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The Deadliest Game (Tom Clancy's Net Force Explorers #2)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  667 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Computer savvy teens, a war game gone awry, and good old-fashioned intrigue are the elements of The Deadliest Game, a high-octane episode in Tom Clancy's wildly popular teen series Net Force. Clancy and co-author Steve Pieczenik envision a futuristic society where people enliven their dull lives with intense virtual experiences. One of the most favored of these virtual rea ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 216 pages
Published February 5th 1998 by Headline
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The idea of two people investigating a mystery from within a VR video game appealed to me enough that I was somewhat able to overlook what a poorly structured, sloppily written book this was, even by YA standards. I have to admit, I felt deeply invested in figuring out who the bad guy was, even though that particular revelation turned out to be anti-climatic as heck. Still, the VR game made for an interesting setting, even though the mechanics of the game were pure nonsense. As someone who doesn ...more
Joseph Rice
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good plot at first you don't know whats going till you keep reading then you find out you also find out.
Joe De la salle
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Easy read but couldn't put it down. Want to see how M g and Lief fair in net force and if they will eventually join it.
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
Enjoyable read, more to it than your usual young adult novels, not so simplified as is the norm with YA fiction.
Geert Daelemans
Weak attempt at fantasy writing

Millions of people participate in the virtual reality game of Sarxos. At any time participants can enter, by logging into a pc via an implanted connection device, the wonderful world of Sarxos, where you can eat, drink, sleep and above all fight with opponents. Sarxos is the ideal escape from the daily troubles. But for some people this escape has become quite addictive. But suddenly strange things are happening: active players are being assaulted during their dail
Michael Ben Silva III
Reading this book was one of the best reading experiences I've ever had. I didn't expect to accidentally rediscover this book on Goodreads, but when looking at the author Diane Duane's profile page, I was surprised to see she had ghost-written it. I knew it was ghostwritten of course, but hadn't known when I read it that I was reading a book written by the author of another favorite book of mine, So You Want to Be a Wizard.

In 9th grade, I had a troublesome relationship for a time with an English
Michael Roman
I found this book to be okay. It was interesting to find out who was attacking people all because of a game. Although most of the book seemed to talk about how the characters tried to find the attacker with no leads. It took a very long time and didn't have much action. It was hard to predict who was the person causing the attacks. By the end I was still suprised at who the bad guy was and how it was done.
Having moderated my expectations for the Net Force and Net Force Explorer series, I just couldn't get into the plot line on this one. Too much of it was concentrated on the VR gaming world itself. Though I've played online games, this one just didn't resonate for me.

Not giving up on the series, just not enamored with this volume.
Sep 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So far, it is looks like it really happened. It has lot of thrill, I have doubt about the blood part, but otherwise, it is really great. There are these two leaders, Delmond and Shell, and both them and their armies have swords, and when they battled, Shel won over Delmond. After that, Shel went camping with the rest of his army.
My first but hopefully not last read book from this author. Great way to describe scenarios and characters so you can get caught with the story, and of course the unsuspected twist of events and the way the climax gets into you is amazing.
Derick Lawson
I liked this when I read it at like 14. I'm sure it's lame as hell now.
Joyce McKune
Really hard to get started. Finally found a Clancy that I didn't enjoy from cover to cover.
Thomas Roth
Apr 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Odd start and ending, obviously leads to more stories. The meat of the book is fantasmical. I am anxious to see how the characters develope in future books.
Aug 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a nerve racking book, People were getting killed, injured, and getting their computers destroyed all because of a game!
Its a good book
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Diane Duane has been a writer of science fiction, fantasy, TV and film for more than thirty years.
Besides the 1980's creation of the Young Wizards fantasy series for which she's best known, the "Middle Kingdoms" epic fantasy series, and numerous stand-alone fantasy or science fiction novels, her career has included extensive work in the Star Trek TM universe, and many scripts for live-action and a
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