Soda Pop Soldier: A Novel

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When the virtual world gets real . . .

Gamer PerfectQuestion fights for ColaCorp in WarWorld, an online combat-sport arena where megacorporations field entire armies in the battle for dominance over real-world global-advertising space. Within the immense virtual battlefield, players and bots are high-tech grunts, using dropships and state-of-the-art assault rifles to attack the enemy.

But when times are tough, there's always the Black, an ...

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Overview

When the virtual world gets real . . .

Gamer PerfectQuestion fights for ColaCorp in WarWorld, an online combat-sport arena where megacorporations field entire armies in the battle for dominance over real-world global-advertising space. Within the immense virtual battlefield, players and bots are high-tech grunts, using dropships and state-of-the-art assault rifles to attack the enemy.

But when times are tough, there's always the Black, an illegal open-source tournament where the sick and twisted desires of the future are given free reign. And what begins as PerfectQuestion's onetime effort to make some cash quickly turns dangerous.

All too soon, the real and virtual worlds collide when PerfectQuestion refuses to become the tool of a madman intent on hacking the global economy for himself and fights to stay alive—in WarWorld, in the Black, and in the real world.

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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.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062210227
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/12/2014
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 957,731
  • 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2014

    Blurb says it all

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