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Jessica Daniels will forever be known as the daughter of the man who invented Reanimation technology. Yet despite Reanimation’s successful application in military and civilian life, she finds herself a social pariah, scorned by its benefactors as well as its detractors.One summer, she and a close group of like-minded computer gaming and hacking friends decide to break intoJessica Daniels will forever be known as the daughter of the man who invented Reanimation technology. Yet despite Reanimation’s successful application in military and civilian life, she finds herself a social pariah, scorned by its benefactors as well as its detractors.One summer, she and a close group of like-minded computer gaming and hacking friends decide to break into Long Island’s GAMELAND, a decade-old virtual reality wasteland populated with the reanimated souls of a twelve-year-old outbreak. There, the undead have been conscripted as real avatars in a survivalist role-playing game for the rich and privileged. It is forbidden to go there, but the group figures they’ll be safe. Where they intend to go is outside the walls of the actual arcade.But while they find breaking in is easy, getting back out is a killer.“Deep Into the Game” is the first book in the epic cyberpunk post-apocalyptic thriller series that juices the zombie genre with a wicked new cybernetic twist. The undead with their neural implants aren’t killers, but rather slaves, soldiers, and game pieces for our use and entertainment. At least, that is until they aren’t....

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deep into the game Reviews

  • Katie Jennings
    2019-05-29 14:00

    I think I still have chills! Saul Tanpepper’s Gameland: Deep Into the Game is one wild, intense ride. I have never read a book about zombies before, and so I jumped into this one with only movie zombies in my mind. Let me tell you, my opinion about zombies is forever changed! The way Saul described the monsters is so haunting, I was pretty much shivering with fear just reading about how they walked, shuddered, rasped…their gaping dark eyes and the way the old ones’ heads exploded like bags of flour when hit with a bullet! Wow! I still can’t get over that, it was insane. And my favorite chilling scene where there’s a lone zombie standing still as a statue in the distance, so far away that the characters can see the heat waves coming off the concrete, was very well written. I was pretty much laughing at how freaked out that made me. The images he described will be with me (in my nightmares, probably!) for a very long time, which is the mark of a great writer.Overall, this book is very, very good. Saul’s writing style is impeccable, and the characters he has created are fun and unique, believable as late teenagers. The book is written from the POV of Jessie, a teenage girl, and Saul does a good job of using her as the catalyst for how we get to view the other characters and the dystopian New York City he’s envisioned. It’s very easy to slip into Jessie’s shoes and walk around in them, exploring a future we had all better hope never happens, where government control is absolute and we are nothing more than slaves, taught from an early age to accept our fate.The series’ premise is based in what I think is roughly thirty years in the future, but I could be a little off. The country is broken apart, and an outbreak of zombies years before has now caused the government to quarantine off Long Island and other areas, keeping the zombies contained. Zombies are also used by the government and by private corporations, as a mix of janitors, soldiers (there are no more wars fought by the living!) and the scariest and unfortunately most believable use, as Players. The Players are used to compete in Gameland, which is a competition where Gamers control the zombie Players in some sick, twisted game. If you are looking for an exciting read and you are fascinated by the Zombie Apocalypse, then please check out the Gameland series. I very much look forward to Saul’s prequel, Golgotha, as well as the next installments in this eight part series!

  • Saul Tanpepper
    2019-05-27 18:48

    APRIL 2014 SPECIAL!!If you've been waiting to get my GAMELAND Omnibus, wait no longer! For a limited time only, save up to 87%! That's all 8 episodes for the price of 1!AmmyUS:***************************************************There are those who refute my claim in this series that ocean levels could stably rise 10 feet and, temporarily, by thirty. Think again. Loss of ice shelf stability is the first step in destabilization of glaciers that feed into them. In this case, the Pine Island Glacier has reached a tipping point which could lead to a 10-16 foot rise in sea levels in the next two decades, right in line with the GAMELAND timeline. ****************************************************Get GAMELAND: Deep Into The Game free!Six hackers, One game, 10,000 UndeadBreaking in was easy, getting out is a killer...4.6/5.0 ★★★★★Ammy(US):

  • Rabid Readers Reviews
    2019-05-25 18:49

    I started this book after finishing the awesome prequel, "Golgotha" and have to say, this book was not what I expected. As awesomely and beautifully horrific as the prequel was, this novel was action packed and fast. While they share a same dire feeling, the tone of both couldn't be more different but "Golgotha", I think, is essential reading before launching into this novel. I have got to give credit to Saul Tanpepper for the world he creates in this novel and the creditable and compelling way in which he does it. The writing style is professional and composed. Perfect summer read because it flows like honey and when you're done whether you sat outside reading or not, it feels like a warm breeze on a sunny day. Pick this novel up today!

  • Carl J.
    2019-06-15 12:16

    Zombie fans and Sci-Fi fans: YOU WILL LOVE THIS!, June 13, 2012 Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: GAMELAND Episode 1: Deep Into The Game (S. W. Tanpepper's GAMELAND) (Kindle Edition) I got GAMELAND Episode 1: Deep Into The Game (S. W. Tanpepper's GAMELAND) during a free promotion last month and just got around to starting it on the bus ride to work this morning. It's a 45 minute trip to Halifax. 10 minutes in I'd finished the prologue and was already hooked. I finished the first half on the ride home this evening and dove right into the second half. It's actually a longer read than I usually like (153 pages or over 3700 locations, and I prefer books I can completely finish in either a one-way or round trip). I could not put this down and almost missed my stop! The second half is unending tension! A rollercoaster ride of ups and downs and action and thrills. And like the finest series pilots (which this essentially is), it leaves you dangling a mile in the air and wondering how in the hell you're going to get down.The prologue starts interestingly enough: one of the main characters proposes to the group of five that they do something both highly stupid and dangerous, namely break into a place given over to zombies. After some discussion, the others go along with it. The characters are young, poor, reckless, high school-aged gamers and hackers, so of course they go for it. But even though they're young, the situations they get into are quite mature and not for the squeamish. They're also very swiftly, very richly drawn and are entirely sympathetic, so when the prologue ends with a surprise implying one or more of them will die, well, there's just no way I could say no to reading the rest of the series. I have to find out what happens. I went right out and bought GAMELAND Episodes 1-8 (S. W. Tanpepper's GAMELAND) (quite the bargain too, eh?)The main body of the book picks up before the group breaks into Long Island New York, and describes the planning (or, as the title of the first part implies, the rather pathetic lack of a plan). These are a bunch of kids living in a fractured and isolated world, where technology has both advanced and regressed to the point of being simultaneously useless and single-purposed (mind control, in all its varied forms), and where the living have little to look forward to except a three-year civil service commitment, payable AFTER death. The trip over is fraught with peril, and yet they press on. As the main character herself realizes, they have ample chances to turn back and yet they don't.The writing is crisp and clean. The characters complex; the plot well structured and paced. I encountered a few minor misspellings, but nothing bad. I really love the infusion of technology, making this much more than another The Walking Dead, Book 1 (Bk. 1) series. This really is a very smart, high-tech science fiction action thriller placed in a world that is both quite familiar, yet different (in a disturbingly probable way). I am HOOKED!

  • David Donaghe
    2019-06-05 12:49

    In this futuristic zombie thriller a group of gamers and hackers sneak into Long Island, now a walled of forbidden zone full of zombies. Once in, they play hell getting out. I found this to be an entertaining read and I think you'll enjoy it.

  • Lori Crawfordeigenman
    2019-06-05 18:05

    Very intriguing. Found it for free on BookBub and now reading all installments

  • Shana Festa
    2019-06-10 12:08

    The apocalypse is old news. Zombies roam the restricted areas and Gameland, a Long Island arena owned by Arc Entertainment is the sport of choice for the wealthy. Zombies are used not only to compete in the games, but janitorial tasks. A group of teens decide to break into Gameland. Things go bad, so very bad.Gameland is told first person by Jessie, a teenage girl. She and her moody boyfriend, along with her best friend Ash, and Micah and Reggie aren't looking forward to their senior year of high school. Their last hoorah is to sneak into the infected zone to have some fun before the monotony of school begins.Tanpepper's got something here. I like the unique plot he's created; reminds me of Mad Max's Thunderdome. The story is told in episodes, a total of eight. I've read only the first episode but I'm definitely looking forward to reading further. The book kept me intrigued all the way through, but at the halfway point it got even better and turned into something I just couldn't put down. It was an exhilarating and nail-biting adventure. I considered giving this a four star rating, but as the story progressed, it earned my five stars. The setting was new and futuristic, the concept was imaginative, and the characters were well fleshed out.The prologue sucked me right in. Tanpepper jumps forward to reveal a hint of the ending and there was no way I could stop reading without finding out the journey that got our little group to that point. Being that the book is episodic, I wasn't rewarded with the full scope of the story. The episode ended in such a way that I can't let it end I downloaded the second episode.Visit to read my full review.

  • Philip McClimon
    2019-06-04 15:50

    I enjoyed this book very much. I would say that it has a feel of the GOONIES with the added chance of being eaten by a zombie. Six teenagers go on an adventure for an afternoon and it goes all kinds of wrong. The scenes of them swimming through the tunnel to get to the zombieland of Long Island are positively harrowing and closterphobic. Things take a turn for the worse once they arrive and this "day trip " becomes more than they ever bargained for. Through it all there is mystery, who is controlling the zombies? Why are there "fresher " zombies and zombie hordes where it was thought there were very few if any left? What is the government's role in all this? They are forced to try and make their escape and part one leaves us hanging by our fingernails. My only choice now is, do I gets the other parts one at a time to help the writer, or the omnibus to ensure there is not a delay of even a few seconds between cliffhangers? Good stuff!

  • Audrey Cook Kolbek
    2019-06-06 12:05

    I normally don't write reviews because I was never any good at book reports. LOL This book is worth me saying something about it. I got this ebook for free on B&N and really enjoyed. There was a couple of typos, but nothing too bad to make me stop reading it. I really liked the world Saul Tanpepper created ... with the Game. I would recommend this book to everyone, whether you like zombie books or not. It is fast paced and suspenseful .... I will definitely be reading the rest in this series.

  • Kelly Truelove
    2019-06-02 15:55

    I am not a fan of zombie novels, at all. However, this book was genuinely interesting and didn't focus on the typical "zombie gore" found in such novels. I enjoy books about games and gaming, virtual reality and even those considered slightly "dystopian." I was seeking more books like "The Hunger Games" and "Feyland" when I found this one, and it was right up my alley. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.

  • Glinda Harrison
    2019-06-06 19:12

    This is a very well-written, fascinating series! Not just your typical zombie novel, this series blends blends zombies, game culture, conspiracy and cyberpunk. The result is impossible to put down! Definitely a thinking person's zombie story!

  • Abbie
    2019-05-29 18:55

    An okay read.

  • Ellana Rose Thornton-Wheybrew
    2019-05-23 14:51

    This might be the first zombie horror book I've read

  • Frank Errington
    2019-05-25 14:49

    OK, to bring you up to date. The author asked if I would like to read the first book in a series he published. The synopsis sounded good and I committed. Before I could find time to read it, I discovered a prequel called, Golgotha, which I bought and read and downright loved. 5 Stars.Next, I discovered there were a total of 8 episodes now available in The Season One Omnibus of S. W. Tanpepper's Gameland, so I bought that for a very reasonable price and set about reading Episode 1: Deep Into the Game.I'm really enjoying the story, but at this stage, I though it should have had better proofreading. Especially since this is now a published series and not just an Advance Readers Copy.Example: "...I can see that he's only trying scaring her into remembering." Maybe "trying to scare her into remembering" would have been better. Then there's "What would a zombie o after reanimating underwater?" I'm sure the "o" should be "do". There were several of these kinds of errors. Thus, a 4 star instead of a 5 star review.In the prequel novella, Golgotha, we learned how the Government found a way of reanimating the dead, creating what were initially called Zulus and later discovering how they could put them under computer control using L.I.N.C.s (Latent Individualized, Neuroleptic Connections), thus creating zombie fighters they could control, known as the Omegaman Forces.In Gameland, it's 15 years later and between climate change and periodic zombie outbreaks, times are definitely changed. Consider the Life Service Law, Now everyone is legally considered government property after death. You die, you become Undead and you serve the government in some capacity until your time of servitude is ended. Then there's Gameland, Long Island is cut off completely, "after the second flood, the Army Corps of Engineers went in and walled it off and evacuated the people still alive." Later Arc Properties converted one of the zones into a new type of gaming arcade, which they called Gameland. Then they imported a new crop of Zombies as Players. It costs more than a million bucks to buy into the game.A group of 6 teenage hackers with more spunk than brains decide it might be fun to see if they can get onto Long Island and check it out. S. W. Tanpepper is very good with dialog, I found the banter between the characters to be comfortable and convincing. The story is fast-paced and despite the subject matter, very believable.Episode 1: Deep Into the Game, ends with a cliff-hanger and I want to dive right back in to Episode 2: Failsafe, and after a few few quick reads of other works that I've committed myself to read, that's just what I plan on doing.If you can get past a few grammatical/sentence structure errors, this one is a lot of fun.Available in a variety of e-book formats as well as paperback. If you think you'll like these books, get the prequel and the omnibus will save a you a few bucks.

  • Kathy
    2019-06-05 14:51

    I started this book originally a couple of weeks ago, although this episode isn't long about a 165 ish pages I had a hard time getting started, that said it was back to school week and it was a bit hectic here. I kept picking it up and putting it down and picking it up again. Today I had a little extra time so I was determined to finish this episode. The story takes place in a post apocalyptic society, a good portion of the world population was infected by a virus that resulted in a wave of zombies. The government has now contained the problem and now there are very few outbreaks. People are now serviced to the government for a minimum of three years after they die, in a way to control the zombie population, they are put to work, either through an assortment of duties either by civil service, military or through the gameland owned by Arc Properties a virtual reality game that pits the undead against one another in a high priced violent game . Jessie and her group of friends are hackers and are trying to break into the Gameland and get a look at the deserted area and maybe get a glimpse of the undead. But breaking into gameland is a lot easier than they thought it would be, a lot easier than they thought it should have been. That should have been their first clue.I didn't think I was going to like this book, its not normally my thing, other than a few little minor things like the use of some of their teenage slang, I found myself growing to like it, I found the idea of a group of kids finding a way into a restricted area with so little prep work a little appauling but then again I remembered this is an eight episode series and all will be revealed and everything is not as they seem. I have theories though I haven't read the rest of the episodes yet i'm intrigued enough that I will read the remaining seven episodes, I hate not knowing how something ends.I gave it a 3 out of 5 star rating tentative on reading the rest of the episodes, i'm not sure if the slow start I was having was just me or the story itself how it began. I think I want to reserve judgement and continue this review as a whole installment.

  • Sienna Logan (Lost to Books)
    2019-06-10 15:06

    For more of my reviews visit I have only ever read one book about zombies before and sadly that book is still sitting on my book shelf half read as I have never found the energy to finish it. Therefore I wasn't sure what to expect from this book or this genre, even after reading the description. Anyway I decided to give the book a go and I'm glad I did. Gameland falls outside the genres I usually like to read and zombies have never really interested me as all the books I've seen kind of sound the same. However Gameland seemed different from the usual post-apocalyptic-take-over-with-only-a-few-survivours-thing and this fact kept me hooked. I loved the idea of using hackers to try break into the game (although I'm still a bit unsure of the details of what it is and how it works) and the tough personalities and attitudes moved them away from the stereotypes which was a relief. The book was fast paced and had lots of action which I loved but in some parts I would have liked a little more description to help me visualise the surroundings better.There are a few minor downsides to the book which come in the form of some editing errors/typos but these are few and do not detract from the story. Also Tanpepper uses quite a few abbreviations and I found it hard to remember what each one stood for (as the words where usually quite technical), therefore it interrupted the flow of reading as I either had to flick back a few pages to find the full length name or stop and try to remember, which was quite irritating at times. I know sci-fi books include technical and complex language, especially when referring to new gadgets, but for me I would rather have the full words than abbreviations. I can cope with ones like IU (infected undead) but when longer ones are used frequently I find it hard to follow.Anyway overall I really enjoyed this book. The action was great and I loved how the story line differed from most zombie novels out there.

  • Roberto Mattos
    2019-06-08 15:14

    This is a very well written book with a very intense story-line But if you expect a book with a beginning, middle and end you will be disappointed, because the story will not end. This is suppose to be the first of an eight series book, so the end is just a hook to the next episode. Do not take me wrong, it is a very good hook nevertheless, that will make me buy the rest of the seven volumes! The plot is interesting and will keep you reading on the edge of your chair for most of the book. The characters are well developed and the scenario is so richly described that you feel you are inside the story. A group of game hackers decide to break into Long Island's Gameland, a place where nobody lives, because of an outbreak that happened twelve years before, that had all population that survived evacuated. Now the only entities that inhabit that wasteland are the zombies. Their adventure starts with a poorly planed trip idea and tension escalates during preparation for the trip and execution of the trip. They soon figure out that it is easier to enter than to leave the Island...This book was written by Saul W.Tanpepper in April 2012 and it has been offered for free in both of major online eBook stores. I recommend this book to the permanent library of all thriller lovers, young adults or not.

  • Joe Hempel
    2019-06-03 13:48

    Combining zombies, gaming, and action/adventure it sounds like it would make for a good story, and for the most part, Part One - Gameland delivers a solid entry. There were some technical problems, words that should be different, capitalization that should be there but wasn't, but overall it didn't detract too much from the reading experience.Being Episode One of an eight part series, don't expect to have everything wrapped up in a nice little bow. This really just serves to introduce the characters, and how/why the group of teens enter Gameland on Long Island. Also you get a bit of a background on the Gameland itself, and also the crazy reasons people buy into the game, using their bodies as the zombies when they die during the games. Big revenue for sure as the events are televised for all to see.I'm actually interested to learn more of the Arc company that controls the VR Gaming world, and more of this Life Service Contract, so I'm not sure if I'm going to go read the Prequel or if I'm going to read Episode 2 right away.

  • Paula Stokes
    2019-05-18 19:15

    It feels like a trillion self-published books enter the marketplace every year. Sure, many of those are by people who just wanted to publish for fun or people who don't quite have the prose to land an agent and go the traditional route. But some indie authors are extremely talented individuals who simply chose to do their own thing.Tanpepper is one of the second group. I read all eight episodes of this on a cruise, the first six in the span of a couple days. Tanpepper's prose is phenomenal--it's evocative without being overwrought; it's lean and hungry prose that propels the story forward. He's a better writer than I am, and I say that as one of those 'traditionally pubbed authors.'These are smart zombie books. Tanpepper knows his science so things get complex in places, but it's never boring or infodump-y and it all makes sense in the end. Add to that a colorful cast of characters and a creepy live-action video game park setting and you've got a winner in GAMELAND.

  • Wendy Railey
    2019-05-18 16:48

    UGH!! I'm need the next episode! Ok. So I'm not a huge zombie fan, but this was a really great book. It kept me on my toes with anticipation. I can't believe it just ends like that...but I guess that's why it's written as a tv series, with episodes. I just purchased all 8 episodes and highly suggest, whether you like zombies or not, to at least check out the first episode. I think you will be just as hooked as I am.

  • Angela
    2019-06-03 19:15

    This was a decent little take on the zombie genre. Initially I wasn't even aware that zombies were a feature of it, was only after I read the synopsis properly, and after I began reading the novella. I thought this was going to be a dystopian about gaming, so zombies a nice feature to include for me.There were a few editing issues but overall well-written. Already downloaded the second part.

  • Gdt
    2019-05-28 15:50

    This review has been removed due to Amazon's purchase of Goodreads.

  • Serena Walken
    2019-05-22 19:53

    I don't know what to add, it was fantastic and I am moving on to the next one.:)

  • Heather
    2019-05-22 14:18

    The premise of the story is very interesting and the pace of the first episode is well thought out. There are some editing issues, but none so bad as to make the story any less enjoyable.

  • Mark
    2019-05-28 18:53

    zombies. teenagers, slightly futuristic dystopian society. I'm in. Get me all 8 episodes. Now! fun and QUICK read. recommend highly

  • Kelshei
    2019-05-20 14:08

    One of the things I abhor the most in series fiction is the gratuitous cliffhanger ending, designed only to get the reader to buy the next installment. And, while this book does end on a cliffhanger, I did not feel it a gratuitous one because the author warned the reader up front (and this is why it is important to read the author's notes) that these books are episodic, somewhat like the reality television formula on which it was based. Even though I was warned, I was still surprised that the book ended right in the middle of the action, and I immediately went and downloaded the next installment.I am a huge fan of post-apocalyptic fiction and the most important aspect to any sort of not-here, not-now fiction (sci fi, fantasy, etc) is internal consistency of the world, and Tanpepper has done an excellent job in creating a world that has enough throwback to the present to ground it in reality, but with enough foreign for the reader to believe that he or she is reading about an authentic possibility. Woven into this well-crafted world are characters that show that going through a zombie apocalypse isn't enough to change the fundamental nature of teenagers. So, while I did not really care for any of the characters as people (they each had their own annoying qualities), it certainly wasn't because they were poorly written. I ended episode one wanting more of the story, and that is just about the best compliment I can give to a book that ended on a cliffhanger, which I despise. LOL Because of the subject matter and some of the descriptions, I would only recommend the book to mature readers 15+. Reviewed by HR Duby for Romance Authors that Rock

  • Travis
    2019-06-09 18:55

    Zombie stories really aren't my thing, and if you're after a pure zombie story, this one may not be to your liking either, but since this is kind of a cross between zombie and survival/escape, well, come to think of it, isn't that what zombie stories generally are, this one may not appeal to you. However, despite the zombie content, I found it to be interesting. Not one of the best stories I've read (obviously, I'm personally a scifi space adventure type personmyself), but overall, this one is definitely interesting. Not a whole lot of world development here, but since it builds on a torn down version of our world, I guess that's expected. There's no great heros in this one, but there are people struggling to do their best in a bad situation, even if it is their own fault they're in that situation to begin with. If this isn't a cautionary tale, I don't know what is.The moral of the story is: if there' zombies, don't go out of your way to enter their territory. (you think?)

  • Jewell Moreno
    2019-06-01 20:16

    Everyone is infected, and when you die, your zombie corpse is responsible for serving the community. They have implanted everyone with a brain implant that make zombie's controllable, so after you die your body with continue to live on cleaning sewers, and other mundane jobs, no one likes to do. Some however are used in Gameland a place where zombies are used to fight and be controlled in a reality controlled by the living. Gameland in housed on Manhattan, and island secured once the world collapsed. Follow the exploits of a group of teenage hackers as they break their way into gameland, with dangerous results.

  • Jill Scalzo
    2019-05-26 17:01

    Absolutely loved this series! Could NOT put it down. The characters are amazing, you feel like you're right there with them in the book. A lot of times when a series has a lot of books they start to drag, not be too exciting. Not this one. Every book is better which I don't know how because all are awesome. This author is the real deal, check out all his books and you definitely won't be disappointed.

  • Megan
    2019-05-20 13:56

    Technically a reread. I remember what annoyed me so much now - Kelly is a giant douche, and these people suck at planning for the tides. But anyway. It's still a fun premise to me, but I am a bit of a sucker for zombie stuff