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Corporate flameout Ned Altimer dreams of leaving his world behind. So, when Earthblood Online splashes onto the VRMMO scene, he dives in and never looks back.

His advantages are twofold: exclusive access to the game’s three-day Head Start period, and a ridiculously handsome talking axe named Frank who has knowledge of the game’s deepest secrets...if the magnificent Frank ever feels like sharing them.

But those advantages also make Ned a target. Once the Head Start period ends, his fellow players will stop at nothing to rip that suave, violent, yet disarmingly charismatic axe right out of his hands.

In 72 hours, the greatest manhunt in gaming history is set to begin.

It’s gonna be a lot of fun.

©2021 Kyle Kirrin (P)2021 Portal Books

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Loved it

This is in my top 3 LITRPG books that I've listened to. I unfortunately have spent a bit too much money on audible, so that's saying something 😅

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Really really good

And not just good for the genre, it's actually just good. Full stop. No over the top violence or sadism, no weird character turn abouts that make no sense, no deux machina plot devices. Good character development, well written, very smooth progression. Some nice humor peppered in too. Was pleasantly surprised and eagerly await the next installment. Well done to both narrator and author, I thoroughly enjoyed this.

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deadly read

very interesting. A bit slow starting but once this book catches you it get so interesting and funny. Frank may be my favorite supporting character in a litrpg so far.

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a true 5 star

i am usually pretty liberal with my reviews. as long as the books don't displease me i am all for supporting the author's. but then you come across something this good and you feel bad that you gave so many high ratings because a book of this caliber really stands above and beyond just being a good book. I laughed out loud, i felt gripped and finished this audiobook within a day a half despite it being fairly long. couldn't recommend this more.

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fantastic

i loved every second can't wait for the next book great characters, story and world

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Great listen

The underdog becomes the hero type book, fantastic narration loved the story line as the book continues on you get a good feel for the MC and learn later on why he considered such a great failure. The author take you through highs and lows and keeps the story fresh and exciting, I hope to see the series continue on, Thanks for your imagination I appreciate a good book, please carry on with you work!

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  • 2tymes
  • 2021-01-30

Yeah!!!!

Anybody who’s a fan of the genre knows there are some TRASH A** BOOKS out there. Finding one worth listening to is rare, and finding one stands out is... Damn near impossible. This one stood out, so much so towards the end I was looking on kindle to see if there was a book 2. If you like litrpgs, you won’t be disappointed

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  • Jim
  • 2021-02-02

The trifecta of litrpg

1. Great value for audio book at over 20 hours.
2. Excellent likable characters in an interesting story.
3. Travis Baldree performance.

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  • Browley
  • 2021-02-04

Great new author! Looking forward to the next book

I really enjoyed the book. I've taken a break from new authors after a truly abysmal string of bad books but this one caught my interest. Travis Baldree does an amazing job and was a big part in why I gave this book a listen.

All LitRPG books have some things you just need to accept and move on with to enjoy the story but those are pretty minimal for this book and were really easy to continue with the story.

The MC (Ned) isn't OP or a jack-of-all-trades. He gets a head start and a unique ax to help guide him and has some good advantages because of them but also doesn't complete everything perfectly. He has some setbacks and disadvantages as well. Ned gets (from what I can tell so far) a unique class but only because of his choices and some guidance from his ax. It could be done by any player and had it's own limitations.

Things that I liked.

- Game mechanics make sense and work well. The players are playing a game, they can use game logic but have the freedom to make choices we all wish we could in rpg games. The classes are limited by a few choices the player makes but there is still a lot of flexibility without having an MC that can do everything. There are limits and trade offs to each class/profession/skill and players can't just learn everything or grind stats up. Also how the pain in-game is handled is well done. It's believable that people would want to play.

- There isn't some end of the world, rouge AI, or game breaking mechanic in this book. It's just players in a game. I really found this refreshing.

- The snarky Ax is a well balanced companion. It's funny without being over the top and isn't some one dimensional character.

- Most new books I've read in this genre have some seriously cringe moments or over the top profanity that breaks the story for me. This book had ZERO cringe moments for me and any profanity was so naturally a part of the conversations that I can't remember if there was really much if any. I've stopped reading/listening to plenty of books do to those issues. It can just be to jarring for me.

- No romance of any kind. It's focused on the game play.

- No out-of-game drama to speak of. The motivation he is in game, is just one of those small things you accept and move on with. Small thing really.

- This book is mostly PvE which I love. I'm not big on the PvP rival that never goes away or big battles between players. He does quests and plays the game.

- Other elements as well but I don't want to spoil anything.

Things I didn't like. Very few and minor.

- The setup for the next book leaves a possibility of a PvP rival. I'm interested to see where this goes and how it is handled while still progressing with the game. It is expected as players will be hunting him for his ax but it is a minor concern for me. That's personal preference thought.

- His traveling companion (Not his ax) felt under used and I hope to see more from that character in the future. Lots of potential there I think.

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Ned has a small change to his character that I'm not a fan of. It has trade offs like everything else and doesn't change his overall build but just isn't a favorite of mine.


In the end I really enjoyed this book and am anxious for the next in the series. Only time will tell what this author can do but I think this is a great start with a lot of potential. It was a very satisfying listen and I highly recommend picking it up.


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  • Jonathan Bledsoe
  • 2021-02-03

hell yeah

I honestly have no complaints. not a one. several other authors should take note. no sleaze, does not bog down in the details, constantly engaging, and leaves you eager for more. excellent execution all around

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-02-05

A new level for litrpg

I was predisposed to liking this book for many reasons. First, I was lucky enough to win a raffle on reddit to get the audiobook version for free! Also, I'm a huge Cradle fan and love Travis Baldree as a narrator. Third, there's a talking axe. That's a trifecta!

I enjoyed every bit of this story. There are rich characters, and a full blown evolving story. The ripple system is creative, compelling, and makes me wish I too could join in EBO.

This is a must buy. I'm hooked from now on, can't wait for book 2.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2021-02-27

Frank-ly I hate Frank

I want an intelligent MC. He doesn't need to be perfect but I do want progression and thought out decisions. This is especially important during creating a character and leveling. Frank (a talking ax) is supposed to be a guide and is an ahole. He hates the main character from the beginning and hates magic. He screws with the main and makes him f up his character. I get that the game creator wanted to screw him over but the drama and stupid comments is ruining the story. It's dumb. Not funny. Starting to think all authors pay for 5 star reviews or the rest of you have no taste.

Now he's tricked into a mage with dexterity bonus...I'm gonna finish this book and maybe change this but for now this is a very dumb and stressful situation. I would throw that axe away since it's literally useless for anything can't even be a weapon and then enjoy my game. F this so far.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-02-05

Totally worth it 5 stars

I loved this book and it’s even better because someone named Kyle wrote it. It is the best book I have listened to in a while and I can’t recommend it strongly enough. Travis Baldree is a fantastic narrator who makes listening as enjoyable as possible. I can’t wait for the next book to be released. Respect Kyle & Travis.

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  • Ami
  • 2021-02-05

Best of the Best!

I don't usually write reviews. Typically it is some stars and I'm done...but...this book was genuinely amazing. Well written character development, genuinely funny and kept the pace throughout. Well done Team!

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  • Greg A
  • 2021-03-14

I don't get all the 5 stars. (Updated: got better)

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After the first 8 hrs, I actually quit listening to it, because I didn't understand all the hype and the MC and Frank were annoying me. A couple of days later I picked it up and gave it another try. I'm glad I did. The story, the MC, and the interaction with Frank th Axe got a lot better and understand everyone who says it is a more "realistic" betrayal of the MMO's we all play (or used to in my case). Kyle has a really good base for a strong series, and hope that the next book continues to build off the strength of the 2nd half of this book.

I am 8 hrs in and don't see what all the hype is about.

Guy buys his way to a 3 day head start in a new MMO game. He's not an elite gamer and has proven incompetence IRL and has no friends. Not even clan/guildies from previous games and thinks he's going to make changes in a new MMO world? Once MC gets in the game he shows he's not really a good gamer and makes stupid decisions without any thought.

At lvl 5 with 60cp in his pocket he thinks he's going to build an Inn in a desert town with an entire race trying to kill him. The back and forth between the MC and Frank, his axe, isn't entertaining or funny. It's kind of stupid actually. Frank doesn't add any real help or guidance. Plus he has to protect this magical axe from the entire population of EBO when they come online. In any real online game the MC will have this axe taken from him within 10-12 hours of the game opening to the public.

I just don't understand all the 5 star reviews and claims of this being one of the best books in this genre. It's mediocre at best.

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  • Sailfish
  • 2021-02-13

A good start but with faults

Kyle Kirrin is a good writer and his story outline is similar to others in this genre; although the MC's backstory is unique. Actually, while the character is written as a caring person, his real world reclusive backstory is unappealing and his means of entering the game makes him somewhat of an unlikable character. There is a inanimate object with similar knowledge to Skippy with a personality of a warrior. The relationship between him and the MC is one of snarky acceptance but overdone. The book also suffers from stat-bane at times which often seems like filler.

With that said, I liked the book and plan to purchase the next book in the series.

Travis Baldree.really adds to the listening experience, as would be expected.

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