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This is Alterra, where you can be the master of your own castle... or a field hand on a farm. And this is Jack, who wants to make his way to a different continent, hidden in the virtual mist. And this is an ancient quest line, buried under new versions of the game.

Jack's goal: create his own guild. Buy a ship. And set off on the Great Journey. The journey of his life. The dangerous Gravediggers are not the only ones opposing him. Necromancers from sinister Nightmare, elite alpha-citizens, and relic hunters are only a small fraction of the enemies that the First Player will have to face.

In the perilous Wasteland, the drifter Jack finds an abandoned truck, where an old-world game console is hidden. This moment marks the beginning of Jack's path to the lost continent, hidden in the virtual depths of the colossal Alterra. He still isn't aware of the enemies standing in his way. Not only are the guild of Gravediggers and the sinister necromancers of Nightmare against him, but also the secret masters of the game world themselves. The discoveries of ancient quest lines, long buried under new versions of the game, give Jack access to the Dark Service. This is a special branch of character development, which is no longer available in the modern version of the game.

©2017 Andrew Novak; English translation copyright 2017 by Krystal Diehl (P)2017 Tantor

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Moo review

Loved it the post application setting mixed with vr takes this book to a new lvl looking forward to book 2 and more like this

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  • steve
  • 30-05-2018

Terrible writing

I would not recommend this book. The book reads like a middle school class assignment and the author was struggling to reach the minimum required words.

73 of 83 people found this review helpful

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  • Humility
  • 12-07-2018

Tron is more of a litrpg than this book, but...

It was a very engrossing book and that makes up for its problems. First off, the game mechanics are irrelevant and completely arbitrary. Serving only to provide some goals for the characters and a way to control the pacing. Main character had an invincible cut everything sword, damage and stats were completely ignored and combat sucked overall on every front. And nothing makes sense from a game perspective or any perspective. But its engrossing enough that I only occassionally have time to think on this.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 24-01-2018

Poor word choice, but decent story

It's the little things that throw this book off course, like not explaining how health, mana, and xp are related. Plus the use of words like ghetto instead of slums or hovels, apply meaning that it sounds like the author didn't mean. Would have had the same problem if words barrio or hood were used. Overall story was ok, not the best out there but far from worst

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  • Craig
  • 18-03-2018

Strong recommendation

The story starts off surprisingly strong. With most in the style, tremendous amount of effort is put into laying the groundwork as to what’s going on. this one goes right to it allows you to slowly uncover the details. There are many twists and turns and a tremendous amount of antagonists to keep it exciting. If you like in game stories you’ll definitely like this one.

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  • Angela Montague
  • 20-10-2018

Give it a few chapters, it's better than you think

The book has a fast but steady pace.
The only flaw is the author forgot to write into the opening chapters why we should care about the world. That will develop on it's own if you stick it out, and because the decent pace you aren't slogging to get to it anyways so the investment to stick it out isn't much and it pays off.
It presents the virtual world as a virtual world and doesn't hide limitations like NPC dialog script. But it also presents the world as a grand work of fiction created by multiple collaborating writers and Jack is trying to discover the fascinating story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-10-2018

Sweet o' Jack

First time I felt compelled to write a review on a story, its just that good.
The summary? Blasphemy! Does not give any justice to the quality of the work presented here, my attention was captured immediately on the first chapter, while reading the summary kept me skeptic about the quality.
The world, the character, both unique and fine tuned to levels of awesomeness I cant find the words to described.
Everything I hoped for and more.
A cool headed naration, well done and well recorded, the perfect voice for Jack the Tramp.
Left me with a taste for more.
So, i hope that if you read the summary, you somehow reached the review section, and got a glimpse of this one, so youll know not to judge the book by its cover ;]

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  • Brett Mailloux
  • 27-08-2018

Surprisingly good!

Sure it's pulp fantasy, but I was mesmerized by the story and narrator. Can't wait to get the next book in the series!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-08-2018

Left Me Wanting To Read The Next Book

The story is good and although it follows many books of the same type.
It kept me wanting to continue and see what was going to happen next.
The ending also left me wanting to get into the next book.
I would recommend this series of books.

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  • Tracy M Clancy
  • 06-08-2018

MMORPG and me..

A Book that pinged on a familiar cord. I very much enjoyed the concept of this story. It was entertaining and fun and made me remember some of the times in my own in world gaming quests where things didn't always go as planned. If you are a gamer I would recommend taking some time away from the game and giving this a read.

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  • T. J. Kohler
  • 06-08-2018

Excellent listen for those who played MMORPG

Game world:
- Developed Factions
- Well laid out economy
Real world:
- Developed status and Factions
- Economy is, ok in this book

This first book lays out the base of what the player goes through. It touches on some of the aspects of player griefing etc. But it's a really neat mix of what would happen if life in a VR game is literally better than real life.

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