“You’ve taken the quest for the mayor, right?”
I never answered, so he continued. “I knew there would only be one person willing to do it. I hoped you wouldn’t, though.”
“Why? What is it to you what I do?”
“This is a political game, Maddie. One you’re not fully aware of.”
I smiled, knowing this would end badly. I neither wanted to know or to understand their politics. All I knew was whatever their agendas were, they didn’t involve real people, those who suffered on a daily basis.
Desert Runner By Dawn Chapman
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This month I’m reviewing Desert Runner (Puatera Online book 1) by Dawn Chapman.
The cover for this book is amazing. It drew me in immediately with a tough looking woman on an obviously futuristic desert type vehicle. The story delivered exactly what I expected, a MadMax style adventure in a LIT RPG format.
I’ll be honest. I’ve never read a LIT RPG story before this one, so I have nothing to compare it to other than the other SciFi stories I’ve grown up on. I didn’t even know the genre existed, but I’m so glad it does.
Dawn Chapman delivers an action packed story that gives you the feel of a gaming experience or a fan-fiction about your favorite gaming character without shortchanging you on character development or offering you a hollow story. Desert Runner has depth and subtleties that will make you want to run out and read book 2.
Desert Runner is an NPC story. An NPC (I did know this term from my own gaming experience, limited as it may be) is a non-player character that players can interact with. Maddie is the NPC and the main character. It’s a great twist and what gave it the fanfic feel for me. Here’s this great bad-ass character with a kick-ass vehicle that you can bum a ride from. And, oh, by the way, she has her own outrageous missions too.
Maddie takes on a quest that no other runner will take, pick up a package and cross the desert during Tromoal breeding season. When the Tromoals are most likely to eat you. Of course.
Did I mention she’s handicapped by a previous fight and dependent on pain relievers? That she’s programmed to fall in love with any regular player she meets, and hates it? And that another NPC wants her to marry him?
Maddie has her hands full with the mission, but with everything else she might just be over-committed. That’s a feeling I identify with. The challenges thrown at her would make another hero flinch and maybe even give up. Not Maddie. She just powers on.
When she finds out what her package is, and that Tromoal breeding season will be much more challenging than usual, she doesn’t turn back. She fights back.
Maddie has a lot to learn about herself, and she will. Jump in and find out for yourself. But be prepared to buy book 2.
Desert Runner (Puatera Online book 1) is available as a Kindle book for $1.99 and on Kindle Unlimited.
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