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Summary

The Headshot Online Box Set is a LitRPG adventure set in a post-apocalyptic virtual world featuring hordes of undead. It's perfect for fans of Daniel Schinhofen, Tao Wong, and C.M. Carney. 

Headshot has just gone live, and the whole world's playing the new Artificial Reality blockbuster. Unfortunately, unless you can buy your way onto the Survivor's side, you can only participate as a Zombie. Each week, the forces gather to tear each other down to the bone...until, at week’s end, the Apocalypse is reset. 

Ryan's played the Beta for months, but now that his favorite game has launched, he finds it consuming his life - even as he struggles to decipher whether or not there's actually a way to succeed if you're not willing to Pay to Win. 

But he’s got bigger problems to deal with. There’s something sinister going on beneath the surface of Headshot, and it looks like he’s wrapped up in it whether he likes it or not. 

Narrated by the award-winning Vikas Adam (Divine Dungeon Series, Ritualist). 

Books included in the set:
Book One: One in the Gut
Book Two: Two in the Head
Book Three: Three in the Heart

©2020, 2021 Aethon Books (P)2021 Aethon Audio

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Not bad but a bit contrived

Story constantly takes painfully contrived lurches when the author drops in changes to the capabilities of the characters at just the right time to save the moment.

Also, the narration is overly earnest, as if every line carries heartbreaking significance which gets tiring quite quick and means he doesn’t have anywhere to go when the story requires additional ardence.

Altogether was fairly enjoyable but fairly trashy. The premise is interesting but the writing is forgettable. Would probably make a better movie than a book.

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an unexpected take on the lit rpg genre.

Matthew Siege takes the LitRPG genre and gives it a new twist, even briefly exploring some of the darker aspects of gaming addiction, and (albeit currently Sci-Fi tech) full sensory immersion.
the story flows wonderfully and is expertly narrated by Visas Adam, who provides a wealth of unique voices, while skillfully conveying emotions and sensations.

I'll be re-listening to this once I've finished my back log of other audiobooks!

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Good but it jumps up and down a bit much

Having read the 1st and 2nd book this was a great opportunity to finish the series. The 1st is quite enticing with the idea and works well although the MC is a bit whiny to start with. The 2nd audio works well as we see how he builds on bis knowledge in a slightly different scenario which was fairly well done and Vikas keeps it interesting but the 3rd just jumped into some things (no spoilers) a bit too much and although I seen why it was done i felt it was a bit too in depth and spent a little too long on this at the start and yes it did bring the action back to where my interest gained again it dipped a bit before coming to a great ending I think. The last chapter just wasn't what I thought so some may enjoy this but It fell flat for me I found so this jumped between 4 & 5 stars a lot and i think 4 stars overall for all 3 audios is probably fairer rating.
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  • luke
  • 08-04-21

great story but tainted with all the complaining

I like the story, but there is too much complaining about wealth. the mc is not wealthy and plays a game that gives advantages to those who can spend a lot of money. the mc acts like wealth is only generated if you have a silver spoon up your...

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  • Mike G
  • 24-05-21

phenomenal listen

it was a phenomenal listen, and I am very glad I did so. without any spoilers, there was a hiccup in the plot towards the middle of the third book that I felt was very detached from the rest of the series. having slogged through it, it finished well enough to give an enjoyable closure to a overwhelmingly enjoyable trilogy. the performance was amazing, and the storytelling was captivating.

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  • Larry higgins
  • 12-04-21

mediocre

book 1 was awesome, book 2 kinda sucked, book 3 was ok. too much self reflection in book 2 and was difficult to get engaged.

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  • Phyllis
  • 24-08-21

Not bad

I liked book 1, book 2 was ok, book 3 wasn’t bad. Epilogue sucked, just needed a little bit more .

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  • N. J. Simicich
  • 04-08-21

Surprisingly good for a zombie book..

OK, please note that reader/performers should be at least conversant with idiom. For example, "throwing lead" in the context of a firefight does not use the pronunciation of lead as in "lead a horse to water", it should be pronounced as the metal, lead. Taking a bow? Or tying a bow? Again, different words pronounced differently. These are a couple of mistakes that just jarred me out of my listening trance.. This happened often enough while listening to the book that I felt forced to downgrade an otherwise decent performance. If they had proof-listened and re-recorded the errors, well, you can hear the patches but I'd rather hear the patches.

Now, I like litrpg. I hate that I like it, it is a guilty pleasure. I have tried zombie books before. Usually, I feel like they were just called in. Yawn, same plot, nothing new. Arguably the same argument that people use about litrpg. So I was surprised at this book. It was decently inventive. The author didn't just trap the protagonist in the game from the getgo.

Litrpg seems to have a couple of standard points. First off, you have to do something to make this more important than just a game. Then there has to be an antagonist. There are only so many, corporations, evil players.

The question is, how do you combine them?

The author seems to have tracked well, and even found some new direction. I'm trying to avoid spoilers, so I'm just alluding to things.

Overall, I enjoyed the book.

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  • christopher abel
  • 30-06-21

good book all in all

everything was wonderful a great book but the ending was not good so vague abel.

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  • Norman R.
  • 22-06-21

Good books but watch for the brake check

Good books overall, though it had me re-listening to a few parts to make sure the player hadn't jumped forward on me. And the ending? That was a sudden stop!

Book one was good.
Book two dialed back some but helped with more narrative.
Book three seemed rushed and in more ways than one. I could still appreciate the ending, but it was closer to what I would have expected from a B rated suspense rather than a novel at its attempt...

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  • Nancy J. Welton
  • 22-06-21

Great story plot and original theme I thought.

Book 1 and 2, I thought were well executed with the flow of characters and story. Book 3 kept up with the plot but I would have to say the ending seemed to have been rushed. Maybe it’s me for I listened to the ending chapters a few times to see if I missed something but to me it could have gotten deeper at the end. A great series to listen to.

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  • Alexander Yount
  • 12-06-21

Absolutely Riveting!

Seriously one of the best litrpg book series I've read/listened to. This series 100% needs to be made into a TV show; as long as they do not deviate too much from the source material.

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  • Jonathon
  • 09-06-21

Super intriguing listen!

I was hesitant at first because zombies are so over played as of late but this novel is so much more than zombies. I loved it so much.