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Narrated by: R.C. Bray, Jeffrey Kafer
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Summary

Is your life real or is the world you live in a simulation? Are the people you call friends and neighbors living beings with inalienable rights, or are they NPCs - Non-Player Characters - whose soulless path through life is predetermined?

Samael Crane, a brilliant scientist, believes NPCs are all around us. And he can prove it.

When a body is discovered in the bay off Essex, Massachusetts, small town pastor and former Marine plagued by doubts, Ezekiel Ford finds himself called in to identify the deceased. His history is unknown. His full name is a mystery. No one knows where he came from. In fact, Ezekiel seems to be the only person in town who ever really noticed him, living on the fringe of reality, and sometimes in the homeless shelter supported by his church. 

Ezekiel’s involvement in the case doesn’t go unnoticed by Samael, who has set out to prove - through deadly means - that NPCs exist, that reality is simulated, and that ‘God’ is a coder with a grudge. The two men’s missions become inextricably entwined, leading them down a path through the gray area between good and evil, science and religion, and reality and simulation, barreling toward a truth that will change the world and humankind’s place in it forever. 

New York Times and number one Audible.com best-selling author Jeremy Robinson takes listeners on a journey that is not only action-packed, but full of scientific and philosophical intrigue. In his most mind-bending story since Infinite and Alter, Robinson blends genres, belief systems, and bold prose into an unputdownable tale exploring the nature of reality. 

In the audiobook edition he is joined by number one Audible.com best-selling narrators, R.C. Bray and Jeffrey Kafer, creating a truly one-of-a-kind listening experience. 

©2020 Jeremy Robinson (P)2020 Jeremy Robinson

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I wish I could have enjoyed it..

The plot sounded good, but it was just too religion orientated and it felt preachy. And it felt like it was the author's opinion rather than just a character's pov.
That's partly my fault, I guess. It does mention religion in the summary. I try to avoid preachy religious novels. I was looking for something more sci-fi. The narration was excellent. No complaints with that. And the book's well written if you can get past the preachiness.

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// A combination of two amazing narrators and a story that could have only come from the mind the 'Creator' NPC will have you gripped with the question 'Is this real?'.
//Jeffer Keffer and R C Bray are a great duo in this keeping the story going strong without overshadowing eachother.
// The story is great and enjoyable throughout but also felt short, which had me feeling that I was an NPC along for the ride with these characters.
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"No distance you can run, no depth you can swim. "

In the author's note following the story, Robinson explains how his ongoing internal debate about the nature of reality spilled out and changed the content of this book, how it even altered the nature of the main protagonists. And that is fascinating. But for this reader, whilst the beginning of NPC instantly grabbed attention, and the basic, ongoing concepts were also intriguing, the constant battling of the pastor and the killer with external (or were they?) forces became too laboured and, yes, even tedius. Action is good, but there can be a limit ...

Jeremy Robinson writes a very good book, however, and in NPC , which is told in the first person from the altering points of view of the two main protagonists, he has also engaged two of the best narrators, A.C.Bray and Jeffrey Kafer, to each perform one of them so that the contrast of their voices instantly tells the listener who it is that is talking. No need to add that both performances were outstanding - well paced and intoned, read with understanding of the text, and so on - they always are. And for this reader, they carried the story through those less than fascinating moments, previously mentioned.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. It is hard not to with the power of Robinson's writing and the expression of his words through Bray and Kafer's delivery. And for readers with a curiosity about the nature and reality of Reality, this is another stepping stone in the pathway of consideration, or, possibly, discovery. And for them, NPC is recommended

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Insightful - but that's not aleayd a good thing

Okay. So I read some of the reviews before reading the book, and the negatives were mostly similar in that they felt it was too religious and heavily flavoured by the authors opinions.

This is true. The book is heavily religious and coloured with the authors opinions/musings on religion. That can be a good thing, or a bad thing, it really depends on you as a reader and what you take from it.

For me, it was a coherent insight into how a brilliant author rationalise the workings of a complex theory e.g. Simulation theory, and weaves a riviting ride through the main characters own rationalisations on dealing with a series of subjective and objective truths.

The performances are second to none. Bray is his typical flawless self, and Kafer melodramatic performance fits the anti-protagonists character to a tee.

A wonderful book overall, but if religion is a major red button for you... Best avoid.

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Excellent

Never read this Author before but this has wetted my appetite . A thought provoking well paced story having two narrators for the main protagonists works very well indeed

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loved it

I'm not at all religious and am a none believer. But this book really makes you think and examine reality. it is excellently written and read by both narrators.

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Brilliant

what a trio Robinson, Bray and Kafer make! an absolute treat for any audio book fan. Highly recommend this to anyone who wants an action story that keeps u thinking!

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Interesting premise but...

As this is the first Jeremy Robinson book I’ve purchased I wasn’t familiar with his usual style but having enjoyed other author’s books narrated by Jeffrey Kafer and enjoyed his voice I thought this sounded intriguing and worth a credit. And it turns out it’s both of these things. It’s an interesting mash up of the philosophical and the sci-fi and though it was always going to be a difficult topic to completely nail it was entertaining and occasionally thought provoking. After a strong start I felt it lost its way a little in the middle section though, and the ending was a little disappointing. However, given the heavy religious elements the experience will be very subjective so your mileage may vary. Overall I enjoyed both narrators and there was much to enjoy in the characters but the story didn’t quite work for me.

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it just wouldn't stop twisting

This felt very different to the other Jeremy Robinson books I've read, whilst there was still some good humour this was a lot more serious than something like Space Force or Tribe.

This was a pretty mind-bending story that had you questioning not only the character's fate but maybe even you're own - Am I an NPC?! The twists and turns in this had me completely guessing as to what was real or not until the very end.

RC Bray and Keffrey Kafer were their usual brilliant selves, bringing their own style to narration and doing it well. My only criticism of this is I'm not a huge fan of having two different narrators read lines from the same character, it's not something to put me off a book but I think I prefer it if they only narrated specific characters and they never crossed over.

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Gripping, Fantastic concept

A Fantastic and compelling story with two of the best narrators in the audiobook world.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-07-20

DEAR GOD! BUY THIS BOOK!

I am speechless. For a fictional sci fi novel to make the reader experience such a deep dive into their own beliefs is astounding. I love the dark stuff. Character development is amazing as always. Bray and Jeff together was such a good idea for this one. Biggest 3 in the audiobook game. Keep it coming. Robinson you are a God! Thank you for pouring out your soul so that others may feel theirs again.. Back to the infinite!

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  • Matt Brooks
  • 02-07-20

Um...Wow, what, huh?

I don't normally write reviews, but this book was a trip. The two narrators threw me off for about one chapter til I understood. After that, I thought it worked out really well.

The story? I don't even know where to start. Twist on top of twist on top of twist. Like some of Jeremy's other books, at the end I'm left feeling both satisfied and yearning for the story to continue. I'm a software engineer, and some of the technical bits caught me completely off guard. Some of them even had me chuckling.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I had a hard time shutting it off to get some sleep last night and do some work today. There's some "edge of your seat" action, but it's more of a mind f*** than anything. If you liked Infinite, I think you'll like this. I can't wait to see what kind of story he comes up with next.

I also think that this will be another repeat listen for me. Several of his other books I've already listened to multiple times. Speaking of which, I may have to queue up The Others for the 3rd or 4th time. Then maybe Infinite, yet again.

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  • Brutis
  • 04-07-20

Great Potential but Then Terrible

The two best narrators in the business did this book so that part was perfect. The first half of this book was extremely good and the writer is a great storyteller. There were hints in the first half of the book about the direction the book may be going but I was hoping not. By two-thirds of the way through it was there. Not a new idea but still absurdity and it went downhill from there. If the writer would keep the first half of the book and turn it into a serial killer book it would be excellent, but as it is it's a disappointment.

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  • Alex
  • 30-06-20

Mind. Blown.

Another amazing ride with the master of the mind melt. A genius Serial Killer is obsessed with proving we’re living a lie and he’s experimenting on people to make his point. This work touches on simulation theory, religion, god and our place in the universe by asking some tough questions and making everyone question their own beliefs. Having the Dream Team of RC Bray and Jeffrey Kafer is amazing #Brayfer

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  • Mark
  • 16-07-20

He said it was acid, but it was construction paper

The author seems very full of himself. After I heard his introduction about what a mind blower this book would be (not to mention several reviewers) I figured ok, let's see. Not to get hung up on minor issues but when the preacher puts on scuba gear and gets involved in a murder investigation in a small town, I got distracted and started wondering about the basis of this supposed philosophical exercise. Turns out he (the pastor) is an ex-Marine. Apparently that gets you in on police work and investigations. Or maybe because he's a pastor? I'm not sure, but the implications are terrifying by themselves.
As for the discussion of simulation theory, it took a lot more suspension of disbelief for this reader. I enjoy entertaining the idea, but couldn't wait for this book to end. In a world where preachers and a genius neurosurgeon search for reality, I'm going to search for another book. This one didn't even raise questions let alone shake the groundwork of my working idea of reality. Scuba diving preachers proved too challenging for my mental acuity. Mind officially blown.

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  • keller
  • 03-07-20

RAD! Excellent story. Excellent performances!

Wow. That was top notch. Finished listening in two days. A page burner for sure! Do yourself a favor and get this one!

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  • jaime
  • 10-07-20

Absolutely thought provoking!

I was provided this review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This book is absolutely thought provoking! It makes you wonder if your life is really what you thought it is!

Keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time. Just when you think you might have things figured out, it takes another turn. Such a thrilling, well written book.

Narration is excellent! Wonderful flow and emotion throughout. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys action, sci fi, mystery. Another awesome book from Jeremy Robinson!

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  • Josh Wilson
  • 10-07-20

SciFi that touches on the deep questions of life

Absolutely loved this book. If your debating, get it! It asks some of the deep questions of life and it a fun story along the way.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-07-20

Great departure from JR’s normal

This was a great book to listen to and left me wanting to have more!

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  • Mike
  • 01-07-20

Awesome book, really makes you think!

Another excellent book by Jeremy Robinson. A bit different than most of his books, but still as good if not better than I’ve come to expect from him. Definitely worth a listen!

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