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The Wilco Poject

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When a phone call requesting his presence at a campus murder scene shatters Professor Steven Archer's Saturday morning, he has no idea how the tragic events of the next forty-eight hours will change his life forever.

The dot-com millionaire turned college professor rushes to the scene and is devastated to learn that the victim died playing a cell phone game he invented. When his project manager becomes the prime suspect, Steven is thrust into the complex murder case against his will.

After a second student is murdered, everything is at risk—the fate of his project manager, the lives of the college students and Steven's own career and reputation. Together with an old detective friend and a campus cub reporter, Steven must hunt down the killer using all of his expertise before he strikes again.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
AWARDS:
#1 bestseller in the Mystery/Thriller  category and to #10 Overall bestseller on Fictionwise.com in December 2010.
Earned "honorable mention" in the 2005 Florida Writers Association Royal Palm Literary Contest in the unpublished novel category.
Selected as a "semifinalist" in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award  contest, making the cut from 5000 entries down to 836 Semifinalists.
 
REVIEWS:
Publishers Weekly review:
The WILCO Project combines murder mystery with elements of a technological thriller, blending the  genres in a deftly written manuscript. The author provides a gripping  opening with a female college student murdered while playing a  mysterious campus-wide game in the woods. Readers are soon introduced to the rest of the cast of characters: Dr Steven Archer, former Internet  entrepreneur turned professor, who leads a team of young computer  programmers in the creation of the ultimate cell phone game; Bobbi, a  school reporter, determined to find out the truth about the murder, even if it means putting her own life in jeopardy; Jonathan Holden, creator  of the game and all around cad; Patricia, the angry assistant on the  team who is sleeping with the head of the wireless company, Larry  Hershman; and finally, Peter, a techno-geek who is invisible. After  Archer discovers that the dead girl is Jonathan's ex-fiance, he realizes that the WILCO project is a game of hide-and-seek, in which players use the phone to locate and destroy enemies. As Archer finds himself  investigating the first murder and a subsequent one, he is led down one  path after another. While this plot is a new take on an old thriller  genre, the author delivers a well-executed thriller.
 
Coffee Time Romance review (4 out of 5 cups):
The characters are likable and are depicted with believable goals,  aspirations, motives and characteristics. The dialogues sound authentic  and are helpful in moving the story forward. I especially like the  description of the game and its various play modes. It seemed like a  game that college age students, in particular, would enjoy playing.  All-in-all, I found this novel to be a nicely-structured mystery that  conveys a realistic and quite visceral sense of atmosphere throughout.  For example, in the huge, ice-cold room filled with the ear-deafening  noise of enormous mainframe computers, I could feel the goose bumps rise on my arms as Bobbi gleams information from an unattractive computer  geek. Later, playing the game, she is outside in the hot humidity of a  dark night. Running across campus, I felt my heart-pound and my pulse  race right along with hers, as she races to capture the prize. The  realistic descriptions kept my eyes glued to pages as I read with a  voracious, gluttonous appetite, greedily devouring the words until, at  last, reaching the thrilling conclusion, I was sated.

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#1 Bestseller in www.fictionwise.com for suspense /thriller! Both the print and eBook versions of Daniel Springer's debut novel, The WILCO Project, are now available! They can be ordered now at: - SolsticePublishing.com - Amazon.com - Fictionwise.comThe story is a cross between the 1995 computer espionage thriller, The Net, and the 80's classichacker tale, WarGames, set on a contemporary college campus and infused with the latest cell phone technology.Please visit: http://DanielSpringer.comWhen a phone call requesting his presence at a campus murder scene shatters Professor Steven Archer's Saturday morning, he has no idea how the tragic events of the next forty-eight hours will change his life forever. The dot-com millionaire turned college professor rushes to the scene and is devastated to learn that the victim died playing a cell phone game he invented. When his project manager becomes the prime suspect, Steven is thrust into the complex murder case against his will.After a second student is murdered, everything is at risk—the fate of his project manager, the lives of the college students and Steven's own career and reputation. Together with an old detective friend and a campus cub reporter, Steven must hunt down the murderer using all of his expertise before the killer strikes again."THE WILCO PROJECT combines murder mystery with elements of a technological thriller, blending the genres in a deftly written manuscript. The author provides a gripping opening with a female college student murdered while playing a mysterious campus-wide game in the woods. Readers are soon introduced to the rest of the cast of characters: Dr Steven Archer, former Internet entrepreneur turned professor, who leads a team of young computer programmers in the creation of the ultimate cell phone game; Bobbi, a school reporter, determined to find out the truth about the murder, even if it means putting her own life in jeopardy; Jonathan Holden, creator of the game and all around cad; Patricia, the angry assistant on the team who is sleeping with the head of the wireless company, Larry Hershman; and finally, Peter, a techno-geek who is invisible. After Archer discovers that the dead girl is Jonathan's ex-fiance, he realizes that the The Wilco Project is a game of hide-and-seek, in which players use the phone to locate and destroy enemies. As Archer finds himself investigating the first murder and a subsequent one, he is led down one path after another. While this plot is a new take on an old thriller genre, the author delivers a well-executed thriller." -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLYTHE WILCO PROJECT also earned the following:o "HONORABLE MENTION" in the 2005 Florida Writers Association Royal Palm Literary Contest in the unpublished novel category.o Selected as a Semifinalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. It made the cut from 5000 entries down to 836 Semifinalists.Please visit: http://DanielSpringer.com
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  1. Great, fun read 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Sep 2012

    This is a terrific debut novel by Dan Springer. It's a fast paced book, that keeps you turning the pages to want to find out what happens next. A murder mystery using a high tech game as its centerpiece, this book provides a great read for beach or travel. Highly recommended.


  2. THE WILCO PROJECT 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Sep 2012

    The Wilco Project kept me in suspense as the characters came to life. I found it to be a classic "who done it?" murder mystery with a modern day twist. Great read!


  3. Wow--This should be a movie! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Sep 2012

    I could not put this book down. It was fast-paced and kept me reading. The book is easy to read and created a movie in my head. Someone in Hollywood should make this story a movie!


  4. Great mystery! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Sep 2012

    I absolutely enjoyed this book, and found it difficult to put down. The only drawback (very minor) was the technical explinations of things. They were well done, and informative, but I found myself skimming them over enjoying the excellent writing.

    On the really good side, it kept me guessing as to who was the killer!


  5. Wilco Project - 070912 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Sep 2012

    This was a great read! I had trouble putting it down once I started it, clamoring for the next event to come around right through the end of the book! I would recommend it to anyone, and have done so to multiple people since reading over the weekend.


  6. Impossible To Put Down 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th Sep 2012

    This book is impossible to put down. Extremely well written; kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. A classic, who-done-it murder mystery mixed with a modern high-tech plot, reflecting the big-brother privacy concerns that have been debated at length in our new mobile world. The characters are very believable; I found myself in the story with them throughout the book. Would make an awesome movie! Encore Mr. Springer!


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