- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins - GB (14 May 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0008341907
- ISBN-13: 978-0008341909
- Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 440 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘The Never Game is the very definition of a page-turner’ Ian Rankin
‘Terrific writing, vivid and raw, Deaver grips from the very first line and never lets up. He is, hands-down, one of the finest thriller writers of our time’ Peter James
‘As always, Deaver gets you in his stealthy grip on page one, and then takes you on a wild and inventive ride …
this time with new star character Colter Shaw. No one in the world does this kind of thing better than Deaver’ Lee Child
‘Masterful storytelling ― The Never Game is Deaver’s most riveting, most twisty, most unputdownable novel yet’ Karin Slaughter
‘Lightning-fast and loaded with twists, The Never Game is a thrill a minute from one of the best. Don’t miss it’ Harlan Coben
‘Jeffery Deaver scores yet again with a fascinating new detective, Colter Shaw, and a plot as full of thrills and twists and turns as you would expect from him. With The Never Game you know you are in the hands of a master. But be warned―don’t start this too late in the evening because sleep would be an annoying interruption once you’ve started reading!’ Peter Robinson
‘A twisty “keep you up all night” page-turner of a book with a wonderfully human core. A fantastic read’ Kate Hamer, bestselling author of The Girl in the Red Coat
‘A superb thriller. Twisty, ingenious and totally gripping. Colter Shaw is a fascinating, complex new character. Excellent’ Will Dean
‘A fascinating new character in the methodical Colter Shaw. Nothing is predictable in the case, and like a curvy mountain road, the twists are intense’ Associated Press
Praise for Jeffery Deaver:
'If you want thrills, Deaver is your man' Guardian
'One of the most consistent writers of clever, entertaining and often thought-provoking thrillers in the world' Simon Kernick
'The best psychological thriller writer around' The Times
'The most creative, skilled and intriguing thriller writer in the world' Daily Telegraph
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Colter is drawn into the story of a young woman who has been abducted and forced to play a real-life role in a popular video game. The person is trapped, has five items which can be used to aid in his/her escape and must then either free him or herself or ‘die with dignity’. Set in Silicon Valley (whose blandness JD nails), this is a story ‘about’ video gaming—its banalities, its attractions, its possible benefits and its definite negatives. Gamers will probably enjoy it. Deaver (as expected) knows all of its finer details, while his protagonist is skeptical of its ‘world’ and its social impact.
The plot is strong and the subsidiary characters interesting. While the protagonist seeks the characters caught in the video game scenarios he is also pursuing a mystery concerning his father. Thus, the personal and the professional intersect in interesting ways. There is the usual Deaver mystification and the reversals upon reversals. The novel held my interest throughout. I prefer the Lincoln Rhyme concept/character but I will look forward to future novels concerning Colter Shaw. The ending clearly opens the door to a sequel; this is not a standalone (or certainly doesn’t look or feel like one). JD remains one of the most skilled and informed writers of our time.
As if this wasn't enough to kick me out of the story, the plot was lame. Colter comes across as a Jack Reacher wannabe.
The story lacks twists or turns that make a thriller gripping.
As I turned the last page, I went what?
This one gets one star, and that is being generous.
Colter Shaw grew up in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California, living on his family's compound. His father was a paranoid schizophrenic and trained all three of his children in all aspects of being survivalist. He and his siblings were also all homeschooled by their parents.
Colter is an excellent tracker and marksman and he uses these talents to find lost people - dead and alive. He calls himself a rewardist - collecting money after he finds the missing people. He lives in an RV and travels to where the job is.
His latest job brings him to the more downtrodden side of the Silicon Valley and gets him involved in tech companies and the gaming industry.
Colter Shaw is one of my new favorite characters. He's tough but has an innocent side since he grew up in the wilderness away from TV, mp3 players, videos, movies, cell phones. As he makes his way through this story he keeps finding out about technologies he's never seen or used before.
I highly recommend this new thriller by Deaver.
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