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The Corner Office [Kindle Edition]

Anand Rao
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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

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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  • File Size: 398 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1500136204
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LDF9Z1Q
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #273,959 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
Format:Kindle Edition
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.
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Idea, Dull Execution for this Suspense Novel September 5, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
"The Corner Office" is a suspense novel set in the business world, where technology keeps you relevant but the competition is cut-throat.

Kevin, the CEO of PIT Technologies, enjoys his corner office and position but the stress is high. When revenues and profits start falling due to a bug in the companys platform, Perceptiv, he knows he has to find the answer. The other office staff join in to help, with pressure from the Board and eventually even from the media. They're racing against the clock to fix the problem as revenues and profits continue to decline, and it looks like the issue may have resulted from someone elses' malicious action…

I liked the concept of "The Corner Office," but I felt the execution of the novel itself could have been better. The plot really drags, mostly due to long conversations between Kevin and his staff about what's wrong and how to fix it. The parts of the book about the hackers were much more exciting, and I wish more focus had been placed on them, their motivation, and even what else they were doing to further their cause. I also was very distracted by the frequent instances of missing or misplaced punctuation, though a thorough proofreading could fix this issue.

If you are interested in business, technology, and hacking (think groups like Anonymous, with a cause), you may enjoy "The Corner Office;" otherwise, you might find it a little dull.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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When the executives at PIT Technologies are made aware of inconsistencies with their core moneymaking platform, they go into crisis mode to find out what is wrong to correct it. They discover that the app has indeed been hacked. Working around the clock, they nip it in the bud, but little do they know, they now have bigger problems.

I enjoyed reading this as if I were in the middle of the brainstorming and executive meetings, although they lost me a couple of times technology-wise. The efficiency of their team was impressive to me. I felt sorry for Kevin, the CEO, but thought he did a great service to his company.

When it was all over, I still felt like there was more to uncover, and the ending confirmed it. I’m looking forward to the continuation of this story
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 3 days ago by Bevan
1.0 out of 5 stars awful
There is no character development. Main characters are simply cardboard figures who give information. The author simply does not know how craft a compelling story. Read more
Published 8 days ago by compassrose
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good reading.
Published 12 days ago by Dennis Jordan
2.0 out of 5 stars Novel written in hury
I didn't find it thrilling or page turner or even interesting.
On top of it, ended abruptly.
Wouldn't recommend. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Gaurang
4.0 out of 5 stars Glad I stuck with it
At first I was not sure, I kept putting it down a couple of days went by picked it back up today and finished it in under two hours. Read more
Published 13 days ago by lstnrome
2.0 out of 5 stars Too far from reality
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. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Peter Ralph
2.0 out of 5 stars This book was ok but.
I think this could have been better written I found it boring after a few chapters.the heat of it could have been better written.I,'ve read worse so it is a fairly good read . Read more
Published 18 days ago by Base49
3.0 out of 5 stars good read
Nice and breezy read...makes for an interesting few hours. authors way of presenting story is quite good and the ensemble of characters too
Published 19 days ago by sam
4.0 out of 5 stars High Tech is highly fragile!
This felt like it was ripped from the headlines: computer hacking, multimillion dollar CEO's, hurried press releases to keep stockholders happy, it all feels very real. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amy Henry
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the read for Techies
I work at a social media company in Seattle as a developer so I found this book quite entertaining to read. Read more
Published 2 months ago by ttownscott
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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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