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Karna was just like any other comic book fan. He dreamed of fighting alongside colourful heroes and taking down dastardly villains.

In Titan Online, the most popular VR MMORPG going, he finally got the chance to live out his cape-donning fantasies.  

That is, right up until he was killed by the game’s number one ‘hero’. A man who serves only himself in a constant grind for money, fame and adoration. Forced to start from scratch due the harsh game mechanics, Karna finds a new mission: bringing balance back to Titan Online.   

With a strange new power and some unlikely allies, Karna hatches a plan to save the game and get a bit of revenge in the process.  

When the heroes can’t be trusted, it’s up to the villains to save the (virtual) world.

©2019 Steven Kelliher (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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  • 2tymes
  • 30-08-19

I was tricked

You ever start a book, like the concept, well written. Then you get half way through it and realize absolutely nothings happened. That you’ve spent 6 hours listening to the MC complain that someone is too popular/powerful. But you’ve invested too much time to not see what happens. So you start to skip, and skip. And each time it’s still him complaining. Then you just say f it and stop listening w/ 3 hours left. That’s this book.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-09-19

A bit too whiny.

Alot of complaining, eye rolling, and heavy sighs. that sums up the main character. nothing is good enough for him, and he always focuses on the negative about everything.

Quest givers?? complaining paranoia. Awesome rare new class?? sighs, complaints, and eye rolling. the keystone point of a hardcore mode super hero game is permadeath?? whinging. It goes on and on.

The point of the main guy here is to point out everything that's wrong with the game world, and complain about it at all times.

He is also somehow surprised at how effective teamwork is in a mmorpg...

Nobody likes whiners. Nobody. likes. whiners.

The narrator captures the entitled and whiny voice perfectly, so props there.

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  • Justin
  • 02-09-19

Slow start

slow start. Nice world building and mc isn't open witch is nice. Narration was done well.

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  • William
  • 01-09-19

Wow!...needs movie

I would LOVE to see a movie made with a following tv sequel series...maybe "The Titan Chronicles"...better then anything DC has pumped out and could out do many Marvels films out there

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  • ARmeen63
  • 30-08-19

Great

I think that you have a lot of potential in this book to work with. So keep up the good work and I hope you do more with this story.

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  • Anon
  • 02-09-19

really isn’t that good

it’s not that the writer is poor it’s just that it isnot interesting ... its dry long winded and no character growth... author tried to turn villains intoantiheros and heros in to villains and wanted to use game logic to do it which means you don’t have an ai you have a decision tree ... but this is supposed to be top class ai and i don’t even know just poorly done ... it had possibly of being good but just comes up short chapter after chapter

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  • Aaron Man
  • 28-02-21

No stakes.

As most of the reviews say, he just whines and whines. Cool robot butler? Not impressed. Awesome lair? Not good enough. Subtle yet dangerously overpowered abilities? Worthless. Massive advantage over every other player and their weaknesses? Still needs more. Nothing is good enough for him.

My biggest issue, though, is that there are really no stakes involved. Outside the game, life goes on as usual, he doesn't lose anything if a character dies, he even states multiple times that if this new character fails then he'll just make another one and try again tomorrow at no cost to himself. He's a petty guy, throwing a tantrum over a video game and we're supposed to cheer him on as he complains and whines his way chapter to chapter for absolutely no reason. Ready Player One at least takes place in a dystopian world where your value in game directly affects your life outside it and the MC is trying to outrace a dangerous company in the game and real life. This has none of that. It's just a guy who got his feelings hurt, found out life isn't fair, and repeatedly throws a fit until he gets his way and then still throws a fit.

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  • Micah
  • 07-11-20

Misleading publishers summary

Couple of hours in and im really disappointed. The summary made it sound like the MC had actual powers good enough to write a book about. His crap power ensures that the action will be extra boring. ugh. "Super Powers" my butt. Author made it vague about WHAT his powers were on purpose. Im sure one of his friends put it nicely. Ill retract this when I finish it if it somehow doesn't go bad.

Edit: I've now finished the book. My original critique is still valid but I changed my overall score. It did get better. But the power he has really is crap. When he sort of gets something going it gets taken. This critique is full on Subjective. (as are all such things). You may love his power. Its basically the ability to influence people to a very high degree. Only NPCs though. So if that sounds like a cool power to you then you'll love it. It is written well enough and the narrator is really good. This is a good book that should have a high score but I just hate his ability so it's no fun for me. MEMEMEME right? lol. enjoy. or not. I dont care.

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  • Trekguy
  • 27-10-20

Not a bad book

Pretty good for a Lit RPG Just felt a little rushed. I didn't like that such a low lv char was able to complete so much

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  • XtremeFantasy
  • 12-10-20

Amazing Superhero novel with subpar Narrator

I read this long before the audiobook and was already greatly impressed by the novel as you can see from 5 star for story. I was engaged from beginning to end. the problem is that the narrator doesn't give a great performance. For me it is usually me disliking the story and giving the narrator a pass for doing the best they can with the material. This is the other way around where the narrator subdues a great novel. I cannot wait for book two and the continued adventures of Despot, Godkiller.

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  • Queen of Swords
  • 09-02-20

Good

I enjoyed this story. Technically LitRPG but it feels more like a superhero story most of the time outside of a game. I'll listen to the sequel if one is released. This is an interesting take on what is ultimately a pet class.

The writing is smooth and easy to listen to.

Unlike far too many LitRPGs this book delivers a complete story. No stupid cliffhanger endings. A goal is set. There's a climax and resolution along with a bit of seeding to suggest that the story can continue in future novels.

The narrator has a good voice, but I have to subtract a star due to the sound editing. A few times he repeats the same words or sentences 1-3 times like he's doing multiple takes, and forgot to delete the segments he'd already recorded.

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  • bradley
  • 13-09-19

the boys!!

Really good, didn't know if i was going to be into the hole super power thing in place on the classic litrpg but I am now.

it kinda reminds me of the tv series the boys.