World Leader Pretend

A Novel

James Bernard Frost

St. Martin's Griffin

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With over 100 million players world wide, virtual games are more than just a niche community, it's phenomenon. Now comes the first novel set in the world of virtual gaming World Leader Pretend.
Xeres Meticula is a failure.  A casualty of the dot.com bust, he now lives in his parents' basement and spends all day on one pursuit, winning The Realm.  Fortunately he's not alone. Joining him in his world is; Gek-Lin, an orphan in Thailand who spends her nights in an internet cafe; Dietrich Bjornson, a welder working in Antarctica; and Tres Rawling, a former Olympic skier for England whose career was cut short when an accident left him a quadriplegic; and many more. Together they communicate and connect, working to achieve virtual world dominance, but when tragedy on and off line occurs, can these real people trust each other enough to find the help they need in one another?    
World Leader Pretend is a provocative novel about virtual connection in the modern age that reads like Curious Incident of a Dog in the Night meets Indecision.

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Chapter One

Book I: The Twins

RL Time: June 20–26, 2000

Realm Time: YR 1

I sit at my table

And wage war on myself

It seems like it’s all, it’s all for nothing

—r.e.m., “world leader pretend”

1. Have Patience.

Xerxes Meticula is playing a game. The game he is playing is not a 2-person game; it is not chess or checkers or Connect Four, although it has a similarly complicated strategy; nor is the game he is playing a 4-person game, like bridge or poker, or a 6-person game, or even a game for 8.

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James Bernard Frost

JAMES BERNARD FROST received his MFA in fiction from the University of San Francisco. He worked as a journalist for Wired magazine.  He lives in Portland, Oregon.  This is his first novel. 

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World Leader Pretend
A Novel
James Bernard Frost

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
February 2007
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ISBN: 9781466829398
ISBN10: 1466829397
336 pages
$7.99

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
February 2007
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ISBN: 9780312352233
ISBN10: 0312352239
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 336 pages
$19.99
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