- Series: A Silicon Valley Novel (Book 1)
- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (March 6, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1544183011
- ISBN-13: 978-1544183015
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,001,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Private Offerings (A Silicon Valley Novel) (Volume 1) Paperback – March 6, 2017
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"Initial public offerings have rarely been so fraught. Public relations consultant Lynn Baker is at the center of an up-and-coming technology firm just a few weeks away from an IPO. But the IPO is torpedoed by a coordinated campaign of misinformation from mysterious outsiders. If that's not bad enough, company insiders all have secrets that complicate board meetings. The author has done her research about the mechanics of IPOs, the lure of the promise (rarely realized) of incredible wealth, and how easily dreams turn into dross. This novel captures the intensity of the Silicon Valley business world and its arcane financial practices with appealing characters, unrelenting action and depictions of high finance and corporate boardroom dynamics that ring true." John Kador, Wealth Management Magazine
"...a timely fictional page-turner...she can tell a story..." San Jose Mercury News
"Ann Bridges' 'Private Offerings' is a joy ride through the twists and turns of Silicon Valley inventor efforts to sell its technology. The story is both suspenseful in regard to Chinese interests and ambitious ploys, and romantic with character secrets slowly revealed. Short chapters have the reader advancing easily through the story to its conclusion." Michael Fallon, San Jose State University Lecturer
"This is a high-tech tale of international intrigue, populated with promiscuous characters of dubious integrity with plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader's attention to the very end. This new author demystifies Silicon Valley with a story of love, greed and financial shenanigans." George Koo, New America Media, Former US-China Business Consultant
"...Ann Bridges develops her multi-dimensional characters with both nuance and depth. She dances them through the perfectly captured intensity of the Silicon Valley business world. 'Private Offerings' is a compelling read: hard to put down and a pleasure to get back into." Pat Waite, Retired Silicon Valley Corporate Executive, San Jose Political Figure
"An artfully crafted and immensely enjoyable novel that's hard to put down. Ann Bridges draws on her personal experience and insider's view of the world of Silicon Valley and IPOs to bring you intriguing, suspenseful fiction. Plus, she includes a ring of truth about the emerging influence of China on the high-tech, high-finance worlds." Dinah Lin, MBA, Public Speaker, Author
"This is a good read! If you have ever walked the corridors of Silicon Valley, you will have met the characters in this book in conference rooms, at business and technical forums, coffee shops and airports from San Jose to San Francisco. It appears Bridges has captured many closely guarded conversations." Stephen Tritto, Retired Silicon Valley Executive and Award-Winning Author
About the Author
Dynamic novelist Ann Bridges redefines contemporary suspense by blending her unique insider's knowledge of Silicon Valley within the framework of sexy, fast-paced, international thrillers depicting China's growing influence on America's economic powerhouse.
Ms. Bridges is a native of Chicago who fell in love with Silicon Valley while earning her B.S. degree from Stanford University. Settling in San Jose, she embarked on a challenging career spanning operations, finance, and marketing executive positions in the exploding convergence of the technology, communications, and entertainment industries.
Years of intimate business experience earned in the male-dominated world of Silicon Valley form the foundation of Ms. Bridges' series of addictive, intelligent fiction. She captures real-world elements and balances complex plots with genuine characters and provocative twists in a literary style that apeals to both sexes.
Her debut novel, Private Offerings, was named 2015 Best Business Fiction by Wealth Management Magazine. San Jose Mercury News and Upside journalists, as well as fellow businesspeople, acclaim it for its authenticity and timeliness. Its sequel, Rare Mettle, tackles the controversial issue of global free trade juxtaposed against rising political tensions.
Ms. Bridges is a featured speaker at leading business conferences and universities, talking about the impact of technology worldwide. She is also a frequent guest on national radio shows sharing insights on today's Silicon Valley and the issues affecting today's consumers and investors.
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Much of the action focuses on high-level financial dealings, jockeying for political gain, and media manipulation, set within the context of every software company’s biggest leap forward, the dreaded IPO. Hints of sex are sprinkled throughout, featuring provocatively-dressed wannabe execs using their feminine wiles to manipulate both clueless and not-so-clueless coders, with varying results. If you’re looking for violence, you won’t find much here: the wheeling and dealing provide the excitement, not unlike James Clavelle’s 1981 novel Noble House.
Without spoiling the novel, one of the most interesting aspects was how much of the conflict hinged on a single press release, showing the reader how one message, properly crafted and produced at just the right time, can make a world’s worth of difference.
Overall, it’s an enjoyable read, something different. If you’re familiar with business fiction you’ll no doubt find a lot in Private Offerings to entertain. If this is your first foray into the genre, then dive on in, the water’s fine. Just watch out for the commies and femmes fatale.
There is a myriad of characters beautifully developed and defined whose traits and behaviors would easily assure them a reservation in one Dante’s infamous circles of hell…and a few who would actually see the bright lights of Paradiso. The writer is quite adept at giving the least minor characters enough substance that they make a lasting impression throughout the novel.
The writing is crisp and vivid… and at times quite elegant, especially when describing settings and landscapes but never burdensome (a credit to both the writer and editor). It moves at a quick, non- stop pace…and even though it is close to 350 pages…it is the type of book one could easily read over a few hours. It is a real page-turner.
The story evolves around two major characters. Lynn Baker (originally introduced to the reader as Gwendolyn Baker) and Eric Coleman, owner of SDS, a tech company that is seriously considering going public with an IPO (Initial Public Offering). Mr. Coleman hires Lynn, the sole owner of a consulting company that is on the verge of bankruptcy, to help with the publicity. Interest in SDS is large, especially since the software has military and financial implications that are far reaching. It is against this background that the story unfolds, and all these wonderful characters are introduced with nefarious intentions ranging from simple greed, to revenge, to control of the world. There are enough twists and turns to satisfy the most enthusiastic racecar driver and enough sexual innuendo to gratify the most avid soap opera fans. In short, this novel delivers on all fronts and I highly recommend it.
The back of the book gives a very quick synopsis: "Top-secret technology, up for sale, coveted by competing interests across the globe. Wall Street financiers clash with government interests - both domestic and Chinese - throwing a monkey wrench onto the path of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur about to cash in on his dream of a lifetime."
If this seems like a complex storyline...well, it is. But is it tough to understand? No it's not. Ann writes a story that is at the same time intricate and easy to follow. It's fun to feel like an insider in this financial/high tech world. But, wait...there's more. We also get romance and some bad guys.
So, if we're dealing in high tech and IPOs and other financial stuff, then it must be dry, right? WRONG! I definitely got caught up in the relationships. Don't quote me, but it's possible that I shed a tear or two. Gasp! A real shocker (yeah, right). I'm really looking forward to sitting down with Ann and getting the details of her background. I want to know how she knows all of this stuff. And when I do get her history, I will pass it on to all of you.