Video game writer Niles River loves the work he does at Third Wave Studios: creating games with mass appeal that feature women, people of color, and LGBTQ characters. To make his job even better, his best friend is his boss and his twin brother works beside him. And they mostly agree that being on the forefront of social change is worth dealing with trollish vitriol-Niles is more worried about his clingy ex and their closeted intern's crush on his brother than he is about internet harassment.
But now the bodies on the ground are no longer virtual and someone's started hand-delivering threats to Niles's door. The vendetta against Third Wave has escalated, and to make matters worse, the investigating detective is an old flame who left Niles heartbroken for a life in the closet.
No change happens without pain, but can Niles justify continuing on with Third Wave when the cost is the blood of others? If he does, the last scene he writes may be his own death.
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My daughter is a gamer. I sometimes think she spends way too much time on the computer playing her games. Seems all her friends are there. She doesn’t seem to have many “real world” friends. But, she tells me, it is her coping mechanism and since I spend just as much time buried in my make believe world of books, who am I to say otherwise? So I sit, glassy eyed, as she goes on and on and on and on about what is happening in the guild or with her character when we are together. Consequently, when I saw this, I thought why not. It might give me a different perspective and insight. I even discussed the book with my daughter, but the conversation didn’t go quite the way I thought it might. According to her, the bigotry and harassment discussed in this book is ten years old. She doesn’t see it much anymore, in the games. However, what we know about the “glass ceiling,” and general bigotry and intolerance in the real world, we could see the events in this story happening. In reading this book, I do have a better understanding of the gaming culture. For instance, I didn’t know I was an unusual parent in that, not only did/do I know about her gaming and the characters she plays, but I know the names of her “friends” and guild mates – by both their player name and, sometimes their real world name – in spite of the fact I am in no way a gamer. I was appalled to read that the parents of the victims in this story had no idea what their kids did on the computer. Was that poetic license on the part of the author, or real world? Considering that the author spent time letting us know that some of the things discussed in this book was based on real world events, I am left wondering. Now all this personal stuff aside, as you can see, the book did spark some thoughts, in my mind, to think about, as well as being a rather good murder mystery. It further discussed the whole video/computer games have undue influence on today’s youth controversy. The pros and the cons. I do have my own thoughts on that, but this is not the forum to discuss that. Suffice it to say, I was impressed with how this author incorporated such controversial hot buttons into a gripping and entertaining story. This story had murder, stalking, betrayal, good friends – old and new, romance, hot twins, hot cops, all the elements of a good story. I really didn’t want to put it down for things like sleep, but couldn’t keep my eyes open anymore. In some spots the soap box took over a bit too much, but not enough to throw me from the story. There was gaming, suspense, action, multiple visits to the hospital, angst, excitement, hot sex, and cuddles all done with good pacing. In my humble opinion, like Rose, Niles, Jordan, and all the staff of Third Wave gaming studios, participate – read the book. Everyone! It just might influence some change, acceptance and tolerance. Okay, I need to step off my soap box. This is an entertaining read with a wonderful story. Give it a try! I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.