Pay to play. Since the beginning of online gaming this has always been the norm; you paid the company and they let you play their game. So it's no surprise that Alex Stanton was living every gamer's dream. It was the opposite for him. He was getting payed to play.
The latest generation of virtual reality gaming, in both appearance and hardware, was being beta tested by the largest retailer of online gaming, AltCon. Never before seen graphical detail, joined with a first-time, fully functional, whole body immersion system was likely to put AltCon entirely out of reach of their competitors. But before they could go live, they wanted Beta testers. Serious Beta testers. So serious, AltCon was willing to pay a salary to each tester, ensuring their lives revolved around the Beta, and the Beta only.
Beta testers join for one reason, to experience new content never seen by another player. Alex, along with his group mates Dan, Jason, and Wayne will experience every nuance the game has to offer, and all before the rest of the world. The entire scenario is unreal; from the tests to be selected as a Beta candidate, to the six month wait to qualify, to the almost life-like quality of the game itself. The company pulled out all the stops. If there was a heaven for gamers, it would look exactly like this game: Resurgence.
But odd things start happening from the outset. Things Alex can't explain. But like every hard-core gamer, Alex has no problem ignoring the little things to focus on the grander design; winning the game. Whether that be discovering new content, finishing epic quests, or finding the rarest of items.
In time, even the littlest of things can pile up, and Alex is forced to ask himself, “What’s really going on in Resurgence?”
Joshua W. Nelson
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Fun and engaging entry into the Litrpg genre. I literally read it in two sittings. The novel seems to start off as a straight forward online adventure, but something is clearly off as the main character, Alex, progresses through the game. Just below the surface of Resurgence lies something much more sinister than pre-programmed quest MOBS.
If you've ever been drawn into an MMORPG, stayed up late nights questing, raiding and developing relationships with other online insomniacs, you'll feel right at home following Alex, Jason, Wayne and TheClaw through their adventure while being treated to a more insidious enemy looming in the background. Looking forward to the next installment.
Enjoyed this page turning gamer's tale and am eager to see where this well crafted story line takes us in the next book. In Resurgence, D&D meets a gaming experience with superb character development, narration and humor that would be appealing to any reader. The quests are well described and the author masterly balances gaming and fantasy, all the while digging into the story's entertaining personalities. I read Resurgence in two sittings and expect I'll be doing the same with the next chapter of this Beta
A well written book with a fun and intriguing story line that keeps you engaged. Even for folks such as myself who have limited experience with online RPG's it was easy to understand what the author was talking about. I definitely look forward to the second book in this series.
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