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The Trigger Mechanism

The Trigger Mechanism

The Camp Valor Series (Volume 2)

Scott McEwen and Hof Williams

St. Martin's Griffin

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The second book in the Camp Valor series by the #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of American Sniper.

When a drone explodes at a crowded high school basketball championship, unleashing a mysterious chemical, a riot ensues, leaving fans dead. The gas is revealed to be a vaporized cocktail of hormones and neurotransmitter chemicals, which have the ability to trigger horrific and seemingly unstoppable acts of violence by otherwise non-aggressive participants. Over the anonymous Tor browser—the gateway to the darknet—the Encyte network claims credit for the attack. A series of similar violent outbreaks follow, terrorizing the public. When everyone is a weapon, no one is safe.

Using spyware technology, a reclusive billionaire and Camp Valor alum develops a theory about the leader of the Encyte network's identity. Camp Valor is given the summer to stop the violence. Wyatt Brewer, who is living in hiding with his family after taking down Glowworm Gaming the previous summer, wants no part of the mission or of Valor. It’s not until the violence is linked to a video game created by Glowworm Gaming that Wyatt acquiesces, agreeing to return to the camp for another summer, with one condition: He will not kill.

Wyatt searches to find the Encyte network, and to reconcile the kind of young man he thought he wanted to be with his true nature. As Wyatt and his section zero-in on what they believe is their target, Wyatt has a terrifying realization. What if they themselves are being used by … More…

The second book in the Camp Valor series by the #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of American Sniper.

When a drone explodes at a crowded high school basketball championship, unleashing a mysterious chemical, a riot ensues, leaving fans dead. The gas is revealed to be a vaporized cocktail of hormones and neurotransmitter chemicals, which have the ability to trigger horrific and seemingly unstoppable acts of violence by otherwise non-aggressive participants. Over the anonymous Tor browser—the gateway to the darknet—the Encyte network claims credit for the attack. A series of similar violent outbreaks follow, terrorizing the public. When everyone is a weapon, no one is safe.

Using spyware technology, a reclusive billionaire and Camp Valor alum develops a theory about the leader of the Encyte network's identity. Camp Valor is given the summer to stop the violence. Wyatt Brewer, who is living in hiding with his family after taking down Glowworm Gaming the previous summer, wants no part of the mission or of Valor. It’s not until the violence is linked to a video game created by Glowworm Gaming that Wyatt acquiesces, agreeing to return to the camp for another summer, with one condition: He will not kill.

Wyatt searches to find the Encyte network, and to reconcile the kind of young man he thought he wanted to be with his true nature. As Wyatt and his section zero-in on what they believe is their target, Wyatt has a terrifying realization. What if they themselves are being used by their faceless enemy as a weapon?

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Praise for The Trigger Mechanism

Prase for Camp Valor:

"This pro-America book could buck the left-wing YA trend." —New York Post

"Reluctant readers will doubtlessly enjoy this fast-paced action-adventure book and look forward to the inevitable sequel." —Booklist

"Wyatt’s on his way to becoming the next huge literary hero for the 18-and-under set....Will have readers white-knuckling through." —The Florida Times-Union

"A lurid, unvarnished crossover by the co-author of the bestselling American Sniper (2012), with clear potential for both sales and sequels." —Kirkus Reviews

"Like nothing else. Exciting and genre smashing, the book feels destined to inspire a generation. McEwen and Williams execute what we all want in a thriller: imagination that soars and a gritty realism that is so close to what we see daily it’s frightening. If Camp Valor existed when I was a kid, I would have tried to sign up."
—Doug Stanton, New York Times bestselling author of Horse Soldiers (soon to be the major motion picture 12 STRONG) and In Harm's Way

"Camp Valor nails today's dangerous Dark net World on so many levels. Teaching our kids a defensive skill set to live in today's threat environment is not only smart, it may well be crucial to their very survival. Gritty, real, and raw, McEwen once again takes his characters to places others are unwilling or unable to venture. Read it, then give it to your kids to read it!" —Rob O'Neill, Former Senior Chief, US Navy SEAL; New York Times Bestselling Author of … More…




Prase for Camp Valor:

"This pro-America book could buck the left-wing YA trend." —New York Post

"Reluctant readers will doubtlessly enjoy this fast-paced action-adventure book and look forward to the inevitable sequel." —Booklist

"Wyatt’s on his way to becoming the next huge literary hero for the 18-and-under set....Will have readers white-knuckling through." —The Florida Times-Union

"A lurid, unvarnished crossover by the co-author of the bestselling American Sniper (2012), with clear potential for both sales and sequels." —Kirkus Reviews

"Like nothing else. Exciting and genre smashing, the book feels destined to inspire a generation. McEwen and Williams execute what we all want in a thriller: imagination that soars and a gritty realism that is so close to what we see daily it’s frightening. If Camp Valor existed when I was a kid, I would have tried to sign up."
—Doug Stanton, New York Times bestselling author of Horse Soldiers (soon to be the major motion picture 12 STRONG) and In Harm's Way

"Camp Valor nails today's dangerous Dark net World on so many levels. Teaching our kids a defensive skill set to live in today's threat environment is not only smart, it may well be crucial to their very survival. Gritty, real, and raw, McEwen once again takes his characters to places others are unwilling or unable to venture. Read it, then give it to your kids to read it!" —Rob O'Neill, Former Senior Chief, US Navy SEAL; New York Times Bestselling Author of The Operator: Firing The Shots That Killed Osama bin Laden and My Years As A SEAL Team Warrior

“I couldn’t put it down. CAMP VALOR is a powerful story makes you want to run outside and take on the world’s mysteries, just like great books have always done.” –Frank Miniter, New York Times bestselling author of The Ultimate Man’s Survival Guide

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Scott McEwen and Hof Williams

SCOTT MCEWEN is the author of many books and the co-author of #1 New York Times bestseller American Sniper, which has sold more than one million copies and has been translated into over twenty languages. American Sniper, the movie, starring Bradley Cooper, and directed by Clint Eastwood, was the number one movie in the United States for that year, and was nominated for six Academy Awards, winning one. He lives in San Diego, California, where he began writing while practicing law.

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