A Dark and Sure Descent is a standalone novel in the world of GAMELAND, the epic cyberpunk series published in episode format from May through December 2012. The events in this current book take place twelve years before the series.
The GAMELAND Collection currently consists of the following titles:
Golgotha — the short prequel to the GAMELAND series.
S.W. Tanpepper’s GAMELAND — The eight-episode series telling the story of how a group of computer gamers and hackers break into the Long Island live-action virtual reality gaming arcade in hopes of seeing some of the undead. Breaking in was easy, but getting back out is a killer.
Infected: Hacked Files from the GAMELAND Archive — Insights into the world for the avid GAMELAND fan.
Velveteen — A terrifying twist on a classic children’s tale as told by six-year-old Cassie Stemple.
Signs of Life (Jessie's Game, Book 1) — The thrilling follow up to the series.
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This box set includes all three full-length novels comprising the Jessie's Game duology (Signs of Life, Dead Reckoning), as well as the thrilling prequel, A Dark and Sure Descent.
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Signs of Life
Welcome to GAMELAND. Everyone's dying to get in.
Someone is attempting to hack Jessie Daniels’s brain implant. Only problem is, her prime suspect, Micah Sandervol, is supposed to be dead. And reanimated. But what if he's not, after all?
For Jessie, a traumatized survivor of a reckless break-in to Long Island’s Gameland, survival means just getting through the day. Her best friend now roams the island as one of the soulless, people close to Jessie are disappearing, and her own husband is acting suspiciously. Control lapses are occurring with greater frequency. It’s only a matter of time before the implant network, meant to protect them, becomes their greatest threat.
A Dark and Sure Descent
It's the summer of 2030, and the government is experimenting with a new digital network on Long Island. That's not all they're bringing.
This is the true account of a biomedical disaster that changed the world in the most terrifying way imaginable… and it all started with a single bite.
After the unexplained death of their newborn son, experimental biologists Lyssa and Ramon Stemple find themselves at the center of a brutal murder investigation involving an employee at their controversial animal research laboratory. The case takes a shocking twist when they are unjustly blamed for intentionally creating a virus which will destroy the Stream. As the Stemples attempt to flee the human scourge, their six-year-old daughter Cassie begins to show the first signs of infection. Desperate to save her, one of them will attempt a treatment so radical, so unthinkably horrific, that the looming Apocalypse will pale in comparison.
The thrilling conclusion to the GAMELAND saga
As network outages begin to spread on the mainland, Jessie Daniels, the only person known to be immune to the Reanimation virus, is ruthlessly hunted down inside Arc Property’s virtual gaming arcade on Long Island. After her are a half dozen Live Players and an untold number of dead ones. As the world descends into chaos, she begins to unravel the secrets of the people who created the technology, including one which promises to destroy them all.
For ages 16 and older.
What is S.W. Tanpepper’s GAMELAND?
Episodes 1-8 (Season One) were released in monthly episodes between May and December 2012. The series follows the exploits of six young adults as they break into the Long Island arcade hoping for a rare glimpse of the undead survivors of a decades’ old outbreak. But while breaking in is easy, getting back out is a killer.
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Looking for more GAMELAND?
For insight into the series and how it all started, check out the short prequel Golgotha (also available in the short story collection Shorting the Undead and Other Horrors).
Velveteen. The story of Cassie, a 6-y/o female zombie trapped in a bathroom... until Jessie releases her twelve years later. A terrifying twist on a classic children's tale.
Infected: Hacked Files from the GAMELAND Archive. Includes a timeline of key events, a glossary of terms, character dossiers, essays, articles and never-before-released voice transcripts.
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Everyone's addicted to Survivalist, a live-action, virtual reality show based on Arc Entertainment's The Game, where cybernetically controlled zombies do battle in a video arcade in the middle of a Long Island wasteland. It's a game to die for.
If you're rich enough, you can buy your way in. If you're desperate enough, you can volunteer to become one of the Undead Players. Jessie Daniels and her gang of computer hackers plan to break their way in.
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EPISODE 2: Failsafe
Jessie and Kelly clash after one of their group gets stranded among the Infected Undead, forcing Kelly to make a rash decision which will ultimately deliver them into the hands of those who would turn them all into mindless players in The Game.
Failsafe is the second book in the hi-tech dystopian thriller GAMELAND. Structured on television's The Walking Dead and Law and Order, the nearly 400,000-word series consists of eight individual episodes, first published monthly between May and December 2012. All are available digitally in single and multi-episode packages, as well as in an omnibus edition. Also available in print.
Not recommended for readers under age 15.
Want more GAMELAND?
For insight into the world of GAMELAND, including how it all started, check out the short story Golgotha, available individually in digital format as well as in the short story collection Shorting the Undead and Other Horrors, by the same author (print and digital).
Infected: Hacked Files from the GAMELAND Archive. Includes a timeline of key events, a glossary of terms, character dossiers, essays, articles and never-before-released voice transcripts from the Golgotha recordings.
Velveteen. The story of Cassie, a six-year-old girl-turned-zombie, who has been trapped in a bathroom... until her inadvertent release twelve years later (by Jessie in Episode 4 of GAMELAND). Cassie has something she needs to do, something she's been thinking about for a long, long time. A terrifying twist on a classic children's tale.
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THE LAST ZOOKEEPER: When the aged caretaker of the world's last animal menagerie passes away, a boy seeks to understand the terrible sense of loss he feels.
This is a 2600-word (~10-page) short story about extinction, annihilation, and the possibility of a future in which technology, not Man, is the apex predator.
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A FLAW IN THE DIVINE: After inventing an artificially intelligent machine capable of self-awareness, a man tries to save humanity from destroying itself, only to find that he has lost control of his own creation.
This is a 3600-word (~14-page) short story with metaphysical and existential themes.
Both stories are suitable for all ages.
MAKE SURE TO CHECK OUT SAUL'S OTHER TITLES:
S.W. Tanpepper's GAMELAND: a thrilling, epic, cyberpunk series set on an abandoned Long Island. Get the first two books for FREE!
A Dark and Sure Descent: When a deadly virus begins to spread over Long Island, the government is quick to blame the owners of a small research lab. But the truth is far more sinister, and the outcome could be the end of humanity.
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They Dreamed of Poppies - a Mars trip could save Humanity. Or it could destroy it.
The Green Gyre - an alien invasion leaves Earth covered in small opalescent objects. Are they eggs, or something far worse?
Recode: T.G.C.A. - after being taken a prisoner of war, Grayson Cole is executed. At least, that's what he remembers when he wakes up in a research facility in Virginia. That's when he learns he's part of an experiment that has failed, and he's about to be terminated.
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CONDEMN (Book 2 of the BUNKER 12 series)
Three years after the Flense decimates civilization, Finnian Bolles and a dozen survivors flee the security of Bunker Eight and the murderer it protects. Hoping for clues to the plague and a possible cure, they seek the mysterious Bunker Twelve. But when Finn splits away to search for his brother, the group becomes fractured and vulnerable.Soon, they'll discover that there are monsters far more terrifying in the barren wasteland than Wraiths. Now it's not just their lives on the line, it's their sanity and their souls.
BUNKER 12 SERIES DESCRIPTION
Requiring no more than the slightest skin-to-skin contact, the Flense spreads with ruthless speed and stealth, decimating mankind before it's even aware of it. The infected are turned into soulless creatures, Wraiths, which wreak destruction upon anyone and anything in their path.Secure inside ten isolated bunkers are Humanity's tattered remains, each working tirelessly to unravel the mystery of the scourge. But the bunkers were never meant to protect forever. In fact, they were never meant to protect at all.CONTAIN is the first book in this new thriller cyberpunk series. CONDEMN is book 2.Future installments scheduled for May '16 and Nov '16Sign up to be notified of new releases & exclusive giveaways, as well as a complimentary 4-book starter library: https://tinyletter.com/SWTanpepperTHE FLENSE SERIES DESCRIPTION (BUNKER 12 companion series)Hundreds die in a fiery train crash in northern China. A cargo ship smuggling refugees is lost to calm seas off Libya. Entire villages in Ghana are abandoned overnight.Contracted by a prepper group to investigate a series of seemingly disconnected global tragedies, a young freelance reporter, Angelique d'Enfantine, uncovers a disturbing pattern: each event is preceded by the sudden spread of a mysterious ailment and is followed by the appearance of a man dressed in black and silver who witnesses claim is the devil himself.Each event is more grisly than the last. As the risk to her life grows, Angel begins to doubt that the tragedies are harbingers of an impending biblical catastrophe, but rather practice runs conducted by a fanatical organization bent on global annihilation. Could her sponsors be using her to advance their own paranoid agenda?THE FLENSE consists of 12 installments scheduled for release beginning Jul '15From the creator of the highly acclaimed epic cyberpunk series GAMELAND
GAMELAND SERIES DESCRIPTION
Built in the middle of Long Island’s abandoned industrial wasteland is a hundred-square-mile virtual reality arcade where the rich and privileged compete in a high-stakes game and the undead are their real-life avatars. There are only two ways to get into this horrifying yet wildly addictive game. The first is by paid invitation. The second is by volunteering to become an Undead Player.After finding themselves trapped inside a massive gaming arcade in the middle of Long Island's abandoned wasteland, a group of young computer hackers must figure out how to escape while staying out of the clutches of its undead inhabitants and their living controllers.Episode One: Deep Into the GameA reckless end-of-summer prank sends six hackers trespassing onto abandoned Long Island hoping for a glimpse of the victims of the decade-old outbreak. But if they find breaking was easy, they'll soon learn that getting back out is a killer.
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This standalone story features events at the intersection between the worlds of my companion series THE FLENSE and BUNKER 12.
Requiring no more than the slightest skin-to-skin contact, the Flense spread across the globe with ruthless speed and stealth, decimating mankind before it was barely even aware of it. The infected were turned into soulless creatures, Wraiths, which wrought destruction upon anyone and anything in their path.
Secure inside ten isolated bunkers are Humanity's tattered remains, each working tirelessly to unravel the mystery of the scourge. But the bunkers were never meant to protect forever. In fact, they were never meant to protect at all.
CONTAIN (BUNKER 12 series pilot): Three years. That's how long Finnian Bolles has been hiding inside the impregnable walls of the hydroelectric complex known as Bunker 8. Three years, with enough resources to last him and the other thirty survivors three more.
But then a series of disturbing events culminates in the sudden appearance of a stranger at their door. Before he too falls victim to the mysterious sickness known as the Flense, he warns them of a fate more horrific than the one they've been avoiding. But to prevent it, they must leave and seek a place many insist doesn't exist, a mythical twelfth bunker.
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THE FLENSE (companion series to BUNKER 12)
Hundreds die in a fiery train crash in northern China. A cargo ship smuggling refugees is lost to calm seas off the Libyan coast. Entire villages in Ghana are abandoned overnight.
Contracted by an apocalypse prepper group to investigate a series of seemingly disconnected global tragedies, a young freelance medical reporter, Angelique de l'Enfantine, uncovers a disturbing pattern: each event is preceded by the sudden spread of a mysterious ailment and is followed by the appearance of a man dressed in black and silver who witnesses claim is the devil himself. Are the tragedies harbingers of an impending biblical catastrophe or practice runs of a fanatical organization bent on global annihilation?
With each event more grisly than the last and the risk to her life growing, Angel must ask herself if her sponsors are using her to advance their own paranoid agenda.
THE FLENSE consists of 4 full-length novels (also serialized into 12 novella-length installments of ~100 pages each) beginning Jul 2015
From the creator of the highly acclaimed epic cyberpunk series GAMELAND
GAMELAND SERIES DESCRIPTION
Built in the middle of Long Island’s abandoned industrial wasteland is a hundred-square-mile virtual reality arcade where the rich and privileged compete in a high-stakes game and the undead are their real-life avatars. There are only two ways to get into this horrifying yet wildly addictive game. The first is by paid invitation. The second is by volunteering to become an Undead Player.
After finding themselves trapped inside a massive gaming arcade in the middle of Long Island's abandoned wasteland, a group of young computer hackers must figure out how to escape while staying out of the clutches of its undead inhabitants and their living controllers.
Get Episodes 1 & 2 free: A reckless end-of-summer prank sends six hackers trespassing onto abandoned Long Island hoping for a glimpse of the victims of the decade-old outbreak.
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