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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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bitterly disappointing

after a great first book this is a mess.the decisions to make Ryan become a pervert in early stages leering at Sasha without her knowing and getting horny was disturbing. worse the decision to have Ryan in her head and be able to do pretty much nothing is pretty BORING. If you wanted point of view of survivor then write a sequel book after this series is over but no. skip it

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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 Avoid

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Brian D. Hughes
  • 21-10-20

Outstanding Audible book. Great LitRpg

What do I like about a good LitRpg book? FUN! I don't want the anger and dread that permeates this world we live in. I want to inhabit a fantasy world where I can succeed and have fun while exploring and discovering what makes it tick and my place in it. this book, these books, provide that level of fun, intelligent choices, challenging scenarios with great aplomb and unique solutions. I am looking forward to the continuation of this series and the excellent performance by Vikas Adams.

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  • Janeleadfoot
  • 25-06-20

Pretty good 💛

The second Headshot book was pretty good though I enjoyed the first book more. Again vividly descriptive with plenty of action enable me to put myself right alone with the 2 players but the story seemed to drag until the last 60 minutes and just didnt do it that much for me. Great narration by Vikas Adam. I was given this book at my request and am voluntary leaving a review.

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  • Robert D. Krill Jr.
  • 16-06-20

Unexpected quality

After listening to the first book I was not sure of zombies being schemers and felt mixed on the series. This book was an unexpected gem and delivered quality story and character development. Highly recommend, maybe wait for the next book to already be out. ------ spoiler: ending is a cliff hanger. ------

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  • Jamie R Greene
  • 10-06-20

Looking forward to book 3

I enjoyed both books so far, looking forward to the next book in the series. I liked the perspective of the survivors, made a nice change from book 1. I didn’t like how long it took to get to the zombie stuff.

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  • Byron
  • 05-06-20

A Suspenseful Twist

the story picks up right where book 1 left off. the beginning experience is completely different than book 1 and different from any other book I can think of. I really enjoyed exploring the other side of the game. there was a unique way to connect with the MC's. I don't want to spoil. this book kicked up the intensity a great deal with the added depth to the story. it was awesome and look forward to the next one!

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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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  • Eric Grossman
  • 19-05-20

Great Continuation

This one picks up right as the first book ended, which I liked a lot. The story is great and keeps the fast pace of the first installment. I cant wait for the third book.

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  • Gil T
  • 18-05-20

Good Continuation of the Story

The first book was great! This book was close but not quite as good, but the reason for that was the difference in point of view for the majority of the book. I don’t want to give away the ending of the previous book, but I will say that Ryan is more like a ghost or presence without a body. So he is watching through the eyes and thoughts of another. This takes a little time to get used to and if the reader can be patient, it is worth it. He learns more about the ‘enemy’, their motives and how things work on the other side. Vikas Adam as always does a great job with the narration and giving life to all the different characters. He is one of the narrators that I am happy to listen to.