When Rick lost the ability to run, he came one step closer to becoming a hero.
High Score! New Record Time!
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.
"Edgar Award–winning Klavan’s well-orchestrated fantasy thriller features . . . an imaginative mix of gaming action with real-life stakes.
With just the right cliff-hanger ending, this trilogy opener shows promise." —Booklist
|Publisher:||Nelson, Thomas, Inc.|
|Series:||MindWar Trilogy Series , #1|
|Product dimensions:||5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.40(d)|
|Lexile:||720L (what's this?)|
|Age Range:||13 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Andrew Klavan is a bestselling, award-winning thriller novelist whose books have been made into major motion pictures. He broke into the YA scene with the best-selling Homelanders series, starting with The Last Thing I Remember. He is also a screenwriter and scripted the innovative movie-in-an-app Haunting Melissa. Website: www.andrewklavan.com Twitter: @andrewklavanFacebook: aklavan
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
MindWar is an edge-of-your-seat, action-packed thriller that will pull on your heartstrings with its haunting yet poignant messages of family and hope. There is a unique twist to this thriller as it takes place in a virtual world where the mission is to destroy a stronghold that has been created by a madman. Each mission is dangerous and threatens the life of the one who enters, but failure is not an option. The chosen one learns more about himself and his family then he could have ever have imagined. What has been lost is nothing compared to what has been gained throughout this very real and very treacherous journey. Rick Dial had the perfect life not long ago. He was a high school football star who was on his way to college with star status. There was no end to the friends that flocked to him, and the hardest part of getting a date was choosing a girl from the throng that was at his beck and call. In one day all of that was ripped away from him. An accident not only took his legs, but it destroyed his life. He spent the following months barely living trying to drown out the pain and the devastation that turned his world upside down. To add insult to injury, his father walked out leaving only a note behind that burned an even bigger hole in his broken heart. He locked his pain, frustration, and desperation deep inside his soul. The only relief he could find came in the form of his video games. Who would have imagined that they would help him to fight and overcome the most dangerous and lethal game that anyone had ever created? Can someone who has lost so much give everything he has in order to protect everything that he loves? This story caught my eye because I loved the idea of fighting a real war with the mind. Truthfully, all war is birthed and fought in the mind. The idea has to be thought up by someone who is unhappy about something. Then, they convince others of the same problem, and from there it spreads like wildfire. We never consider the power that we wield with our minds until it is used to bring about great evil. What social issue since the dawn of mankind didn’t first start out in the mind of one person? It’s our discontent and our pride that leads us to do unspeakable things to each other. What would happen if we would purposely decide to use that power to bring about changes for good? Are we afraid that it would lack the support needed to take root, or are we afraid of what might happen if we had the courage to stand out and speak up for what we know is right? Andrew Klavan has taken me by surprise with this exciting and intriguing story of warfare waged on a virtual battlefield. MindWar is as enthralling as it is poignant in its approach to handling the truth that what we are going through right now does not determine the direction of your life forever. You can choose to change your perspective by taking your eyes off yourself and really looking around you. There will always be bumps along the road of life, but don’t let them derail you and remove your focus from the endgame. Don’t allow those times to control your life because that will force you to stand still and wallow in your misery. Instead, focus all of your attention and energy on the One who can guide you through those rough patches and bring you back into His light which will fill you with the love and purpose you need to recharge and help you to rise to the challenges to come.
“Mindwar” by Andrew Klavan is an edge of your seat thriller that will keep you guessing about what will happen next. It’s the first book in a new trilogy set around Rick Dial, a former high school quarterback who was left disabled after a car accident. Instead of facing everyone about what had happened, he disappeared into his bedroom and essentially into video games, where he discovered a whole new set of talents. But those talents didn’t go unnoticed, and he was soon contacted by government agents who wanted him to enter a new digital reality called the Realm to help save the country from a madman, but whatever happens to Rick in the Realm happens to him in real life so it’s NOT just a video game. This book was an amazing read centered around our own modern times so it was easy to get into and I would recommend it to all of my friends who like thrillers. The characters are likeable and easy to relate with in some aspects, and the view of new technology is awesome. Since it is the first book in a new trilogy, I was disappointed when I got to the end and realized that I’d have to wait who knows how long for the next book to come out. Here’s to hoping that that wait won’t be for TOO long! This book was given to me for free through BookLook Bloggers, a division of Thomas Nelson Publishing, in exchange for my honest review.
Mindwar, in my opinion, is one of the best books I've read in a while. When I got to the end, I didn't want the book to be over; I wished it would just keep going. I'm glad there's two more books to follow! The whole concept of being able to get into a machine and then have your mind be able to control a virtual body of yourself in a different world is something I thought would be cool as a kid and is something I still think is cool as an adult. However, with this "video game" experience, Rick, the main character, has to decide whether or not to go into the Realm, because if you die in the Realm, you die in Real Life. And the process is painful! A little about Rick's family, his father left them for a college woman friend. His mom is worn out. And his little brother, Raider, is full of enthusiasm and love for his brother. As the book goes along, everything about his family makes sense, and it's another reason the book is so good. Rick used to be the high-school football star quarterback, until he was in a car accident and his legs were injured. After the injury, all Rick would do was sit in his room, in the dark, and play video games. So, seeing Rick get stronger as the book goes along was very rewarding to me. One of my favorite parts about the book was when Rick is working out his legs and the pain is excruciating but he keeps at it and says he deserves the pain. That is exactly how my mind works. I can't wait for the next book!
Mindwar is a game winner... Mindwar The Mindwar Trilogy Book 1 By Andrew Klavan Rick Dial's life is over. His dad has run off with an old college girlfriend. He'll never play football again thanks to an accident that ruined his legs and his life. The last few months he's been living in his bedroom. And not really even living more like existing. All that he is and does revolves around video games. Everything is about to change, and it could cost Rick his life... But he could save the world... Rick's mind could turn him into the hero he always wanted to be. War is coming, but it is about to be waged on a new front - a virtual front - and few people have the ability to survive within the Realm. But Rick's recent obsession with gaming has uniquely prepared him for a mission into the Realm. But to die within the Realm means to die outside it as well. There are dangers that can't be prepared for within this virtual world - a world that is the creation of genius who has placed himself on the same level as the Creator. With time running out, Rick is the government's only chance of stopping this first major attack. The possibility of never leaving the Realm is all to real. But is Rick ready for his life to truly be over? Or is this the very thing he needs to rediscover his life and his faith? I'm looking forward to book 2 in this series, which in my opinion makes this book a game winner! Mindwar is an exciting and suspenseful series debut that will keep up into early hours. I think this book would be suitable for Tween, Teen, and Adult readers who love their reading to be suspense-filled! I think fans of Stephen Lawhead's Bright Empires series, Robin Parrish's Offworld, and Ted Dekker's Circle series will appreciate this book/series. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher through the BookLook blogger program in exchange for my honest review.
'Mindwar' is the first book in an exciting new young adult series that follows our main character, Rick Dial, as he tries to piece his life back together from the disasters that happened months before. His father up and left his family to be with a younger woman, and then Rick was in a terrible wreck, which crippled both his legs - which meant that his football days and the full scholarship to Syracuse - were a thing of the past. Rick hasn't been dealing with the changes in his life very well. He hides in his room and plays video games most of the day, every day. However, Rick's life is about to change drastically. A secret government agency has been watching him and they approach him with a huge opportunity - to save America and the world as he knows it. Terrorist groups have new technology that will enable them to launch a cyber attack on America like they've never seen - and they believe that Rick is the best person to stop this attack. Will Rick put aside his own personal issues to think of others? Will he cast his doubts and insecurities aside and attempt to save the world? As things become more and more twisted, Rick starts to question everything the government has told him, which brings even more questions to mind. I thought this was a solid start to a new series that science fiction fans will enjoy. The book is set in our time, so there wasn't any really weird setting to adjust to. The new cyber technology that the story is centered around is fascinating and certainly made me stop and think about the possibilities of this type of science would allow. Rick was a good main character - he's had a lot of bad things happen in his life in the past few months - and his hope is all but gone. He's pretty sulky and whiny, in my opinion, and he just seems to wallow in his self pity and anger. He does have good qualities to round out the flaws - he's smart and loves his family - but he still seems to waver a bit for my taste. The plot was unique and I found the technology and all of its aspects really intriguing. It sort of went over my head at first and I had to sit and think about it for awhile before I understood it. It's a typical hero story - the hero is presented with a quest or challenge, which he must accept, and then embarks on a journey to complete the task - all while encountering unforeseen dangers along the way. The hero finishes the quest and returns home. The book pretty much follows this design to the mark. I enjoyed reading about the characters and the "quest" that Rick is thrown into, but I wasn't able to fully immerse myself in the story. Along with the obvious plot and story line, there are several meaningful topics that are dealt with - like family issues, self-confidence, love, trust, and doing the right thing, to name a few. I liked that the author included these deeper aspects to the story - it gives it a whole new depth and an overall positive message. Overall, this was a good start to an interesting series that will appeal to fans of science fiction, as well as those who enjoy a story that also sends a good message. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.