The Games by Ted Kosmatka

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The pleasure of his polished, action-packed storytelling is deepened by strong character development.
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Jurassic Park meets The Hunger Games in this stunning new high-energy, high-concept tale from first-time novelist Ted Kosmatka, a Nebula Award and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award finalist.
Brilliant geneticist Silas Williams oversees U.S. selections for the Olympic Gladiator competition, an internationally sanctioned bloodsport with only one rule: No entrants may possess human DNA. Desperate to maintain America’s edge in the upcoming Games, Silas’s superior engages an experimental supercomputer to design the ultimate, unbeatable combatant. The result is a highly specialized killing machine, its genome never before seen on earth. But even a genius like Silas cannot anticipate the consequences of allowing a computer’s cold logic to play God. Growing swiftly, the mutant gladiator demonstrates preternatural strength, speed, and—most chillingly—intelligence. And before hell breaks loose, Silas and beautiful xenobiologist Vidonia João must race to understand what unbound science has wrought—even as their professional curiosity gives way to a most unexpected emotion: sheer terror.
“Blends the best of Crichton and Koontz.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Outstanding . . . very like something Michael Crichton might have written . . . [a] bold mix of horror and SF . . . Expect big things from [Ted] Kosmatka.”—Booklist (starred review)
“Kosmatka successfully captures the thrill of groundbreaking technology. . . . The pleasure of his polished, action-packed storytelling is deepened by strong character development. This near-future SF thriller . . . seems destined for the big screen.”—Library Journal (starred review)

About Ted Kosmatka

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Ted Kosmatka is the author of one previous novel, The Games. His short fiction has been nominated for both the Nebula Award and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, and appeared in numerous Year's Best collections.
Published March 13, 2012 by Del Rey. 418 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Jan 16 2012

Exacting science and meticulous attention to detail provide the backbone for this thriller, which blends the best of Crichton and Koontz.

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Reviewed by Jackie Cassada on Mar 12 2012

The pleasure of his polished, action-packed storytelling is deepened by strong character development.

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Below average
Reviewed by Joseph Hoyos on Mar 13 2012

The subplot disaster was shocking but only in the sense that I found it shocking that anyone would still believe that scenario was remotely possible.

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Reviewed by Aidan Fortune on Jan 04 2012

Evan Chandler who designed the super-computer responsible for designing the creature’s DNA is a potentially intriguing character but just gets a little bit lost in the mix and takes away from the pace of the main arc.

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