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Summary

Outlasting the Apocalypse was only the beginning....

Ryan’s week of digital mayhem succeeded in he and Sasha bringing Headshot to its knees, crippling the game, and ruining the highly anticipated launch.

But Deep Dive is now aware of his interference and will stop at nothing to end his involvement once and for all. They’ve sent in super soldiers with rule-breaking privileges, and Ryan’s locked in the post-apocalyptic world until they extract him by force.

Ensnared in the game’s code, his only hope is that he’s now attached to Sasha’s new Headshot character. Even though she won’t be able to see or hear him, he’ll have to save them both as she scours Headshot’s burnt-out world in search of a way to save her father’s legacy.

Don't miss the second book in a thrilling post-apocalyptic litRPG series. It's perfect for fans of L. M. Kerr, Tao Wong, and Ryan DeBruyn.

Narrated by the award-winning Vikas Adam (Divine Dungeon series).

©2020 Aethon Books (P)2020 Aethon Audio

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Not as good

This isn't as good a book 1 but it's a fine edition to the litrpg saga

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Hard work

This is book two of a trilogy and it starts where Book 1 left off. The problem there is that if you haven't read Book 1 you are going to be completely and utterly lost for a very long time as so much relies upon you knowing The Story So Far.

So, does it work as a standalone? If you ignore the fact that there's a massive back story then yes, but it's "just about" rather than "positively". By the time you get to the last hour or so you've kind of got a handle on what might be happening but you really do have to listen.

I enjoyed the last hour - that made a good standalone story. The rest of the Book needs you to work at it. There is a Book 3; needless to say this one ends on a cliff-hanger and it's probably best if you read Book 3 straight after this one.

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Another great tale

2nd book in series and still going strong. enjoyed the story and the characters. still keeping me interested. looking forward to final installment.

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Not a patch on bk1

Compared to the first book in this trilogy this was a huge disappointment. Too much introspection, too much stating the obvious, too predictable. Enormous parts of this book told us all about what is going on inside sasha’s head and how smart she is, then she goes and does something stupid and you wonder about everything that went before. it’s a contradiction and not worth the credit or the money. Performance? Well, it’s a bit melodramatic and the female voices he tries to put of for female characters come over a Whitney and pretty much all the same. I don’t think I’ll be bothering with the third part of the set.

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Very different to book #1

Wow, what a difference. No spoilers, but this picks up immediately after book 1 AND it finishes om a cliff hanger.
Ryan has an extremely unusual day, and we learn a great deal about the game and Deep Dive Studios.
Definitely a good sequel, better than good actually.
I know how I would like the trilogy to end, but will it?

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A little disappointed. :(

I really enjoyed the first book, but unfortunately this second one just didn’t gel with me and I felt it was a little too far fetched.
The last hour really came together for me and was more of what I expected from the first book and I’m really hoping book 3 follows in the same vein.
All in all, 3 is above average and still very much worth a listen.
This is my honest opinion of a free review copy.

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  • 18-05-20

A Slog Thats loses One in The Guts Charm

Two in the Head, is quite honestly, just disapointing. Im currently sitting at around the 4 hours mark and I just dont think Im going to continue.

The first book in the series, One in the Gut, took me by suprise. I have previously had no want to listen/read anything LitRPG related, but its frantic pace, and suprisingly honest and venemous lead charactor actually made it a lot of fun. Did it have its flaws? yes, but it still earnt a solid 4/5.

Two in the Head is boring in comparision. All the momentium previously built up by the first book is gone, and Im not exaggerating when I say the first 4 hours of this book are spent in an existential limbo (Inception levels of a book, about a game, played from someones perspective, but its actually another charactors perspective....), and not a lot happens. Almost half the book has gone by, and its going at a snails pace. What happened to the edge of your seat furosity of One in the Gut?

There may be a good story there, but its too much of a slog to find it. 5 stars however go to Vikas Adam for once again perfectly narrating the life of an obsessive misanthrope, but thats really the only good part of the book

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Another great listen

The narrator had done another fantastic job. The story is progressing well and it has left me wanting to listen to book 3 straight away.

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A mixed bag

Okay let's start with the fantastic narration. The narrator really pulls one into the story and brings a feeling of excitement. That said it's not enough to pull this story that far.

The book dances between a 2 and a 3 star. When describing in game action it's enthralling and thrilling, leaving you wanting more. Even many ideas of the game are great. So why does it fall?

The primary protagonist is paper thin and whines a lot without much of an established reason. The secondary protagonist, Sacha, in comparison should be the protagonist.
The protagonist cares about the game because it's a game and is constantly angry at the rich or the man, because (explanation needed). He constantly thinks he knows better even when a sentence ago he highlighted that others are the experts. Basically he feels like a thin skinned online troll. He has very little to lose both in the first book and the majority of this one and there is no reason for any sense of urgency for him, other than what occurs to other people.
In contrast the love interest has a reason to hate the main company who runs the game, they have a reason they want the company fail, there is real world ramifications for them if they fail and there is a timer to their actions. If they can't achieve their goal quick enough the company may become too big to fail and it will succeed at its nefarious goal. They seem to have personality advantages and flaws.

On top of this, the author has a tendency to repeat themselves a lot. Further, they seem to forget what they have written a couple pages ago. They establish rules as to how things work and why certain aspects of the game are important and non important but suddenly forget them. An early in the game example is characters worrying about dying when they respawn minutes (max one hour) later. Or it states that combat can only be mutually initiated but then forgets about this when it suits the narrative. This leaves the reader dizzy with what to follow and when or even if they should care.
The issue with the setting being a game is that it's often difficult to work out why one should care, what are the risks, what do you lose (You have to wait till the next respawn is generally the worst case, unless you cheat or break the NDA).

This said, the author adds more emphasis on points of the main company that were raised in the first book, but he didn't perceive as a bad thing till this one (for some reason he didn't think twice about letting a company read his mind till this book). Effectively, aspects of this book feel like they should have been present in the first one and the delay in inclusion has resulted in not only a weaker story, but also the characters feeling weaker as they failed to realise elements.

As mentioned earlier however the aspects when they are playing the game and ignoring the world outside are well put together and are the main draw for this book, and are engaging. As the book progresses there are also further elements that are a real draw to the world and story. This makes it overall a very surreal read and parts of the narrative are addictive page turners, while others result in my wanting to stop and find something else to read. I'd be curious to read more by the author, but I'm finding this book a struggle.

Finished it and the last hour or so is where the book really shines. That said, I have a distinct dislike for huge cliffhangers and find them, unpleasant.

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On firm foundations

I recieved a review copy of this book. The writing and narration continue to be excellent. Building on the solid foundations of the previous book, the story slowly reveals the secrets of the world.

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  • Colin Riley
  • 19-12-20

Eh

Went downhill from the previous book. Just meandering through the authors imagination with no discernable path.

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  • RogueNPC
  • 24-04-20

Meh

I went into this book blind. I received a marketing copy before I even knew the title was out. I enjoyed the previous book enough that I wanted to listen to more. I think I should have skipped it. Anyways.

The book starts with Ryan floating in the void unable to do anything. Soon enough we discover his consciousness is loaded into Sasha's character and all he can do is watch as she plays..... for the majority of the book. It would be more accurate to say this book is more of Sasha's story from Ryan's point of view than a continuation of Ryan's story.

Right about at the end of the book is the climax we have been waiting for. The content everyone wanted from the first book is finally here. It's finally happening and they're all in the thick of it and the book ends. This is one of the worst cliffhangers I have had the misfortune to experience. I'm not sure I even want the next book even though I know it should start off well.

The book could have started and ended in any number of satisfying ways, but it didn't and I'm left with a sour taste in my mouth.

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  • Denard
  • 15-01-21

waste of a book only the last two hours were worth

only the last two hours felt like an actual story didn't come to listen to this book for the character to just be in somebody's head and have no real part in it for almost all of the book

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  • Mchael J. Porter
  • 11-05-20

good second entry, but its a story on rails.

I just finished this book and I have to say I didn't like it as much as the first title. Something happens at the end of the first book and that causes the pace of the second book, it a lot slower. The second book reveals much more of the plot and because of that, the story moved a lot slower for me. Plenty of surprises and the author is quite creative, but I felt this book was on rails too much, the MC wasn't able to do anything for nearly 3/4 of the book due to the setup at the beginning... it actually broke a lot of my immersion because I felt like I was standing along side the MC just another passenger on the ride he was stuck on. I am hoping the next book is a lot more exciting!

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  • Roger Fauble
  • 13-11-20

The action cranks up in this one

Two in the Head (Headshot Online, #2), my second read/listen from author Matthew Siege. A fast-paced enjoyable, page-turning read, especially for fans of LitRGG & FRP. I especially enjoyed the narrative talents of Vikas Adam. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

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  • L M Ralph
  • 23-05-20

Enjoyable Post Apocalyptic LitRpg

Once again the narrator does a wonderful job of reading this story which picks up directly where the last part left off. The first half is slow and drags a little while Ryan is stuck in Shasha's head as a mere passenger. The second half is far better providing many much needed explanations about what the nefarious organisation DeepDive is up to. The actions ramp up until the story ends with a cliffhanger.

Recommended.

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  • Lonnie-The GreatNorthernTroll-Moore
  • 11-05-20

Chock full of traitors, and mindblowing action!

I absolutely loved this audio book! And, listening to Vikas Adam was an absolute treat! Vikas' ability as a voice performer actually made me believe that I was listening to a full cast production! He's been added to my short list of narrators who I'll insta-buy!
I loved how this book "springboarded" right from the end of One in the Gut, which had ended on Saturday night, and Two In The Head started at the beginning of Sunday morning! Right off the bat, we reconnect with Ryan, and that really "hinky" game Headshot... and yeah, Ryan's got a new problem! Even though he's self aware, he's more of a ghost than a gamer. The game doesn't know he's there, and currently he's riding around in the head of another player... one of the survivors, head...
Seemingly he is unable to effect the play of the game, but he's persistent, and eventually he's able to start influencing game play! The story tracks the evolution of Ryan's character as he works out the system... This is a plot driven book and everything thing that happens takes place in just a 24 hour period, just one single day, that is chock full of mind games, traitors, and mindblowing action!
So if you're hooked on LitRPGs, grab the book, but you Do Not want to start this until you've finished One in the Gut!

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  • Dan
  • 01-05-20

Not how you would expect the story to continue...

This second book in the series definitely took a different direction than I thought it was going to go, but that might have been a good thing. Good stories should never be predictable. I will say though that at the beginning of the book I felt frustrated by what was going on because it didn't have the same feel as the first book, but I think that frustration was coming from how the MC was feeling as well. This isn't just about playing a game anymore. Kind of reminds me a bit of how the Hunger Games series progressed from what the first book was to the second book.

I don't feel the second book was as good as the first, but knowing this is a trilogy, and there is an end to how this story plays out, this book probably progressed the story appropriately, and still had plenty of action. I think one of the things I missed in this book compared to the first was the LitRPG element, that portion of the book didn't really get factored in much. If you read the first book though, I would still recommend to continue reading on to this one.

Vikas Adam is always an amazing narrator, it is great to continue to hear him tell this story. I always look forward to his narrations.

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  • Chris Buzon
  • 24-04-20

well..the title is accurate

I'm going to say this book was great in some ways, and frustrating in others. I don't like the end at all, and I'm a unsure of whether I'll buy the final book as a result.

if you don't like cliffhangers..well..

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  • David Overmyer
  • 22-07-21

Wow, talk about ghost in the machine. Amazing!!

I had just finished the first book, One in the gut, and I thought it was unique in it's storyline, point of view, and content. You start the first book with, "What? I'm seeing the story from the point of view of the bad guy?" However, you soon find out that the bad guy, really isn't the bad guy. Then I started this one. Here Siege hits me again. This one was even more unique than the first one. I'm not even sure what to call the point of view except, The Ghost in the Machine or maybe Lawnmower Man. It grabbed me again right from the start, and it didn't let go until the end. Even then it held on tight. I can't wait to read the third one. If the first two are any indication it has to be phenomenal.

Mathew Siege only gets better with each new book. Some writers will hit you with the first one and your like, "Alright, give me more," and then the second one comes out and your like, "That's it? What happened to the intensity? the fire? Oh, well, let's find something else to read" Not this time. Siege just builds it up more, then at the end you're like, "What? Oh, my god, what's next?"