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Cyberpunk intrigue and military action come together in this dystopian thriller! A theocracy must be toppled... Third edition. New Megiddo has been born out of the ashes of America, an America that has sacrificed liberty for security. Ravaged by environmental disaster and shuttered off from the rest of the world by border fortress walls, and the strict dogma of spiritual lCyberpunk intrigue and military action come together in this dystopian thriller! A theocracy must be toppled... Third edition. New Megiddo has been born out of the ashes of America, an America that has sacrificed liberty for security. Ravaged by environmental disaster and shuttered off from the rest of the world by border fortress walls, and the strict dogma of spiritual leader, The Reverend Wilhelm Wainwright, the people take small comfort from the sermons the Reverend delivers straight to the people's minds via the [Virtue-Net]. However, the President John W. Schrubb Administration has been losing its grip on power. Murmurs and rumors of a resistance group of Apostates emanate from "Database" dens in the slums, financed by a mysterious source, are said to be scheming to free the people. Will the Apostates strike in time before the Born Again Gathering ushers in a state-induced Armageddon?...

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  • Dianne
    2018-10-07 20:17

    You think you’ve read every type of apocalyptic dystopian drama? Think there is nothing that could possibly be different, more intense, more detailed and downright horrific? Trust me, Lars Teeney has cut no corners to bring his tale to life. The Apostates has more angles, more subplots and more fiercely heroic rebels striking back at the Regime and the twisted and fouled religious sects then I have ever seen! Mr. Teeney has bravely delved into politics, religion, war and science fiction, pulling it altogether into one amazing and magnetic read!America is gone, through greed, pollution, or self-indulgence. In its place is the governmental chokehold of New Megiddo and the spiritual chokehold of one deranged “holy leader” claiming the time is coming for Armegeddon. Instead of televisions for the nightly news, the population has been fitted with internal Virtue Net devices that not only allow every word of propaganda to flow into their heads, but allows each individual to be tracked…think “Big Brother is watching” on steroids. Enter an unknown source, providing the tools to resurrect an army of free-thinking individuals who are free of the control of the masses, and I do mean resurrected, enhanced and willing to fight for the freedoms America was founded on. Their awakening into a new life is difficult, but to embrace their mission, they take on new names, no Tom, Dick, or Harrys, here. They say names are power, must be true. Follow the Apostates as they attempt to come together from points unknown to overthrow the oppressive regime and twisted religious zealots who are anything but saintly.Lars Teeney as spared no one who is “different,” no race, no sexual preference, no religious beliefs, as he paints a dark and sinister world. The bold strokes of his pen are rapier sharp as battle come to life, heroes die and others question their own ability at such a large undertaking when the masses have been cowed into submission. Meet people you will loath, people you wish you could stand with and ideologies that will grind in your gut. Just the length of this tome is impressive and when you finish it, you will see why, as this world comes to life in all of its hideous glory in the battle of freedom versus oppression in a world twisted by the need for more power and control. I walked away with my head spinning as scenes re-played in my mind. Authors like Lars Teeney and books like The Apostates is why I read and willingly re-read. I want to be mesmerized, I want to live in the tale, I want brains versus brawn and all of the emotions that war within, too.Highly highly highly recommended!I received this copy from Lars Teeney in exchange for my honest review.Series: The Apostates - Book 1Publication Date: July 20, 2015Publisher: Lars TeeneyGenre: Dark Post-ApocalypticPrint Length: 615 pagesAvailable from: AmazonFor Reviews & More: http://tometender.blogspot.com

  • GalitBalli
    2018-10-18 01:15

    ReviewPlot/Story: I love the moral issue of putting your freedom for your safety, would you give it up? The author took this subject and gave it a nice dark twist to a dystopian story. New Megiddo is the new post-apocalyptic America and The Apostates are the people who fights against the brain washed and chip-implanted people. These people fight for their freedom and against the strict spiritual leader.Characters: After Greta was revived (yep… revived) after she killed herself and she starts to fight for freedom and for the mindless following. Somewhere just after the third part of the book, the characters seem to blur all into two major groups. Now, if it would be different book I would mind, but here it worked nicely and I just didn’t mind.Graham, who came from a rich family and was part of the government, but knew what, was right thing to do.There are many amazingly written characters that made the story feel more real, that at some point you will wonder on which side it is best to be.Romance/Kills: Well, there are a lot violence here and dark issues rise up, so keep in mind when you’re about to read this book. This book has lot of actions scenes full of kills, bombs but for me it was not too much and I liked the fast pace of it.Writing: I love the writing style. There are many twists and turns to this story and many layers. This story touches a lot of subjects like Science Fiction, religion, politics and war and most important, humanity… and what make us human. These are all writing and woven so well together that even though this book long book but it feels relatable and I wanted to know more of that world. The author takes us through different POV’s and he did it effortlessly.Beginning: From the beginning we see Greta takes her life and reborn to help the fight against the new government and religion. The Apostates want to bring freedom and freewill back to everyone.Ending: The story ended with a positive tone, living me satisfied. The ending also jumped on me fast and I left wanting more. Cover Art: I love the dark feel of the cover. It fits the story perfectly.Blurb: The blurb was written well, giving you enough information but no spoilers and it pulled me right into the story with questions of what might happen next.Other StuffOpening Line: “The video feed began with rapturous choir music, and funk bass guitar began playing.”Highlights: From the amazing world building to the great story, I enjoyed reading this book a lot. There is so much to this story that no matter how long this book is, I still felt it fly by fast. Loved it!Lowlights: None.Final Thoughts: This is not a light read, but it is a wonderful book to read.Read more at: The Reading Bud

  • Katherine Espano
    2018-09-20 19:28

    Fans of military fiction will enjoy this complex, dystopian novel. In a country controlled by religion, the Apostates struggle against the incumbent regime. The Apostates are comprised of criminals, dissidents, and anyone who goes against the regime in any way, including those who try to commit suicide. Some of the Apostates are forcefully recruited against their will and turned into warriors for freedom. Once these recruits accept their fate and technologically-provided fighting skills, they embrace their fierce new path. Within the religious regime, various factions vie for power. The storyline is filled with violent intrigue and battles. For the most part, the language is clear, and the plot is detailed.Evaluating this book was a little difficult for me because I don't typically read war fiction. For those who do, though, I believe this story offers plenty of excitement. Although there is a lot of background information told to the reader in the beginning of the novel, the later narrative picks up into a quick and even pace. Personally, I was most interested in the reflective moments that some of the characters experienced toward the end of the novel. Although I found it difficult to relate to the characters, I appreciated the detailed, imaginative world. Fans of dystopian, military fiction will enjoy a compelling, fast-paced ride in The Apostates.

  • Mike Siedschlag
    2018-09-24 02:20

    I was recently given an e-version of The Apostates by LarsTeeney in exchange for an honest review.I have a lot to say about this book. So, most important; I liked it. It's a great story! It shows what can happen in a society that unquestioningly accepts what its political and religious leaders feed them. I was somewhat worried when I started the book because the author warned that the reader may be offended by some of the content. Well, I am a Christian and (I believe) a Patriot and I wasn't at all offended, mainly because I don't consider myself to be a mindless recipient of religious or political information. But wait, I'm supposed to be reviewing a book here.The Apostates is a well told story with compelling characters, it is dark and heavy reading, but considering the topic, I guess that is to be expected. It is a very long book. It took me considerably longer to read than usual. All I'm saying is: Don't pick The Apostates as a quick read that you can plow through quickly, be prepared to spend some time here. That is not a bad thing. The story is worth the time you will spend with it.I received an early version of the book so I won't focus on editing problems as I expect those either have been, or are in the process of being, corrected. The Apostates is the debut offering by Lars Teeney and reflects some of the difficulties inherent in a new book, so I am willing to look past those errors and focus on the most important question. Is this book worth my precious reading time?The answer is a resounding, Yes! Mr. Teeney is good at building tension, holding interest, and making the reader be interested in what happens to the characters. As regards the length of the book, I think that the story line relating to WWII could have been a novel in itself. There was enough detail and story there to stand as either a prequel to or companion of the main book. Although interesting and very well written, I don't feel it was essential to the over all flow of the story. I did enjoy this part and am glad I read it. I wouldn't want it to go away, but offered as another book in a series would be better for me.One thing I forgot; a character in this book drives a 1968 Dodge Charger. Only the greatest car ever made! (Personal opinion, but it's my blog and I can say it if I want.)Seriously though, The Apostates touches on many genres; history, politics, religion, romance, action adventure, horror, scifi, technology, military, need I go on? It also evokes many and varied emotions as the reader connects with various characters.A book this long invariably leaves natural openings for sequels. One that screams sequel to me is the story of Angel. I would love to read the continuation of her story (are you listening Mr. Teeney?). There are other characters whose stories would make good reading as well. And, of course the main story is not necessarily finished.Lars Teeney represents what I love about where I have been led with this blog; a fresh voice with a new focus who doesn't appear to be pumping out stories to satisfy a publisher. I have found that the literary horizon is so much broader that I ever imagined! It is authors like Mr. Teeney and the many others I have reviewed here that have enlightened me. So thank you for that.As I reread my review here, it seems to me that it reflects the book, I hope that I have adequately shown that The Apostates operates on several levels. When you read this book I expect you will experience it on many levels.Enjoy The Apostates, I think you will like it.Mike

  • David
    2018-10-08 02:28

    If you read Cryptonomicon and are desperate for another fix of that mix timelines cyberpunk mashup, then grab this and enjoy. But Lars is no Neal Stephenson. He did very good research on the WWII parts of the book, the battles end with the real life outcomes, and the characters try to give a little humanity to the horrors of that conflict. Lars does not shy away from the bigotry, racism, and class conflict of that era. If however, you are looking for a volume written at the same level of Stephenson's work, you will want to move on. Lars could have done with some research on how battleships actually work, but compared to the problems I had with the cyberpunk parts of the book, I can live with 16" guns ejecting spent casings. In the cyberpunk punk parts of the book you need to come prepared with a large helping of suspension of disbelief, and mine ran out several times. Nano scale computer systems inside people's brains create literal neural networks, so good so far. The vital signs of the individuals can be monitored remotely, ok. You have to kill someone to switch them to another network? You can encrypt something so well that that your hardware would have to be taken out of you and put in a decryption system physically for an extended amount of time to see a distorted version of the content? For that matter, the mastermind in the book is desperate to pull a con and has to load an encrypted file into someone else, and it has to have actual content? Since his opposition knew he was up to something because he had an encrypted partition, why not spread an encrypted file of gibberish to everyone? And then there are the character deaths, several of the ones had extended deaths that served no purpose. The less said about those the better. Overall, the book is true to the dark tone of the genre, and makes an effort to copy one of the masters.

  • Jaffa Kintigh
    2018-10-06 20:36

    This series-opening speculative novel depicts a future where wealthy, progressive America has fallen and New Megiddo has risen from its ashes. Cities from Annapolis to San Francisco are largely slums and ruins. All of the wealth is in the hands of the theocratic government that is as controlling and hypocritical as George Orwell's 1984. I especially enjoy the homage in using Orwellian acronyms for government organizations: HOVEL (orphanages), LOVE (police state regulators) etc. The prequel novella, New Megiddo Rising (Apostates, #0) which I thoroughly enjoyed, introduced the backstory of many key characters in this civil war novel. The theocratic nation is under fire from within its ranks and from its self-branded enemies--the Apostates. The dynamic plot juggles the various POVs and battling ideologies with epic land and sea battles and crafty subterfuge. Every pact teeters on the brink of crumbling. Less clear is the inclusion of many scenes dating back centuries to WWII. The historic characters, nearly all ancestors of the current era characters, meet and interact in ironic and telling ways. However, they have no hand in the grand plot of the current era.Unfortunately, rough-to-absent editing detracts from the story critically. This includes malapropisms [usually loosely homophonic in nature], misused apostrophes and quotation marks, word elisions and repetitions, and unclear voicing. Stilted, repetitive dialogue is rife, as is seemingly out-of-character actions and lines. Finally, there is an odd choice to include some dialog in Spanish and then have to translate it--including the Spanish is contextually unnecessary. And inconsistent, as some Spanish language scenes do not receive this treatment, and no Japanese language scenes receive this treatment. Overall, the story--plot and characters--are good if not better than good. However, dialog and basic editing sit at a rather low level. Based on my enjoyment of the prequel novella written after this novel, I have higher hopes for the sequel. I received my copy of this novel directly from the author through bookreviewdirectory.wordpress.com.

  • L.N. Denison
    2018-10-10 20:30

    The Apostates is a solid, compelling, and decidedly dark Dystopian tale set in a place called New Megiddo, which was built among the ruins of what used to be the U.S.A.It follows a group of people, non-believers, if you will, who are intent on bringing down the oppressive, and overly religious Schrubb regime, who forced the people of New Megiddo to listen to the preaching’s of a madman through the use of something called the [virtue-net]. All the elements of this story melded together really well, from The Apostates skirmishes with L.O.V.E Rangers, and the people who pursued them throughout the story in an attempt to put an end to their insurgence. I love the way that the Apostates came into being, almost reincarnated and given a second chance at life. In return they would bring about the demise of the Zealots and harsh regime.I like the way the author gave the Apostates double barrelled names that meant the same thing. i.e Ravine-Gulch or Blaze-Scorch…very imaginative.Upon reading some of the story, i.e the ‘second world war’ flash backs, I felt that these segments of the book would benefit from having a separate novella, as the flash backs make a compelling story all on their own.This book certainly piqued my interest from the very first page, I enjoyed it immensely, but I did find myself shedding a tear on the odd occasion. I tend to get highly emotional if I read something heart wrenching, especially when it involves one of my favourite characters. This happened more than once. I tend to get too attached to characters especially when they are so well written. I won’t go too far into the story for fear of giving away pivotal parts of the story. There is so much to like about this epic tale, the characters are so diverse and interesting that you end up rooting for the good guys all the way. And the twists that I encountered as the story came to fruition almost smacked me in the face with a shovel. What I would call ‘WTF’ moments, of which there were a few. I love that in a book.The Apostates is very good addition to the Dystopian Genre, and I can’t wait to see what the author has in store next.

  • Ailyn
    2018-09-22 23:23

    Post- apocalyptic America becomes New Megiddo, a Christian state run by a non- nominated President and his family, helped by Reverend Wilhelm Wainwright. Sacrificing freedom for safety, people now have computer chips embedded in their brain, accepting propaganda.The story starts with Greta killing herself, and revived to be a freedom fighter of sorts. She quickly discovers that her ex- boyfriend Marco is there was well. Things get complicated after that, which is why this is not a light read.I know that the book has some errors, I have caught some of the more obvious ones, but it is still enjoyable once you get past it. However I have more trouble with the names of the Apostates, since the author had changed their original ones to code names, and still utilized both sometimes.A reminiscent of George Orwell's 1984, this one has a sinister note to it, using religion as well as technology to control its citizens, the New Megiddo is an oddball of fanatics, oppressors, and back stabbers. Its citizens, most of it, seem to love the Reverend, and happy to trade freedom for safety. Those who do not do well in the system fall out and become the Apostates or perish all together. It took many tries on the rebel's part, but I am glad the story ended with a positive note. All the scheming and fighting was a bit too much, a little anti-climatic when it ended quickly after all the struggle. Although not much surprise in regards to story and plot, the characters somehow blurred into distinct groups half way through for me.This is not a book for the young, its violence is graphic and there are topics that people would find uncomfortable to talk about. For a post- apocalyptic book, I am glad that this is a standalone, albeit a fast paced and full on book, I could hardly take a breath chasing after the shooting and bombing.It is an interesting book still, because it talks a lot about boundaries and fighting for what you believe in. This book cannot be read in one go though, it has too much going on, best to enjoy in bite sized moments.

  • Jessica Bronder
    2018-10-06 23:41

    From the ashes of a destroyed America, New Megiddo has been born. People have decided to forfeit their freedom to have chips implanted into their heads. These chips help people obtain the messages of the leaders directly into their heads. Reverend Wilhelm Wainwright and the President are the leaders but it seems that Revered Wainwright is starting to take over the control. Then there are those that don’t want to be implanted. They are called the Apostates or they just disappear. The Apostates are fighting for freedom. Clearly this is a problem for Reverend Wainwright and the President. It’s now a race to see if the Apostates can free the people or if they are going to disappear forever.This is a long book with a lot of depth to it. This is not a book that you just casually read in one night. It has a lot of history and touches on every subject that a book can. You have to ask yourself what would you do in this situation. Would you give up your freedom just to be safe or would you fight to be free. This book reminds me of George Orwell’s 1984 and gets your mind thinking about the scary possibilities. Think how easy you could be giving up your freedoms just to be safe, how it would be so much easier to have someone else tell you what to do and when to do it. This is a great book. There is a lot of thought that went into it. If you like dystopian or post-apocalyptic stories, this is one you need to check out.I received The Apostates for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • T.M. B.A. Corbett
    2018-10-14 02:25

    I read this book a little bit ago and was going to give it a 2.5 or 3 rating. Then the author contacted me stating he had a lot of feedback about mistakes he made, so he edited the e-book and asked me to re-read it. I was glad that he made the changes he did it made the book easier to read. I have now updated my rating from 2.5 - 3 to 3.5 - 4! This story is a heavy one with a lot of religion, politics, and violence being its core. The focus of the story was about those willing to believe religious and political propaganda for safety without any freedom. Against those who do not buy into the religion and politics they are being fed and want their freedom above all else. I found this story scary because it is in the realm of possibly futures for this country. Maybe I am overthinking it but honestly it is not a farfetched reality. The characters basically came in two sets the followers and non-followers with only minor differences in the non-followers that make them unique. The plot was built nicely and had me intrigued until the end when the conflict was resolved a little to easily and quickly just to end the story. The setting and overall theme of the book were crafted well and made this a good read. I feel like adults who love political turmoil and well-crafted post-apocalyptic stories will enjoy this read. Please check out my website for more book reviews and GIVEAWAYS!

  • Misty
    2018-09-24 02:19

    The Apostates series caught my interest because of my love of all things science fiction. The Apostates series is very much a series that falls into the science fiction genre though they also have many elements of dystopian and post-apocalyptic. One of the science fiction elements that I found to be really cool was the Virtue Net; the populace are all fitted with internal Virtue Net devices. The Virtue Net allows each person to be tracked which in turn limits personal freedoms. Now while the Virtue Net is a completely evil concept it is still a very cool one that the author develops throughout the novel. The Apostates (The Apostates, #1) by Lars Teeney is a six hundred page book that is filled with many new and futuristic devices and technology like the Virtue Net. The author truly did an outstanding job with making this dystopian future seem not only realistic, but also understandable. The author went into great detail about everything, which really helped me to understand all of the technology.Besides the technology and science fiction element the author truly created a whole world with how he delves into politics, religion, and rebellion. The rebellion part reminded me a little of the rebels in Star Wars which I though was awesome.I won't spoil the plot for you by telling you all about the story line, but I will say that if you enjoy science fiction then you will enjoy this book.

  • Boundless Book Reviews
    2018-10-10 22:29

    Lars Teeney tells a story of a post-apocalyptic time in a new world, New Meggido. After the world is destroyed by several natural and environmental disasters, the citizens are drawn into following the self-acclaimed “Great Reverend”. In exchange for the citizens’ loyalty, they are offered protection in the form of Law of Virtue Enforcement, aka, L.O.V.E. rangers.The Apostates gives the reader a love/hate relationship with the “laws” of New Meggido. While some aspects are easy to agree with, others are outright unacceptable. There are several areas where the separation of religion and laws are as far from reality as an honest politician.I found it difficult to stay with this 600 page novel. It’s a slow and overly detailed read. There are numerous typos’ that distracted me as a reader, and made this slow read, even slower. I had to put this book down several times and read it in between other books to finish it. I completed this book for the sole purpose of writing this review for our blog, otherwise, I would have quit halfway through.To give credit to the imagination and ideas of Lars Teeney, I give The Apostes 3 stars. However, I strongly advise a re-edit to the book before the next printing....Bethhttp://www.boundlessbookreviews.comhttps://www.facebook.com/BBReviews

  • Bill Davis
    2018-09-29 22:37

    A nightmarish vision of how totally screwed America will be if the Religious right succeeds in tearing down the wall between church and state, replacing the constitution with their warped interpretation of the Bible and establishing a Theocracy ruled by the Church. Recommended reading for people who love their country and who fight to keep churches on their damn side of the wall.

  • Debra Payne
    2018-09-24 19:31

    I really enjoyed this complicated story mix of actual historical events and projections into the future the consequences of current political decisions. In watching the political debates for 2016 one can see that events in the book could actually happen! As I finished The Aspostates it left me wanting more so I am thrilled to be reading New Megiddo Rising currently.

  • Mesca Elin
    2018-10-20 00:43

    I received the epub version of this book, from the author, in exchange for a honest review. Here is my review https://mescalime.wordpress.com/2015/...

  • Donna
    2018-09-27 02:27

    Unique, action-packed dystopian fiction Having read and loved “New Megiddo Rising,” I was eager to check out “The Apostates,” which is a new novel set in Lars Teeney’s dystopian world. North America and the rest of the planet has been savaged by natural and environmental catastrophes. The United States is known as New Megiddo, walled off from the rest of the world and run by a religious zealot named Wilhelm Wainwright who delivers his sermons in a completely frightening and unconventional way—by sending them straight into the minds of his followers via the Virtue-Net. With the government losing grip on its people and talks of a rebellion called Apostates, rumors brew that someone somewhere is scheme to free the people. This was a fast-paced Orwellian story of a post-apocalyptic near future that is vivid and gripping. Teeney addresses morality and politics, yet these philosophical questions do not bog down the action and adventure. Told from the perspective of the freedom fighters, I was hooked from the first page. It was highly emotional, as well, populated with heroes you felt a great deal for and a powerful villainous government that you loved to hate. Excellent read for fans of post-apocalyptic fiction who want something different.

  • Beth
    2018-10-01 00:45

    I received this book for an honest review. The review is posted on Boundless Book Review.See full review at http://www.boundlessbookreviews.com/#...

  • Jonathan
    2018-09-28 20:26

    Very stimulating read, Granted its a bit long wordy at-first but once through the intro the story read develops. Great settings, and plot points a must read by fans of Stephenson, and Gibson.

  • Sabrina
    2018-10-11 21:42

    Only got a few pages in before I had to put it down. The idea seems really interesting and like something I'd definitely be into, but sadly I couldn't get past the misspellings and stilted writing.

  • Lars Teeney
    2018-10-09 20:35

  • Denise
    2018-09-26 01:22

    Nice twist on cult culture. Use of technology and mind control to make a religious statement...sort of. Just when the world is looking for a new direction after tragedy, greed and power are the corruption behind everything. Too bad so many of the good characters in this story don't make it. Will be interesting to see what rises from the ashes of the Born Again gathering.