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Welcome to the Apocalypse - Pandora (Book One) by [Richardson, D L]
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The Apocalypse Games is a state of the art virtual game designed to entertain doomsday preppers, gamers, and cosplayers. But not everyone who enters is there to play the game the way the creators intended. Some players don't belong at all and some enter the game to escape reality.

Whatever the reason, over 100 people hook up to the mainframe computer with one goal: survive twenty-four hours of an apocalypse. Instead of game over at the end, they're plugged straight into a new game. Then another. It's clear to the players the computer has malfunctioned. What isn't clear is why.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3500 KB
  • Print Length: 334 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N01QFTQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #257,737 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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If you think this book is about gaming, think again. Yes, it's set in a big computer game gone wrong, but it's a comment about human nature, and how the worst of circumstances brings out the best and worst of people. DL Richardson is astute in pinning down those emotions and responses. I've read previous works from this author and while they're all good, this is the best so far.
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This is a full on ride into the depths of hell and back again.
I picked this up as a part of the Kindle Scout campaign, unfortunately it wasn’t selected, but I was lucky enough to score an ARC to give an honest review. I had been really interested in the couple of chapters that had been on KS, they had been interesting, given me a peek at the characters, and a rather interesting premise to this story.
The basic storyline is 3 friends go along to this new virtual reality gaming world, were you are plugged into ‘pods’ and hooked up to a simulator that gives you a very realistic simulation. You ‘see’, ‘feel’, ‘hear’ things within these pods through special sensors that you are attached to. You are basically hooked up to a life support machine within side this pod that can keep you going for 3 days feeding you fluids and nutrients and dealing with bodily waste for that time. Although after 3 days, your body would have started to atrophy.
The simulation though, is mind blowing, so utterly immersive and realistic that it costs $5000 for this short day long trial run to be the first to try it out and report back on how fantastic their new machines are.
So come in, select the Apocalypse of your choice to join in on, saddle up, and ‘Welcome to the Apocalypse….’
The players can choose from multiple different apocalypse scenarios, vampires, nuclear wasteland, zombies… The list goes on, but I won't spoil all the fun. There are some that push the boundaries of human decency, but I guess that is the point.
And that is where this story gets really interesting. The Author could have just made this a feast of apocalyptic killing, filling the book with every possible scenario that you can think of to give some readers the thrill of reading about all sorts of obscene blood and gore.
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Welcome to the apocalypse by D L Richardson is a sci-fi and fantasy and general fiction (adult) read.

Players, welcome to the apocalypse…”

Kelly Lawrence is a grieving widow. Jack Minnow is a website designer. Reis Anderson is the son of a senator. Each of these players has their own reasons for signing up to The Apocalypse Games, a state of the art virtual game designed to entertain doomsday preppers, gamers, and cosplayers.
Fantastic read with brilliant characters. I loved the story. Highly recommended. 5*. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book from netgalley.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good idea, but a little grating 4 December 2016
By RussellR - Published on Amazon.com
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The blurb gives away a lot of the plot, which I never think is a good idea. But I won't spoil any more of it for you.

The main thing that irritated me is that this is set in a virtual reality world, but one of the main characters is so anti-violence that she hates the thought of even killing vampires or zombies. I think this alone will make a lot of people stop reading this book as it's quite grating. It's not just the one character though. It's quite a strong theme through the book and it's quite grating; it's almost like the author has a personal issue with killing in a virtual reality world.

The execution of the story was alright, but I think it feel well below its potential., given the general idea of the story.

I'd give it a 3 or 3.5 star rating; it wasn't bad, and I'll likely get book two, but I really feel that it could have been so much better.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time. 22 November 2016
By Galileon - Published on Amazon.com
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I got a little over 10% into the story and quit. Out of three potential MCs, two guys and a gal, the author chose to use the gal as the MC, which would not have been bad in a VR game setting but, she's all depressed and still in mourning over the death of her spouse and to top it all is NOT a gamer! So the two guys, who are gamers, waste a lot of time trying to keep the chick safe. For me, this really took a lot of the fun out of the story, and I can't recommend it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This entire book was one deus ex machina after another and hinged upon throwing the characters through one "character changing" 9 December 2016
By Daniel Baker - Published on Amazon.com
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Complete trash. So much deus ex machina and suspension of belief, mixed with the endless monotony of bouncing aimlessly from one apocalypse to another all the while having the plot be pushed by the death of the main characters husband. Possibly one of the most regret able purchases I've made from kindle.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Science Fiction on Hyperdrive - A Five Star Action-Packed Adventure 30 March 2017
By Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
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Welcome to the Apocalypse is a fast-paced, sci-fi/fantasy adventure that pulls you in from the opening and refuses to let you out until the very last chapter with the author craftily leaving you only partially satisfied and craving more.
One hundred players enter a total immersion virtual reality game designed to award each player a realistic glimpse of not just one apocalyptic future, but many. From Vampires to Zombies, and from Bio-toxins to an alien invasion, DL Richardson has taken the apocalyptic sci-fi sub-genre to another level. A high-octane, energy charged one with some really neat twists.
The action is constant, the creativity laudable and the characters are thoroughly believable making this a very enjoyable read.
My only criticism, one that was washed away after a second reading, was based on a personal interest. As a writer and avid reader of Sci-Fi, I’m always looking for buried meanings, philosophical statements, subtle metaphors, and thoughtful warnings. Especially in this genre of fiction.
I didn’t find one the first time through but did on my second. To avoid dropping a spoiler here in my review, I’ll just include what I feel to be a very significant, well-written, extract.
“I thought the premise of the game was ‘kill or be killed’,” he said. “But it’s not. You can’t pick and choose which rules you obey and which ones you ignore. When it all goes to hell, the thing that gets you through the chaos is order.”
‘Welcome to the Apocalypse’ is an imaginative wild ride and I will definitely be looking forward to the next instalment in this series.

T. E. Mark
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different and realistic 27 April 2017
By Mistina - Published on Amazon.com
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The things others disliked about this book are what I enjoyed most. Its not just another carbon copy of every other book out there. The best part in my opinion was a realistic main character with real feelings. Nearly every book, movie and TV show gloss over grief and loss sometimes as if losing a lived one was less disturbing then breaking a treasured possession. Cry, sadness, move on. It isn't like that. And it annoys the heck out of me.
Aside from that I thought the book was well written and fun. Not full of typos and mistakes. Nor full of long winded descriptions of women's looks. Nor full of nearly useless women who whine, rage, nag and generally make the Apocalypse much more dangerous because they are less intelligent then your average ..boy.. Child. I'm not a raging feminist. I'm a housewife. But come on. Get real.
And that therefore is my recommendation. If you want a touch if reality with your Apocalyptic/Gamer fiction, give this one a try.