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Mindwar (The Mindwar Trilogy Series #1)

Andrew Klavan
Mindwar (The Mindwar Trilogy Series #1)

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, Rickâ... Read More

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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, Rick’s life as he knew it ended. He disavowed his triumphant past. He ignored his girlfriend. He disappeared into his bedroom—and into the glowing video screen.

But Rick’s 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 madman—before he sends America into chaos.

Entering the Realm will give Rick what he thought he’d 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 Rick’s body in reality.

Even after Rick agrees to help, he can’t shake the sense that he’s 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 Ender’s Game and The Matrix, MindWar is a complex thriller about a seemingly ordinary teenager who discovers a hidden gift—a gift that could make him a hero . . . or cost him everything.
  • Store Only: Yes
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Mar 24, 2015
  • UPC: 9781401688943
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Publish Date: Mar 17, 2015
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 15
  • Audience Age Minimum: 12
  • BISAC: "JUV001000"
  • ISBN: 1401688942

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Review from a Middle Schooler's Point of View by Amanda on 12/18/2016
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{My 6th grader read and reviewed this title.} Mindwar by Andrew Klavan is an action and adventure book. Rick, a high school football player, is left crippled after a car accident and his dad running away. To escape his life, Rick locks himself in his bedroom and plays video games. Unwanted attention flows towards him due to his uncanny gaming skills. He is kidnapped by the government and given a mission: enter the Realm and stop a Russian genius from corrupting the United States’ computers and military. Faced with this challenge, Rick meets some help on the way. Can his new friends and enemies change the course in this Mindwar?

Rick is a teenager that is protective, good at video games and is stressed from the events of his life. I can identify with Rick, because I can get annoyed with my younger sibling. Raider is Rick’s younger brother who looks up to Rick, causing him to be annoying. However, he is very positive and energetic. Reza is an assassin that is cruel, evil, and hates God after a mission gone wrong. He is the villain in this book.

This book had a lot of energy! It is cool because there are a lot of amazing scenes and battles. This book isn’t only action-packed, but it is also easy to read! On the contrary, the Realm (virtual reality) was kind of hokey, and the guards are like most cartoon guards with the Get-‘er-done stone-faced personality. Although there were mishaps, this book deserves four stars. Mindwar by Andrew Klavan is great for my bookshelf.

Page Count: 319
Violence: Yes
Intimacy: Chaste
Drugs/Alcohol: None
Language: None


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