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The Scarab

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  15 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
The Scarab is a PG, first-person, near-future, thriller that fans of Speed Racer and Dream Park will enjoy.

There are very few problems that can't be solved with a little help from your friends and the proper application of high explosives. Hemophiliac and ace mechanic Ethan Hayes had risen to the top of the computer gaming circuit as the Scarab. When he invented a device
Kindle Edition, 274 pages
Published April 20th 2011 (first published March 31st 2011)
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Jul 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Article first published as Book Review: The Scarab by Scott Rhine on Blogcritics.

Car Racing, gaming, and espionage do not seem to go together and yet they make a great combination. There is action, adventure and excitement all of which create an adrenalin rush which hold the fans of each at it long into the after-hours.

In The Scarab by Scott Rhine, we enter into a virtual reality form of racing and espionage, full of excitement and danger. The action is fast and the vehicles are faster, built by
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of fast-paced action, speculative fiction
Shelves: ebook
Book Info: Genre: Science Fiction thriller Reading Level: Adult (PG-rated per author)

Disclosure: I purchased this book for myself so am under no obligation, but am happy to provide an honest review.

Synopsis: The Scarab is a PG, first-person, near-future, Science Fiction thriller that fans of Speed Racer will enjoy.

There are very few problems that can't be solved with a little help from your friends and the proper application of high explosives. Hemophiliac and ace mechanic Ethan Hayes had risen
Alanna (The Flashlight Reader)
I have to admit that I had a hard time with this one. The writing was fine, but the techie quality just went way over my head. It took a very long time for me to find my pace because I felt like I was reading techno jargon over and over again. That would be my one complaint.

What I did like is more important. I liked the characters. They were believable. You had a man with genuine concern for the love of his life. He also had a long list of very real reasons why he couldn't marry her, despite hi
Weston Kincade
Jun 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While not my normal cup of tea, Scarab is a story you can't help but get sucked into. Ethan's character draws you in to his focused desire to build and enter his own design. While this detached feeling seems off at times, I think it was intentional to give us a true understanding of his character. Being a hemophiliac is something most people don't have to deal with, but his health issues certainly don't dampen his drive. The story of Ethan and his Scarab will take you into various realities frau ...more
Sep 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Overall Feedback: A fast passed, adrenaline pumping read from cover to cover. The author draws us in and holds us hostage in this Virtual Racing World that he has created. Unbelievable action and suspense all wrapped in a tightly woven story. This is a "Do Not Miss" read for the year.

Point of View: You follow Ethan on his trek to overcome his obstacles and save the race.

Voice: A plus to drawing in anyone into the gaming world. A bit of the jargon may catch you off guard but the author does well
David King
Apr 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Full review can be found on my blog here :

Overall, this was a fun and light hearted read, the SimCon race elements in particular were entertaining and I was always looking forward to the next race stage to come up. The few issues I had with the non-race elements of the novel being "solved" a little bit too easily were minor. I would therefore recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun, near future adventure along the lines of the movies; Deathrace 2000 o
May 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
I was surprised by this novel it was not what I was expecting and I really enjoyed it. I believe that you don't have to be a gamer to enjoy this novel, it has something for everyone.

All the characters are well thought out and are created with excellent description. The plot is well though out and transports the reader into that world.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.

A copy of this novel was received for free and all opinions expressed are my own through reading it.

Scott Rhine
Apr 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: i-wrote
A great book for people who love computer racing and combat games. Reminded me of the movie "the Great Race" and the TV series "Speed Racer"
Apr 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Can't wait to see the new book cover!
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Scott Rhine wanted to find a job that combined his love of reading with math problem solving, so he studied both short stories and computer languages. As a techno-gypsy, he worked on optimizing some of the fastest and largest supercomputers in the world. A couple of degrees, patents, and children later, at forty-eight, he still didn't know what he wanted to be when he grew up. When his third publi ...more
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