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Publisher's Summary

Do you like…kobolds?

Do you like…necromancers? 

Do you like…pineapple on pizza? 

Well, if you answered yes to the first two questions, then this is the book for you. If you answered yes to the third, well…my mother taught me not to say mean things to people…even if they do deserve it! 

Money, as they say, is the root of all evil. Not having money, that is. When budget cuts at the high school where JT teaches threaten his mortgage, he’s forced to seek an alternative source of income. 

Using the latest VR technology that lets the body rest while the mind is at play, our digital entrepreneur dives into the latest VR MMO game Argos Online with a potentially exploitative character build no one saw coming: the Kobold Necromancer.

He’s got all of spring break to see if he can grind the system for all it’s worth…or end up spring broke in search of a new place to live with his wife and young son. 

YES: Stats, cursing, kobolds, slice of life

NO: Harem, explicit, pineapple on pizza

©2021 J. Arthur Klein (P)2022 Royal Guard Publishing LLC

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Fun LitRPG

So many books take themselves way to seriously. This isn't one of them. It starts serious but the constant jokes and world building draw you in. No world ending doom or unending personal drama. This book is just fun gaming. Really hoping he has more books like this.

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Strong start, and then gets tied up at some very boring monotony

Title and description gives you the feeling that his character combination of something special. The boring leveling process and steamy mayor having his minions beat everything up is like listening to somebody describe themselves playing a game. There’s no world building to it no character development through it no understanding of what makes him special just him playing a game. I finished it in hopes that it would get better, it didn’t. I really hate to see such a strong start and idea just fizzle.

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The Ad Brought Me Here

Yes meme prince. I too like pineapple on pizza, kobolds, and necromancers. This was an entertaining story. I enjoyed it.

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An excellent escape

This is such a fun story!! There is a lot of character and world building, but it is seamless and organic. There are a lot of really interesting and unique mechanics that I have yet to come across. This is the kind of book that allows you to escape into a simple and fun world without the heaviness of universe-altering plots and conspiracies. I am desperate for more content and a continuation of this series. The audio production was a bit shaky at the start but got its stride later through the book. That doesn’t detract from the immense talent of the narrators btw. Please give this book a shot, you won’t regret it!!!

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Kobols Be Crazy

Absolutely loved this book and am heartbroken that it’s a single book. Pray that he writes a follow up in the future!

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Good book but narrator could be better

I loved the story. I normally give 5 stars unless there is something I just really don’t like. The two “narrators” did well. When it came to the guy was narrating, it was great but when he was “voice acting” for the MC, much of the time, he used the wrong emotion for what was being said in context. Otherwise, it was a good listen.

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need more. :)

Great everything story, would love to have more!!! Great balance of characters, and not heavy on stats. just right!

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a gold farmer you want to read about

who says kobolds can't kick some butt. this story was a fun story of an underdog who needs to raise some funds when he lost his job. it was fresh and exciting. not too much crunch and enjoyment all around

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not my thing

I did appreciate a book staring a Kobold but I got annoyed with the character and his constant pop culture references. if you enjoy it I'm glad and I do hope that the author can find a fan base.

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Great Book!

I enjoyed the way the MC was developed. The story was engaging and kept me listening.

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  • Audible Fan
  • 03-28-22

A really enjoyable listen

This was a very interesting audiobook due to choice of character. The world created was well done and what motivates the main character is easy to understand. I liked how he went about things.

The combat was well done. The skills different from the usual which I appreciated.

The people encountered were nice for the most part and things were kept fun. There was humour too.

The pace of the story was just right.

The narrator did a great job. The reading pace was perfect.

I really hope there is another book. The author and narrator have my thanks.

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  • A. Williams
  • 02-21-22

Nothing Happens

First off let me flag I gave up about four hours from the end of the book, well, nothing happened in the first eleven and a half hours and my irritation with the story finally got to me and assumed there would be little else happening except him magically achieving his goal. No spoilers below beyond anything you discover in the opening chapters.

At the start the hero explains how he has studied the game and knows how to make money from it using an unusual character build. That character has a major negative racial trait in sunshine sensitivity that is acknowledged and then ignored as he unerringly fights above ground in daylight. Shortly after discovering that we realise the hero could not have researched anything as initially it seems mining is to be the gold farming focus but he doesn’t know how that works, no idea where the resource nodes are located and at what level he would need to be to safely gather higher level resources. Next we discover that he doesn’t know what the death penalty is even though it is so onerous it would never be implemented in an MMO today.

The book is then just the story of him slowly levelling up and discovering new crafting skills that he has obviously never researched. There is no antagonist, there is no peril, there are few other players and certainly nobody else competing with him which given he is a self confessed gold farmer I found odd.

On a positive note the book is very gentle with a pleasant if dumb hero and does give good descriptions of the battles that unfortunately are pretty much tank and spank. I found this a nice book to listen to last thing at night where nothing would happen to prevent you drifting off and where you miss little if you did.

That said, about four hours before the end where once more our protagonist finds both a major profession in MMOs that he is clueless about and also an item that his research told him exists for every race but he didn’t know it would include his race…what flipping research, the guy is clueless. This is when the book finally elicited a feeling of absolute frustration with this idiot such that I stopped listening.

If only the book hadn’t presented our hero as a knowledgable gold farmer I would have really wanted to see how it turned out.

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  • Alial1
  • 01-31-22

All round great book

Picked this up as I liked the abstract and was delighted by the story, use of a little used race with more unusual profession.
Only regret it is a stand alone book, some of the characters deserve more of a story.

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  • Taylor
  • 01-21-22

Fun but mature VR adventure book

I really enjoyed this book. The humour was spot on and it was always entertaining with no real lulls in pace. I liked how the MC was an older person and he motivation for joining the game was purely financial to supplement his income so he could support his family. The MC was clever and was mature in his approach to the game and used logic in his decision making. He did a fair bit of research before picking his race and profession and planned how to maximise his in game reward via gathering and crafting which would then be converted to real world money. This started off mainly solo adventuring but this likeable MC eventually gains friends and goes on group adventure to gain loot and levels.

I liked the game world and mechanics. The skills and items were well thought out and lead to some good combination in their interactions.

The narrator did a great job adding to the humour and gave distinct voice to multiple characters

I know this is a stand alone book but I’m hoping it is successful enough to revisit this series and produce a sequel.

[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-02-22

A fantastic story

Loved this book, fast paced story that I really enjoyed narrator made it a joy to listen to also.

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  • Dhruv
  • 12-24-21

good

a good book. struggled a bit in the beginning but it picked up pretty well. look forward to listen more.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-30-22

loved it

finally a lit RPG where the main character isn't stuck in the gaming world

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  • 01-08-22

awesome story

seriously dude hurry up.and write more as soo as possible. easy to read and listen to while.at work made.life good.