• Gilded Ghost

  • The Ripple System, Book 3
  • By: Kyle Kirrin
  • Narrated by: Travis Baldree
  • Length: 21 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (2,223 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The race to claim the Worldbranch Throne has begun.

Now the site of EBO’s first completed Red Cathedral, the Onyx Delta has become the center of the virtual world, and the entire player base is descending on Ned’s city to try their hand at the fearsome new raid and reap the game-changing rewards within.

At the same time, a powerful, menacing guild is running roughshod over the western continents, razing every city in their wake and winning Frank’s obnoxiously loud approval from afar. But Ned knows that it’s only a matter of time before their forces sail east to the delta and attempt to burn down everything he’s built.

There will be blood...again, but more this time.

There will also be substantially more cats.

©2022 Kyle Kirrin (P)2022 Portal Books

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Get Franked!!!

Amazing continuation of the story. Glad to see things don’t always work out but also love to see a plan come together. Also enjoy that Frank gets to Frank more!!!

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Let me be Frank

This is an amazing continuation of the Ripple system. The interactions between Frank and Ned are entertaining, as always, but the progress of Houses’ personality had me rolling with laughter. Ned’s emotional progress continues as he builds tighter bonds with the guild.
The book does a great job of keeping pace and mixing between entertaining narrative, plot enhancement, and large party raids. I would certainly recommend this series.

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Perfect start for a road trip

Nailed it again Kyle. Travis is outstanding once again! Currently 10 hours in and found myself upset my 3 state drive is over. Will finish it on my way home.

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What timing!

This book came out as I am listening to the ending of book 2. What glorious timing. I will be back to update my review, after I get more cats.

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It's just so damn good!!!

I just finished book 3 and I couldn't be more pleased with it. Just such a good ride all round.

House is literally the greatest thing that has ever happened in this genre. She is a global treasure and must be protected at all costs. almost every single scene with her results in laughter. just absolutely brilliant. what a full blown delight she is, and that ending 'chefs kiss' there are no rules!!!!!

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Another fun one

Another good book in the series. This one keeps me coming back for more, can't wait to start the next one

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Why say heading is optional but then require it?

this book is a masterpiece. if you haven't read the series. trust me when I say you should!

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AMAZING!!!

Binged it in a few days, it's soolo good. Great narration but Baldree and an awesome addition to the Ripple System series and love all the character and story development!!! Can't wait for the next one!

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Continued Quality

Another impressive book/performance, and so soon after the last iteration in the series as well! Here's to hoping for many more books in The Ripple System series in the future!

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They get better!

I’ve been Franked again! What an amazing story each book gets better and better idk how it’s possible but it is! Amazing work keep them coming!

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  • Bananaman92
  • 08-13-22

Time to gat Franked!

yes yes yes!

Feels like I've been waiting absolutely ages for this book! Well, it was definitely worth the wait!

The interactions between Frank and Ned are just as good as they were the last two books and the overall story is just as interesting as before, if not more.

Cannot wait for the next installment.

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  • Chris
  • 10-01-22

Absolutely Amazing!

I really wasn't sure if this book would beat out the previous, but wow was I wrong. So much gets done in such a small time frame and I loved every second.

The writing and narration were fantastic as usual, so thanks a lot for the effort.

Throughly recommend and I can't wait for what's to come.

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  • HUGH SHARKEY
  • 09-21-22

If you always drink beer...

The third instalment of the series has landed and it was pretty much the same as book 1 and 2. It's fast paced with enjoyable dialogue, progresses the plot and is really just more of the same. If you drink beer every day you might get a bit sick of it after a while but not me I really enjoy beer and I can't wait for my next pint!

From memory, I think these are dropping at one a year which is a bit pedestrian compared to some authors but is probably average I suppose overall. My beer analogy stands but i wouldn't be too disappointed if he moves things along a bit quicker in book 4, enjoyable as book 3 was it didn't fell like things had moved on massively but still very entertaining.

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  • Dalton
  • 09-20-22

Series grows with every book

I love the ripple system and this latest book in the series, it gets better and better with each book and I can’t wait for the next ! Love all the characters and everything about it, house and frank are amazing ! Just everything from start to finish, the narrator brings alive and nails it !

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  • Annabel Hill
  • 09-10-22

Can’t get enough

Another fantastic book that builds upon the ripple system and has plenty of satisfying progression along with well thought out twists to keep things interesting. Looking forward to another spicy instalment soon!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-06-22

These books just keep getting better!

Great book, listened on audible and can't wait for the next in the series. Definitely a must for. Any litrpg or fantasy fan.

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  • TelecomGuru
  • 09-01-22

Great ending

Wasn't sure I'd be able to finish this one. Gut wrenching let down given how eagerly I awaited its release. The book has the elements of brilliance yet failed to deliver them in any compelling way, emotionally or intellectually for most of it, especially the middle to end. Depressing in places. However, the ending saves it.

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  • Mr P A Beale
  • 08-28-22

Ker Blam

It's another great addition to the series, entertaining and addictive. One note, if it has been a little time since Book 2 make sure you're up to speed as the story starts immediately and doesn't give you a catch up.

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  • Kevin G
  • 08-27-22

5/5 As always!

Travis brings the book alive with an amazing performance. The ripple system is an excelent series with good funny characters and has a decent development speed. Loved it all the way through.

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  • Jamie
  • 08-26-22

Another fantastic title for the ripple system

Fantastic story and great progression. A perfect addition to the ripple system series. I can't wait for the next book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-19-22

I cannot get invested

I don't know what it is about this series, but I find it so hard to get invested in the characters, the overarching plot, and most especially the way too many action scenes (that are all far too long).

The vast majority of the time when they're in combat, I can't even remember why they're currently fighting or who the enemy is. I think it's the impersonal nature of the "VR" game setting that makes it hard to care and invest myself. If they're off in some "rift" or dungeon... so what? Aside from their own loot games or unlocking further quests, it's like... just a big pyramid of meaninglessness. Especially with a in-game death mechanic that doesn't seem to matter really. The only real potential consequence is if the main character loses his annoying axe Frank in a way that can't be scooped up by a teammate. But that hasn't happened (...though with how annoyingly repetitive Frank's schtick is, I wouldn't mind if he disappeared for a book or two).

I managed to wake up a little more when their home city is under threat or the "big bad" streamer guy from the earlier books in the series is lurking around their territory (not because he's a good antagonist. but because the stakes are more consequential).

Other LitRPG series manage to both get my heart pumping and bring a tear to my eye... but this one, nothing.

What interests me the most is:
- the evolution of "House" (...though, that said... she's apparently the world's most advanced AI, yet Frank seems honestly more capable in every way. So I don't see why the VR game's CEO cares so much about seeing her technology). "House" is perhaps the one character where the author actually shows in his writing ability that he can be genuinely humorous.

Actually, that's about it. And if it wasn't for Travis Baldree's excellent voice work, I doubt I'd have cared about or enaged with her even either.

Okay... so if I dig and think harder, maybe I found the way the way that previously-scary "GOON" guild (that was razing cities and sounded like the next big bad) turned out when we actually got to meet them was refreshing. Points for the way that was written differently, I suppose.

But the threads I might have cared about from earlier books (...e.g. the unknown implications of the introduction of some of House's super-advanced, one-of-a-kink AI technology into the way this VR game world is itself operated) have seemed to have been dropped. And now it's just... more levels, more stats, bigger weapons... but I can't find myself caring about them because he hasn't made me care about the implications of winning/losing battles enough.

So why did I read Book 3? Because I couldn't find anything else to read sadly. I won't be picking up Book 4 (...unless the reviews for it are people complaining about the lack of Frank (fingers crossed!) and other big shifts in the story. then maybe I might)

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  • Janine M Buist
  • 09-05-22

Laughed so much I had a stich and sore cheeks

great series can't wait for the next one. The interplay between Ned , House and Frank is so good. Extremely slow burn on Ned and Frank's Bromance is great. Highly recommend