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Arena One: Slaverunners (Book #1 of the Survival Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

Morgan Rice
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Book Description

“Shades of THE HUNGER GAMES permeate a story centered around two courageous teens determined to buck all odds in an effort to regain their loved ones. But the true strength in any story lies not so much in its setting and events as in how the characters come across, come alive, and handle their lives--and it's here that ARENA ONE begins to diverge from the predictable and enters the more compelling realms of believability and strength….ARENA ONE builds a believable, involving world and is recommended….for those who enjoy dystopian novels, powerful female characters, and stories of uncommon courage.”
--Midwest Book Review
D. Donovan, eBook Reviewer

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New York. 2120. American has been decimated, wiped out from the second Civil War. In this post-apocalyptic world, survivors are far and few between. And most of those who do survive are members of the violent gangs, predators who live in the big cities. They patrol the countryside looking for slaves, for fresh victims to bring back into the city for their favorite death sport: Arena One. The death stadium where opponents are made to fight to the death, in the most barbaric of ways. There is only one rule to the arena: no one survives. Ever.

Deep in the wilderness, high up in the Catskill Mountains, 17 year old Brooke Moore manages to survive, hiding out with her younger sister, Bree. They are careful to avoid the gangs of slaverunners who patrol the countryside. But one day, Brooke is not as careful as she can be, and Bree is captured. The slaverunners take her away, heading to the city, and to what will be a certain death.

Brooke, a Marine’s daughter, was raised to be tough, to never back down from a fight. When her sister is taken, Brooke mobilizes, uses everything at her disposal to chase down the slaverunners and get her sister back. Along the way she runs into Ben, 17, another survivor like her, whose brother was taken. Together, they team up on their rescue mission.

What follows is a post-apocalyptic, action-packed thriller, as the two of them pursue the slaverunners on the most dangerous ride of their lives, following them deep into the heart of New York. Along the way, if they are to survive, they will have to make some of the hardest choices and sacrifices of their lives, encountering obstacles neither of them had expected—including their unexpected feelings for each other. Will they rescue their siblings? Will they make it back? And will they, themselves, have to fight in the arena?

“Grabbed my attention from the beginning and did not let go….This story is an amazing adventure that is fast paced and action packed from the very beginning. There is not a dull moment to be found.”
--Paranormal Romance Guild {regarding Turned}

"I will admit, before ARENA ONE, I had never read anything post-apocalyptic before. I never thought it would be something I would enjoy….Well, I was very pleasantly surprised at how addicting this book was. ARENA ONE was one of those books that you read late into the night until your eyes start to cross because you don't want to put it down….It is no secret that I love strong heroines in the books I read….Brooke was tough, strong, un-relentless, and while there is romance in the book, Brooke wasn't ruled by that....I would highly recommend ARENA ONE.”
--Dallas Examiner

ARENA ONE is Book #1 in the Survival Trilogy, and is 85,000 words. Book #2 in the series, ARENA TWO, is now also available.


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  • Print Length: 226 pages
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  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0074PTDWK
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129 of 140 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing read, couldn't finish April 10, 2012
Format:Paperback
I respect anyone who finishes writing a manuscript. It's a big commitment of time and energy. That said, the author should have had this professionally edited for content before publishing. This is not a well-written book. Too much is unbelievable, too many phrases are repeated over and over again, and there are continuity problems. The main character cracks her ribs and then in the next chapter, which takes place later the same day, it's as though the ribs have magically healed. The worst is the car/motorcycle chase, which is so far beyond believable, but also goes on and on and on as though the author wanted to make sure to mention every single place he had ever visited in NYC. And there is no depth or likability to the characters. Brooke is one dimensional and she falls for stranger Ben in a nanosecond, even though all we've seen him do is whine about everything. If you and your sister were starving to death and you caught a salmon, would you let your dog paw at it, bite it, and bat it around the floor? If you were weak from hunger, would you throw the salmon outside in the snow to keep it cold taking the chance that some critter carries it off or would you immediately cook it and eat it? And the father's voice is used waaaay too often. It gets annoying fast, especially when Brooke saw her father snap broken bones back into place once and suddenly can do it herself with no hesitation. What makes Katniss in The Hunger Games so special is her vulnerability--she never realizes how amazing she is and she always feels like she is letting someone down. Brooke, on the other hand, seems to have no self-doubt, no inner voice besides her father's, and feels more like a machine than a person.

I wanted to like this book and I think the author might improve if he takes some writing courses and works with a good editor, but I couldn't finish reading to the end. Sorry.
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72 of 79 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed... June 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The book starts very slowly. **Spoiler alert** It is basically just the day to day doings which are not much of two sisters who are living alone out in the woods. The story itself has great promise but what caused the low marks is that there is no mention that this is only a sample. At the exact moment when the action starts you get this note from the author "to read the rest of the novel 60,000 words buy the book at ....". If I had paid for this I would definitely have been upset. I'm only glad that it was free but due to the way it was promoted I would not buy this book now as I feel it is a cheap trick. Either give the full book for free or inform readers it's only a sample.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is NOT "The Hunger Games"... or is it? May 2, 2012
By wnk
Format:Paperback
This dystopian YA novel seemed very promising, with the main character out to save her sister from slave traders in the post-apocalyptic New York City. In the summary I read online, there were also hints of a Hunger Games-esque arena where these prisoners are forced to fight for entertainment. Having loved the Hunger Games, I figured I'd give it a try. I'd recommend to others... stick to the Hunger Games.

There wasn't anything overtly terrible about this book. The characters were okay, the plot was okay, the setting was okay, the pacing was okay. It would have been simply an "okay" book if I didn't feel like it had all been done before, and done before in a better way. First, you have to consider the similarities from The Hunger Games...

Teenage girl fighting to provide for her family in a dystopian future? Check!
Dead father? Check!
Mother who loses it after father is gone and thereby can't be relied upon? Check!
Teen girl puts self in danger for the sake of her younger, innocent sister? Check!
Sensitive, selfless teen boy who finds himself in same situation as teen girl? Check!
Teen girl uses her brain and specialized weapon skills to beat everyone in arena? Check!
Sensitive boy can't handle the violence, so teen girl steps up and saves them both? Check!
Older, tougher teen boy provides love triangle between teen girl and sensitive boy? Check!

Add in there some really drawn-out car chases, some zombies (I think that's what they were?), and the sex slave trade, and you've got "Arena One."

Other things that drove me crazy...

- The main character is basically invincible.
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars had potential March 25, 2012
By jerr406
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Started well but became more and more unrealistic. As I read, I guessed that the author must be some big city person that's never actually been outside the city limits or on a motorcycle...ever. so I read the author Bio to find out if my assessment was accurate and it is....he's from new York city. The probability of anything happening as he describes totally blows any credibility this book could have had right out of the water. For a motorcycle to start after six years is absurd....even if there was fuel the battery would have been way beyond dead. Should I even talk about the multiple hard impact crashes at over 150MPH that don't kill or even injure the main character????? Imagination is good but this author is CRAZY!!!
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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written sample June 12, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Book description should inform readers that this is a sample, not a whole book. Very good story, well written and interesting. This is a sample of the first few chapters, just enough to totally suck you in and drive you crazy for more.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars but the way the writer wrote this book seemed like he was being paid...
The story line it self was decent, but the way the writer wrote this book seemed like he was being paid by word or by character. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Ashley Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Great book! Couldn't put it down after the first ~20 pages.

Has a really great story line that goes up and down, with unexpected turns around every corner!
Published 7 days ago by Kasper Lüthje Jřrgensen
1.0 out of 5 stars Teen Hormones In A Dystopian Setting
This was not what I was expecting. The detailed life of two sisters in some kind of dystopian world could have been so much more interesting than this author made it. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Rachel Scalmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Absolutely loved this book! I could not put it down. Best read in a while.
Published 18 days ago by Stacie & Mike Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Easy flowing read that keeps you interested and wanting to read more.
Published 22 days ago by valarie francis
3.0 out of 5 stars I loved how it started
The writing is fast paced and hooks the reader from the beginning. I loved how it started, with Brooke finding something amazing after all this time without the necessities. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It
Great story, well written
Published 28 days ago by BobNC
4.0 out of 5 stars Things worked out too good at
Interesting creative story. Things worked out too good at times
Published 29 days ago by Wayne Brines
2.0 out of 5 stars Repetative
The book had an interesting plot, but the author kept repeating lines. That was distracting to me, personally. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Abby
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book
Published 1 month ago by Samantha Williams
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Morgan Rice is the #1 bestselling and USA Today bestselling author of the epic fantasy series THE SORCERER'S RING, comprising 17 books; of the #1 bestselling series THE VAMPIRE JOURNALS, comprising 11 books (and counting); of the #1 bestselling series THE SURVIVAL TRILOGY, a post-apocalyptic thriller comprising two books (and counting); and of the new epic fantasy series KINGS AND SORCERERS, comprising 2 books (and counting). Morgan's books are available in audio and print editions, and translations are available in over 25 languages.

Book #2 in Morgan's new epic fantasy series, RISE OF THE VALIANT (KINGS AND SORCERERS--BOOK 2) is now published!

TURNED (Book #1 in the Vampire Journals), ARENA ONE (Book #1 of the Survival Trilogy), and A QUEST OF HEROES (Book #1 in the Sorcerer's Ring) are each available as a free download on Amazon.

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