Series: The Mindwar Trilogy #1
Author: Andrew Klavan
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: July 8, 2014
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?
MINDWAR is an exciting action-packed story that leaves you guessing to the very end. Rick had the perfect future ahead of him, until a crippling accident took it all away. With his purpose in life gone, he immerses himself in video games, earning the highest scores on most of them. When he's approached by the government with an assignment of great importance, Rick is given a new purpose but he's also left with more questions. Good verses evil in a cyber universe, how cool is that? I can't remember ever reading a book like this one. I'm looking forward to seeing what else happens in this series.