Patrick Quinlan is the author of eight novels. These include the crime novels Smoked, The Takedown, (renamed The Falling Man for e-book publication), The Drop Off and The Hit, and the horror novels The Girl Inside the Wall and the Demon. Smoked made numerous bestseller lists in various parts of the world, and appeared in four languages.
Patrick is the co-author, with legendary film actor Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner, Nighthawks, The Hitcher), of Rutger’s memoir, All Those Moments. Available in English and Dutch, All Those Moments was a Los Angeles Times bestseller.Patrick has been featured or reviewed in major media throughout the world, including The Boston Globe, The New York Times, The Times of London, Entertainment Weekly, Maine Public Radio, BBC Radio News, and many others. He divides his time between Maine and Florida.
A Free Man is a satirical tall tale presented as the drug and alcohol fuelled conversation of two old friends getting reacquainted over one night. It's also a boy-meets-girl story of the worst kind and a time travel story about a future where the world is ruled by robots and humans are vermin. When timelines cross, the world as we know it bends . . .
Skid Roe is completely self-absorbed and delusional. His struggle to exercise free will is constantly hampered by the physical manifestation of his inner demons and by the norms and rules of contemporary life. He's both aided and hindered by Lem, a robot from the future whose good intentions leave Skid on the run from a shadowy state security agency.
A surreal, beautiful, and powerful literary mash-up, Basilières' long-awaited sophomore effort is inventive and darkly funny.
Its a case of murder and mystery at MIT.
Intelligent thinking machines and cyberspace are investigated on the college campus at one of Americas most prestigious and illustrious institutes of higher learning. Cutting edge robotics labs attempt to blend artificial intelligence and micro-organisms with mans propensity for greed and lust. This third Jack Kelly mystery leads to the basic question of existence and survival.
MIT graduate students are brutally murdered andex-Boston Police Homicide detective Jack Kelly is hired by the father of one.
Themurdered students are part of a group that works at MITs Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. The lab has recently developed a prototype for an all-purpose domestic robot that is expected to revolutionize modern society. Science fiction has become a reality. The Prototype Project has developed a moving intelligent machine that is wirelessly connected to the internet at all times. The robots think, adapt, research, network, andthey learn.Governments and their agencies, as well as the worlds major corporations are interested in manufacturing, developing, and servicing the domestic robots. The human-like robots will soon become essential to every modern home and business on the planet. These all-purpose domestic assistants are going to be very big business. And there are moral and philosophical questions to be answered.
One AI Lab grad student, Tom Peters, has left the pack and with money supplied by Las Vegas card counters and methamphetamine sales has started an escort service which is a thinly veiled prostitution ring. With his cold cash and connections to a very rich and influential group he realizes the huge sums of money and power that can be derived from the control of The Prototype Project.
Rutger Hauer has dazzled audiences for years with his creepy, inspiring, and villainous portrayals of everyone from a cold-blooded terrorist in Nighthawks to a blind martial arts master in Blind Fury, but his movie career was nothing compared to his real-life adventures of riding horses, sword fighting, and leaving home at fifteen to scrub decks on a freighter and explore the world.
From poverty to working with a traveling theater troupe to his breakout European performance in Turkish Delight and working with legendary directors such as Paul Verhoeven (RoboCop and Basic Instinct) and Ridley Scott (Alien and Gladiator), Hauer has collected All Those Moments here.
One beautiful autumn day, while he undergoes a routine medical procedure, something goes irrevocably wrong. Dodge is pronounced brain dead and put on life support, leaving his stunned family and close friends with difficult decisions. Long ago, when a much younger Dodge drew up his will, he directed that his body be given to a cryonics company now owned by enigmatic tech entrepreneur Elmo Shepherd. Legally bound to follow the directive despite their misgivings, Dodge’s family has his brain scanned and its data structures uploaded and stored in the cloud, until it can eventually be revived.
In the coming years, technology allows Dodge’s brain to be turned back on. It is an achievement that is nothing less than the disruption of death itself. An eternal afterlife—the Bitworld—is created, in which humans continue to exist as digital souls.
But this brave new immortal world is not the Utopia it might first seem . . .
Fall, or Dodge in Hell is pure, unadulterated fun: a grand drama of analog and digital, man and machine, angels and demons, gods and followers, the finite and the eternal. In this exhilarating epic, Neal Stephenson raises profound existential questions and touches on the revolutionary breakthroughs that are transforming our future. Combining the technological, philosophical, and spiritual in one grand myth, he delivers a mind-blowing speculative literary saga for the modern age.
In the fall of 1994, 21-year-old Elena Nikitina disappeared. Drugged and kidnapped by a group of Chechen gangsters, she was driven through the night to Chechnya. Kept prisoner in a tiny room, she waited while the gang tried to ransom her back to her mother.
But a few weeks after the abduction, war broke out between Russia and Chechnya. Life became very cheap, very quickly, and tiny Chechnya became an apocalyptic killing zone. All contact was cut off. There was no electricity. There was no telephone service. There could be no negotiations for Elena’s release.
Elena was one lost soul, powerless, and at the mercy of hardened criminals who now fancied themselves patriotic freedom fighters. And she was their enemy – the face of the Russian invader.
Through eight horrifying months of captivity, trapped in a land where countless people were dying every day, Elena fought desperately to stay alive, stay sane, and not lose the one thing that kept her going - hope.
GIRL, TAKEN is her powerful memoir of that time. It is the harrowing yet stirring tale of a young woman whose courage, determination, and inner strength ultimately delivered her back to her life and her loved ones.