The hottest new toys of the Christmas season are the Playground Network dolls. They contain a worldwide social network for children. Except the network is controlled by a ruthless businessman with dreams of power.
To reach his goals he turns to the occult. Will our children make up his personal army? Could we have an enemy soldier in every home?
Gina Greybill is a cancer survivor who stumbles into her own brush with the paranormal. She wants nothing to do with it, but may be the only one who can bring down the Playground Network. To do it she’ll have to embrace her new situation, and recover the next generation of Playground software.
There is competition for the software in the form of a brutal thug named Clovis. He’s bigger, more ruthless, and more experienced. To top it all off, he has a head start.
The Playground is suitable for mature readers, due to violence and mature themes.
C. S. Boyack has created an eclectic and rich assembly of characters whose lives intertwine in the most unexpected way. Gina and Gupta make a fascinating pair of heroes who walk in two worlds. Chloe, her family, and her new friends paint a frightening and somber picture of modern interpersonal relationships. Muscle-for-hire Clovis operates in a morally gray area, and his decision at the end places him squarely in my “one of the best characters ever” column.
This story is about oblivious family, bad-influence friends, technological terrors, nefarious gangs, and supernatural horrors. From the opening word to the very end, readers find themselves in a world that’s at once unfathomable and all-too-believable.
If you like compelling characters, fast plots, rich settings, and fascinating intersections that bring everything together in unexpected and satisfying ways, this is a story you won’t want to miss.
To learn more about C. S. Boyack and his work, or to find links to connect with him on social media, visit his website.