Novel’s Virtual Reality Game May Save Real Earth from Destruction

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Fiction can teach life lessons, and winning a virtual reality game can propel a teenager to hero status when the skills he learns help him save the world. Terry Goudy’s new novel “Castlebots” spreads such a message of hope to readers.

Games can apply to reality as sixteen-year old Scott Freeman learns when the skills gained from winning a virtual reality game become those needed to save the earth from destruction in Terry S. Goudy’s “Castlebots, Book One: From Earth to the Asteroid” (ISBN 9781609574635, Xulon Press, 2010).

Just minutes after winning the first Star Park world-sized virtual reality adventure, sixteen-year-old Scott Freeman incites more than a million people to put their name on the list for the next world-sized virtual reality adventure. Everyone around the globe goes wild for more information—but then the mysterious General Z shows up unexpectedly with a top-secret military project that changes everything.

With little explanation, Scott and three friends are rushed back to Star Park once again to enter a world-sized virtual reality adventure. And then the picture becomes horrifyingly clear. Scott’s mission is top secret because it relates to the survival of the very earth itself—rather than amusement, Scott is on an adventure to stop an asteroid from colliding with the earth and causing massive destruction.

Inside the virtual Castlebots world, Scott and his friends find that castles, fair ladies, and knights in shining armor are all “castle robots” where the medieval meets the futuristic. While this anachronistic world may appear to be just a game, it may also hold the key to determining how the earth can be saved, showing that fantasy has its place within the real world. Scott Freeman hopes to find the answers in the Castlebots world that will allow him to stop the asteroid from colliding with the earth.

With “Castlebots,” author Terry Goudy is not simply writing entertainment fiction. He has chosen to write young adult adventure novels to inspire his readers. In a recent interview with Reader Views he stated, “Each reader, like Scott Freeman, in his or her own way can become an unsung hero, too, and live a life full of hope, purpose, and significance. This is a breaking news alert delivered through the gift of storytelling, that you have the opportunity to have a future and hope.” Like Scott Freeman who must overcome significant challenges, Goudy believes his readers can overcome challenges to become unsung heroes and to carve our their own futures for themselves. Young adult readers agree as the stories both entertain and inspire them to dream about what they might accomplish.

About the Author
Terry S. Goudy, a resident of California, believes that “Castlebots”—a modern parallel for the 21st century—is much-needed entertainment for these breathless times. He credits his non-verbal autistic son with inspiring his writing. “He has taught me more about life than I have ever taught him,” he says. “Hopefully some of these insights I’ve learned have slipped into the story.”

“Castlebots, Book One: From Earth to the Asteroid” (ISBN 9781609574635, Xulon Press, 2010) can be purchased through local and online bookstores. For more information, visit Publicity contact: Review copies available upon request.


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