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The First Secret of Edwin Hoff Paperback – March 24, 2012
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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.
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!
Bottom line- get this book and read it, now.
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.Read more ›
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The First secret of Edwin Hoff and Rising Aces are fantastic reads. I found myself staying up late to finish the books to find out what would happen next. Read morePublished 15 days ago
This book was an intricate weave of interesting characters and unexpected plot twists. AB Bourne is masterful at character development and this page turner really sucked me in - I... Read morePublished 1 month ago by CMT
It took me 3 days with very late nights to finish. I am thrilled that I just read Annie Bourne's book since her next one (Rising Aces) just came out!! I am desperate for a copy. Read morePublished 12 months ago by V Gray
First time read of A.B Bourne. Loved the description of all the places i know in Boston. As the book went on i found myself not able to put it down. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Joanna
Edwin Hoff was a fun read- interesting character, absorbing plot. Could be a fantastic series and a character for the long haul.Published on May 30, 2014 by Joanne
Wow! What a story... - could be true??!!
This story is captivating from beginning to the end. I had trouble putting it down!
An intense thriller revolving around the events of 9/11 and the Dot Com Boom/Bust. Known history doesn't change, but A.B. Read morePublished on February 26, 2013 by DG
THIS BOOK STARTED A LITTLE SLOW BUT THE STORY ENDED WITH A BANG. IT WAS A GOOD WHAT IF STORY.Published on February 4, 2013 by LB&DEE
"The First Secret of Edwin Hoff" is a thoroughly entertaining action and suspense story. The plot is espionage intrigue, and the book also provides a nice glimpse into the world of... Read morePublished on January 25, 2013 by CK