IN 2016 AN OCCULT CABAL ACTIVATES A PSYCHIC TRIGGER IN A POPULAR VIDEO GAME AND A COUNTDOWN TO CHAOS BEGINS.
While her husband is deployed in Afghanistan, Jessica Ritter finds herself navigating the pitfalls of parenting on her own. That includes moderating her ten-year-old son’s screen time—an obsession that hits a fever pitch when YouTube sensation Rainbow Dave releases an addictive new iPad game. Gavin knows he isn’t supposed to keep secrets from his parents, but when his achievements in the game unlock personal messages from Dave instructing him to embark on real world mini-quests, he can’t resist.
In the aftermath of an ambush that leaves her husband missing in action, Jessica grapples with fear and sorrow while clues to a threat closer to home evade her detection. Rainbow Dave, the charismatic host of Scream Time, is America’s cool big brother—a gamer who built a video empire on the strength of his personality. He is also the focus of a shadowy conspiracy hell-bent on sowing chaos with vast technological resources. Dave’s anonymous benefactors have granted him a glimpse of paradise between the pixels, and the real world hasn’t looked the same since. Now, wired with a head full of unholy revelations and a crate full of dangerous devices, he’s on a mission to help his fans “level up” at a live event. Scream Time is coming to town, and it may be too late to stop a deadly game.
“An expertly-written mainstream thriller, tightly plotted, with beautifully human characters and a chilling touch of the supernatural. His Own Devices is full of suspense and just the right amount of weird. The menace couldn’t be more timely.”– Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of RED HANDS
“His Own Devices is a fast-paced, all-too-real thrill ride through every modern parent’s worst nightmare.”–KELLY BRAFFET, author of SAVE YOURSELF and JOSIE AND JACK
“In his latest novel, Douglas Wynne explores the dark side of our addiction to technology, deftly weaving the allure of the occult into the world of gaming and streaming. Equally heartbreaking and horrific, His Own Devices is a supernatural thriller that will make you question who’s watching whom. In short, I loved it.”–TODD KEISLING, author of DEVIL’S CREEK
“In His Own Devices, Douglas Wynne skillfully blends psychological, technological, and perhaps even supernatural horror with consuming parental fear for a potent cocktail of suspense. As the questions multiply and the tension escalates, you’ll find yourself reading under the covers.”–Dana Cameron, award-winning author of THE EMMA FIELDING MYSTERIES