Book Review: Zapwired by Hal Ross

by Julia DeKorte | 22 Nov 2023

Book Reviews

Now I’ve read a lot of books about toys, games, creators of toys and games, and the like, but I’ve never read anything like Zapwired! Written by Hal Ross, Zapwired is a fast-paced thriller about a game distributor who unwillingly gets involved in the weaponization of the groundbreaking toy he’s about to put on the market, called Zapwired.


Blair Anderson is a divorced father-of-one to his beloved daughter and is a successful game distributor at the head of his own company. He is very excited to bring his new game to market, when he receives a visit from a member of a secret government agency, who tells him he needs to switch the manufacturer of Zapwired to a different company, because the current manufacturer is linked to terrorist organizations. Anderson is skeptical at first, and doesn’t know who to trust, but after his daughter is kidnapped, he is willing to do anything to get her back.


This book was really fun to read, and very unique. Readers can truly get inside of Blair’s head and understand how he feels and what causes him to make the decisions he does, and you can’t help but root for him. The pace of the book was quick, which was great, because I was itching to know what would happen next.


The book just came out in October, and would be the perfect book to gift someone (especially someone in the toy and game industry!). You can purchase it on Amazon or at a local Barnes and Nobles.


Hal Ross is a veteran of the toy industry, having been involved with the production of Atari, Star Wars, Strawberry Shortcake, and Jenga. He’s also dabbled in the music industry, and is now a full-time author. Zapwired is his fourth book of fiction, and he’s currently working on a sequel to Zapwired, which I already can’t wait to read!

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