ISBN #: 978-0989940078
Page Count: 242
Copyright: October 29, 2014
Publisher: Griffith Publishing LLC
(Taken from back cover)
It's been ten years since the Battle of the Black House. The Tournament has grown beyond anyone's wildest dreams – with dozens of teams, hundreds of players, and millions of fans worldwide.
Every year more teams are added to this global gunfight, and every year the original eight teams get older and a step slower.
Ellie Willmore and Team Blue wonder if each passing Tournament might be their last. What they don't know is that this time, someone plans to make sure of it. A mysterious figure who calls himself the Gardner has his sights set on rigging the Tournament and hand-picking the winners, and he wants Team Blue out.
In a competition without rules, Ellie realizes just how far some will go to win. And in what might be their final Tournament appearance, Team Blue find themselves in a fight for their lives.
In the forth installment of The Tournament series, mysterious yellow roses are showing up around the globe, and death follows. The original players of the Tournament, a state-sponsored global fighting game, are aging and suffering the effects of diode hits, and it seems, someone wants to see them out of the game, for good. If the mysterious "Gardner" is to be stopped and the Tournament restored to its beginnings, the original teams that once battled against each other must pull together and stop him before he kills again.
Having read and reviewed all four of the books thus far, this has to be my favorite. Most likely, because of the change of direction the storyline took, but also because of the action, and the deeper insight into the characters. Mr. Griffith took all the loose ends of the previous installments and wove them together in Summer Crush. I was simply unable to put it down.
Having covered all four "seasons" in his titles, I was disappointed that this series may be winding down. Only until the last page. Mr. Griffith is obviously keeping his options open, and for very good reason. The only way I would like to see an end to this would be if it was written for the big screen. I am fairly certain it would rival The Hunger Games in action and suspense.
This is easily one of my favorite series. 5 out of 5 stars!
*A physical copy of this novel was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.