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Mindwar by Andrew Klavan
Release Date: 07/15/14
Summary from Goodreads:
Rick Dial has the potential to be a hero. He just doesn't know it yet. Rick's high school football team couldn't be stopped when he was leading them as their quarterback. He was going to Syracuse on a scholarship. But then his dad abandoned them and a terrible accident left him crippled. Certain his old life is completely lost, Rick spends months hiding away in his room playing video games. He achieves the highest scores on so many games that he's approached by a government agency who claims to be trying to thwart a cyber attack on America that would destroy the technological infrastructure of the entire country. The agents say that the quick-thinking of a quarterback coupled with Nick's gaming experience make him perfect for this assignment. The problem is that there are no extra lives and this isn't just a game . . . but Rick doesn't have many other options at the moment. Entering "The Realm" gives Rick the one thing he thought he'd never have again: a body that's as fast and as strong as he ever was before the accident. But the more time he spends in The Realm, the more questions he has. What secrets are these agents keeping from him? What really happened to his father? How many others have gone into The Realm already . . . and failed? And perhaps most important, is he the hero they think he is?
I will keep this short. When I first starting reading this book (the first page or so) I was wondering where the story was going. Then when they recruit a teenage boy who has the highest score in a few video games to save the world from a Mindwar I was like ooookkkkaaaayyy. Then I said 'Bunni stick with it'. What you don't talk to yourself?
Anyway, I kept reading and the story pick up. It's a different type of terrorist attack on the U.S. When you learn who Nick father is, you understand why he was picked for the program. Or at least I made that connection. This ends up being a good story with enough action to keep it moving. It has trilogy on the cover but it ends with a setup for book 2.
Should you read this? Yes. Who should read it? Fans of save the world type books with a some action and some not-so-scifi technology.
About the Author
Andrew Klavan is a best-selling, award-winning thriller novelist whose books have been made into major motion pictures. He broke into the YA scene with the bestselling Homelanders series, starting with The Last Thing I Remember. He is also a screenwriter and scripted the innovative movie-in-an-app Haunting Melissa.
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