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Virus Games (Peter's Packets Series) [Paperback]

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Item description for Virus Games (Peter's Packets Series) by G. L. Sheerin...

A fateful bolt of lightning enables technophobe Peter Dempsey to see and befriend the 'packets' living and working inside his computer. As he discovers the secret world alive inside the Internet he learns about the launching of a lethal super virus that he and his packets must stop before it shuts down the Internet forever.

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Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.1"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2008
Publisher   Synergy Books
ISBN  1934454044  
ISBN13  9781934454046  

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Science, Nature & How It Works > Fiction
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Clever in its prose  Jun 14, 2008
The most hardcore of technophobes - he wanted nothing to computers, barely tolerating the sight of them. "Virus Games: Peter's Packet Series 00000001" is the tale of Peter, and how his anti-computer attitude was suddenly changed simply by nearly getting killed by a bolt of lightning - and finds he can now see into cyberspace. He finds himself befriending packets of data, and his love for the world of the PC grows - granting him a dilemma when a super virus begins to appear on the net and starts to cause some trouble for his new acquaintances. "Virus Games: Peter's Packet Series 00000001" is a deftly written work of Science fiction, clever in its prose, and highly recommended for fans of the genre and community library collections catering to those fans.
A good attempt to make Computers fun to non-geeks  May 6, 2008
Peter Dempsey hates computers. He detests looking at monitors, can barely type with two fingers on a keyboard, and considers his PC 101 class a torture chamber. But when a fateful bolt of lightning gives him the ability to see just who lives and works inside his and our computers, Peter changes his mind and falls in love with the 'people' within the PC world.

Peter befriends the "packets" (to him they are real people) who live in his computer and begins to learn about the secret world alive inside the Internet. Packet World isn't always friendly, though. A new super virus has just been unleashed, and Peter and his packets realize they might be the only ones who can stop the "bullies" from shutting down the internet, and Packet World, forever.

Though the author himself is a computer expert, he has not fully succeeded in using the power of the story to teach how computers and internet work. While he might have succeeded in holding the attention of young techno-phobes like Peter through the use of some ingenious substitutes for the normal technical terms, he has not attempted to convert the story into a good lesson on the working of internet, data packets, Protocols etc. He could have used the book to discuss computer viruses, how they are created, how they are detected, how they are studied and how they are deactivated etc.

Editing and Printing: Good.

Recommendation: The book is a good effort to make technical topics like computers interesting but the end results could have been better.
New and Exciting Read!  Apr 24, 2008
was totally amazed at this book. I never realized that such an adventure as I enjoyed in this book could be found based on computers. We meet young Peter Dempsey, a great young man, but one who doesn't seem to have what it takes when it comes to computers. However, that was about to change.
One night Peter is struck by lightening, and for some unexplained reason he was able to communicate with the "packets" in his computer. I had no idea what these were, but through reading I began to understand that they were actually what sends our communications throughout the internet. Peter befriends these "packet's," who by the way seem to have different personalities, and the world of computers opens up for him.
However, another young man, Terry, creates and unleashes a super virus that is bringing destruction to computers world wide.
This virus is killing thousands of "packets," and may well cause the end of the internet. Peter and his friends set out to stop this virus, but will they be able to do it? The race is on.
I have to say this was really a fun and interesting read. Totally out of the box as far a other young adult books I have read. I believe the author has found a way to take the love for computers that our youth have, and adults as well, and merge it with one great tale. This is one book you will truly enjoy reading from beginning to end. Recommended. Smart and very well done.


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