This novel is made up of every day characters just trying to get through life. Ben and his wife have divorced after the death of their son and now Ben's Mom dies so he moves back with his Dad. The old neighborhood has changed as most of the places we all grew up in have--but there is something disparately wrong--too many people have been divorcing and moving away--statistically way too many for this small neighborhood. After his son's death Ben got into the world of virtual reality and has gone from a high level position in the work world to a much lower one as a contractor in a large IT firm. He is also contemplating suicide. Then he hears that one of his best friends from high school killed his wife-then shot himself. Ben is bound and determined, along with his other high school buddies to figure out why, and decides to delay his own suicide until after he figures out this puzzle. The person responsible will not be revealed until the end--and it will surprise you.
This will probably leave you with chills running up and down your back-I know it did mine-when you realize what can happen when social media, the internet and surveillance are used by someone with revenge in their minds. You will also think twice before bullying anyone!! The author, at the very end of the book, tells us what technology is already with us. What really frightens me--this could possibly happen and nobody would be the wiser until it was too late--not the government--not the co-workers-greed is involved as it usually is-even in real life-it took Ben a while to sort out this mess. Did the perpetrator ever get caught? You will have to read this novel to find out!
About the Book: (from Amazon)
To help his father, Ben moves back into the old neighborhood. Years ago he was a popular athlete in the local school, then a successful mid-level executive, father, husband. Now Ben is a loner, content to spend his free time in the "reality" of the internet.
Ben reluctantly snaps out of his seclusion when he tries to understand why an old friend and neighbor killed himself and realizes that this is no longer the same neighborhood he grew up in. It's as if someone used resources of social media, internet and surveillance to strip away a layer of civilization, exposing a nightmare of conflicts and betrayals. When Ben is threatened by the same forces, he has to re-discover his own strengths to fight back against a shadow opponent.
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About the Author: (from Amazon)
I am an accidental writer. In "real life" I have graduate degrees in business and engineering and spent many years writing boring technical, business, and legal papers. In late 2012 a friend's death prompted me to ask what would be the one thing I regret not doing. I've always been an avid reader but have not had the courage to write. And I made a New Year resolution to write a book. That's how "The Great Game" was born. I try to write about serious topics but wrap them into an action-filled story. While all my books are entirely fictional, each of them carries a Commentary how the fiction is rooted in facts and realities of current events. If you want to learn more, please visit my website www.drbellbooks.com.
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