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"The dystopian novel is alive and well in the blisteringly effective Game of the Gods. Jay Schiffman breathes life into a moribund genre and ends up crafting a sly, shrewd and stunning take on a darkly depraved future that is every bit the equal of The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner, and the Divergent series. Schiffman's striking vision serves up a cloud-riddled tomorrow featuring just enough silver linings to provide hope to an otherwise bleak landscape. A must read for fans of classics like Judge Dredd and Doc Savage." --Jon Land, USA Today bestselling author of the Caitlin Strong series

Jay Schiffman's Game of the Gods is a debut sci-fi/fantasy thriller of political intrigue and Speilberg-worthy action sequences in the vein of Pierce Brown's Red Rising.

Max Cone wants to be an ordinary citizen of the Federacy and leave war and politics behind. He wants the leaders of the world to leave him alone. But he's too good a military commander, and too powerful a judge, to be left alone. War breaks out, and Max becomes the ultimate prize for the nation that can convince him to fight again.

When one leader gives the Judge a powerful device that predicts the future, the Judge doesn't want to believe its chilling prophecy: The world will soon end, and he's to blame. But bad things start to happen. His wife and children are taken. His friends are falsely imprisoned. His closest allies are killed. Worst of all, the world descends into a cataclysmic global war.

In order to find his family, free his friends, and save the world, the Judge must become a lethal killer willing to destroy anyone who stands in his way. He leads a ragtag band of warriors -- a 13-year old girl with special powers, a mathematical genius, a religious zealot blinded by faith, and a former revolutionary turned drug addict. Together, they are the only hope of saving the world.



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Jay Schiffman

Jay grew up in an unremarkable New York City suburb playing basketball, watching Steven Spielberg movies, and reading everything that Kurt Vonnegut ever wrote. As a kid, it was obvious what Jay's two main passions were - writing and arguing. So, eventually, he would become a lawyer. Jay went to the University of Michigan where he studied English and Political Science. After that, Jay received a law degree and Ph. D. in Political Science from New York University. He wrote his dissertation on competing theories of tolerance in American law and politics. He taught at NYU, published academic papers, and was a Bradley Fellow in American Government. Jay found the academic life a little too academic and so he committed himself to practicing law. As an attorney, Jay worked on a wide variety of issues. He started as a Law Clerk to a United States Judge before joining his first firm. As a practicing attorney, Jay worked on civil rights, children's issues, commercial litigation, constitutional law, criminal law, and federal death penalty cases. Towards the end of his legal career, he spent a lot of time visiting prisoners in detention centers. Jay worked many hours with individuals accused of murder and awaiting death penalty trials. In the confined spaces of these detention centers, he learned two important things - there's a lot of humanity in people who do inhumane things and never take for granted the fact that you get to leave. When his first daughter was born, Jay decided to leave law and start his first business, an educational learning company for children. A few years later, he sold that company to a large private equity firm. Jay had caught the entrepreneurial bug. Since founding his first company, Jay has been involved in a number of successful businesses in the digital, educational, technology, and consumer goods spaces.WorkJay currently runs two companies. His company Dreamkind is an award-winning entertainment studio dedicated to developing digital content for public interest organizations, educational institutions, and governmental bodies focused on social initiatives. Jay is the creative lead for all Dreamkind projects and is an award-winning writer and creator of games, animations, apps, and web experiences. Among other awards, Jay is the winner of the Cooney Center Prize for Innovation in Literacy Learning.Jay's clients include Disney, the NFL, American Heart Association, U.S. Defense Department's Centers of Excellence, American Red Cross, Nickelodeon, UCLA Medical Center, Sesame Workshop, Carolinas HealthCare System, PBS, and many others. Jay has worked with: the NFL and American Heart Association to fight childhood obesity, UCLA Medical Center to help U.S. military families develop emotional resiliency skills, and the American Red Cross to teach emergency preparation to children.Jay's team at Dreamkind consists of experienced programmers, animators, producers, designers, marketers, illustrators, and ed



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