#Bookreview – The Playground by C.S. Boyack

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What Amazon says

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.

My review

All over the USA, young kids are begging for their parents to by them Playground Network dolls. They are available for different age groups and for boys and girls. The huge attraction with these dolls is that they connect to a network which allows each doll to recognize other dolls and know their names. Through the dolls, the children can make friends and talk to each other on the network. It sounds great, a way for lonely children to make new friends and for kids to help each other out with things like their homework.

The creator of the network, however, does not have such innocent plans for it. He intends to use it to control the children and make them abide by his commands. He must be stopped.
Clovis is a small-time criminal who does occasional jobs for a hood called Tommy. Clovis is semi-retired but he agrees to take on a last job for Tommy and track down a programmer who has gone missing with the specific software he was developing for Tommy.

Dr Gina Greybill is a qualified doctor who is in remission from cancer. She has given up working in a hospital and taken on work as a caregiver for elderly people who are no longer able to look after themselves adequately. After the death of her latest patient, Gina obtains a new job as the healthcare specialist for an elderly man who lives in a rather creepy mansion with only his part-time housekeeper to company. Gina quickly discovers that she has been identified as the one person who can track down an evil demon who is attacking children throughout the country.

Gina is an interesting character who soon demonstrates her abilities to adapt to difficult and unusual circumstances and to reason on a high level. She is a strong female character with great determination and bravery. I really enjoyed watching her character develop as this story unfolded.

Clovis is a bit of an enigma as he isn’t truly evil, but he also isn’t a good person. He is an individual who does what he must in order to survive. He does, however, have a strong sense of ethics and morals.

The threads in this story are cleverly woven together to create an interesting and clever story tapestry which is guaranteed the reader on the edge of his/her seat. I enjoyed the technological innovation in this story and would recommend it to lovers of sci-fi, fantasy and the supernatural.

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70 thoughts on “#Bookreview – The Playground by C.S. Boyack

  1. This one sounds almost a bit too close to home with voice activated toys and Google watching, Robbie. I’m pleased the cover makes it look definitely adults only for the title doesn’t imply that.

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  2. Reblogged this on Entertaining Stories and commented:
    I’m still on the road today. This posted a couple of days ago, so I’m sharing it today. Robbie took the time to make a nice review post of The Playground. Stop over and say Hi. I’ll try to swing through tonight, but it depends upon when I get home.

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