The Scarab by Scott Rhine

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The Scarab is a PG, first-person, near-future, thriller that fans of Speed Racer and Dream Park will enjoy.

There are very few problems that can't be solved with a little help from your friends and the proper application of high explosives. Hemophiliac and ace mechanic Ethan Hayes had risen to the top of the computer gaming circuit as the Scarab. When he invented a device that made him rich over night, he and ex-girlfriend, Mary Ann, were able to enter SimCon, the simulated European road race.

When Ground Effect Vehicles became common, prototypes were too dangerous and expensive to build outright. Instead, each year, major designers competed in the Super Bowl of virtual races – SimCon. The vehicles needed speed, skill, and weapons to get ahead. The winners in each class got millions in production contracts and advertizing.

Ethan made a lot of enemies in his first professional race, including a cyber-criminal named Kali. The challenges of a week-long trek across Europe are nothing compared to the dirty tricks, murder, and kidnapping that took place off the track. Being a severe hemophiliac meant Ethan had to keep his temper under control, and think. When someone kidnapped Mary Ann, it was up to the Scarab to save her.

About Scott Rhine

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Scott Rhine reads voraciously and enjoys spending time with his family, writing, and solving puzzles. As a computer programmer for the last two decades for major corporations and universities, he holds several patents.
Published December 10, 2013 272 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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