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PUBLISHERS WEEKLY: "An unusually lighthearted apocalyptic tale." Sam Terra is having a bad week. He lost Molly, the woman he secretly loves, when she vanished before his eyes at the exact same time that ten percent of the inhabitants of Earth disappeared. Naturally upset, Sam follows clues about the global vanishing with questionable help from his friends including a ...more
Hardcover, 276 pages
Published December 20th 2011 by Hadley Rille Books (first published December 1st 2011)
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Josh
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've been on a run of post-apocalyptic fiction lately, having recently read (or re-read) The Stand, World War Z, The Road, and World Made by Hand. So clearly the "end of days" premise of Beta Test is one that resonates with me, and I was intrigued by the idea of "an unusually lighthearted apocalyptic tale" because, well, I think it's a neat idea to approach the subject matter from a different angle.

And it is, definitely, different than your run-of-the-mill end-times novel. This one is all-out,
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Meghan
Feb 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
For an author's first time being published, this book is a great romp. He has very few of the novice habits and mistakes you might expect in a first book. After a slightly slow start, it really sucks you in with the complexity of the characters and plot. It is fast moving enough that you don't get bored, but slow enough that everything gets explained to the exact right point (not too much or too little). The author has some of the most creative descriptions and expletives I've ever heard.

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Mindy
Jul 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
When I first started reading this book I thought it was like a “B” movie. I mean here was this story in third-person limited following this schlep, Sam, a big beefy, man who is secretly in love with a pixyish woman, Molly, at his office. His office is a Dilbert-ish office, complete with his best friend, office loud mouth Melvin.

Then the day he finds out that the girl he likes also likes him, she quits. He follows her down the stair and they share a sweet kiss. He offers to go with her, take
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Dale Elster
Jan 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Massively fun and thoroughly entertaining read! Very well-written story with an intelligence at its core that will satisfy any serious sci-fi fan - but please check your sci-fi snobbery at the door. This novel is all about telling an exciting, action-packed story - with as many jokes and geek-culture references as there are globular, population consuming aliens!
Absolutely brilliant use of footnotes - you'll just have to buy a copy and read to see what I mean!
Pam
Dec 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Our world is a "virtual reality" video game for other beings. It's an interesting idea, and it made for a fun read on very long flight. At times it was funny. Not too demanding, just the thing for a travel read.
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Eric narrowly averted a career in food service when he began working in tech publishing over 22 years ago. By day he works as the features editor for PCMag.com. By night he sneaks out of the house to write fictions. He currently lives in Ithaca, New York.
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