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Posted by KC Sprayberry on 20th Apr 2013
Steven Archer, dot-com millionaire turned college professor, is on top of his world. His interactive cell phone game is succeeding far beyond his wildest dreams. The students running the project have some issues, but they're working just as hard to make the game a winner. Then a phone call early one Saturday morning turns everything upside down. Archer can't believe how fast things are tumbling down after the discovery of a body, of a female student participating in the game trials. The evidence points at the project manager, a student on track to be named to a fabulous job once the game goes public. But Archer has a hard time believing this particular person would ever do something like, until a second body is found.
Daniel Springer's concept of a techno-thriller where the focus is on the characters rather than the technology works extremely well. The reader is captured on the first page and can't stop until they get to the end. The reader has difficulty figuring out exactly who the villain is, and will be surprised at not only the motive but also the person when it's announced after a chase with the game running. Springer's talent for using a few words to get his point across paints a breathtaking picture of gamers going for a hot new game where they play in the out of doors rather than from behind a computer screen. The dialogue is quite believable, as are the reactions of those involved. The Wilco Project whetted my appetite for more works by this talented author.
Posted by Nancy Wood on 3rd Oct 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.
Posted by nana on 14th Sep 2012
The Wilco Project is a captivating and fast moving murder mystery. It contains modern up-to-date technology along with the excitment of a traditional murder mystery. Although it is easy reading, it is captivating and filled with suspense. A must read for mystery lovers.
Posted by DN on 14th Sep 2012
This book had me burning the midnight oil, turning the pages to find out what would happen next. I could not put it down. The writing was descriptive and the use of technology in the story line was ingenious. If you love murder mysteries this is a must read!
Posted by Jodilee on 14th Sep 2012
An excellent book to read. Sharp.. Inventive..A real page turner.. I would give or recommd. this book to all age groups.
Posted by DH on 14th Sep 2012
Great reading! It is entertaining and engaging, combining a college campus and mobile technologies, the book should appeal to fans of mysteries, thrillers or those into technology and the gaming industry. It would make a good video game or movie.
Posted by Amanda Wisniewski on 14th Sep 2012
The Wilco Project was a great story that came to life as I read it. I could not put the book down and wished it wasn't over when I was done. This book would be a perfect story for a movie and I hope to play this game in real life one day! Looking forward to a sequel!?
Posted by Bookclubgirl on 14th Sep 2012
This was a fantastic, fun mystery thriller that had me from the first page ! The story had twists and turns that I wanted to follow along with. The characters were likable and interesting and I hope to see them again. Cant wait for his next book !!
Posted by Rachel Kessel on 14th Sep 2012
This is a great summer read. Yes, there is some interesting tech talk that is up to date and scary for those "big brother" watchers among us, but more importantly there is what is really important to a good book - characters, story, twists, and actions.
The main characters are well thought out and people you might actually know. The really good thing was that the main characters and even some of the minor players are so well fleshed out that you want to read more about what happened to them in the past, and what is happening after the book is over.
The last chapters are as good as any Dean Koontz novel in pacing action between a few different places, well done.
Keep an eye out for another book with these characters
Posted by Mary Fagan on 14th Sep 2012
I know, I know. "Techno-thriller" immediately conjures up scenarios of global conspiracies and futuristic weaponry. Not this time. This time, author Daniel Springer drops it right into your hand.
College professor Steven Archer and his team are developing a new game played with cell phones, the testing of which is wildly popular with the student body...until student bodies begin turning up during the games. Horrified that players are being killed, and baffled that 911 signals lead responders away from the victims, Steven is thrown into a complex murder case. Together with an old detective friend and a journalism student, he races to decode the sabotaged program before the killer can strike again.
The reader is thus drawn into the intricacies of the virtual world and its supporting technology. Yes, the jargon and descriptions sometimes went whistling over my head, but the story held me anyway. Actually, Springer's descriptions are easier on the layman's mind than most. For one thing, most of us have duked it out with a router or a LAN or a game program by now anyway.
Springer has a real gift for dialog, both as speech and thought. It's natural, familiar, and scene-setting. Students talk like students, cops talk like cops, and that stuffed-shirt college dean we all want to shoot sounds exactly as you'd expect.
The one thing I found somewhat distracting was the editing. I have a feeling the publisher assigned someone from the Romance dept. Characters' hearts race and pound - sometimes twice in one paragraph. Steven Archer is always swallowing hard or taking a deep breath, particularly during the frantic action at the end when the reader least wants to hear about it. But, all said and done, Daniel Springer knows how to weave an exciting, intelligent and satisfying tale. The Wilco Project is well worth the read.
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