In a world of twenty billion, a third are non-citizens, barred from society’s privileges. Teens must play “Disgardium” for life skills. Alex Shepard, in-game as Scyth, disengages after a setup blunder but must return to earn for education. Misfortunate events rank him as a low-level “Threat”. But, when cursed by one game character and recognized by another, Alex gains a unique ability. Guided to a Sleeping God, he’s tasked with a monumental mission, amplifying his “Threat” level to the highest level.
Playing a virtual game is fun…unless the game wants you dead.
Nigel Watson is a clever teenage hacker who uses his skills to make extra spending money. But, after someone plunders his mother’s bank account and drains the funds,Nigel realizes his hacking could save the family.
Soon, Nigel’s online expertise is noticed by the billionaire founder of the Colossal Machine, a virtual game played by millions of people around the planet. When Nigel is given a chance to show his prowess, his skills outshine the work of the current developers. He even discovers new ways to cheat the game that no one else knows. But, Nigel doesn’t realize that his sudden success has made enemies who want him dead.
Nigel is thrust into the shadows of the Dark Web – a hidden part of the Internet where evil can find its way to your door. Little does he know, but the object of the game has become Nigel’s life.
In this cyber thriller, you never know who to trust when the virtual world makes it impossible to decrypt friend from foe.