Top positive review
Will keep you reading until you finish!
October 3, 2012
I read THE WILCO PROJECT by Dan Springer on my recent vacation, and it is a perfect read when you want an escape. It's a fast-paced, keep-the-pages-turning thriller with mystery, suspense, and romance rolled up in a completely believable dose of technology. The game that Steven Archer, dot-com millionaire turned academic, has invented is in its final testing phase. The craze for this game is sweeping the campus; students are clamoring to join in and try it out. But when one student, and then another, is murdered while playing, it's a classic race against time to find out who the killer is.
THE WILCO PROJECT reads like a movie, and would make a great one! The writing is immediate, direct, and accessible. Besides the pacing, what I particularly liked about this book was the technology. Dan Springer was able to weave in descriptions of how this game could work in a believable way that didn't make my eyes glaze over. The details of software development, from project design through testing and release, made me think the author knows something about the process, which was confirmed by reading his author bio. In addition, he nailed archetypes in the corporate world, using academics as the microcosm: the confident leader; the power hungry adjunct; the unsociable nerd; the cocky rising star.
If you like thrillers, with some romance thrown in, along with a serious who-done-it that you probably won't figure out until the very end, you'll really enjoy THE WILCO PROJECT. I hope Dan Springer is working on another thriller.