Mindwar by Andrew Klavan
Mindwar #1 in the Mindwar Trilogy by Andrew Klavan
Rick Dial is a former quarterback for Putnam Hills High School who is now crippled and depressed after a car accident. He ignores his girlfriend who emails him several times a day. What he does best now is online video gaming. US Government Agents have come across a cyber threat from a Russian genius, who has created a digital reality called the Realm where he can enter, control and disrupt American Computer systems from transportation to defense. When Rick achieves the highest scores on a large number of online games, he is approached by an American agent who wants Rick to enter the Realm and stop the Russian before he does any damage to America.
In the Realm, Rick’s body is as strong and fast as it was before. Is the agent keeping him in the dark? Can anyone in the Realm be trusted? How many people like him have failed before him? Will he save America?