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John McAfee's Last Stand (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Joshua Davis
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)

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Book Description

There was always something unusual about John McAfee. The tech entrepreneur made a fortune from the antivirus software that bears his name, but he also spent years as a cocaine addict, spiritual guru and yoga expert. In 2009, after losing millions in the stock market crash, he decided to retire to the tiny Central American nation of Belize. That's when things really got weird. He started hanging out with killers, prostitutes, and pimps. He fell in love with a 17-year-old and surrounded his tropical compound with armed guards. In November 2012 his neighbor was found murdered. McAfee, who professed his innocence, fled the police and went into hiding.

WIRED's Joshua Davis had months of exclusive access to McAfee before his disappearance and was virtually the only journalist McAfee had contact with when he went on the lam. In this fascinating profile, Davis takes readers into McAfee's heart of darkness, a harrowing and jaw-dropping tale of ambition, paranoia, sex, and madness.

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  • File Size: 483 KB
  • Print Length: 48 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A88KHYI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a Buck November 25, 2012
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So far, the reviews seem right on point. This is a very interesting read and well worth the $0.99 that it is selling for. It is a fascinating breaking story that keeps the reader engaged. It is well written and provides some very candid insights into the recent life of John McAfee. However, as others have noted, it is very short -- more like an extended article than a book -- I finished it in about 45 minutes and I think I read at a pretty average speed. It also leaves you hanging because the story is still very much in progress. I was shocked to find when I read the book, the closing accounts were less than a week old...talk about hot off the press.

I am not sure how this "breaking news" kindle book format will work on in the long run. I am willing to pay for great coverage of current events (which this books qualifies as), but it certainly has a short shelf life. If I bought this book after a major development occurred in the McAfee story, I would be disappointed.

Final thoughts: It is worth the money for a great story, but it has the feel of something rushed to press in order to scoop other writers.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating read November 16, 2012
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I could not stop reading this fascinating glimpse inside a story that is currently unfolding before our eyes on an hourly basis. Based on numerous exclusive interviews conducted by the author--many of them conducted on-site in Belize--the author introduces us to a motley crew of interesting characters that McAfee has surrounded himself with. With respect to McAfee himself, the author does a great job portraying a complex man in a fair and accurate way. This is a must read for anyone who wants to understand how McAfee went from software tycoon to fugitive.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the money November 16, 2012
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Great book, definitely worth the money. The reviewer who stated this is a 15 minute read is incorrect. I'm a fast reader and this occupied at least an hour of my time. Wired has a few free articles about him on their website that give you some flavor, but this ebook is way more interesting.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating November 21, 2012
By amak
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The author makes it feel as if you're in the jungle with madman McAfee (it's creepy), but he also explores what has led to the madness. It's a fascinating book - an in-depth look behind a big news story is something rare and this one is a great read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart of Darkness November 17, 2012
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I saw this on the news and wondered what the whole story was. This tells it all in great detail: beginning, middle and insane end. McAfee is Kurtz, gone up the river and gone mad.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this is how do it--journalism, I mean November 17, 2012
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This is journalism at it's best: superbly written, great tempo and mind-blowingly weird. While everyone else tries to report the McAfee saga from the sidelines, Davis, it turns out, has been in on this for 6 months, with all kinds of exclusive access to McAfee. He provides clear answers and insightful context to what's going on. That's what's been missing from other coverage, and that's why you need to read this. I'm surprised it's not called, "The Untold Story of John McAfee."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Intriguing Narrative November 20, 2012
By brian
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An extraordinary story, beautifully written. Josh Davis knows how to craft an intriguing narrative and I thank him for bringing us this cutting edge work as it unfold.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John McAfee: A story with an end that's yet to be told... November 25, 2012
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John McAfee has certainly been newsworthy lately. This brilliant but seemingly disturbed Internet entrepreneur, the same man who founded the antivirus software company that still bears his name and later sold it to Intel for billions, has been playing a game of tag with authorities in Belize. They want to question him about the murder of Gregory Faull, a fellow American expatriate who was found murdered in his home, shot in the back of the head.

Columnist and author Joshua Davis has written a short but fascinating Kindle Single with John McAfee's Last Stand, and he chronicles the software pioneer's life and adventures going back to when McAfee was the director of engineering at Omex in Santa Clara, California, at the age of 38. It turns out that McAfee was supplementing his income by selling cocaine to his co-workers while snorting it himself, and when he got too stoned to focus, he would offset it with Quaaludes.

This tale reads like an almost-improbable suspense novel in ways, yet Joshua Davis' sometimes eclectic journalistic style carries through in this ongoing tale. He takes us back to 1986 when two Pakistani brothers released the first known computer virus aimed at PCs (out of curiosity), and how within a year it had infected computers around the world. McAfee, who had been sober for four years and was working at Lockheed, read a newspaper article mentioning that the brothers' virus had infected a computer in Georgia. He "found the idea terrifying" and decided to do something: he started McAfee Associates "out of his 700-square-foot home in Santa Clara," and by 1990 was making $5 million a year with little overhead.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic article
Great book and story about some whom I have actually had dinner with back in 1988 when he was at Lockheed. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Gregory C. Mcnulty
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Story About A Different Kind-of Guy
My best girlfriend actually worked for McAfee for a short time about six or seven years ago, staying in his beautiful house in Tucson, AZ as the live-in housekeeper. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Zari L. Ballard
5.0 out of 5 stars Memoirs of genius buried in sand
Wow! This is the modern-day story of Heart of Darkness. Power, money, drugs, guns and sweaty paranoia all rolled up into a tight package. Read more
Published 7 months ago by AJ Rendon
3.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I was really happy to learn about John's life and be able to understand the reasons for him moving to Belize
Published 8 months ago by Joshua J.
5.0 out of 5 stars Surreal!
Admire him or hate him but this guy has huge balls! Interesting story with actual journalistic insight! A must read!
Published 8 months ago by Ricardo Miranda
4.0 out of 5 stars good information
Interesting the way he led his life but somehow unfinished. A man who everyone would have thought led such a different life.
Published 8 months ago by Buddy
5.0 out of 5 stars Good ebook
I think this book explain in a resume way the main events of McAfee's life. In my opinion is a good ebook. Recommended.
Published 9 months ago by David Pino
4.0 out of 5 stars fun read
interesting story....maybe lay off the bath salts for a bit john!
thanks for the freebie amazon. hoo ray today ok
Published 10 months ago by bettina H. Reeves
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
If you were interested in the happening from this wacko you have to read this single. It's very well written and make you want to learn more about this bizarre millionaire. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Anthony J Sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars John McAfee's Last Stand (Kindle Single)
I like the short format of a Kindle Single article. I wanted more information on the case of John McAfee and this article provided that. Read more
Published 10 months ago by I. M. A. Reader
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More About the Author

Joshua Davis is a writer, television host, documentary director and film producer.

In 2003, Josh covered the Iraq war for Wired Magazine, where he is a Contributing Editor. He has tracked rumors of genetically modified cocaine behind rebel lines in Colombia, investigated the world's largest diamond heist, and hunted the source of a cyberwar in Russia. In 2005, Random House published Josh's memoir, "The Underdog," which details his journey through some of the world's most outlandish competitions. The Los Angeles Times calls it "laugh out loud funny," and Entertainment Weekly declares "the rewarding Underdog proves that Davis is a winner at something."

Find out more at: www.JoshuaDavis.net



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