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The Corner Office [Kindle Edition]

Anand Rao
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Book Description

It’s always good to know who is running the show!

Kevin, The CEO of a fast growing Technology company waited in The Corner Office, admiring the magnificent views and contemplating what lay ahead. His Chief Technology Officer had alerted him to a seemingly unsolvable problem that plagued their most profitable software application and was on his way over to discuss the situation. If not resolved soon enough, this issue could dampen company’s bright future and affect the livelihood of thousands of its employees. As always, Kevin assembled his best people and left no stone un-turned to figure out a solution. This time around though, something was different. Despite their efforts, things went from bad to worse. What were they up against? Could they pull through? Was Kevin the man for the job this time around and who was really in charge?

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**Top 50 Kindle best seller in Nov 2014**

From the Author

Several readers have asked me the meaning and purpose of the book. I had an idea and purpose in mind as I wrote the book. However, I also believe that I, or the author, shouldn't necessarily dictate how the book is interpreted. So I leave a lot to reader's imagination and let them draw their own meaning and conclusion. To answer the question, for me the book was about 'The Corner Office' in all of us. The ego that interprets data, provides perspective, analyses and draws conclusion. This is demonstrated by two opposing self-justified and validated arguments that are in conflict with each other. It is also prevalent in most of the characters point-of-view, the Company itself and how the story plays out. As for the ending, a conclusion that most readers were looking for would have defeated the very purpose of the book.
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  • File Size: 398 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1500136204
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LDF9Z1Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #678,747 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Corporate suspense novel by new author Anand Rao August 2, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The Corner Office, debut novel from promising writer Anand Rao, was a very different read for me. I am into murder and mayhem primarily, but I was immediately drawn to this book because of its cool cover and intriguing title. I am also very open to expanding my reading horizons. I therefore entered a giveaway for a free copy and was lucky enough to win. I want to thank Mr. Rao for picking me.

This story centers around a corporate crisis in a technology company. I found this rather fascinating as my job was not in a corporate setting, and I was up to seeing how things work in that world. The book is conversation-driven for the most part, so one needs to pay attention. There was no skimming or multitasking for me while reading this book as I am neither a business person nor a techie, and I wanted to understand the nuances of the crisis and the maneuvering of the team to investigate and solve the problem. For the most part I enjoyed the set up, which took the first 50% of the book, though this section dragged a bit at times. I really enjoyed the interplay of the company team members and found this to be a real strong point of the book.

The energy of the story ramped up significantly after the team thought it had conquered the problem when in fact their "corrective process" had actually triggered a significant worsening of the situation. The chill factor went up when It was determined that a company insider, identity unknown, was involved in the crime. The last 20% of the novel moved quickly. With about 5% left, it was starting to look like a particular member of the team was the criminal; at that point I was congratulating Mr. Rao in my head for a terrific twist that I never saw coming! And then the book ended.

Mr. Rao, how could you do that to me??!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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We all know those ads that appear on websites, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and most places that you visit on the web. You do a search for something, visit a site, play a game and soon your seeing ads for them. The Corner Office is about a company that provides companies with the ability to target those ads to you, the consumer.

Problem is they have all their eggs in one basket. If it's not successful they're bankrupt! So when hackers gain access to some of the core software and infrastructure and are allowed to do as they pleased it sends the management of PIT Technologies into crisis mode. If they don't want become a not-for-profit company they have to figure out a way to correct it! Even if they can, will they be able to restore their reputation?

The story-line which takes unexpected twists is a new and refreshing change of pace which I thoroughly enjoyed. The content of The Corner Office is well written and fluid. I look forward to finding out what happens next.

I received this product for free to facilitate the writing of this review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe are worthy of my endorsement.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great summer beach read July 7, 2014
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Terrific read. As someone who works closely with business and technology, I could fully identify with the characters and situations. Great work detailing it out without getting too mired in tech - and love the twists.

Easy breezy read - perfect for the shore
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars So what? August 31, 2014
By David
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Although the dialog and situation sounded familiar, the book did not seem to go anywhere. Perhaps this is part of a multivolume set. Having been in meetings and heard the words before, the author appears to have a grasp of tech talk and entrepreneurial settings. This book was not a good use of my time.

My old professor had an admonishment which included the challenging phrase, "So what?" When I finished the book, the phrase came to mind, but the answer did not.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too far from reality November 7, 2014
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The Corner Office is poorly written and full of tautologies like ‘and they never looked back since’ and ‘it was about to leave Bremerton soon.’ The dialogue is clunky…’How did this get out?’….’Only a handful of us and the board knew about this.’ Who would say ‘about this’ in the response? The narrative is drawn out …’He sat at his desk, took his laptop out of his briefcase, put the briefcase down to the left and the laptop on his desk.’ There are numerous punctuation errors and some spelling mistakes. ‘Mark was only too keen to wash his hands off (sic) the mess,’ ……..’and “Close aids (sic) would say, ……’ This book could’ve been a lot shorter and needs a good, professional edit.
The story starts with The CEO in his office. ‘It was late in the evening, so the lighter grey had given way to a darker shade.’ He then holds two long meetings and the narrative as the second one is finishing is, ‘The sun was dipping into the horizon and it was getting darker every minute.’ The sun in Seattle must hang around for a long time after late evening. The CEO acts like no CEO I have ever met…CEOs by their very nature CEOs are arrogant…this CEO is weak and continually looking for support from those who report to him. The dialogue among the managers lacks any vestige of business authenticity. Again, in my lifetime I have never met a chairman or witnessed a board like those described in this book. Perhaps The Corner Office might be a good read for those with little or no knowledge of business, but in terms of credibility, it’s a stretch too far.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Sorry, I was not a fan of this book.
Published 2 months ago by Sigrid
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow and confusing
The story started slowly and took a long time to get to the plot. The story ended abruptly, like a sudden drop off a cliff.
Published 3 months ago by Barbara
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Just OK!
Published 4 months ago by EZ Auction Help, Inc.
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars I didn't die reading it so it could have been worse.
eeh. I didn't die reading it so it could have been worse.
Published 4 months ago by R. Schein
2.0 out of 5 stars Struggled To Finish
Thankfully this was a short book. Story was not overly interesting or believable but the book was well written and subject was timely. Would not recommend.
Published 5 months ago by Jerry S.
4.0 out of 5 stars The Corner Office
Overall I liked the story. Some of the more technical aspects I didn't understand but I could follow along. The things that were distracting were using the wrong word in a spot. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Beverly Reed Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery that digs deeper. A different breed of thriller.
The Corner Office is a charming debut with a rich, powerful and informed narrative about rising and falling trends of current tech-corporate America. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Natasha
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring beyond belief
If you've ever wondered what it's like to be a corporate executive and sit in meeting after meeting, then by all means read this book. Read more
Published 5 months ago by KAinSC
2.0 out of 5 stars I was skim-reading great swathes waiting for SOMETHING to happen - to...
This held promise - SORRY, BUT: I just could not get into this one.
I was skim-reading great swathes waiting for SOMETHING to happen - to no avail! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bevan
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An Indian author based in Seattle who enjoys the life of adventure and travel, and a burgeoning corporate career. His personal and professional endeavors have connected him to people across the world providing a unique perspective on their aspirations and interactions. Interested in communicating ideas and narrating stories, he published his first book 'The Corner Office' in July 2014. The book examines the interaction of executives in a fast growing technology company confronted with a never seen before crisis. Author draws upon his corporate experience working with top executives but adds flavor and philosophy to the story. He aspires to continue writing stories that examine human behavior and potential.

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