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The Corner Office by [Rao, Anand]
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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: 400 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publication Date: June 28, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LDF9Z1Q
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #888,006 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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By David on August 31, 2014
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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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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!
There is page after page of boring conversation which do not really advance the story.
The rationale for the plot seemed elusive - the characters a mystery...
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By compassrose on November 17, 2014
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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. The conclusion is laughably unfulfilled. Why was this person involved? I have no idea. A waste of time, now that I'm finished. I'll not read another book by this author. It's bad.
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Well-written, fast-paced read - the author is very successful in capturing the pace and politics of executives dealing with an uncertain threat, delivering insight into how these situations play out in a tech company, and indirectly offering some leadership lessons on navigating your/any team through a crisis. Great beach read - well worth the time investment!

The book is at its best when exploring the pros/cons of technology on how communities interact, how individuals behave, and how wealth is distributed - and even more interestingly the choice all the players (companies, customers, developers, hackers) have on how to use this tool. Would love to see more exploration of these themes from this author (potentially using many of the same characters!)
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