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Codename: Freedom, Book 1
Written by: Apollos Thorne
Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins

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Publisher's Summary

War is coming!

The government has accelerated their super soldier program. Their new Virtual Reality system is the perfect tool to train soldiers for the coming war. There is a shortage of enlisted men and women that possess the "talent". Everyone from athletes to professional gamers must be sorted and vetted. Humanity is on the line.

Lucius is one of those lucky few selected to participate in Codename: Freedom, a new game that promises to push Virtual Reality to the ultimate level. Unknown to him, the Game Developers have no time to waste. With the pain dampeners turned off and an army ready to attack the new players as they enter Codename: Freedom, he will have to ask himself an unexpected question. Is his dream worth suffering for? Will he quit, go mad, or find the motivation to fight when it becomes painfully clear that this is far from just another game?

©2017 Apollos Thorne (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 23-01-18

Great LitRPG Book

I loved the book. I found the unique game mechanics the writer used for the world interesting and I want to see where he goes with them. The characters have more depth than a lot of hack and slash LitRPG books our there. The protagonist had a nice realistic feel with him not being some overpowered player that would always just get what he wants. I eagerly await the next book.

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  • David
  • 14-03-18

This is one of my favorite LITRPG novels now.

Took a chance and I rolled a 20. I didn't expect this one to be good but I was diffidently entertained from beginning to end. The struggles of an aspiring gaming saleb adds an interesting twist to the plot. Just give it a shot if you are into the genre you won't be sorry.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-01-18

wow

I love the lit rpg genre but I was thinking I was getting too familiar with it's tropes and couldn't be surprised... this book showed me the genre still has a few in it for me. This new twist as far as connecting the real bodies of the players to their avatar adds a sense of danger not always there in a genre where main characters can die then just come back. I listened to this in one sitting and loved every minute of it. That can't be said with many other books. Five stars without hesitation and am looking forward to book two.

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  • Austin
  • 29-10-18

Combat Heavy

Things I do not like: The way the voice actor shouts, the hormonal nature of the main protagonist, and how Victoria always seems to be clinging to the MC all the time. Most pauses in between sentences are out of place. The narrator probably does it for dramatic effect but without the proper emotion and leading required it sounds uncomfortable and unnatural, taking away from the book.

Things I like : Character progression, intense combat, and the show of growth in character and motivations over time. There is a great show or how the MC's motivations and fears grow and battle one another leading to a believable and proper show of character progression.

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  • Jacob Goodrich
  • 21-01-18

As stellar as I imagined

Exactly how I heard and pictured it in my mind as I read the book. McLeod Andrews did a stellar job bringing the book to life and making everyone believeable. As I was listening to it I could feel myself swinging the sword, I could feel the thump of me feet on the ground. This has quickly become one of my top 5 audiobooks.

I will highly recommend this to anyone looking for a thrillseeking, heart pounding adventure.

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  • Vincent P Short
  • 13-05-19

Great start!

I really enjoyed the whole experience. I was a bit afraid it would go down the path of having bad people do bad things cause there bad. But it doesn't after the first major battle all worries were put at ease.

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  • Humility
  • 11-11-18

I have nothing negative to say

I liked it and cannot think of a single bad thing go say about the book. So I recommend it as an engrossing listen. The gravity given to pain is a bit wierd. Most books dont give actual death the same weight and gravity that this book gives transient physical pain. But then again torture is often treated as a crime well above execution. So it makes logical sense. It just feels really wierd. Pain is usually treated as a complete non issue if there is no associated long term injury. So its wierd and different.

#LITRPG #NearFuture #Gritty #Weird #SoftScifi #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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  • Anthony R Giannette
  • 26-10-18

Big Brother is watching again

a new game is launching. Once you enter, the rules come to you as you go. Primarily physics based gaming and very earth world like abilities. No magic. However I do feel the future books will show something of magic like affects possibly through psionics. good story through out. Battles descriptions or less than high detail but still captivating as the reader wonders in attempts to imagine this particular rules set of game mechanics.
gamers are aware that changes from some baseline game must be made when writing it all. This is due to wonderful copyrights protecting other peoples works.
This story is another example of how a writer has taken experience from online MMO‘s and applied it as a secret military experiment.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 21-10-18

Great premise

Very nice. Really descriptive so you can actually see the characters and their actions. I highly recommend this.

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  • Evo2062
  • 16-10-18

Good book.

I saw negative reviews on this book complaining about there being to many “feelings” being discussed or that the MC was weak for having a hard time getting over his fears but they could not have been further from the truth. Yes the MC had some fears to conquer but damn he went from being just a gamer to pretty much a full on warrior feeling every single scratch and bump. All in all a great first book keep them coming.

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  • Morris
  • 05-08-18

best lit rpg out here!

Book is unlike the vast majority of litrpgs the MC isn't over powered and the story isn't the standard 1 person vs world. It contains a great balance of fighting, stats and humour. The best book in the genre! Bring on book 2!

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  • Bradley
  • 03-10-18

It could of been better

It's really good I spots, and it could of been better it was like the write tried to wreck the story

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