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December, 2042

The Imperial Legion marches, and war looms on the horizon....

Jack Mitchel and his misfit crew of rebels never wanted a fight with the Empire, but the time for diplomacy has passed. 

Ruthless tech genius Robert Osmark is coming, and trailing behind him is a vast army determined to wipe the Crimson Alliance from the face of Eldgard. Impossibly, Jack has united the warring Murk Elf clans under his banner, but even with their aid, the Alliance is still badly outnumbered, and Osmark has some nasty tricks up his sleeves.

And while the long-awaited battle unfolds, an ancient evil stirs in the heart of Viridian Gate Online - one that will change the game forever.

©2017 James Hunter and Shadow Alley Press Inc. (P)2018 James Hunter and Shadow Alley Press Inc.

Ce que les auditeurs disent de Viridian Gate Online: Imperial Legion

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  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars

This one lost my interest in the series

The story was basic at best.
Writing was so so as well.
Narration gets old extremely quickly. Every word out of his mouth sounds so dramatic that when there is a dramatic moment, there is no inflection.

Anyways, I can’t continue the series after this one.

  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars

So far it's enjoyable

So I kinda struggle with giving this an overall 4, I would say 7/10 is more accurate. I am enjoying it enough to continue with the series though.

Pros:
It's fun, lots of fights, the MC is strong but doesn't easily win any of the actual battles.
The story, world and the way the AI are the real threats is pretty interesting take.
It has an ongoing relationship with the MC but it's very much in the background.
Cons:
The author repeats alot of phrases "like a pot fly" "a few practice swings" stuff like this.
It feels very non stop, the pacing is very fast which isn't necessarily bad, it just feels like we only learn anything about anyone during the fights which are frequent but usually short.

  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    3 out of 5 stars

Declining in quality, or rising in price.

I really enjoyed the first three of these books available free through audible plus, but this one wasn't worth the credit. The writing is amateurish, with lots of incorrectly used words and exaggerated repetitive similes. The narrator isn't bad, but I'm not a fan of his whisper screaming. These issues were present in the earlier books, but were either less prominent or easier to ignore since the books were free anyway.

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    1 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars

Couldn't even finish it

I couldn't even finish this book. The characters have to be the most one dimensional characters I have ever read. Absolutely no character development over the course of the story. Characters can all be summed up by a single attribute such as American patriot, Russian scientist, thief, dictator, etc.

Seriously surprised I got this far. There is something wrong with the Audible ratings cause many many other reviews agree this book is bad but it still shows a high score when you go to buy it.

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  • Quinton James
  • 2018-03-14

Where are we?

I'm definitely losing interest in this story. Giant two handed swords with glowing runes. 'Steampunk' garb and tools. All I see is world of Warcraft and I can't pretend it isn't.

Perhaps it's my disappointment in the visuals that caused me to notice the writing was frustrating as well. Simile after simile after simile. My eyes began to roll wondering how many times the author must have typed "like a".

*spoiler*
Finally, the course of the characters seemed forced to me. Why did it have to be the spider queen that brought Jack to the dungeon? Why didn't Jack warn the dungeon boss that he just befriended that there's a major raid going on and to watch his back? Why was Jack so gung- ho to face the emperor (like a newb idiot) but didn't take the few seconds required to pound him like a tent stake when he had the chance?

I can only give the book a 3/5 mostly due to the previous story line that brought us here.

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  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Peter Pakalnis
  • 2018-06-15

Took a hard downturn

While I enjoy the ongoing story in concept, and I enjoy all the characters except the MC, he ruins the entire story.

He constantly leaps from one insane reaction to a situation to another, and he just flat does stupid things while justifying it in his own mind like he's some kind of genius.

Spoilers

The most insane example of this is, spoilers, when the MC manages to get the big boss finally at his mercy. Hundred or two feet fall, in a world that establishes that even a moderately bad impact can paralyze you, concuss you, or snap your spine, without killing you. "Oh good!" you would say, walking over to the COMPLETELY INCAPACITATED ENEMY WARLORD and kill him. He's stupidly strong, but eh, what's a dozen or two hammer hits to the head.

What's that? You're going to "remember the battle is bigger then just him" and leave him? Let him recover? IN A WORLD WITH HEALING POTIONS?! IN A WORLD WHERE LEVELS MATTER AND HES THE TOP?!

Ok, fine. What's the worst that could happen?
Oh, he's got a magically hidden army of mecha and tinkers, and in the span of like... thirty minutes recover, assemble the murder legion, and somehow destroy not one, but two separate forces! Without any confirmed reports, including from your mind bound minions until the literal last moment.

I'm mad. I liked this series and stuff like the main character acting not just dumb, but actively working against himself because "reasons" truly irks me. Why not tell the guy who made this world about the literal gam changing weapon you found? Maybe you have bigger fish to fry?! Or not, because it's both a horrifying evil awful oh god the world is ending situation, and also you can't be bothered to care about it at all or warn literally anyone of authority in or out of your faction. UHG

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    3 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • 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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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Ray Johnson
  • 2018-04-23

Grim Jack is back and you're gonna be in trouble

We return for the FOURTH installment of an amazing series. Can I start by saying we need more Cutter? Love the guy. Any way, we pick up just a bit further down the road than where we had left off, but that's fine. We had an impending army of Doom approaching and I really didn't want to read half the book talking about how they were going to get there and what was gong to happen. Hunter knows how to pen a story.

Grim Jack and his team are back (Cutter rules), and my only complaint is that I'd like to see Abbey doing more. I know this is Jack's story, but Abs needs to do something to prove she deserves to be co-captain of this squad. Something really serious, just look at everything Jack has managed to do almost entirely on his own.

Anyway we get some new characters and a new looming threat to add to the dangers they now face. Love the Gravemonger! We also get a face off with Jack and Ozmark, too! I can't spoil it for you.

Anyway, we get a great bunch of action,that leads into a new threat that could literally spell the end for our heroes. VGO is an amazing series that just keeps getting better and better. One thing I like is that just when you think you know where it is going it veers off that path and starts driving through thick brush and briars. I've said a lot about Taylor's narration in other reviews, so just know that he is doing a great job, and I think he is growing right along with Grim Jack. 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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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Alex St. John
  • 2021-03-26

Meh story, Meh reader, Meh MC

This reader... Likes to add dramatic... Pauses to sentences in... weird places. Maybe this series would be better with a better reader, but as is it comes off like a parody of William Shatner. Listening to the support characters fawning over the brilliance of the MC as he slowly struggles his way through simplistic thinking is just exasperating. He seems to think he's the smartest guy around, and everyone is constantly amazed at his incredible surprising insights, but it comes off like a child excitedly bragging about how they've just invented the brilliant strategy of using larger numbers. I'd previously stopped listening to this series after the third book because it was mediocre at best, then came across this fourth one a year later when looking for something new and thought "Oh yeah, that series, it wasn't that bad, was it?". It was a mistake.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • DEVON LASSITER
  • 2021-01-25

Why???

I really love this series, but this time around the author dropped the ball in my opinion. The main character (Grimm Jack) made questionable decisions at every turn, ranging from confusing to outright stupid and the entire time, the author is presenting those decisions as if they're clever. More than once I just felt extremely frustrated with Jack, like when he had his enemy on the ground nearly dead and decided to walk away because he didn't know for certain that he could finish him off. despite having every advantage in the situation, and being more than capable of doing so. That wasn't the most frustrating part, but it was the first one that comes to mind, and it is one of many. I still enjoyed a lot of elements this story had to it, but I hope the author improved his ability to write believable character decision making in the future installments. Ultimately, it is still worth the read. just be prepared for frustration.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-05-13

Not good

I really don't think the author as a very good grasp on the English language. The MC is always "rounding" on someone and precedes to just talk to them normally. That's not how you use that word. They're several more things like this, but that one bothered me the most. I also really hate the narrator's yell. It just really bothers me.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • desa zraick
  • 2020-03-18

Thoroughly enjoyable

I’m not a gamer IRL but this was a fun trip into the world of MMORPG. Armen Taylor delivers a very entertaining and compelling performance. I loved it!!

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    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-08-14

Author needs a personal cheat sheet to keep up with details he adds.

The story itself was enjoyable, and while I enjoy all the new skill and loot additions throughout the series, these additions are meaningless if they are then neglected for the rest of the series. Hunter seems to forget many of the features he himself added. Like, for instance, MC still using pm’s in frantic situations instead of the commander’s communication skill faction unlock, and damage skill damage info ignoring effects like his innate boost to those skills etc. More grievously, the entire previous book was centered around a certain item set and the moral dilemmas involved with its collection, only to have the max set bonus completely ignored in this book. These are just a couple of a growing number of misses. While these by no means ruin the books, it’s highly disappointing considering this a series in a genre that revolves around the RPG elements like the effects of skills, abilities, and loot/gear.

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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Brian D. Hughes
  • 2021-10-07

I like VGO, BUT.....

and that's a BIG but. This writer uses the word 'but' like an aging porn star. Everytime he begins to wind up a sentence he interrupts it with 'BUT...' over and over and over again as if this is the only way he can think of to create tension or tell a story with shifting perspectives.
It's frustrating to say the least and has become a running joke within the series.
Let any singular moment begin to build up towards the anticipated payoff BUT nah.

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