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John McAfee's Last Stand (Kindle Single) by [Davis, Joshua]
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  • File Size: 573 KB
  • Print Length: 48 pages
  • Publication Date: November 15, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A88KHYI
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #350,337 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Ben Kickert on November 25, 2012
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So far, the reviews seem right on point. This is a very interesting read and well worth the $0.99 that it is selling for. It is a fascinating breaking story that keeps the reader engaged. It is well written and provides some very candid insights into the recent life of John McAfee. However, as others have noted, it is very short -- more like an extended article than a book -- I finished it in about 45 minutes and I think I read at a pretty average speed. It also leaves you hanging because the story is still very much in progress. I was shocked to find when I read the book, the closing accounts were less than a week old...talk about hot off the press.

I am not sure how this "breaking news" kindle book format will work on in the long run. I am willing to pay for great coverage of current events (which this books qualifies as), but it certainly has a short shelf life. If I bought this book after a major development occurred in the McAfee story, I would be disappointed.

Final thoughts: It is worth the money for a great story, but it has the feel of something rushed to press in order to scoop other writers.
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I could not stop reading this fascinating glimpse inside a story that is currently unfolding before our eyes on an hourly basis. Based on numerous exclusive interviews conducted by the author--many of them conducted on-site in Belize--the author introduces us to a motley crew of interesting characters that McAfee has surrounded himself with. With respect to McAfee himself, the author does a great job portraying a complex man in a fair and accurate way. This is a must read for anyone who wants to understand how McAfee went from software tycoon to fugitive.
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Great book, definitely worth the money. The reviewer who stated this is a 15 minute read is incorrect. I'm a fast reader and this occupied at least an hour of my time. Wired has a few free articles about him on their website that give you some flavor, but this ebook is way more interesting.
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This is journalism at it's best: superbly written, great tempo and mind-blowingly weird. While everyone else tries to report the McAfee saga from the sidelines, Davis, it turns out, has been in on this for 6 months, with all kinds of exclusive access to McAfee. He provides clear answers and insightful context to what's going on. That's what's been missing from other coverage, and that's why you need to read this. I'm surprised it's not called, "The Untold Story of John McAfee."
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By amak on November 21, 2012
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The author makes it feel as if you're in the jungle with madman McAfee (it's creepy), but he also explores what has led to the madness. It's a fascinating book - an in-depth look behind a big news story is something rare and this one is a great read.
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John McAfee has certainly been newsworthy lately. This brilliant but seemingly disturbed Internet entrepreneur, the same man who founded the antivirus software company that still bears his name and later sold it to Intel for billions, has been playing a game of tag with authorities in Belize. They want to question him about the murder of Gregory Faull, a fellow American expatriate who was found murdered in his home, shot in the back of the head.

Columnist and author Joshua Davis has written a short but fascinating Kindle Single with John McAfee's Last Stand, and he chronicles the software pioneer's life and adventures going back to when McAfee was the director of engineering at Omex in Santa Clara, California, at the age of 38. It turns out that McAfee was supplementing his income by selling cocaine to his co-workers while snorting it himself, and when he got too stoned to focus, he would offset it with Quaaludes.

This tale reads like an almost-improbable suspense novel in ways, yet Joshua Davis' sometimes eclectic journalistic style carries through in this ongoing tale. He takes us back to 1986 when two Pakistani brothers released the first known computer virus aimed at PCs (out of curiosity), and how within a year it had infected computers around the world. McAfee, who had been sober for four years and was working at Lockheed, read a newspaper article mentioning that the brothers' virus had infected a computer in Georgia. He "found the idea terrifying" and decided to do something: he started McAfee Associates "out of his 700-square-foot home in Santa Clara," and by 1990 was making $5 million a year with little overhead.
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John McCafee's Last Stand accurately describes Mr. McAfee's current predicament brought upon him almost entirely because of his own personal paranoia. It mixes real life stories of paradise, business and a small, impoverished town with psychotic delusions allegedly not brought on by substance abuse but rather Mr. McAfee's own vision of reality.

It is a quick read and is highly recommended if you want to know about the current situation surrounding the former founder of one of the biggest anti-virus software programs in the world.
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This was a very informative read, and I can say that I learned a lot about a guy i literally knew nothing about. Never realized that he dropped acid while routing freight trains for CSX. In interesting keynote in a man that has completely lost his mind.
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