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This is Alterra, where you can be the master of your own castle... or a field hand on a farm. And this is Jack, who wants to make his way to a different continent, hidden in the virtual mist. And this is an ancient quest line, buried under new versions of the game.

Jack's goal: create his own guild. Buy a ship. And set off on the Great Journey. The journey of his life. The dangerous Gravediggers are not the only ones opposing him. Necromancers from sinister Nightmare, elite alpha-citizens, and relic hunters are only a small fraction of the enemies that the First Player will have to face.

In the perilous Wasteland, the drifter Jack finds an abandoned truck, where an old-world game console is hidden. This moment marks the beginning of Jack's path to the lost continent, hidden in the virtual depths of the colossal Alterra. He still isn't aware of the enemies standing in his way. Not only are the guild of Gravediggers and the sinister necromancers of Nightmare against him, but also the secret masters of the game world themselves. The discoveries of ancient quest lines, long buried under new versions of the game, give Jack access to the Dark Service. This is a special branch of character development, which is no longer available in the modern version of the game.

©2017 Andrew Novak; English translation copyright 2017 by Krystal Diehl (P)2017 Tantor

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  • steve
  • 30-05-18

Terrible writing

I would not recommend this book. The book reads like a middle school class assignment and the author was struggling to reach the minimum required words.

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  • Arthur
  • 30-12-17

Simply amazing

This title mixed in about everything I enjoy in a fantasy novel. The post apocalyptic wasteland of reality and the complex in game reality. The narrator was perfect for the book and I have already purchased book two on kindle. I highly suggest this title to anyone interested in the genre and I can not wait till the second book reaches audio to re experience it.

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  • Craig
  • 18-03-18

Strong recommendation

The story starts off surprisingly strong. With most in the style, tremendous amount of effort is put into laying the groundwork as to what’s going on. this one goes right to it allows you to slowly uncover the details. There are many twists and turns and a tremendous amount of antagonists to keep it exciting. If you like in game stories you’ll definitely like this one.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 24-01-18

Poor word choice, but decent story

It's the little things that throw this book off course, like not explaining how health, mana, and xp are related. Plus the use of words like ghetto instead of slums or hovels, apply meaning that it sounds like the author didn't mean. Would have had the same problem if words barrio or hood were used. Overall story was ok, not the best out there but far from worst

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  • Humility
  • 12-07-18

Tron is more of a litrpg than this book, but...

It was a very engrossing book and that makes up for its problems. First off, the game mechanics are irrelevant and completely arbitrary. Serving only to provide some goals for the characters and a way to control the pacing. Main character had an invincible cut everything sword, damage and stats were completely ignored and combat sucked overall on every front. And nothing makes sense from a game perspective or any perspective. But its engrossing enough that I only occassionally have time to think on this.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-07-18

Fair to good

At times it carried my increasing interest. I’ve heard better but i still was entertained. I’m not a gamer but I nonetheless found the new world interesting. Readers voice was easy to listen to.

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  • Duane Leishman
  • 02-07-18

Well Done!!!

A Fast Moving Thrill Ride With Twists And Turns To Keep You Interested And Involved. A Fun Ride!!! Hold On!!!

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  • Travis
  • 01-07-18

epic

awesome interpretation of a VRMMORPG with richly imaginative worlds I just wish it was longer

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  • Tim V.
  • 14-03-18

Slow to start but worth the wait

I really enjoyed this book it was very entertaining though it started a little slow but once you figured out where it was going became a book I could not stop listening too

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  • alex
  • 22-12-17

pretty good

I read a good amount of these kinds of stories. what set this apart was that I enjoyed the parts out of the game just as much as in.

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