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Monday, July 14, 2014


Release Date: 07/15/14
Thomas Nelson
352 pages

Rick Dial has the potential to be a hero. He just doesn't know it yet.

Rick's high school football team couldn't be stopped when he was leading them as their quarterback. He was going to Syracuse on a scholarship. But then his dad abandoned them and a terrible accident left him crippled.

Certain his old life is completely lost, Rick spends months hiding away in his room playing video games. He achieves the highest scores on so many games that he's approached by a government agency who claims to be trying to thwart a cyber attack on America that would destroy the technological infrastructure of the entire country. The agents say that the quick-thinking of a quarterback coupled with Nick's gaming experience make him perfect for this assignment. The problem is that there are no extra lives and this isn't just a game . . . but Rick doesn't have many other options at the moment.

Entering "The Realm" gives Rick the one thing he thought he'd never have again: a body that's as fast and as strong as he ever was before the accident. But the more time he spends in The Realm, the more questions he has. What secrets are these agents keeping from him? What really happened to his father? How many others have gone into The Realm already . . . and failed? And perhaps most important, is he the hero they think he is?



A review copy was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

Mindwar is a book that will make you think about that time that you picked up a joy stick, played a game and got lost in it for only a few hours, but felt like forever. 

It will make you think of your family. 

It will make you think of the friends that you have. 

It will also make you think of sacrifices. 

The story revolves around our hero, Rick who had a bright future ahead... until it was halted by an accident. He had it all and he just lost it... or so he thought. 

He spent his next few months cooped up in a room playing video games. He scores high in every game and this caught the eye of a secret group in the government. As soon as he meets them, he gets briefed. The world is at stake. Would he take the risk and plunge into the unknown or would he let his insecurities and bitterness lead his life?

Of course he chooses to do the right thing... the exciting, exhilarating and thrilling thing. He plunges to the unknown and OH! WHAT A RIDE!

Rick experiences many new things. Things that are just products of our imagination and most definitely couldn't be real, but for a few days, it felt real to him and to me as a reader! This book is all about him discovering new things and realizing that many things are still waiting for him. The possibilities are endless so long as a person has his spirit. :)

The realm that he goes into has all sorts of obstacles for him. It's really like playing a game and trying again each time you fail until you get to the boss fight! 


Excitement. That is just one word that I would say. This book has a good mixture of sci-fi, action and drama. It's really like watching a movie. I also got frustrated with Rick at some point, but he made up for it. :)


I understand that this is the first book in a series, so there are many things that I still don't get. Rick's father's background for example, I want to know more about that. I also want to know about the two bots from the realm. Who are they really? Oh and I also want to know if Rick will choose the human girl over the bot. haha! ;) 


This is a good start for a series. It has the right feel that would appeal to gamers and to adventure and sci fi readers. I give this book four fairy wings! 



Andrew Klavan is a best-selling, award-winning thriller novelist whose books have been made into major motion pictures. He broke into the YA scene with the bestselling Homelanders series, starting with The Last Thing I Remember. He is also a screenwriter and scripted the innovative movie-in-an-app Haunting Melissa.

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