- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2233.0 KB
- Print Length: 239 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Shadowstone Books (12 Mar. 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01C622N0O
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #299,593 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Exciting throughout and with a good ending which opens up the possibilities of a follow on book. Recommended.
Hank has done badly at school, so he can forget college and will have to take some (no doubt dead end), job as soon as possible to pay his way.
Unknown to his father (at first), Hank has taken part in a virtual online battle game, Mission Unlimited, which he has even taken part in creating. His avatar, Sergeant Kilgore isn't too successful in overcoming major obstacles and combat on his own and ends the first mission bleeding and without water or a medikit/painkillers to save himself. He loses all his game credits and is returned to basic training - a total loser!
Downstairs Mervin isn't paying attention to what he's doing and scalds himself with hot water while making a cup of tea.
In a blurring of fantasy and reality, Mervin imagines reliving his last [real-life], mission as if it were a VR game. When Hank starts playing his next game after 're-training' and gets badly wounded he's shocked when another, [unnamed/unknown] soldier enters and saves him by means of a fantastic range of weapons, no less than 5 'super' medkits and a very expensive prototype body-armour that's impervious to all weapons used against its wearer - all the things Hank would love to have, but could never afford.
Who is the mystery soldier? Why does he need to ask Hank's real name? What secret weapon does he show Hank? Can they escape the Nanobot attack? How does the mission end?
This book is a masterpiece of portrayal of how virtual reality is sometimes better than the 'real' life it replaces, as long as you know the 'cheatc0de' and how to use it at the right time to get the result you want. At the same time it's a warning that virtual reality is just that - virtual and not the real thing and that one should not let it take over your actual life! Definitely a thought-provoking read - I loved it!
This was as addictive as any computer game and I totally ignored all chores slated for today until i had reached the final page.
Action packed, fast-paced enthralling storyline, but it was the characters' journey that was so good to read.
This author is quite ingenious at world creation, developing an absorbing fast-paced story, but it's the vivid characters' presence that really shines through.
I'm off to read his other series, The Darkeningstone now. Maybe I better finish (er, start) my chores first, won't be able to lift my nose out of the books.
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Hank is obsessed with an immersive virtual reality game. Most people play it, but he's one of the best. He always plays solo, until now. A played offers him a fortune in exchange for pushing past the boundaries of the game.
This was a fun interesting novel, and I really enjoyed Mikey Camping's writing. The different characters were engaging, and the twists throughout the story really caught me of guard which was brilliant. I do think that I didn't appreciate it as much as a gamer would, but it was a good read all the same.
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