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Viridian Gate Online: Firebrand: A litRPG Adventure

The Firebrand Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
Series: The Firebrand Series, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
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Summary

New worlds get new kings, and that’s exactly what Abby thinks she’s found in her boss’ hacked code.

With a cataclysmic asteroid careening toward Earth, the VRMMORPG project Viridian Gate Online has become more than just a game, and Abby thinks her boss, Robert Osmark, wants to be more than just its founding father.

Now, Abby holds a hacked key to the kingdom that could earn her a punishment worse than death. To uncover the secret that drug lords and corrupt politicians paid millions for, Abby must dive into the game she helped create and team up with one of its AI creations. It’s a race against the clock as she tries to discover what’s hidden in the secret code before Osmark can crown himself ruler over all that remains of humanity.

From James A. Hunter - author of Viridian Gate Online, Rogue Dungeon, War God's Mantle, and the Yancy Lazarus Series - and debut author J.D. Astra comes an epic new entry into the expanded universe of Viridian Gate Online that you won't want to pause!

©2019 Shadow Alley Press (P)2019 Shadow Alley Press

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Enjoyable entry into VGO

It wasn't until after I had finished this book that I found out that it was part of a larger universe that originated from another author who has allowed people to write books within it, but that did not hamper my enjoyment of it in any way as it was a strong standalone book with well-realised characters that fed into a bigger story without harming the one you were reading.

The main characters were likeable and interesting with the supporting cast feeling well-defined and helping to enhance the overall feeling of the book and the world. The pacing and overall feel of the book were helped by the strength of the characters too as they were interesting enough from the outset that your connection as a listener to them helped your progression through the book very well.

Part of the reason that the characters worked so well was the performance of the narrator, helping to enhance the overall story with an enjoyable and distinctive tone that helped the reader's immersion in the story.

Overall, an enjoyable listen that does more than enough for me to look for others in the VGO series.

[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

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Great Story

Really enjoyed this book and the story of Abby from her own perspective thank you

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  • Scott R
  • Falkirk,Scotland, UK
  • 25-05-19

Good if a bit Different

VG0 is such a big LitRPG so it takes a lot to keep up the level of excitement and quality writing , luckily this audio does that. I was familiar with the book and liked it so I was expecting the audio to up the game. In certain aspects this was met and in others it did fall slightly.
Due to the work of Armen Taylor we are already familiar with how Abby should sound so this will always be something that side storylines will struggle with when they come to audio.
In this aspect Zeller does a good job as after an initial period approx 2 hours for me I enjoyed her performance without the it doesn't sound like Abby.
This is something someone new to the series may not come across so all credit due the actual performance was very good although the cutter and Jack voices just failed a lot for me as they are my two favourite characters and Armen has such a large amount of time with these two it's very hard to not compare. Cutter especially I found a little too off for my liking.
Overall however this was the hardest bit and I can honestly say until those few chapters I was very much taken with Zellers performance and would probably follow another one of her stories as a narrator.
The writing is top notch so I can only give 5 stars and outside the niggle of preconceptions on how characters should sound I'm giving 5 stars overall.
I requested this audio and as such I have given my thoughts on this for you to peruse.

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Great book

Love how James Hunter has expanded the series by letting other authors develop back stories for some of the characters he has created.

This story is on par with the others in the vgo series and JD Astra has done an amazing job on shedding insight into Abbys motives and her character look forward to the next one in the series

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-06-19

poorly written

I hate the main characters monologues so much I don't think I can force myself to buy the rest. The book could have been good but was way to transparent and the main character should have been a struggling badass but instead she is overly depressing overwhelmingly pessimistic

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  • Michelle Titherington VanDaley
  • 07-07-19

WOW

Wow! This is a story that keeps you engaged from the start. It is scarey to thik that something like this could actually happen IRL but it is possible with all of the underhanded politics happening daily. At times I forgot that Abby was in a game. The narrator was great bringing the story and characters to life. Even if you arent a fan of litRPG I think you would like this story

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  • Aaron D
  • 03-07-19

Same Story retold

While it's still a great story, I'm very disappointed that this was mostly the exact same book as the other viridian gate online series. the only difference is it from a different characters point of view.

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  • Rojo
  • 29-06-19

Pleasantly surprised!

I went into this book thinking it was going to be just ok but that it would have more story about the VGO world I really enjoyed. However, I really liked this book more then I thought I would. Abby is a much cooler character then I gave her credit for. At first I didn't really like her whiny/crisis moments, but then I thought about how this portion of the VGO story is a crisis situation inside of a crisis for Abby. She starts off paranoid and alone and ends with friends and hope.

I found the book pleasing to read/listen to for the most part, though there were some parts of Abby's anxiety that went on for a bit to long for my liking. However, Abby's anxiety is also what makes the story more realistic to me.

Some of my favorite parts were when Abby finally realized she is not truly alone and when she gains her Firebrand class kit. Oh, and I didn't think I would like this book recounting her dungeon dive once meeting up with Jack (something we already listened to in the 1st VGO book), it was actually refreshing to go through it from Abby's perspective.

As for the performance, I believe Zeller did a great job portraying Abby's paranoia and anxiety. I don't have many favored female VAs but I'm glad to count her among them.

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  • Ken
  • 15-06-19

Good but too much drama!

I enjoy the stories of VGO and have listened to all of them. Good performance. However there was way too much “female drama”, soul searching, manipulation, etc. I can see some of that as the main character, Abby, is female but seriously! Abby needs to be in therapy. Still, the action, game play items were well done.

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  • John T.
  • 05-06-19

Great addition to the story. Abby's Intro into VGO

Seriously, a great side story to the world of VGO. I literally only have one issue, (and it's not really an issue as much as a preference or recommendation) This should be the second book you read or listen to when enjoying this world of quests, magic and second chances...

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  • Amaxon Customer
  • 24-05-19

Awesome!

Great story and engaging plot. I was sucked in quickly. Otto is my favorite. it was very discriptive, the author does a great job at visuals and the voice actor is amazing at character voices!

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  • John Pierce
  • 24-05-19

Different view of the VGO universe

This book was a good listen. The differing view from Grimjack's was a nice change.

The Narrator does a good job with the voices, but seems to struggle with the deeper toned males. It wasn't enough to make me dislike the book, and I enjoyed it.

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  • Ryan Caldwell
  • 22-05-19

litRPG Done Right

What can I say, I loved it, and I'm usually a picky SOB. My only complaint is that the 2nd book isn't out at the time of this review, which made the cliff hanger ending so much worse!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-05-19

Love it! Very entertaining!!

The story is addictive! It’s fun to experience an RPG as if you are living it! Kind of wished I could be part of the action. I can’t wait to find out what happens. And the narrater did a great job bringing it to life.

I was a little confused by some of the tech jargon and acronyms, but was able to figure things out along the way.

Overall, it was fun to listen to, and I look forward to the next book!