Published By: Thomas Dunne Books

Book Category: Fiction, Science Fiction

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Reviewed by Bob Pike CSP, CPAE - Speakers Hall of Fame

Dr. Stephen Swain is an emergency room physician. And he's a single dad to 8-year-old Holly ever since her mother died. Stephen has made only one mistake—at least one major one. He showed that he could think on his feet and defend himself. When gang members attacked his emergency room, trying to avenge a death by killing one of his patients, he takes action, saving his patient—and killing a gang member.

And that makes him—the contestant. Swain and daughter Holly are plucked from their apartment and transported to the New York City Public Library. Seven contestants from across the universe are teleported in. The building's entire perimeter is cloaked with 100,000 volts of electricity. No one leaves until just one contestant is standing—and that contestant must get past the monster—Karanadon.

And who are the other contestants? They are representatives chosen from each of the six inhabited galaxies—fierce warriors all. Only Earth knows nothing of this contest that happens once every 2,000 years. So a contestant is chosen for them—Dr. Stephen Swain. He and Holly will die unless he finds a way to stay alive and defeat six true warriors, born and bred to kill—or be killed.

Armchair Interviews says this is fast paced and riveting and the reader will have a difficult time setting the book down until the last paged is turned.

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