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by Andrew Klavan
Release Date: 07/15/14
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?
A NEW GENRE
Recently, I’ve found myself writing stories that are very different from what I usually write. Most of my life, I’ve written pretty realistic stories: adventures and mysteries that take place in the real world, even if extraordinary things happen in them. I’ve always loved ghost stories, and so I’ve always included a few of those from time to time, but mostly, my stories have tended to take place in something resembling reality.
Suddenly, I find all that is changing. MindWar is the first novel I’ve ever written that could be classified as something like science fiction. I mean, the stuff that happens in it could happen in the real world. It probably will happen pretty soon. But it would require machines and mechanisms somewhat more advanced than the ones we have now. So I guess, yeah, that makes it science fiction.
And to be absolutely honest, on the day I began MindWar, when I was looking at that first blank page, I was nervous. I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to do it. I wasn’t sure my imagination would go where I needed it to go.
What I told myself was: it’s all about the characters. I mean, stories are about people more than anything, so if you write interesting people, it doesn’t really matter whether they’re on earth or, in this case, in a computerized universe. They still have to deal with the same emotions and failures and successes as anyone else.
I’m really happy with the way MindWar came out. And I have to say, it was enormous fun to expand into a new arena, to force my imagination to come up with scenes and situations it had never really thought of before. I hope it’s as much fun to read was it was to write.
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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