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The Discovery of Socket Greeny [NOOK Book]


Book One of the Socket Series. Socket Greeny discovers why his mom's work is so important and soon finds himself in the center of controversy and betrayal when he's anointed the agency's prodigy. He didn't ask for the "blessing" of psychic powers and the ability to timeslice. But if he doesn't embrace his true nature, life as we know it will change forever.
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Book One of the Socket Series. Socket Greeny discovers why his mom's work is so important and soon finds himself in the center of controversy and betrayal when he's anointed the agency's prodigy. He didn't ask for the "blessing" of psychic powers and the ability to timeslice. But if he doesn't embrace his true nature, life as we know it will change forever.
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Editorial Reviews

Goodreads - 1000+ Reviews
This book is part of a Trilogy and immediately after I finished it I bought the other 2 books. I recommend this book for anyone who likes a good interesting story regardless of your favorite genre, this is one to read!
Goodreads - Rachael's Reviews
I’'m such a sucker for science fiction stories. I love Socket Greeny and his story to death. The negatives are a medium amount of cussing and a handful or so of innuendos. Nonetheless it was a fantastic science fiction; I can’'t wait to see what happens to Socket next. I absolutely recommend this for science fiction fans.
Amazon - J. Prather
I really enjoyed this book. Sci-Fi is tricky stuff, but if you delve into this book you will soon recognize all the elements needed for great science fiction. The characters are well grounded - you can't believe the crazy stuff unless you believe the mundane things and the author did an excellent job of creating a normal teen in Socket Greeny.
Amazon - Champ Champ
I couldn't put this down, read it straight through last night. I was also pleased to discover that there was another book- the first obviously left room for a sequel without leaving me with an unsatisfying cliffhanger. I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes sci fi or even just a well-written story.
Amazon - CT Grower
'm not the biggest Sci-Fi aficionado, but this story instantly sucked me in and I read the entire first book in under two days on the Kindle app on my little Droid Eris. Regardless of the side effects of banging away an entire novel on a 2 inch wide screen - I immediately bought the second story, The Training of Socket Greeny (The Socket Series), and then the third, The Legend of Socket Greeny. My brain consumed and processed these stories ravenously - it's a ton of new ideas and concepts that a
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011076251
  • Publisher: Tony Bertauski
  • Publication date: 7/16/2010
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 98,152
  • Age range: 13 years
  • File size: 259 KB

Meet the Author

Father. Husband. Teacher. Writer. Not always in that order.
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No Rime or Reason

Chute was reclined with her eyes closed and the transplanter discs behind her ears. Her red ponytail was hanging over the seat. Streeter had already crossed over. He was lying back with a grin on his face and his fingers laced over his belly. I stuck the transplanters behind my ears. They sucked at the soft skin under my earlobes. My small hairs stood up and a spot quivered in my head like a tuning fork. The numbing took over.
There were no lights in the darkness behind my eyelids. No colors. A deadening sensation oozed down my neck and consumed me. Sound faded and the outside world drifted away. Temperature became non-existent. I left my skin behind and my awareness—whoever I am — was drawn into the Internet and transplanted into virtualmode.
For the moment, I drifted in darkness with the falling sensation. This was the place where most people failed to enter virtualmode. They couldn’t handle the drifting. Virtualmoders knew how to ride the in-between like a wave.
I entered my sim that looked pretty much like my skin, except for the hair. I liked my sim bald. Back in the skin, my hair was past the shoulders and white as snow. Don’t know why it didn’t have color.
Darkness took form. First, there was an empty room with lumpy, colorless furniture. The gray walls turned into wood paneling with frosty windows. Cheap sofas, frayed rugs covered the floor and monstrous deer heads looked down from mounts, their glassy eyes reflecting the fire in the hearth. Above the fireplace was an enormous moose head.
The flames flickered over the dry wood, occasionally licking the old stone around it. The top of the mantel unfolded and a tiny woman, blond hair and sweeping curves, stepped out and crossed her perfectly smooth legs.
“Can’t feel the heat?” she asked. “Upgrade your gear with Dr. Feelers’ tactile attachments. Dr. Feelers puts you in control of the nervous system inputs, you can feel as little or as much as you like. Fire too hot? Turn it down by—”
“Off.” Chute’s sim was taller than her skin. It was leaner and more dangerous. “Dr. Feelers don’t work,” she mumbled, even though she was rubbing her hands in front of the fire. A giant barbarian came out of the next room with a wooden chair that looked tiny in his hand. Streeter’s sim was ten feet tall, muscles bulging off his neck and rippling down his arms with a bloody axe dangling from his hip. I always thought he should just go the whole nine and wear a loincloth. Dude was four feet tall in the skin, the shortest high school sophomore who ever lived, but in virtualmode he was a god.
He kicked the sofa away to make room and sat in the chair that groaned and splintered but somehow held him. Control panels emerged from the floor and wrapped around him like mission control.
“What’re we doing here?” I asked.
“We’re going to get our kill on.”
“I just got pardoned for fighting. We get caught, just stamp my suspension.”
“Don’t worry, Buxbee’s out of town.” Streeter’s rich voice vibrated off the walls. “That substitute has no idea where we’re going. I set up a false scenario. As far as anyone’s concerned, we’re reliving Desert Storm for history class.”
I looked at Chute. “Did you know we were doing this?”
“He didn’t tell me. If you were in class on time, he wouldn’t have told you, either.” She turned her head, the ponytail whipping around. “That’s the way he does it.”
“All right,” Streeter sang to himself. “If you’re wondering where we are, I hacked us into a world—”
“Whoa, wait a second.” Chute held up her hand. Her sim looked like it had never seen the sun. “I don’t think we need to be hacking into anything, Streeter. You got caught last time and we don’t need to be wandering around some protected world while we’re in class!” His bushy eyebrows knitted together like enormous caterpillars. “First of all, I didn’t get caught last time, someone ratted me out. And they couldn’t prove I hacked anything so, technically, I wasn’t caught. Secondly, stop being a wuss. Right, Socket? Right?” He smacked me with a fist the size of a basketball. “We’re in, we’re out, no harm, no foul or whatever else jocks say before a game. We’re not getting caught. Besides, this place is one hell of a ride. I hacked in the other night just for a little taste and me likey.”
I didn’t care one way or the other. I never wanted to admit it to Streeter, but I was getting a little bored of virtualmode battles. So was Chute, I could tell. But Streeter lived for it so I shrugged.
Streeter smiled. “All right, good. This place is called the Rime. It’s a bunch of twelveyear olds with rich parents. I say we vaporize their asses down to bare data and harvest all their experience points. They aren’t worth shit, but who says we can’t have a little fun.” “Twelve-year olds?” Chute said. “Seriously?”
“Yeah, seriously. We ain’t got time for a real battle. It’s just a little quickie, come on.” The monitors lit up. Streeter scanned them, mumbling to himself as he surveyed the environment outside the cabin. Chute was already sitting on the couch with her arms locked over her chest checking her emails. She wasn’t going to talk, so I figured I’d check mine, then changed my mind. There’d just be a thousand unread emails and I wasn’t going to read them. Besides, there was likely a video message from Mom with the worn out face telling me she wouldn’t be home tonight. Again. So I sat next to Chute and zoned out for a while.
“You all right?” Chute said.
“Yeah, I’m all right. You?”
“Something’s bothering you.”
Life was bothering me, but I couldn’t explain that to her. It was just one of those days, but I could never hide it from Chute. She looked right through me.
Streeter clapped his hairy-knuckled hands that sounded like paddles and smiled, his teeth big and square and chipped. “Let’s shred some twelve-year-old ass.”
“Don’t say it like that,” Chute chimed.
Our clothes shifted and changed, turned white, speckled with browns and blacks and hung like rags. A battle staff appeared in Chute’s hands. Evolvers materialized on my belt, simple handles that looked less threatening than Chute’s pole but, once activated, transformed into any weapon I visualized.
A clean-cut kid appeared at the door. “Are your weapons weak? When you need to destroy and do it fast, think the Canonizer.” He held up a pistol with an oversized barrel. “It’s rapid, compact, and requires a fraction of the code—”
We walked through the apparition and his cheesy weapon onto the front porch. The boards were gray and weathered like the sky. The cabin was buried in a dense forest. A narrow path at the bottom of the steps carved between the snow-crusted trees. My breath came out in long clouds.
I could feel all the way back to my skin and it felt cold. Maybe it was my imagination or maybe I was just nervous. Or maybe things were about to get really weird.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    Extremely Violent

    This book is extremely violent! It glorifies fighting and killing. What is the purpose of all of this hate? Barnes & Noble shouldn't even be selling this if they have any compassion for victims of mall shootings and school shootings. People fed on a stready diet of violent entertainment become violent. They've even done studies on this. Violence begets violence.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2013

    Don't bother - no stars

    While the premise of this story could be interesting, this portrayal was not. Not only where the characters poorly developed, the story was difficult to follow. I kept reading hoping something would develop but by pg 200 I gave up. Save yourself the time, don't bother reading this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2013

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    Too many passages that were overdone, especially towards the end. The number of words in a book isn't as important as the impact of them.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2013


    Interesting plot cool teen protagonists. I especially the mini dragons, nice touch

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2013

    The Matrix meets Harry Potter... kind of.

    Very entertaining, especially for a free selection. I will gladly pay for the next books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2012

    Pretty good story

    The writing a little choppy and not much character development but i enjoyed it anyway

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 8, 2012

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    I think this is the first time I read a science fiction book, an

    I think this is the first time I read a science fiction book, and that is both good and bad. For one, because I wasn’t sure what to expect; and also because if I didn’t like it I would probably never read a science fiction book again. I’m more the romance-kind-of-chick. Yet –to my surprise –I found Discovery of Socket Greeny to be rather interesting and entertaining.

    My first reaction to Virtualmode was: effing cool. I can be like that sometimes. My brain just shuts down and no real useful word comes out. Putting that aside, it was really cool, okay!? Alright. Enough teasing. Discovery of Socket Greeny was overall a really great story. Socket was a really likeable character, and the way he acted and spoke made him really believable.

    I had a little bit of a problem with all the technology. Though I consider myself fairly aquatinted with it, I did find myself in a riddle sometimes with all the new terms and devices.

    The author’s attention to detail was perfect. I found that I could picture scenes with clarity and I simply loved that. On the other hand I wish we could have seen a little bit more of Socket’s relationship with his two best friends. I loved Chute to death, such a strong character!

    Again it was overall an enjoyable book, and for a first time reading science fiction I’d like to think it went rather well.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 3, 2012

    I really enjoyed this book. It is engaging with a good storyline

    I really enjoyed this book. It is engaging with a good storyline, likeable trio of main characters, and nasty villains. It is a book that will appeal to adults as well as children. The futuristic games that are available and played by the characters and the possibilities of creating and becoming sims (simulated people) to act out and explore the virtual world will appeal to anyone who has ever played a strategy computer game. Betauski has a good grasp of what teenagers are doing and thinking and is able to create realistic characters.

    Though I really liked this book, I only rated it 3 stars because I think it would have been so much better if there was a lot more background on Socket Greeny before the story line started. This book takes place in the future and Socket then goes into the future's, futuristic organization. If there was more description of his daily life, school life, student activities and family issues before the main plot starts, the book would have been much clearer and the reader would have been able to follow the story easier. This length of this book could easily have increased by 50% without losing any of the action or dragging out the story.

    Overall, it was an enjoyable read and I will recommend it and definitely read the rest of the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2011

    Fast-paced fun for all

    The story begins with an introduction to a concept known as virtual mode in a scene that makes me think of commercials for World of Warcraft. At first, it seems like a virtual reality version of the present day video game, but its possibilities are enumerated slowly over time, some more ominous than others. Beyond this, we discover a superior subset of the human species: the Paladins. Their technological advances, as well as their natural abilities, equip them to protect humankind at large from predation, natural disasters, and even themselves.

    All of the unfolding events are seen through the eyes of a fifteen-year-old named Socket Greeny. Bertauski does a laudable job in exploring the adolescent psyche, showing his main character as a boy who is snarky, jaded, yet self-sufficient, who struggles with abandonment issues and hides vulnerability with sarcasm. Ultimately, however, he is guided by a strong moral compass that is as rooted in emotion as it is in thought. Sound familiar? It should - most of us have displayed aspects of these traits at one time or another. The duality of his personality is echoed in his mother and his literary foil, Broak. Both are initially rendered in grayscale, but over time, the author starts to color in the different parts that make them who they are. The naturalness of these revelations enrich the reading experience without making us feel like he is trying too hard.

    The story itself is slow at first, and the first few pages very nearly lost my attention completely - the kiss of death for many a novel. Some of the futuristic terms were difficult to understand the first time around, thus adding to the disinterest. I was pleasantly surprised, therefore, when the next few chapters picked up the pace, creating a vacuum from which I am still trying to resurface. The tale is spellbinding, with a plot that is complex enough to please older readers yet understandable enough to appeal to a younger set. Socket's attitude had me chuckling to myself many times, while his frustrations with the actions of those around him often mirrored my own-or was I imitating him? At some point, the distinction started to grow hazy, and by the end of the story, its existence was obliterated.

    Part of the authenticity of the story comes from the simplistic way in which it is told. Some of the sentences are overflowing with information, while others are short and clipped, imitating the thought patterns of someone who is still relatively young. While I applaud the author's ability to make us believe in his hero's age, I often found myself tripping over one sentence or another. Subjects would shift partway through, tenses would change inappropriately, or verbs were used where gerunds would have been appropriate. Sometimes, all three flaws were present, leading to a jarring disharmony that only a fascinating plot could overcome. Thankfully, there was one present.

    The Discovery of Socket Greeny is a book that both adult and children can enjoy. I am bumping it from middle grade to young adult, however, due to Socket's favoring of profanity in the first few chapters of the story. Believable vocabulary words for a fifteen-year-old protagonist? Certainly. Appropriate language for a children's book? Maybe not, though parents should decide for themselves where they would like to draw the line.

    -Stimulated Outlet Book Reviews

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    Posted December 27, 2013

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