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Hero Game: The Virtual Chronicles Paperback – September 24, 2012
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About the Author
As a young teen, R. L. Copple played in his own make-believe world, writing the stories and drawing the art for his own comics while experiencing the worlds of other authors like Tolkien, Lewis, Asimov, and Lester Del Ray. After years of writing devotionally, he returned to the passion of his youth in order to combine his fantasy worlds and faith into the reality of the printed page. Since then, his imagination has given birth to The Reality Chronicles trilogy from Splashdown Books, and Mind Game, Hero Game, Ethereal Worlds Anthology, and How to Make an Ebook: Using Free Software from Ethereal Press, along with numerous short stories in various magazines. In his Texas Hill Country residence, he continues to create and give wings to new realities so that others might enjoy and be inspired by them.
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Is there a catch? Of course there is, or it wouldn't be a book worth reading. This time, the bad guy's brother returns to take revenge on Earth. Unfortunately, our forces are no match for the technology of the invading aliens. Can our teen super heroes save the day?
Theme/Theology: Teamwork and self-sacrifice
To save Earth, the characters in the book had to work as a team, each using their own strengths. They learned being a super hero isn't about putting yourself first; it's about putting the needs of others before yours or your close friends.
Anyone that likes sci-fi would enjoy this book. I believe that middle-graders especially would love it, both guys and girls. I plan to buy copies for our elementary school library.
Do interplanetary relations count as a social issue? Thought not. Seriously, this book is about growing up and maturing. Taking responsibility and trusting others to do what they say they can do. We all need each other and there is no `i' in team.
Start with Mind Game if you haven't read it yet and then read Hero Game. You'll find both to be hard enough to put down that you'll have to procrastinate about something important for a day or two. If you're like me you'll become friends with the heros, rooting for them to find their courage, and relating to their humanity. When you finish hero game you'll want to email Mr. Copple and ask him to write the third in the series.
The characters Jeremy, Bridget and Mickey are like any kids, they just happened to be called upon to make some tough decisions most kids don't have to make, and step up in the face of danger and impossible odds, to... Well ahem, save the world and not just one world...
This pair of Sci-Fi fantasy books are right up there with the best in terms of adventure and fun. Right up there with Ender's Game (a classic with a similar plot line and sci if devices) and even some of Lewis, Tolkien and Bradbury.
I highly recommend Hero Game and and Mind Game for teenagers and older "kids" (like me).