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Going Rogue (Spells, Swords, & Stealth) (Volume 3) Paperback – October 19, 2016
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Drew Hayes graduated from Texas Tech with a degree in English. He is the author of many books, including NPCs and The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant. Drew lives in Texas. Visit him at drewhayesnovels.com.
Roger Wayne hails from small-town Minnesota. He served in the Air Force as a broadcast journalist in South Korea before obtaining his BA in communications and journalism. Roger has recorded for video games, animation, and commercials, and he loves making books come to life. You can see what he's up to at rogerwayne.com. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Top customer reviews
If you have ever played dnd or some form of role-playing table top game, this novel is for you.
This book, like the last two, has another module being played out by players and NPC's at the same time. However there is a time crunch and multiple quests being taken off the field by what players or npc's do.
Any more would be ruining the story. I did not even flip to the back to read the last few pages halfway through cause I was never bored.
Due yourself a favor and read this book! Can not wait for the fourth one. I would pre-order it now if I could. Good job Mr. Hayes! Thank you very much! Now to re-read books one and two!
Meanwhile in the real world, Game Master Russell tracks down the limited edition third module of Spells, Swords and Stealth. Convinced that the first two modules rewrote themselves as the games progressed, he and his gaming group can't wait to tear into this new adventure, particularly when they read of the central questing hub of Camnarael and the abundance of jobs that they can explore.
Drew Hayes does a fantastic job of tying his game world and real world together, having his NPCs move around the city at the same time as the avatars of his gamers. One group takes a quest and the second group is upset because that quest is unavailable. The two groups pass each other in the street and almost recognize a design on a shield.
Hayes is clearly both an avid gamer and a talented writer. He takes the D&D experience and twists it around, showing the lives and back stories of minor, extraneous characters every gamer has encountered while making the actual players themselves secondary to the story. We follow the clerks who hand out quests to a lunchroom and listen to their gossip, but we never even find out the last names of the players who are rolling the D20s affecting the world. It's a genius move that makes the story fresh.
He ties the game world and the real world together so well that his villains, the callous gamers that roleplay with bloodlust and darkness, are truly reprehensible
This series is based on a world that any gamer would be comfortable in. Imaging a Dungeons and Dragons type world where at least some of the characters become aware that 'they are not alone', and assume the role of adventurers - which is usually filled by ones from our world. This is the third in the series and while not necessary to read the other two, I recommend that you do so, as much because the characters grow and the back story is intersting, and would be missed if you did not start from the beginning. You will still be able to follow it - so if you have already bought it , consider buying the other two and reading those first!
Consider what ou would do if your town was visited by people who seemed intent on questing for gold and adventure. They seem to care little or nothing for damage they cause - although there are exceptions. Would you resent them? Welcome them? Resent them?
I like Hayes writing so much I eventually read this series - as I am not a gamer this was the last series he has that I read. But I enjoy it - and have convinced others to read his stories - and yes, they have enjoyed it as well. I am not going to go into what the story is about - the blurb does that. But rest assured you will like his writing. Unless you like tedious melodrama, or the infuritaingly happy stories you read when you are 5.