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.
"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 new gladiatorial contest between genetically engineered monsters has proven to be a popular Olympic sport. For this year's games, the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) uses its most sophisticated AI computer to design the latest combatant. Felix demonstrates a precociously advanced intelligence coupled with an insatiable thirst for violence-seemingly an ideal candidate for Olympic gold. Despite disturbing signs that the program's reclusive creator is losing touch with reality, the USOC clears Felix for competition. The stage is set for a catastrophic finale, with international repercussions. VERDIcT- Kosmatka successfully captures the thrill of groundbreaking technology characteristic of Michael Crichton's technothrillers as well as the intensity of blood sports as envisioned in Richard Matheson's short story "Steel," the inspiration for the film Real Steel. The pleasure of his polished, action-packed storytelling is deepened by strong character development. This near-future sf thriller will capture the imagination of "unstoppable monster" lovers and fans of disaster fiction alike and seems destined for the big screen. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.