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Terminal Value by [Waite, Thomas]
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"I believe with time he will be called the John Grisham of the murderous technology novels. This is an excellent beginning to, what I hope is, a long writing career for Mr. Waite." --Literary R & R 

"Terminal Value is to the corporate world what John Grisham's The Firm is to lawyering: a taut, fast, relentless thriller. A most impressive debut novel." --Jim Champy, co-author of Reengineering the Corporation and author of Outsmart!

"Thomas Waite opens a window into the world of technology that even a technophobe can appreciate. Filled with tension, romance, humor, mystery and avarice, Terminal Value is a captivating tale that holds your interest right through to its surprising conclusion." --David Updike, author of Old Girlfriends: Stories and Out on the Marsh.

"Terminal Value is a sizzling thriller convincingly set in the world of emerging technologies that even industry insiders will appreciate. Thomas Waite has earned the right to belly up to the bar with the likes of Brad Meltzer, Scott Turow, and David Baldacci. A great read!" --Paul Carroll, co-author of The New Killer Apps.

"Terminal Value is a lightning-paced, intelligent novel that will capture your imagination right up to its stunning conclusion. If you enjoyed Michael Crichton's Disclosure, then you will love this business thriller!" --Jack Bergstrand, author of Reinvent Your Enterprise.

"A terrific page-turner that rips back and forth between the art of the start-up and the art of murder, between a high-tech IPO and a techie who's DOA! Crackling good stuff!" --Alan M. Webber,  author of The Global Detective.

From the Author

Terminal Value is a thriller intended to provide an insider's look into the excitement of a technology start-up, the anticipated riches of an initial public offering, the gut-wrenching murder of a friend, and the dark side of corporate America.

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  • File Size: 1596 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Marlborough Press (March 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AAKFSPM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,767 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The clue to a good mystery is solving the crime about 30 seconds after the hero, and Thomas Waite accomplishes this goal in his breakout novel, "Terminal Value." The clues, red herrings, and foreshadowing are all there for the seasoned reader to find and tuck away until the end of the story when, after riding on the shirttails of the protagonist, we stare at the last pages, snap our fingers, and say "Of course! That's absolutely right!" In this debut thriller, Waite calls on his personal experience in the ever-changing world of technology and applies his knowledge to this fast-paced, exciting tale. This is one of those books that we can't put down until it's finished. It goes with us in our Kindle or briefcase or backpack so we can continue reading it wherever we go. And as we come to the end, we realize that Waite has left an opening for more adventures with his hero. Can another story be far behind? I hope so!
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Most thriller writers don't understand business well enough to write about it. Tom Waite is an exception. He knows how high-tech M&A works, having created and sold his own high-tech marketing firm. The book moves quickly and keeps you guessing as to what the heck is going on with the acquiring firm. At some point the book shifts from business irregularities to matters of life-and-death. I think of it as "The Firm" in high-tech, or as a competitor/complement to Joseph Finder's books.
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Terminal Value is a fine business thriller written by an author who clearly has a great deal of inside knowledge about how things work in the rarefied worlds of Wall Street, High Tech, IPOs, and Mergers & Acquisitions. This novel should be a readers' club favorite because it offers excellent opportunities to discuss, one, the David-and-Goliath issues that arise when a soulless mega corporation gobbles up a small but vibrant and crackerjack firm; and two, the ethical question of when in business it's okay to allow any end to justify the means.
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I love the corporate espionage genre and this book has everything - intrigue, murder, business story line and success (or failure) based on the ethical (or non-ethical) actions of a few main characters, multiple candidates for 'who done it?', and multiple plots to evolve and finally be solved - murder, corporate fraud, etc. A great debut novel, written with the finesse and style of someone who has authored dozens of books. Each chapter created excitement and anticipation to immediately read the next one. Terminal Value is effortless to read and pulls you through the book without distraction. The writing style, plot and character development intertwine to make a most enjoyable read. Hopefully, Tom Waite has a few more plots in the making and will be publishing another novel soon.
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This story is not only an interesting and intelligent thriller but it also provokes the conversation mentioned by one of the reviewers - that is, how do we deal with the values collision when one firm is gobbled by another. The book gets extreme to build the thrill in the values collision both between firms but also what happens when commitment gets compromised in what was a soulful and purpose-driven culture. Although we got hints as to who did it before all was revealed, the story was compelling and evoked questions about how we experience others and then have them live according to our perception when actually the facts are very different.
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I was really interested in the premise of this book. Coming from a Computer Science background, I was looking forward to the details of the "mobile computing business" even though others probably wouldn't be interested. For those that aren't fond of technical details, you don't need to worry, there aren't many. I did think the process of a start-up being bought seemed quite realistic and accurate. The beginning of the novel was a little slow and there were a couple of awkward passages. Also, some of the characters (like Rob) weren't well-developed.

The plot moves at a decent pace, but I just felt it fell a little short when building up the intrigue. In fact, I'd classify this book more as a mystery than a thriller because the whole book revolved around a murder and there wasn't much suspense after that. I wish that I had been on the edge of my seat to find out who the murderer was, but unfortunately, I wasn't. In fact, determining the murderer was a surprise, but a surprise that came completely out of left field.

Overall, the novel didn't surpass my expectations, but it definitely met them! I did like the novel and Waite created a really interesting technology related mystery and I'm glad I got a chance to read it. I recommend this for anyone interested in technology and ready to read a good mystery.
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Somehow today's struggling economy may make us forget there is an engine of innovation in software and mobile devices, cutting edge stuff Tom Waite's young business team is pushing. With the enthusiasm of potential riches if the sale of their company works out, and the deeper promise of technical breakthroughs that motivate some, and sex!, the team finds itself caught up in the greed and fraud that we know all too often is there where risk and payoff are huge. This context in the novel is remarkably believable and real, pulling the team into murder and treachery. I suspected almost everyone at one point or another. Keep it up, Tom!
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