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Publisher's Summary

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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Thought provoking

Very interesting, but also fast paced and entertaining! Very modern theme. I find myself wondering if I’m a real person or just an NPC! 😎

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Decent

Bray was excellent, as always. I did however struggle on many occasions to hear what Jeffrey Kafer was saying. Whispered pieces were impossible to hear (given, I mostly listen in my car, but even turning the volume way up it was still difficult to hear what was being said)

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fucking awesome!

absolutely love it, it was like the matrix meets Constantine. wonderful listen. my thanks to all involved. can't wait to till 2023 to hear it all come together 🍻

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Surprisingly philosophical, while action packed

The story is very unique. The performance is spot on. The book really makes you think. It also never leaves you feeling bored. Loved it.

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If you don't enjoy this book you might be an NPC

Highly recommended. great voice acting in my opinion. presents hard ideas in a exciting and immersive story with gritty characters.

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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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  • Animated Puppets
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Mike
  • 2020-09-11

takes a long time, then throws it all away

MAJOR SPOILERS
After 9 hours of struggling toward their goal and dodging the big bad trying to kill them, the main character suddenly sides with the bad guy- Betraying his partner and hiding the truth from humanity. Because it's the Christian thing to do or something? Idk, it really comes out of nowhere. I told a Christian friend about it and they said it sounds worse than one of those Christian B movies.

Beyond that, you spend 4 hours waiting for the main characters to meet, then 5 hours wondering why the all powerful creator trying to kill them is so hilariously bad at his job. There's no mystery in what they're going to find, "... that reality is simulated, and that 'God' is a coder with a grudge." The book cover tells you. It's just a long, long wait.
One star off the narration too because when the "bad guy narrator" is speaking, you can't tell the two guys apart.
Also all the NPC stuff is pointless. I get that the programmer had a breakdown from running over a kid, but his "5 levels of NPC" obsession is never explained. In the end it turns out there are no NPCs, so... Thanks for hours of smug rants about it I guess?


In context, the whole story's kind of moot anyway. Not just because the priest undid everything, either. Soon the brain implant tech will be widespread, recording millions of people's last moments and letting them all hack the matrix, once more becoming gods. If "the alpha and omega" couldn't stop a fat nerd with a shotgun, he can't stop millions of scientists determined to make the world a better place.
Thank God that traitorous priest didn't actually set us back much.

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