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The Never Game

(Colter Shaw #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  11,489 ratings  ·  1,268 reviews
From the bestselling and award-winning master of suspense, the first novel in a thrilling new series, introducing Colter Shaw.

"You have been abandoned."

A young woman has gone missing in Silicon Valley and her father has hired Colter Shaw to find her. The son of a survivalist family, Shaw is an expert tracker. Now he makes a living as a "reward seeker," traveling the countr
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published May 14th 2019 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jeffery Deaver introduced us to his new protagonist, Colter Shaw, in his short story Captivated, which certainly piqued my interest in this, his new series. This is the full blown first book and it proves to be a gripping and highly suspenseful read. We learn more about Shaw's background growing up in remote California, with his well educated and academic survivalist father, Ashton, his mother, Mary Dove, and his siblings, reclusive elder brother, Russell, and his younger sister, Dorion. Home wa ...more
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: overdrive
All right everyone! It’s time to play a little game known as The Whispering Man.
The rules:
You are taken away and isolated. You will be given five objects. It’s up to you how you use them to free yourself before time runs out. OK, are you ready to play?

I’ve been reading Jeffrey Deaver's books for years. I love his Lincoln Rhyme series. So after seeing he was releasing a brand new series I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it! And I wasn’t disappointed!

Meet the new lead character, Colter Shaw.
Diane S ☔
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lor-2019
I remember the first time I read this author. It was the Bone Collector featuring Lincoln Rymes, a parapeligic and Amelia Saks, who was his legs and eyes, in their crime solving Enterprise. It was brilliant, such unusual characters, but so likable. What really blew me away were his many twists and turns. I couldn't follow them, never could figure out where he was going. And I tried.

This is a new series, and another interesting person with an unusual background fostering unusual skills. Colton Sh
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: d
Jeffery Deaver has done it again!

I have been a fan of Deaver for many years especially of his Rhyme & Sachs series. So I was really interested to read this new series featuring a character by the name of Colter Shaw.

Colter Shaw is a restless and mysterious man who collects rewards from finding missing people or helping to solve crimes. He is not a private investigator, nor a detective, but he strictly holds to the fact that he collects rewards. (By the way, this was an actually ingenious idea fo
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jeffery Deaver is an excellent writer with his newly developed character, Colter Shaw, a reward tracker. Colter has more good qualities than not and I look forward to his next venture. 7 of 10 stars
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DNF @ 14%

I bought this when it was on sale for $1.99 because the idea of a mystery in Silicon Valley (just a stone's throw away across the Bay) focusing on video games was really, really appealing to me, a California gamer with a love for mystery novels. Plus, I was obsessed with the Lincoln Rhyme mysteries when I was in my early twenties. The fast-paced whodunnit style with serial killers and jaded gumshoe kept me thumbing pages like no
Andrew Smith
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I've been a huge fan of Deaver’s work over the years, I like that he develops slightly off-the-wall baddies and as a result his stories are often quite quirky. There are always plenty of twists too, enough to prevent me from guessing the ending at any rate (OK, that's actually not too hard as I virtually never work out an ending). Most recently, his Lincoln Rhyme series has held me captive, but I've avoided the last couple of books as I was beginning to tire of the format. So I was delighted to ...more
Apr 18, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the first book in the Colter Shaw series by author Jeffery Deaver. I am a an avid reader of this authors novels and love the Lincoln Rhyme series so was keen to read this new one. I enjoyed the new character investigator Colter Shaw, who I am sure will develop in time to another excellent addition to Jeffery Deaver's repertoire. But tbh I struggled getting into the plot in this book, I am not into video games etc and couldn't really connect with the story-line. Colter Shaw however shows ...more
Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
"The Never Game" is the first in a brand new investigative series written by renowned thriller writer Jeffrey Deaver and featuring a fabulous new character 'Colter Shaw'. Shaw is an itinerant 'reward-seeker', someone who finds missing people in return for the reward money and makes a refreshing change to the run of the mill, private investigator/bounty hunter stories that normally relate in the hunt for missing persons. Shaw is an exceedingly well developed character and Deaver's precise attenti ...more
J.D. Barker
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Grabbing you from the first page, Jeffery Deaver crafts a devilish plot that unfolds with breakneck speed. An excellent start to a new series, Colter Shaw has comfortably nestled onto the bench with Lincoln Rhyme and Kathryn Dance - one of our best literary puppet-masters at the end of all their strings.
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Never Game introduces Mr Deaver's exciting new series featuring the wonderfully mysterious Colter Shaw, and once again he has penned an intense, absorbing an enthralling page-turner highlighting that he is indeed still ahead of the game. The premise very much reminded me of the horror film Saw and is equally as disturbing with a killer that certainly wouldn't be out of place in the movie. Dark, disturbing and very troublesome, Deaver crafts a fast-paced runaway train of a novel with thrills ...more
Jonathan K
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Deaver delivers an extremely well paced, high impact story while bringing forth Colton Shaw, a character of depth and charisma. I found it highly engaging and as a Bay area resident could easily envision the locals. Weaving a video game titled The Whispering Man as the element the mysterious kidnapper models his process after, the reader must navigate a labyrinth filled with twists, odd characters and cops. Having read "The Bone Collector" previously, this book is on par. What's notable is the c ...more
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What could possibly be better than finding an exciting new series? When it's written by a favorite author, that's what! Such is the case here for sure - and for sure I'm already chomping at the bit for the next installment.

The new character is a complex guy named Colter Shaw, who grew up as a son of exceptionally well-educated parents who ditched mainstream life for a survivalist existence. They taught their children well; their father, from off an ever-deepening end, and their mother from a mor
May 26, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this book over a week ago, but couldn't get into it so I switched to audio and that didn't work either. Something about the plot or format that doesn't keep me interested. I don't mind gaming stories or Colter Shaw. DNF chapter 30, 40%. ...more
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
As a big fan of the Lincoln Rhyme series by Jefferey Deaver was I curious to see how THE NEVER GAME, the first book in Deaver's new series, would turn out. Would this book appeal to just as much as the Lincoln Rhyme books did? In this book, are we introduced to Colter Shaw, an expert at tracking people down, thanks to his upbringing with a father who uprooted the whole family to live off the grid. Now, he's been contacted by a man in Silicon Valley whose daughter has gone missing. It soon turns ...more
Yigal Zur
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
starting reading i was quite disappointed. i found it messy, too many details which seemed only to bulk the pages. i did not know where the plot is heading and hoped the writer knows. so i turned to goodreads to see reviews and i must say thank you guys. as crossing the first 160 pages i found really nice thriller, fresh and great writing and enjoyed it till the end. still, i do think a bit of tough editing could lift the book. too much game and gaming details. it is a nice start to a new charac ...more
Chris Pavone
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jeffrey Deaver is a one of our most exciting storytellers, and THE NEVER GAME pulls off the remarkable feat of intertwining devilish plot with unforgettable characters, fascinating disquisitions with propulsive action, every element conspiring to make it almost impossible to not turn the page. I absolutely loved it.
Natalie M
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
An intriguing new series by Deaver and one I will be looking forward to following.

I found Colter Shaw (protagonist) an excellent character. Unique in approach as a ‘reward-hunter’ who uses his tracking and survival skills to solve mysteries. The plot is thought-provoking and made me wonder just how powerful and manipulative the gaming world could be. Quick-paced, interesting and contemporary.

Technology, crime, politics, power, and great storytelling.
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, arc, video-games

I haven’t read a Deaver for some time but I’m fond of his Lincoln Ryhme series and some of his standalone books have been excellent so when I saw this on offer I snatched at it. As predicted, it was a fun read with plenty of intrigue, twists and turns.

This series introduces a new character of Colter Shaw, a reward hunter but with scruples who picks and chooses which case to go after based on the people involved. In this one he gets dragged into a mystery in Silicon Valley where a number of
RM(Alwaysdaddygirl) Griffin (alwaysdaddyprincess)
2 stars. I had to push to finish. I only finish because I push myself. I am trying to read good and bad books.

Maybe a review down the road.

Kylie H
Mar 09, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime
This is the first book in the Colter Shaw series and it just didn't grab me like the first book in the Lincoln Rhyme series did.
The plot was a little disjointed and it took a while to get into the book and see where it was heading. The book seems to follow two storylines, one now related to an abduction and murder, the other to some sort of network that Shaw's father may have been involved with.
The plot regarding the abduction appears to be linked to computer gaming. There was a lot of technical
Liz Barnsley
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent start to a new series for Mr Deaver. Review to follow nearer publication.
Bruce Hatton
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: us-crime
In this novel, Jeffery Deaver introduces us to his latest protagonist, Colter Shaw. For a living, Colter locates and, if necessary, rescues missing people. In a way, he comes across as somewhere between Tim Weaver’s David Raker and Gregg Hurwitz’s Orphan X,. In the opening chapters we get a glimpse into Colter’s largely happy yet unusual childhood in the wilderness of east California and his father Ashton’s various “commandments”, which usually began with the word “never”; rules which Colter sti ...more
Barb in Maryland
Well my eyes really got a workout with this one!
This was a real page turner---couldn't read it fast enough, had to know how it ended.
On the other hand, I did keep rolling my eyes--a lot!!

I'll give Deaver at least one more chance to turn Colter Shaw into a real person; right now he is all action-hero cardboard figure. An interesting one, to be sure, but two dimensional nonetheless.
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
"A shrine to the chivalrous who protect the weak."

Colter Shaw is a survivalist and a rewardist -- he assists in locating the missing -- and travels around the country in his RV to track them and collect the money when he succeeds. Those missing could include the kidnapped, fugitives, suspects or just about anyone of interest to the paying party. In this particular case, Shaw is first asked by her father to find Sophie Mulliner, a 19-year-old student who has vanished in Silcon Valley. But it does
Lee at ReadWriteWish
Mmm… I think the biggest problem I had with this book is that it was written by Jeffery Deaver, an author who I have never read before but is insanely popular and well respected. The blurb even quotes that he’s a ‘genius when it comes to manipulation and deception’. Mmm… I think that’s a bit of a stretch, to be honest.

The Never Game introduces us to Colter Shaw who is a reward seeker. That is, he earns a living by finding missing persons and collecting the reward posted by the family of those mi
Elaine Tomasso
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Netgalley and HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction for an advance copy of The Never Game, the first novel to feature Colter Shaw, a man who finds missing people for the reward money.

Shaw is in the Bay Area for a private project when he is alerted to the disappearance of 19 year old Sophie Mulliner. The police don’t appear interested so her father is offering a reward. Shaw gets more than a straightforward missing persons case when he starts investigating.

I enjoyed The Never Game
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing

This is the first book by this author I've read. From the first page it peaked my curiosity. This author knows how to create a character that just keeps you captivated. I felt the emotions of each character as I was reading. The person behind the crimes was very unexpected. As for the ending, that is yet to come. Gamers, clues, a killer and plenty of action. On to the next book in the series. Yes it's that good.
Kirsty ❤️
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
After reading the first few chapters of this I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy this and ended the book being excited for Book 2. It was a slow burner for me but once it got going I really enjoyed it. There are plenty of twists and turns and I liked how the books flipped between the now, a few days ago, 15 years ago and Shaw's childhood. I would've liked it to be labelled better as sometimes I wondered what was going on especially in the beginning but that's a niggle. 

I like Shaw as a charact
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a great new series featuring a man who works to find missing people for reward. Money is not the true focus, but it gives him opportunity to utilize his tracking skills developed throughout his childhood spent on his family's compound where survival was the daily theme.We are treated to glimpses into his past amidst the current action.
Silicon Valley is the main locale for the action in this first book and it provides plenty of interesting video game detail.
The pace is fast and furious an
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#1 international bestselling author of over thirty novels and three collections of short stories. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into 25 languages. His first novel featuring Lincoln Rhyme, The Bone Collector, was made into a major motion picture starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. He's received or been shortlisted for a number of awards around the world. ...more

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