William Race is a linguist at New York University.
When Race's parent divorced, Race took his mother's side while his brother Marty aligned with their father. He never spoke to his father again and didn't go to his funeral, and became estranged from his older brother.
He was once a football player, which allowed him a partial scholarship. During his college years, he fell in love with Lauren O'Conner, but for a year she left to study elsewhere, though the two kept close contact. Race planned to propose to her when she returned, however she announced she had found someone else and was already married, stumping Race and deeply hurting him.
Eventually his qualifications allowed him a position at the New York University as a linguist.
Joining Nash's TeamEdit
One day, he is approached by a retired Col. Frank Nash, a physicist from DARPA, to translate a manuscript written in ancient Latin. Initially Race is reluctant because Nash only describes what is required from him on the most vaguest terms and does not appear to be interested in the alternatives Race gives him. Race is relectant to join even when he hears that Marty was the one who suggested his name. What clinches it, is that when Nash mentions the names of the civilians who are going to be on the trip, one of them was Race's college sweetheart, Lauren, who left him many years ago. In a sudden impulse to see what she has done with herself, Race agrees to join the team.
Searching for Vilcafor / Rapa AttackEdit
Battle Against the StormtroopersEdit
Finding the True IdolEdit
An Unexpected HeroEdit
A man who thinks himself nothing like a hero due to his bookish profession as a linguist, William Race has the potential to prove himself and several others wrong.
- Like most of the other leading characters of Reilly's novels, Race has a defining feature; in his case, the triangular birth mark under his eye.