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Viridian Gate Online: Imperial Legion

The Viridian Gate Archives, Book 4
Lu par : Armen Taylor
Série : The Viridian Gate Archives, Volume 4
Durée : 10 h et 55 min

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December, 2042

The Imperial Legion marches, and war looms on the horizon....

Jack Mitchel and his misfit crew of rebels never wanted a fight with the Empire, but the time for diplomacy has passed. 

Ruthless tech genius Robert Osmark is coming, and trailing behind him is a vast army determined to wipe the Crimson Alliance from the face of Eldgard. Impossibly, Jack has united the warring Murk Elf clans under his banner, but even with their aid, the Alliance is still badly outnumbered, and Osmark has some nasty tricks up his sleeves.

And while the long-awaited battle unfolds, an ancient evil stirs in the heart of Viridian Gate Online - one that will change the game forever.

©2017 James Hunter and Shadow Alley Press Inc. (P)2018 James Hunter and Shadow Alley Press Inc.

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  • Quinton
  • 14/03/2018

Where are we?

I'm definitely losing interest in this story. Giant two handed swords with glowing runes. 'Steampunk' garb and tools. All I see is world of Warcraft and I can't pretend it isn't.

Perhaps it's my disappointment in the visuals that caused me to notice the writing was frustrating as well. Simile after simile after simile. My eyes began to roll wondering how many times the author must have typed "like a".

*spoiler*
Finally, the course of the characters seemed forced to me. Why did it have to be the spider queen that brought Jack to the dungeon? Why didn't Jack warn the dungeon boss that he just befriended that there's a major raid going on and to watch his back? Why was Jack so gung- ho to face the emperor (like a newb idiot) but didn't take the few seconds required to pound him like a tent stake when he had the chance?

I can only give the book a 3/5 mostly due to the previous story line that brought us here.

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 23/04/2018

Grim Jack is back and you're gonna be in trouble

We return for the FOURTH installment of an amazing series. Can I start by saying we need more Cutter? Love the guy. Any way, we pick up just a bit further down the road than where we had left off, but that's fine. We had an impending army of Doom approaching and I really didn't want to read half the book talking about how they were going to get there and what was gong to happen. Hunter knows how to pen a story.

Grim Jack and his team are back (Cutter rules), and my only complaint is that I'd like to see Abbey doing more. I know this is Jack's story, but Abs needs to do something to prove she deserves to be co-captain of this squad. Something really serious, just look at everything Jack has managed to do almost entirely on his own.

Anyway we get some new characters and a new looming threat to add to the dangers they now face. Love the Gravemonger! We also get a face off with Jack and Ozmark, too! I can't spoil it for you.

Anyway, we get a great bunch of action,that leads into a new threat that could literally spell the end for our heroes. VGO is an amazing series that just keeps getting better and better. One thing I like is that just when you think you know where it is going it veers off that path and starts driving through thick brush and briars. I've said a lot about Taylor's narration in other reviews, so just know that he is doing a great job, and I think he is growing right along with Grim Jack. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.


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  • Peter Pakalnis
  • 15/06/2018

Took a hard downturn

While I enjoy the ongoing story in concept, and I enjoy all the characters except the MC, he ruins the entire story.

He constantly leaps from one insane reaction to a situation to another, and he just flat does stupid things while justifying it in his own mind like he's some kind of genius.

Spoilers

The most insane example of this is, spoilers, when the MC manages to get the big boss finally at his mercy. Hundred or two feet fall, in a world that establishes that even a moderately bad impact can paralyze you, concuss you, or snap your spine, without killing you. "Oh good!" you would say, walking over to the COMPLETELY INCAPACITATED ENEMY WARLORD and kill him. He's stupidly strong, but eh, what's a dozen or two hammer hits to the head.

What's that? You're going to "remember the battle is bigger then just him" and leave him? Let him recover? IN A WORLD WITH HEALING POTIONS?! IN A WORLD WHERE LEVELS MATTER AND HES THE TOP?!

Ok, fine. What's the worst that could happen?
Oh, he's got a magically hidden army of mecha and tinkers, and in the span of like... thirty minutes recover, assemble the murder legion, and somehow destroy not one, but two separate forces! Without any confirmed reports, including from your mind bound minions until the literal last moment.

I'm mad. I liked this series and stuff like the main character acting not just dumb, but actively working against himself because "reasons" truly irks me. Why not tell the guy who made this world about the literal gam changing weapon you found? Maybe you have bigger fish to fry?! Or not, because it's both a horrifying evil awful oh god the world is ending situation, and also you can't be bothered to care about it at all or warn literally anyone of authority in or out of your faction. UHG

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  • Josh Noneya
  • 08/02/2019

Huge plot holes and lazy story development

Great narration – poor story.

The premise is good, but the writing is way too formulaic. Plot holes – ugh, plot holes and lazy writing for days!

So the main character is supposed to be an experienced gamer, but is constantly making mistakes that would make even a casual gamer cringe.

He is presented as this genius smart guy, and all of his friends and associates are impressed with his ideas, strategy, and wit. He makes ridiculous far fetched plans and decisions that always work out, but when faced with simple problems with glaring answers are presented to him, he ALWAYS (as in every single time) makes the obviously bad choice and has to be bailed out by his friends or “barely scrape through.”

Let's talk about his outlook/attitude: he flips between arrogantly cocky, a beacon of virtue, even keeled, constantly second guessing himself, and full of self doubt. Instead of choosing a character mentality (smart guy, cocksure asshole, Mr. Virtue, emo kid, etc.) the author tried to do it all, and it leaves you with a bi-polar, sometimes schizophrenic who is frequently high on coffee and sugar. Be ready for some whiplash.

Is there a serious/semi-serious fight happening? Things start off well – take a turn for the worst – and right at that point where things are going to go terribly wrong or maybe somehow work out – this is when the main character decides to ponder the meaning of life – or the price of beans – or what his favorite color is or should be (you know – to build suspense) – then he makes the right choice and hooray it somehow works out. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

It is very frustrating because the premise is great, and the overarching story isn't bad either. It is the details that ruin this series.

Does it get better later on in the series?

No.

It doesn't.

The author uses the same old formulas and patterns over and over. Which is a shame because with just a little bit of rewriting this could be one of the best series in the genera. It really had that much potential, but I'm 5 books in and it is just the same pattern repeating endlessly.

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  • leah levy
  • 31/10/2018

Too battle-centric

The book seemed to have far more straight up combat, which actually made it a bit boring compared to the previous in the series. Taylor has a very fun plot line and story concept, but he does better at allusions to combat than actual fight scenes. Plot > action.

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  • Jason
  • 06/12/2019

a fun read!

if it has 5 stars then its because its a great book!
only thing is when ur main character yells out, the narrator shouldn't whisper the scream! lol

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27/11/2019

captivating down to the soul

it fires your imagination to levels you never thought you would reach again after growing up. the mind and realism aspects are flawlessly balanced and well executed.

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  • John
  • 22/11/2019

Disappointed With Contrast in Actions

Okay so the main character is an idiot. Maybe he is a genius at the occupation of being an idiot. His actions are mostly in direct contrast to everything he learns during the last three books. How many times must you learn to use your brain not your brawn. He is taught the lesson over and over, painfully. But does not learn.
The antagonist is basically a God whom created the world the protagonist now lives in. He strait up tells you my normal clothes was gear with the most OP’d items in existence, and that he could destroy you at anytime.
He then meets you in his camp and pummels you with even more OP armor and gadgets then you act surprised about it. If I created a game, that I would play I would obviously create the most over powered gear, weapons and stats for myself first.
By the end of the book I was rooting for the bad guy to kill him just so it could be over. One less idiot in the new world.

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  • Frank A. Snyder MD
  • 26/07/2019

Possibly the best book in the series to date.

He was a bit dramatic on the narration but overall the story was excellent and intriguing. I think this may have been the best book in the series so far. Anxious to see what book 5 is like. Recommend you give it a read.

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  • mtc
  • 15/07/2019

Great plot, One dimensional characters

I like this series. The plot is really good and well thought out. The biggest problem is the one dimensional characters. Socially awkward, sometime cringeworthy main character, the book leaves you wishing the main character would die and be replaced by a more developed person. It may be good to kill off all of the main characters and bring in new, more fleshed out, not so awkward protagonists. Again, this is a good series, the characters are just... annoying.