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Terminal Value [Kindle Edition]

Thomas Waite
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"Be careful what you wish for." That's a warning Dylan Johnson should have listened to. When his mobile computing firm is bought out by Mantric Technology, a red-hot company about to go public, it seems like a dream come true for the young entrepreneur and his partners. But the closer they get to payout, the more uncertain Dylan becomes.

Something doesn't feel right. When one of his colleagues is found dead on what should have been their night of triumph, Dylan is determined to find out what happened. But asking questions plunges him into a web of digital deceit and betrayal that will shake everything he thought he knew...

Terminal Value is an intense thriller that provides an insider's look into the excitement of a technology start-up, the anticipated riches of an initial public offering, the gut-wrenching murder of a friend, and the dark side of corporate America.


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"I believe with time he will be called the John Grisham of the murderous technology novels. This is an excellent beginning to, what I hope is, a long writing career for Mr. Waite." --Literary R & R 

"Terminal Value is to the corporate world what John Grisham's The Firm is to lawyering: a taut, fast, relentless thriller. A most impressive debut novel." --Jim Champy, co-author of Reengineering the Corporation and author of Outsmart!

Thomas Waite opens a window into the world of technology that even a technophobe can appreciate. Filled with tension, romance, humor, mystery and avarice, Terminal Value is a captivating tale that holds your interest right through to its surprising conclusion." --David Updike, author of Old Girlfriends: Stories and Out on the Marsh.

"Terminal Value is a sizzling thriller convincingly set in the world of emerging technologies that even industry insiders will appreciate. Thomas Waite has earned the right to belly up to the bar with the likes of Brad Meltzer, Scott Turow, and David Baldacci. A great read!" --Paul Carroll, author of Big Blue: The Unmaking of IBM and co-author of Billion Dollar Lessons.

"Terminal Value is a lightning-paced, intelligent novel that will capture your imagination right up to its stunning conclusion. If you enjoyed Michael Crichton's Disclosure, then you will love this business thriller!" --Jack Bergstrand, author of Reinvent Your Enterprise.

"A terrific page-turner that rips back and forth between the art of the start-up and the art of murder, between a high-tech IPO and a techie who's DOA! Crackling good stuff!" --Alan M. Webber, co-founder of Fast Company magazine and author of The Global Detective

From the Author

Terminal Value is a thriller intended to provide an insider's look into the excitement of a technology start-up, the anticipated riches of an initial public offering, the gut-wrenching murder of a friend, and the dark side of corporate America.
 
Terminal Value is inspired by my experience in business. While the story is completely fictional, I could never have written it had I not personally experienced some of the events that occur in the novel (of course excluding, among other things, murder!).
 
One reviewer wrote "Please don't go into business, proceed with your MBA, sell your company, or complete your next deal until you've finished this book. Terminal Value peers into the psyches of those with the wrong kind of ambition, allowing a rare glimpse into the dark side of IPOs, acquisitions, and the secret world of high finance, all wrapped in a turbo-timed thriller!"  
 
So in addition to writing a novel that is a fast-paced, exciting story that both entertains and educates readers, I am also conveying the message that we need more honesty and ethics in business today. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 2042 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Marlborough Press (March 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AAKFSPM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,096 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Mystery! February 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The clue to a good mystery is solving the crime about 30 seconds after the hero, and Thomas Waite accomplishes this goal in his breakout novel, "Terminal Value." The clues, red herrings, and foreshadowing are all there for the seasoned reader to find and tuck away until the end of the story when, after riding on the shirttails of the protagonist, we stare at the last pages, snap our fingers, and say "Of course! That's absolutely right!" In this debut thriller, Waite calls on his personal experience in the ever-changing world of technology and applies his knowledge to this fast-paced, exciting tale. This is one of those books that we can't put down until it's finished. It goes with us in our Kindle or briefcase or backpack so we can continue reading it wherever we go. And as we come to the end, we realize that Waite has left an opening for more adventures with his hero. Can another story be far behind? I hope so!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Readers' Club Candidate February 19, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Terminal Value is a fine business thriller written by an author who clearly has a great deal of inside knowledge about how things work in the rarefied worlds of Wall Street, High Tech, IPOs, and Mergers & Acquisitions. This novel should be a readers' club favorite because it offers excellent opportunities to discuss, one, the David-and-Goliath issues that arise when a soulless mega corporation gobbles up a small but vibrant and crackerjack firm; and two, the ethical question of when in business it's okay to allow any end to justify the means.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars accurate and relevant high-tech thriller February 27, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Most thriller writers don't understand business well enough to write about it. Tom Waite is an exception. He knows how high-tech M&A works, having created and sold his own high-tech marketing firm. The book moves quickly and keeps you guessing as to what the heck is going on with the acquiring firm. At some point the book shifts from business irregularities to matters of life-and-death. I think of it as "The Firm" in high-tech, or as a competitor/complement to Joseph Finder's books.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Technological Mystery August 15, 2012
Format:Paperback
I was really interested in the premise of this book. Coming from a Computer Science background, I was looking forward to the details of the "mobile computing business" even though others probably wouldn't be interested. For those that aren't fond of technical details, you don't need to worry, there aren't many. I did think the process of a start-up being bought seemed quite realistic and accurate. The beginning of the novel was a little slow and there were a couple of awkward passages. Also, some of the characters (like Rob) weren't well-developed.

The plot moves at a decent pace, but I just felt it fell a little short when building up the intrigue. In fact, I'd classify this book more as a mystery than a thriller because the whole book revolved around a murder and there wasn't much suspense after that. I wish that I had been on the edge of my seat to find out who the murderer was, but unfortunately, I wasn't. In fact, determining the murderer was a surprise, but a surprise that came completely out of left field.

Overall, the novel didn't surpass my expectations, but it definitely met them! I did like the novel and Waite created a really interesting technology related mystery and I'm glad I got a chance to read it. I recommend this for anyone interested in technology and ready to read a good mystery.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An intelligent thriller March 15, 2012
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This story is not only an interesting and intelligent thriller but it also provokes the conversation mentioned by one of the reviewers - that is, how do we deal with the values collision when one firm is gobbled by another. The book gets extreme to build the thrill in the values collision both between firms but also what happens when commitment gets compromised in what was a soulful and purpose-driven culture. Although we got hints as to who did it before all was revealed, the story was compelling and evoked questions about how we experience others and then have them live according to our perception when actually the facts are very different.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terminal Value February 22, 2012
By mscky
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I am not a writer, I read to be entertained. This book did that, with all the twists and turns. Kept me on the edge of my seat, could not put it down. I thought this was a great book and would recommend it to all of my friends and family. Thank you Mr. Waite
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb debut novel! March 10, 2012
By Daz
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I love the corporate espionage genre and this book has everything - intrigue, murder, business story line and success (or failure) based on the ethical (or non-ethical) actions of a few main characters, multiple candidates for 'who done it?', and multiple plots to evolve and finally be solved - murder, corporate fraud, etc. A great debut novel, written with the finesse and style of someone who has authored dozens of books. Each chapter created excitement and anticipation to immediately read the next one. Terminal Value is effortless to read and pulls you through the book without distraction. The writing style, plot and character development intertwine to make a most enjoyable read. Hopefully, Tom Waite has a few more plots in the making and will be publishing another novel soon.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A believable thriller April 12, 2012
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Somehow today's struggling economy may make us forget there is an engine of innovation in software and mobile devices, cutting edge stuff Tom Waite's young business team is pushing. With the enthusiasm of potential riches if the sale of their company works out, and the deeper promise of technical breakthroughs that motivate some, and sex!, the team finds itself caught up in the greed and fraud that we know all too often is there where risk and payoff are huge. This context in the novel is remarkably believable and real, pulling the team into murder and treachery. I suspected almost everyone at one point or another. Keep it up, Tom!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars good read...interesting characters"' betrayal, murder, sex what more...
The story moved along well. Only in the end do we find out who done it. It wasn't the butler
Published 5 days ago by Surf Reader
3.0 out of 5 stars Terminal Value
It's a quick and uncomplicated read-- would make for a good made for TV product. Character development thin and knowledge of this high tech takeover arena seems thin at times. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Phil McNally
5.0 out of 5 stars First rate and relevant
This mystery kept me guessing right up to the end. I didn't see it coming! Great story that could have been yanked out of last week's Wall Street Journal. High tech and current. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Jonathan P Bauer
3.0 out of 5 stars Terminal Value
Too much extraneous stuff included I.e. Bloomberg speech, appearance of group on TV. Just more words to make book longer .
Published 21 days ago by Paul R. Kinney
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Great book. Keeps your interest from beginning to end. A lot of interesting things on how the stock market prices can be manipulated.
Published 27 days ago by Granny
3.0 out of 5 stars Too techie for average reader
A bit techie for the average reader but good story if you can keep the many characters with similar names separated.
Published 1 month ago by Andrea Wootton
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting, interesting, intriguing
This read definitely held my interest! It also wasn't so overwrought with tech-speak that I couldn't follow. It was who-dunnit for the 21st century. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Taisha
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and suspenseful
Enjoyed reading. Used to work for a high tech company and could relate to this story. Author kept the killer hidden to the very end.
Published 1 month ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Terminal Value
A computer company is bought by another company which is less than reputable and is destroying the original company and its employees until one of the original owners steps in to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by John Bilodeau
5.0 out of 5 stars A VERY SUBSTANTIAL TERMINAL VALUE
This is a great read with twists and turns in the plot that will move the reader along. I'll definitely look for other books by Mr. Waite.
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Thomas Waite was born in Ipswich, Massachusetts, once home to the authors John Updike, Adele Robertson, and John Norton and the poet Anne Bradstreet. After a successful career in the technology field, he grew restless and decided to fulfill a lifelong dream and become a writer. Inspired by Nabokov's advice to writers: "The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible," Waite wrote his debut novel, TERMINAL VALUE. It quickly garnered substantial critical praise and reached #1 at Amazon. Spurred on by his fans, Waite set about to write a series of techno-thrillers. His next novel, LETHAL CODE, will be published in July of 2014.

Waite received his Bachelor's degree in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. After graduation, he was pretty sure that he'd go to the University of Iowa, get his Master's degree in creative writing, and then set the world on fire by writing novels. Alas, life intervened, and with bills to pay, Waite was forced into business. Ironically his first job was as a writer with a technology consulting firm. Waite labored for many years ghostwriting non-fiction for others at a number of technology firms, and while working at one, he conceived the idea of publishing three business books and directed the writing and marketing of them. All three went on to become New York Times bestsellers. However, Waite's name was buried in the acknowledgements and unnoticed.

Waite decided it was time to take matters into his own hands and co-founded Waite & Company, a company specializing in developing business and market strategies for technology companies. Now free to write under his own name, Waite's works appeared in such publications as the New York Times and the Harvard Business Review. Despite his company's success, Waite couldn't let go of his original plan to be a writer of fiction. He sold his company to an Internet company and focused on his true love - writing novels.

To remain current on technology trends, Waite continues to work as a board director of, and advisor to, various technology firms in the online security, media, data analytics, cloud computing, mobile, social intelligence and information technology businesses.

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