Set in Shanghai, China, the home of Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency trading platform and NEO Coin, the 6th largest cryptocurrency in the world at the moment, the novel Bitcoin Clowns tells the story of a young, talented programmer Jong He who plunged into the mysterious and dark world of cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies because of ‘PissCoin’, a new cryptocurrency he created in one evening as a joke to mock the ICO speculative madness happening around the world. Little did he know his invention would be quickly adopted and became the latest fad of the town, got backed by international bank, helped create the world’s first cryptocurrency Billionaire, and even attracted adoption from a slew of criminals including South American counterfeit drug cartel and anonymous Eurasian hackers slash Robbin-hoods. In the meantime, his cousin Cao had disappeared because of financial troubles at his company that sold ill-designed cryptocurrency funds of debatable legitimacy and his partner was found dead in the office after a client lost a huge amount of investments passing through their hands. His cousin’s other sketchy business partners were reluctant to tell him anything and law-enforcement was grossly unfamiliar with these new kinds of financial instruments to see through the thick plot of deception in front of them. Jong had to rely on his exceptional luck, incredible courage and loyalties of his friends once again to find his cousin and retrieve the missing millions.
Could Jong succeed, or would he be sacrificed and fade into obscurity in the latest, fiercest fight of the century on the digital realm for the kind of new digital gold and the power to control key businesses and perhaps even governments around the world?
The action-packed fiction told in first-person perspective follows Jong He, a highly intelligent but socially awkward Chinese programmer and his friends around the financial capital of the country for a cat-and-mouse chase in the biggest cryptocurrency heist of our time.
The book is currently available for pre-order on Amazon and will be available on June 30th, 2018.
More about the author and the book series:
Vann Chow is a novelist from Hong Kong who writes stories about Asia and Asian cultures in English language. In 2015, her book Shanghai Nobody was featured on a popular Canadian book reading platform on the Top 20 General Fiction list for the most part of the year, and in 2016, her psychological thriller, The Pachinko Girl has been awarded the equivalent of an ‘Oscar’ by the same reading platform in the Hidden Gems category, beating over 140K other submissions.
Vann had previously worked in multiple research and development industry leaders around the world as an engineer and served for a short time as a consultant for Alibaba. The writer is well-versed in latest technologies and is active in the entrepreneurial scene despite the flourishing writing career. Alibaba’s Jack Ma was one of her most revered entrepreneurs from China and in her book Shanghai Fools, a story about fin-tech development gone haywire in an international bank, the writer made multiple references as a tribute to the business mogul’s incredible business and social vision. In the opening pages of Bitcoin Clowns, Vann had chosen to quote Jack Ma as well on his thoughts about cryptocurrencies as well.
Bitcoin Clowns was a Jong and Marvey adventure which was part of the Master Shanghai series. Each book in the series could be read independently. All the books in the Master Shanghai series so far have something to do with the advent of technologies and their impacts on the society. In Shanghai Nobody, it was online dating apps. In Shanghai Fools, it was the uprising of fin-tech utility and social-sharing apps. And in the latest new release, Vann has chosen to write about cryptocurrencies.
The writer also plans to release an actual copy of some of the blockchain technologies mentioned in the book should the write partners and resources could be mobilized to make the project a reality.