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A.B. Bourne was employee #119 at Akamai and worked closely with Danny Lewin to persuade big companies like IBM, Oracle and HP to do strategic deals with their start-up. She also ran the IPO, which raised $234 million in October 1999, then one of the most successful IPO’s in history. Annie graduated from Yale College in 1990 and the University of Michigan Law School in 1996, then worked for the law firm Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo in Boston from 1996-1999. She lives in Massachusetts with her family, consulting for start-up technology companies.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Watch Hill Books (March 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983980705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983980704
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,439,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A.B. Bourne is the author of The First Secret of Edwin Hoff, #5 on Amazon's Top Rated Spy Stories and Tales of Intrigue and one of Goodreads' Best Spy Novels in the 20th and 21st Centuries.

A.B is a technology executive and lawyer. When not writing thrillers, she helps technology companies partner with the likes of Google, Facebook, IBM, Oracle and many others. Early in her career she practiced law at Mintz Levin in Boston and worked at Akamai Technologies for its founder, Danny Lewin, who inspired the fictional character Edwin Hoff.

The author graduated from Yale University and the University of Michigan Law School. A.B. lives in Massachusetts with her husband, their children and their Labrador, who prefers roast chicken to kibble and weight bearing walls above all.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Halley Suitt on February 23, 2012
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Bourne's book is so exciting. I literally did run into people in the streets around Kendall Square and MIT on the way to work, because I couldn't stop reading it. If you are interested in any of the following, you'll love this book: great thrillers, homeland security, 9/11, entrepreneurs, terrific characters, counterterrorism, IPO's, internet billionaires or books you just can't put down. I wish she would write a sequel with any of the characters from this book in it, or just a book that focuses on any of the events that Edwin Hoff was ever part of -- part of making happen, or better, part of keeping from happening. He is a true hero who saved millions and never took a bow.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M.B. on September 8, 2011
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I can't wait for the second secret Edwin Hoff! Bourne had me glued to this thriller that moved along a face pace, weaving characters in and out of the plot and taking me deeper and deeper into their web but especially allowing me to come to know the main character, Edwin Hoff, who I look forward to following in his future missions. To know that this character was inspired by a real person and real events gave the story that much more intrigue. I am hooked on Hoff.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mhk on April 26, 2012
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Agree with all the above raves. This is a taut, intricate tale of intrigue, very well told. A real page turner that's a pleasure to read. moreson kaplan
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sandy MacMullen on March 12, 2012
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The First Secret is a terrific book. Actually, Annie Bourne had me after the Prologue and the rest was a roller coaster of icing on the cake. I didn't put this down until I had finished; I simply ignored my family and other responsibilities for a long day so that I could get to the last page.
The really neat thing about this is that it's hard to describe to you who the protagonist is, there are so many intriguing characters and plot angles. Sure Edwin Hoff is the title character and he gets a lot of the air time, if you will. But there are at least three other very important lead-type characters. My personal favorite is Marly, who doesn't even matter in the first third of the novel.
Bourne does really well in mixing a variety of expertises. She has some first hand knowledge of the whole explosive dot.com world but has done her homework well for the rest of it. (To look at her on the book jacket, I can't imagine that she has actually done Navy Seal training, for example.) Edwin Hoff himself is a sort of Jason Bourne-like character, without that paranoia of most Ludlum novels. There is lots of action, high-tech gadgetry, chase scenes involving different elements of The Law. And there are twists that you don't see coming (but that then make sense after Bourne has brought them out.) You can actually ask yourself, "I wonder if this really happened?"
Do yourself a favor; get this book. And then block out a chunk of time because you'll need it. Other parts of your life can take a back seat for a little bit.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jane on March 1, 2012
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This book was worth every moment of stolen time it took to finish. I am a big fan of the genre and found Edwin Hoff has a rare combination of very human and believable characters with enough 007-ish gadgets to give it an edge, as well as making it both realistic and remarkably entertaining. Bourne added a fair amount of historical details from the late 90's and clearly had an insider's view of the dot com world at the time, which for me served as a mini-education for a world I knew very little about (always a bonus to learn something while you're having fun). I found I was completely immersed while reading Edwin Hoff and could not stop thinking of the characters for quite a while after I finished. Living in the Boston area, it was also great fun to picture the scenes of action engagingly described in the novel. Now I just have to wait for the sequel...
Bottom line- get this book and read it, now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Al D. on April 4, 2012
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Don't even think of buying this book unless you have some available time for the next few days! For if you find you need to sleep, have impending deadlines, and so on, you will find them totally overridden by the compulsion to continue with this amazing novel.
I stayed up far too late, missed far too much work, neglected far too many things--when two days later the book ended and released me from its jaws. Great characters, plot line, totally engrossing, 100% recommended!
And I'm also very glad I read it. Most enjoyable!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alisa on January 23, 2012
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This thriller was impossible to put down- even with my toddler climbing all over me while I read it at times! The suspense of Edwin's next move kept me on the edge of my seat. Characters who initially seemed inconsequential to the plot came back with a bang. The references to Boston brought me back to a fascinating time in the historic Internet boom. I look forward to seeing what's in store for Edwin in the Second Secret. LONG LIVE EDWIN!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 2, 2013
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This is a heart-stopping, spaghetti bowl of a thriller. Smart, complex, graceful and filled with the type of insider information (the tech world, government intelligence, Jihadist hierarchy) that drives me, as a reader, to distraction.
The story takes place at the turn of the millennium and centers around the title character - Edwin Hoff - a mysterious and brilliant leader in the tech industry. One of a handful of Ivy League wunderkinds who became an overnight billionaire during the tech boom of the 1990s, Edwin is anything but the frivolous materialist. Unlike a certain other young billionaire from a different franchise, he doesn't need to distract himself with a chorus of babes and an array of unusual sex practices. Nor does he need to work through his ennui - a now painfully clichéd side effect of having too much too soon, or so we readers have been told.
On the contrary, Edwin hides a dark and secret past and carries the weight of the world on his muscular shoulders. Instead of offering on-premise sushi bars and other perks to his already spoiled team, he gives inspiration, the chance to make history, and he delivers unapologetic discipline - moral and otherwise. His own indelible character takes root inside those around him, bringing out qualities they didn't know they had. Or had not existed before Edwin came into their lives. In short, Edwin Hoff is a leader - the kind we ache for.
And Edwin Hoff is also something else.
Edwin Hoff, we learn, is a spy of the highest caliber.
From the dizzying heights of the high tech revolution to the terrifying events of 9/11, The First Secret of Edwin Hoff shows us that nothing is as it seems. A.B.
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