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GAMELAND Omnibus (Season One): Episodes 1-8 (S. W. Tanpepper's GAMELAND (Omnibus)) by [Tanpepper, Saul]
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Six young people break into a live action gaming arcade populated by the resurrected bodies of executed criminals. Not all of them will escape alive.


Hidden in an abandoned Long Island wasteland is a terrifying secret. Twelve years before, a horrible disease killed millions without mercy. Then the dead rose. Twelve years later, the island has been turned into a sick playground for the rich, the privileged, and the sinfully twisted.

Welcome to The Game.

EPISODE 1: Deep Into the Game

Hoping to break the monotony of the long, hot summer, Zpocalypto gamer Jessie Daniels and her gang break onto Long Island. But amusement quickly turns to dread as the dangers become all too real. And all too terrifying.

EPISODE 2: Failsafe

Two members clash and another is stranded among the Infected Undead. One will make a fateful decision which will ultimately deliver them into the hands of those who would turn them all into players in The Game.

EPISODE 3: Deadman's Switch

Unable to escape, the group digs in. A leader is anointed despite doubts. A final attempt is made to leave, setting into motion events which will end with one of them dead, another infected, and all of them running for their lives.

EPISODE 4: Sunder the Hollow Ones

A mutiny splits the group. As they struggle to escape, a chance encounter with one of Gameland's residents dredges up deeply buried memories, leaving them all haunted and dubious of their survival.

EPISODE 5: Prometheus Wept

A member is handed over to a mysterious group of Undead sympathizers in exchange for a promised antidote. But will the medicine be delivered in time? Will it even work as promised?

EPISODE 6: Kingdom of Players

Armed with a potential antiserum to the reanimation virus, will they be able to save their infected friend? Or will they die and return as one of the Undead?

EPISODE 7: Tag, You're Dead

The group is torn asunder by the actions of a homicidal maniac. Another group member falls ill as the Undead break into their stronghold. Their final battle will bring them to their darkest hour.

EPISODE 8: Jacker's Code

The shocking conclusion to the high-tech horror thriller, GAMELAND: Determined to do whatever is necessary to get home, the remaining survivors face the most difficult challenges of their lives. Will any of them make it back alive? Or will they be added to the numbers of Undead Players?

For readers age 15+


    Signs of Life (Jessie’s Game, Bk 1) picks up where the series (Season One) left off

    A Dark and Sure Descent: Being a True Account of the Long Island Outbreak: How the Long Island outbreak started

    Dead Reckoning (Jessie’s Game, Bk 2) The final installment in the GAMELAND world, and one you’ll not want to miss!

    Also check out these companion titles:

    Golgotha: The horrifying series prequel

    Velveteen: The outbreak’s terrible truth from its youngest victim.

    Infected: Hacked Files from the Gameland Archive: Insights for the avid fan.


Check out Saul's newest series: THE FLENSE and BUNKER 12

THE FLENSE: A reporter digs into the mystery of several global disasters. The story begins in China and continues in Iceland.

BUNKER 12: Three years after the apocalypse, survivors seek out the secret of the Flense — and a possible cure — in a mythical shelter known as Bunker 12. Contain and Condemn are the firs

About the Author

eFiction magazine calls Saul an author armed with "a PhD and a whacked out sense of humor." Saul spent his formative years in a leaky century-old house overlooking the Erie Canal in Upstate New York. His bedroom was a refurbished attic, which he shared with all manner of creatures, not all, he is convinced, flesh and blood. After bouncing around the US and Europe for several years, he settled down to pursue a career in the sciences, opting to study the mysteries of human molecular genetics. But even positions as an experimental biologist, teacher, manager and biotech entrepreneur couldn't keep him from his true passion as a storyteller. He now writes speculative fiction full time from his home in the San Francisco Bay Area. Although his house is now attic-less and waterproof, he continues to be haunted by a variety of creatures, including a wife, kids, four dogs, three cats, six chickens, a wayward rooster, and one very grumpy possum. They are all flesh and blood. Except, maybe, for the possum, which he's convinced is the reincarnated spirit of Jack Torrance. Please visit him at and sign up for his newsletter, Tanpepper Tidings, for updates on new releases, special (and exclusive) pricing events and giveaways, signings and appearances, where to get signed copies of books, and more. You can also request a free ebook while you're there!

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e4d9240) out of 5 stars GAMELAND a tv show in a book!! July 15 2012
By Contagious Reads - Published on
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*Contains some spoilers but not enough to give away the storyline and secrets. It's just tech stuff.*
First of all let's get started by talking about the format of this book. You'll notice in the title that it is sectioned into episodes 1-8. Currently only episodes 1-3 are available. Which are the 3 that I will be reviewing here.
This book is played out like a tv show. Each episodes ends on a cliff hanger much like the tv show the Walking Dead or Lost. The next episode has a little backstory of the previous one and then picks up where the story arc left off. It makes for a fast paced, interesting read. Without annoying commericials to boot. I'll take it!
The writing was great. You are drawn in and invested in the character Jessie from almost the get go. She's a normal teenager, angsty, insecure, strong willed, loves video games, and has a knack for breaking the rules. Yes, there are typos. Enough to notice but not littering every single page. Once again...I really don't give a crap about typos. (Also, the author invites readers to point these out to him so he can fix all you crazy typos peeps there you go. Make a note of them and send it to him. Sorry Mr. Tanpepper...I just don't do that unless I am beta reading a book. I'm lazy.)
The rest of the characters are quirky and rag tag. They are a futuristic computer hacking scooby doo gang...minus the a couple dozen zombies. Real zombies, not a bunch of white dudes in masks.
Because of the tv show layout of this book, the zombies aren't the starring cast. The rag tag computer hacking, video game playing, and tresspassing teenagers are. The zombies aren't even the main enemy. They are more or less a tool used by the enemy. This story takes place 15 years after a major zombie outbreak. Zombies are a tool that the government and media use. For warfare, to clean stuff and as tv stars a la survior type show called Survivalist. They are controlled through brain implants. Which everyone has...they are only activated once dead. Yes, there are some uncontrolled zombies. They roam the deadlands of Long Island. Barricaded in by, well, stuff. I can't give everything away. So you hardcore zombie fans have been warned. Although, I say go ahead and pick it up. It's very enjoyable even though not every page has blood spatter on it. I'm a gore head too and I simply loved this book (story?)
Each episode is self contained with a cliff hanger and an overeaching story arc like I said before. But there are new problems brought up and solved within them. They are very detailed and you feel like you really are watching a tv show. Because of the length and information load I was only able to read one episode per day. Which is perfect. It's like getting to see your favorite TV show everyday. Or once a month until Dec. Which is when this will be done. :(
There is plenty else to keep readers entertained. Romance (YA-M style), mystery (someone within the group has betrayed them but we just don't know who yet...I have my suspicions) and action. If you enjoy a good action filled book/tv show then you should definately pick this up. The zombies are just an added bonus. Honestly, I would have loved it even without them.
At the end the author tells you several ways to update your ebook at the beginning of each month when he puts out a new episode. I will be downloading the next one for sure. I want to see how we get to the end (which he tells you in the beginning).
Also as an added bonus Episode 1 will be free on July 27-28!!!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e4de810) out of 5 stars Getting Deeper & Deeper in the dark world of GAMELAND! June 10 2012
By CoachD - Published on
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Stayed up late last night and finshed off the 2nd episode of GAMELAND Episodes 1-8 (S. W. Tanpepper's GAMELAND) by Saul Tanpepper. This series is getting very interesting. These episodes feature a dark future, a big-brother type goverment like in 1984, zombies under goverment control (or are they?) and a strange game that hooks the masses. I am all set now for July 1st when the 3rd (of 8) episodes comes out. I then just have to "update" my recent purchase to get the new espisode. Each episode is taking me deeper and deeper into the world of GAMELAND. Some questions are answered, but many new questions pop up. Reminds me a bit of Death Race (Unrated) [Blu-ray] and Gamer [Blu-ray]. I am now 25% thru the series and I have a feeling we are just getting started.

I will come back and update my review after I read each new episode.

July 23rd: Update for July for the 3rd episode: Deadman's Switch (GAMELAND Episode 3) (S. W. Tanpepper's GAMELAND). Wow! This was one long episode! Saul gives you your money's worth on this series for sure. As I remarked in the Amazon Forum, each episode is better than the previous one. More details, more hints about what is going on, more zombies, more goverment big brother, and on and on. What a different take on YA and zombies. Well written, and featuring a small cast of oddball characters. What is the mystery going on behind GAMELAND? Why can't these kids break out! What happens next??!?!?!?!?!?!? With 5 episodes to go, Saul could take this story in any of several different directions. But since I signed on for all 8 episodes, I will be hanging on for the ride.

Only hassle is getting the updates from Amazon. I finally had to get my July update from Saul (via Smashwords). Still, kudos to Saul for coming up with this approach. Looking forward to August 1st!

August 16th: Update for August for the 4th episode: Sunder the Hollow Ones (GAMELAND Episode 4) (S. W. Tanpepper's GAMELAND). I am really getting into GAMELAND. I just finihsed the 4th episode (another long novella) and Saul keeps upping the ante so to speak in the plot. Tension upon tension, thrill upon thrill! The setting is something out of The Running Man, as far as goverment controls go and entertainment (in this case with game players controling zombies). The action is all on Long Island, which in this world is a waste land good only for keeping the zombies controlled and used by gamers. A strange dark world indeed (as other zombies are used for doing jobs people don't want to do anymore, and to fight in our services (as cannon fodder). I find it fun to see what "new" twist or wrinkle Saul will add to each episode to make it a tad different from the one before. In this episode some of the zombies that are chasing the group of young adults around on Long Island, are really being controlled by game players. Thus, they can run, move, and "think". Not so easy to dodge these "special" zombies. I am kinda glad that Saul only delivers one episode per month, otherwise all I would do is read all 8 episodes in a row and totally neglect all my other books/series.

Sep 17th: Update for September and for the fifth episode: Prometheus Wept (GAMELAND Episode 5) (S.W. Tanpepper's GAMELAND). Another great thriller. Saul keeps teasing us a little more background, adding new characters, feeding the story. This is going to be one HUGE collection when all 8 episodes are collected together. Amazon finally came thru in September with an Update and I was able to download one book with all 5 episodes on it. This is far more than just another YA novel, or just another zombie novel. It is a whole new take on 1984.

Oct 10th: Update for October on the Sixth episode: Kingdom of Players: S.W. Tanpepper's GAMELAND (Episode 6) (Volume 6) (S. W. Tanpepper's GAMELAND). SW is really kicking this already exciting storyline into high gear as we are nearing the end. Six out of eigth episodes down. New characters and plot developments are added to fuel the suspense and the mystery of GAMELAND. I had thought that the length of the episodes would slowly shrink as the series moved on, but they have not. SW Tanpepper really gives you your money's worth (this episode is over 3300 locations). More zombies, new characters, death all over, more mystery. Excellent writing, and I am REALLY looking forward to November, but I suspect I will not get ALL my answers until the December episode (and knowing how this goes, I suspect NOT all the answers I am looking for).

Nov 30th: Sorry it took so long for me to finish off the 7th episode Tag, You're Dead: S.W. Tanpepper's GAMELAND (Episode 7) (Volume 7) (tons of other books to read/enjoy). I wanted to get my update in before November officially ended. Saul really kicks up things several notches in this one. Zombies, zombies, and oh, even more zombies! At last we are getting answers. But of course not everything we want. The ending is bound to be out of this world!

Dec 30th: Well, the ending was not the big bang that I was expecting. Overall I enjoyed this series. I feel that 8 episodes were a few too many, with 6 being a better number. This last one seemed to be just filler, with not much action happening. A few storylines were wrapped up, but just as many were not answered. Sigh......I think I was expecting to see more of what was happening from the Player's point of view. This book was about gamers, but the last three or four episodes did not really pay much attention to this aspect. Still, I will check out a Season Two if Saul writes one.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e4de714) out of 5 stars very good series Dec 27 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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I really enjoyed this series and would have given 4 stars if there weren't so many missing words. The story was good, the characters were good, and the writing style was good. The strange thing was as the series progressed the ability of the author to complete entire sentences degressed. Towards the end of the omnibus you could find missing word every 3 or 4 pages. It got to be a little annoying. Having said that I did enjoy it and will definitely buy other books from this author.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e4deac8) out of 5 stars Good Zombie Story July 29 2014
By kattwmn - Published on
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Overall I enjoyed the series, but did have some issues. While the characters and plot are reasonably fleshed out, they do have some holes (can't really go into them without spoilers). Additionally, the first few episodes are fast paced, but the story starts to drag in later episodes and long sections are filled with detailed zombie fight scenes (which some people may enjoy, so that could be a plus for some readers), while the plot doesn't really move along. There were also some twists that I kept expecting to happen that never did -- despite heavy hints along the way.

The proofreading/editing is pretty good at first, but the later episodes contain more and more typos, wrong words, missed words, and slightly scrambled sentences. They aren't numerous enough to interfere with comprehension, but can break the flow. I'm bothered by these kinds of errors, but wouldn't consider this editing bad enough to avoid the series.

Definitely a good one for fans of zombie stories.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e4deb28) out of 5 stars LOVE IT!! Nov. 8 2012
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I started reading this the other day and could not put it down! Great story and characters...I feel like I am right there with them. I can hardly wait until 12/1 for episode 8.

If you like great Zombie stories you need to read this book. And check out some of the Author, Saul Tanpepper's, other books too. I have them all on my "Must Read" list and will probably read all of them while waiting for the next episode of "Gameland".