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Pop Kult Warlord

By: Nick Cole
Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
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It's way more than just a game! 

PerfectQuestion is back! He's running and gunning his way across an incredible civilization-building game set on Mars. But this time he's employed as an online ringer for a corrupt dictatorship and trying to avoid getting "disappeared" in a reckless world of intrigue, epic parties, sports cars, and women who are as dangerous as they are beautiful. 

Five million in gold says he can do it and put the next Sultan on the throne by leading a rag-tag clan of gaming jihadis to victory, but revolution and revolt are afoot. The long knives are out in Calistan for the hero of Soda Pop Soldier and anyone else who gets in a murderous prince's way.

©2019 Nick Cole (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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  • GovContractor
  • 07-05-2019

The Good, Bad, and Overall...

The Good: The adventure with Perfect Question continues! Action begins with the very first sentence. Nick Cole intermingles 3 stories into one... sort of.

The Bad: Begins full throttle but idles back (a lot) as the story continues. I don't think it is fair to compare sequels to the original story; after all beginnings are new and exciting. What is missing from Book 1 which hurts this story is "The Ticking Clock". Book 1 PQ was too busy trying to survive to ponder his circumstances. In Book 2, there is a lot of down time where the dialog waxes over into white noise. Deus ex machina is predominant within this story as well; meaning there are a lot of "it just so happens that" moments. It sort of reminds me of the old NFL Disney plugs " Perfect Question you just won the Superbowl, now what are you going to do?" . All he had to do was say no, or not today, I'm too tired, or I want to enjoy my moment for a few days first... and there wouldn't be a story here. Nick Cole also tried to be clever by working in a secondary story (sort of outside this story) during down time. I get what he was trying to do, but it is just tossed out there without much context to create a new variable. It needed a bit more polishing as I found my mind wandering when Samurai Jack appears. Narrator was OK but not as dynamic as book 1. Not bad, but this time it comes across as a passive experience.

Overall: It is still a good listen. If you have watched the George Clooney movie "Syriana" you may have a déjà vu moment or two. There is a buzzing subtext where you may or may not hear political/social rhetoric. I perceived it as backdrop mood setting to this broken world, but there is something there where your subconscious might react. I didn't care too much for the ending. It is as if Nick Cole was watching Syriana and Life on Mars late one night and inspiration struct. Overall rating: 3 That's it! Game over, man! Game over!

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  • Hey Grampa
  • 28-04-2019

Disappointing Sequel

If you enjoyed the Soda Pop Soldier audio book and anxiously awaited the sequel as I did, be forewarned. Pop Kult Warlord isn't in the same league as it's predecessor.The story gets a new voice, a new setting and the characters get a new personality.
I would really like to know why the change of narrator? Oh well, that's the kind of thing parties don't disclose. Soda Pop Soldier is a single, focused, straight forward, linear story. Pop Kult Warlord is a layered, impressionistic, complex multi-story that's ultimately unresolved and disappointing.

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  • Kelvin
  • 26-04-2019

Good story drowned by authors political ideology

This story could have been great but every chance Cole got he had PQ reciting 20th century right wing propaganda. It just doesnt fit the character. PerfectQuestion was abandoned by his girlfriend and left in the sewer of society so she could run off with a rich guy. He had to literally break the law to pay the rent. He engaged in insider trading and got people killed because he was basically a pawn in the machinations of the rich and powerful.
All of that was the first book and then in the second he blames the collapse on people standing up and asking their governments to pay attention to a little self criticism and tells the oppressed that hard work in America pays off when all of his success was steeped in criminal activity and pure luck. He is literally a social justice warrior in this book while he's railing against it in the past and working for a sociopath that treats his people like cattle. The author seemed to forget the personality he crafted in the first book to suite his own agenda in this one and its jarring. I'm not sure if he was going for some of Paul Verhoeven's style of sarcasm as in Robocop(original) or Starship Troopers but if he was then he failed to make this satire. Nick Cole is a great writer and it's disappointing to say the least to have him pull a Larry Correia and give the finger to anyone who doesnt subscribe to a particular political ideology. Narrator was perfect.

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  • Matthew Townsend
  • 04-05-2019

a light in the dark

Nick Cole shines light on our societal evolution with this and Soda Pop Soldier. KTF

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  • Trake
  • 30-04-2019

another fantastic litrpg

man.... i am kinda speechless after that ending... so I'll just say yes, you should listen to this book.

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