she doesn't disappoint this time around either.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • 09-02-21

Great stand alone

This is the second book I have read/listened to by this author and I would definitely listen to another. Previously, I reviewed book one. This is a separate stand alone story and is not directly connected to the first book with Raven. Like another reviewer, I am not a fan of the instant love scenario either, however I think it worked well with this book. Stass has a lot of experience as a hacker but very little socially, so when she finally meets the elite player she aspires to meet and be like, it’s not surprising she falls for him. ——-
This is the second book I have listened to by this narrator ( Amy Deuchler ) and I would gladly listen to another. She gives each character an individual voice and brings out their personality. I like her performance style. She does not simply read the story. It’s like listening to a movie. ———

There are no explicit sex scenes, or descriptive violence, there is some swearing. ———

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  • Michelle Titherington VanDaley
  • 05-02-21

Fantastic World

The world the author created for this series is original & interesting. I really enjoyed the characters and the story. I am not a fan of insta love or "loving" someone the character barely knows so the romance portion was not to my liking but that played only a small part in the story. The narrator was great bringing the story & characters to life.

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  • B VanDyk
  • 19-01-21

Fun Digital Fantasy

A fun spin off story from a character in the Raven's Sphere universe.
Very engaging in an intense virtual world.


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  • Harry
  • 17-01-21

Never a dull moment in cyberpunk

This is my first experience to the virtual world in audiobook and it is fantastic So many new concepts to hear about. The authors and narrator and editors did a great job of bringing the world to my ears.

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