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I just got confirmation that Nomad X is going to be published on Atropos Press. The electronic version is out already on Amazon and the iBookstore, but with the print version I'm going to prepare some extras to differentiate it. I might include a long essay on disruption in the introduction to the book. When I wrote it, sending a "message" was far from my mind, but at time two concepts interested me: narratives and how they form, and disruption via art and provocation.

Thanks to everybody who has been downloading it and reading it so far.
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The Power of Nightmares by British documentary filmmaker Adam Curtis was the most powerful influence on Nomad X, besides the character of Fu Manchu created by Sax Rohmer. The Power of Nightmares examines the revealing similarities between muslim nationalist/fundamentalism, the American neocons and their intellectual forbears Sayyid Qutb and Leo Strauss. It's a finely crafted 3-part documentary that I'd recommend to anyone interested in peaking under the veil of Maya that shrouds our current perception of world events, especially when filtered through mainstream media. In my humble opinion it's a masterpiece.

Part 1: The Power of Nightmares Part 1-Baby it's Cold Outside
Part 2: The Power of Nightmares Part 2 - The Phantom Victory
Part 3: The Power of Nightmares Part 3 - The Shadows in the Cave
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A few months back Prick of the Spindle featured some of the street art of Nomad X. A lot of this is in the book, woven into the narrative.

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Remember this bit of theater? Stuff like this inspired me to write Nomad X.
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2003. Paris, Berlin, Barcelona & London. Neocon hysteria is pushing us to the brink of war. Unrest spreads across Europe. A mysterious guerrilla artist is subverting the masses.
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2003. Paris, Berlin, Barcelona & London. Neocon hysteria is pushing us to the brink of war. Unrest spreads across Europe. A mysterious guerrilla artist is subverting the masses.

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Nomad X is a satirical political thriller with suspense and dark comedy elements. It centers around an American expat’s investigation into a postmodern terrorist, with scenes taking place in Paris, Berlin, Barcelona and London.

The year is 2003 and world opinion is at a boiling point over the imminent invasion of Iraq. An American diplomat has just died in Paris under suspicious circumstances, and conspiracy theorists, skeptics and pro-war neocons alike have their own narrative spin on it. Step in Deuce Delgado, former liberal “who has seen the light”. An American expat living in Paris, best-selling novelist and columnist, he is also a controversial blogger whose posts enrage liberals and excite pro-war neocons.

An old acquaintance who used to be an informant for the CIA stops by his apartment one night with news that he is now working for The Lindon Group, a perception management company under contract to the CIA. Their job is to change the public’s perception on the US government’s policies. Together he and Deuce find the perfect bogeyman for the American diplomat’s death as well as the anti-American sentiment spreading across Europe: Nomad X, a mysterious and anonymous artist whose politically-charged graffiti, culture-jamming pranks and art interventions have popped up all over Paris.

Deuce and his associate link multiculturalism and moral relativism to what they perceive as the decline of western civilization. In true neocon fashion they feel that the western world needs a concrete evil to fight against. Nomad X, though elusive and anonymous, becomes the ideal target; that is, until their hype begins to take on a life of its own and Nomad X becomes a cause célèbre, a sort of postmodern Bin Laden.

Nomad X is told through a mix of narrative, blog posts, newspaper articles, documents posted to WikiLeaks, talk show interviews and press releases. It is a collage of linear and non-linear styles, taking full advantage of the multi-narrative universe we are now confronted with in the 21st century. Visceral and constantly moving, Nomad X is a story with elements of ultra dark humor, detective fiction, postmodern fiction and thrillers.

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Part I is excerpted on Smokebox, and Nomad X's art has been featured on Prick of the Spindle.

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