The Never Game
Escape or die trying…
No.1 international bestseller Jeffery Deaver returns with a stunning new thriller – the first in an exciting series featuring enigmatic investigator Colter Shaw.
The killer is changing the rules. One murder at a time . . .
You wake up all alone, in the middle of a forest, miles from anywhere.
Beside you lie five objects – a lighter, grease, pictur...more
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.
This is a new series, and another interesting person with an unusual background fostering unusual skills. Colton Sh ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
"The Never Game" enthralled me and wouldn't let me go easily. Now, it didn't grab me from page one despite starting with a tense and exciting scene. I had too many questions about what was happening to get into it. Then in the next chapter Deaver jumps back two days in time and soon I was hooked.
The chapter set up, by design, echoes levels in a video game. The story revolves around video games and though I don't play, many of my friends and acquaintances do. I enjoyed learning more ...more
I like Shaw as a charact ...more
So, this is the start in a new series from Deaver and we’ve moved away from Lincoln Rhyme for a bit.
The Never Game is successful – particularly when it comes to the world of gaming – but isn’t quite as exciting as the Rhyme series.
Deaver does give us a character with a fascinating way of making a living. I can’t really call it a job – our main character basically collects rewards whenever there’s one offered in conjunction with a crime. He’s not a private investigator, but when he hears about an ...more
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 ...more