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Nomad Soul

(The Illusionist #1)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  397 ratings  ·  40 reviews
If you had to choose between your life and your dreams, would you ever wake up?

Alan Campbell thought he’d gotten his dream job working on a revolutionary VRMMORPG with Osmark Technologies, until the project was canceled. He has one weekend to dive into an untested world full of intrigue, violence, and corruption to prove that Viridian Gate Online works, but the AIs runni
Paperback, 422 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by Independently published (first published February 12th 2019)
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Brad Theado
I was really really disappointed by this book. I love the others in the series but these written by other authors are terrible. Hard to follow, confusing in places, the constant shifting back in time without transitions. Confusing shifts in POV.
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If You Only Read One LitRPG Book, This Should Be It

The writing is smooth and top notch for this genre of book. Well edited.

Does a good job of capturing something of the essence of the dichotomy between dispassionate business decisions and passionate artistic creation in a gaming company. The business guys are always in charge, of course.

The harsh realities of fantasy technology such as nannites magically provide an alternative immersive reality are explored much better than any other book of th
Steven Bergstrom
I've never read D.J. Bodden's work before. In fact, I picked this book up because it's another addition to the Viridian Gate Online universe, and the chosen class at the center of the story interested me. That said, it did not disappoint in the slightest. The style of writing was *just* different enough from the main story with Grim Jack so that it felt like a new character, but the book had the same kind of pacing, the same level of detail and immersion, and added so much new material to the ba ...more
This was my first introduction to this world. What can I say? I want more.

As a long time gamer and even longer time fantasy reader, this is my jam. I GET Alan. I'm a fixer at work myself. His choices make sense. And really want to know how his story ends.

Like I said: I want more.
Kevin Kempf
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nomad Soul is a great addition to the Viridian Gate Online world. This a book that you can totally read with absolutely no knowledge of VGO. You don’t have to read the six other books in the series to understand what this one is about. If you like this book as much as I did, do yourself a favor and read the whole series. You won’t be disappointed.
I was totally stoked about this story line. We get to see the re-introduction of Alan Campbell and learn more about his back story. This story predate
Caleb Courtney
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: litrpg
I'm a fan of VGO. But apparently only when it's written by the original author. This left something to be desired. ...more
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't delved much into LitRPG - too much dudebro language, knowing references, and the habit of making everything about Epic Battles for Mighty Prizes using the Legendary Flamberge of Destruction+3...

Just for clarity, this book does not do this. Sure, there's a knowing reference or two, maybe some language and lore that's geared more towards the gamer community, but as a part-time gamer I was able to keep up with what was going on without feeling alienated. As a newbie to the Viridian Gate O
Benjamin Espen
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What happens when the AIs you create to run the world’s first VR MMORPG are method actors who take their roles entirely too seriously? Alan Campbell, and perhaps the rest of the world, is about to find out.

LitRPG is a hot genre at present. Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One is probably the most successful book largely about videogames, and lots and lots of other authors are chasing that success. I find my enjoyment of such books tends to vary inversely with how much time the author spends trying to
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The characters are surprisingly progressive, the game world is great but the circumstance is questionable. Great book and if the original series wasn't audible exclusive I would have definitely started that one as well.

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Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in the series The Illusionist which is like a prequel series to Viridian Gate Online, and takes place way before. The premise of this novel is really original in that the Viridian project was being closed down indefinitely as gamers testing out the game where feeling ill and threatening to sue the company after their experience online. Osmark Technologies could not afford to let this happen, but for many Viridian was their dream, and they found it inconceivable that the ga ...more
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Beginning of the Nomad Soul Series and VGO Expanded Universe

This is truly a masterfully written story. I without a doubt recomend that everyone pick this story up and read it because you will not be disappointed.

Now a little mild spoilers.....

This story is from the view point of Alan, he worked for Osmark back before VGO was even a thing really. He makes his mark in the company by saving VGO.... To find out how he saves it your just gonna have to read the story yourself and find out.

The cha
Kay Smillie
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This prequel to the Viridian Gate Online series is very enjoyable.

Alan Campbell, one of the team working on VGO, is told that the game is being shut down for the foreseeable future. Determined to get the girl he fancies, and be great in the eyes of the Big Kahuna of the company, Campbell decides to get plugged into the game himself. However, not everything is completely straightforward. This - really - makes you think about the role of AIs in gaming. Find out more by reading it yourself, as I am
Clinton Stanturf
This book is so good I love the entire series and all of the side book but this one was just wow! Every character from gork to the main character they are all amazingly well-written and breathe life into the story. I also like the prequels perspective I was always interested in Robert Osmark and his team and this is just another amazing look into those amazing characters. The action is not a huge focal point in this book however when it's there it's extremely well-written. The narrator did an ab ...more
Rebecca C.
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rpg-d-d, fantasy
Very different from the other LitRPG books I've read. The virtual world in the book is not yet out to the public and is in fact about to be shut down. The pace is a little slower than your typical LitRPG novels but I truly enjoyed the character development and the idea that multiple AI's are like the gods of the NPC's. Also, the class the MC ends up getting and the way it was obtained is something that I haven't come across before. I am truly loving this and have already started the second book. ...more
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An Enticing Submersion

I was on the fence with this book as hiw could the VGO world come alive outside it but the clips we see of events leading up to VGO going live during the Far the destruction was exceedingly well thought out and executed.
Our main MC soon becomes an important part of the fabric as does the events which allow for tweaking of the Game as we getsbsubtle hints that fans will more than appreciate. This book carrys its own flavour but fits into the universe with ease.
Because of t
Ludwig Pummer
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another enthralling book in this universe

As one who has read the other VGO books, the backstory on the world, Osmark, and Sandra was welcome and enlightening. It was also quite a different experience reading through the experience of someone who didn’t have a min/max exploit plan for the world.
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bought as a result of a Facebook ad, and liking the sample chapter, this was a very engaging read. Clearly part of a ‘shared world’ series, I really enjoyed it.

Shades of Larry Niven’s ‘Dream Park’ trilogy, we follow the protagonist as he steps into a virtual reality MMORPG. And is unable to step out!
Trevor Sherman
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A prequel that you start not knowing anything about the people but it still had me interested from the beginning rather than confused trying to figure out who is who and whats going on. I admit I should have read the description for a heads up but I love the series so got it on the VGO name alone and was not disapointed
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Total Gold Mine

I wasn’t really interested in the VGO series and don’t know why or what I purchased with this book and started reading it out of boredom while waiting in a doctor’s office. This turned out to be a frigging gold mine. I love this book! Great characters and an awesome plot. I am off to get the rest of the series.
John G.
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great new story line

I really enjoyed watching the story develop. All and exploration of this new world was cool. I did not follow why or how Allan died at all. Figuring I Some how missed it I went back and re-read parts. Nope I didn't miss it, that part of the story just wasn't there. Good story
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
VGO is definitely one of my favorite litRPG series and I love this new, to me, adventure in The Illusionist. I am certainly looking forward to book 2 in this series because I can hardly wait to discover what happens next! I highly recommend it and all of the VGO books.

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Jeff Nason
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent addition to V.G.O.

This is more a prequel than a side story to the V.G.O. series. It was well written, with an intriguing storyline that captured me rapidly. Definitely recommended.
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I loved the prequel to Virginian Gate Online. It was wonderful seeing the people and company try and figure out how to deal with the problems I knew were coming down the pipe. Enjoy.
Jack Vinson
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: litrpg-2019
VGO history

What happened in the years before the game existed? How did some of the machinations reported in the main story start. This series answers some of these questions through the eyes of the first player in the game - before it was released.
Fate's Lady
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: litrpg
This was an enjoyable story that takes place almost as much outside the world as in, centering around the early development of Viridian Gate Online and the way consciousness upload is discovered. Lots of fun.
John DeBlanc
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Addition

DJ Bodden has arrived! Fantastic addition to the Viridian Gate series. Great backstory here on the early days of the universe.
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A surprising take on the origin of Viridian. What made it especially interesting was that the character really didn't opt for combat
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
good read don't know if I will keep up with it or not it all depends on book 2 I guess ...more
Chris Block
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Worth the time

If you've bought into the VGO series then 100% can't recommend this one enough. These side books add so m check flavor to already awesome world lore.
Apr 04, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, litrpg
I tried. I really did. This is the second side quest that I tried and the second one I couldn’t finish. Oh well - just bring on the main story.
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D.J. Bodden is a tech-startup COO who writes books because words are magic. He's an avid reader of science-fiction and fantasy, a gamer, a former pilot and coffee trader who's been to every continent but Antarctica. He's been woken up by gunfire, jumped out of helicopters, and climbed medium-sized hills in scorching weather; He likes to make people laugh for the wrong reasons; He tries to sell peo ...more

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