Once We Were Brothers

Once We Were Brothers
Author: Ronald H. Balson
Publsiher: St. Martin's Griffin
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2013-10-08
ISBN: 1466846704
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Once We Were Brothers Book Excerpt:

The gripping tale about two boys, once as close as brothers, who find themselves on opposite sides of the Holocaust. "A novel of survival, justice and redemption...riveting." —Chicago Tribune, on Once We Were Brothers Elliot Rosenzweig, a respected civic leader and wealthy philanthropist, is attending a fundraiser when he is suddenly accosted and accused of being a former Nazi SS officer named Otto Piatek, the Butcher of Zamosc. Although the charges are denounced as preposterous, his accuser is convinced he is right and engages attorney Catherine Lockhart to bring Rosenzweig to justice. Solomon persuades attorney Catherine Lockhart to take his case, revealing that the true Piatek was abandoned as a child and raised by Solomon's own family only to betray them during the Nazi occupation. But has Solomon accused the right man? Once We Were Brothers is Ronald H. Balson's compelling tale of two boys and a family who struggle to survive in war-torn Poland, and a young love that struggles to endure the unspeakable cruelty of the Holocaust. Two lives, two worlds, and sixty years converge in an explosive race to redemption that makes for a moving and powerful tale of love, survival, and ultimately the triumph of the human spirit.

Once We Were Brothers

Once We Were Brothers
Author: Ronald H. Balson
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 649
Release: 2014
ISBN: 9781410467140
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Once We Were Brothers Book Excerpt:

When Ben Solomon accuses Elliot Rosenzweig, a respected civic leader and wealthy philanthropist, of being a former Nazi SS officer named Otto Piatek, two lives, two worlds, and sixty years converge in a race to redemption.

We Were Brothers In Arms

We Were Brothers In Arms
Author: Frank Clark
Publsiher: Troubador Publishing Ltd
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2013-12-01
ISBN: 1783061863
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

We Were Brothers In Arms Book Excerpt:

We Were Brothers in Arms is an attempt to understand the experience of battle during WW2 through the personal experiences of the ordinary soldier. Frank Clark has gathered together the amazing stories of British soldiers during the eleven months of frenzied warfare that followed D-Day, and combined them into this fascinating volume. As a veteran himself (serving in WW2, Korea, Malaya, Cyprus, Northern Ireland and during the Cold War), Frank is well versed in the adrenalin of battle, and here he brings together the tales of a wide cross section of fighting men on the front line. There are stories from the infantry, the assault troops who stormed the Normandy beaches and forced bridgeheads. The dashing reconnaissance men in their thin-skinned, tanks sending back vital radio reports; the parachutists, dropping behind enemy lines to fight, the sappers building bridges and clearing minefields under fire; the gunners, bringing down fast, furious and accurate barrages; the signallers, patching up communication links; the non-combatant stretcher-bearers, the doctors tending the wounded, the support services bringing up food and ammunition. This book tells their story of war, and reminds us why their sacrifice should never be forgotten. We Were Brothers in Arms is a compelling account of the last months of war told through eye witness accounts, some never before published.

The Girl from Berlin

The Girl from Berlin
Author: Ronald H. Balson
Publsiher: St. Martin's Press
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2018-10-09
ISBN: 1250195268
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Girl from Berlin Book Excerpt:

In the newest novel from internationally-bestselling author Ronald. H. Balson, Liam and Catherine come to the aid of an old friend and are drawn into a property dispute in Tuscany that unearths long-buried secrets An old friend calls Catherine Lockhart and Liam Taggart to his famous Italian restaurant to enlist their help. His aunt is being evicted from her home in the Tuscan hills by a powerful corporation claiming they own the deeds, even though she can produce her own set of deeds to her land. Catherine and Liam’s only clue is a bound handwritten manuscript, entirely in German, and hidden in its pages is a story long-forgotten... Ada Baumgarten was born in Berlin in 1918, at the end of the war. The daughter of an accomplished first-chair violinist in the prestigious Berlin Philharmonic, and herself a violin prodigy, Ada’s life was full of the rich culture of Berlin’s interwar society. She formed a deep attachment to her childhood friend Kurt, but they were torn apart by the growing unrest as her Jewish family came under suspicion. As the tides of history turned, it was her extraordinary talent that would carry her through an unraveling society turned to war, and make her a target even as it saved her, allowing her to move to Bologna—though Italy was not the haven her family had hoped, and further heartache awaited. What became of Ada? How is she connected to the conflicting land deeds of a small Italian villa? As they dig through the layers of lies, corruption, and human evil, Catherine and Liam uncover an unfinished story of heart, redemption, and hope—the ending of which is yet to be written. Don't miss Liam and Catherine's lastest adventures in The Girl from Berlin!

We Were Brothers

We Were Brothers
Author: Barry Moser
Publsiher: Algonquin Books
Total Pages: 204
Release: 2015-10-20
ISBN: 161620544X
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

We Were Brothers Book Excerpt:

This story of Southern siblings is “a complex meditation on how two men who grew up together came away with diametrically opposing views” (The Boston Globe). Brothers Barry and Tommy Moser were born of the same parents in Chattanooga, Tennessee; slept in the same bedroom; went to the same school—and were both poisoned by their family’s deep racism and anti-Semitism. But as they grew older, their perspectives and paths grew further and further apart. Barry left Chattanooga for New England and a life in the arts; Tommy stayed put and became a mortgage banker. From attitudes about race to food, politics, and money, the brothers began to think so differently that they could no longer find common ground. For nearly forty years, there was more strife between them than affection. After one particularly fractious conversation, their fragile relationship fell apart. With the raw emotions that so often surface when we talk of our siblings, Barry recalls how they were finally able to traverse that great divide and reconcile their troubled brotherhood before it was too late. In We Were Brothers, “Barry Moser writes about the savagery of racism and the savagery between brothers with thoughtful introspection. In his efforts to understand both what he did and what was done to him, he has given us a beautiful and deeply compassionate examination of life” (Ann Patchett). “A powerful evocation of an era in which African-American children could play in a white person’s yard but weren’t allowed into the house. And it’s a moving portrait of two men—loving but wary, and capable of beauty even in the presence of the ugliest flaws.” —Minneapolis Star-Tribune “Might prove especially poignant and comforting to people navigating difficult family relationships.” —Michel Martin, weekend host of NPR’s All Things Considered

Karolina s Twins

Karolina s Twins
Author: Ronald H. Balson
Publsiher: Saint Martin's Griffin
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2017-09-05
ISBN: 9781250089045
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Karolina s Twins Book Excerpt:

In the tradition of The Nightingale, Sarah's Key, and Lilac Girls, comes a saga inspired by true events of a Holocaust survivor s quest to return to Poland and fulfill a promise, from Ronald H. Balson, author of the international bestseller Once We Were Brothers. Readers who crave more books like Balson s Once We Were Brothers and Kristin Hannah s bestselling The Nightingale will be enthralled by Karolina s Twins. Booklist (starred review) "A heart-wrenching but ultimately triumphant story." Chicago Tribune She made a promise in desperation Now it's time to keep it Lena Woodward, elegant and poised, has lived a comfortable life among Chicago Society since she immigrated to the US and began a new life at the end of World War II. But now something has resurfaced that Lena cannot ignore: an unfulfilled promise she made long ago that can no longer stay buried. Driven to renew the quest that still keeps her awake at night, Lena enlists the help of lawyer Catherine Lockhart and private investigator Liam Taggart. Behind Lena s stoic facade are memories that will no longer be contained. She begins to recount a tale, harkening back to her harrowing past in Nazi-occupied Poland, of the bond she shared with her childhood friend Karolina. Karolina was vivacious and beautiful, athletic and charismatic, and Lena has cherished the memory of their friendship her whole life. But there is something about the story that is unfinished, questions that must be answered about what is true and what is not, and what Lena is willing to risk to uncover the past. Has the real story been hidden these many years? And if so, why? Two girls, coming of age in a dangerous time, bearers of secrets that only they could share. Just when you think there could not be anything new to ferret out from World War II comes Karolina's Twins, a spellbinding new novel by the bestselling author of Once We Were Brothers and Saving Sophie. In this richly woven tale of love, survival and resilience during some of the darkest hours, the unbreakable bond between girlhood friends will have consequences into the future and beyond. "

Saving Sophie

Saving Sophie
Author: Ronald H. Balson
Publsiher: St. Martin's Griffin
Total Pages: 405
Release: 2015-09-15
ISBN: 1466872861
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Saving Sophie Book Excerpt:

From Ronald H. Balson, author of Once We Were Brothers, Saving Sophie is the powerful story of the lengths a father will go through to protect his daughter and an action-packed thriller that will take you on an unforgettable journey of murder and deception, testing the bonds of family and love. Jack Sommers was just an ordinary accountant from Chicago. That is, until his wife passed away, his young daughter was kidnapped, and he became the main suspect in an $88 million dollar embezzlement case. Now, Jack is on the run, hoping to avoid the feds long enough to rescue his daughter, Sophie, from her maternal grandfather, a suspected terrorist in Palestine. With the help of the investigative team who first appeared in Once We Were Brothers, Liam and Catherine, and a new CIA operative, a secret mission is launched to not only rescue Sophie, but also to thwart a major terrorist attack in Hebron. But will being caught in the crossfires of the Palestine-Israeli conflict keep their team from accomplishing the task at hand, or can they overcome the odds and save countless lives, including their own?

BEFORE WE GET OLD

BEFORE WE GET OLD
Author: Toni Sears
Publsiher: Xlibris Corporation
Total Pages: 148
Release: 2013-02
ISBN: 147979791X
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

BEFORE WE GET OLD Book Excerpt:

Six years ago my mother requested that I should write a story about how things were when we all were young. The experiences we had and endured along the way while making memories that would last a lifetime. The things that we often sat around talking about on so many occasions and would laugh so hard we would be in tears. My mother felt that other people would enjoy some of our fondest memories from my childhood as she did her best to raise her children as a single parent most of the time. My family felt it was a blessing to be able to look back and laugh about it all, what my mother referred to as the "good old days". There are some stories you would not believe, but they a true some are funny and some are sad. My mother passed away on Thanksgiving day of 2006 so I am really trying to keep a promise that I made to her and keep our fondest and most cherished memories from my childhood and share it with the world. That is what my mother wanted me to do, I really hope you enjoy "Before We Get Old" (the good old days).

We Were Brothers

We Were Brothers
Author: Dane Hoover
Publsiher: Xlibris Corporation
Total Pages: 200
Release: 2011-07-26
ISBN: 1462849857
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

We Were Brothers Book Excerpt:

After a tour in combat duty, followed by an emotional homecoming that forced him back into the South Pacific, a Marine staff sergeant found himself caught for five days and five nights in Vietnam just before the fall of Saigon. The United States was finally healing from the tragedy of the previous 10 years and had to stay on that course at all costs. Propaganda was prevalent in the days before the embedded journalists of todays wars. Cover-ups came easier for the most powerful government on Earth. Would this Marine become a statistic or a survivor? Share in his adventure and feel his emotions as he relives his tours as a combatant through his homecoming and getting caught up in a backfired plot to help two officers enhance their careers.

Love and Ghost Letters

Love and Ghost Letters
Author: Chantel Acevedo
Publsiher: St. Martin's Press
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2013-09-10
ISBN: 1466852151
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Love and Ghost Letters Book Excerpt:

On the outside, Josefina Navarro's life seems fortunate enough—she lives with her father and her nursemaid, Regla, who raises her after the death of her mother in a luxurious home in Vedado, one of Cuba's wealthiest districts. She attends society dances and is courted by all of Havana's elite young bachelors. Enchanted by the rituals of her nursemaid, Josefina learns about the profound mysticism inherent in even the most mundane affairs. Though she is pampered, Josefina feels that her life is without passion or excitement. Her father, Sergeant Antonio Navarro, a Spaniard by birth, is a stern and demanding man whose past is a tightly kept secret. When she meets and marries Lorenzo Concepción, a poor, reckless young man, the sergeant tells her, "So, you have chosen him...and you will be hungry and miserable all your life." The couple moves to El Cotorro, a poverty-stricken town that is far removed from the Vedado plazas and carefully tended gardens Josefina knew. Lorenzo begins to leave her for months at a time, "looking for work," but in reality, womanizing and carousing all over the island. Even after the birth of two healthy children, Josefina is not happy. This is not the life she had envisioned. During a political maelstrom, history brings the sergeant to El Cotorro to quell a riot, where he is attacked and presumed dead. But perception is reality on an island in which darkness and light commingle, and magic and truth are one in the same. When Josefina begins receiving letters from her father, she believes that what she holds are heaven's missives, ghost letters. Through the letters, Josefina comes to know her father intimately, as a ghost and guardian, as he reveals the truth about his life. In the act of writing and reading, she has found a love to fill the empty places in her heart. Set in Cuba and Miami, covering nearly fifty years of the island's history, LOVE AND GHOST LETTERS unfolds the lives of the Navarro-Concepción families in the patterns and permutations of memory, and conjures a Cuban setting that evokes mysticism and magic.

Chapter 4 The Facts Figures and Financials of ePublishing

Chapter 4  The Facts  Figures  and Financials of ePublishing
Author: Pariah S. Burke
Publsiher: Pariah Burke
Total Pages: 64
Release: 2015-03-13
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Computers
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Chapter 4 The Facts Figures and Financials of ePublishing Book Excerpt:

Whether you are an aspir­ing self-publisher or the CEO of a major pub­lish­ing house, a free­lance designer or sales per­son, this chap­ter will pro­vide sta­tis­tics, fig­ures, and exam­ples to help you make sense of the busi­ness, eco­nomic, and mar­ket­ing con­cerns of epub­lish­ing. Whether your intent is to sell your­self, your boss, or your clients, or if you just want to edu­cate your­self about the real­i­ties of the world of epub­lish­ing, you’ll find in this chap­ter an abun­dance of impor­tant, rel­e­vant data. In this chap­ter, you will learn about the following: People and Their Device UsageThe Business of eBooksThe Business of Children’s & Young Adult eBooksAuthors and Their IncomesThe Missing 30 Percent of DataSelf-PublishingThe Business of eTextbooksThe Business of eMagazinesEnewspaperEtextbookDigital Comic Book

The Business of ePublishing 2015

The Business of ePublishing 2015
Author: Pariah S. Burke
Publsiher: Pariah S. Burke
Total Pages: 170
Release: 2015-03-13
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Computers
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Business of ePublishing 2015 Book Excerpt:

The Business of ePublishing 2015 Edition explains in thorough detail what professional publishers, designers, and traditional, independent, and hybrid authors need to know about the world and business of digital publishing in 2015 and beyond. It goes beyond the rhetoric and paranoid proclamations rampant in social media, blogs, and news outlets to provide provable, unbiased insight into the users, devices, formats, and real world economics of ebooks, fixed-layout ebooks, digital textbooks, digital magazines, and more for all levels of publishing—enterprise, small- to medium-sized publishers, indies, and self-publishers. Whether you are an aspiring self-publisher or the CEO of a major publishing house, a freelance designer or sales person, this book provides you with the insight, background, statistics, figures, and examples to help you make sense of the business, economic, and marketing concerns of epublishing, and help you plot your future for a successful year in digital publishing. Whether your intent is to sell yourself, your boss, or your clients, or if you just want to educate yourself about the realities of the world of epublishing, you’ll find in this book a cornucopia of important, relevant data.

Southern Werewolf Chronicles Were Love Blooms

Southern Werewolf Chronicles  Were Love Blooms
Author: J. Morgan
Publsiher: Desert Breeze Publishing In
Total Pages: 346
Release: 2010
ISBN: 1936000822
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Southern Werewolf Chronicles Were Love Blooms Book Excerpt:

Madison Lee thought she'd put her European vacation behind her, until the full moon turned her into a hairy beast. A year later she has come to grip with her new life, now her whole world is blown apart. The man who gave her a night of incredible passion and an uncontrollable urge to howl at the moon shows up in town with his sights on taking over her family's business. Hot on his heels a stranger comes to town with more than the rustic scenery on his mind. He's a monster hunter out for Nicholi's blood and just maybe hers if he finds out her not so little secret. How is a Southern Deb supposed to deal with lovers, killers and the biggest Cotillion of the year all at the same time? Madison soon learns Where there's a Were, there's a way and it leads straight to love.

The Winter of Our Discontent

The Winter of Our Discontent
Author: John Steinbeck
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2008-08-26
ISBN: 1440638675
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Winter of Our Discontent Book Excerpt:

The final novel of one of America’s most beloved writers—a tale of degeneration, corruption, and spiritual crisis A Penguin Classic In awarding John Steinbeck the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Nobel committee stated that with The Winter of Our Discontent, he had “resumed his position as an independent expounder of the truth, with an unbiased instinct for what is genuinely American.” Ethan Allen Hawley, the protagonist of Steinbeck’s last novel, works as a clerk in a grocery store that his family once owned. With Ethan no longer a member of Long Island’s aristocratic class, his wife is restless, and his teenage children are hungry for the tantalizing material comforts he cannot provide. Then one day, in a moment of moral crisis, Ethan decides to take a holiday from his own scrupulous standards. Set in Steinbeck’s contemporary 1960 America, the novel explores the tenuous line between private and public honesty, and today ranks alongside his most acclaimed works of penetrating insight into the American condition. This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction and notes by leading Steinbeck scholar Susan Shillinglaw. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Where Soldiers Fear To Tread

Where Soldiers Fear To Tread
Author: John Burnett
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2009-07-15
ISBN: 1409064298
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Where Soldiers Fear To Tread Book Excerpt:

In 1998, on the lookout for adventure and willing to take a risk, John Burnett left the comforts of the mainstream and became a UN relief worker in Somalia. He was completely unprepared for the realities of working in a country without government or law, where the only authority comes from a loaded gun. Held at gunpoint by a child soldier, having to watching a baby die of malaria in his arms, the experience profoundly changed the way he saw the world.

Delphi Complete Works of John Steinbeck Illustrated

Delphi Complete Works of John Steinbeck  Illustrated
Author: John Steinbeck
Publsiher: Delphi Classics
Total Pages: 3714
Release: 2019-08-09
ISBN: 1788779754
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Delphi Complete Works of John Steinbeck Illustrated Book Excerpt:

A giant of American literature, John Steinbeck is celebrated for his naturalistic novels with proletarian themes. His magnum opus ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ (1939), which epitomises the harrowing events of the Great Depression era, stirred widespread sympathy for the plight of migrant workers. Many of Steinbeck's works are set in the Salinas Valley of his childhood and they frequently explore themes of fate and the injustices suffered by their everyman protagonists. Fashioned with rich symbolic structures, they convey archetypal qualities in enduring characters, winning for Steinbeck the 1962 Nobel Prize for Literature. For the first time in literature, this eBook presents John Steinbeck’s complete works, with numerous illustrations, rare texts, detailed introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1) * Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Steinbeck’s life and works * Detailed introductions to the major texts * All 16 novels, with individual contents tables * Images of how the books were first published, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts * Excellent formatting of the texts * All of the story collections * Features the rare short story ‘How Mr. Hogan Robbed a Bank’, appearing for the first time in digital publishing * Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the short stories * Easily locate the short stories you want to read * Includes Steinbeck’s rare non-fiction books * Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and genres Please note: ‘The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights’ and several other minor posthumous works cannot appear in the collection due to copyright restrictions. Please visit www.delphiclassics.com to browse through our range of exciting titles CONTENTS: The Novels and Novellas Cup of Gold The Red Pony To a God Unknown Tortilla Flat In Dubious Battle Of Mice and Men The Grapes of Wrath The Moon Is Down Cannery Row The Wayward Bus The Pearl Burning Bright East of Eden Sweet Thursday The Short Reign of Pippin IV: A Fabrication The Winter of Our Discontent The Shorter Fiction The Pastures of Heaven The Long Valley How Mr. Hogan Robbed a Bank The Short Stories List of Short Stories in Chronological Order List of Short Stories in Alphabetical Order The Non-Fiction The Harvest Gypsies Bombs Away A Russian Journal The Log from the Sea of Cortez Once There Was a War Travels with Charley America and Americans Please visit www.delphiclassics.com to browse through our range of exciting titles or to purchase this eBook as a Parts Edition of individual eBooks

The Trust

The Trust
Author: Ronald H. Balson
Publsiher: St. Martin's Griffin
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2018-10-09
ISBN: 9781250127457
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Trust Book Excerpt:

“A thrilling, action-filled suspense novel.... Those who loved Balson’s other books like Once We Were Brothers and Karolina’s Twins will love this latest entry.” —The Huffington Post The Trust, from Ronald H. Balson, the international bestselling author of Once We Were Brothers, finds private investigator Liam Taggart returning to his childhood home for an uncle's funeral, only to discover his death might not have been natural. When his uncle dies, Liam Taggart reluctantly returns to his childhood home in Northern Ireland for the funeral—a home he left years ago after a bitter confrontation with his family, never to look back. But when he arrives, Liam learns that not only was his uncle shot to death, but that he’d anticipated his own murder: In an astonishing last will and testament, Uncle Fergus has left his entire estate to a secret trust, directing that no distributions be made to any person until the killer is found. Did Fergus know, but refuse to name, his killer? Was this a crime of revenge, a vendetta leftover from Northern Ireland’s bloody sectarian war? After all, the Taggarts were deeply involved in the IRA. Or is it possible that the killer is a family member seeking Fergus’s estate? Otherwise, why postpone distributions to the heirs? Most menacingly, does the killer now have his sights on other family members? As his investigation draws Liam farther and farther into the past he has abandoned, he realizes he is forced to reopen doors long ago shut and locked. Now, accepting the appointment as sole trustee of the Fergus Taggart Trust, Liam realizes he has stepped into the center of a firestorm.

Silent Cries

Silent Cries
Author: Rob Joy
Publsiher: Xlibris Corporation
Total Pages: 378
Release: 2015-06-29
ISBN: 150350655X
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Silent Cries Book Excerpt:

Follow the lives of two boys as they journey into adulthood. Steven meets John, one born into a life of pain and the other born into a life of privilege. They become brothers and journey into life together. A unique bond is formed as their pasts impact their future. Complete faith and trust in each other, raising themselves their way. Used and abused, can they find the freedom they seek? John asked, What have we ever done to deserve this fucking life? Steven held Johns face in his hands. We have each other. Well manage, we always have. Together.

Liberty s Triumph

Liberty s Triumph
Author: Robert Wharton Landis
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 578
Release: 1849
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: United States
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Liberty s Triumph Book Excerpt:

Online Game Pioneers at Work

Online Game Pioneers at Work
Author: Morgan Ramsay
Publsiher: Apress
Total Pages: 403
Release: 2015-06-03
ISBN: 1430241861
Category: Computers
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Online Game Pioneers at Work Book Excerpt:

In this groundbreaking collection of 15 interviews, successful founders of entertainment software companies reflect on their challenges and how they survived. You will learn of the strategies, the sacrifices, the long hours, the commitment, and the dedication to quality that led to their successes but also of the toll that this incredibly competitive market has on even its most brilliant minds. For the hundreds of thousands of game developers out there, this is a must read survival guide. For those who simply enjoy games and know of some of these founders, this will be a most interesting read. Sales of video games, hardware, and accessories reach upwards of $20 billion every year in the United States alone, and more than two-thirds of American households include video games in their daily lives. In a world that seems to be overflowing with fortune and success, the vicious truth of this booming industry is easily forgotten: failure is tradition. Video games define a cultural crossroad where business, entertainment, and technology converge, where the risks are great, cutting edge technology is vitally important and competition is intense. Here are the stories of survival from many of the industries luminaries who founded companies, created industries in their home countries, took amazing risks, innovated technologies, and invented new ways to sell. Among this outstanding group of pioneers are Richard Garriott, founder of Origin, astronaut, and the producer of the revolutionary Ultima Online, John Romero of Doom, Wolfenstein and Quake fame, and Victor Kislyi whose World of Tanks set the Guinness world record for the most people online at once with over 1.1 million people playing). You will read their stories and you will gain an understanding of how they managed in such a demanding business. There are a few game development companies that have withstood the test of time; most startups exit as quickly as they enter the scene. Many firms are outpaced by the explosive worldwide growth and economic realities of the sector. Here are enlightening the stories of entrepreneurs who found success and many who subsequently could not repeat it. They walk you through their incredible journeys of success and failure while expressing their views on development, design, hiring, finance, business models, selling their organization, the business life cycle, their frustrations and mistakes, while showing their intensity and their passion for the business along the way. Online Game Pioneers at Work: Explores the formation of entertainment software companies from the perspectives of successful founders who defied the odds Provides insight into why experienced professionals sacrifice the comfort of gainful employment for the uncertainty and risk of the startup Shares the experiences and lessons that shape the lives, decisions, and struggles of entrepreneurs in this volatile business Other books in the Apress At Work Series: Gamers at Work, Ramsay. 978-1-4302-3351-0 Coders at Work, Seibel, 978-1-4302-1948-4 Venture Capitalists at Work, Shah & Shah, 978-1-4302-3837-9 CIOs at Work, Yourdon, 978-1-4302-3554-5 CTOs at Work, Donaldson, Seigel, & Donaldson, 978-1-4302-3593-4 Founders at Work, Livingston, 978-1-4302-1078-8 European Founders at Work, Santos, 978-1-4302-3906-2 Women Leaders at Work, Ghaffari, 978-1-4302-3729-7 Advertisers at Work, Tuten, 978-1-4302-3828-7