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Soda Pop Soldier

Soda Pop Soldier, Book 1
By: Nick Cole
Narrated by: Guy Williams
Series: Soda Pop Soldier, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
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Call of Duty meets Diablo in this fast-paced, action-packed LitRPG novel from the co-creator of Galaxy's Edge universe.

Gamer PerfectQuestion fights for ColaCorp in WarWorld, an online combat sport arena where megacorporations field entire armies in the battle for real world global advertising-space dominance. Within the immense virtual battlefield, players and bots are high-tech grunts, using drop-ships and state-of-the-art weaponry to wipe each other out.

But times are tough, and the rent is due, and when players need extra dough, there's always the Black, an illegal open source tournament where the sick and twisted desires of the future are given free rein in the Wastehavens, a Gothic dungeon fantasy world.

And all too soon, the real and virtual worlds collide when PerfectQuestion refuses to become the tool of a madman intent on hacking the global economy for himself.

©2018 Castalia House (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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  • John Spears
  • 10-11-2018

Soda Pop Soldier Rules!

Ready Player One? LAME! Soda Pop Soldier is where this premise succeeds big time. Video games? That's for kiddies. How about corporate wars fought by virtual super-soldiers! I am very much swayed by the down-on-his-luck hero who keeps fighting because...what other choice is there? The Cola Wars create an opportunity for this warrior by any other name, and the mix of real and virtual creates a universe where anything can happen. Great Sci-Fi military action and corporate intrigue with a redeeming ending that left me feeling satisfied, but with the suspicion that the tale isn't done yet.

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  • Dank
  • 08-11-2018

Thoroughly enjoyable read!

Good narration, great writing and a great story! i particularly like the poetic language used to describe the world, it makes for a beautiful and detailed mental picture.

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  • Shaffer Robinson
  • 18-11-2018

RP1 fans rejoice

An outstanding novel and excellent performance. If you liked Ready Player One, check this out!

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  • Josh R
  • 02-05-2019

Entertaining story with frustrating narration

This book was very difficult for me to get into, and I almost quit about 45 minutes in. The narrator... Likes to pause.... In the middle of..... Sentences.... Repeatedly. I found it incredibly distracting and constantly breaking my sense of immersion. The book itself was pretty good, following a professional online gamer trying to make enough money to pay rent. There's a lot of action, and I was still able to enjoy the story even though the narration was terrible. Overall it's worth a read, but probably not a listen. I may not be the only person that had this complaint because book 2 has a different narrator that seems to be pretty good so far.

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  • Rufus0U812
  • 21-04-2019

Interesting & entertaining twist on one of...

SCI-FI's bread and butter themes, a dystopian future. This time around video games & advertizing that moves the world round. The author creates a context where who you are plays out in the real world & in the virtual with equal gravity. Anonymity is seemingly non existant yet participants are every bit as vicious as if they're if they're hidden behind a veil.
Most of the time the villian turns out to be the most interesting character in the story, but the hero who has flaws is far more riveting . The protagonist is the flawed hero who's humanity is on full display while he deals with doing things sideways or traversing "the [path] less traveled". Humanity seems to have equal capacity toward the light as the darkness & one cannot escape the pull of either.

I look forward to the second installment of this saga in "Warlord".

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  • Trake
  • 12-04-2019

wow

I always start out critiquing books of a tactical nature but the story soon made me forget my sinisism. This story had some well developed twists and plots devices that left me thoroughly jaw dropped and clammering for the next chapter. This book will definitely go on my relisten list.

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  • Fox
  • 23-01-2019

great story

I really enjoyed this book.The world in this book is extremely intriguing. I loved every minute of it!

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  • Callian
  • 08-02-2019

pass

it's pass just move on. store is dry not much on building up and everything just seems to be handed over to the MC

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  • Christopher
  • 06-12-2018

Interesting Story, Terrible narrator

I whole heartedly wanted to like this book. I'm a couple hours into it and the story seems interesting enough, but the narrator is awful. He doesn't change tone, like ever. You could be listening in on what is supposed to be a tense fire fight but he just keeps the same tone as what he would have sounded like describing what the main character ate breakfast.

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