book cover of Death Grid

Death Grid

(The first book in the Game of Valor series)
A novel by


The war on Kronos was a cakewalk compared to this.

Marine Sergeant John Archer wants one thing--to get home to his girlfriend, alive and in one piece. As part of the 9th Space Expeditionary Unit, the odds aren't in his favor.

Marines don't leave Marines behind. And when John defies orders to save the members of Alpha platoon, he pays a hefty price for his loyalty. A devastating injury puts an end to his military career.

Discharged and sent home, John struggles to put his life back together. But he gets a second chance to prove his courage when a malicious AI infects the Federation network. Merging with a combat simulation, the tyrannical program threatens the survival of mankind.

John becomes whole again inside the simulation, and finds he may just prefer it to real life. But with danger at every turn, he might not live long enough to enjoy it. And he soon discovers more sinister forces at play.

One marine is humanity's last hope.

Can he level up?

"If you like Halo, Space Marines, and First Person Shooters, you'll love CRUSADER!" --some random guy on twitter.

Note: This book is peppered with spicy language, combat, and visceral descriptions. It has LitRPG elements, but it's not super-crunchy on stats. Previously published as "Death Grid."

Genre: Science Fiction

Used availability for Tripp Ellis's Death Grid

Paperback Editions

March 2018 : Paperback

Title: Death Grid: Game of Valor
Author(s): Tripp Ellis
ISBN: 1-986513-21-1 / 978-1-986513-21-0
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

March 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Crusader: Marine Space Regiment
Author(s): Tripp Ellis
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU