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Twelve thousand years ago, they came. They descended from the sky amid smoke and fire, and created humanity and gave us rules to live by. They needed gold and they built our earliest civilizations to mine it for them. When they had what they needed, they left. But before they left, they told us someday they would come back, and when they did, a game would be played. A game that would determine our future.
This is Endgame.
For ten thousand years the lines have existed in secret. The 12 original lines of humanity. Each had to have a Player prepared at all times. They have trained generation after generation after generation. In weapons, languages, history, tactics, disguise, assassination. Together the Players are everything: strong, kind, ruthless, loyal, smart, stupid, ugly, lustful, mean, fickle, beautiful, calculating, lazy, exuberant, weak. They are good and evil. Like you. Like all.
This is Endgame.
When the game starts, the Players will have to find three keys. The keys are somewhere on Earth. The only rule of their Endgame is that there are no rules. Whoever finds the keys first wins the game. Endgame: The Calling is about the hunt for the first key. And just as it tells the story of the hunt for a hidden key, written into the book is a puzzle. It invites readers to play their own Endgame and to try to solve the puzzle. Whoever does will open a case filled with gold. Alongside the puzzle will be a revolutionary mobile game built by Google's Niantic Labs that will allow you to play a real-world version of Endgame where you can join one of the lines and do battle with people around you.
Will exuberance beat strength? Stupidity top kindness? Laziness thwart beauty? Will the winner be good or evil? There is only one way to find out.
People of Earth.
Endgame has begun.
This is just my opinion though and I do know a few people who loved the way it was written so please give it a shot you might like it.
The puzzle of the book in the ARC copy was not included and even if included I can't see where it would interest the reader in more than a cursory way.
His style of writing in this book in particular is very Avante Garde and off the cuff, with short dramatic sentences by the characters involved.
I wanted to love this book. I love the Hunger Games and Divergent and thought this would be similar but it just didn't hold my attention. Read morePublished 23 hours ago by Edward Walker
End Game is a cross between The Hunger Games and Raiders of the Lost Ark, and the first in what is sure to be a multiple book series. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Miss Kitty
I have to confess: after the whole Oprah-James Frey-A MILLION LITTLE PIECES debacle, I was wildly curious as to how James Frey's current literary enterprise would play out. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Kristin J. Johnson
In Endgame, there are twelve teens from specific blood lines that have spent their lives training for the games. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Shawn Kovacich
Littlemunk Outstanding, thought-stimulating and fast-paced read. Enjoyed it straight through and disrupted the rest of my life schedule until it was finished - just as when I first... Read morePublished 4 days ago by JDS
I have not read the Hunger Game books but I have seen the movies. So, of course, there is going to be a lot of pressure and comparison to any author or book that comes out that has... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Cheryl Koch
Another home run James! You and Nils delivered a best seller for sure. I thoroughly enjoyed ENDGAME and can't wait for the next installment !! Congrats!Published 5 days ago by Joy
This book is an amalgam of rather standard fare, from action-adventure, sci fi and fantasy genres, and from the reviews, it is clear that the combination, which some see as rather... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Michael George