Alan Campbell never imagined just how much his life would change upon setting foot inside Viridian Gate Online. His only intention had been to show its creator that the game has promise. That it wasn’t a mere fluke. With death, he’d achieved that feat, never once taking into account the fact that he was now immortalized forever inside the game itself. If he’s to succeed in surviving such a cruel and unexpected world, he’ll have to learn everything possible with every passing second. Only then will he be able to prove himself to the game gods and Osmark himself.

I love, love, love this game world James and the authors he works with have created. They’ve given us such diverse characters, each intent on expanding upon the world of Elgard. These are characters with unique beginnings. Characters that find themselves on unequal footing. Each, however, is determined to survive, no matter the cost.

From the moment I was introduced to Alan’s part in this eclectic world, I was hooked. The author has this knack of showing us the world Alan inhabits through every step he takes. Not only that, he also broadens each aspect of this diverse world with each of the unique characters that are introduced as the story goes on.

If you haven’t given the VGO series a chance, you definitely should. This is a game world where anything is possible. I so can’t wait to see what the author has in store for us next.

More, please!


Viridian Gate Online is more than just a game… and now, it’s Alan Campbell’s whole world.

Recently deceased and squishy as hell, Alan, a newly minted Illusionist, is forced to flee for his life. He needs time to deal with his loss, both in-game and IRL, but first he’ll have to escape his crazy ex, the treacherous Firebrand, Thalia Daceran.

On his way to safety and revenge, he’ll team up with Titus, the Imperial spymaster, as well as a crew of pirates, commandos, and even a shapeshifting Mimic with a taste for blood. His path leads to Wyrdtide, a gaslit city hidden in mists and governed by dark demigods.

But even with Alan dead, the world marches on. Will the government seize control of V.G.O.? Did Horace, the blind beggar, really die? And whatever happened to Jeff? Find answers, new purpose, and the machinations of the gods in this action-packed continuation of the Illusionist Series.

From James A. Hunter—author of Viridian Gate Online, Rogue Dungeon, War God’s Mantle, and the Yancy Lazarus Series—and D.J. Bodden, author of The Black Year Series, comes an epic new entry into the Expanded Universe of Viridian Gate Online that you won’t want to put down!




DJ Bodden is a writer and veteran Marine Corps pilot, currently working out of Geneva, Switzerland for a commodities firm. He read grown-up books at an inappropriate age, developed strong feelings about old videogames that have followed him throughout his life, and didn’t own a car until the age of 23, when he learned to drive and fly starting at the same time.

As a kid with a head full of other people’s stories, he decided he needed to gather a few of his own and joined the military. During the next thirteen years, he rode, rappelled out of, and flew planes and helicopters, got knocked out, cautioned, promoted, shot at, blew things up then rebuilt them, and met people from almost every walk of life imaginable.

He wrote his first book at the end of a combat deployment – producing a manuscript that still lives in a box somewhere – and spent the next few years trying to learn how to do it again the right way.

Now, with a few scars to show for it and his own stories tucked into his belt, he writes books for young-and-old adults who take their stories wide-scoped, high-staked, and a touch of “what if?”



James A Hunter

James Hunter is a full-time ink slinger, a member of SFWA, and the author of the Yancy Lazarus Series (Urban Fantasy), Legend of the Treesinger (Urban Fantasy), Rogue Dungeon (litRPG), War God’s Mantle (Fantasy), MudMan (Urban Fantasy), and the litRPG epic, Viridian Gate Online.

In addition to writing, he also runs a non-traditional publishing company, Shadow Alley Press, with his wife, Jeanette (who is absolutely amazing).

He is also a former Marine Corps Sergeant, combat veteran, and pirate hunter (seriously), not to mention a member of The Royal Order of the Shellback—’cause that’s a real thing. When he’s not working, writing, or spending time with his family, he occasionally eats and sleeps.