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Summary

Every week, I rise from the dead....

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. 

Don't miss the first book in a thrilling post-apocalyptic LitRPG series featuring hordes of undead. It's perfect for fans of Daniel Schinhofen, Tao Wong, and Chris Carney. 

©2018, 2020 Aethon Books (P)2020 Aethon Audio

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Not for me

I like books with some humour in them...and this one is not one of them. To be honest this book is probably good it just doesn’t do it for me. I started pitying the main character rather quick and it’s not something I enjoyed, I listen to books to hear about some unusual adventures and interesting action not about game addiction problems of a poor guy that spirals deeper and deeper into unreachable by most state of self pity and that’s honestly what this book ended up being about. Even with an interesting combat and overall interesting world, I just didn’t like it. Besides that Vikas Adam is a good narrator and I enjoy the voices he makes for both male and female characters.

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Grabs you from the start

This is a good one - it grabs you right at the start and doesn't let go. The plot is original and credible and I enjoyed it. This is Book 1 and it sets up Book 2 nicely.

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Awesome.

Awesome book. Saw this posted on Facebook and though "yeah why not..." had a spare token begging. Glad I did. After recently watching Sword art online I was a bit worried it would be a ripoff. It was not. Great take on VR gaming that is taking root. character was well written and I got a bit creeped out how excited he got about eating people. Sigh of good writing and good voice acting. Got the second book straightaway.

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Felt like I was there

Great narration, I liked his voicing of the characters and of the game itself. and then you have the narration which is first person, and therefore is also the voice of the main character. I don't play many computerised RPGs, but I do sometimes watch other people. I did used to play the dice based games (I'm old). I got really into this story, and I cared what happened to the player's character. I cared about Ryan too, but not quite as much! it isn't easy to make what could have been a commentary gripping, but this is. I am eagerly waiting to start listening to book #2, which is already in my library.

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Really enjoyable!!

A great story that kept my attention throughout! I really enjoyable the opposite approach of this story from the zombie player side and jumped straight into book 2 at the end! Sometimes the game mechanics didn’t seem consistent (shouldn’t he have levelled from close proximity bonus when in the Hummer?) and at times it was a bit too ‘then and us, rich vs poor’, but I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this book to anyone! Vikas’ narration perfectly suits the characters and pacing of the book! This is my honest opinion of a free review copy.

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Great listen

A fantastic book, it really draws you in and I found it hard to stop listening at the end of work and having to wait till the next day. The writing and the narrator really sells the experience and draws you into their world. Can't wait for book 2 :)

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Excellent LitRPG Zombie Gamelit

How do you manage to make a Zombie Gamelit interesting, quite easy seemingly , all you do is give a first viewpoint from a Zombie trying to survive destruction in his Hometown LA. The action is pretty good and a lot better than i expected as you are soon caught up in the characters challenges. The best bit is the overall strategy used and how the Zombie stereotypes are used to evolve different characters. A throughly enjoyed listen and Vikas does his usual professional job. I requested this audio and have decided to leave my thoughts.

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  • 28-03-20

A Surprisingly Enjoyable Listen

*Recieved for Free* This is my first experience with the litRPG sub genre, i will admit that that before listening to this, I had didnt have much interest in it. The idea of a story literally revolving around someone playing a video game, complete with stats, seems a bit like a litaray form of Let's Play. So, was Headshot any good? - Suprisingly, yes The story isnt just about someone playing a game, its about a persons disillusionment with the real world. The main protagonist has so many grievances, he's incredibly difficult to sympathise with. He is playing a free to play game, and hates those that have paid to play. He begrudges those with money, those with power, and even those that dont take the game seriously. To him, the game is everything. Once you realise that this is based on a near future setting, and that everyone seems to be playing the game, it makes more sense. Theres a section describing how the guy turns up for work, and nearly everyone else has taken the day off sick to play Headshot - this kind of sums it up. This is a story about someone who feels let down by society, and that by playing the game, he can actually be someone (which, he does, kind of). This doesnt make him likeable however, just helps justify his actions. Ive never listended to anything Vikas Adam before, and I must say well done to the guy. He actually honestly portays the charactor perfectly, fully putting across the protagonists hatred for pretty much everything in the real world. The performance is really what carries the whole book, as the actual story is not anything more than Ok. I would say that Headshot is worth giving a go, but takes time to get anywhere. If you can get through the first few chapters, you will easily ride it out to the end. This hasnt made me a fan of the litRPG genre, but it also hasnt put me off it. A word to the wise however, it clearly states that its a trilogy, so dont expect a complete story here. This book certainly puts itself across as the first act, and with everything in place, could actually be a very good follow up Finally "Matthew Siege" - thats got to be a pen name. If you are going to pick a pen name, dont choose something that makes you sound like a charactor from an 80s Cop Drama

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Slow start but as the story grows it gets so good!

I started listening to this story and I enjoyed the start, as the player struggles with daily live vs this very addictive game. The game mechanics are explained as the main character understands them and as he learns more about the new editions more options open up and without spoiling anything then come some unexpected plot additions which keeps this story interesting, fresh and entertaining. The narrator is excellent and I'm really looking forward to the 2nd in the trilogy.

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Strangely Appealing

Lets start with performance. Vikas does a perfectly solid performance, is easy to listen to and has a sense of eagerness that really drives this story on. In fact, part of the attraction to this book is his narration, which really helps drive the plot. Story: There is nothing world shattering or phenomenal about the story, which means I couldn't give it 5 stars. It lost one more star due to a couple reasons. The first is the writers tendency to spell everything out as if you are watching a screen, "Zombie 2303 is online, Zombie 0482 is online....(4 more times), a bit of editing could cull this and make the story flow better. The protagonist seems to have a lot of anger, but is missing a chapter making us understand this. In contrast books with a similar premise, Snowcrash and Ready Player One, show how bad the world is outside and how this shapes the character. The end result is that the protagonist can come off as unlikable a number of times. Finally throughout the book the writer nods that the attraction to the game is difficult to define and the financial viability of the game is in question, that said, these are real issues. We live in a world where people have died playing World of Warcraft, MMOs are a regular thing and the description of the game we keep hearing from the protagonist makes it really seem like it would struggle to get enough people to ever play, worse the game will kill hundreds of people due to aspects of its design. That and that it is only a game with no real stakes really drew me from the story at times. Now there are the negatives out the way. Lets talk positives. Once you get past that and get to what's going on, there is something oddly compelling about this book, much like a Dan Brown novel its really hard to put down. It's a perfect "relaxation" read, when you want something rather non-serious and to just be taken away with it (except when the above negatives occur). There are so many little aspects and details of the game, which are rather nice and reminds me of playing Left for Dead. I actually blitzed through it in a day a half, not wanting to stop listening. I'll happily listen to the next instalment, but there is a limit to how long I would want to stay in the world.

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  • 15-03-20

MC..

The MC goes off on tangents about how everything is unfair. Really subtracted from the book for me.

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  • Dorian T
  • 16-03-20

Seriously enjoyable

This was refreshing. First of all, the perspective was cool and unique. The way the story was told and how the narrator read it was powerful and realistic. I have a list of books I will actually listen to this one again someday—this has been entered.

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  • 14-03-20

Holy cow

The perspective was super fresh. I'll be honest I enjoyed it so much and might actually listen to it a second time right off the bat. Looking for a lit RPG, for the main character that's not super dumb this is your breadwinner right here. He and millions of others are free to play while while the competition is pay to win. Using cunning the guy just wrecks the pay to win players.

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  • Willis Burns
  • 15-03-20

Finally!

Finally, something fresh in a genre that was slowly becoming tedious. Great to see a different perspective (that of a zombie on the weak side of the fight). Vikas Adam nailed the performance as can be expected from such a talented voice actor.

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  • James S.
  • 18-03-20

was hesitant that the premise could hold my attent

I was pleasantly surprised when I couldn't stop listening. Now I just want to see which direction book 2 goes. I have my suspicions but I will have to wait and see in April.

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  • Gil T
  • 02-04-20

Good start, unique take

Headshot starts out similar to a few other books in the genre. Fully immersive game, the main character doesn’t have a lot of money. He is living for the game. Then it starts to get a little different. The majority of the players are zombies or FtP (free to play) characters. The rich people of the world have to pay 20k to get on the survivor side of things. It also covers the evolution from the zombie side (since that is all the main character knows). I admit it started out a little slow, but it did a slow ramp of action and suspense. This is something that can definitely happen in the first book of a series. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend to others who like the genre. Vikas Adam as always did a great job. He really puts a lot of emotion into his performance and you can hear the worry, etc in his voice as he does the main character

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  • Dan
  • 01-04-20

Unique LitRPG

The narrator, Vikas Adam has always been a great narrator, his voice and emotions are great. This is another great performance by him. The book has a different take in LitRPG. It focuses on the MC both in and out of the game. What makes it a bit unique is the game. The game is new and there are a lot of unknowns, even down to player progression and abilities. So with this you get to explore the game with the MC, learning new things about it as he does, but the game itself is unique. Not just another typical fantasy MMORPG. This game has free players who are zombies, and survivors who need to pay large amounts of money to play on that side. Think top 1% income. You follow the MC as he plays his zombie character, trying to survive and gain skills for the week. Because the game resets after every week, and if you die, you’re done until the game resets. As a gamer myself, the only thing I really didn’t like as much was the personality of the MC. He’s probably in his 20’s, but many times acts like what you’d imagine a 16 year old gamer to act like. He gets upset at game details easily, when things go wrong he wants to rage at the designers, and he has just has kind of an elite gamer attitude. He’s not like this all the time, and it doesn’t ruin the main story, but sometimes I just wanted to tell him to shut the hell up. Overall I would recommend for fans of LitRPGs. The story is unique and will keep you interested. I’m curious to see what the next book holds.

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  • Josh R
  • 25-03-20

Unique take on LitRPG, more like a LitFPS

This was a unique take on the LitRPG genre with it not really being an RPG at all, but more of a LitFPS. I really enjoyed the VR world that the author built, with the F2P players being zombies, and the pay to win players being survivors. The story was thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish, with me wanting to listen non-stop. The narrator does a great job with this book. I always look forward to anything narrated by Vikas Adam. Overall, this was an excellent listen and I’m really looking forward to book two. I was given a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Ian H.
  • 23-03-20

Well worth it

Well written, engaging, great narrator. Awesome litrpg that builds a fun world. Will get the next in the series.

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  • M. Knight
  • 19-03-20

My new book obsession

I didn’t think I would enjoy this book as much as I did but I loved it. I loved the concept, world and the MC. Didn’t expect that ending though. Overall great book with excellent narration. I will be on the lookout for book two.

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