The Game Master Pushes Into the Top 20 on Amazon

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Japan-based author, Ian Copsey, has seen his children's novel reach the top 20 in the children's humorous, action & adventure category on

if you can blend sci-fi, mystery, fantasy, and adventure so neatly into a book, then someone of any age can enjoy it - even me.” - John J. Staughton, author.

British born debut author, Ian D. Copsey, has sailed into the Top 10 children’s humorous, action and adventure category on with his tale, "The Game Master," brushing shoulders with the BFG (well, perhaps he reached his ankles…) while Harry Potter is the wizard of the group.

Based in Maidstone, Kent, where he grew up and attended North Borough Junior school, Ian wanted to create a fun filled tale that also highlighted the challenges of growing up within a community that can have diverse opinions. At the centre of the story are two boys, who were arguing over who was the best gamer when they encountered an enigmatic, but jovial Japanese shopkeeper. He was to be their Game Master in this virtual reality video game, The Game of Life, which had no game controls. Little did the boys know, this was a game that would change their lives and the lives of their friends... and enemies... forever.

"Oh! This game is no ordinary game," the Game Master explained. "It reads your thoughts, seeks out your weaknesses to provide you with challenges."

"It can read our minds?" puzzled the boys. As they progressed through the game’s levels, they discovered more about those around them. Then, mysteriously, the Game of Life began to spread its influence beyond Josh and Alex's lives to their friends.

Reviewers have given the book high reviews to an average of 4.3*

“This unique tale of Josh and Alex and the Game Master delivers on all fronts, from humor and mystery to action and a bit of fictional whimsy. After all, if you can blend sci-fi, mystery, fantasy, and adventure so neatly into a book, then someone of any age can enjoy it - even me.”

  • John J. Staughton, author.

“This book is a great read for all ages and has so many important life lessons weaved throughout its captivating pages. I thoroughly enjoyed every single page of this book and highly recommended it for everyone.”

  • Katie Maughan

“Pure fun and adventure – a terrific book for avid readers and for those influenced by the ubiquitous ‘games’.”

  • Grady Harp, Amazon top 100 reviewer

“The Game Master is brilliantly well-told, and an adventure that readers won't ever forget.”

  • Danielle Urban

British by birth, Ian has spent 28 years living in Asia and who now lives in Japan, gaining understanding of cultures and how, at a basic level, we are all similar at our core. He is interested in how children learn to perceive the world around them. What makes us so different? Why do we think differently? How or what, when we are growing up from being a baby to an adult, shapes our ideas, thoughts and ways of doing things? The Game Master explores just some of these issues within its storyline.

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