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The Feedback Loop: (Book One) (Sci-Fi LitRPG Series) by [Cooper, Harmon]
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'The book is hard to express unless you have read it. Its equal parts futuristic and equals parts dramatic. The ordeal is like entering the movie world of TRON with a touch of the TV series Quantum Leap... Intelligent, imaginative.' -- classicbookreading.com
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'Entertaining And Totally Engrossing' -- Amazon UK Reader
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'As the rule states: the name of the game is maim... I enjoyed the ease of read and the story kept me going until the very end.' -- Liquid Frost, Amazon top 500 reviewer
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'A mad, insane totally awesome sci-fi story... With sharp writing and an edgy, fast-paced plot, it's easy to get lost in the game yourself. The extensive and graphic world building with The Loop should especially impress gamers for the authentic feel it gives. '  -- Amazon top 500 reviewer
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'Groundhog day, set in a video game/virtual world... Fast-paced and action-filled.' -- Amazon US Reader
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'I believe that the mark of a truly talented writer is their ability to leave you wanting the story to not end or impatiently await the next one. Harmon definitely has that ability and has now proved it in multiple genres.' -- Amazon US reader

From the Author

LitRPG is a new science fiction genre that merges science fiction, fantasy and online gaming. Add some cyberpunk and humor, and you have The Feedback Loop Series.  

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  • File Size: 4869 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Boycott Books (July 30, 2015)
  • Publication Date: July 30, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00XMY06KA
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By Kitty Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 29, 2015
Format: Paperback
The closest I can come to describing Harmon Cooper's "The Feedback Loop" is the bastard lovechild of Groundhog Day and eXistenZ. Quantum Hughes is stuck in a gaming loop courtesy of a software glitch. Every morning at precisely 8:05 he is visited by a character he refers to as Morning Assassin, and if he survives that he'll soon witness a crow fly past the window over his bed. A dark cloud, a drop down menu to select his daily warddrobe from, hallway lights that flicker three times. The same thing every day. At this point he's not even sure if he's still alive on the outside, or if he's merely an imprint of consciousness.

The Loop is a virtual entertainment dreamworld of infinite violence and Quantum was the top hunter on the day it began to repeat. Because of that everyone in the game is out to get him now so when he receives a message from someone calling herself Frances Euphoria he's convinced it's just a group of randomly generated NPCs out to get him. She turns out to be real after all, but her arrival heralds a disturbing shift in the game. Suddenly the game isn't the only place he's likely to die.

It's a mad, insane story and one that is impossible to set aside. Though not nearly as violent or off the wall as "Live is a Beautiful Thing" the writing style is unmistakably Cooper. With sharp writing and an edgy, fast paced plot, it's easy to get lost in the game yourself. The extensive and graphic world building with The Loop should especially impress gamers for the authentic feel it gives. I also appreciate that it ends strong and stands on its own just fine, but still paves the way for the sequel. I was sent an ARC in exchange for a fair, honest review, and am looking forward to getting my hands on the sequel.
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Harmon Cooper's trilogy on virtual gaming begins here (although there is a 4th book out also by the time of this review).

Note: I received an advance reader copy from the author in exchange for a review.

The concept for the storyline is farfetched, but the play inside the game is believable. The setting is similar to that of Sin City (Fred Miller comic series), and has the slang lingo from the 50's and 60's ratcheted up to a high degree. Characters are rather one-dimensional at the beginning, but continue to expose their more complicated layers as the story moves along at a repetitive but steady pace.

A nice walk through gritty virtual reality, with enough descriptive detail to keep it very entertaining. Kept my interest steadily increasing until the conclusion, with an unexpected conclusion. Toss in a few adult themes and you have Cooper at his best here, leading you into his next series (Life is a Beautiful Thing) without you even knowing it.
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I really enjoyed this book. A little bit Groundhog Day, a pinch of Lawnmower Man, and a sprinkle of The Matrix. The dialogue between Quantum and the NPCs (non playable characters) is funny and lighthearted amongst an onslaught of bloody violence. Oh and about the violence, some reviewers complained about it and I just want to point out that Quantum is stuck in a game like GTA, where points are gained by killing as many people as possible. To say it's unnecessary and doesn't add to the story couldn't be more wrong. It is the life that Quantum is stuck repeating over and over again. They are not real people, just game characters that he must deal with just to hopefully make it through the day. This book ended well enough that I would have been satisfied, but I will probably still read book two.
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"Loop" is a good, quick read, the kind of thing you might take to the beach or on vacation. Cooper's characters are well-drawn and believable, even though they mostly exist in the virtual world of Cyber Noir, an RPG game where Quantum Hughes is trapped because of a coding glitch that has prevented him from logging out for years.

Hughes ("call me Quantum") has to find the logout point before real-world (and in-game) mercenaries find where he is being cared for (or capture him) and kill (or enslave) him.

For me, the high point, which drew a belly laugh, is when Quantum hires six non-player characters to help him, and the leader suddenly launches into Henry V's St. Crispin's Day speech from Shakespeare. The NPC even waits for Quantum to deliver the appropriate line in response.

Loop's plot leads into Book 2, "Steampunk is Dead," which I will definitely read.
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Format: Kindle Edition
"The Feedback Loop" is the first in a Sci-Fi series by author Harmon Cooper.
This Kindle e-book was approximately 190 printed pages and sold for $0.99 at time of writing this review.

Please Note: I was provided with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

General Theme (minor spoilers)

Quantum Hughes is a video gamer... a good one. And the one he's been playing lately, Cyber Noir, has just about everything he could ask of a game. A decent plot, many NPCs to interact with, some cyber-sex, a variety of weapons, and killing... lots and lots of killing. By all standards, Quantum's definition of THE perfect game.
The problem is, that somehow he's gotten trapped inside the game and can't get out. He's been stuck in an endless loop of the same repetitious scenarios for years... all the while looking for his savior, that elusive 'log-out' button. And then one day, something different occurs...

Some thoughts on "The Feedback Loop"...

1.) well written and edited... there was the occasion typo, but then this was an ARC.

2.) a different yet intriguing, over the top plot.

3.) lot and lot of action... gruesome and gory in its description, and coming at you with a seemingly endless and fresh ways to die... but somehow perfectly balanced and in keeping with the crux of the story being told.

4.a) our hero, Quantum Hughes... really a great character that has many personality quirks and unusual traits. I guess living inside a video game might do that to you.
4.b) in addition to Quantum, there are a few other characters that play various parts in his trapped existence.

5.) cover art...
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