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The I.P.O. by [Koontz, Dan]
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"Dan Koontz's book, The I.P.O, is a unique, plot-driven story complete with plenty of subterfuge and a shocking ending. In many ways, it is the perfect read for a cold winter day. There are even moments of insight that are enlightening and make this book more than just entertainment." - Sheli Ellsworth, Portland Book Review


"I was initially intrigued by the concept... soon, I couldn't put it down...  I thoroughly enjoyed this read."  San Francisco Book Review

About the Author

The I.P.O. is Dan Koontz's debut novel. Dan is a board-certified neurologist, practicing on the east side of Cleveland, where he lives with his wife, three daughters and a ten year-old Bernese Mountain Dog. 
Before attending medical school, he held jobs as a technology consultant at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), a bagboy at a local grocery store, a warehouse worker, and, briefly, a bus-loader captain at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
The youngest of three children, Dan grew up in Marietta, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. He is a proud graduate of Wheeler High School, University of Pennsylvania, The Medical College of Georgia, and Case Western Reserve University Neurology Residency.
Aside from writing, Dan enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, futilely rooting for Cleveland's sports teams, fishing and traveling.

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  • File Size: 700 KB
  • Print Length: 346 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615879934
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dan Koontz; 1 edition (December 2, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 2, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FPR89BA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,496 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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*This is not written by DEAN Koontz, it's a self published book written by DAN Koontz.

After seaching for Dean Koontz this appeared and I thought he had written a new interesting novel so I bought it. I cannot help but think that Mr DAN K. is using a name so close in spelling to get the seaches. I had read about ten percent of the book and I wondered why it was so dull. I revisited the online description and saw it was not DEAN K. My bad. Really, how did this book get so many positive reviews? (if have to wonder if acquaintances wrote them). The premise is interesting and the potential was there but the execution falls short.

From what other reviewers said the ending is disappointing so I am glad I quit when I did. The story plot is about coperate greed but I feel like it is greedy to use a name spelled almost exactly like a well known author in order to sell a self published book within the same genre. Not cool for those of who spent money on it.

I am all for supporting new authors but there is a reason they have to pass a publisher's standards. From now on I am going to make sure the book is published by a company I know, no more self published. And I will pay very close attention to the authors spelling of their name. I think if this author had went through a publisher, the book could have been spiced up to be a really good debut.
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I'm among the many who thought they were purchasing a Dean Koontz novel, and while I take some responsibility for overlooking the "e" (Dan vs. Dean), my gut tells me this was an intentional ploy. This book was self-published, and undoubtedly under a contrived pseudonym to increase the possibility of purchase.

I also have to wonder what percentage of the positive reviewers are friends and family?

Sorry, not even giving this the time of day. I don't appreciate being manipulated.
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We've all heard the saying-"It takes a village to raise a child." Dan Koontz has created an exceptional and unusual story by taking that thought to the extreme. Happy children raised in happy homes, developing responsible citizens, and improving society may be the ultimate perfection for kids. But what about orphans. Are some orphans more important and valuable than other orphans? Should intelligent, creative, and talented parents be matched up with the cream of the crop orphans? What if there needed to be a little push to be sure that the right children became the right orphans?

Ryan was one such orphan. His parents were killed in a head on collision by a drunk driver. Ryan thus became The First I.P.O (Initial Public Offering) for the "Avillage" Corporation, who found him excellent parents who could develop his intellectual capability to it's fullest. From then on out, a portion of all of Ryan's earnings would be returned to the corporation and it's investors.

Besides being a fast and intriguing read with children's stories and corporate greed, this book would make for an exceptional book group discussion. The characters were so wonderfully developed that I could have picked them out of a crowd. I can see theories, ethics, morals, and individual problem solving for raising orphans being discussed for hours within a group of readers. I actually glossed over the title of this book thinking I was getting a Dean Koontz novel, but by page 20, I was hooked on this new author's book! Sure hope he has a lot more such creative stories in his immagination.
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Book was really fairly good until the end when the author decided to not actually end the storyline. Unfortunately I now view reading it as a total waste of time.
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I downloaded this because I love DEAN Koontz and wasn't paying careful attention to the author's name.
It took me most of the way through the book to figure out my mistake. I couldn't figure out what happened to DEAN to make him write book with such an unbelievable plot and dull characters.
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By jaybee on November 9, 2013
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From the first page I knew I liked this author's writing style. Very well written and easy to read. What I enjoyed must is the unique plot. I read 25-35 books a year and don't see a lot of original ideas anymore. This story was definitely original, good character development and fast paced - all the things I like in a book. The plot involves a company that figures out a way to make money on gifted orphans-at any cost!
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The Book was uninteresting. The end was so predictable. I will never recommend this book to anyone. Unfortlunately I bought this book thinking it was by Dean Koontz.
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In my defense, this book showed up in my recommendations surrounded by several DEAN Koontz books, and was recommended based on my purchase of several of Dean Koontz's books. This book is crap. The plot isn't even remotely believable. Yes, I know, willing suspension of disbelief is necessary when reading fiction. Usually, I have no issue with that. Usually, there's some explanation for the things that would be otherwise unbelievable. Alternate universe, alien invasion in an otherwise recognizable universe, presence of the supernatural. I'm on board with all of that. This book just expects you to believe that in modern America, selling children into slavery is a legitimate business model, and only a very small minority of people have any objection. I didn't even get a quarter of the way through this poorly written story before I gave up on it entirely. Don't waste your time or your money.
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