© 2019 James Bernard Frost

World Leader Pretend

St. Martin's Press

"A cyber-gaming novel that even a Luddite can love, World Leader Pretend deftly navigates the reader in and out of the riveting virtual world of a 60,000-player fantasy computer game, while simultaneously following a disparate group of players through their brick-and-mortar lives offline.

"A powerfully moving story of what it means to be human."

-Mark Dunn, bestselling author of Ella Minnow Pea

"World Leader Pretend is as addictive as the MMORPG (massive multi-player online role-playing game)that enthralls the novel's characters. But this debut novel from James Bernard Frost, a former journalist for Wired, isn't about gaming, it's about the discomforting lives these gamers are trying to escape."

-Willamette Week