The dramatic, larger-than-life true story behind the founding of Oculus and its quest for virtual reality, by the bestselling author of Console Wars. From iconic books like Neuromancer to blockbuster films like The Matrix, virtual reality has long been hailed as the ultimate technology. But outside of a few research labs and military training facilities, this tantalizing vision of the future was nothing but science fiction. Until 2012, when Oculus founder Palmer Luckey—then just a rebellious teenage dreamer living alone in a camper trailer—invents a device that has the potential to change everything. With the help of a videogame legend, a serial entrepreneur and many other colorful characters, Luckey's scrappy startup kickstarts a revolution and sets out to bring VR to the masses. As with most underdog stories, things don't quite go according to plan. But what happens next turns out to be the ultimate entrepreneurial journey: a tale of...
'James Newman writes with a flamethrower. He's terrifically gifted and enormously energetic' Edgar nominated Timothy Hallinan. 'A world of conmen,cheaters, schemers, wanderers, and the lost' Shamus winning author Christopher G. Moore. 'A Fascinating hybrid of classic detective work and gritty ultra-detail' Ish Galvan author of Blubber Island. 'Hard-boiled pulp fiction pumped up to the max' Paul Brazill. Imagine a world without cash. A world with surveillance on every street.A City where nobody trusts one another. Welcome to Fun City. It is corrupt to the bone and under the ever watchful surveillance system known as the Eye. Money has been abandoned in favor of the credit system. All citizens are required by law to carry hand held devises. Joe Dylan is recovering from the government attitude adjustment program known as the Punch since his credits reached zero. His adopted son Jimmy is missing presumed dead and his basement office is infested with contrarian rats. When Dylan is assigned the task of keeping socialite artist Trixie Sloane on the straight and narrow his pursuit of her leads him down into a sub-culture beneath the city where a vigilante Resistance force plan to strike out against the city before the last drop of human will and dignity is drained away.
"JOE DYLAN'S at it again, this time down the mean streets of both Fun City, Southeast Asia, and the equally rotten lanes of the UK. There's a touch of Dickens in this, joining Newman's more obvious influences: William S. Burroughs, Charles Bukowski and Jim Thompson. It's dark stuff, but exciting to read, and funny at times. A couple of nicely-drawn female characters compliment the hard loving, hard drinking, drug-addled, fight-prone men. A nice mix. Also a nice mix are the shocking surprises mixed within the familiar genre. If you enjoyed the other Joe Dylan books, you'll like this one. If you haven't read the others, you can't go wrong starting with this one." - B. Hauser. THE BLACK ROSE takes JOE DYLAN on his fourth adventure to London on a missing person case that tangles him up in a nest of crime, drugs and an evil club-footed gypsy with a beautiful wayward daughter determined to find her own path to Fun city. Enter a dark noir world that spans the streets of London and leafy Kent to the decadent Far Eastern city of Fun City. P.I Joe Dylan, an established character, flawed with drug and alcohol addictions negotiates the rescue and return of a boy, once thought dead and left to grow up a feral youth with gypsies. Joe must take him back to the decadent world of his natural father who resides in Fun City. Drugs, death, prostitution, torture, kidnap, ransom, love, humor and warped decadent sex all speed along like a runaway train with Newman's death defying writing technique. WORDS ABOUT THE JOE DYLAN SERIES: "NEWMAN JOINS more established writers such as Christopher G. Moore and John Burdett in an exploration of the garish netherworld of private eyes, prostitutes, pimps, gangsters, cops and dirty tricks." - Chiang Mai City News.
Following the success of The Accidental Billionaires and Moneyball comes Console Wars--a mesmerizing, behind-the-scenes business thriller that chronicles how Sega, a small, scrappy gaming company led by an unlikely visionary and a team of rebels, took on the juggernaut Nintendo and revolutionized the video game industry.In 1990, Nintendo had a virtual monopoly on the video game industry. Sega, on the other hand, was just a faltering arcade company with big aspirations and even bigger personalities. But that would all change with the arrival of Tom Kalinske, a man who knew nothing about videogames and everything about fighting uphill battles. His unconventional tactics, combined with the blood, sweat and bold ideas of his renegade employees, transformed Sega and eventually led to a ruthless David-and-Goliath showdown with rival Nintendo.The battle was vicious, relentless, and highly profitable, eventually sparking a global corporate war that would be fought on...
Gantira didn’t plan for her lover to die on the Island of Ko Samui that morning. Nor did she plan for the Finnish backpacker to drown. She didn’t plan to be trapped in a gilded cage by her narcissistic millionaire husband. Or maybe she did? Fraud expert Joe Dylan is back in the land of sin investigating the death of two backpackers on the island of Ko Samui. He’s working the steps and trying to delay gratification. Easier said than done. Burnt out expat James Hale just wants to get out of the city before the mob catch up with him and collect what’s owed. These lives come together in an exotic action-packed thriller revised and rewritten for 2012. “James Newman is the next big thing in Bangkok fiction.” – Thailand Writing and Book Reviews. Step on the express train and enjoy the ride.
Andrew Holland is a bestselling horror writer. Although none of his neighbors read that stuff, they are proud to know a “celebrity”. But everything changes after Andy finds the body of a murdered child several hundred yards from his front door. Before long the writer's life is in danger…as his former friends become monsters more terrifying than any fictional villains he ever imagined.