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Viridian Gate Online: The Jade Lord: A litRPG Adventure

The Viridian Gate Archives, Volume 3
Auteur(s): James A. Hunter
Narrateur(s): Armen Taylor
Durée: 11 h et 6 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (18 évaluations)

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November, 2042

It's been a busy month for 32-year-old Jack Mitchel:

Three weeks ago, he died.

Two weeks ago, he founded the first Faction in the ultra-immersive, fantasy-based VRMMORPG, Viridian Gate Online.

A week and a half ago the world ended, destroyed by a cataclysmic asteroid.

Seven days ago, he conquered the Imperial city of Rowanheath, bringing all of Eldgard to the brink of war.

Though Jack's Faction, the Crimson Alliance, has a tenuous truce with tech genius and Imperial lord, Robert Osmark, Jack knows it can't last. Osmark is devious and power hungry, and it's only a matter of time before he sends his forces to wipe Jack and his underdog crew off the map for good.

If Jack hopes to survive another month inside of VGO, he must find a way to beat Osmark and his army of bloodthirsty thugs, and a new quest - the Path of the Jade Lord - may be just the ticket. But this quest will be far harder than anything Jack's faced before, pushing him to his mental, physical, and moral limits. And if Jack isn't careful, his quest to defeat Osmark and the Empire may end up turning him into the despot he's been fighting against.

©2017 J.A. Hunter and Shadow Alley Press Inc (P)2017 J.A. Hunter and Shadow Alley Press Inc

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  • William
  • 2017-12-02

Steryotypical

The series started out good but now it feels so standard, like a perfect fantasy. The conflict and tension started to feel pointless as you know everything would end in the most predictable fashion.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Josh Noneya
  • 2019-02-08

Huge plot holes and lazy story development

Great narration – poor story.

The premise is good, but the writing is way too formulaic. Plot holes – ugh, plot holes and lazy writing for days!

So the main character is supposed to be an experienced gamer, but is constantly making mistakes that would make even a casual gamer cringe.

He is presented as this genius smart guy, and all of his friends and associates are impressed with his ideas, strategy, and wit. He makes ridiculous far fetched plans and decisions that always work out, but when faced with simple problems with glaring answers are presented to him, he ALWAYS (as in every single time) makes the obviously bad choice and has to be bailed out by his friends or “barely scrape through.”

Let's talk about his outlook/attitude: he flips between arrogantly cocky, a beacon of virtue, even keeled, constantly second guessing himself, and full of self doubt. Instead of choosing a character mentality (smart guy, cocksure asshole, Mr. Virtue, emo kid, etc.) the author tried to do it all, and it leaves you with a bi-polar, sometimes schizophrenic who is frequently high on coffee and sugar. Be ready for some whiplash.

Is there a serious/semi-serious fight happening? Things start off well – take a turn for the worst – and right at that point where things are going to go terribly wrong or maybe somehow work out – this is when the main character decides to ponder the meaning of life – or the price of beans – or what his favorite color is or should be (you know – to build suspense) – then he makes the right choice and hooray it somehow works out. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

It is very frustrating because the premise is great, and the overarching story isn't bad either. It is the details that ruin this series.

Does it get better later on in the series?

No.

It doesn't.

The author uses the same old formulas and patterns over and over. Which is a shame because with just a little bit of rewriting this could be one of the best series in the genera. It really had that much potential, but I'm 5 books in and it is just the same pattern repeating endlessly.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Ray Johnson
  • 2018-04-10

Series Keeps on improving

This is one of those rare series that just keeps on improving and improving as time goes on. The characters continue to grow, the plot is like a brick wall being filled in piece by piece with some solid mortar, and the action almost makes YOU bleed. Hunter is pretty slick,as he adds pieces from prior books to build the momentum, and then leaves you with a completed story that has a few plotlines that are unfinished so that you know where the next book is going to start.

The characters are really fun personalities, each distinct and outstanding in their own way. Each makes you laugh a little, grit your teeth some, and sweat a tad too. I think what is best about the characters is that they learn from their mistakes, and in this book they make a one whopper of an error, but they can use their intellects to overcome their adversity. That is why I really anticipate the battle that may be occuring in the next book! Gah, I hate waiting, but the build up is soooo good. I rate Hunter among the ranks of Blaise Corvin, Harmon Cooper, and J.A. Ciparino for the world building and characterizations. This is just pure fantasy at its finest, with just a touch of gamer thrown in for fun. VC is really beginning to carve out a name for itself for good reason.

By the way, Taylor just nails the narration. His voices make each and every character unique and fresh. If I went back to the first book I could admit that his voice for the Spider Queen was enough to admittedly make my skin crawl. I think I just want to hear him make Cutter say something like, "I can't get no satisfaction." Because everytime I hear that thief speak I hear Mick Jagger! Bloody brilliant, that is. Taylor is the man, and he knows how to pace a tale. I laugh everytime he does his "yelling over noise" voice, because I did that when I was a kid playing, too.

The series keeps getting better and better, and if this pace continues I think that we are in for some awesome stories! Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.


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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2019-03-06

Great ending, but...

... some boring combat scenes that I mostly have to fast-forward through. The author spends way too much time detailing every part of combat, and some battles are inherently uninteresting because you already know pretty much the outcome.

All in all though, a decent story.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Jordan and Megan
  • 2018-06-08

Loved It!

Just like the last book, and the one before that, this book is amazing.

Again, only one minor gripe with the narrator's performance.... STOP WHISPERING WHEN THE CHARACTERS ARE YELLING! That's not how yelling works and it drives me insane!

Other than that though, the book was flawless and amazing.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • wynaut
  • 2017-10-28

Yessss

I love listening to the story unfold and all the interesting powers of the main characters I would recommend this too a friend but only certain friends

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  • Cory
  • 2017-10-27

as always an amazing book

this book is as usual amazing it has some pretty good fights and is very imaginative in the problem solving

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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Jeremy
  • 2019-09-24

Slow MC that relies on plot armor but OK

It isn't as good as The Land or Ascend Online if I had to compare it to a another litrpg I would say awaken online since the main character in both is some what annoying but not to the point you can't put up with. I don't ask that the MC be perfect but don't have them do stupid stuff at stupid times for no reason, example (spoiler): you are on a 1 day timer and will only have a few hours in the morning to finish something that is meant to be the hardest thing you have done to date so you stay up till 2 in the morning drinking. We have a few more examples in this book & previous books but this one stood out so much that if the MC does another thing at that level I will be returning the whole series.
Again this is a personal preference it seems a lot of people enjoy characters that lack the ability to think ahead and just rely on plot armor to survive but they aren't for me.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-05-13

the writing improved from book 2

book 2 had alot of fluff in the story telling. the author decreased the fluff in this volume though.
the story is still amazing.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2019-03-21

great story!

only problem is voice actors "yelling" whitch is only laud whisper, also no female voices