About the Author

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PSN GAMER ID - UberL33tGuru
3DS Friend ID # - 3668-8666-6657
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Tom is an IT whiz by day (just think of one of those guys from Office Space), and a comic book artist, video game buff, and middle-grade writer by night. After a few stints as colorist in the comic book industry, he completed his first major middle grade novel, COPERNICUS NERDICUS, which combines his love for video games and robotic warfare. 

When he isn't locked away in his man-cave watching The GOONIES for the 347th time, or catching up on some geek-news on Kotaku, he's probably busy cooking up some chaotic food dishes for his wife and his 100 lb doberman named Braveheart's Dantes Inferno. Yes...that's his dog's real name.

For those of you don't know, but besides gaming and doodling and working as an IT professional, I am also an author. I recently completed my manuscript for my first middle grade book entitled "COPERNICUS NERDICUS" which is my tribute to my experiences as a gamer. What better way to tap into my gaming roots, than by writing a book about gamers. Here's hoping all my fellow gamers enjoy it as much as I did writing it.

Any news regarding the book, I'll be sure to post here. In the meantime, here is a little preview on what it's all about --

Thirteen-year-old gamer, Copernicus ‘Nic’ Wilhelm, has one chance to win fifty thousand dollars and prevent his dad from losing his laboratory to the devious inventor, Geoffrey Zorn--The Digital Zone video game tournament. But when Geoffrey Zorn unveils a new virtual gaming console called EVO to be used in the finals, Nic only has a week to master a futuristic robotic fighting game.

Easy enough for Nic, that is, until the game fights back. 

When EVO transforms into a short-circuiting attack robot, the term video game realism takes on a completely new meaning. With the help of his friends, Nic re-programs the rampaging robot, but that wasn’t the only problem. EVO was also installed with a brainwashing microchip by the vile criminal organization, C.O.R.E (Coalition of Rogue Evildoers) in order to kidnap tournament contestants, including Nic's best friend, and transform them into pilots for an army of kid-controlled robots straight out of the game.

With the police now controlled by C.O.R.E too, Nic and his friends must pummel their way through C.O.R.E troops using everything from stink bombs to slime cannons in order to rescue the contestants and discover proof of Zorn’s involvement in the mind control plot. Meanwhile, a fleet of robotic drones is preparing to invade Nic’s hometown of Twin Valley, and ultimately the world. Nic is in a race against time to put a stop to C.O.R.E and ensure the tournament goes on, before his gamer guile and new robot’s battery, runs out.


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