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Douglas J. Wood receives national recognition through the INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD®!
(NEW YORK, NEW YORK) — The INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD recognized DARK DATA: Control, Alt, Delete by Douglas J. Wood in the category of Political Thriller as a winner.
The competition is judged by experts from different aspects of the book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters. Selected award winners and distinguished favorites are based on overall excellence.
DARK DATA: Control, Alt, Delete by Douglas J. Wood
Political Thriller Winner
Paula Jankovic is a willing tool of Constantine Petrenko, a Russian oligarch with a penchant for world domination and insatiable greed. Using a superstorm of dark data and fake news, Jankovic has become skilled at harnessing the power of the mysterious Selfish Ledger and personal social media accounts to get innocent people to do her bidding, however horrible it may be. Abu al-Badri is a terrorist leader who wants to further his cause. By aligning himself with the same wealthy benefactor, he has all he needs to access top targets around the world to wreak unimaginable violence and destruction.
Together Jankovic and al-Badri unleash a coordinated attack that is designed to leave societies and financial markets in ruins and no one richer or more powerful than the Russian standing at the top.
In 2020, the INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD had entries worldwide. Participating authors and publishers reside in countries such as Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, India, Ireland, Portugal, Sweden, and others. Books submitted included writers located in cities such as Austin to Memphis to Santa Cruz; from Copenhagen to Mumbai; from Albuquerque to Staten Island; from Boise to Honolulu, and others.
“We are thrilled to announce the winners and distinguished favorites in our annual 2020 INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD. This year included a myriad of excellent independently published books. It is clear that independents are prospering in every corner of the earth. We are so proud to be highlighting key titles representing global independent publishing.” said awards sponsor Gabrielle Olczak.
For more information please visit independentpressaward.com; and to see this year’s list of IPA Winners and Distinguished Favorites, please visit the website pages:
2020 DISTINGUISHED FAVORITES:
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“Offerings is a beautifully wrought coming-of-age story of a young man torn between art and commerce, conscience and obligation, Korea and the United States. I loved it.“—Malcolm Gladwell, New York Times bestselling author of Talking to Strangers
“A potent combination of a financial thriller and a coming-of-age immigrant tale, Offerings is a great book. A thoughtful and engrossing read.”—Gary Shteyngart, award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Lake Success
“Michael Kim writes with the authority of an insider on the intricate workings of Wall Street and the high stakes for Korea during the Asia Financial Crisis, but at its core Offerings is a moving love story—about a young man’s love for his home country, his father and his newfound soul mate. Offerings is an elegant poem on the redemptive power of love.”—Sandy Weill, former chairman of Citigroup and bestselling author of The Real Deal
A Novel by Michael ByungJu Kim
Debut Novel Explores Conflicts for a Man Bridging East and West
Korea could be key to saving the world economy. With the rapidly cascading Asian Financial Crisis threatening to go global and Korea in imminent meltdown, investment banker Dae Joon finds himself back in his native Seoul as part of an international team brought in to rescue the country from sovereign default. Born in Korea and educated in the United States, Dae Joon, Shane to his American friends, is establishing himself on Wall Street. For his Korean family, however, Dae Joon – also known as jangnam, or first-born son – has much more to prove. In his debut novel Offerings (Arcade Publishing, April, 2020, 978-1-950691-62-3, $24.99), Korean financier and philanthropist Michael ByungJu Kim explores the depth of cultural and moral conflicts of a person raised with Western sensibilities but bound by Eastern family traditions.
As he and his fellow bankers work feverishly with Korean officials to execute a sovereign bond offering to raise critically needed capital, Dae Joon struggles with the knowledge that his own father is living on borrowed time, in the last stages of a degenerative disease known as the “family curse.” While trying to reconcile his career and moral traditions, Dae Joon meets a young woman from a prominent family who quietly shows him the way to a different future. And when his old friend Wayne, a scion of one of Korea’s largest chaebol, hires him for a mergers and acquisitions project that may save the conglomerate but also salvage a legacy of corruption, Dae Joon finds himself in personal crisis. He’s torn by conflicting loyalties, his identity tested. Whichever path he takes, Dae Joon knows that this choice will determine once and for all what kind of man he is destined to be.
About the Author
Michael ByungJu Kim is a financier, philanthropist, and author. He has more than thirty years of experience on Wall Street, in investment banking and private equity. Offerings is his first novel. He grew up in Seoul, Korea, was educated in the United States, and currently works in Seoul and Hong Kong. He has two sons working and studying in the US. He lives with his wife of twenty-eight years in Seoul.
by Michael ByungJu Kim
Publication Date: April, 2020
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By Chris Babu
“There is power in numbers. There is power in the will of people. And there is power in intelligence. All three are in your favor.”
New America rose from the apocalyptic ashes of deadly superbug Aeru and rampant cyber terrorism. Now, food rations are rapidly shrinking and desperation is growing just as fast among its citizens. The famous Initiation-surviving foursome, Drayden, Charlie, Catrice, and Sidney were barely able to taste the promised fruits of their victory before being ordered by the Bureau to leave New America’s walls. Beginning their expedition in search of deep-cycle windmill batteries and a possible signs of life in Boston, they bravely faced the perils outside to save fledgling civilization from total extinction.
This last assignment brings about events far beyond their goal.
Book three of the Initiation series, THE INSURRECTION (Permuted Press; ISBN: 9781682618837; $21.00; Hardcover; February 2020) challenges everything the pledges once knew about their homeland. After one conversation with Boston’s mayor that leaves the pledges reeling, they are tasked with digesting the harsh truth of New America’s corrupt government. Under compulsory orders, they trek to New America with wounds from their conquered mission; all of their efforts are for uncertain outcome. The home they once knew might not welcome them so warmly. Luckily, with the help of an old friend, they are able to secure the batteries required to survive in New America and even gain insights to the exile of Drayden’s mother. But are the batteries what the Bureau is really after?
“The possibilities were skewed sharply negative. Execution was much more likely than a homecoming party.”
In a final harrowing mission, book three calls the pledges to turn on even their most trusted allies and return authority to the people of New America. And there’s only one way to do so: bring down the Bureau.
“As much as Drayden believed in himself and his fellow citizens, who were they kidding? For unknown reasons, the Guardians had engaged in a rare display of humanity, an unprecedented concern for human lives.”
Brain-powered by his Mathematics degree from M.I.T., Babu presents THE INSURRECTION with the chess-like tactical challenges of war and revolution coupled with his signature fast-paced puzzling adventures. Readers will be immersed in following the strategy behind each mystifying operation while simultaneously empathizing with the team’s unique personal agendas. Most importantly, kids are reminded that they too can accomplish anything they set their minds to – just like Drayden and his friends.
About the Author
Chris Babu is a self-proclaimed science and math nerd who grew up playing soccer and the violin in North Haven, CT. He was a bond trader on Wall Street for nineteen years, and his first novel, The Initiation, was published February 2018 and its sequel, The Expedition, made its debut December 2019. He lives on the east end of Long Island with his wife, daughter, and 130-pound Great Dane, Buddy.
THE INITIATION | Chris Babu | Permuted Press | 2020
ISBN: 9781682618837 | Hard Cover | Price: $21.00 | Hardcover pp
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LEONARDO’S SCIENCE WORKSHOP
Invent, Create, and Make STEAM Projects Like a Genius
Leonardo da Vinci was a jack of all trades. He loved to learn, and, as a result, left behind a legacy of contributions to both the arts and sciences. Inspired by his versatility, LEONARDO’S SCIENCE WORKSHOP (Quarto Publishing, January 2019, Original Trade Paperback, 978-1-63159-524-0, $29.99) by Heidi Olinger offers a fun-filled assortment of exciting science experiments that stimulate the minds of students, parents and teachers alike.
This book proudly champions all things STEAM—science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics—while simultaneously incorporating elements of design.
As the founder of Pretty Brainy, a nonprofit organization focused on STEAM service learning, Olinger boldly proves that there is no boundary between practicality and creativity.
“What’s important is that Leonardo did not think of art as separate from science or science as separate from engineering. His investigations as scientist and engineer strengthened his art because he understood anatomy, physics, nature, and geometry.”
Covering topics like physics, molecules, gravity, graphic design, and even recycling, LEONARDO’S SCIENCE WORKSHOP provides approachable explanations coupled with step-by-step experiment instructions anyone can perform at home or in the classroom. Whether you’re learning the logistics behind a bird in flight or designing wearable plastic fabrics, readers are guaranteed to glean a lesson in science and originality.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Heidi Olinger is a writer and founder of Pretty Brainy, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that creates STEAM service learning to inspire and prepare girls to innovate, problem-solve, and lead in the 21st century. Heidi has taught at the University of Colorado at Boulder where she focused on experimental pedagogy and practices that prioritized students and their learning. She currently lives in Colorado with her rescue dog, Patches. Visit her at www.prettybrainy.com or www.heidiolinger.com.