Jay Schiffman’s Game of the Gods | LJ Review

As a former military commander and longtime judge for the Federacy, Max Cone determines who can become a citizen. But he is only interested in getting out of the spotlight and putting politics behind him. 

 Schiffman Jay. Game of the Gods. Tor. Jul. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9780765389541. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780765389558. SF

DEBUT As a former military commander and longtime judge for the Federacy, Max Cone determines who can become a citizen. But he is only interested in getting out of the spotlight and putting politics behind him. Unfortunately, skirmishes among different factions put the planet on track for a catastrophic global war. With various nations vying to convince Max to fight for them, the only side he picks is his own after his wife and children are kidnapped. Assisted by a young girl with special powers, a mathematics ace, a religious fanatic, and a drug addict, Max must find his family and save the Federacy from total destruction. Clever plot twists and fast-paced action bring a bleak futuristic world to life, right before fractured contingents attempt to destroy it. The challenges and secrets Max and his team meet along the way only enhance the excitement of their journey. VERDICT Schiffman’s absorbing sf adventure debut will satisfy all kinds of speculative readers.—Kristi Chadwick, Massachusetts Lib. Syst., Northampton

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