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Karna was just like any other comic book fan. He dreamed of fighting alongside colourful heroes and taking down dastardly villains.

In Titan Online, the most popular VR MMORPG going, he finally got the chance to live out his cape-donning fantasies.  

That is, right up until he was killed by the game’s number one ‘hero’. A man who serves only himself in a constant grind for money, fame and adoration. Forced to start from scratch due the harsh game mechanics, Karna finds a new mission: bringing balance back to Titan Online.   

With a strange new power and some unlikely allies, Karna hatches a plan to save the game and get a bit of revenge in the process.  

When the heroes can’t be trusted, it’s up to the villains to save the (virtual) world.

©2019 Steven Kelliher (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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the boys!!

Really good, didn't know if i was going to be into the hole super power thing in place on the classic litrpg but I am now.

it kinda reminds me of the tv series the boys.

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  • 2tymes
  • 30-08-2019

I was tricked

You ever start a book, like the concept, well written. Then you get half way through it and realize absolutely nothings happened. That you’ve spent 6 hours listening to the MC complain that someone is too popular/powerful. But you’ve invested too much time to not see what happens. So you start to skip, and skip. And each time it’s still him complaining. Then you just say f it and stop listening w/ 3 hours left. That’s this book.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-09-2019

A bit too whiny.

Alot of complaining, eye rolling, and heavy sighs. that sums up the main character. nothing is good enough for him, and he always focuses on the negative about everything.

Quest givers?? complaining paranoia. Awesome rare new class?? sighs, complaints, and eye rolling. the keystone point of a hardcore mode super hero game is permadeath?? whinging. It goes on and on.

The point of the main guy here is to point out everything that's wrong with the game world, and complain about it at all times.

He is also somehow surprised at how effective teamwork is in a mmorpg...

Nobody likes whiners. Nobody. likes. whiners.

The narrator captures the entitled and whiny voice perfectly, so props there.

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  • Micah
  • 07-11-2020

Misleading publishers summary

Couple of hours in and im really disappointed. The summary made it sound like the MC had actual powers good enough to write a book about. His crap power ensures that the action will be extra boring. ugh. "Super Powers" my butt. Author made it vague about WHAT his powers were on purpose. Im sure one of his friends put it nicely. Ill retract this when I finish it if it somehow doesn't go bad.

Edit: I've now finished the book. My original critique is still valid but I changed my overall score. It did get better. But the power he has really is crap. When he sort of gets something going it gets taken. This critique is full on Subjective. (as are all such things). You may love his power. Its basically the ability to influence people to a very high degree. Only NPCs though. So if that sounds like a cool power to you then you'll love it. It is written well enough and the narrator is really good. This is a good book that should have a high score but I just hate his ability so it's no fun for me. MEMEMEME right? lol. enjoy. or not. I dont care.

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  • Justin
  • 02-09-2019

Slow start

slow start. Nice world building and mc isn't open which is nice. Narration was done well.

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  • William
  • 01-09-2019

Wow!...needs movie

I would LOVE to see a movie made with a following tv sequel series...maybe "The Titan Chronicles"...better then anything DC has pumped out and could out do many Marvels films out there

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  • ARmeen63
  • 30-08-2019

Great

I think that you have a lot of potential in this book to work with. So keep up the good work and I hope you do more with this story.

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  • Anon
  • 02-09-2019

really isn’t that good

it’s not that the writer is poor it’s just that it isnot interesting ... its dry long winded and no character growth... author tried to turn villains intoantiheros and heros in to villains and wanted to use game logic to do it which means you don’t have an ai you have a decision tree ... but this is supposed to be top class ai and i don’t even know just poorly done ... it had possibly of being good but just comes up short chapter after chapter

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  • Anthony
  • 30-07-2022

Don't waste your money

If you're looking for a good litrpg series, this is NOT it. The MC has a vendetta that the author portrays like it has been there for sometime when in actuality, it's super fresh. The MC gets a power that's supposed to be ultra rare and unheard of, then the author proceeds to 100% neglect the "rare" aspect of the power. The power itself is also incredibly stupid. SPOILER ALERT******* The MC gets the power to "influence" NPC's and automatically know the powerset with strengths/weaknesses of any player his own teir or below. Firstly, influencing NPC's isn't mind control. It's literally just being really good at convincing them to do what he wants. Command them to do something too far against the core programming and the influence is broken. Trust me, it's just as lame as it sounds. Secondly, he knows the powers and weaknesses of any player at his teir or below. Naturally, the author spends just about the whole story with the MC fighting ppl above his teir so what is the freaking point in this as0ect of the MC power?! NPC's that get influenced keep dying and the gadgets we thought were at least cool never come back because the NPC that made it is dead now. I LOVE litrpg stories but anyone reading this,, don't waste your money on this one because if you love litrpg like i do, this book will piss you off.

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  • Shawna
  • 27-03-2022

it's alright nothing special,.

it alright but it sets up this epic world but nothing else. The way the MC talks I would have rather read a story on his old hero character then the new villain one. And there some characters that are introduced and gone so what is the point these characters. So overall not bad but mediocre at best.

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  • James Rendina
  • 03-10-2021

Good book

A really good story. I truly enjoyed listening to this book. And I would recommend it to everyone else.

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  • Ryan Pascall
  • 15-07-2021

A pleasant surprise.

-I was provided a copy of this audiobook free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

I like the superhero genre and equally the Gamelit one and so this marrying of the two sounded really interesting.

We have a player who feels he's been wronged by the number 1 hero in an MMORPG and makes it his ambition to bring him down. To this end he becomes a villain with an unusual skillset and begin's to build a powerbase with a hitherto unseen special power.

I was surprised by the way the author went with the MCs powerset as typically these books have a far more rambunctious style but this was a much more cerebral choice and made the book all the better for it.

Sure it's a little slow, and the action is more or a low-simmer than a heavy boil, but I quickly grew to like the cast and e joyed seeing how the MCs opinions of NPCs became quite blurred as the story progressed.

And the ending was very thrilling with a number of twists and turns I'd not expected and the ending that both drew a line under the story, but also left the world open to other perspectives was very good and I would be happy to revisit this game again so long as we retained the wonderful Adam Sims who did a sterling job with all the characters here.

Very recommended but understand that the MC is not a powerhouse and thus this is a slower, more intelligent game he's playing.

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  • Eddie
  • 12-07-2021

This Book Is Absolutely Amazing

This Book Can keep your attention.
it also brings our your Imagination
overal great book!

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  • Queen of Swords
  • 09-02-2020

Good

I enjoyed this story. Technically LitRPG but it feels more like a superhero story most of the time outside of a game. I'll listen to the sequel if one is released. This is an interesting take on what is ultimately a pet class.

The writing is smooth and easy to listen to.

Unlike far too many LitRPGs this book delivers a complete story. No stupid cliffhanger endings. A goal is set. There's a climax and resolution along with a bit of seeding to suggest that the story can continue in future novels.

The narrator has a good voice, but I have to subtract a star due to the sound editing. A few times he repeats the same words or sentences 1-3 times like he's doing multiple takes, and forgot to delete the segments he'd already recorded.

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