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The Wilco Poject

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When a phone call requesting his presence at a campus murder scene shatters Professor Steven Archer's Saturday morning, he has no idea how the tragic events of the next forty-eight hours will change his life forever.

The dot-com millionaire turned college professor rushes to the scene and is devastated to learn that the victim died playing a cell phone game he invented. When his project manager becomes the prime suspect, Steven is thrust into the complex murder case against his will.

After a second student is murdered, everything is at risk—the fate of his project manager, the lives of the college students and Steven's own career and reputation. Together with an old detective friend and a campus cub reporter, Steven must hunt down the killer using all of his expertise before he strikes again.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
AWARDS:
#1 bestseller in the Mystery/Thriller  category and to #10 Overall bestseller on Fictionwise.com in December 2010.
Earned "honorable mention" in the 2005 Florida Writers Association Royal Palm Literary Contest in the unpublished novel category.
Selected as a "semifinalist" in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award  contest, making the cut from 5000 entries down to 836 Semifinalists.
 
REVIEWS:
Publishers Weekly review:
The WILCO Project combines murder mystery with elements of a technological thriller, blending the  genres in a deftly written manuscript. The author provides a gripping  opening with a female college student murdered while playing a  mysterious campus-wide game in the woods. Readers are soon introduced to the rest of the cast of characters: Dr Steven Archer, former Internet  entrepreneur turned professor, who leads a team of young computer  programmers in the creation of the ultimate cell phone game; Bobbi, a  school reporter, determined to find out the truth about the murder, even if it means putting her own life in jeopardy; Jonathan Holden, creator  of the game and all around cad; Patricia, the angry assistant on the  team who is sleeping with the head of the wireless company, Larry  Hershman; and finally, Peter, a techno-geek who is invisible. After  Archer discovers that the dead girl is Jonathan's ex-fiance, he realizes that the WILCO project is a game of hide-and-seek, in which players use the phone to locate and destroy enemies. As Archer finds himself  investigating the first murder and a subsequent one, he is led down one  path after another. While this plot is a new take on an old thriller  genre, the author delivers a well-executed thriller.
 
Coffee Time Romance review (4 out of 5 cups):
The characters are likable and are depicted with believable goals,  aspirations, motives and characteristics. The dialogues sound authentic  and are helpful in moving the story forward. I especially like the  description of the game and its various play modes. It seemed like a  game that college age students, in particular, would enjoy playing.  All-in-all, I found this novel to be a nicely-structured mystery that  conveys a realistic and quite visceral sense of atmosphere throughout.  For example, in the huge, ice-cold room filled with the ear-deafening  noise of enormous mainframe computers, I could feel the goose bumps rise on my arms as Bobbi gleams information from an unattractive computer  geek. Later, playing the game, she is outside in the hot humidity of a  dark night. Running across campus, I felt my heart-pound and my pulse  race right along with hers, as she races to capture the prize. The  realistic descriptions kept my eyes glued to pages as I read with a  voracious, gluttonous appetite, greedily devouring the words until, at  last, reaching the thrilling conclusion, I was sated.

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#1 Bestseller in www.fictionwise.com for suspense /thriller! Both the print and eBook versions of Daniel Springer's debut novel, The WILCO Project, are now available! They can be ordered now at: - SolsticePublishing.com - Amazon.com - Fictionwise.comThe story is a cross between the 1995 computer espionage thriller, The Net, and the 80's classichacker tale, WarGames, set on a contemporary college campus and infused with the latest cell phone technology.Please visit: http://DanielSpringer.comWhen a phone call requesting his presence at a campus murder scene shatters Professor Steven Archer's Saturday morning, he has no idea how the tragic events of the next forty-eight hours will change his life forever. The dot-com millionaire turned college professor rushes to the scene and is devastated to learn that the victim died playing a cell phone game he invented. When his project manager becomes the prime suspect, Steven is thrust into the complex murder case against his will.After a second student is murdered, everything is at risk—the fate of his project manager, the lives of the college students and Steven's own career and reputation. Together with an old detective friend and a campus cub reporter, Steven must hunt down the murderer using all of his expertise before the killer strikes again."THE WILCO PROJECT combines murder mystery with elements of a technological thriller, blending the genres in a deftly written manuscript. The author provides a gripping opening with a female college student murdered while playing a mysterious campus-wide game in the woods. Readers are soon introduced to the rest of the cast of characters: Dr Steven Archer, former Internet entrepreneur turned professor, who leads a team of young computer programmers in the creation of the ultimate cell phone game; Bobbi, a school reporter, determined to find out the truth about the murder, even if it means putting her own life in jeopardy; Jonathan Holden, creator of the game and all around cad; Patricia, the angry assistant on the team who is sleeping with the head of the wireless company, Larry Hershman; and finally, Peter, a techno-geek who is invisible. After Archer discovers that the dead girl is Jonathan's ex-fiance, he realizes that the The Wilco Project is a game of hide-and-seek, in which players use the phone to locate and destroy enemies. As Archer finds himself investigating the first murder and a subsequent one, he is led down one path after another. While this plot is a new take on an old thriller genre, the author delivers a well-executed thriller." -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLYTHE WILCO PROJECT also earned the following:o "HONORABLE MENTION" in the 2005 Florida Writers Association Royal Palm Literary Contest in the unpublished novel category.o Selected as a Semifinalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. It made the cut from 5000 entries down to 836 Semifinalists.Please visit: http://DanielSpringer.com
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  1. Intriguing, Hard to Put Down

    Posted by KC Sprayberry on 20th Apr 2013

    Steven Archer, dot-com millionaire turned college professor, is on top of his world. His interactive cell phone game is succeeding far beyond his wildest dreams. The students running the project have some issues, but they're working just as hard to make the game a winner. Then a phone call early one Saturday morning turns everything upside down. Archer can't believe how fast things are tumbling down after the discovery of a body, of a female student participating in the game trials. The evidence points at the project manager, a student on track to be named to a fabulous job once the game goes public. But Archer has a hard time believing this particular person would ever do something like, until a second body is found.
    Daniel Springer's concept of a techno-thriller where the focus is on the characters rather than the technology works extremely well. The reader is captured on the first page and can't stop until they get to the end. The reader has difficulty figuring out exactly who the villain is, and will be surprised at not only the motive but also the person when it's announced after a chase with the game running. Springer's talent for using a few words to get his point across paints a breathtaking picture of gamers going for a hot new game where they play in the out of doors rather than from behind a computer screen. The dialogue is quite believable, as are the reactions of those involved. The Wilco Project whetted my appetite for more works by this talented author.


  2. Will keep you turning the pages!

    Posted by Nancy Wood on 3rd Oct 2012

    I read THE WILCO PROJECT by Dan Springer on my recent vacation, and it is a perfect read when you want an escape. It's a fast-paced, keep-the-pages-turning thriller with mystery, suspense, and romance rolled up in a completely believable dose of technology. The game that Steven Archer, dot-com millionaire turned academic, has invented is in its final testing phase. The craze for this game is sweeping the campus; students are clamoring to join in and try it out. But when one student, and then another, is murdered while playing, it's a classic race against time to find out who the killer is.

    THE WILCO PROJECT reads like a movie, and would make a great one! The writing is immediate, direct, and accessible. Besides the pacing, what I particularly liked about this book was the technology. Dan Springer was able to weave in descriptions of how this game could work in a believable way that didn't make my eyes glaze over. The details of software development, from project design through testing and release, made me think the author knows something about the process, which was confirmed by reading his author bio. In addition, he nailed archetypes in the corporate world, using academics as the microcosm: the confident leader; the power hungry adjunct; the unsociable nerd; the cocky rising star.

    If you like thrillers, with some romance thrown in, along with a serious who-done-it that you probably won't figure out until the very end, you'll really enjoy THE WILCO PROJECT. I hope Dan Springer is working on another thriller.


  3. Captivating and fast moving

    Posted by nana on 14th Sep 2012

    The Wilco Project is a captivating and fast moving murder mystery. It contains modern up-to-date technology along with the excitment of a traditional murder mystery. Although it is easy reading, it is captivating and filled with suspense. A must read for mystery lovers.


  4. Must Read

    Posted by DN on 14th Sep 2012

    This book had me burning the midnight oil, turning the pages to find out what would happen next. I could not put it down. The writing was descriptive and the use of technology in the story line was ingenious. If you love murder mysteries this is a must read!


  5. The Wilco Project

    Posted by Jodilee on 14th Sep 2012

    An excellent book to read. Sharp.. Inventive..A real page turner.. I would give or recommd. this book to all age groups.


  6. Exciting Mystery - Would make a great movie!

    Posted by DH on 14th Sep 2012

    Great reading! It is entertaining and engaging, combining a college campus and mobile technologies, the book should appeal to fans of mysteries, thrillers or those into technology and the gaming industry. It would make a good video game or movie.


  7. Wilco Project Review

    Posted by Amanda Wisniewski on 14th Sep 2012

    The Wilco Project was a great story that came to life as I read it. I could not put the book down and wished it wasn't over when I was done. This book would be a perfect story for a movie and I hope to play this game in real life one day! Looking forward to a sequel!?


  8. Couldn't put it down

    Posted by Bookclubgirl on 14th Sep 2012

    This was a fantastic, fun mystery thriller that had me from the first page ! The story had twists and turns that I wanted to follow along with. The characters were likable and interesting and I hope to see them again. Cant wait for his next book !!


  9. Great Pacing, Hope there is more to come

    Posted by Rachel Kessel on 14th Sep 2012

    This is a great summer read. Yes, there is some interesting tech talk that is up to date and scary for those "big brother" watchers among us, but more importantly there is what is really important to a good book - characters, story, twists, and actions.

    The main characters are well thought out and people you might actually know. The really good thing was that the main characters and even some of the minor players are so well fleshed out that you want to read more about what happened to them in the past, and what is happening after the book is over.

    The last chapters are as good as any Dean Koontz novel in pacing action between a few different places, well done.

    Keep an eye out for another book with these characters


  10. A brilliantly conceived techno-thriller that gets close to home

    Posted by Mary Fagan on 14th Sep 2012

    I know, I know. "Techno-thriller" immediately conjures up scenarios of global conspiracies and futuristic weaponry. Not this time. This time, author Daniel Springer drops it right into your hand.

    College professor Steven Archer and his team are developing a new game played with cell phones, the testing of which is wildly popular with the student body...until student bodies begin turning up during the games. Horrified that players are being killed, and baffled that 911 signals lead responders away from the victims, Steven is thrown into a complex murder case. Together with an old detective friend and a journalism student, he races to decode the sabotaged program before the killer can strike again.

    The reader is thus drawn into the intricacies of the virtual world and its supporting technology. Yes, the jargon and descriptions sometimes went whistling over my head, but the story held me anyway. Actually, Springer's descriptions are easier on the layman's mind than most. For one thing, most of us have duked it out with a router or a LAN or a game program by now anyway.

    Springer has a real gift for dialog, both as speech and thought. It's natural, familiar, and scene-setting. Students talk like students, cops talk like cops, and that stuffed-shirt college dean we all want to shoot sounds exactly as you'd expect.

    The one thing I found somewhat distracting was the editing. I have a feeling the publisher assigned someone from the Romance dept. Characters' hearts race and pound - sometimes twice in one paragraph. Steven Archer is always swallowing hard or taking a deep breath, particularly during the frantic action at the end when the reader least wants to hear about it. But, all said and done, Daniel Springer knows how to weave an exciting, intelligent and satisfying tale. The Wilco Project is well worth the read.


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