Set in the technological underbelly of the 21st century, and taking the reader between London, Berlin, Athens and Los Angeles, as well as into terrorist-controlled Syrian cities, THIS IS GOMORRAH explores what it means to win, and to lose, at the global game of ideology and power.
Control the Internet, Control the World
Darknets are everywhere - and those who know where to look can find anything. Drugs, guns, porn, ideologies, lives and deaths are all up for sale . . . and everything must go.
Elite hacker, loner, charmer, idealist and connoisseur of other people's mistakes, Azi Bello exists in a world where the dark side of technology is abolishing the old order - and he has a front row seat.
When the secretive but intriguing Munira reaches out to Azi for help, her story sparks his interest. Munira's cousin has been recruited to work for a terrorist state and in her attempts to find out more, she has attracted the attention of some very dangerous people.
As they work together, Azi and Munira are drawn into an unimaginable conspiracy, at the heart of which is Gomorrah: an exclusive online marketplace where anything can be acquired and the world's worst individuals lurk. As he throws himself into uncovering Gomorrah's dangerous secrets, it isn't long before Azi's carefully constructed world begins to fall apart - and he is forced to become much more than just a spectator.
But when identities can be changed with just a few clicks . . . can you ever really trust anyone?
A techno-thriller with wit and style. It reminded me of Chris Brookmyre, and praise doesn't come higher than that.
Tom Chatfield is a freelance author, consultant, game writer and theorist. His first book FUN INC. was published worldwide in 2010. Tom has done design, writing and consultancy work for games and media companies, including Google, Mind Candy, VCCP, Preloaded, Grex, Red Glasses and Intervox. He has spoken widely on technology, media and gaming at forums including TED Global, the Cannes Lions Festival, the House of Commons, RSA, ICA and the World IT Congress. A former senior editor at Prospect magazine, he has a doctorate from St. John's College, Oxford, and writes widely in the national press, including for the Observer, Independent, Sunday Times, Wired, New Statesman, Evening Standard and Times Literary Supplement, and the site Boing Boing.