Front cover of the novel The Mombaccus Expansion by Benjamin Obler, from Aqua Fox Press

In the fictional New York county of Mombaccus, things are expanding.

“An entertaining post-modern novel…” —Kirkus

When two best friends leave their native industries—tech for Wolfgang Lewis, fashion for Damon Townes—to start a publishing company, their fortunes rise to fantastic heights. But this is an age when nothing is kept secret for long, and while ambition and savvy bring them success, their questionable morals send them sliding down the precipitous face of Mt. Wrong Side of History.

Lewis had a career in IT, but Literature is his one true jam. Seeking greener pastures than NYC’s work-till-you-die ethos, he visits the idyllic mountain town of Mombaccus, where he meets the journalist Joyce Murray, holder of a fortuitous extra ticket to a talk by tech mogul Ogawa Jun.

Damon Townes’ fashion startup Axis Jeans derails when the pockets on his flagship line fail to support an ever-bigger iPhone. Revenge is his in the book business, until he and Lewis are accused of supporting the very inequality and privilege that their progressive literary startup, Dos Muchachos Press, claims to condemn. Identity politics are the least of their problems, however, when a strange technology appears, and they are visited by an agent of a clandestine group representing the “literary powers that be.”