This sounds like a fantastic concept – can’t wait to read it!
Title: The Wolf of Descarta
Author: Daniel Pike
Release Date: November 21, 2013
Series: The Dream Box
Genre: Sci-Fi /Fantasy
Publisher: The Zharmae Publishing Press (Zharmae.com)
Jaren Reese is just another red collar trapped at the bottom of Descarta’s genetic caste system. But in the Dream Box, he has forged a new digital identity for himself: Balmus, the Wolf Knight.
Balmus has long since carried a torch for the Linker Petra, but he doesn’t know her, not really. Outside of the Dream Box she is just another one of his fantasies. But Brea Morgen is the real thing– a living, breathing person who desires Jaren for who he truly is, not merely what he pretends to be.
When the Dream Box that Jaren depends on crashes due to the evolution of a hostile A.I. life form, a secret military branch commissions a team of gamers and hackers to go back into the corrupted Dream Box to eliminate the threat and Jaren is given the chance of a lifetime—though it comes at a price—and Jaren now needs to decide just how much he’s willing to lose because the war about to be waged will be one on two fronts – the corporeal and the virtual.
Daniel Pike is a high school English teacher, author, blogger, and father of two energetic daughters, Aurie and Kiera. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from ASU as well as his Masters in Education. His first novel, Repressed Memories, was written when he was 17 years old and high on anime. He openly admits that most of the writing took place in his Algebra class. We may forgive him for that.
His most recent offerings include The Wolf of Descarta, book one in his Dream Box Trilogy
But as she followed in his wake, she could not help but wonder if Reese had left a part of his soul in the other realm, the shining place she too had glimpsed so fleetingly. Had the man she loved and craved gone into the blue ether to never descend, replaced by a phantom that bore his likeness but none of his fire?
Reese beckoned her through a hollow. A metal door stood on the other side, its smooth surface in stark contrast to the raw earth that surrounded them. There was a keypad, and Reese punched in a code. Somewhere within a mechanism released, allowing the door to swivel along its track.
A great cavern loomed within, the dome of its ceiling continuously lit by electrical currents cascading down thick tendrils of wiring. The wires coiled at the hub of the room, connected there to a homemade sleep chamber, the largest and most sophisticated Kara had ever seen. The pod was an opaque material rather than bubble glass, save for a square near the top, where it was crowned with a Dream Box linkup. Scientists in white and green coats made their rounds about the massive apparatus. There were fluorescents on the walls as well, but their light was hardly distinguishable from the electric mist.
“R-reese,” she sputtered