Publication Date: October 12, 2014
This book follows Bitcoin users as their value moves through the blockchain. These situations are based real life stories and provide insight into who is using Bitcoin, what advantages the platform offers and why people choose Bitcoin over conventional bank products.
Bitcoin is a new innovative version of electronic cash. The payment platform delivers a wealth of advantages for all users. For those without access to regular banking services, Bitcoin has proven to be extremely beneficial. However, just as anonymous cash notes are preferred by criminals to help conceal their activity, Bitcoin is also preferred by some of the world’s worst criminals. Every day, Bitcoin moves through the blockchain advancing freedom around the world, and every day Bitcoin also caters to anonymous criminal activity. With any electronic cash product, such as Bitcoin, it is impossible to have the good without the bad.
If you are reading the list of characters and situations below, and saying to yourself, “That could never happen, think again, it already has….” While this is a fictional tale, it is based on actual situations, people and events from today’s headlines and the author’s 15 years of digital currency experience.
The book also details some of the flawed actions of government agencies and prosecutors in their ongoing attempts to curtail illegal Bitcoin activity.
It is also necessary to understand that in today’s info-apocalypse world, those seeking to destroy another’s reputation or demonize a product, especially those in the media, will attempt to directly associate that party with terrorism, child pornography, money-laundering or drugs. This statement rings true throughout the past decade of digital currency media coverage.
Julia & longtime boyfriend Steven are in their late twenties and living just outside of Seattle. The couple recently became Bitcoin miners. They are enthusiastic Bitcoin supporters, attend local Meetups in the area and generously donate to causes supported by the Bitcoin community.
James heads up the Africa Clean Water team (ACW), a non-profit drilling clean drinking water wells in Nigeria. His entire non-profit operation is funded through Bitcoin.
Amir was formerly a part of the “media wing” for al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI). He is now in charge of the Islamic State’s social media campaign and western online recruiting. He also publishes the new modern Jihadist English language online magazine. For the past year, he has been funding new recruits using Bitcoin and been arranging new anonymous Bitcoin funding from certain wealthy parties living in the Gulf States.
Beverly Hills, California
Larry is a successful Hollywood film producer and studio owner about to divorce his third wife. Bernie is a prominent Beverly Hills attorney and one of Larry's best friends. Bernie introduces Larry to Bitcoin expert and accountant Todd Smith prior to an asset search linked to his pending divorce.
Peter is a software engineer and designer working in Beijing, China for a large Bitcoin exchange company. Peter develops mobile Bitcoin software that allows coins to transfer instantly within the firm’s existing accounts at no cost and with no verification delays.
Southeast Portland, Oregon
In their mid-forties, cryptocurrency supporters Paul and Sarina own a popular Bakery in Portland, Oregon which accepts Bitcoin. Each week Sarina also compensates several employees paying them a portion of their check in Bitcoin. She transfers the Bitcoin through a mobile device using Peter's new software.
Great Falls, South Carolina
Charlie is a thirty year old intellectually challenged man living and working in South Carolina. Through no fault of his own, he becomes a pawn in a large US Government criminal prosecution.