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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 Trigger Mechanism is the second book in the Camp Valor series by the #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of American Sniper, Scott McEwen.

When, Jalen, a young gamer, puts on a set of VR goggles and logs into an online video game, he enters a digital world where, as in most games, points are awarded for kills. Only this time, unbeknownst to Jalen, the game has been reengineered by a cyberterrorist known as Encyte so that real human lives are taken with the click of a button. When Jalen logs off, he learns he’s just killed fifty-three innocent people.

Wyatt Brewer, Camp Valor’s top camper, is tapped to investigate and see if a link exists between Encyte and The Glowworm Gaming Network, which Wyatt helped dismantle the previous summer. Wyatt is still reeling from the losses inflicted by Glowworm and by the betrayal of his mentor, Sargent Halsey. When Wyatt meets Jalen, he finds a clue, and Julie Chen, a teenage prodigy and gaming superstar known as Hi_Kyto becomes the leading suspect.

Wyatt knows he’ll need Jalen’s help if he has any chance of penetrating the gaming world and getting close to Hi_Kyto. And Jalen will need Camp Valor if he’s going to have any chance of rebuilding his life and finding redemption.

But as the summer season starts at Valor, the Department of Defense threatens to shut the secret program down. A reclusive billionaire and Camp Valor alum offers a way forward—funded by him but without Valor for protection. Jalen and Wyatt are forced to consider goin… More…

The Trigger Mechanism is the second book in the Camp Valor series by the #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of American Sniper, Scott McEwen.

When, Jalen, a young gamer, puts on a set of VR goggles and logs into an online video game, he enters a digital world where, as in most games, points are awarded for kills. Only this time, unbeknownst to Jalen, the game has been reengineered by a cyberterrorist known as Encyte so that real human lives are taken with the click of a button. When Jalen logs off, he learns he’s just killed fifty-three innocent people.

Wyatt Brewer, Camp Valor’s top camper, is tapped to investigate and see if a link exists between Encyte and The Glowworm Gaming Network, which Wyatt helped dismantle the previous summer. Wyatt is still reeling from the losses inflicted by Glowworm and by the betrayal of his mentor, Sargent Halsey. When Wyatt meets Jalen, he finds a clue, and Julie Chen, a teenage prodigy and gaming superstar known as Hi_Kyto becomes the leading suspect.

Wyatt knows he’ll need Jalen’s help if he has any chance of penetrating the gaming world and getting close to Hi_Kyto. And Jalen will need Camp Valor if he’s going to have any chance of rebuilding his life and finding redemption.

But as the summer season starts at Valor, the Department of Defense threatens to shut the secret program down. A reclusive billionaire and Camp Valor alum offers a way forward—funded by him but without Valor for protection. Jalen and Wyatt are forced to consider going out on their own if they want bring Halsey to justice and to stop Encyte.

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CHAPTER 1


Jalen fired up the gaming console, grabbed the controller off the dresser, adjusted his VR headset, and stared at the giant flat-screen. The reflection of a thin, somewhat serious African American teen looked back. Jalen...

Praise for The Trigger Mechanism

"The adrenaline-inducing story of Wyatt’s path to American glory may well inspire readers to look for a way they too, like Valor campers, can make a difference. This action-packed sequel will leave Valor-lovers aching to know: what happens next?" —Florida Times-Union

"Action-packed....Like Camp Valor, this is a real page-turner with appeal to action/adventure fans, who will be delighted to learn another volume in this burgeoning series is planned. Onward!" —Booklist

Praise 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'… More…

"The adrenaline-inducing story of Wyatt’s path to American glory may well inspire readers to look for a way they too, like Valor campers, can make a difference. This action-packed sequel will leave Valor-lovers aching to know: what happens next?" —Florida Times-Union

"Action-packed....Like Camp Valor, this is a real page-turner with appeal to action/adventure fans, who will be delighted to learn another volume in this burgeoning series is planned. Onward!" —Booklist

Praise 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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Reviews from Goodreads

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.

HOF WILLIAMS lives in Westport, Connecticut. The Trigger Mechanism is the second collaboration between Williams and McEwen.

Hof Williams

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