Friday, October 5, 2012

Fridays with First Timers: Insignia by S.J. Kincaid

Sorry I haven't posted yet this week.  Life has been as crazy as normal plus some.  Anyway, today we have a  Friday with First Timers post!

I haven't done one of these posts since May, and I've gained a lot of new readers since then, so in case you don't know, on Fridays I spotlight an authors upcoming or recently published debut novel.

Today I'm spotlighting Insignia by S.J. Kincaid.  This book came out in July.  I read it this week and loved every minute of it.

This book is like Ender's Game meets Brain Jack.  If you didn't know, I consider both those books worthy of 5 stars!

So, about the author:
S.J. Kincaid was born in Alabama, grew up in California, and attended high school in New Hampshire, but it was while living beside a haunted graveyard in Scotland, that she realized that she wanted to be a writer.

Short, I know but it's all I could find on her website.  She also blogs here.

And about this book:

More than anything, Tom Raines wants to be important, though his shadowy life is anything but that. For years, Tom’s drifted from casino to casino with his unlucky gambler of a dad, gaming for their survival. Keeping a roof over their heads depends on a careful combination of skill, luck, con artistry, and staying invisible.

Then one day, Tom stops being invisible. Someone’s been watching his virtual-reality prowess, and he’s offered the incredible—a place at the Pentagonal Spire, an elite military academy. There, Tom’s instincts for combat will be put to the test, and if he passes, he’ll become a member of the Intrasolar Forces, helping to lead his country to victory in World War Three. Finally, he’ll be someone important: a superhuman war machine with the tech skills that every virtual-reality warrior dreams of. Life at the Spire holds everything that Tom’s always wanted—friends, the possibility of a girlfriend, and a life where his every action matters—but what will it cost him?

Come back tomorrow for an Agent Stalker Saturday post.  Have a great beginning to your weekend!


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