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Sector Eight

Perimeter Defense, Book 1
Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
Series: Perimeter Defense, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins

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Summary

A strange body that refuses to obey you; a weird game you can't quit until your contract expires; a world teeming with powerful and very real enemies. The game in which your reputation and faction relationship are the only things that matter. These are the conditions of the agreement Ruslan signs without reading.

The only thing he remembers is that he's been contracted to command a space fleet in a brand-new game he knows nothing about. Objective: to survive for six months. After having made some inevitable newbie mistakes, Ruslan has to rethink his strategy, dropping traditional gaming conventions. But what will it cost him? What new trials and tribulations await him that even the game designers have failed to anticipate?

©2015 Michael Atamanov (P)2016 Tantor

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  • Francois
  • 17-06-16

Good story. Super bad audio.

If you could sum up Sector Eight in three words, what would they be?

1second pause after each sentence. Every sentenses with the same intonation. Is that even a human reading? This is horrible. No quality control on this one.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Sector Eight?

I read the book. I know this story is really good.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Neil Hellegers?

Someone did a bad job with the audio. If i were M. Hellengers, I would be quite upset.

Any additional comments?

I think the audio format is damaged or raw. Wait for a corrected version or read the book.

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  • Jerry B.
  • 15-07-16

Loved it...

As some other reviewers have stated the narration is just a bit bumpy, but you can tell that this is due to they way this book was written/translated. After I got use to the authors writing style this was a delight and I will be listening to the next book in the series.

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  • Jason P Lebeau
  • 26-02-19

Not good

So the idea of military sci-fi and litRPG mixed together sounded like a great idea to me, as those are my two favorite genres. Unfortunately Atamanov doesn't seem to be able to write in either of those genres.

AS A MILITARY SCI-FI:
So there are no real tactics, the most complicated fleet maneuvers he orders entail "everyone shoot at the same time" and "everyone shoot the rear of their ships where the shields are weaker. That's it. Space battles go so ridiculously easy, time after time the MC faces "impossible odds" only to win without any losses with little more instruction to the fleet than saying "fire!". There is not really much strategy either. He never loses more than a a destroyer or two, and new ships for his fleet keep falling out of the sky. Oh, and the BIGGEST space battle in the entire book gets skipped, The MC says "I don't have to tell you ho we massacred the enemy". Yeah, that's the description of the biggest battle with tons of lead-up.

AS A LITRPG:
There are no levels, stats, skills, experience or attributes. the ONLY game mechanic is a reputation system which serves to do NOTHING except make the MC feel good about himself. The only reason it's a litRPG is because he is supposed to be playing/in a game, but even that doesn't really amount to anything as there is really nothing game like about it.

THE MAIN CHARACTER AND PLOT:
This guy is just silly. The whole world bends around him, everyone loves him, impossible tasks solve themselves when he is near. Basically all conflict or challenge just disappears because of his pure awesomeness i guess..

Some examples:
- Faces alien ship that destroyed 40 ships by itself, wins battle with no losses using a fleet 1/4 the size of the previous commanders.
- It repentantly described as fat and ugly ans has a bad reputation, yet women THROW themselves at him... officers, androids, princesses.... you name it.
- Finds and destroys pirate base that nobody could find or deal with for 40+ years.. without really trying.
- An entire PLANET filled with PIRATES just surrenders when they see him.
- Multiple aristocrats simply RESIGN after a discussion with him.

Those are just a few, i could go on but you get the idea. To top it off he makes nonsensical choices like releasing captured pirates back into the wild so.... other people can hunt them? For a prize? He also creates the impression he is a drunkard.... so he can laugh at a visiting aristocrat thinking he is a drunkard.... I really don't know why he did this, it was just a joke. He created a reputation he was a drunkard as a joke. Yeah.

And if that's not enough, every time he sneezes everyone tells him how great he is! Women spontaneously kiss him and people throw a PARADE in his honor. No, this is not hyperbole, these things literally happen.

CONCLUSION:
This whole book reads like an unpopular kids daydream where everyone loves him and he saves the world with his awesomeness. All the interesting stuff like interpersonal conflict, challenges, difficult choices etc. are ripped out and replaced with a series of scenes with everyone patting the MC on the back and telling him how great he is for all the amazing stuff he did.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 17-01-20

Niel Helligers is a pathetic narrator.

I bought this not realizing the Niel Helligers was the narrator. He overdramatises everything and sounds like he's either always slightly panicked and out of breath, or about to have an orgasm. He completely destroys your ability to get lost in the story.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 28-11-16

good

the book was good... not great, but a good way to pass the time

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  • James
  • 03-07-16

absolutely amazing

if you liked Armada then you'll love this book. characters well written the world is well explored and the author knows how to cut to the chase but still give you valuable detail. definitely enjoyable and I can't wait for the next one

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  • Brent
  • 29-04-18

A great space adventure

The author has a terrific ability to balance problems and successes to create a compelling and satisfying story. I enjoyed every minute of it. This is one that kept me engaged and wanting to do nothing but listen.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 16-01-18

well that's one way to get a job

what would you do if you got wrapped up into this world like that. well unless you are already read this book that comment might not make sense to you. so you'll just have to read the book and find out why this is an interesting question

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  • WilRoSmith
  • 22-09-17

Age of Empires & Star Trek’s baby!

This review will not have any spoilers. Just a straight to the point honest review.
I’ve listened to it twice over 3 days. And this is what I believe:
I really enjoyed the story! Lots of plots and intrigue. Strategy and hurt feelings. Basically how a fleet should be ran.
What I didn’t like about the story was there wasn’t a lot of info on the first game the character played. That would have prepared us for what the character was capable of doing. Bc in game he did more than I thought he was capable of doing. Other than that, my heads up to everyone is to listen carefully bc I found myself rewinding a lot to understand certain plots.
The narrator did good to me despite what others said. Only problem was when character switch from Game World to Real World there wasn’t a bridge in between.
To me this book seem more on the AOE / Star Trek side than Litrpg. But either readers would enjoy it.
Looking forward to getting the next book!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-05-17

Addictive!

The main character, Ruslan, is flippant and occasionally snarky, but he has a droll sense of humor that he carries into the game itself. This book definitely captured my attention from first page to last and prompted me to read the full series (3 books). I was NOT disappointed.

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