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Red Bang [Kindle Edition]

Brandt Monroe
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Adam Murphy is a Hollywood screenwriter who has clearly lost his way. His wife, Jess, is a Los Angeles publicist who just lost her job. With the bills mounting and nowhere to turn in the City of Angels, Adam takes a chance on a complete life reboot – taking a job in Seattle at a billion-dollar, Fortune 500 technology behemoth and bringing his family along for the ride. While working at The Company is a gloriously heady, benefit-laden playground for today’s smartest minds, Adam quickly realizes he has descended into a foreign land where the language, customs and politics will either make him stronger or cause a meltdown of epic proportions. Faced with a ‘win or fail’ attitude, Adam must find a way to deliver an innovative new product, defeat his political nemesis, align with a mysterious Company founder, and save his wife from a weather-induced depression all before The Company finds out he has no idea what he’s doing. Inspired by the unbelievable real events that go on behind closed doors of America’s largest companies, and bolstered by a warm-hearted, humorous look at one family’s fight against a Stepford-like culture, RED BANG will take you on a hilarious journey into the ridiculous hive mind of today’s tech giants.


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"With Red Bang, Brandt Monroe shows us Silicon Valley in all its juvenile, backstabbing glory. It's a very funny window into the culture of tech, and a spot-on portrayal of the various kinds of earnest dreamers and cutthroat psychopaths that show up to join the money chase. My recommendation engine gives it two pixelated thumbs up." 
--Kevin Roose, New York Times Best-Selling author of Young Money

"Brandt Monroe delivers a Pacific Northwest hi-tech panic attack but graciously allows us to experience it by proxy. His smart, funny protagonist reveals all the absurdity of the new Corporate America and suffers its indignities while we thankfully read along in safety. Funny and timely." 
--Wayne Gladstone, author of Notes from the Internet Apocalypse

"Just as the 20th Century was filmed in the studios of Hollywood, the 21st Century will be hosted from the servers of Seattle. Red Bang prophetically follows the historical progression, showcasing a vision that is both witty and terrifying, and filled with the ghosts of the decaying Hollywood era. The new gods - Google, Amazon, Twitter, Facebook - may be taking the reigns of the world, but the old gods - Warner Bros., NewsCorp, Disney, Universal - are still very much alive. Brandt Monroe has given us a needed morality tale for this new world order." 
--Dustin Kidd, author of Pop Culture Freaks

"Brandt Monroe packs more pop-culture references into the fun and compelling Red Bang than an entire season of Family Guy. I hate him. As a fellow writer, I can thing of no higher compliment than wishing he gets a horrible disease." 
--Keith Wisniewski, author of Too Small To Fail

About the Author

Brandt Monroe is obsessed with writing, technology, entertainment and pop culture. He approaches all of life's challenges with the mantra, "If Andrew gets up, we'll all get up, it'll be anarchy!" He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his family and no animals.

Product Details

  • File Size: 645 KB
  • Print Length: 490 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615973507
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Foo Publishing, Inc.; 1 edition (May 2, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K3PWQXG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended April 29, 2014
Format:Paperback
Red Bang is an enjoyable read. It has relatable characters and takes place in a realistic world. I enjoyed watching Adam develop through the story. While the story is based off of real life companies and products, it refrains from being predictable and has a satisfying ending. If you're looking for an interesting story with lots of real-world references, you should definitely check out Red Bang. You won't be disappointed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars very lively book May 12, 2014
Format:Paperback
i'm not a tech person on that scale or level and yet this book takes you into the world and makes so simple and one can really relate to all that is mentioned here and thensome. one of those books which is funnier and more down to earth and easy to take in than one could or imagine upon sight on seen. really was catchy and made its mark. the book is funny and serious and very real and yet it doesn't take itself too seriously and makes it so rewarding and enjoyable from start to finish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bang On! May 30, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I don't generally navigate towards books like Red Bang - modern, full of pop culture references and with much of the story based in the backdrop of a dry tech world, but I read a review of the book and it seemed compelling enough to get a preview of it which led to a full purchase. Overall, it did not disappoint! Great read! Very entertaining and also compelling at the same time!

I loved the way the book opened with a tense Hollywood meeting immersed in the ridiculous and then transitioned into the tech world with it's own version of ludicrous. I related on so many levels having been both a part of the creative industry and also the tech industry. The blatant inefficiencies, the bloated egos, the maddening processes that all culminate into everyone just pushing along their own version of nothingness - it all seemed uncomfortably familiar and at the same time reassuring that someone else out there knew it, as well.

I read the book on my weekly train commute and found myself laughing out loud like a crazy person, which only happens if I'm reading David Sedaris. The characters are all wonderfully written and imagined. The work and family life scenarios increase in haphazard insanity as Adam tries to keep his secret work project from being compromised, all the while trying to keep his wife from mentally breaking under the dark cloak of a Seattle skyline. What's even more insane is that I can see all these scenarios happening - no question. I was in full belief and loved the ride I was being taken on!

I personally would love to see this made into a film or TV series!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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When Hollywood turns on Adam Murphy and his wife, he accepts a technology product / marketing job at "The Company" and moves his family from California to Seattle. Personally, the relocation is difficult--the neighbors are invisible, the weather gray and rainy, and his wife is bored and lonely. Professionally, Adam is enamored with The Company, enjoying the swag he receives on first day, the free refreshments, the high quality cafeteria food, and the relaxed, creative atmosphere. His elation quickly turns to confusion and concern when he realize he isn't exactly sure what his job is, many of his co-workers seem equally confused, and his supervisors appear to be nuts. As the e-mails begin raining in by the 100s, all marked urgent, Adam valiantly works to sell a non-existent product.

In the midst of learning his new role, new company, and new home, Adam encounters a nemesis in Romy Wallace, another escapee from Hollywood working at The Company. Adam missteps several times, starting off a corporate soap opera with increasing drama of shifting allegiances, mentors and enemies.

Red Bang makes some funny points about working in large corporations. OARP is one of my favorites, and anyone working at a large company will be familiar with these types of frameworks to aid decision making. OARP means Owner, Approvers, Reviewers, and Participants, where Owners have final approval on projects, as do Approvers, and the process to streamline decision making jsut adds to the confusion.

Red Bang is a wry look at work life in a thinly veiled major technology company, and if you work in the corporate word, you will often find yourself nodding in agreement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great look inside the world of techies. May 8, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This fun, fascinating tale takes us from the wild world of the tech bubble to the wild world of Hollywood. Monroe knows his stuff and he's been there and back. I liked it better than The Circle.
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Brandt Monroe is obsessed with writing, technology, entertainment and pop culture. He approaches all of life's challenges with the mantra, "If Andrew gets up, we'll all get up, it'll be anarchy!" He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his family and no animals.

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