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Joe is Online [Kindle Edition]

Chris Wimpress
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Once Joe is online the world begins to change, and not for the better.

The story weaves between Joe's gradual transition from a disturbed and lonely teenager to the orchestrator of an online cult, and the efforts of Penny Hunt, a cyberterrorism expert, to track him down and stop him.

Spanning continents and decades, in 'Joe is Online' you'll meet a nefarious internet psychic, a evangelical tele-atheist and glimpse a world which seems just around the corner.

Praise for 'Joe is Online' -

"As Joe's crimes escalate, his and Penelope's paths cross in cyberspace. When the timeline of "Joe is Online" progresses into the future, we enter the realm of speculative fiction, as Wimpress builds on the themes of cyberspace, cults, and terrorism, theorizing what the future might hold were someone to combine the worst of each of these areas." (Big Al's Books and Pals)

"The threads gradually join up, linking various characters over a long period of time, drawing them into the exact moment where Joe Brady's world must either explode, or be shut down." (Reader's Favourite)

"This novel does a thing of beauty; my read of it at least left me ruffled, but strangely happy. Through all the pain, the doubt, the anticipation, the fear and dread here and there, the sadness and the relief, I was constantly reminded of the most precious of rules: each coin has two sides, and there are no absolutes." (Butterfly-ometer Books)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 393 KB
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004R9QSMO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #547,298 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

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.

Chris helped launch the UK edition of The Huffington Post in 2011, working there as the site's UK political editor until the end of 2012.

He currently lives in east London. Joe is Online is his first novel (2011), Weeks in Naviras his second (2013).

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 24 Mar. 2011
By Yumbo
Format:Kindle Edition
I liked this novel a lot. Chris Wimpress sure knows how to write. The plot unfolds nicely as we are introduced to intriguing characters. The tension builds, the pace increases and the end is gripping. This book has real style. The narrative unfolds through the use of online tools -- email, chat rooms, saved documents. The reader gets a sense of eavesdropping on the activities of several people. The fun part is guessing how their worlds will collide. My only negative criticism is the title of the book, which is too bland for the adventure contained within its pages. I read this on my I-phone, which wasn't so difficult, and turned out to be highly appropriate. This novel is a product of the internet age; reading it in traditional print format would have taken something away.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Joe is Online 9 July 2011
By BigAl
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm a sucker for a story that takes place largely in cyberspace like "Joe is Online." Most of us have seen examples of how online behavior differs from the "real world." The internet has revolutionized the way people socialize and interact, making it possible to have "friends" you've never met on the other side of the world - friends you interact with more than your next door neighbor. This social change has given rise to two issues that seem to contradict each other. We don't always truly know who we're dealing with online ("on the internet, nobody knows you're a dog") yet the internet also makes invading your privacy easy. The intersection of cyberspace and real life provides a lot of opportunity for authors and their stories.

"Joe is Online" is a story told entirely through a series of emails, chat transcripts, blog posts, web pages, and diary entries stored as word processing documents. This is different, but could easily have turned into a very dry read. Wimpress saves the book from this by cheating a little on what I see as the concept (having everything be an artifact of online interaction). In the "diary entries," which aren't online artifacts, the various characters relate what happened to them in much greater detail than a diarist would typically use. These diary entries even include extensive dialog, which is limited in the other kinds of entries.

The story begins in the mid-1990s and doesn't end until 2020. The technology depicted doesn't advance much beyond what is currently available, definitely not at the speed it has over the last several years. This didn't feel unnatural, but it could for some readers.

The presentation is also a gimmick. It helps the story along, but the story still has to be good enough to stand on its own. I believe it does.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-written, poor ending 9 Aug. 2013
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I enjoyed this very much until the last few pages. It is as if the author suddenly realised he'd written his 100,000 words (or whatever) and it was time to finish and go down to supper. The ending is rushed and unbelievable, and the final chapter is painful gobbledygook. It's a shame, because the book is terrifically well-written and insightful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read 19 Sept. 2013
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I love the way we 'meet; Joe as a child. I quickly become engrossed and curious. A really enjoyable read my only complaint being...bit of an unsatisfactory ending for me. Don't let that put you off though. Its unusual and has the illicit feel of reading someone else's email.I want more from this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping 6 Jan. 2014
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This book is very humorous despite sometimes appearing melancholy, the main character is dark, but the way he does things makes you grin,not so much an anti hero, but a sociopath/psychopath, however in it's telling, the author at times makes you root for the character, entertaining.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ...and the rest of us are not! 13 Nov. 2013
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Clever, story of Armageddon in the cyber world we now take for granted.

Interesting ideas and characters only just beyond the believable, but close enough for it still to be worth reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Online is just fine 8 Oct. 2013
By Essbee
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Brilliantly original format that marries perfectly with the on trend plot. A well thought out and developed story that is only slightly let down by an anti climatic ending.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting ideas 14 May 2013
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A fable about how dependent we all are on the Internet, told through a series of emails, messages and extracts from online diaries. This is clever, but sometimes the narrative is a bit detached as it lacks the immediacy of people interacting and reacting to each other. Kept me reading though. The final two pages were a complete mystery - what was going on?
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