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The Gomorrah Gambit (2019) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Tom Chatfield is a British author, tech philosopher, and broadcaster who has become one of the most popular authors exploring contemporary culture. He is a visiting associate at the Oxford Internet Institute and in fact, wrote “Critical Thinking” and “Live This Book” his latest contemporary culture novels while working at the institute. His novels have been published in more than 24 languages across the globe. The author decided to get into techno-thrillers in 2017 and penned his first international conspiracy thriller “This is Gomorrah” that was published in 2019. Chatfield who loves to call himself a geeky father of a couple of small children and a keen jazz pianist has said that he is most interested in helping people understand digital technology. He particularly wants to improve understanding of how digital technology is used in engagement, policy and education. He is currently a visiting faculty member of the Said Business School, London School of Life faculty member, media and technology advisor at Agathos LLP and senior expert at the Global Governance Institute. He has worked with a range of organizations including the BBC, Future Lab, SAGE Publications, Channel 4 Education and Google among many others. He has also given a popular talk on TED and has made media appearances on the likes of Fox News, ABC, CNN, and BBC television. He has written columns for Wired, the Financial Times, Sunday Times, New Scientist, and The Guardian among other print media.

Tom Chatfield first realized he wanted to become an author when he was six or seven years old. It was at this very tender age that he started writing poetry followed soon after by short stories. Chatfield was lucky to be brought up in a house full of books and his parents encouraged him to read as much as he could. He also had a custom made teacher who could have come out of a fairy tale story himself. He played the piano, wrote children’s books, taught classics and encouraged him to write. He was responsible for pointing him towards Mort, the first of many Terry Pratchett novels that he would read over the years. As a teenager, he got into fantasy and science fiction novels and read the likes of Margaret Atwood, Douglas Adams, Isaac Asimov, Ursula le Guin and JRR Tolkien among many others. He then attended Oxford, where he studied and taught literature and a little bit of philosophy. However, even as he taught literary fiction at Oxford, he had always loved genre fiction. It was something that seemed to allow one to play against and within its expectations for pleasure and plot. As an adult, he loves the dark wit of Christopher Brookmyre and Mike Herron and pure practitioners such as Lee Child. He also loves the melding of approaches and genres by the likes of Charles Stross, Naomi Alderman, China Mieville, Julian Gough, Ben Aaronovitch, and Nnedi Okorafor among many other authors in science fiction, horror, and fantasy. He says that these authors write novels full of intelligence, beauty, ideas and possibility. For his own novels, Chatfield promises on the edge of your seat thrillers that drive one with an urgency to find out just what happens next.

Tom Chatfield has described his debut international thriller novel as Jason Bourne meets Edward Snowden. The novel is about a hacker named Azi Bello that has spent years hiding out in the suburb of East Croydon, where he had made a shed his home. He suddenly finds himself in danger when he is dragged into a world of technological manipulation, political extremism and terrorism. He is dragged into the mire when he is told of Gomorrah, a darknet marketplace. Chatfield writes the novel with a side of romantic incompetence and sardonic wit as he likes to call it. He was inspired to write the novel since he lives in a world full of experts, researchers and thinkers in the tech space and had always been awed by the bizarre stories that came out of that world. A lot of the stories he has had to witness or listen to sounded stranger than fiction and he thought they would make good fodder for a novel. He had spent years in technology where he had written about its evolution and significance. As such, he wanted something that bridged the gap between what he loved and what he found fascinating and loved. Tom Chatfield is a huge sucker for genre fiction particularly any complex storytelling that is increasingly common in television and video games. The “Gomorrah Gambit” is thus an effort at trying to become one of the innovative and creators in the space.

In “The Gomorrah Gambit,” dark technology has hollowed out international privacy forcing an elite hacker into action against the biggest threat to his world. The hacker is Azi Bello, an agreeable outsider who can hack practically everything. He had lived much of his life in a shed in his home but has used that time to become one of the best when it comes to the darknet. But the dividing line between the offline and online worlds is disappearing and so too is the divide between those trying to destroy civilization and those trying to transform it. Dark networks rule this world and if someone knows their way around it they can get access to practically anything. Connections with the people that run darknet could also result in a lot of power though such power does come with what may be a terrible bargain. Azi gets a tip from Munira a secretive young woman and sets out to try to dismantle Gomorrah the mysterious marketplace. He had kept his privacy for years but now that his world was at risk he had to let it all go. Meanwhile, Munira’s life is falling apart and her only hope against a terrorist state hunting them down is Azi. Working together, they redouble their efforts and soon uncover a terrible conspiracy. The pressure is mounting and Azi has no choice but to become the ultimate infiltrator. It is a time in which people can switch identities at will but will it be enough to end their nightmare.

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