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The God Game

(2020)
A novel by

 
 
You are invited!
COme inside and play with G.O.D.
Bring your friends!
It;’s fun!
But remember the rules. Win and ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE.™ Lose, you die!

With those words, Charlie and his friends enter the G.O.D. Game, a video game run by underground hackers and controlled by a mysterious AI that believes it’s God. Through their phone-screens and high-tech glasses, the teens’ realities blur with a virtual world of creeping vines, smoldering torches, runes, glyphs, gods, and mythical creatures. When they accomplish a mission, the game rewards them with expensive tech, revenge on high-school tormentors, and cash flowing from ATMs. Slaying a hydra and drawing a bloody pentagram as payment to a Greek god seem harmless at first. Fun even.

But then the threatening messages start. Worship me. Obey me. Complete a mission, however cruel, or the game reveals their secrets and crushes their dreams. Tasks that seemed harmless at first take on deadly consequences. Mysterious packages show up at their homes. Shadowy figures start following them, appearing around corners, attacking them in parking garages. Who else is playing this game, and how far will they go to win?

And what of the game’s first promise: win, win big, lose, you die? Dying in a virtual world doesn’t really mean death in real life—does it?

As Charlie and his friends try to find a way out of the game, they realize they’ve been manipulated into a bigger web they can’t escape: an AI that learned its cruelty from watching us.

God is always watching, and He says when the game is done.

Genre: Science Fiction

Praise for this book

"A gripping page-turner." - Elif Batuman

"Tension and turmoil add up to high stakes suspense and a plot that will make you wonder if all this stuff is real. Danny Tobey absolutely kicks butt and takes names in this gem of a thriller." - Steve Berry

"Smart, propulsive and gripping, The God Game is an ambitious thriller and a terrifying examination of what could - and probably already is - happening in the world of artificial intelligence." - Harlan Coben

"Like an episode of Black Mirror written by Stephen King. It reminded me in parts of Stand By Me meets Ready Player One - a wildly original thriller with heart." - John Marrs

"A dark, edgy thriller." - Tom Perrotta


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January 2020 : UK Hardback
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Title: The God Game
Author(s): Danny Tobey
ISBN: 1-4732-2447-0 / 978-1-4732-2447-6 (UK edition)
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Title: The God Game: A Novel
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January 2020 : USA Paperback

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January 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The God Game
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January 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The God Game
Author(s): Danny Tobey
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Title: The God Game: A Novel
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Title: The God Game: A Novel
Author(s): Danny Tobey
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January 2020 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The God Game
Author(s): Danny Tobey
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January 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The God Game: A Novel
Author(s): Danny Tobey
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA