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Escape from Netherworld

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  18 reviews
For David Kuklis the love of science fiction and fantasy began at an early age, when he and his brother, inspired by the game Dungeons and DragonsTM, staged similar games in their backyard and nearby woods. His uncle, a marine paralyzed from the neck down in Vietnam, usually ran the indoor games around the table, and his father was the inspiration for Twiggy, a major chara ...more
Perfect Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 25th 2014 by Word Association Publishers (first published August 22nd 2014)
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David Kuklis
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Reviewed By Tracy Slowiak for Readers’ Favorite

Fun and fantastical…those are the two words I would use to describe David Kuklis’ new work, Escape from Netherworld. In this fast-paced, thrilling page turner, seven Dungeons and Dragons playing friends enter an alternative dimension, one in which the roles they play in real life become their real identities. The seven friends - Joe, Dave, Kerri, John, Nora, Mike and Vince - find they have to band together and use all of the skills their characters
Sarah-Jayne Briggs
Nov 30, 2014 rated it liked it
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).

(This review may contain spoilers).

I really liked the blurb of this book, as well as the front cover. While the plot wasn't an entirely unique one, I thought it was an interesting twist on the 'person/group of people find themselves in another world'.

I did think it was interesting to see the characters and how capable they were when they were playing the game. While I've never LARP-ed myself, I didn't have any problem picturing the t
David Kuklis
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed By K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite

Escape from Netherworld is an epic fantasy work by author David Kuklis. The action centers on seven friends who enjoy a Dungeons and Dragons style role play game. Leading the pack are brothers Joe and Dave, who set off in full costume to conduct their latest game in a cave, where Dave has a romantic surprise in store for his best girl Kerri after the game. But the end of the game never arrives, as strange and supernatural circumstances transform the sev
Wendelin Gray
Aug 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: local-authors
The unsuspecting main characters are like kids in a candy store once they fall into the other world. Lots of action. A light, quick read.
May 13, 2017 rated it liked it
This book had all the makings of a really awesome story!! But I just finishing it very unhappy. I disliked the "main" characters and I hate many of the things that happened because I think they were completely pointless to the story.

It was very video game-esque, which is what I'm guessing to be the point, but that made for lots of action and less explaining. The action scenes were well explained and I visualized them perfectly, which is all I really enjoyed. Luckily, that was the majority of the
J.V. Hilliard
Feb 05, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Escape from Netherworld takes you on a wild ride, and Kuklis has a skill for writing fantastic battle scenes, filled with magic, swordplay and passion. No spoilers here, but Escape is a a classic fantasy adventure that leaves a cool cliffhanger ending, begging the reader to ask for the next installment.

I can sense the writer is a fan of the Dungeons & Dragons genre and must have played the game, but he's done a great job of world-building, immersing the reader in his own mystical realm with lot
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review and once again I feel sad about the crushing review I'm about to give.

This is terrible. I really struggled with it, and had to give up after 262 pages of 'The group did this. Then they went here. Then they did that. He said this. She said this. He said that.' etc etc. The storyline itself has such promise- it's got all the typical elements of fantasy that should draw a reader in, and a clear goal that should give the reader t
Linda Diaz
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wouldn’t you enjoy being transported to a different world? Be careful what you wish for! Seven long-time friends are thrust into another dimension. They were in the midst of playing Dungeons and Dragons in caves near their homes, when an earthquake struck. All of them then fell through a big hole as if the earth swallowed them up. When they realized they were all physically fine, they discovered they were not home anymore.

Joe and Dave are brothers who always plan their play fights in the caves a
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is easily one of my favorite books. If you enjoy playing World of Warcraft you will love the book "Escape from Netherworld". This fantasy novel if full of interesting characters, from mages to dwarves which immediately intrigued me. A group of friends get together to role play and while playing they all fall into a cave waking up to find there are in a different realm. They begin their quest to find their way back home, that's when the fun begins. Battle upon battle they find themselves goi ...more
William Bentrim
Dec 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Escape From NetherWorld by David Kuklis

This is a young adult book that deals with a group of role playing gamers who suddenly find themselves thrust into an alternate world where there game roles are their identities.

This book has a lot of very unrealistic violence where healing potions and clerics can work wonders on deadly wounds. The plot is simplistic and the characters are a bit superficial. It is written as if for late elementary school but their are some situations that are a little too
Wendy Strain
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
David Kuklis explores an interesting concept in Escape from Netherworld, but overall fails to deliver on the promise made on the book’s cover. He clearly has a good sense of RPG gaming and probably makes an excellent DM with his clear vision of the world he’s created and his ability to keep his characters straight, adding and subtracting characters as needed. He is also excellent at keeping track of other details such as the difficulties a less technology-saturated world would present to charact ...more
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Escape From Netherworld is a fun story about a group of friends who fall into an alternate reality while role playing as warriors, elves, etc in a friendly war game. Suddenly each member of the group is actually the character they have been playing, and they are in a world that needs their help. The group uses their new skills to help fight warring orcs, and are asked to stay and help by the villagers they save.

I thought that this was a really fun premise for a book, and the author made it a re
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Escape from Nether World is an exciting adventure from beginning to end. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I honestly could not put this book down! The vivid details and the story line makes the reader feel as if they have been transported to the other realm along with the characters. Definitely a fantastic read for young adults or anyone who loves a great fantasy. The battle scenes are well versed and bring you right into the action. There are twists and turn ...more
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review *
Escape from Netherworld is a thoroughly enjoyable book and a light read. It should appeal to all young adults, especially those interested in gaming. This book tells the tale of a group of friends who find themselves in a world of fantasy, having become the characters of their games. They endure a number of trials and setbacks on their journey to finding a way home but realise an appreciation for thus fantasy world and it's inhabitants
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This book had it all! Adventure, fantasy, well developed characters, a good storyline, and was difficult to put down. If you have spent time rolling a D20 or ever wondered what it would be like to be your "Dungeons and Dragons" character, you will love this book. I highly recommend it and am looking forward to the sequel! ...more
Jun 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
I tried and tried...

After reading a quarter of the book I had to stop.

I just couldn't finish this.
Netherworld Review

Rather childish and boring. Some characters need more development. Gaijin ski not something I would recommend to any of my friends.
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2 stars is generous for this waste of time. I WANTED to like this journey into alternate reality, but it was far too much for me. Just juvenile.
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2016 Readers' Favorite Bronze Medal Winner in Fiction- Adventure category

2015 Readers' Favorite Award Winner: Bronze Medal in the Fiction - Epic Fantasy Category.

2015 Ippy Awards Winner: Bronze Medal for best Fantasy Book

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