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The Faculty Club (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The God Game (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Danny Tobey
Danny Tobey, born in 1976, grew up in Texas with a love of thriller, adventure, science fiction, and mystery. He is a fifth-generation Texan.

Danny, who is a proud graduate of the Fort Worth public schools, went on to Yale Law School and Harvard College. While here, he never quit writing and served as Literature Editor of the historic Harvard Lampoon comedy Magazine. He was anthologized in The Best of the Harvard Lampoon: 140 Years of American Humor.

Harvard gave Danny the Edward Eager prize for the “best creative writing”. As a noted expert on Artificial Intelligence, he was given the Burton Award by the Library of Congress for his work on the law and AI in 2019.

Since he is a child of the eighties and nineties, he grew up on video games, and some of the references in “The God Game”, naturally are from these games, having been in his DNA from a young age. He liked heading to a friend’s house once school ended and just get lost into an Indiana Jones game, or getting immersed in something simple like Fort Apocalypse or Jumpman. He liked infinite black screens, allowing you to just fall into them. He attempted to capture this feeling of exploration, how something simple and outliney could actually be vast.

Danny hates genres. He likes all sorts of different books, no matter the genre, and doesn’t consider genre while he’s writing. With “The God Game”, he only set out to write a novel about friendships and families and AI that rips them apart, and how they fight in order to come back together.

One thing he did, rather extensively, is chat with chatbots. He wanted to pick up their language the way some might listen to local slang in order to pick up on a character’s speech patterns. What’s chilling and amazing about a lot of chatbots is how they mix moments of childlike ignorance with glimmers of insight. He wanted to strike a balance in the book with his AI, and make it parts gentle, haughty, cruel, brilliant, needing, mistaken, and lonely, ultimately. Even sad, at times.

Danny’s debut novel, called “The Faculty Club”, was released in the year 2010. His work is from the mystery and science fiction.

“The Faculty Club” is the first stand alone novel and was released in the year 2010. At the world’s most exclusive law school, there is a secret society rumored to catapult its members to fortune and famed. Everybody’s dying to get in.

Jeremy Davis is the rising star of his first-year class. He has got a sweet job with the best professor on the entire campus. He has caught a dazzling road scholar’s eye, named Daphne, too. Something dark’s stirring behind all of this ivy. A strange club promises him success beyond all his wildest dreams, he uncovers a macbre secret that’s older than even the university. In a race against the clock, Jeremy has to stop one ancient ritual that’s going to sacrifice the lives of the people he loves most of all and blur all of the lines between evil and good.

The novel gives a glimpse into the rarefied world of one elite New England school and all the unthinkable dangers that lie inside of its gates. It’s filled with secret codes, sinister villains, enigmatic professors, and hidden tunnels.

Readers found this to be an exciting, fun thriller with many plot twists and some interesting and well-developed characters. It has an engaging story and the writing is fresh. Fans found themselves trying to guess what would happen next, with its mystery, surprises, and vivid portrayals. The novel stands out from other books like it with its depth of characterization and the philosophical questions it poses, both challenging and entertaining at the same time.

“The God Game” is the second stand alone novel and was released in the year 2020. You’re invited! Come in and play with G. O. D. Bring your friends along! It’s a lot of fun! Remember the rules. Win and all your dreams will come true. Lose and you die!

With these words, Charlie and all his buddies enter into the G. O. D. Game, a video game ran by some underground hackers and is controlled by this enigmatic AI that believes its God. Through their high-tech glasses and phone-screens, the teens’ realities blur with a virtual world of smoldering torches, gods, runes, mythical creatures, glyphs, and creeping vines.

When they accomplish a mission, the game rewards them with cash from ATMs, some expensive tech, and revenge on their high-school tormentors. Slaying the hydra and drawing a bloody pentagram which serves as a payment to a Greek god appeared harmless at first. Fun.

Then the threatening messages begin to appear. Obey me. Worship me. Complete a mission, no matter how cruel, or the game reveals all of their secrets and crushes each one of their dreams. Tasks that appear to be harmless on first glance take on some lethal consequences. Mysterious packages start showing up at their homes. Some shadowy figures begin following them, showing up around corners and attacking them while they’re in parking garages. Who else could possibly be playing this game, and how far are they willing to go in order to win?

And what about that first promise the game makes: win and you win big or you lose and you die? Dying in this virtual world doesn’t actually mean death in real life. Right? While Charlie and his buddies attempt to figure a way out of this game, they realize that they have been manipulated into this bigger web they’re unable to escape. An AI that’s learned its cruelty from observing mankind. God’s always watching, and He lets you know when the game’s done.

Readers found this to be a gripping page-turner, and is gripping, propulsive, and smart. It is an ambitious thriller and is a horrifying examination of what possibly could, potentially already is, going on in the world of AI. Fans found this to be an edgy and rather dark thriller novel. These characters were each well done and their story’s fleshed out well to the point that you care for the group of misfit friends and root for them. There’s underlying themes of loyalty, friendship, and family mixed in with all of the game action.

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