Recommended LitRPG | Viridian Gate Online Cataclysm by James A Hunter
RECOMMENDED LitRPG: Viridian Gate Online.
One of the best series of books I have ever read. Not just LitRPG.
From the back of Viridian Gate Online: Cataclysm (Book 1)
An extinction-level asteroid, 213 Astraea, is cannonballing toward Earth. Collision, imminent. An international team of scientists is working around the clock to avert the cataclysm—few are optimistic. World governments are preparing for impact with deep earth bio-dome bunkers, but only a select few lottery winners will be saved.
Jack Mitchel, a thirty-two-year-old EMT living in a tiny studio apartment on the West Coast, isn’t one of those winners.
Still, there might be a way for him to survive Astraea: a slim chance, requiring a radical leap of faith. Through a connection at Osmark Technologies, Jack’s acquired a NexGenVR capsule and with it, a one-way ticket to the brand-new, ultra-immersive, fantasy-based VRMMORPG, Viridian Gate Online. Taking that leap of faith, though, means permanently trapping his mind in the game, killing his body in the process.
Worse, one in six die during the transition, and even if Jack beats the odds, he’ll have to navigate a fantastical world filled with vicious monsters, domineering AIs, and cutthroat players. And when Jack stumbles upon a secret conspiracy to sell off virtual real estate to the ultrawealthy—transforming V.G.O. into a new feudal dark age—the deadly creatures inhabiting Viridian Gate’s expansive dungeons will be the least of his concerns.
If Jack can’t game the system, he’s going to be trading in a quick death for a long, brutal one …
James A. Hunter is a writer, among other things. He is a former Marine Corps Sergeant, combat veteran, and pirate hunter (seriously). James is also a member of The Royal Order of the Shellback—’cause that’s a real thing. He's been a missionary and international aid worker in Bangkok, Thailand, and a space-ship captain, can’t forget that.
Okay… the last one is only in his imagination, but it sounds cool.
Currently, he's a stay at home dad—taking care of two kids—while also writing full time. When not working, writing, or spending time family, he occasionally eats and sleeps.
Not only is James a great writer, but he is an active and immensely helpful member of the LitRPG author community. He is also a founding member of an amazing publishing company called Shadow Alley Press. Between him, and his other amazing authors, they have helped to propel the genre of LitRPG to new and amazing heights. I personally cannot wait to see what they do next.
Seriously, his books are amazing. Go read them. Now!