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Awaken Online: Retribution

Side Quest
Written by: Travis Bagwell
Narrated by: David Stifel
Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
5 out of 5 stars (47 ratings)

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A side quest adventure in the same world as the best-selling Awaken Online series. This story takes place after the end of Awaken Online: Precipice.

Riley's real-life took a nosedive after her confrontation with Alex. The girls at school torment her and she feels powerless to do anything about it. At the same time, Jason has mysteriously disappeared, sending only a terse cryptic message to Riley and Frank.

With some time on her hands and with her frustration with her real-life reaching a breaking point, Riley decides to strike off on her own in-game. Her goal is to investigate the quest related to the strange bow she discovered in the dungeon north of Peccavi. Yet events quickly spiral out of control as she discovers that the bow's former owner has set her along a path of vengeance - with an entire city hanging in the balance.

©2017 Travis Bagwell (P)2017 Travis Bagwell

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Not as good or long as the main books but worth it

Good book about one of the friends of the main character. Explores a new part of the game world. Definitely worth a listen.

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can't wait for more!

teasing me with book this book can't wait for book 3 worth the listen! makes you wish a game like this was real.

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absolutely awesome

at first, i was a little bummed that it was just a side story, but, the badassery quickly moved that feeling aside. enjoyed every minute of the story. i'm still on the fence about how i feel about the voice used for Riley but its a very minor issue and the story itself almost completely makes me overlook it. fantastic job, cant wait for the next in series

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  • Mike
  • 2017-11-03

A fantastic expansion of the AO universe


I’ve been waiting a year to hear how Jason explained away the dead bodies! Do we get good clean answers explaining about how the butler (Alfred) did it in the bedroom with the dagger? Not a CLUE (get it?)!

Instead, David Stifel wonderfully narrates this side bar story line that tightened the addiction I know I have for the Awaken Online universe. Darn you BAGWELL!!! Please, please do not turn into a Robert Jorden and pass away before the story is done. Don’t turn into a John Ringo and get bored with a story line and walk away after 3 or 4 instalments! Please Travis, stay happy, stay healthy and keep typing!

Read / listen to the first 2 books. They are worth the credits (audible) or the kindle down load. These are the foundations to the AO world. Mr. Bagwell does not spend time flash backs to bring new readers up to date (thank you). You will be enthralled with the world that Bagwell paints and the characters he skillfully develops.

I do not know Bagwell’s background or if he has people helping him with the social and mental material on bullied teens, but as a father of bullied teen, I can say he dead on the mindset of the bulling problem and how cruel kids can be to each other and themselves. This book is a great case study of a person going from victim to victor. The details of the world and characters are vivid. And he uses those details to pull you deeper into the story.

This story is worth the credit. The story line is binge worthy. Scratch off a day of work or give up a night of sleep. The story is that good.

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  • Cameron
  • 2018-01-25

The same but different.

another excellent entry in the awaken online saga. when I saw that this iteration was a side story I was mostly bummed, but after getting about a quarter through it really started to feel refreshing. Riley goes through some unique experiences. Jason's story and its constant update of stats got a bit taxing in the other two. this book has much less of that while still providing all the nessary infromation. if you liked the other books this one is a guaranteed pick up.

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  • Liza
  • 2017-12-19

Great

I think that this “side quest” idea was great. I hope that there are more to come in addition to the main storyline! Maybe one for frank?

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  • Pinto
  • 2017-12-08

Didn't let me down for one second

This series has become my most recommended and gifted books I've come across. If you are new to the genre than there is no better start than here.

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  • TwinMommaz
  • 2018-07-28

Delightful, love AO.

As with the other installments in the Awaken series, Travis delivers. Riley is just as multifaceted as Jason and Alfred. Thank you for giving Riley her own story. I am excited to continue in this wonderful world that is AO.

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  • Jason Neil
  • 2018-02-07

Bagwell brings it full circle.

This was a good sidequest story for a secondary character and world building. Fitting title. I enjoy all of Travis Bagwells books so I expected it to be good. He didn't let me down.

Riley takes on the lead role in this book and shows her develop into her own person furthering her story with Alex, introducing new characters that will likely come into play later, reveals backgrounds of other supporting characters and showing that the world is a lot bigger and wonderous than even high level players can imagine.

The ending brings you back to the main series giving the reader a reminder of the cliffhanger it left off with.

Excellent circle. Great job.

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  • L. Lane
  • 2018-01-23

Helluva side quest

Great story in the series and great character enhancement of Reilly. I wish the main story was embellished upon

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  • Alex
  • 2018-01-05

Awesome series!!!!

I love this series can’t wait for the release of the next books in this series!!!!!

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  • James S.
  • 2018-01-05

I was skeptical

I tend to hate books outside of the main series. They tend to overdevelop side characters and end up being detrimental... especially when one considers the time wasted on that book instead of it being spent on the next book in the series. All that being said I think this book is very well done. I actually find myself now hoping for more of Riley's story in AO3.

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  • Maxxxxxy
  • 2017-12-29

enjoyable

it was a nice break from the main story, while still building upon the overall storyline. has me pumped up for the next main entry foe the series.

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