Head Game

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Someone wants you dead.

But he doesn't want to kill you . . .

He wants you to do it for him.

He watches your every move. He studies you like a mouse in a maze. He knows everything about you—every dream, hunger, weakness, and strength. What you long for and what you fear most. What you live for, and what you cannot live without. He plans to ...

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Someone wants you dead.

But he doesn't want to kill you . . .

He wants you to do it for him.

He watches your every move. He studies you like a mouse in a maze. He knows everything about you—every dream, hunger, weakness, and strength. What you long for and what you fear most. What you live for, and what you cannot live without. He plans to take those things away from you one at a time, invisibly manipulating the events of your life until there is nothing left to live for. Then he wants you to take the final step.

Or is it all in your head?

Is he just a figment of your irrational fear, a face you've given to your terrible misfortune?Everything you love is slipping away. You want to fight back but who, or what, do you fight against?

Let the head game begin.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
During the Gulf War, three men served together in psy ops, writing and disseminating highly successful propaganda to convince Iraqi soldiers to lay down their arms without resistance. Over a decade later, one such Iraqi is out for revenge, using more covert tactics of psychological warfare against the three Americans who he believes ruined his life. One by one, he manipulates these men's environments so that each will lose hope and feel entirely isolated by despair. Downs's Christian psychological thriller is a mixed bag; some elements, like the riveting comic-cum-suicide note that opens the story, are fresh and powerful. On the other hand, certain stock characters-the suffering widower (whose lovely wife was cut down, of course, by a drunk driver); the slick and stylized Middle Eastern terrorist; the heart-of-gold prostitute-are purely standard fare. A stunning plot twist at story's end goes a long way toward erasing the formulaic feel of the novel's characterizations, however. Even though there are a few unresolved plot threads and the novel is missing the quirky humor that marked some of Downs's earlier efforts (Shoofly Pie; Chop Shop), the pacing is strong, the story suspenseful and the Southern backdrop skillfully realized. (Jan. 9) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal

Gulf War comrades Cale, Pug, and Kirby are being toyed with by an enemy seeking revenge for something that happened 15 years ago. This psychological thriller works toward a suspenseful conclusion, with a dramatic twist. Downs lives in North Carolina.

—Tamara Butler Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595543233
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/11/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 810,854
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Downs is the author of nine novels including the Christy Award-winning PlagueMaker and the highly acclaimed series of Bug Man novels. Tim lives in North Carolina with his wife Joy. They have three grown children.
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He held the two-ply bristol board up to the light and carefully studied the final page of his drawings. A few pencil lines still showed through the ink; he took an art gum eraser and began to lighten them, carefully rubbing outward toward the edges of the paper--but he stopped. What difference does it make? he thought. The pages weren't for reproduction anyway--only the originals mattered, and only a couple of people would ever see them. But he was an artist to the end, and the pursuit of perfection was so deeply ingrained in him that it was almost an obsession--so he returned to his work, gently blowing off the eraser shavings with a can of compressed air.

Spreading the pages across his drawing board, he studied the work as a whole. He reviewed the layout, the frame design, and the narrative flow--that was the most important part. He looked at the work with a fresh eye, trying to pretend that he had never seen it before. Was it clear that the opening scene took place in his own apartment? Were the various settings in the city recognizable? Was the flow of action clear and unmistakable? And most important of all: Was the central character recognizable? Had he made the likeness strong enough? Would the viewer know at a glance that the man in the story was him?

Nodding with satisfaction, he gathered the drawings into a stack. It was a nice piece of work all in all, one of his best--and it only seemed fitting. His editors would have been proud of the drawings; too bad he'd never have a chance to show them. He found himself wishing that the NYPD detective who found them might turn out to be a comics buff, someone who could appreciate them. But then, that wasn't really important either. There was only one thing that really mattered; there was only one person on earth who really had to see the drawings, and even he didn't have to appreciate them--he only had to understand them, because his life depended on it.

The only thing left to do was to find a place in the apartment to leave the drawings where they were sure to be discovered. Then everything would be ready; then it would be finished.

He looked around the room for the last time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    Did not like for personal reasons

    This book hit a raw nerve with me. While the premise is sound, using someone's children as a weapon against them does not endear me to this book. You may like the story as it is well written but couldn't finish it for reasons listed above.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2011

    Holy %#@$

    This bok is awesone

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  • Posted January 5, 2011

    Best Seller Material

    I don't understand how Tim Downs has flown under the best seller radar. I thought this book was equal to, or better than, many best sellers in this genre. Just when you think the main character is down for the count, the action hits the fan and all bets are off. My heart was actually racing in spots. I'm eager to read more of his work.

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