A story told entirely through emails, blogs, chatroom logs, websites and diary entries. A world where anyone could be a terrorist.
Joseph Brady is not a normal 11 year-old. The brightest kid in his school, but also the worst-behaved. His teachers despair and can't control him. In the end they decide to put him into isolation in the artroom at lunchtimes. It doesn't take Joe long to work out how to use the artroom computer.
In 1997 Joe finds a way of getting the artroom computer online. Twenty years later, he'll be conducting highly co-ordinated terrorist attacks, beginning in the online world, but very quickly spreading into the offline world.
Nobody can trace their source until a quiet, shy professor in terrorism called Penelope Hunt discovers a link to Joe. She finds herself sucked into a conspiracy which transcends race and religion. With only a radical tele-atheist to help her, Penny decides to shut down Joe's activities, placing her own life in grave danger in the process.
'Joe is Online' spans continents and decades. Its setting is the boundary where the online and offline worlds meet.
CAUTION: 'Joe is Online' contains very strong language and adult themes which some people might find disturbing.
Chris Wimpress was born in Northampton in 1977. He read English at Edinburgh University and on graduating worked as a journalist for BBC news, including stints on the Today programme and at the BBC’s political department at Westminster. He currently lives in east London. Joe is Online is his first novel.
Q: What will readers like about your book?
It's very episodic and broken into small readable chunks. It makes it quick to get through and gives it a good pace (I think!)
Q: Why did you self publish?
The consensus was there was no market for it in the traditional book format.
Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
Margaret Atwood is a big influence in terms of writing near-future speculative fiction. I also love William Boyd's ability to generate suspense and depth.
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