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Soda Pop Soldier: A Novel
     

Soda Pop Soldier: A Novel

3.7 3
by Nick Cole
 

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Call of Duty meets Ready Player One in this fast-paced, action-packed novel from the author of The Wasteland Saga and CTRL ALT Revolt!

Gamer PerfectQuestion fights for ColaCorp in WarWorld, an online combat sport arena where mega-corporations field entire armies in the battle for real world global advertising-space dominance. Within

Overview

Call of Duty meets Ready Player One in this fast-paced, action-packed novel from the author of The Wasteland Saga and CTRL ALT Revolt!

Gamer PerfectQuestion fights for ColaCorp in WarWorld, an online combat sport arena where mega-corporations field entire armies in the battle for real world global advertising-space dominance. Within the immense virtual battlefield, players and bots are high-tech grunts, using drop-ships and state-of-the-art weaponry to wipe each other out.

But times are tough and the rent is due, and when players need extra dough, there’s always the Black, an illegal open source tournament where the sick and twisted desires of the future are given free rein in the Westhavens, a gothic dungeon fantasy world.

And all too soon, the real and virtual worlds collide when PerfectQuestion refuses to become the tool of a mad man intent on hacking the global economy for himself.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
06/23/2014
This smart combination of video-game action and stinging dystopian satire is meticulously assembled by actor and author Cole (the Wasteland Saga). A gamer called Perfect Question is fighting desperately to protect ColaCorp’s share of advertising rights in a digital version of the Vietnam War. The same gamer, as the samurai Wu, struggles in a clandestine, brutal fantasy adventure game. In the real world, mysterious forces try to dictate how he’ll play the games; when he doesn’t comply, they attempt to eliminate him, and he’s soon running for his life. Perfect Question realizes that the war must be rigged against his side; Wu figures out that the adventure is based on conflict between the best and worst of human nature. Both games seem unwinnable. As the narrator faces increasingly grotesque characters and outlandish situations, he wonders whether real life has become just another game. In all situations, he manages to be a tough, snarky warrior battling his corrupt society’s worst excesses. This is cheeky and enjoyable effort from an author to watch. (Aug.)
SFRevu
“Gamers and action adventure fans will find something to like here. I devoured this book over the course of one day. I might have finished earlier, but work got in the way.”
New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry
“With Soda Pop Soldier, Nick Cole twists realities and bends minds for a wild ride of an action thriller. Inventive and lots of strange fun.”
The Nameless Zine
“Without a doubt this book is going to be a classic gamer required reading. It is a science-fiction and first-person gamer’s nirvana. ...This book is a five out of five stars.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062210227
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/12/2014
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
697,523
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Nick Cole is an army veteran and working actor living in Southern California. When he is not auditioning for commercials, going out for sitcoms, or being shot, kicked, stabbed, or beaten by film-school students, the author of The Wasteland Saga can often be found working as a guard for King Phillip II of Spain or in a similar role in Don Carlo at Los Angeles Opera.

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Soda Pop Soldier: A Novel 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Alan Nelson 12 months ago
Soda Pop Soldier draws comparisons to lesser pieces of the "gamer-fiction" genre like Ready Player One, but only because they both exist in said genre. That's where the comparisons end. Not only does Soldier transcend its genre, it rises above most everything published since, and a lot of what came before. I've never experience anything like it, even its prequel CTRL-ALT-REVOLT!, which was also fantastic. Bottom line, read Soda Pop Soldier.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Action filled tale of a professional gamer who logs in to a darknet game to make some extra cash. Meanwhile his real world is falling apart around him. His girlfriend leaves; the gaming company he works for hasn't won a battle for a long time, putting him in jeopardy of losing his job; and now someone is trying to kill him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One need read no further to see it is a bummer