Virtual Vice: A new technology crime novel based on true events Paperback – March 25, 2009
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I managed to get through the entire book which I found to be a tedious read at many times. The book is just too repetitive. I found myself saying "I already know this....you already mentioned this.....you keep using the same descriptive words over and over again." This book could be alot shorter if it weren't so repetitious.
I thought the technology aspect of the book would be interesting.....it wasn't. I thought the music aspect of the book would be interesting....it wasn't. I thought the plot would be interesting....it wasn't. About half way through, I couldn't wait for it all to be over, so I could move on to a better book.
I don't recommend this book.
You may think you know what goes on, but your probably don't. It's darker than you think.
Will you still enjoy the music of the really good ones? Sure!
Attorney Ian McKenzie's life takes a decided turn when he is introduced to the charismatic, but dangerous, Scott White. Hired by White to represent his interests in Metropoleis Media, a cutting edge Internet startup, Ian is soon drawn into the personal trials and tribulations of White's life. Leaving a trail of violence and abuse wherever he has been, White's quick descent into paranoia and mental illness finds Ian searching for a way out and a way to collect the ever mounting outstanding attorney fees that White owes him. Caught in the middle of the Feds, La Cosa Nostra and the Cali Cartel, Ian is trapped in a fatal game of corporate winner-take-all. How will he ever extract himself? And at what cost?
If you like wild rides, "Virtual Vice" is for you. Beginning with Ian McKenzie discovering his client naked and teetering on the edge of the veranda outside his hotel room, you're certain from the get go that this is no ordinary story.
Soon after meeting Ian, Scott White and some of his abnormal associates, the reader journeys through part of White's past and how Ian met and came to be hired by White before the book moves through in a mostly chronological format.
The author's love of music and his experience as an intellectual property attorney in information technology and entertainment law are clear from the onset, and it is his well-developed, complex characters that readers will appreciate the most. White's total deterioration that garners him some unwanted attention from past associates, Clarice Westwater's greed and ability to manipulate and Pastor Petey's feigned piousness, come alive within the pages of this book.
"Virtual Vice" gives a glimpse not only into the world of Internet venture capitalism, but also the music industry and Ponzi schemes, as White's long history of bilking investors and running across state lines is outlined.
Based upon true events, "Virtual Vice" is considered creative non-fiction, and therefore, the narrative carries the bulk of the story. This made it a little hard to get into at first. I am so glad I stuck with it, though, because the storyline is not only timely, it is riveting once it gets going and you'll find yourself turning page after page up to the explosive and satisfying conclusion.
A timely, attention grabbing story is what you'll find in "Virtual Vice" by Jason M. Kays.
How far will you go to protect what you feel is rightfully yours? What is acceptable behavior for those in power and how much should we accept when it comes to dealing with those we love.
The book takes us into social issues that are literally ripped from the headlines, and puts us in the position to see how we would deal with certain situations if faced with them.
Enjoyed the book and will be telilng others about it. Look for the author to continue to use the events of the day to tell his story and even our own.