Terminal Connection by Dan Needles
Cover by Kenn Brown
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Release January 2014
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Moving between reality and virtual worlds, the players
in this high thriller, corporate espionage novel find danger
and death in both worlds.
NEXUS Corporation has developed a virtual technology, but a
hacker has introduced a deadly virus--a killer who moves
through the virtual world paralyzing his victims and taking
their lives; but with this virus, virtual death results in
Can Steve, the developer of this technology and founder of
NEXUS Corporation, find the virtual killer and stop the virus
before he becomes the next victim of a technology that will
give world power to one man?
About the Author: Dan Needles
Dan Needles is a master of storytelling in the science fiction
and urban fantasy genres; but his stories aren’t all fiction.
His professional experience as an early enabler of the
information age at the dawn of the dot com boom and his
continued work with fortune 500 companies, government agencies
and secret military projects means that Needles places his
characters in situations that read like fiction, but often
exist in the reality of some of today’s top technological, and
often secret, corporate and government projects.
Needles' stories draw from the complex tapestry of his career
and personal life. As a developer in the early 1990s at Oracle
and VISA, Needles was at the forefront of development in the
infancy of the information age. He quickly learned that building
the complexity necessary in such hi-tech environments required
working with people, culture clashes, hidden agendas and the
drama of the human condition. His writing reflects this
complexity, weaving the inexplicable wonders of new age
technology with the relationships and conflicts of the people
On a personal level, Needles has faced similar complex
challenges. Having lived with undiagnosed autism since
childhood, Needles describes his interactions as one of
“decoding” the human condition and everyday situations. As a
father and husband he has challenged the medical establishment
and sought alternative treatments for his wife’s terminal
illness and his son’s diagnosed autism. His efforts have been
rewarded in that his wife’s illness has been cured, and the
“curable” aspects his son’s autism have been successfully
This personal journey mirrored his professional experiences.
The ability to break through denial, accept reality, and take
responsibility and maintain independent thought regardless of
others’ pedigrees and accolades is exactly what is required in
the information age and modern global economy. At a personal
level he discovered his need to ground in reality, face the
truth, however ugly, and stand up for the greater good. This
personal philosophy was rooted in his own undiagnosed autism
and to what he attributes his personal and professional
Needles is a consultant for Fortune 500 companies, government
agencies and sensitive military projects. He weaves people,
process, knowledge and technology into complex solutions to
solve the pressing problems of the Internet age.
Dan Needles lives with his wife, three sons, and
granddaughter in Austin, Texas.
About the Cover Designer: Kenn Brown
Kenn Brown is well known in the world of science fiction and graphic art. Kenn's extraordinary art has appeared on the cover and inside some of the world's top magazines internationally, including Scientific American, Wired Magazine, National Geographic, Popular Science, and many more. He is a partner at Mondolithic Studios, which has earned an international reputation for cutting-edge illustration and design in a wide range of media, from book and magazine illustrations, to CD covers, online content, and concept and production design for film and public exhibitions.