Win: Win Big
Lose: You Die
Hello and welcome to the blog tour for The God Game by Danny Tobey. Kicking off this new year with a fantastic new book that I think a lot of you will enjoy.
About The Book
“Win and All Your Dreams Come True!
Charlie and his friends have entered the G.O.D. Game.
Tasks are delivered through their phone-screens and high-tech glasses. When they accomplish a mission, the game rewards them. Charlie’s money problems could be over. Vanhi can erase the one bad grade on her college application. It’s all harmless fun at first. Then the threatening messages start.
Worship me. Obey me.
Mysterious packages show up at their homes. Shadowy figures start following them.
Who else is playing this game, and how far will they go to win? As Charlie looks for a way out, he finds God is always watching – only He will say when the game is done.
And if you die in the game, you die for real.”
What I Thought
The God Game ticked a lot of boxes for me. It’s dark and addictive with short snappy chapters that make it hard to put down. It’s like an episode of Black Mirror, hard to watch because it feels too close to being a reality but too good to look away from. I think gamers will enjoy this too as its all centered around a game called G.O.D and while all the players are playing in augmented reality they soon realise they’re playing in real life too which is pretty scary. Actions you take in the game can have consequences in the real world, win and you get rewarded, lose and you get punished. It’s all fun and games until worlds collide and people start getting hurt and suddenly its not so fun anymore!
What I enjoyed about this book is the characters, the main gang Charlie, Peter, Kenny, Alex and Vanhi who call themselves The Vindicators, they’ve all bonded over their love of computers and being a bit on the outside of all the other social groups at school. They are very reminiscent of The Losers in IT or The AV Club in Stranger Things. I think fans of these will really appreciate this book. It’s a big book but very fast paced and you won’t want to put it down. I really enjoyed it.
About The Author
DANNY TOBEY is a graduate of the Fort Worth public schools. He is the author of thriller THE FACULTY CLUB and was anthologized in 2017’s THE BEST OF THE HARVARD LAMPOON: 140 YEARS OF AMERICAN HUMOUR. Danny serves on numerous non-profit boards, including the Executive Committee of the Yale Law School Association, the Perot Museum of Nature & Science, and the SPCA of Texas. He’s been a successful software entrepreneur and founded a legal education software company in his law school dorm room. Using his legal, software, and medical backgrounds, he’s spoken on A.I. at companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100. His passions are writing, guitar, and opera. He lives in Dallas with his family.
Many thanks to Stevie from Gollancz for having me on this tour, all opinions are my own and I am not paid to give them.