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Virtual worlds are places of boundless freedom. Anyone can become an elven mage or an invisible rogue, join a clan, and go on raids, fight, develop their characters, and most importantly, escape from the daily grind.   

However, a game is only a game if you can quit. This is something I learned the hard way. I just wanted to let off some steam in virtual reality and ended up getting murdered and imprisoned in the body of one of the undead - slow, clumsy, and cursed to die at the hand of other players over and over again.  

The only way out of this awful predicament was to find the legendary Scroll of Rebirth, but the helpless plague-ridden corpse would need to be turned into a real killing machine. If only people knew what it was like to level up a dead rogue....

©2018 Pavel Kornev; English translation copyright 2018 by Petr Burov (P)2018 Tantor

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 2018-12-26

Morbidly fun

You may not know this about me, but I love the rogue class. Rogues, thieves, bards, these are my people. I will take a sneak thief over a noble paladin any day, and I love paladins. Bards? How many episodes have I said I have wanted a good bard story? Probably every other one. I lament the lack of bard tales and burglars. You have to realize that I grew up reading about Gord the rogue and the Gray Mouser. My first D&D character was Lappoy Lightfinger, who lost a couple of digits trying to pick a lock early on in his career, so this book had me at the mention of Rogue. Also, I’m a funeral director, so it also sucked me in when it came to the Dead part of the title. One of my favorite Horror movies of all time is NOTLD, the original. I saw that when I was about three years old, and it cemented my love for zombies and the undead.

This book has a really interesting hook to it, the MC, John Doe, gets attacked by a player and when he respawns he does so as an undead. He’s gone from being a player to an NPC. He’s locked into the game as a result of a hack that the attacker used on him. The hack makes him unable to log out, meaning that he is effectively in a coma and unable to eat or drink anything. IN other words, not only is he trapped in the game, but he’s on a timer. If he doesn’t manage to contact the outside world he just might die in real life.

John faces a ton of obstacles including not being able to walk in the sunlight, speak to other players, or access his thief skills. In other words, he is totally boned. Now, this book really gripped me for about three quarters of the novel. The only slow point that I found was the city siege. It reminded me a lot of when I was listening to the dungeon village in Dakota Krout’s Regicide. It just did not fit the story, and I did think they could have completely cut that section out altogether. On the other hand, it might be a set up for later in the series, I really don’t know. One thing I will say is that I certainly enjoy listening to these Russian Authors. I think they are pretty creative and don’t get as much recognition as they deserve sometimes. I do believe that they were on the edge of Litrpg when it was birthed, and it is pretty cool to see the perspective of someone not in the US. I would love to see some Chinese or Japanese Litrpg translations show up.

There are a few issues with the translations in some points as the same words are used in the same sentence sometimes, for example, it felt like they said things along the line of “ It was spectacular how he swung the sword, and spectacular how the sword struck home.” That’s little things, and it makes it feel like I’m reading a Russian novel.


Compton does a solid job narrating. I think he worked the book well, and did use his voice to its fullest for a premium effect. I enjoyed listening to him, an while I won’t say I was dazzled by him I think he put out a great product, and I had no issue with his speaking, sound quality, or his characterizations.

This was a fun run, and I look forward to the next book in the series. I’m going to say a 7.9 star because I did not enjoy the city siege and felt it was just there to fluff out the book, and I will admit that he was finding the dead man’s set of equipment far faster than you would for a man who wasn’t actively looking for it. Either way the book was fun ,and I definitely want more.

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. 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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  • David Riemer
  • 2018-11-06

Don't be fooled it is BAD

There are seriously so many other LITRG books out there that are way better written and I would encourage you to go check them out. This book was so uninspired that I couldn't even finish it. I got 3/4 the way though it before I completely lost interest and had no desire to continue. Check out Dungeon Born, Awaken Online, Ascend Online, Alter World, The Land, Life Reset, Countdown, and Dante's Immortality. This book compared to those when it comes to Character development, world building, story line progression and transition, action scenes, and plot twists are so much better. I don't know if the translation ruined the book or if the author was just going through a check list on a how to write a litrpg novel but it seemed lazy, generic, and again uninspired. For instance there is a scene where the group is trying to escape from the burning hand (a group of NPCs and players bent on killing the undead) find a boy that is willing to take them to this place they want to go and then poof you are on a rivier in a boat while the kid is telling you a story about some BS. WHAT HAPPENED TO THEM ESCAPING THE CASTLE! WHERE DID THEY FIND THE BOAT? WTF HAPPENED? I will be asking for a refund what a let down.

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  • Austin
  • 2019-02-01

Lost in Translation

The awkward translation is hard to take. I have read russian translated books and there are usually phrases repeated in them continuously. This book was infuriating beyond the others though and the narrator didn't help. Things like the MC calling someone Necromancer over and over was a bit annoying but it ended quickly. Then we meet the priestess and BOY she is a piece of work. I wanted to tear my hair out at the seams with how many times she says "kitten". Enough already. Other big words used too often are Creton/Carion and Bitch. The latter used to describe dogs that attack the MC.

Another aspect is that there doesn't seem to be any character progression. There is no new emerging feelings, no real self reflection. The characters seem flat. Garth is a bit interesting since he switched so quickly but that is about it.

The narrator CANNOT do female voices. He also sounds like he is just reading the book. There are moments that are supposed to be whispers but he just talks aloud. There is no yelling, no battle cries, no yelps of pain.

The beginning of the book was interesting for me. A rogue type character which we don't often see as the MC in LitRPG's who is hacked into being a barely playable dual classed undead rogue. I like how often he dies in the begining. The way he kills players is clever. But it goes downhill as soon as he leaves the graveyard.

Each action, battle, quest, and interaction seems generic and bland. Walking through the forest, I lop that things head off. Oops I die again. I kill those things. I found another piece of this super rare set that Im not looking for. I find another little boy who helps me for no reason and is totally fine with me being undead. I die again. I kill those things.

There is no real substance to this book. I wonder if the russian version sounds or is any better. This version is not worth my time and credit. I do not recommend it. See my other reviews if you want to find a quality LitRPG.

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  • Jay Hickman
  • 2019-01-08

great story

really enjoy this it was a great listen kept me captivated the whole story nonstop.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-12-27

It’s okay

I’ve read and listened to a lot of litrpg books over the past 2 years, (over 100) and this book happened to pop up under my suggestion list.

The summery of the story is mediocre common,
Guy plays game, guy gets trapped in game, only way out is to “beat” it (in this case go to a certain area and claim a item)

The overall story isn’t to bad, entertaining.
The main “bad guy” is pretty annoying, but other then that, the story seems to always fall in place for the MC.

No character development really, the leveling explanations (skills ) are a generalization, the MC mentions going a specific build but it always feels like he is just randomly selecting skills based on feeling and not need.

If you have run out of books to read, it’s not bad.
But I wouldn’t put this on the top of my reading list either.

Pretty much a 2.5 out of 5 stars is what I would rate this book.

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  • Joshua
  • 2018-11-06

Overall pretty good, well written and entertaining

It only starts out as him being stuck as a zombie and unable to communicate with players. So dont worry the whole book isnt like that. The main theme of the book is that he gets trapped in the game and was intended to be captured there by baddies via his mobile respawn point. However he gets away and the has to keep his respawn safe as well as figure out a way out of the game before they take him off life support. I really didnt give away any spoilers there. This all happens within like the first few chapters...maybe first half hr of book lol.

The narrator is good but he doesnt do female voices very well. Which really isnt a problem because theres only a few that come up anyway. The MC has to duck and dodge most players anyway due to his nature.

This is a very refreshing book tho that does focus on story line and plot points vs harems like some books recently. Def worth a credit.

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  • Paul
  • 2018-11-08

Great fun !!

I truly enjoyed this book. Interesting plot lines. A nice break from the normal litrpg. It’s cool to be dead.

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