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The Scarab [Kindle Edition]

Scott Rhine , Weston Kincade
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Book Description

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.

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About the Author

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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 427 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XJ4HN0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,053,518 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Scott Rhine wanted to find a job that combined his love of reading with math problem solving, so he studied both short stories and computer languages. As a techno-gypsy, he worked on optimizing some of the fastest and largest supercomputers in the world. A couple of degrees, patents, and children later, at forty-eight, he still didn't know what he wanted to be when he grew up. When his third publication, "Doors to Eternity," hit #16 on the Amazon epic fantasy list, he decided to become a full-time author. Since then, each book of his "Jezebel's Ladder" series has hit the high-tech science fiction top 100. His highest rated book is the contemporary fantasy "Foundation for the Lost."

Humor is a part of every story he writes because people are funny, even when they don't think so. In the real world, something always goes wrong and people have flaws. If you can't laugh at yourself, someone is probably doing it for you. Strong female characters also play a major role in his stories because he's married to a beautiful PhD who can edit, break boards, and use a chainsaw.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars On the edge of my seat! 6 July 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
While not my normal cup of tea, Scarab is a story you can't help but get sucked into. Ethan's character draws you in to his focused desire to build and enter his own design. While this detached feeling seems off at times, I think it was intentional to give us a true understanding of his character. Being a hemophiliac is something most people don't have to deal with, but his health issues certainly don't dampen his drive. The story of Ethan and his Scarab will take you into various realities fraught with virtual and real dangers where often discerning between them is difficult. Where does reality stop and the virtual world begin? Ultimately, is death the same in both worlds? And who is behind the not-so-subtle attempted murders of Ethan and his friends? This is a great debut novel for Scott and a great introduction for Sci-fi readers looking to escape into a race for the finish and a new life, especially when life's deck of cards seems to have been stacked against you since birth. I enjoyed reading the novel and would recommend it to others, especially at such a great price.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Read 14 May 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I was surprised by this novel it was not what I was expecting and I really enjoyed it. I believe that you don't have to be a gamer to enjoy this novel, it has something for everyone.

All the characters are well thought out and are created with excellent description. The plot is well though out and transports the reader into that world.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.

A copy of this novel was received for free and all opinions expressed are my own through reading it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun racing story! 7 May 2011
By Killie
Format:Kindle Edition
Overall, this was a fun and light hearted read, the SimCon race elements in particular were entertaining and I was always looking forward to the next race stage to come up. The few issues I had with the non-race elements of the novel being "solved" a little bit too easily were minor. I would therefore recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun, near future adventure along the lines of the movies; Deathrace 2000 or Speed Racer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced, action-packed - a fun read 7 May 2012
By K. Sozaeva - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Book Info: Genre: Science Fiction thriller Reading Level: Adult (PG-rated per author)

Disclosure: I purchased this book for myself so am under no obligation, but am happy to provide an honest review.

Synopsis: The Scarab is a PG, first-person, near-future, Science Fiction thriller that fans of Speed Racer 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.

My Thoughts: This book dates from prior to my acquaintance with Scott Rhine; I have read all of his other stuff and really enjoyed it, so had been looking forward to this chance to finishing reading all of the Scott Rhine library.

This was a different book - there was quite a lot of mechanical details as Ethan worked on his Ground Effect Vehicle (GEV) for the race. I had expected that sort of thing might glaze my eyes, but Rhine explains things in a way that provides the details that a non-mechanically inclined person like me needs without overloading or bogging down the action. And there was action: lots and lots of action. The SimCon quickly became a game of "pick-on-the-Scarab," and Ethan is definitely kept on the ropes. The reader is not allowed to become bored or complacent, as twist after turn comes flying at you. I'm not quite sure if I completely agree with the science fiction genre; I see more speculative fiction aspects to this, as well as almost a coming-of-age subtext. I quite liked it. If you like fast pacing and intricate details, you should love The Scarab.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A review by Free Book Reviews 2 Jan. 2012
By Albert Robbins III - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Overall Feedback: A fast passed, adrenaline pumping read from cover to cover. The author draws us in and holds us hostage in this Virtual Racing World that he has created. Unbelievable action and suspense all wrapped in a tightly woven story. This is a "Do Not Miss" read for the year.

Point of View: You follow Ethan on his trek to overcome his obstacles and save the race.

Voice: A plus to drawing in anyone into the gaming world. A bit of the jargon may catch you off guard but the author does well to explain.

Character Development: Finely tuned just like the Virtual Racers.

Plot: The next step in gaming evolution.

Dialogue: Due to the jargon you may get lost but stay steady and the end will be there.

Pacing: Races through your imagination and fuels your brain with high voltage dreams.

Setting: Virtual Reality is here.

Continuity: Not a loose spot in the story.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars decent sci-fi read with heavy techie jargon 26 Jun. 2011
By The Flashlight Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I have to admit that I had a hard time with this one. The writing was fine, but the techie quality just went way over my head. It took a very long time for me to find my pace because I felt like I was reading techno jargon over and over again. That would be my one complaint.

What I did like is more important. I liked the characters. They were believable. You had a man with genuine concern for the love of his life. He also had a long list of very real reasons why he couldn't marry her, despite his desire. That made me feel sorry for him. Of course, all of that changed seemingly overnight. He became this amazing super smart millionaire. Gotta love that.

His love interest, Mary Ann, is this bad ass female cop. She can kick anyone's butt and you almost dare someone to try. It seems like she's a walking contradiction. She gorgeous and intelligent, yet she has a mean street wise streak that would make Al Capone cower. She's hard core.

The SimCon race was pretty intense. Once I made myself ignore the techie aspect of the plot, I was able to focus on the content. There were a few diabolical schemes floating around. You had major subterfuge and blackmail, among other things. Anyone that likes James Bond style action would enjoy this read. There were plenty of car chases and an aura of mystery that could keep you interested.

I don't really think this fits in the YA genre. It seemed geared more towards adults--particularly the male audience. Maybe that's just my take though. I don't see my students being able to comprehend the intricate detail that went in to describing the SimCon race and the cars. I feel like all of that would have gone over their heads.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Scarab 10 Jun. 2011
By Linda Eble Swain - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The Scarab by Scott Alan Rhine. What a ride this book takes you on. From the very first page there is a almost instant bonding with the Ethan. The technology that he develops borders on the realm of reality and it didn't take me long to actually believe that this was all possible. From another viewpoint, his medical condition of Hemophilia allows the reader to understand him and the decisions that he makes. The legal journey that he goes on is enough to make anyone want to sit back and take a look at their own investments. And then of course there is his relationship with Mary Anne. I don't want to say that this is a "guy" book, but to me it would certainly draw more of a male audience.
All in all it reads well, the flow never breaks and the storyline is interesting enough to hold a readers attention to the end. It did mine.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars non-stop adventure 18 July 2011
By Sylvia A. Gardner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is my first book of this genre. I truly enjoyed the story and all the adventure and excitement. I am not a "gamer or techie" but found the story very compelling and easy to follow despite the use of "techie" verbage, which to me only enhanced the story. I will recommend this book to family and friends as a "fast moving and fun read". Syl
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