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Is your life real or is the world you live in a simulation? Are the people you call friends and neighbors living beings with inalienable rights, or are they NPCs - Non-Player Characters - whose soulless path through life is predetermined?

Samael Crane, a brilliant scientist, believes NPCs are all around us. And he can prove it.

When a body is discovered in the bay off Essex, Massachusetts, small town pastor and former Marine plagued by doubts, Ezekiel Ford finds himself called in to identify the deceased. His history is unknown. His full name is a mystery. No one knows where he came from. In fact, Ezekiel seems to be the only person in town who ever really noticed him, living on the fringe of reality, and sometimes in the homeless shelter supported by his church. 

Ezekiel’s involvement in the case doesn’t go unnoticed by Samael, who has set out to prove - through deadly means - that NPCs exist, that reality is simulated, and that ‘God’ is a coder with a grudge. The two men’s missions become inextricably entwined, leading them down a path through the gray area between good and evil, science and religion, and reality and simulation, barreling toward a truth that will change the world and humankind’s place in it forever. 

New York Times and number one Audible.com best-selling author Jeremy Robinson takes listeners on a journey that is not only action-packed, but full of scientific and philosophical intrigue. In his most mind-bending story since Infinite and Alter, Robinson blends genres, belief systems, and bold prose into an unputdownable tale exploring the nature of reality. 

In the audiobook edition he is joined by number one Audible.com best-selling narrators, R.C. Bray and Jeffrey Kafer, creating a truly one-of-a-kind listening experience. 

©2020 Jeremy Robinson (P)2020 Jeremy Robinson

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Imperfect, but enjoyable and thought-provoking.

There's a bit wanting in the craft of the writing itself at times, but it struck me more as room for improvement that fatally flawed. The concept and execution are solid, though, and I respected the author's willingness to offer some challenge to the reader, rather than spoon-feeding the experience. If that's more your type of novel, this one is a good choice.

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NPC

The book started slow and more than a little strange. I thought it was too crazy to even ponder. But incredibly, soon after the writer brought all his ideas and characters together so beautifully that I not only got it but couldn't stop listening. So instead of enjoying a good book for a couple hours each night, I listened to all of it at once.
This book is well worth the time and money spent on it.

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dangerously realized

if you are easily grabbed into alternative reality... be careful. thes particular title is very subversive. what a ride.

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Wow

I went into this book blind. Did not read the synopsis first. It started out as one thing and twisted itself into another. I really enjoyed the journey and the relevations.
Quick easy read and the voice actors are superb.
Highly recommend this.

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Exciting

Enjoyed the characters and the action. Great writing to convey in words the complex visual action

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Great story, one half great narrator

I really enjoyed the story. The plot was deep, the possibilities left open even while things were being 'explained'. Up until the very end, there were many fun questions the listener could ponder. The ending was just phenomenal.

The biggest drawback is Jeffery Kafer. His rythm and cadence felt weird, his ruff, gruffy voice felt forced. Every single line he delivers sounds like the cheesiest anime antagonist imaginable. If it weren't for the awesomeness that is RC Bray, i never would have finished it.
Seriously, Bray saves this book.

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always on my toes

great writing as always, definitely interesting and good for contemplation. a little less intense than other books in the aggressive action and gruesome descriptions, and more towards the thoughtful theory of life.

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Amazing!

Incredible whirl wind of a book that is not only extremely captivating, but also gets the mind going down different rabbit holes of thought about our own existence.

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Good listen

This was a good story. I enjoyed the philosophical background and the twists and turns in the story.

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Phikisophical discussion & High stakes action!

Thoroughly enjoyable, and well presented. Inspiring philosophical discussion paired to high stakes action.

I'm looking forward to binging through Robinson's other books, because after this one I'm hooked. Combining complex imagery with powerful messages about technology and ethics while also hitting every mark on character, plot, and dialog.

The conclusion leaves enough ambiguity to give space for further theorisation. I felt inspired and intrigued. I think know a little about the tech before reading, and think about how real and close this world could be to our own made me excited to see more stories like this.

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  • 2020-07-06

The Good, The Bad, and Overall...

The Good: Interesting premise and entertaining story. A tale of a coin from both sides perspective. Inspires a little thought. There are 3 stories taking place; Sam, Zeke’s, and a hidden message in the metadata. I listened twice.

The Bad: The story needed another 3 hours to properly flesh out the story and to provide better context. The beginning has a nice slow story development, but the 2nd half comes across rushed and the ending seems inconsistent with the original story flow. This is basically The Matrix, but with God this time around instead of the 'machines'. I'm assuming the fanboy 5 stars Millennial reviews are unfamiliar with surreal story lines. Everything with the detective was hard to swallow. Her last name should have been McGuffin. Though it was entertaining it is far from a earth shattering experience as other reviewers are claiming. To quote from The Life of Brian "He's not the Messiah, he's a very naughty boy!"

Overall: My opinion doesn't matter. Your opinion doesn't matter. At the end of the day Amazon/Audible has stripped us of voicing our opinions by removing the 'not helpful' button; which was our only tool to fight against the plethora of fake reviews to falsely boost book ratings. Seriously... try to down vote this review (you can't). There is no value to our reviews. Our review ranking is meaningless. So why even bother writing a review anymore?

NOTE: This review has been removed 11 times (and counting) for being the top honest review. Fanboys keep flagging this review as 'offensive'.

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  • Mark
  • 2020-07-16

He said it was acid, but it was construction paper

The author seems very full of himself. After I heard his introduction about what a mind blower this book would be (not to mention several reviewers) I figured ok, let's see. Not to get hung up on minor issues but when the preacher puts on scuba gear and gets involved in a murder investigation in a small town, I got distracted and started wondering about the basis of this supposed philosophical exercise. Turns out he (the pastor) is an ex-Marine. Apparently that gets you in on police work and investigations. Or maybe because he's a pastor? I'm not sure, but the implications are terrifying by themselves.
As for the discussion of simulation theory, it took a lot more suspension of disbelief for this reader. I enjoy entertaining the idea, but couldn't wait for this book to end. In a world where preachers and a genius neurosurgeon search for reality, I'm going to search for another book. This one didn't even raise questions let alone shake the groundwork of my working idea of reality. Scuba diving preachers proved too challenging for my mental acuity. Mind officially blown.

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  • Brutis
  • 2020-07-04

Great Potential but Then Terrible

The two best narrators in the business did this book so that part was perfect. The first half of this book was extremely good and the writer is a great storyteller. There were hints in the first half of the book about the direction the book may be going but I was hoping not. By two-thirds of the way through it was there. Not a new idea but still absurdity and it went downhill from there. If the writer would keep the first half of the book and turn it into a serial killer book it would be excellent, but as it is it's a disappointment.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-07-06

Consider me annoyed

Semi-Christian tripe born out of the author’s belief system that Christianity and its god are the only source that the reader must first hold as evidence of our reality.

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  • Ian
  • 2020-07-01

DEAR GOD! BUY THIS BOOK!

I am speechless. For a fictional sci fi novel to make the reader experience such a deep dive into their own beliefs is astounding. I love the dark stuff. Character development is amazing as always. Bray and Jeff together was such a good idea for this one. Biggest 3 in the audiobook game. Keep it coming. Robinson you are a God! Thank you for pouring out your soul so that others may feel theirs again.. Back to the infinite!

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  • Matt Brooks
  • 2020-07-02

Um...Wow, what, huh?

I don't normally write reviews, but this book was a trip. The two narrators threw me off for about one chapter til I understood. After that, I thought it worked out really well.

The story? I don't even know where to start. Twist on top of twist on top of twist. Like some of Jeremy's other books, at the end I'm left feeling both satisfied and yearning for the story to continue. I'm a software engineer, and some of the technical bits caught me completely off guard. Some of them even had me chuckling.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I had a hard time shutting it off to get some sleep last night and do some work today. There's some "edge of your seat" action, but it's more of a mind f*** than anything. If you liked Infinite, I think you'll like this. I can't wait to see what kind of story he comes up with next.

I also think that this will be another repeat listen for me. Several of his other books I've already listened to multiple times. Speaking of which, I may have to queue up The Others for the 3rd or 4th time. Then maybe Infinite, yet again.

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  • Luedtke Family
  • 2020-07-26

Not for non-theists

I have read a few of Jeremy Robinson’s books before this and they are generally great. As an Atheist I don’t mind stories that have biblical undertones, this book however has a lot of intelligent design and creationism arguments that are hard for me to listen too like that DNA is analogous to a code /programming language

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  • Alex
  • 2020-06-30

Mind. Blown.

Another amazing ride with the master of the mind melt. A genius Serial Killer is obsessed with proving we’re living a lie and he’s experimenting on people to make his point. This work touches on simulation theory, religion, god and our place in the universe by asking some tough questions and making everyone question their own beliefs. Having the Dream Team of RC Bray and Jeffrey Kafer is amazing #Brayfer

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  • keller
  • 2020-07-03

RAD! Excellent story. Excellent performances!

Wow. That was top notch. Finished listening in two days. A page burner for sure! Do yourself a favor and get this one!

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  • jaime
  • 2020-07-10

Absolutely thought provoking!

I was provided this review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This book is absolutely thought provoking! It makes you wonder if your life is really what you thought it is!

Keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time. Just when you think you might have things figured out, it takes another turn. Such a thrilling, well written book.

Narration is excellent! Wonderful flow and emotion throughout. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys action, sci fi, mystery. Another awesome book from Jeremy Robinson!

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