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The Playground [PDF / Epub] ★ The Playground Author C.S. Boyack – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk The hottest toys of the Christmas Season are the Playground Network dolls They contain a worldwide social network for children Except the network is controlled by a ruthless businessman with dreams of The hottest toys of the Christmas Season are The Playground Network dolls They contain a worldwide social network for children Except the network is controlled by a ruthless businessman with dreams of powerTo reach his goals he turns to the occult Will our children make up his personal army Could we have an enemy soldier in every homeGina Greybill is a cancer survivor who stumbles into her own brush with the paranormal She wants nothing to do with it but may be the only one who can bring down The Playground Network To do it she'll have to embrace her new situation and recover the next generation of Playground softwareThere is competition for the software in the form of a brutal thug named Clovis He's bigger ruthless and experienced To top it all off he has a head startThe Playground is suitable for mature readers due to violence and mature themes.

  • Kindle Edition
  • 239 pages
  • The Playground
  • C.S. Boyack
  • English
  • 11 May 2016

10 thoughts on “The Playground

  1. D.L. Finn D.L. Finn says:

    “The Playground” is a story told through three points of view Clovis Chloe and Gina The one that chilled me the most was through the eyes of the little girl Chloe She gets a popular talking doll that interacts with her and the other dolls through its programming This leads her down a dark path that I could easily see happening at some point in our future Clovis is a hired killer after the programmer of these toys who meets up with a dog who I immediately loved The dog made Clovis likable even with his tough exterior Then there is Dr Gina Greybill who is a caretaker and is thrown into the paranormal This character was hard to warm up to at first but by the end I was all in Evil is the thread that weaves through this story along with greed This is a clever chilling what if with a paranormal twist that made for a page turning read

  2. Carmen Carmen says:

    C S Boyack is a master wordsmith and I truly can't recommend his novel The Playground enough I loved the story line and actionThe writing is tight and with shocking story turns And whether you're a Stephen King zealot or a John Saul fan The Playground will leave you wanting In the words of the writers once the book hooks are in you will never shake them off It's killer big time One of the best dark fantasy books I've read Clings onto you from page one and will have you picking up your jaw off the ground at the end It’s fast paced and beautifully written with gritty regard for details If you're looking for a fantasy novel look no furtherAs about the characters well they almost leap off the page Tommy Fazio the ruthless businessman who turns to the occult to make his dreams of power of owning the country come true; Chloe Chaffin who wants a Fat Panda for her Christmas present to help her get friends and falls easy prey to the Playground Network reading this it brought facebook network to my mind; Clovis a complex villain you don’t want to cross path with Special mention goes to the female doctor Gina who has an important role in the evolution of the storyThis author really knows how to write dark gritty action relentless and moving I highly recommend The Playground a crossover genre story that will appeal to readers of multiple genres

  3. Barbara Underwood Barbara Underwood says:

    After reading some long and complicated books recently it felt good and refreshing to read The Playground and escape reality for a little while The story and ideas in this book are very good and kept me interested to the end The writing style is solid using short and uncomplicated sentences and a fair amount of dialogue making it a light and fast read with plenty of action Readers who prefer insight into characters feelings and motives would be disappointed but this book is not intended for such in depth storytelling Nevertheless I felt some distress and suspense reading about the small child Chloe and how her Playground Network doll Sandra was taking control and making Chloe cut her legs with a razor Considering the dangers and pitfalls of the internet these days the idea of the talking dolls connected to an internet network is not too far fetched and I found this idea uite compellingThe story went in a different direction from what I was expecting but that is not a bad thing; to the contrary I enjoy being taken by surprise and led along a wild ride An unassuming female doctor becomes the hero when she is chosen to fight the dark forces behind the Playground dolls and it was the lack of predictable heroes and clichéd scenes that made this book rate above average for me

  4. Don Massenzio Don Massenzio says:

    Take some Stephen King add some of uentin Tarantino and stir them with a dash of steampunk and Dr Who and you get the playground As I read this book I soon realized that it crosses genres Normally this would be a red flag for a book that doesn't know what it wants to be when it grows up but that is not the case hereCS Boyack effortlessly moves from one genre to another pulling the reader into each distinct story line He then seamlessly pulls them together at the end in a way that makes total sense and brings the story to a wonderful climaxI am continually impressed by the level of writing here and Boyack's ability to tell a story from the point of view of disparate charactersI'm hard at work at reading Will O' the Wisp and I can't wait to post my take on that book as wellThe Playground is a great read You should check it out

  5. Staci Troilo Staci Troilo says:

    Creepy violent other worldly If any of these descriptions appeal to you you’re going to want to read this bookC S Boyack has created an eclectic and rich assembly of characters whose lives intertwine in the most unexpected way Gina and Gupta make a fascinating pair of heroes who walk in two worlds Chloe her family and her new friends paint a frightening and somber picture of modern interpersonal relationships Muscle for hire Clovis operates in a morally gray area and his decision at the end places him suarely in my “one of the best characters ever” columnThis story is about oblivious family bad influence friends technological terrors nefarious gangs and supernatural horrors From the opening word to the very end readers find themselves in a world that’s at once unfathomable and all too believableIf you like compelling characters fast plots rich settings and fascinating intersections that bring everything together in unexpected and satisfying ways this is a story you won’t want to miss

  6. Roberta Cheadle Roberta Cheadle says:

    All over the USA young kids are begging for their parents to by them Playground Network dolls They are available for different age groups and for boys and girls The huge attraction with these dolls is that they connect to a network which allows each doll to recognize other dolls and know their names Through the dolls the children can make friends and talk to each other on the network It sounds great a way for lonely children to make new friends and for kids to help each other out with things like their homework The creator of the network however does not have such innocent plans for it He intends to use it to control the children and make them abide by his commands He must be stoppedClovis is a small time criminal who does occasional jobs for a hood called Tommy Clovis is semi retired but he agrees to take on a last job for Tommy and track down a programmer who has gone missing with the specific software he was developing for Tommy Dr Gina Greybill is a ualified doctor who is in remission from cancer She has given up working in a hospital and taken on work as a caregiver for elderly people who are no longer able to look after themselves adeuately After the death of her latest patient Gina obtains a new job as the healthcare specialist for an elderly man who lives in a rather creepy mansion with only his part time housekeeper to company Gina uickly discovers that she has been identified as the one person who can track down an evil demon who is attacking children throughout the countryGina is an interesting character who soon demonstrates her abilities to adapt to difficult and unusual circumstances and to reason on a high level She is a strong female character with great determination and bravery I really enjoyed watching her character develop as this story unfoldedClovis is a bit of an enigma as he isn’t truly evil but he also isn’t a good person He is an individual who does what he must in order to survive He does however have a strong sense of ethics and moralsThe threads in this story are cleverly woven together to create an interesting and clever story tapestry which is guaranteed the reader on the edge of hisher seat I enjoyed the technological innovation in this story and would recommend it to lovers of sci fi fantasy and the supernatural

  7. John W. Howell John W. Howell says:

    The PlaygroundThe Playground is an exceptional example of Experimental Fiction Experimental Fiction sounds like something that reuires some special knowledge of how things are supposed to work After finishing CSBoyack’s The Playground I can personally attest to the fact that Experimental Fiction is for those readers who are in the mood for something entertaining different and mind bending No special knowledge is needed and the story is one that no matter the genre preference of the reader it will be enjoyable It is that goodThe story begins in three parts that look to be entirely separate vignettes There is a story about the passing of powers from one generation to the next Another story is about a little girl and her doll A third story is about a badder than bad badass who has been hired to hunt down a guy who has some code some other guy wants to recover The author cleverly titles each chapter with the name of the most recognizable character so there is never any confusion as to which story the reader is on The three stories have common elements that become very apparent and in the end provide a thrilling and satisfactory endingThere isn’t much that can be said about the stories without dropping a bunch of spoilers but suffice it to say each is gripping and memorable on its own CS Boyack has a writing style that could be described as down to earth and straight forward He tells a great story without adding words just for the sake of impressing himself His style is not unlike that of a reporter giving the reader all the facts and color to accurately describe what is going on in the fictional circumstance The reader feels a part of the story and with each changing situation the reader has enough information to stay with even the slightest nuanceThis book could be considered a page turner and unfortunately the reader runs out of pages all too soon I give this book Five Stars and would recommend it to anyone who wants some thrills chills and good high uality writing

  8. Babus Ahmed Babus Ahmed says:

    This supernatural fantasy thriller essentially describes three different vignettes a six year old girl Chloe who wants the hottest toy out a Playground Doll A doctor who works with terminal patients and a muscle man who is for hire to criminals as an enforcer These three different parties eventually merge into the main plot which is about a ruthless businessman Tommy Fazio who has created the Playground Dolls and their network which works via WiFi for dark dangerous and mysterious means However for Tommy to achieve his ultimate goal he needs to get his hands on some software which will take the Network Dolls to the next level but his programmer has gone missing and has taken the software with him so he hires Clovis to track him down Dr Grace Greybill is happily taking care of terminal patients when she is engaged to look after an old man who seems fit and resides in a grand mansion However nothing is as it seems with her new patient and she finds herself taking on than just the role of his physician I am not a huge fantasy reader and thrillers which incorporate fantasy are rather hit or miss with me but I found this one easy to get on board with mainly due to the fact Chloe and Clovis' stories were easy to get on board with The real leap in faith came when I was reading about Dr Greybill and the grey haired professor who passes on his vocation to her I found this aspect of the story challenging but ultimately despite some vague details easy to meld into the story as a whole This thriller is chilling in part and reads very much like a horror so it kept me entertained overall however it felt like I was reading the preuel to a much involved novel that is yet to come

  9. Harmony Kent Harmony Kent says:

    This is an easy to read and entertaining urban paranormal horrorthriller It moves between character points of view and each POV gets its own chapter so that it is easy to follow the changes Some of the developments felt a little rushed such as Dr Greybill getting dragged into the world of the dead and the monster hunters I felt that this could have done with of a lead in and some filling out I loved the notion of the bad guy taking over the talking doll network to his own evil ends and having a demon instead of a run of the mill computer virus just made this even better A few hiccups did trip me up such as using waived instead of waved the two have vastly different meanings and the same with discretediscreet The biggie was mixing up sat and set To say 'I sat out the tea' means something different to 'I set out the tea' The first implies that you sat it out and didn't partake while the second and correct form suggests that you prepared for the tea and laid it out Also some missing punctuation gives an amusing read at times as with 'The dog shivered and he started the engine' Of course the man started the engine not the dog and to this end the sentence needs a commaAside from these glitches I found this a thoroughly good read and cannot recommend the writer highly enough He knows how to spin a good yarn and hold your attention While the story is a little open ended it isn't a cliff hanger and works as a standalone while remaining open to a possible seuel

  10. Mae Clair Mae Clair says:

    The Playground weaves three different character arcs that eventually collide into one edge of your seat ending The writing is gripping and vivid some of the scenes brutal and raw The concept behind this book—a hot new doll implanted with online social network capabilities— feels like something that could happen tomorrow The creator behind those toys has nefarious plans on how to use them for control and his own gain As a reader we follow the paths of Gina a doctor and cancer survivor who finds herself recruited to stop the Playground Network Clovis a paid thug working for the opposition and Chloe a young girl who gets one of the dolls for Christmas Clovis also hooks up with a dog who feels like a character in his own right early in the book but there’s nothing remotely sappy about their relationship The dog is a good balance for Clovis’ dark side which the author portrays through ruthless action Clovis is not a guy you want to crossAll the main characters are sharply defined and the back and forth story arcs work nicely in propelling the plot I found myself hooked most by Chloe’s tale and that of her parents When all three arcs come together at the end the clash had me rapidly swiping pages on my Kindle to see what would happen nextFast paced and chilling The Playground is a dark tale of speculative fiction with a splash of paranormal that will appeal to readers of multiple genres

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10 thoughts on “The Playground

  1. D.L. Finn D.L. Finn says:

    “The Playground” is a story told through three points of view Clovis Chloe and Gina The one that chilled me the most was through the eyes of the little girl Chloe She gets a popular talking doll that interacts with her and the other dolls through its programming This leads her down a dark path that I could easily see happening at some point in our future Clovis is a hired killer after the programmer of these toys who meets up with a dog who I immediately loved The dog made Clovis likable even with his tough exterior Then there is Dr Gina Greybill who is a caretaker and is thrown into the paranormal This character was hard to warm up to at first but by the end I was all in Evil is the thread that weaves through this story along with greed This is a clever chilling what if with a paranormal twist that made for a page turning read

  2. Carmen Carmen says:

    C S Boyack is a master wordsmith and I truly can't recommend his novel The Playground enough I loved the story line and actionThe writing is tight and with shocking story turns And whether you're a Stephen King zealot or a John Saul fan The Playground will leave you wanting In the words of the writers once the book hooks are in you will never shake them off It's killer big time One of the best dark fantasy books I've read Clings onto you from page one and will have you picking up your jaw off the ground at the end It’s fast paced and beautifully written with gritty regard for details If you're looking for a fantasy novel look no furtherAs about the characters well they almost leap off the page Tommy Fazio the ruthless businessman who turns to the occult to make his dreams of power of owning the country come true; Chloe Chaffin who wants a Fat Panda for her Christmas present to help her get friends and falls easy prey to the Playground Network reading this it brought facebook network to my mind; Clovis a complex villain you don’t want to cross path with Special mention goes to the female doctor Gina who has an important role in the evolution of the storyThis author really knows how to write dark gritty action relentless and moving I highly recommend The Playground a crossover genre story that will appeal to readers of multiple genres

  3. Barbara Underwood Barbara Underwood says:

    After reading some long and complicated books recently it felt good and refreshing to read The Playground and escape reality for a little while The story and ideas in this book are very good and kept me interested to the end The writing style is solid using short and uncomplicated sentences and a fair amount of dialogue making it a light and fast read with plenty of action Readers who prefer insight into characters feelings and motives would be disappointed but this book is not intended for such in depth storytelling Nevertheless I felt some distress and suspense reading about the small child Chloe and how her Playground Network doll Sandra was taking control and making Chloe cut her legs with a razor Considering the dangers and pitfalls of the internet these days the idea of the talking dolls connected to an internet network is not too far fetched and I found this idea uite compellingThe story went in a different direction from what I was expecting but that is not a bad thing; to the contrary I enjoy being taken by surprise and led along a wild ride An unassuming female doctor becomes the hero when she is chosen to fight the dark forces behind the Playground dolls and it was the lack of predictable heroes and clichéd scenes that made this book rate above average for me

  4. Don Massenzio Don Massenzio says:

    Take some Stephen King add some of uentin Tarantino and stir them with a dash of steampunk and Dr Who and you get the playground As I read this book I soon realized that it crosses genres Normally this would be a red flag for a book that doesn't know what it wants to be when it grows up but that is not the case hereCS Boyack effortlessly moves from one genre to another pulling the reader into each distinct story line He then seamlessly pulls them together at the end in a way that makes total sense and brings the story to a wonderful climaxI am continually impressed by the level of writing here and Boyack's ability to tell a story from the point of view of disparate charactersI'm hard at work at reading Will O' the Wisp and I can't wait to post my take on that book as wellThe Playground is a great read You should check it out

  5. Staci Troilo Staci Troilo says:

    Creepy violent other worldly If any of these descriptions appeal to you you’re going to want to read this bookC S Boyack has created an eclectic and rich assembly of characters whose lives intertwine in the most unexpected way Gina and Gupta make a fascinating pair of heroes who walk in two worlds Chloe her family and her new friends paint a frightening and somber picture of modern interpersonal relationships Muscle for hire Clovis operates in a morally gray area and his decision at the end places him suarely in my “one of the best characters ever” columnThis story is about oblivious family bad influence friends technological terrors nefarious gangs and supernatural horrors From the opening word to the very end readers find themselves in a world that’s at once unfathomable and all too believableIf you like compelling characters fast plots rich settings and fascinating intersections that bring everything together in unexpected and satisfying ways this is a story you won’t want to miss

  6. Roberta Cheadle Roberta Cheadle says:

    All over the USA young kids are begging for their parents to by them Playground Network dolls They are available for different age groups and for boys and girls The huge attraction with these dolls is that they connect to a network which allows each doll to recognize other dolls and know their names Through the dolls the children can make friends and talk to each other on the network It sounds great a way for lonely children to make new friends and for kids to help each other out with things like their homework The creator of the network however does not have such innocent plans for it He intends to use it to control the children and make them abide by his commands He must be stoppedClovis is a small time criminal who does occasional jobs for a hood called Tommy Clovis is semi retired but he agrees to take on a last job for Tommy and track down a programmer who has gone missing with the specific software he was developing for Tommy Dr Gina Greybill is a ualified doctor who is in remission from cancer She has given up working in a hospital and taken on work as a caregiver for elderly people who are no longer able to look after themselves adeuately After the death of her latest patient Gina obtains a new job as the healthcare specialist for an elderly man who lives in a rather creepy mansion with only his part time housekeeper to company Gina uickly discovers that she has been identified as the one person who can track down an evil demon who is attacking children throughout the countryGina is an interesting character who soon demonstrates her abilities to adapt to difficult and unusual circumstances and to reason on a high level She is a strong female character with great determination and bravery I really enjoyed watching her character develop as this story unfoldedClovis is a bit of an enigma as he isn’t truly evil but he also isn’t a good person He is an individual who does what he must in order to survive He does however have a strong sense of ethics and moralsThe threads in this story are cleverly woven together to create an interesting and clever story tapestry which is guaranteed the reader on the edge of hisher seat I enjoyed the technological innovation in this story and would recommend it to lovers of sci fi fantasy and the supernatural

  7. John W. Howell John W. Howell says:

    The PlaygroundThe Playground is an exceptional example of Experimental Fiction Experimental Fiction sounds like something that reuires some special knowledge of how things are supposed to work After finishing CSBoyack’s The Playground I can personally attest to the fact that Experimental Fiction is for those readers who are in the mood for something entertaining different and mind bending No special knowledge is needed and the story is one that no matter the genre preference of the reader it will be enjoyable It is that goodThe story begins in three parts that look to be entirely separate vignettes There is a story about the passing of powers from one generation to the next Another story is about a little girl and her doll A third story is about a badder than bad badass who has been hired to hunt down a guy who has some code some other guy wants to recover The author cleverly titles each chapter with the name of the most recognizable character so there is never any confusion as to which story the reader is on The three stories have common elements that become very apparent and in the end provide a thrilling and satisfactory endingThere isn’t much that can be said about the stories without dropping a bunch of spoilers but suffice it to say each is gripping and memorable on its own CS Boyack has a writing style that could be described as down to earth and straight forward He tells a great story without adding words just for the sake of impressing himself His style is not unlike that of a reporter giving the reader all the facts and color to accurately describe what is going on in the fictional circumstance The reader feels a part of the story and with each changing situation the reader has enough information to stay with even the slightest nuanceThis book could be considered a page turner and unfortunately the reader runs out of pages all too soon I give this book Five Stars and would recommend it to anyone who wants some thrills chills and good high uality writing

  8. Babus Ahmed Babus Ahmed says:

    This supernatural fantasy thriller essentially describes three different vignettes a six year old girl Chloe who wants the hottest toy out a Playground Doll A doctor who works with terminal patients and a muscle man who is for hire to criminals as an enforcer These three different parties eventually merge into the main plot which is about a ruthless businessman Tommy Fazio who has created the Playground Dolls and their network which works via WiFi for dark dangerous and mysterious means However for Tommy to achieve his ultimate goal he needs to get his hands on some software which will take the Network Dolls to the next level but his programmer has gone missing and has taken the software with him so he hires Clovis to track him down Dr Grace Greybill is happily taking care of terminal patients when she is engaged to look after an old man who seems fit and resides in a grand mansion However nothing is as it seems with her new patient and she finds herself taking on than just the role of his physician I am not a huge fantasy reader and thrillers which incorporate fantasy are rather hit or miss with me but I found this one easy to get on board with mainly due to the fact Chloe and Clovis' stories were easy to get on board with The real leap in faith came when I was reading about Dr Greybill and the grey haired professor who passes on his vocation to her I found this aspect of the story challenging but ultimately despite some vague details easy to meld into the story as a whole This thriller is chilling in part and reads very much like a horror so it kept me entertained overall however it felt like I was reading the preuel to a much involved novel that is yet to come

  9. Harmony Kent Harmony Kent says:

    This is an easy to read and entertaining urban paranormal horrorthriller It moves between character points of view and each POV gets its own chapter so that it is easy to follow the changes Some of the developments felt a little rushed such as Dr Greybill getting dragged into the world of the dead and the monster hunters I felt that this could have done with of a lead in and some filling out I loved the notion of the bad guy taking over the talking doll network to his own evil ends and having a demon instead of a run of the mill computer virus just made this even better A few hiccups did trip me up such as using waived instead of waved the two have vastly different meanings and the same with discretediscreet The biggie was mixing up sat and set To say 'I sat out the tea' means something different to 'I set out the tea' The first implies that you sat it out and didn't partake while the second and correct form suggests that you prepared for the tea and laid it out Also some missing punctuation gives an amusing read at times as with 'The dog shivered and he started the engine' Of course the man started the engine not the dog and to this end the sentence needs a commaAside from these glitches I found this a thoroughly good read and cannot recommend the writer highly enough He knows how to spin a good yarn and hold your attention While the story is a little open ended it isn't a cliff hanger and works as a standalone while remaining open to a possible seuel

  10. Mae Clair Mae Clair says:

    The Playground weaves three different character arcs that eventually collide into one edge of your seat ending The writing is gripping and vivid some of the scenes brutal and raw The concept behind this book—a hot new doll implanted with online social network capabilities— feels like something that could happen tomorrow The creator behind those toys has nefarious plans on how to use them for control and his own gain As a reader we follow the paths of Gina a doctor and cancer survivor who finds herself recruited to stop the Playground Network Clovis a paid thug working for the opposition and Chloe a young girl who gets one of the dolls for Christmas Clovis also hooks up with a dog who feels like a character in his own right early in the book but there’s nothing remotely sappy about their relationship The dog is a good balance for Clovis’ dark side which the author portrays through ruthless action Clovis is not a guy you want to crossAll the main characters are sharply defined and the back and forth story arcs work nicely in propelling the plot I found myself hooked most by Chloe’s tale and that of her parents When all three arcs come together at the end the clash had me rapidly swiping pages on my Kindle to see what would happen nextFast paced and chilling The Playground is a dark tale of speculative fiction with a splash of paranormal that will appeal to readers of multiple genres

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