Book Review + Giveaway: “Kubrick’s Game” by Derek Taylor Kent

kubricks-gameShawn Hagan was just a gifted film student trying to learn all he could from school – until his professor called him in for a secret meeting. Expecting to be in some kind of trouble, he was surprised when he was instead introduced to a type of scavenger hunt. Stanley Kubrick, a famous director who had died in 1999, was the creator of this scavenger hunt. With his friends, he does everything possible to solve the puzzles laid before him while having to deal with trouble from both outside and within.

This was one of the most researched books I have ever read. Derek Taylor Kent seemed to know everything about Kubrick’s movies, and he was able to take these and form a very complex scavenger hunt. That doesn’t stop the reader from being able to follow the puzzle along with the characters, though. The characters were nicely developed and made you understand the motives and thought processes behind their actions. While some of their actions may have been questionable, that just makes them more compelling to read about.

Overall, this book is a great page-turner. It is easy to read in a very short amount of time because you just don’t want to put it down. For fans of very detailed storylines, this would be a great book to get into. If you aren’t that big on intricate details, taking the book slowly could help you understand the details in a better way. You can read the first chapter of the book for free by visiting Derek’s blog on GoodReads here.

Derek also went one step further with his book and teamed up with Fantastic Race crew to create a real-life scavenger hunt. This is meant to be played after reading the book in order to have a better understanding of the puzzles and how to solve them. While the puzzles don’t start out quite as difficult as the ones in the book, they will certainly give you a fun challenge.

Thanks to the generosity of author Derek Taylor Kent, MuggleNet readers have an opportunity to win a copy of the book! We’ll be giving away a signed paperback copy, a digital download of the book, and also an audiobook download.




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This contest has a US entry component and a worldwide entry component. US residents are eligible to enter to win a signed, paperback copy of Kubrick’s Game. Digital download of the e-book and audiobook are open to entrants worldwide.


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A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for review.