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It’s way more than just a game! PerfectQuestion is back! Running and gunning his way across an incredible civilization-building game set on Mars. But this time he’s working as a hired online ringer for a corrupt dictatorship and trying to keep from getting “disappeared” in a reckless world of intrigue, epic parties, luxurious meals, fast sports cars, and women who are as It’s way more than just a game! PerfectQuestion is back! Running and gunning his way across an incredible civilization-building game set on Mars. But this time he’s working as a hired online ringer for a corrupt dictatorship and trying to keep from getting “disappeared” in a reckless world of intrigue, epic parties, luxurious meals, fast sports cars, and women who are as dangerous as they are beautiful. Five million in gold says he can do it and put the next Sultan on the throne by leading a rag-tag clan of gaming jihadis to victory, but revolution and revolt are afoot. The long knives are out in Calistan for the hero of Soda Pop Soldier and anyone else who gets in a murderous prince’s way.


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It’s way more than just a game! PerfectQuestion is back! Running and gunning his way across an incredible civilization-building game set on Mars. But this time he’s working as a hired online ringer for a corrupt dictatorship and trying to keep from getting “disappeared” in a reckless world of intrigue, epic parties, luxurious meals, fast sports cars, and women who are as It’s way more than just a game! PerfectQuestion is back! Running and gunning his way across an incredible civilization-building game set on Mars. But this time he’s working as a hired online ringer for a corrupt dictatorship and trying to keep from getting “disappeared” in a reckless world of intrigue, epic parties, luxurious meals, fast sports cars, and women who are as dangerous as they are beautiful. Five million in gold says he can do it and put the next Sultan on the throne by leading a rag-tag clan of gaming jihadis to victory, but revolution and revolt are afoot. The long knives are out in Calistan for the hero of Soda Pop Soldier and anyone else who gets in a murderous prince’s way.

30 review for Pop Kult Warlord

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jason Stacy

    Awesome! This was an absolute blast to read: I really enjoyed this.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alyson Spence

    You want to read this book Nick Cole is great. His stories are proactive and fun to read. I do recommend reading Soda Pop Soldier Book 1 first before taking on this one.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dustin Sprick

    Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride Excellent setup and our PerfectQuestion is at it again. This one had more twists than sodapopsoldier. This one was definitely a bit more visceral and dirty more moral choices. I will get the next one without doubt. Great second addition to the series. Love the references to the 80's and our current culture. I hope Nick gets to keep written these in his free time.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Christopher

    Wowza Cole did it again. He takes a "non-serious" premise and spins it fantastically into an adventureous romp that is both exciting and addictive. Gamers should positively love Cole's two novels in this world. Everyone else will find a great page turner that you won't want to put down. This novel is another example why I immediately buy everything this author offers.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Andy Riedel

    Awesome! A n absolute barnstormer of a sequel! Good Points, the great two level story that is enrwined, brilliant writing that keeps you engrossed and the return of the colonial marines! Hoorah Bad points ........ none that i can think of!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ron Lynn

    A fantastic sequel to Soda Pop Soldier! I loved every page of this fast paced ride. The references, comments, and one-liners had me smirking and laughing out loud.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Joey Calvey

    Amazing. Even better than the first. A great story and PQ is a great character. Chilling warning about our near future. You must read this series.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Espen

    I may be weird, but I found the opening chapter of Pop Kult Warlord riveting. I think I might actually watch the SuperBowl of videogames, if it existed as described. John Saxon, by now known only by his online alias PerfectQuestion, is competing in the world championship of online videogames in Havana. The game in question, WarWorld, is the ideal combination of FPS and MMO. You can LARP as a Colonial Marine in game, only communicating in scraps of dialogue from Aliens, or you can go pro like PQ I may be weird, but I found the opening chapter of Pop Kult Warlord riveting. I think I might actually watch the SuperBowl of videogames, if it existed as described. John Saxon, by now known only by his online alias PerfectQuestion, is competing in the world championship of online videogames in Havana. The game in question, WarWorld, is the ideal combination of FPS and MMO. You can LARP as a Colonial Marine in game, only communicating in scraps of dialogue from Aliens, or you can go pro like PQ did, and focus entirely on being better at putting digital bullets into digital heads than the other guy or girl in exchange for corporate sponsorship, fame, and fortune. PerfectQuestion is a top-tier competitor, and he is in demand as a digital mercenary. In a world where e-sports pulls in billions in ad revenue, the world’s most popular and recognizable player can write his own ticket. Unfortunately for him, he is starting to feel like he is too old to be playing videogames all night, and longing for a simpler, more fulfilling life. I’ve played a lot of videogames in my day, so I know what he means. I like videogames a lot, and I write about that frequently on my blog, but I would never trade videogames for my career and my family. The hours I’ve invested in gaming have tapered quite a bit over the years, in a natural progression of family involvement. John Saxon, alias PerfectQuestion, is on the outside looking in, and starting to wonder if the grass isn’t really greener in suburbia. Unfortunately for him, fate has other plans. When his agent shows up with a truly sweet offer, PQ lacks any of the mundane grounding of a wife, kids, or a mortgage to effectively question whether a deal that is too-good-to-be-true really is. So he finds himself on a plane to Calistan, the Islamic Protectorate of Orange County. Once there, PQ quickly finds himself in over his head, and hilarity ensues. Like some of my other favorite authors living [Tim Powers] and dead [Jerry Pournelle], Cole uses his favorite places in Southern California to add verisimilitude to Pop Kult Warlord. Even after the Meltdown, the rogue-AI apocalypse from the prequel CTRL ALT Revolt!, the denizens of Orange County remain much as they are now, a mishmash of different cultures jammed into some of the nicest real estate in America. When he isn’t doing the bidding of Rashid, the Sultan’s son, PQ gets to see both the beauty and the squalor of Calistan. He can enjoy the gulls and the waves off of Rashid’s private island, drive fancy sports cars, tour slums and barrios, witness summary executions, you know, the usual. He even gets to fall for a doe-eyed Mexican beauty, who may or may not be involved with the Aztec Liberation Front [or is that Liberation Front of Azteca?] The Sultan has long suppressed Catholicism in his domain, but I was rather pleased to see that when PQ does finally meet up with an underground priest, he is in fact a faithful Catholic. Even in extremis, he counsels the Mexican terrorists to repent and follow the Gospel [which doesn’t rule out armed resurrection per se]. All of the intrigue and duplicity PerfectQuestion has found himself embroiled in comes to a head, and then to a fairly satisfying conclusion. I’m trying hard to avoid spoilers, since this book really is hot off the presses, but for the most part, those who live by the sword, die by the sword. In a grand sense, justice is done, but the price is often severe. Some bear that price more than others. Finally, I should comment on the book’s structure. This is the third book I have read in as many weeks that employs a parallel structure to tell a more complicated story than a simple narrative would allow. I don’t know whether that is a mere coincidence, or just the hot stuff for authors right now, but in this case I felt like it worked out fairly well. I wasn’t surprised when I saw how it all fit together in the end, and I liked how it tied into the last volume in the series, while pointing ahead to possible future works. PerfectQuestion isn’t getting a white picket fence anytime soon, but I look forward to his next adventure.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jeffery Harper

    Decent book, but too political and terrible ending Overall it was a decent book. I do feel the story got away from what made the first book so great tho. This one felt too political. It just seemed that certain political messages and xenophobia were too big a part of the story. The story didn't really need all that. In addition, the ending was so abrupt and rushed. The whole book kinda sculpted this whole plan and in the last few chapters it just goes left. The epilogue was so disappointing. Feel Decent book, but too political and terrible ending Overall it was a decent book. I do feel the story got away from what made the first book so great tho. This one felt too political. It just seemed that certain political messages and xenophobia were too big a part of the story. The story didn't really need all that. In addition, the ending was so abrupt and rushed. The whole book kinda sculpted this whole plan and in the last few chapters it just goes left. The epilogue was so disappointing. Feels like it was made with no real thought.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Trainor

    Excellent sequel to SODA POP SOLDIER PerfectQuestion is back, hot off a huge victory and hired by an obscenely wealthy Calistani prince to be his online warlord...but what are these fantastic dreams he's having, and what do they mean?

  11. 4 out of 5

    David

  12. 5 out of 5

    Collin

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

  14. 4 out of 5

    Michael Goff

  15. 5 out of 5

    Davis W. Edwards

  16. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Sticklorat

  17. 4 out of 5

    Seth

  18. 4 out of 5

    Richard

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Clements

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jesse

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

  22. 5 out of 5

    Shawn

  23. 5 out of 5

    Emil

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jon

  25. 5 out of 5

    Steve Parks

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alhazred

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rupe

  28. 4 out of 5

    Marion Buehring

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Wykes

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mean Mr. Mustard

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