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Summary

An everyday loser, stuck in the game.

Hal Dix was stuck in an unlucky life. His wife is a successful executive, while his IT help desk job led nowhere. Even his daughter's daycare teacher thought he was a loser. He couldn't catch a break.

Now a strange woman at a flea market sells Hal a bootleg release of a highly anticipated game. It is just what he wished for, and he can't wait to play it during his long weekend home alone. His luck has finally turned around, right?

Hal should be careful what he wishes for.

Join the adventure in this first book of an epic LitRPG fantasy trilogy. Play along with Hal and his new friends in Fantasma, as he becomes an Accidental Thief.

©2017 MedicCast Productions (P)2018 MedicCast Productions

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  • HeatherY
  • 14-02-18

A Fun Listen

Hal Dix is the unluckiest guy in the world. He's stuck in a boring IT job with a bully for a boss and a successful wife who makes parenting look easy. Hal plays role playing games for fun, and he's just been duped into spending all his spare cash for a bootleg version of a game that doesn't exist yet. Except when Hal tries the bootleg disc, it works. And it transports him bodily into the world of Fantasma.

Hal awakens in the game and immediately runs into trouble. Framed for the murder of a powerful city warden, he's arrested and sentenced to death. He needs to use all his wits and the points he's allocated to his luck stat to survive.

This is a solid LitRPG, an enjoyable listen. Hal is a good MC to follow, a bit awkward at times but not a sad sack. He's just reacting to events in the beginning, but soon takes control and becomes someone to cheer for. The action was fast paced. The game mechanics were incidental to the story, they didn't play a major role and it would be a fun fantasy listen even if you're not into LitRPG. The stat sheets are very short and aren't repeated too often, and Hal doesn't spend any time agonizing over point allocation. Although this is book one, it ties everything up neatly and can be read as a standalone.

The narration is really well done! The narrator performs subtle voices for the various characters and kept me listening and immersed in the story. If you're looking for a LitRPG for a teen or young reader, this book doesn't have any sex or swearing, but there are fight scenes and some references to adult themes. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 08-02-18

Loved this book! A great first novel

I really liked this book a lot. Hal was fun, and Kay? (sorry on audible so not sure if it is just K) was great. The book is about a normal guy who likes to play video games that is sucked into a fantasy world. The world translates things to him in game format, so that he understands it. So he levels and picks powers just as if he were playing at home. In fact, there is a point where he isn't sure if he is playing or if it is real.

The only beef I have is that his one singular ability, his luck, never failed. I would have liked to have seen him flub a few tries, because it got to a point where you knew he was good if he heard the slot machine sound in his head. A minor plot point. I just have to be honest.

I eagerly await book 2, and hope that next time he's not an accidental thief, but an intentional one. Go get this book, it will make a fine addition to your audible library. Oh, and Robert Scarloto does a masterful job of keeping your attention with his inflection, emotion, and pacing. I'd happily listen to him again and again.

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  • Anthony R Giannette
  • 16-05-18

Made me laugh

Suspense, worry, adventure! A series of small victories leads to an exciting conclusion. Hal takes a trip into a fantasy world and amazingly returns. The writer gives you a juxtaposition right away. Makes the reader doubt our hero then cheer for him!

Best rogue adventure of my long reading life.

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  • Pam C
  • 25-02-18

Classic case of 'don't judge a book by it's cover'

So...Accidental Thief is not really indicative of what the story is about. Accidental Rogue would have been better. That being said, I LOVED this book. Just like the character in the story, I got sucked in from the very beginning and took a grand adventure. I, personally, have never played a RPG type video game, but I have watched and been entertained. This guy really got into his character! I definitely NEED to listen to the book 2!
I listened to the audiobook version of the story and Roberto Scarlato is the narrator. LOVE his voice. Everything about it. The timber, the cadence of the narration, and he brings the characters to life! I could easily envision the story as it unfolded just like when I listen to a movie on the tv while doing something else.
I recommend this book/audiobook to all!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-02-18

Not bad

It was a good story for a lit-RPG. It dose go on about the MC character sheet alot at the start. In the next book if the writer can have the character sheet at the end of chapters that be nice so you hit the next button.

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  • Trish
  • 07-02-18

loved it

I loved it so much I got the audio book to review after buying and reading the book myself!! one for my audio collection

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  • Zakary
  • 07-02-18

great story

I can't wait to hear more from this author. his style was so unique. I would say if you love litrpg you will like this book

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  • Jed
  • 24-02-18

Nah...shouldn’t be litRPG

Just giving this one guys star summary once per chapter fdoes not make it litRPG! For those of us in the genre, we like to see our characters progression over time, what the level of enemies are and have there be logic to the giving of skills and where stats are out. This is a fine (not great) general adventure story, but damn, there are so many things that bug me I will not be going on in the series. What you ask? I’ll try to list a couple...First...he is the only character with stats described and despite all kinds of knifework, backstabbing, stealth and other stealthy things, they are all lumped under a couple general skills. Well actually he never gets a skill in the weapons area. Second, His allies and opponents never seem to have levels for the reader to see what kind of opponent he is facing (you must assume by the amount of experience he gets) Third, the equipment never really has stats either. There is reference to how it was an enchanted weapon, but we the reader have no comparison. Fourth, the guy puts all his stats into luck to start. Ok fine if he is going to go that route he should stick with it, but then he just puts them into strength when he levels. Most of his fighting is sneaky and requires dexterity, but he never puts points into it but somehow gets better and better as measured by the seemingly more difficult guys he must be facing (again assumed by the experience given). I dunno, it was just a bit shallow for me. I vote it’s not really a litRPG except for the compulsory being stuck in the game part and the describing of his individual stats.

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  • RukiaBlackBlazer
  • 20-07-18

I'm in.

Loved it, a great read... fun times. Looking forward to the rest of the series.

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  • Buzy_reading
  • 28-05-18

Fantasy role playing game novel

Accidental Thief is an LitRPG story about Hal Dix. Hal is a present day man brought into the fantasy world of Fantasma by magic. He is a rogue character working with another character to complete quests, missions, and tasks.

I am a newcomer to this type of genre. I’m also new to the term LitRPG. I’m not a gamer, so I had to look up the meaning of this term. It’s short for Literary Role Playing Game, a literary genre combining the conventions of MMORPGs with science-fiction fantasy novels. LitRPG is a literary genre where games or game-like challenges form an essential part of the story. A LitRPG work simultaneously narrates the story of characters inside and outside of the game-world.

Roberto Scarlato is the narrator of all characters. I found his commentary, tone, and acting skills to be quite entertaining. Jamie Davis the author has a talent for writing gaming dialogue and adventure. This was written well. The performance is very good. Roberto’s voice has a pleasing tone. His variation of voices for multiple characters was very good. Roberto brought this story to life with his acting skills.

I never expected I would enjoy this type of story, but I have Roberto to thank for that. I enjoyed his reenactment. The pace was steady with plenty of action and adventure. My only concern was Hal’s ability to advance easily leveling up with mild hits against his health. I suppose this type of game isn’t one where you die and start over again.

I found this to be a good young adult story with minimal violence, no profanity, no sex scenes, and a few mild references in regards to nudity and some sexual innuendos.