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Barcode: The Legend of Apollo (Barcode #1)

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  231 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Spencer Colt must return to his last year of Colt Academy—the academic institute for gladiators. The school and arena are run by his father, a wealthy businessman too occupied to remember his son's 19th birthday. Spencer could care less. He's a sarcastic jerk that wants to finish his final year without another person mentioning his destiny, to reunite America.

On his first
Published February 4th 2012 by Smashwords (first published February 2nd 2012)
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Kat (Kindred Dreamheart)
......................I was shocked mute for a moment there.

The verdict is still out on this novel; and I have a feeling I will be revising this review repeatedly. I mean that in a good way…I’m torn between Epic, 5, and 4.5 hearts! After an interview with the author, I was thrilled to hear he was an Anime fan and drew inspiration from a popular show when writing this novel. My household watches Anime religiously via Anime Network, Adult Swim and online. No, I take that back.... there are certain
Masquerade Crew
Jul 12, 2012 Masquerade Crew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

From the start of this book I felt like I was missing some important information and struggling to catch up, a feeling that continued the whole book. There was little background information about the Barcodes or how they worked or even why the Gods powers were channelled in this way, rather the story seemed to expect you to know all this and while some bits were later explained these explanations were not enough to make up for the lost feeling that continued throughout the book. A fe
Author: Kashif Ross
Published By: K.R.
Age Recommend: Adult(Language)
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 4
Blog Review For: GMTA

"Barcode: The Legend of Appollo" by Kashif Ross was a really thrilling read especially if you like Gods, demigods and mortals. These 'Barcodes' have been established to stop the war and to regulate the population...thus giving these gladiators a much stronger power. This story is set in the future from California. You must be ready for this read (I wasn't) because
Lord Nouda
3 Stars.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy from the author to read. It has had minimal impact on my feelings for it, but yes, I am somewhat emotionally influenced by that fact. Full disclosure here. Stop reading now if you have problems with that.

First of all, I'm going to say that this story had a great concept and was unique, at least in my book.

The first issue I had with the book was the numerous errors that I found (without actually looking for them) in the first 15% of the book. The first
Dec 23, 2013 Lea rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What did i just read

I have never been slapped in the face so many times by the beginning of a book.
The writing is just plain bad. Everything was stated so obviously and awkwardly i just. No.
The concept is good but was used the wrong way and needed to be developed more. It was very complicated and everything was explained so plainly. Information should have been worked into the plot insted of full out handed over when something was mentioned. A lot of peices just didnt fit in or felt like they ha
Jun 18, 2012 Sally rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Barcode: Legend of Apollo is a futuristic tale involving Greek Gods, Demigods and mortals in the backdrop of California. It is difficult to describe this book as there is so much going on and a lot of colourful characters that make up this urban fantasy fiction.

People have been given special powers to make them stronger and are symbolised with barcodes. They become gladiators and each character has a different story to tell in terms of where they have come from and how they have got to be part o
jason marek
Jul 22, 2014 jason marek rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why I like it

Why I like it

It combined two things that I am addicted to. mythology and syfy. it also includes an awesome plot and character development.
Fangs for the Fantasy
Spencer Colt carries the barcode of the god Apollo, making him one of the most powerful Gladiators in the world. But such power comes with a price – in particular a destiny to face off against Helios, the tyrant of the east coast.

In this future America, the country has been split by devastating war. A war so destructive that the gods themselves acted to end the conflict. Now wars are fought between gladiators – beings enhanced by the gods and demigods – but not everyone plays by the rules and He
Feb 05, 2013 Angie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I finished this book last night and have thought over it and I'm still not entirely sure what it was about. Something with barcodes on people that give them powers of gods, and some evil that Spencer is suppose to fight. That is about all I gleamed from it. I don't even feel like I can give a synopsis of the book.

The romance was some weird love triangle, that really didn't make much sense. Spencer only really ever spent his time with one of the girls but claimed to love both of them when he knew
Destiny Mychael White
I want more, I need more...
Aaron Podhajecki
Great ingenious story terrible ending

The story had me hooked I love every minute of it but j hated the ending. There are just some things you don't do to the main characters in a story for instance kill them
Brianna  King
Aug 06, 2015 Brianna King rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book has blown my mind. I nearly died at the end. My face is covered in tears! Aaaghhhhh I LOVE THIS BOOK SOOOOOOK MUCH.
this book had a very surprising ending and the action was superb. Loved this story and twists. you never know who is really the good guy or bad guy or if such a person even exists. Can't wait for the next book.
James Henson
Jan 25, 2014 James Henson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an amazing start to the series. It is a rich and unique world that drew me in
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For the past three years, Kashif Ross has been mainly known as a teacher. Yet, he's managed to pick up very random titles along the way. Previous jobs include Student Molecular Oncology Researcher, Camp Counselor, CGI Animator, Character Designer, and Professional Geek.

Now he's an author living in California's Bay Area. You can find posts about his random thoughts and adventures on his blog.
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“I didn’t know I had a heart, but it won’t stop bleeding.” 0 likes
“Professionals don’t need that type of praise. My name is famous enough to get some attention from a true gladiator, but Jagdip is full of hot air. Yesterday, he cried, “You think you’re a hotshot, Spencer, but you’re not. You’re lucky my brother doesn’t fight here anymore. Ah! That’s it. I’ll have Samir teach you a lesson.” After I dismissed the challenge, he swore on his life that Samir would come to his rescue. Today” 0 likes
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