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The Kartoss Gambit PDF, ePub eBook A product of the latest technologies, Barliona is a virtual world brimming with fun and entertainment. The government has become the guarantor for the in-game currency, allowing its free circulation. As a result, the population floods Barliona in pursuit of easy money. It doesn't take long for the game developers to discover a source of free labor: real-world prison convict A product of the latest technologies, Barliona is a virtual world brimming with fun and entertainment. The government has become the guarantor for the in-game currency, allowing its free circulation. As a result, the population floods Barliona in pursuit of easy money. It doesn't take long for the game developers to discover a source of free labor: real-world prison convicts. While their bodies are locked in special auto-maintenance virtual capsules, the prisoners' minds are released into Barliona's vitual mines. Dmitry Mahan has been through it all. Sentenced to eight years hard labor, he now struggles with an unpopular class - the Shaman - and an equally unpopular profession of a Jeweler. His fight for survival becomes anything but virtual.

30 review for The Kartoss Gambit

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mike (the Paladin)

    I have started 2 series of books that based in a mmorpg world... This is in my humble opinion by far the better read. There are only 2 books out in this series but I intend to follow it and hope that sequels follow soon. Our hero building a life in a computer world as he "does his time" leads ue on an enjoyable as at least semi-plausible story. Mahan placed in the world as a convict miner has made a success of a very unpopular class and profession and his story continues. Highly recommended, enj I have started 2 series of books that based in a mmorpg world... This is in my humble opinion by far the better read. There are only 2 books out in this series but I intend to follow it and hope that sequels follow soon. Our hero building a life in a computer world as he "does his time" leads ue on an enjoyable as at least semi-plausible story. Mahan placed in the world as a convict miner has made a success of a very unpopular class and profession and his story continues. Highly recommended, enjoy.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Zurlo Enrico

    I didn't even finish it. I quite liked the first book; there was plenty of logic, the plot was moving smoothly and fast but not too fast and the MC was good but not exceptional. Everything went bad in this book. Here are some of the things which made me dislike the story: 1) Too many quests! I was at 30% of the book and there were a dozen quests active for the MC. He is just a lvl 20 player and because he is a criminal he also has the distrust of the NPCs and he is staying in a completely remote v I didn't even finish it. I quite liked the first book; there was plenty of logic, the plot was moving smoothly and fast but not too fast and the MC was good but not exceptional. Everything went bad in this book. Here are some of the things which made me dislike the story: 1) Too many quests! I was at 30% of the book and there were a dozen quests active for the MC. He is just a lvl 20 player and because he is a criminal he also has the distrust of the NPCs and he is staying in a completely remote village which in theory has basically no quests, but somehow he keeps getting new missions and even of a high quality. It is simply not believable......especially when he starts doing the quest for the 2 old ladies which seems the noobiest quest possible but somehow it turns out to be exactly what he needs for his class quest. 2) Too soon the MC is meeting with the important people. He has left the prison for just a couple weeks and he is already in contact with the most important and high lvl players and with the Emperor, even thought other people can spend their entire game life without getting near any of them. 3) All the Shaman thing about instincts etc. is too much supernatural to be appreciable. Every time the MC does something outside the normal range the author simply justify it by saying that his instincts kick in and resolve the problem. 4) All in all everything is happening too fast. I'm sorry, but I will have to drop this serie of books. It started well, but the author tried to put too much stuff in it and ended up exaggerating.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Steven Naylor

    Rating 4.0 stars I thought this was a very good book that built on the previous book, but at the same time changed a lot of the rules. Since Man is now in the game and not at the prison mine, there is no level limit to his character of 13. Also there are a lot more quests and ways to get experience. So while it took him forever to gain experience and levels in the mine, the rate he was able to gain experience in the main game was incredible. We also find out more about being a shaman. Part of t Rating 4.0 stars I thought this was a very good book that built on the previous book, but at the same time changed a lot of the rules. Since Man is now in the game and not at the prison mine, there is no level limit to his character of 13. Also there are a lot more quests and ways to get experience. So while it took him forever to gain experience and levels in the mine, the rate he was able to gain experience in the main game was incredible. We also find out more about being a shaman. Part of the story that I kind of liked that was much different from other LitRPG books is the inclusion of Man using his intuition. The Shamans all tell Man to trust his feelings and not to do what he thinks is the right thing to do, but what he feels as the right thing to do. Now, he is in a virtual reality world, so I don't know how a game could be programed to understand intuition. I can see how another reader might find this annoying, as it does not make a lot of sense. It makes me wonder if there is something else going on. Man finds himself at the center of a lot of change. Things that have never happened to anyone else before, seem to happen to him all the time. If I read all the books and find out there was nothing to this aspect of the story and it was just a coincidence, I might be a little annoyed. As it stands now though, I am just interested to see where it goes. Things like: how at his low level is he able create such epic items with his crafting? There is almost a spiritual aspect to the story (spiritual might not be the correct word: faith in self? belief in purpose? It is hard to describe, but I do like it). At the same time the character uses his intuition, he also uses his head. There are good explanations on his problem solving skills. There were sometimes he was kind of slow on the uptake when events were happening, but overall I really enjoyed his problem solving ability and his inner fight between his head and his heart. Very enjoyable story and I can't wait to listen to the next audiobook.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Enzo

    This is the second book on "The Way of the Shaman"series and it advances the story far faster then the introductory one did. Here we see Mahan use his instinct rather than just him looking at statistics and situations. He has fully embraced his characters Shaman abilities. After successfully leaving the mining correctional facility and rejoining the Barliona world, he has been sent for a stint in a little town out of the hustle and bustle of the world. But he seems to have found himself in inter This is the second book on "The Way of the Shaman"series and it advances the story far faster then the introductory one did. Here we see Mahan use his instinct rather than just him looking at statistics and situations. He has fully embraced his characters Shaman abilities. After successfully leaving the mining correctional facility and rejoining the Barliona world, he has been sent for a stint in a little town out of the hustle and bustle of the world. But he seems to have found himself in interesting times, for a smallish town. He thought it would be impossible for him to level up. But hardly does a moment pass that he does not find a new Quest of challenge posted for him. Mahan is involved in a lot of action and this book is chock full of constant action. You will be glued to the book up to the very end when you discover a complicated plan that Mahan has landed himself in. This is a super fun book and it really shows off LITRPG.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    Read it in one extended sitting, instead of doing basically anything else. Really like Mahanenko's take on "trapped in VR", already want the next in series!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lazybee

    Epic.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lenron

    Love the book, it was an amazing read. This series has me planning to follow it to the end.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Caleb Courtney

    Didn't enjoy this one as much. Probably won't be continuing the series. Really enjoyed book #1 though. I think the novelty of the main character's situation just wore off for me.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Michel Meijer

    The #2 in the Way of the Shaman series brought more depth to the story, while maintaining the MMORGP framework. I liked it, so it will get 4 stars from me (3.5 rounded up), but I think that rounding up mainly came because of my own WoW history. I am not sure if I will pick up the sequel.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    Hyped but something's changed. We'll see where this goes though.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Hamda

    Mahan's story continues as he now leaves the mines to.... a little back water village in the middle of nowhere... This book is even better then book 1, action and adventure filled till the last minute it'll keep you glued to the pages (or the recording in my case) as Mahan activates a chain quest causing a falling domino's effect that resounds throughout the entire MMO game world. It still suffers from the same problem as book 1 where it seems like Mahan is the only moving object in a world standi Mahan's story continues as he now leaves the mines to.... a little back water village in the middle of nowhere... This book is even better then book 1, action and adventure filled till the last minute it'll keep you glued to the pages (or the recording in my case) as Mahan activates a chain quest causing a falling domino's effect that resounds throughout the entire MMO game world. It still suffers from the same problem as book 1 where it seems like Mahan is the only moving object in a world standing still BUT because of how action filled it was it's felt less here. More characters enter the story and it got a bit confusing at times to remember who is what but just a bit. I like how things unfold from one event to the next due to the effects of his actions rather then being explained away or muguffined suddenly, that is some good writing, I even accept the "trust you instinct" bit, it makes sense for spirit summoner class and adds a level or randomness to it all. 9/10 from me and a heavy recommendation! A must read for Litrpg fans.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Meggie

    What is there to say than EPIC. I won't describe it more, because you have to listen to The Kartoss Gambit, to see how much does our MC have to deal with. Sure Mahan is only at the beginning, still strange things happen around him, and that's because he takes his time and play's the game the right way. What was to much for me is the technical game input, way to much information about everything.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ron Sturm

    Wow Talk about a great book, the plots and schemes from book one never lead me to believe what book2 produced. This time the author kept me up all night reading, a fantastic, riveting story! A must read for those who like magic and adventure!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Aaron Nagy

    Better than the last one, and the last part of the book was a wild ride and I'm looking forward to the next.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    This was a great addition to the series! Well worth the wait.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kavy

    Freaking Awesome!!!! This books grabs onto you and doesn't let go. The sun just rose where I am if you get my meaning.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Douglas Debner

    This is a hard book to rate. What is most noteworthy is that the first book in this series failed to tell a full story. Here, in book 2, a full story was told that was unnecessarily convoluted. The author is a good storyteller otherwise. I can't help but wonder how good of a book would have been produced if someone had told him to combine books 1 & 2 into something more straightforward. This was a good book but in book one a main character with supporting characters was established along with This is a hard book to rate. What is most noteworthy is that the first book in this series failed to tell a full story. Here, in book 2, a full story was told that was unnecessarily convoluted. The author is a good storyteller otherwise. I can't help but wonder how good of a book would have been produced if someone had told him to combine books 1 & 2 into something more straightforward. This was a good book but in book one a main character with supporting characters was established along with a story line about the MC heading off to work for a high government official. This book essentially throws all that away in the first two pages and tells what is essentially a side story about the MC only. I did give this book credit for providing a conclusion but even so the author did it in an unnecessarily weird way that I can only see as big a middle finger to the reader. The big battle is fought and the immediate fallout is determined and the book just ends. Essentially the author took what should have been the last 20 pages of this book and added them to that start of the next book in this series. I understand the author wants to sell books but ideally he/she would do that by writing good books and not pulling crap like that. Bottom line, this was a good story well told but the betrayal of the first book's setup (and the first book was noting but set up) was unnecessary a left a bad taste in my mouth. After all, the circumstances that separated the MC from the supporting characters were artificially created by the author and this likely would have been a better story if the author kept the original group together.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Reddir

    I just read this for the second time. It was a fun romp, though not quite great. It was fast paced, never boring. Game elements such as stats and levels were mentioned and even gained, but there was no real usage - it mostly felt like there were in there because it was expected, not because it actually mattered in any way. The side Quests were nicely brought in and played through. The main quest line was very nicely designed and made the whole book very satisfying. I'm still a bit stunned even after I just read this for the second time. It was a fun romp, though not quite great. It was fast paced, never boring. Game elements such as stats and levels were mentioned and even gained, but there was no real usage - it mostly felt like there were in there because it was expected, not because it actually mattered in any way. The side Quests were nicely brought in and played through. The main quest line was very nicely designed and made the whole book very satisfying. I'm still a bit stunned even after my second reading of the book. Actually, it might even elevate this book out of just LitRPG and into a real story, albeit in a game setting. I mean, it is not just interesting in the way it portrays a player or a game world - it holds interest on the level of world building and some metaphysical concepts. I'm eager and hoping that the author develops some of this further in the later books.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The story is quite nice actually, but the amount of legendary items, quests, boni and improvements he get's forced down his throat are ludicrous - even for a LitRPG. You're a lv21 noob and have a portal scroll? No problem take the command of the 500 man raid of lv300+ players. Oh you leveled like for 46 levels by this. Oh you helped some old NPCs carry some letters? Nice, here get some quests for a legendary dragon pet. You have a legendarya lv1 Dragon Pet that is extremly hard to train? Oh no p The story is quite nice actually, but the amount of legendary items, quests, boni and improvements he get's forced down his throat are ludicrous - even for a LitRPG. You're a lv21 noob and have a portal scroll? No problem take the command of the 500 man raid of lv300+ players. Oh you leveled like for 46 levels by this. Oh you helped some old NPCs carry some letters? Nice, here get some quests for a legendary dragon pet. You have a legendarya lv1 Dragon Pet that is extremly hard to train? Oh no problem, let it play with a NPC to instantly level it to lv36. Oh you can't speak with the goblins you try to lure into a trap by crossdressing? No problem, just take these languages others grind half a year in a library for free. Seriously, this is way to much for a extremly low leveled player. If it would have been toned down a bit, I would have given it something around four stars I guess, but not like this. Where the first book was too slow, this one progressed him way too fast.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Trevor Sherman

    A lot of potential but it never quite made it. The plot is good but I don't know if it was the translation or just the original writing style but half of the first few books seemed to be written for 10 year olds and then you get a plot line that felt normal then back to the 10 year old again. I stuck with it though and finished the series. The YA writing style got better around book 3 but then soon the plot started to get all confused. The final major plot point was pretty ridiculous and ended l A lot of potential but it never quite made it. The plot is good but I don't know if it was the translation or just the original writing style but half of the first few books seemed to be written for 10 year olds and then you get a plot line that felt normal then back to the 10 year old again. I stuck with it though and finished the series. The YA writing style got better around book 3 but then soon the plot started to get all confused. The final major plot point was pretty ridiculous and ended lowering my opinion that had been slowly rising over books 5 and 6 . Overall I give the series 3 stars. I would recommend the series higher for ages in the low to mid teens. But for more advanced readers I would say pick up Alterworld or The Land.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Malcolm

    rare epic or legendary.... stupidly lucky and totally unrealistic of any video game ever made. To many times the MC's of these types of stories get stupidly powerful or lucky right away. I assume it's to keep the interest of the reader but personally it would be much more entertaining if he really was like everyone else and had to work for it instead of getting everything handed to him by the system that is suppose to be a punishment. Out of billions of players since it's made clear that this is rare epic or legendary.... stupidly lucky and totally unrealistic of any video game ever made. To many times the MC's of these types of stories get stupidly powerful or lucky right away. I assume it's to keep the interest of the reader but personally it would be much more entertaining if he really was like everyone else and had to work for it instead of getting everything handed to him by the system that is suppose to be a punishment. Out of billions of players since it's made clear that this is basically the only game how would one random prisoner get so lucky and why would they allow it when it is suppose to be a prison sentence.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Chappy

    Not as good as book one but that is because I have gotten use to the book concept and writing style, we are thrust into the world and can see far more of Barleona. With more quests, a tonne of npcs and fellow players to interact with, makes for a very different experience to what we got use to in the mines. We pretty much go from a secluded location to major battlefields in one short book so do enjoy. Draco was the highlight of this book for me, but there was still enough action, adventure, come Not as good as book one but that is because I have gotten use to the book concept and writing style, we are thrust into the world and can see far more of Barleona. With more quests, a tonne of npcs and fellow players to interact with, makes for a very different experience to what we got use to in the mines. We pretty much go from a secluded location to major battlefields in one short book so do enjoy. Draco was the highlight of this book for me, but there was still enough action, adventure, comedy and intrigue to have me hooked. What a delight this series is, LITRPG may be a relatively small genre but ive had so much fun with it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Christine Gilbert

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This one seemed more forced- a little too much technical and the plot a tad exaggerated. The character himself seemed a tad bossy/pompous etc., but it was kinda out of his control. The ending was almost like an entire do over button had been hit but I'm still interested in the Legendary aspects, and the good vs evil argument that the author is promoting so I'll try the third book and see where it leads me.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    A good story continues If you're looking for perfect spelling and grammar then you should look elsewhere because this book, and series, is fraught with errors. But if you are seeking out a good story, then this is definitely the place to come. The story of our imprisoned MC continues as he tries to advance himself within the confines of his prison sentence. But he ends up with so much more than he bargained for.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I am at a loss as to why I'm enjoying this series so much. The story is literally listening to someone else play a VR version of something quite like WoW. I'm listening to it on audible and the narrator is OK but his voices are a bit commical they are so bad. And yet, I'm really looking forward to the next one so something is being done right!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kyi Night

    The Russian authors i've read so far seem to have a great grasp on how to write litrpg. They develop believable stories yet with different takes and still keep the feeling of power that most fans of rpgs love. While the character is often overpowers by others he able to use wit and senses to achieve something.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Haris Jablan

    Oh LitRPG you guilty pleasure of mine. I usually love reading them and hate at the same time ('cause it's a relatively young genre and most books suck) but this one was a refreshing one. I recommend this if you read LitRPG stories but if not then you should really avoid it, it will seem weird to you. I gave it 4 stars 'cause well... gamer's love.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kristy Maitz

    The second book of "The Way of the Shaman" was without a word phenomenally good. The progress main character Mahan has to go thru or overcome is huge. The story plot is full and so intense reader just can not stop. Author "Vasily Mahanenko" wrote more then great work. If someone would offer me such a game to play in real life I would take the opportunity right away.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Magila

    While I rarely find a follow in a series to be as good as the original, this one did not leave too much space between it and the first installment. Additional character development, world building, and plenty of plot expansion. Again, the audio was great and well worth the listen. Recommended.

  30. 5 out of 5

    James

    3.5 stars. Translation needs some work as I really feel it lets this series down. Good story line progression, if consistently a little ridiculous. General note here that this really doesn't seem like an effective prison...

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