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Publisher's Summary

Twelve thousand years ago, they came. They descended from the sky amid smoke and fire, and created humanity and gave us rules to live by. They needed gold and they built our earliest civilizations to mine it for them. When they had what they needed, they left. But before they left, they told us someday they would come back, and when they did, a game would be played. A game that would determine our future.

This is Endgame.

For ten thousand years the lines have existed in secret. The 12 original lines of humanity. Each had to have a Player prepared at all times. They have trained generation after generation after generation. In weapons, languages, history, tactics, disguise, assassination. Together the Players are everything: strong, kind, ruthless, loyal, smart, stupid, ugly, lustful, mean, fickle, beautiful, calculating, lazy, exuberant, weak. They are good and evil. Like you. Like all.

This is Endgame.

When the game starts, the Players will have to find three keys. The keys are somewhere on Earth. The only rule of their Endgame is that there are no rules. Whoever finds the keys first wins the game. Endgame: The Calling is about the hunt for the first key. And just as it tells the story of the hunt for a hidden key, written into the book is a puzzle. It invites readers to play their own Endgame and to try to solve the puzzle. Whoever does will open a case filled with gold. Alongside the puzzle will be a revolutionary mobile game built by Google's Niantic Labs that will allow you to play a real-world version of Endgame where you can join one of the lines and do battle with people around you.

Will exuberance beat strength? Stupidity top kindness? Laziness thwart beauty? Will the winner be good or evil? There is only one way to find out.

Play.

Survive.

Solve.

People of Earth.

Endgame has begun.

Not all Endgame Contest clues are available in audio book format. A print copy or electronic book is required to access all clues necessary to solve the Endgame Contest puzzle.

©2014 Third Floor Fun, LLC (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

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Great Adventure

Awesome book. can't wait to finish the series. the many voices of the narrators are great.

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Awesome book

Keeps you at the edge all the time!!
ヽ(o^―^o)ノ
You get to know the players, fight with them, prerish with them...
just awesome

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Loved it

This is like the first book of hunger games but on steroids! Sprinkle some of that "I am number four" series flare and you'll have endgame.
The reader too is fantastic.

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Amazing!!

Absolutely loved the story!
not to be confused AT ALL with Hunger games. Very unique story and characters. Multiple perspective is a plus! Narrator on point!

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Interesting story, but not audio book material.

It was a good story. However, in the paper book there must be graphs, charts, and data at the beginning of some chapters. This means, you end up listening to the narrator just read aloud different numbers and what not at the beginning of some chapters. In one instance, I remember skipping through at least a couple minutes of just numbers. So I would recommend the book, really an interesting story, but definitely do a paper edition so you can see what they are ineffectively trying to relate.

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12 tribes decide fate of humanity

The book offers up a plausible set of events where normal people through out the world are well trained killers who are fighting for the lives of family and friends. The book takes you on a race to find hidden artifacts that will decide the fate of humanity. It shows the instant survival is on the line how people will act and do anything possible to preserve their futures. Great read.

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Boring and uninteresting characters

All of the characters in the book were 1 dimensional unredeemable characters. The plot was hacky and played out. I didn't know who to root for because I hated all the characters. The main character Sarah was so in love with her bf and yet 5 minutes later is completely in love with another dude with a "grill" in his teeth a few minutes later. If all the characters died at the end of the book I would have felt better about the story.

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Reader kinda wrecked it

Great story, but why hire a reader with a lisp? So annoying. Poor Sarah was also voiced as some kind of a wimpy waif, which she clearly is not.

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Classic Teen Apocalyptic Adventure

I personally thought the narration lacked much emotion but was very clear and easy to follow.
All the characters were well developed and youll understand and like each of them.
The story follows some very classic action and love story tropes but they aren't forced and you'll be very engaged even if you see them coming

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Pretty Darn Good

WHAT DID YOU THINK OVERALL?
I thought this book was pretty good. I don't like James Frey, but I really enjoyed this book.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE BOOK?
I loved how James Frey blended the different stories to make on large narrative. It was fascinating, the kind of book that you can keep on thinking about after you finish it. Also, James Frey set it up so that you can root for your favorite character. I liked that.

HOW DID YOU LIKE IT AS AN AUDIO BOOK?
I did not like it entirely. Every few chapters you would be subject to 5 straight minutes of internet links due to the big puzzle. But I loved the reader.

ANY CRITICS?
It was obvious throughout the book that James Frey was trying to show how smart he was. Its annoying. But not a bigy.