March 01, 2013

LARP: The Battle For Verona - Review

LARP: The Battle For Verona
By Justin Calderone
Sometimes even a geek can become a hero.

Dennis and his friends have been LARPing (Live Action Role Playing) since high school. Now, in his 20s, Dennis is seriously considering giving up LARPing for good. He’s tired of dealing with his overzealous friend Mark; he’s tired of his older brother Brad’s constant put-downs; and he’s tired of the fact that he doesn’t have a girlfriend. Check that. Not a girlfriend, but the girlfriend.Alyssa—the one woman he’s been pining over for years.

Dennis and his fellow LARPers have never been considered cool, in their small island community of Verona, located off the coast of Washington State.

But all of that is about to change . . .

While Dennis and his friends are attending a big LARP tournament on the mainland, a rogue terrorist group of Mongolians in medieval garb, led by an American madman, invade Verona and take its citizens hostage—including their families and friends.

When the LARPers find out what’s happening in their home-town, they do what any dedicated LARPer would do: they put on their armor, strap on their swords, and fight their way home—LARP-style!

My Review
Even tho Dennis has been LARPing (Live Action Role Playing) since high school he is ready for a change. He is tired of not having a real life, being picked on by his brother and tired of the way his friend Mark acts at these events. He agrees to one more weekend LARP adventure before he quits. However after Mark makes him mad he decides to head home early. When he gets there he finds he can't go home because rogue terrorist group of Mongolians in medieval garb and tools have took over his island home. The army can't help them and it will take Dennis and the LARP groups to help save them. They with their medieval tools and years of combat play may be the only thing to save these people.

Even tho this isn't the normal type of book I would read I enjoyed it. I had no clue about LARP or anything about it. The author does a wonderful job describing it and writing it in such a way you understand it and really get into it yourself. You see Dennis and his friends aren't losers and they are really tough when it counts. While the plot doesn't seem believable it is still good. Very original and written in such a way you get involve with helping Dennis and them save their family and friends. I liked some of the characters like Dennis and some of his friends a few like Mark I wished harm on I have to say. He really got on my nerves but I could see real people who act like him so he was a good character in that way. This story is a good one for people looking for something different something new to read.Lots of action and some personal struggle that just makes Dennis grow as a person.
4 out of 5 Bats~Pam

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