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Mindwar #1 in the Mindwar Trilogy by Andrew Klavan
Rick Dial is a former quarterback for Putnam Hills High School who is now crippled and depressed after a car accident. He ignores his girlfriend who emails him several times a day. What he does best now is online video gaming. US Government Agents have come across a cyber threat from a Russian genius, who has created a digital reality called the Realm where he can enter, control and disrupt American Computer systems from transportation to defense. When Rick achieves the highest scores on a large number of online games, he is approached by an American agent who wants Rick to enter the Realm and stop the Russian before he does any damage to America.
In the Realm, Rick’s body is as strong and fast as it was before. Is the agent keeping him in the dark? Can anyone in the Realm be trusted? How many people like him have failed before him? Will he save America?
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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2014
Series: Mindwar Trilogy
When Rick lost the ability to run, he came one step closer to becoming a hero.
New High Score! New Record Time!
Rick nodded with grim satisfaction. He laid the game controller aside on the sofa and reached for his crutches.
Rick Dial was the best quarterback Putnam Hills High School had ever seen. Unflappable. Unstoppable. Number 12. But when a car accident left him crippled, Ricks life as he knew it ended. He disavowed his triumphant past. He ignored his girlfriend. He disappeared into his bedroomand into the glowing video screen.
But Ricks uncanny gaming skills have attracted attention. Dangerous attention. Government agents have uncovered a potentially devastating cyber-threat: a Russian genius has created a digital reality called the Realm, from which he can enter, control, and disrupt American computer systems . . . from transportation to defense. The agents want Rick, quick-thinking quarterback and gaming master, to enter the Realm and stop the madmanbefore he sends America into chaos.
Entering the Realm will give Rick what he thought hed never have again: a body as strong and fast as it was before the accident. But this is no game, there are no extra lives, and what happens to Rick in the Realm happens to Ricks body in reality.
Even after Rick agrees to help, he cant shake the sense that hes being kept in the dark. Why would a government agency act so aggressively? Can anyone inside the Realm be trusted? How many others have entered before him . . . and failed to return?
In the tradition of Enders Game and The Matrix, MindWar is a complex thriller about a seemingly ordinary teenager who discovers a hidden gifta gift that could make him a hero . . . or cost him everything.
"Edgar Awardwinning Klavans well-orchestrated fantasy thriller features . . . an imaginative mix of gaming action with real-life stakes. With just the right cliff-hanger ending, this trilogy opener shows promise." Booklist
Andrew Klavan is an award-winning writer, screenwriter, and media commentator. An internationally bestselling novelist and two-time Edgar Award-winner, Klavan is also a contributing editor to City Journal, the magazine of the Manhattan Institute, and the host of a popular political podcast on DailyWire.com. His essays and op-eds on politics, religion, movies, and literature have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the LA Times, and elsewhere. He lives in Southern California.
Klavan (the Homelanders series) kicks off a trilogy with this fast-paced cyberthriller involving a teenager tapped by a secret agency to fight evil inside a form of virtual reality. Former football star Rick Dial has been living in a funk ever since his father walked out on his family and Rick himself was injured in a car accident. A self-described useless cripple, Rick has taken to playing video games nonstop. His exemplary skills lead him to be recruited by the MindWar Project, where hes charged with a vital mission: go into the digital Realm to investigate, spy on, and possibly combat the terrorist Kurodar. Inside the Realm, Rick fights code disguised as monsters as he learns how to achieve his full potential. While Rick starts out as depressed and surly, his self-image and confidence are gradually restored. The story, while interesting, suffers from a lack of focus---both an awkward romantic subplot and religious undertones involving the power of spirit feel tacked on, rather than an organic part of the novel.
. . . the focus is on action, and theres just enough left unresolved to tempt readers onward.
mattman5 Stars Out Of 5wow what a readFebruary 4, 2018mattmanQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5it had me hooked from the first chapter. Andrew knows how to make you feel like you are in the book. One the best books i have ever read.
JoapplesKetchikan,AlaskaAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Awesome story,very intriguingOctober 25, 2016JoapplesKetchikan,AlaskaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I buy the books for my dad. He has read alot of what cbd has to offer and he cannot wait to read the next books in this trilogy
Vivian Williams5 Stars Out Of 5Mindwar, The Midwar Trilogy Series #1June 7, 2016Vivian WilliamsQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 3I like the book. It was exciting and kept my interest and the sci/fi part kept me coming back to find out the outcome.
It is actually a Trilogy Series meant for the ten-teen age group. I didn't know it when I ordered the series. I would recommend it to a young teen for adventure and good wholesome reading! The author, Andrew Klavan has a has a unique way of reaching out to the reader.
Jennifer M5 Stars Out Of 5MindWarDecember 7, 2014Jennifer MMindWar, by Andrew Klavan, tells the story of Rick Dial, a high school football hero whose dreams of playing college ball were shattered when a tragic accident left him with painful debilitating leg injuries, necessitating the daily use of crutches. When the story begins, we find Rick in a deep depression. He'd wrapped his whole identity into playing football, and without it he feels useless and angry. Coupled with the pain and betrayal of having had his father walk out on their family as well, he is disillusioned. He has spent the past six months in his room, losing himself in video games. He has essentially given up on life, and is avoiding contact with nearly everyone, including his faithful girlfriend, who sends him email after email that goes unread.
When an initially terrifying encounter with a couple of strangers turns into an offer to use his gaming skills to complete a dangerous, top-secret mission involving a virtual world (that could potentially have devastating effects on the real world), Rick readily accepts the opportunity. He subsequently finds his time in "The Realm" to be both illuminating and healing, as well as a powerful reminder of what it means - and doesn't mean - to be strong, in both body and spirit.
MindWar was a fast-paced, and action-packed read. Combining elements of mystery, thriller, and sci-fi, it takes the reader on a thrill-ride (complete with the requisite twists and turns) from start to finish. Klavan is an excellent story teller. The characters are likable and sympathetic, and I found myself rooting for Rick and his family right from the beginning pages, even as he was sitting in his room still feeling sorry for himself. Klavan also wove some important messages of love, forgiveness, and personal responsibility throughout the story, without being too heavy-handed with the "religious-speak" (a personal pet-peeve of mine.)
On a personal note: As someone who has been dealing with an injury, chronic pain, and recovery from two surgeries in the past 2 1/2 years, I especially connected with the elements of Rick's injuries and recovery, and the reminder that being strong sometimes means not being pain-free, but being brave and positive and moving on despite the pain.
This was a great read that would be of particular interest to young adults who are interested in gaming/virtual worlds, or to any teen or adult that just appreciates a good story.
*I was given this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*
Blooming with BooksBloomer, WIAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Mindwar is a WinnerJuly 28, 2014Blooming with BooksBloomer, WIAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Mindwar
The Mindwar Trilogy Book 1
By Andrew Klavan
Rick Dial's life is over. His dad has run off with an old college girlfriend. He'll never play football again thanks to an accident that ruined his legs and his life.
The last few months he's been living in his bedroom. And not really even living more like existing. All that he is and does revolves around video games.
Everything is about to change, and it could cost Rick his life...
But he could save the world...
Rick's mind could turn him into the hero he always wanted to be. War is coming, but it is about to be waged on a new front - a virtual front - and few people have the ability to survive within the Realm.
But Rick's recent obsession with gaming has uniquely prepared him for a mission into the Realm. But to die within the Realm means to die outside it as well. There are dangers that can't be prepared for within this virtual world - a world that is the creation of genius who has placed himself on the same level as the Creator.
With time running out, Rick is the government's only chance of stopping this first major attack. The possibility of never leaving the Realm is all to real. But is Rick ready for his life to truly be over? Or is this the very thing he needs to rediscover his life and his faith?
I'm looking forward to book 2 in this series, which in my opinion makes this book a game winner!
Mindwar is an exciting and suspenseful series debut that will keep up into early hours. I think this book would be suitable for Tween, Teen, and Adult readers who love their reading to be suspense-filled! I think fans of Stephen Lawhead's Bright Empires series, Robin Parrish's Offworld, and Ted Dekker's Circle series will appreciate this book/series.
I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher through the BookLook blogger program in exchange for my honest review