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Starred Review for "Hostage Run"

Hostage Run, the second book in my MindWar trilogy for young adults, has received a really lovely review from RedeemedReader.com where their goal “is to shine a gospel light on children’s literature so that Christian parents, educators, and the children they nurture may read in a more redeemed and redeeming way.”

The trilogy, which started with MindWar, is about former high school football star Rick Dial, who’s been crippled in an accident. Depressed, he mopes around playing video games until he gets so good at them, the government drafts him for a secret mission. His mind is injected into a video-game-like program created by the terrorist Kurodar. The program — called the Realm — allows Kurodar to think his way into any computer system, putting America’s security at risk. Rick has to fight the boss monsters of the Realm and try to bring the world crashing down.

Giving the book five out of five stars, RedeemedReader reviewer Hayley says:

In the exciting sequel to MindWar, Rick Dial continues to battle Kurodar through the cyber world of the Realm… While Mindwar was very good, Hostage Run is even better.  Character development, nail-biting suspense, and action keep readers on the edge of their seats, and the ending?  You will have to read and see!

You can read the whole thing here. And you can buy the the first book here and the sequel here.

Oh, and here’s a fun fact. While planning the book, I created the name Kurodar by combining elements from several different names. The idea was to make a terrorist name that referred to other evil names. But by the time I got around to writing the novel, I couldn’t remember what names I’d cannibalized. I no longer know what Kurodar means! Any suggestions would be welcome!