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"An outstanding debut novel" --Booklist

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

"Kosmatka successfully captures the thrill of groundbreaking technology characteristic of Michael Crichton's technothrillers... 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]

"An efficient thriller that does what it sets out to do, and promises a good deal more in the future." --Locus

"Taut throughout, The Games is a terrific tale... Ted Kosmatka's intriguing modernization of Frankenstein is a gold medal winner." --Alternative Worlds

"Recreates the thrilling pace of Crichton... there isn't a wasted moment." --SF Crowsnest

"For those fascinated by killer mutants, psychotic computers, romance, and scientific heroes and villains, Ted Kosmatka has produced a tale that will chill them to the bone." --Flickering Myth

"The Games is an entirely unique creature...a sci-fi/thriller with unexpected depth and humanity. Very highly recommended!" --My Bookish Ways

"An outstanding debut novel" (Booklist) "Exacting science and meticulous attention to detail provide the backbone for this thriller, which blends the best of Crichton and Koontz." (Publishers Weekly)"

"A tense, engaging read thanks to Kosmatka's coolly measured prose, his eye for the telling corroborative detail and his skill at orchestrating both small, intimate scenes and large-scale set-pieces." --Starburst

"Kosmatka successfully captures the thrill of groundbreaking technology characteristic of Michael Crichton's technothrillers... 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]

"An efficient thriller that does what it sets out to do, and promises a good deal more in the future." --Locus

"Taut throughout, The Games is a terrific tale... Ted Kosmatka's intriguing modernization of Frankenstein is a gold medal winner." --Alternative Worlds

"Short-fiction extraordinaire - and real life scientist - Kosmatka offers this novel rooted in scientific plausibility and wrapped around serious ethical issues." --Kirkus Reviews

"Recreates the thrilling pace of Crichton... there isn't a wasted moment." --SF Crowsnest

"For those fascinated by killer mutants, psychotic computers, romance, and scientific heroes and villains, Ted Kosmatka has produced a tale that will chill them to the bone." --Flickering Myth

"The Games is an entirely unique creature...a sci-fi/thriller with unexpected depth and humanity. Very highly recommended!" --My Bookish Ways

it's well worth the ride as 'The Games' turns into a classic race against time and peril of the sort that guaranteed I had a 1.30am bedtime. --The Bookbag

"Kosmatka successfully captures the thrill of groundbreaking technology characteristic of Michael Crichton's technothrillers... 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]

"An efficient thriller that does what it sets out to do, and promises a good deal more in the future." --Locus

"Taut throughout, The Games is a terrific tale... Ted Kosmatka's intriguing m --My Bookish Ways

"Kosmatka's debut is a gripping and gory near-future thriller in which genetic engineering and jingoism prove to be a terrify-ing combination." --Publishers Weekly

"Kosmatka successfully captures the thrill of groundbreaking technology characteristic of Michael Crichton's technothrillers... 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]

"An efficient thriller that does what it sets out to do, and promises a good deal more in the future." --Locus

"Taut throughout, The Games is a terrific tale... Ted Kosmatka's intriguing modernization of Frankenstein is a gold medal winner." --Alternative Worlds

"Short-fiction extraordinaire - and real life scientist - Kosmatka offers this novel rooted in scientific plausibility and wrapped around serious ethical issues." --Kirkus Reviews

"Recreates the thrilling pace of Crichton... there isn't a wasted moment." --SF Crowsnest

"For those fascinated by killer mutants, psychotic computers, romance, and scientific heroes and villains, Ted Kosmatka has produced a tale that will chill them to the bone." --Flickering Myth

"The Games is an entirely unique creature...a sci-fi/thriller with unexpected depth and humanity. Very highly recommended!" --My Bookish Ways

About the Author

Ted Kosmatka has worked as a zookeeper, steel mill worker, lab technician, and videogame writer for the extremely successful studio, Valve, publisher of mega-hits such as the Half-Life series and Portal. His work has been nominated for both the Nebula and Hugo awards and won the 2010 Asimov's Reader's Choice Award. The Games is his first novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3116 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (13 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005723LES
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #195,662 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Really fast paced exciting sic fi thriller. Couldn't stop reading until it was finished. Whilst the prose is less sophisticated than his next novel, the story is more fun to read and there is less disconnect with the central premise. It is somewhat predictable but that won't spoil the read for anyone. Comparisons with Crichton are obvious but his characters are more believable and his dialogue is thoughtful and worthy of praise in itself.
As with prophet of bones, the prologue is great but then it seems to disconnect with the rest of the story... therefore the motivation and development of a key character and an essential story element is almost non existent... kosmatska could have made more of this I think.
Its crying out for a sequel and who knows... there could just be one... here's hoping!

Its work like this that makes me say to myself "I wish I had written this!" so heres even more drive for me to crack on with my own masterpiece ahem.

Very frustrated his next book is not out for five or six weeks... what am I going to read round the pool on my last day of the holiday!
Highly recommended.
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DNA manipulation is commonplace and the return of bloody gladiatorial games as well as the mundane Olympic means fortunes to be made. The only stipulation is that the DNA is not to be human. Doesn't seem to be a problem though until someone gives the instructions for the creation of a beast to beat them all. Very reminiscent of Michael Crichton and a souped up Patterson. Read, enjoy and marvel, and you won't be disappointed. It is all fiction isn't it?
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Format: Hardcover
The Games is one of those books that on the face of it, looks pretty derivative. There have been umpteen books on genetic experimentation, and the load of techno-thrillers out there is immense, but despite this, I still found myself enjoying this taut and tense thriller.

The story of genetically engineered animals fighting each other in a futuristic Olympic Games is a pretty compelling (and timely) one. The future that we see isn't one of flashing neon and hover cars, but something which feels genuine- with glimpses of technology that have changed people's lives (such as a shot that reverses being drunk. It has at its heart a great idea, and Kosmatka has built a very efficient story around it.

The one major draw back is the characterisation. With such a high concept plot, it's easy to see why Kosmatka didn't feel the need to flesh them out completely, as you are constantly distracted by a moment of tension or peril. But, the central character, Silas, is essentially morally dubious, given his involvement in genetically mutating animals to create 'gladiatorial entertainment.' This could have been developed and looked at in far more detail to make the reader sympathise with him, to question why and how he justifies his work. But, as it's a techno-thriller, that's not really the point. It's a gung-ho, tense and exciting thriller that doesn't dwell on bigger issues (though it does touch on them). You know where the book is going from the first chapter and it's no less fun because of it.

It's a great bit of holiday popcorn that kept me totally entertained, so I'd recommend this one.
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Starts well but the premise is a bit too far fetched, the characters are a bit one dimensional and entirely unsympathetic and it rapidly runs out of steam. I failed to finish this book, which is most unusual.
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Format: Paperback
There are lots of popular themes explored in Kosmatka's debut novel: PED's (performance enhancing drugs), genetic engineering, violent sports and science.

If you can imagine a future society that actually permits genetically modified creatures to do battle in an arena with no doping and no rules, then you have essentially the background and main thrust for this story. This is an amoral near future, set mainly in the mid twenty first century.

Before the legitimate (and clean) Olympics takes place, countries send their `gladiator' to do combat (to the death), in a grisly tournament watched by 130,000 (in a specially built arena) and by billions worldwide.
This is a decadent, bloodthirsty civilization, much like the last days of Rome. Hey, it sounds familiar, even today!

The central character of Silas Williams is interesting: he is enigmatic and questions his whole part in the `Games.' I enjoyed reading more into his background and wondered what choices he would ultimately make as his conscience began to nag at him.

Dr Vidonia Joao feels like she has been crowbarred into the narrative as the token beautiful love-interest. I found her rather flat and bland, adding nothing to the proceedings other than a touch of glamour. Her relationship with Williams just seems forced and unnecessary.

This is of course gory and violent, as one should expect, but at times, it is also poignant and revealing about the human race in general. Kosmatka expertly sustains the tension and the gnawing doubts of the scientists.

Sadly, the last part feels like a homage to King Kong or Godzilla. That said, the overall effect is satisfying - the science is spot-on, thanks to the authors first-hand experience - and most importantly, the fiction entertains. Not a bad debut novel at all.
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