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Motive Games Paperback – October 1, 2012
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This story has everything in it to interest a young teenage reader, video games, movie and game line references, intrigue, murder, weird old guys...the list goes on.
- Jacque Duffy, Buzzwords Magazine
A tale of faith and hope. Motive Games will appeal to both hardcore-core gamers and those who just love mystery novels.
- Greta Yeoman, AnglicanLife Magazine
This is a fast paced, high tech murder mystery, with an entertaining plot which will keep readers drawn in until the end.
- Get Ahead Kids Magazine
Full of mystery and intrigue, the kind of stuff where one's heart is in one's throat waiting for the next event to happen. A great read!
- Vicki Griffin, Bug in a Book
'Motive Games is L D Taylor's first foray into the young adult market and her Caleb prize is well deserved. I highly recommend it.'
- Janice Gillgren, Challenge Weekly
'Motive Games is a great book -- I had enormous trouble putting it down.'
From the Back Cover
'Motive Games caught me unawares, leading me through corridors of mystery and intrigue, deep into the world of coders, animators and game developers. I found myself immersed in the action, connected to the technology, and synchronized with a data-stream that held my attention from beginning to end!'
- Allen Wayne Carroll, E-Dean and Head of ICT, Excellere College, Whangarei, NZ
Top customer reviews
Although the story does revolve around the death of Phil's (the main character) father, it isn't a heavy book at all. Reminiscent, slightly, of a Hardy Boys mystery, but with a tech/gamer angle.
The characters were well formed, if a little cliched at times, as in the case of Mac. However, in this case (and given the target reader) that actually worked.
Over everything was a gentle message of faith in a loving Father.
1. Perfect book for the teenage gamer who only reads game guides and similar.
2. Involving story line, with a mystery.
3. Good interaction and cooperation between the kids and the adults who come alongside to help them solve the mystery.
4. Excellent guide to tech/game development for the uninitiated with very helpful glossary at the end of each chapter.
5. Gentle faith/evangelistic message.
1. Struggling to find one, but some readers may find Mac's dialogue a little hard to follow. Perhaps a tiny bit over the top for a Scottish character (and even worse when using voice over on an iPhone to try and read it), but I am nit-picking.
Probably best suited for the lower age range of the young adult scale; however, as mentioned before, it is ideal for any young male or female gamers.
Overall, very enjoyable, fast read. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
Motive Games is an intriguing read that is sure to be a big hit with gamers, but is still a fascinating and enjoyable read for those with no real understanding of the gaming world. Author LD Taylor harmoniously blends the world of high-tech with the despair of a young man coming to terms with the untimely loss of his father. The book includes a glossary for those readers who may be at a loss where gaming jargon is concerned.
This is a fast-paced techno thriller set in Canada. It's a young adult novel aimed mainly at teenage boys, but there is also plenty there to keep adults entertained. The pacing and mystery aspects were good, and the bad guy's method was very inventive (can't say more for risk of spoilers).
The voices of the characters were also really well-done, particularly Turpin who thinks of himself as a modern-day knight and Mac, though the Scottish accent almost needed subtitles at times. I sometimes found it hard to keep track of the other characters, as most of them are introduced within a few pages as Phil starts work at Motives Games. I found I had to flick back a few times to remind myself of their different roles. I also wasn't familiar with all of the intricacies of gaming, but there is a helpful glossary at the end and it doesn't get bogged down in the technology. While it might especially appeal to teenagers who like gaming, you don't have to be a gamer to appreciate the story.
Overall, this was an enjoyable book with a well-paced plot. It's also great to see a YA book that has a hopeful theme and positive relationships.