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Apocalypse Wow

(Apocalypse Wow #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  64 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Jack Winters is in a bit of a pickle. Things started out just fine. He had a decent job and a few friends. Then he met the woman of his dreams. They go out on a date and things go really well. That’s when things go south. The morning after turns out to be a week later and the world went ahead and ended itself while Jack was far away in dreamland. Now he’s awake in a post-a ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published June 13th 2015 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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J. Daniel Layfield
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Being a child of the 80s and 90s, this book definitely tickled my nostalgia bone. Reading this book felt like taking a trip with my own brother and friends through an apocalyptic wasteland. But this book is so much more than just a pop culture guidebook. Beyond the references is a thoroughly entertaining and unique story. I already have the second one downloaded and am excited to see what those last words mean exactly.

My only complaint is the riddle near the end of the book. Having a riddle with
Christina McMullen
Jul 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh boy! How do I even review this book? I guess I could take the easy route and compare it to a bunch of other things (a mash up of Dogma and Scott Pilgrim vs the World, but with more pop culture references), but that would be doing the uniqueness of this book a disservice.

Seriously. There are tons of dystopian stories out there, but very few (that I've seen anyway) that take place after the literal end of the world. This one does. After the fire and brimstone have rained down and destroyed lif
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I just loved this book. Take Clerks, High Fidelity, add a bit of Ariel, some of the humor from John Dies at the End and a dash of the Wizard of Oz and Ready Player One, then shake it all up and you have Apocalypse Wow. The world has come to an end and our hero is chasing a beauty he had the worlds best date with across the landscape with his two buddies in tow because that is why you have wingmen.

Ben Mariner has taken the end of the world and made it fun. His sense of humor is not funny ha ha, b
C.B. Archer
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humour, parody

My fan art for this book was just so amazing that it became the cover for the second book! ... well, okay, fine. That isn't true. I did make the cover for the second book though. It was before I read this book, because I got this book after doing that, and then... you know what? That isn't important. Let's just review this book instead!

I am always of fan of anything that sets out to do something original and unique - something with a plot I haven't read before, or something that has a new concep
Tony Parsons
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jack Winters (narrator, employee) worked for Mike (owner record shop) as did Barry (record shop employee). The 3 were good friends.
Jill (Jack’s lover) has a hot date & the 2 quickly become an item.
She however decides to move.

BOOM. The town/world are completely changed forever.
The 4 horseman of the Apocalypse (Metallica): James Hetfield (war), Lars Ulrich (pestilence), Kirk Hammett (death), & Jason Newsted (famine) also were wreaking havoc on the world.
The adventures, thrills & the horrors of
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. The nostalgia factor was awesome and the story was fun and different. Can't wait to read the next one! ...more
Noah Nichols
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: digitally-honed
There are a lot of things that I could say about this novel. Honestly, I don't even know where to begin. For one, it has resonated deeply with me. The "obscure" pop culture references made me reminisce about my own childhood (as well as my formal teen years), the witty narrative and dialogue embedded within hearkened back to a time when novelists weren't afraid to let loose with their fiction. I've preached about it in the past with other reviews of mine, but I have to reiterate it here once mor ...more
Here's the Apocalypse Wow playlist on Spotify.

I loved the music "chapter tracks"; embellishments like that really add to the fun and appeal of books for me.

This book was recommended to me by more than one friend who also enjoys apocalyptic fiction — I added it to my To Read list and bought the book sometime last year, but just picked it up this week. Typically I don't re-read blurbs before beginning a book, because the element of surprise always adds to the enjoyment of the reading experience.
Nicholas Karpuk
There's a certain tendency, often in a writer's early books, that I've become weirdly familiar with over time. The book starts off hot and heavy with an almost excessive style, and I immediately wonder how long it will take before the pressures of telling an actual story force it down.

In the case of Apocalypse Wow, I think I clocked it somewhere around 20%. In general, you can be a stylist, or you can tell a fast paced adventure, but I've seen very few people do both. The style in this case invo
Nick Rossi
Oct 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
First and foremost, I love a good play on words. I also love Martin Scorcese, which is why I could not help but accept to review the magnificently titled, genre mash-up novel "Apocalypse Wow".

As the title suggests, the novel is indeed set during the Apocalypse, whatever that may mean. The main character here is the simply titled Jack Winters. He's an average dude - has a job he semi-enjoys and a group of friends that he likes to hang out with. Throw in an encounter with a woman he thinks may hav
Jul 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned, sci-fi, giveaways
I foolishly started this book thinking that in spite of the amusing tone to the cover summary, it was aiming to be a serious post-apocalyptic story with a fun "soundtrack" of suggested music for each chapter. I worry that this colored some of my opinion before I began to look at it as a light-hearted romp (adding the music helped with this). Once I did, however, I enjoyed it more and didn't think so much about any realism issues (who cares about realism in Hitchhiker's Guide for example?).
So, w
Lyndsey Herring
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is really fun to read. Being from the same home town as the author, I was led through a post-apocalyptic version of the area where we grew up. I really enjoyed the depth of the characters and how relatable they are.
This book is chock-full of 90's pop culture references that made me smile with every page turn. With each new chapter, readers aren't left with the standard chapter number and chapter title, the author graciously provides a "Chapter Track" to set the mood for the upcoming h
B.J. Knapp
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I admit that I am not much for apocalypse stories, but I couldn't resist the title of this book. I liked that it wasn't too gory, and was actually quirky funny with the 90s pop culture references. The story is about how the end of the world hits, and three guys travel across the country looking for safe haven. They encounter the four horsemen, who are actually the members of Metallica, pirate ships, and a sketchy heaven/hell camp.

If you are a sucker, like me, for stories about people on a trip
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading this book. The author paints a vivid picture throughout with plentiful descriptions that help you visualize his version of an apocalyptic America. I definitely felt nostalgic for the nineties reading this and enjoyed the songs corresponding with each chapter. An easy read with twists and turns. I look forward to reading the second installation to see how Jack Winters stumbles and bumbles his way into saving the world!

I did receive this book as a free giveaway.
Riley Amos Westbrook
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read this a couple weeks ago, but I haven’t really had the time to get my thoughts down in that time. It took me a little bit to get into this book, but once I did it was fast, smooth sailing. It started out slow, taking about a quarter of the book to hit the action, but once it does get to the meat and potatoes of the book, I found myself whipping through it in no time. An enjoyable journey chock full of pop culture and video game references.
Ashley M
This book was a joy and a pleasure to read. It made me laugh a ton and I found so much nostalgia in its pages. If you're a man-child or woman-child that knows just how totally radical the 90s were, this book is for you. Stoked for more to this story. [Insert cheerful sitcom music here to play me out. "everywhere you look..."] ...more
Kate Muus
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was really innovative and funny. I love Ben's dry sense of humor and the MOFO. Oh my goodness. So many things about this book harkened me back to the 90s. Such a great time in life and in this book. ...more
Trey Forsyth
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Apocalypse Wow? Hell Yes!!

This book is so over the top that you think it can't work, but somehow Mariner makes everything come together. It's funny and suspenseful and just plain crazy! Take a chance on this book and you just may find a new favorite author!
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book comes from the same vein as Kung Fury, with increasingly absurd premises wrapped in 90's nostalgia. It's a lot of fun, and will make you want to immediately listen to at least one of the songs it's chapter titles reference. ...more
Troy Neenan
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
First of all I feel very disappointed in this book. For starters judging from the cover and the first chapter I thought that this would have been a GameLit series but it isn't. Imagine if you will if a person who had never read the bible had drunk several bottles of whiskey, watched that episode of the Simpsons about the rapture on mute with the subtitles on, while heavy metal music played in the background. This might be the outcome.
There are several main problems that I have with this book. On
Nicholas Miller
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-books
All I was hoping for was a fun ride and I sure got it.

The story centers around Jack Winters who works for his friend Mike at his record store. Their friend Barry also works there. One day, a woman walks into the store and Jack is smitten by her right away (the girl of his dreams). Of course, he can't find the courage to say anything to her, so she ends up being the one to make the first move.

After their date, Jack wakes up weeks later to find out that he missed the apocalypse. He goes to see if
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
The great Roger Ebert wrote that he tried to review movies not so much on what the movie did, but how well it did what it set out to do. That's a pretty good standard, I think.

Apocalypse Wow does, I think, exactly what it sets out to do. It takes the reader on a trip through a kitchen-sink post-apoc setting. There's a lot of Protestant Rapture going on, plus zombies (because of course there are zombies) and vampires and roving gangs of trouble. There's a lot in here, and Mariner mostly manages t
Lilac Reviews
May 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I believe Ben Mariner to be quite a talented writer. His descriptions of the characters, settings and situations was very colorful. I could envision his characters whole-heartedly. I loved all the cultural references to music, video games, movies and such. This book has a kind of snarky humor to it.
One thing I should note is that the work is all in first person, and not just from one person’s eyes. Every time you started a new chapter, you need to read a paragraph just to figure out which charac
Brittney Rz.
Jul 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Well that was interesting. That was definitely a book that was a wild ride. To start I enjoyed the pacing, I found to easy to keep turning pages. It never particular lagged.
The dialogue was also quite good. It was funny and felt real for the most part.
But I have to say the plot itself was all over the place! I felt like i was reading something similar to the movie "Dude where's my car?" As in everything got weirder and weirder and made less and less sense. I got the apocalypse scenario but tryin
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
First person narrative. Lots of '90s references and product placement ads thus far.

I'm sorry, Ben, but I cannot finish reading your book. It fits a quirky kind of niche that isn't for me. I don't play video games (except for Zelda p.130 two decades ago) and the Chapter Tracks are an assortment of pop music that never appealed to me. This is the "it's not you, it's me" part of the explanation. I like a narrow range of dark and fatalistic apocalyptic fiction. Your brand is more "apopalyptic", yo!
Julia Damatto
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*3.5 Stars*
With this book I found myself in a crossroad.
Apocalypse Wow is hilarious, with funny situations, witty dialogues, smart references, an awesome soundtrack and an original plot, but somehow, all that became fuzzy towards the end, I lost the storyline several times and it was a bit rushed.
Overall, I laughed at loud, really enjoyed the 90's references and our main characters were delightful!!
This book is the perfect read for a boring day, it will cheer up your day!
P.S. You must listen to
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-fun-shelf, dionne
I finished reading this story like yesterday. It was that good. I didn't exactly spit milk from my nose, but it was kind of close there. I loved reading about Jack and his life and what happened afterward. I loved it when he met 'the girl of his dreams' and found out some things about that. I didn't have a problem reading it. The setting was great. The characters were spot on and I am looking forward to reading more about him and the others.

Kudos on creating such a funny book for readers.
Tyler Harris
A rollercoaster ride of nostalgia

Apocalypse Wow is an Armageddon story rife with pop culture references from the 90s. As a 90s kid myself, I enjoyed the nostalgic adventure occurring throughout the book. Other than that, the story was fairly simple. I'll admit it must be near impossible to make a coherent 90s apocalypse story, but some references to pop culture seemed to do nothing more than that... refer to 90s pop culture. I rate this book because I am a fan of the 90s, but not as much for the
Jan 13, 2016 rated it liked it
These books sometimes are hit and miss for me. This book was ok. I was a little lost about some of the story but it didn't capture me the way I was hoping for through out the book. I really do not like the cover either but just my opinion. * I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review* ...more
Ben Mariner
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Ben Mariner is the author of the Apocalypse Wow, Tales of Cubonia, and Hero Chronicles series. He has also written The Many Lives of Zane Montgomery which some people definitely read. When not writing, Ben can be found searching the globe for the lost city of Atlantis or attempting to break the record for most consecutive hours spent doing nothing in particular. He is an avid consumer of useless k ...more

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