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Occultist: Saga Online #1

A LitRPG series
Narrated by: Adam Sims
Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
5 out of 5 stars (37 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Damien thought his exams would be bad enough. Then his mother collapsed with a failing heart.   

In a desperate move Damien throws himself into the Streamer Contest of Saga Online, the latest fantasy VR-MMORPG. Winning will provide the funds for his mom’s surgery. Yet early betrayal and a close run in with a vampire almost ruin his attempt he before he even begins.   

Stuck at the bottom of a dungeon with no gear, no allies and little hope, Damien must embrace the undiscovered Occultist class, master control of his new demon companions and take the contest by storm. His plan is simple enough. Topple the most famous player in Saga Online.   

Summon your imps. Prepare for battle!

©2019 Oliver Mayes (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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Really good introduction to the genre.

Couldn't put it down. Story and narration was good. Satisfied an itch i didnt know I had.

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Gaming Genre Done Right!

I've listened to a few books were idea is about being in a gaming world. so not a new concept but one of the best I've heard. The focus is perfectly balanced between gaming and realism. well done!

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I CERTAINLY HOPE THERES MORE!!

Great story, as an online RPG games myself, this hit the sport wonderfully. I hope there'll be more stories about saga online. excellent!!

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Stunningly good story telling.

Incredible from start to finish, a must buy for everyone. I hope the there is another.

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  • Andrew
  • 23-02-2019

Great listen

memorable moment was the ending. its was mostly a cliff hanger at the end of each and every chapter. made me keep listening and finish in a day and a half. great story and characters. now I'm going to keep my eye out for more of Adam Sims works.

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  • Christopher
  • 23-02-2019

I took a rare blind leap on this one...

If you’re like me, you’re a big fan of the GameLit genre, but you’re regularly disappointed by how often extremely subpar audiobooks are given unreasonably high ratings.

For me this means that I am very careful when spending my credits on LitRPG titles. I read through (and mostly ignore) all the 5 star reviews and try to discern from the negative reviews whether the book deserves its inevitable 4.x overall rating.

Even then I have to make sure I don’t end up accidentally getting ear-violated by a 13-year-old’s, inane, pornographic fantasy loosely dressed in GameLit clothing (coughs, Schinhofen)...

Which is why it’s so rare that I’d take a chance on an unknown author whose kindle book hasn’t even been reviewed on amazon yet. But I was in a gambling mood, and the audio clip convinced me to give it a chance.

I will fully admit that my 5 star rating is probably artificially inflated by how surprised I was to hear a well-written and professionally narrated audiobook.

This book is not on the level of The Land or Videogame Plotline Tester, but it is an above average LitRPG audiobook with an MC who both acts his age and also avoids describing every female character as “soooo hot!” It also has a very good “real world” motivation and storyline for the MC to have a stake in the game-world.

In the end, the author could surely find a way to turn this into a series, but it is written as a standalone novel without loose ends and forward looking plot lines. The book is completely self contained. Oddly enough, this may make it less satisfying for those who are used to the minimum 3 volume storylines that are almost ubiquitous in the genre.

That said it’s definitely worth a credit, and if this is the author’s first published book, I’m very much looking forward to seeing how his writing develops in the future.

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  • justin
  • 02-03-2019

wow, just. wow

This book has everything I look for in a good audible book and I theroly enjoyed every part of it. I won't give away any of it because I would be doing a disservice to the people that haven't had a chance to listen yet. I'll tell you to pay attention to details in the beginning and threw out because the author pulls everything together quit nicely and the ending ripped out my funny bone and tickled me with it untill I couldn't stop laughing. I mean, talk about a twist..... twists, plural, multiple, both funny, unexpected and serious and exactly how to end a book!!. No cliff hangers! I am a truck driver and listen to books on the road to pass time, but when I got the last 3hours of this book, I couldn't stop listening. I listened all the way home and sat down on my couch not even bothering to turn on the lights on the way through the door and was oblivious to the world untill the book was done.

I want to thank the author for writing this book and the amazing job the narrator did! Amazing on all characters 🙌👌

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  • Erik Napieralski
  • 11-03-2019

Amazing Listen.

I loved every minute is this book. It was my first LitRPG, and since finishing it, I haven’t been able to find another that was as enjoyable. I can’t wait for the next book.

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  • Richard
  • 01-03-2019

Sun Tzu could take lessons from this kid.

What a wonderful read. 15 hours flew by. It is not often Sci-Fi can make you laugh, cry and set on the edge of your seat. I am amazed by the gauntlet of emotions this book brought out of me. A young boy of 16 is faced with grown up problems. He is hounded by authorities and faces choices I would never want to face. If you are new to the lit-RPG style of books, let this be your first read. I don't often feel the need to write a review, but I just hope we can keep this author writing. 50 years I have been a fan of SCI-FI, and sometimes you just know that a series is going to be a smash hit. Don't let this one slip by your reading list. I am going to give it a week and listen to it again. There is just so much going on that I know I missed some of it. It is five am, I just finished it in one setting and I am still laughing. When you read this book, you will laugh also. Have fun, I did...!

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  • Jonathon
  • 07-03-2019

A wild and hell filled fun ride with a side of exploding imps.

This book.... oh man. I consider myself an avid reader and a gamer at heart. I have been reading and gaming since I was in elementary, constantly stuff whatever fit into these genre as fast as my brain could take it. I have read a lot of books, from light reads to dark horrors and I can firmly say that this has hit my top 3 books of all time easily.

Every chapter makes you want to get into more and more, sucking you in harder than any implosion ever could. Almost every subplot and minor detail is tied nicely and the character growth is amazing with decent pacing for the time slot that was given.

I really really reallllllllly want another book to this, even as well as the ending was wrapped up. Oliver Mayes, you genius you, you can’t bait me like this and not give me another book. Anyone who is reading this, stop doing so and take the time to listen to this book. You will not regret it.

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  • A. Walling
  • 01-03-2019

pretty good

not to shabby audible...pretty decent narration, good story with a solid finish in one book (not common for the litrpg genre).

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  • Jonathan
  • 25-02-2019

pretty darn good

I liked this book. solid class skills and what not. I liked how real the m.c. was. written from a 16 year olds point of view and although some of the story were a bit annoying, at the end of the book I really enjoyed it.

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  • Candi Rae
  • 07-04-2019

New Favorite

I loved this book from start to finish there was a great storyline, unique character development, comedically awesome!

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  • donald
  • 06-04-2019

amazing! nice build on character

amazing! pure builds rock <3

loved every part of this book only thing that I'm worried about is waiting for the next one please dont make me wait 5 years to finish this saga

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  • Laust
  • 28-02-2019

Really compelling story

A litRPG where the world outside the game, is just as thrilling as the one indside.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-03-2019

At first thought I would not like.

I have 0% interest in gaming. however the mental construction of characters is great. Well worth a listen.

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  • LGKM
  • 06-03-2019

Really enjoyed the book great example of the genre

Wow! One of the best Litrpg books I've heard. Gripping story with real life and virtual world edge of the seat plot lines.

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  • Michael
  • 11-04-2019

generic wrapped in the cloth type if crpg

The book unfortunately uses every trope you can imagine to move the story along.

I won't go into detail as not to spoil, but I felt the story was stale and generic.

plot devices are unreasonable, plot solutions overly unrealistic and the characters not well fleshed out. in some situations the main character is a complete moron but he continuesly happens to take actions and happen upon situations that are extremely fortunate and beyond unlikely to happen.

The premise of the book is cool, but to me it fails to deliver any meaningful story or emotional impact for me.

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  • David
  • 26-03-2019

Excellent

if you enjoy online or role playing games you will enjoy this book, the character balances gaming with life with enough plot twists to keep you wanting to know what's next. The narration is excellent with enough variety in voices to keep the story realistic. I loved this book and definitely looked out for more by both the author and narrator

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  • Bugeag Sebastian
  • 03-03-2019

Nice book

a new Lit rpg concept very refreshing to see a new point of view. nice

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  • Huggieuk
  • 25-02-2019

MMO AT ITS GREATEST

This has to be one of the best things I have read in ages, I love gaming and this captured the best and worst of the genre,
with a sad heart I have to say good bye to the character as it seems to have all converged to end without a window of a sequel however this doesn't mean you shouldn't read this but to the contrary, that you will want more to the very end. Great Book Great Writing ☆☆☆☆☆ 5Stars from me

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  • craig
  • 20-04-2019

Outstanding!

Brilliant story, loved every minute of it! A fantastic story that both gamers and non gamers will love. Well worth a try.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 17-04-2019

Great storytelling and great premise for the story

If you don't like imps, you'll definitely after this book. Noigel the imp was definitely my fave character. All the characters were done well. I really enjoyed it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-04-2019

a top lit rpg in all but creativity

Lacks deviation from being stereotypically lit rpg. however,

the combat is intelligent believable not "randomly winning against greater odds because plot"

characters could be more interesting, but the power use and ideas are great.

show not tell, there is more: "He parried it then grabbed stepped in plunging sword etc etc"
than:
"He used sword style "made up bullshit" and won.
so, combat was well done which is personally very valuable. A lot of lit rpg make combat annoyingly bad and not believable in this way.