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Terminal Value [Kindle Edition]

Thomas Waite
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Book Description

"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.

Editorial Reviews


"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, co-author of The New Killer Apps.

"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,  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: 987 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Marlborough Press (March 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,805 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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38 of 39 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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21 of 22 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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23 of 25 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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10 of 10 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 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Technological Mystery August 15, 2012
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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9 of 9 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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11 of 12 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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7 of 7 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Part mystery, part suspense, mostly good
A decent plot relevant to today's tech startups. The character development was very good. Did not give 5 stars because it was a little predictable with regard to who was behind... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Orangotango-in-NYC
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great High Tech Thriller
This novel is a fast paced thriller that combines a murder mystery with a behind the scenes look at the world of high tech companies and IPO.s. Read more
Published 29 days ago by obeuglesdyke
2.0 out of 5 stars Good plot. Wasn't blow away by the writing
Good plot. Wasn't blow away by the writing. felt somewhat stilted. Great first novel! I'm sure there will be great things to come
Published 1 month ago by Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars A riveting thriller!
This is s fun, fast-paced ride. I like books about the financial markets and public offerings and this one does a great job weaving a fun tale of deception and deceit. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Entertaining and fast story
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4.0 out of 5 stars What a ride!
This was fantastic story. About an up and coming business that hits the big time. It gets bought and is put on the stock exchange for public offering. Easy street here they come. Read more
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Published 2 months ago by Ed Haven
3.0 out of 5 stars new theme
kept my interest and fast moving but somewhat not very deep
Published 3 months ago by SRB
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book!
Pretty Good Book!
Published 3 months ago by James Nason
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting read!!
A little slow on the start, but a great book!!
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More About the Author

Thomas Waite is a bestselling author of thrillers. His debut novel, TERMINAL VALUE, was critically praised (one critic wrote "I believe with time he will become the John Grisham of the murderous technology novels.") and reached #1 at Amazon. 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.

His second bestselling novel, LETHAL CODE, was also critically praised, most notably by Hank Phillippi Ryan, the Agatha, Anthony, and Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning author of Truth Be Told: "Taut, tense, and provocative, this frighteningly knowing cyberthriller will keep you turning pages--not only to devour the fast-paced fiction, but to worry about how much is terrifyingly true." LETHAL CODE tells the shocking and frighteningly possible story of a massive, anonymous cyber-attack on the United States by an unknown enemy--and the unforgettable men, women, and children who fight back against the invisible invasion.

In TRIDENT CODE, ruthless cyberhackers seize a US nuclear submarine, training its most powerful weapon on a target so unusual, yet so vulnerable, that a successful strike could change the face of the earth for millions of years. With the world held hostage, former NSA operative Lana Elkins must join forces with a mysterious computer mastermind--who might be working with the enemy--to avert this unprecedented Armageddon. Intrigue, power, and blackmail force Lana to fight on all fronts--land, sea, air, and in cyberspace--to prevent the worst catastrophe in human history.

Tom was born in the seaside town of Ipswich, Massachusetts, once home to the authors John Updike (who was a patient of his Dad, which enabled Tom to build a nice collection of signed first edition novels), Adele Robertson, John Norton, and the poet Anne Bradstreet. Perhaps it was the history of the town, but from an early age Tom developed a love of writing and left Ipswich to earn his degree in English Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. There he focused on creative writing and was selected by the English Department to participate in an international study program at the University of Oxford.

After college Tom lived in New York City and Boston and published non-fiction in such publications as THE NEW YORK TIMES and the HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW. He embarked on a career in technology culminating in his starting, building, and selling a technology strategy consulting firm. Tom then turned his attention to combining his work experience and his life-long dream and began writing thrillers.

In addition to writing fiction, Tom is the board director of, and an advisor to, technology companies in the online security, media, data analytics, cloud computing, mobile, social intelligence, and information technology businesses. He now lives in Boston.

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