A Cool Billion

A Cool Billion

4.6 3
by Michael C. Perkins, Celia H. Nunez
     
 
Money. Greed. Power

Welcome to Silicon Valley, a place where wealth is counted not in millions, but in billions of dollars; where the ambition is to own not a fleet of cars, but a hangar full of planes; and where the Forbes 400 list serves as a de facto Social Register.

This is the world so vividly captured in this incisive debut novel. Written by the ultimate

Overview

Money. Greed. Power

Welcome to Silicon Valley, a place where wealth is counted not in millions, but in billions of dollars; where the ambition is to own not a fleet of cars, but a hangar full of planes; and where the Forbes 400 list serves as a de facto Social Register.

This is the world so vividly captured in this incisive debut novel. Written by the ultimate Silicon Valley insiders, Michael C. Perkins and Celia Núñez, A Cool Billion gives readers a glimpse of the exclusive and frenetic world of this decade's new power players.

A Cool Billion is a classic tale of avarice and ego, with a 21st century twist: an ambitious journalist, Steven Cavanaugh, pushes a friend to dig up confidential information about the high tech startup where she works. She agrees, and turns up dead the next day. Enraged and guilt-ridden, Steven pursues the man he suspects killed her—until he stumbles onto a billion-dollar conspiracy. Now the race is on: the conspirators are after Steven, and his only hope for survival is to elude them long enough to unravel their identities.

Editorial Reviews

Publisher's Weekly
Perkins...and Nunez...keep the pages turning.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780595097340
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/04/2000
Series:
Novel Series
Pages:
348
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.78(d)

Related Subjects

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

A Cool Billion 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A suspenseful page-turner set in the inflated property values with equally inflated egos of Silicon Valley. Well-defined characters populate this sordid, high-tech world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For someone who knows little about the inner workings of the Silicon Valley, this book was helpful and entertaining. It is a fast, easy-read mystery with good character development and location descriptions, and intriguing plot twists. I had a hard time putting it down once I started reading it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A fun, fast read, with lots of detail about the fashionable world of dotcom startups and Internet finance. Entertaining suspense for Silicon Valley insiders and those who want to find out more about how the Internet industry works. It is definitely a work of fiction to entertain, not educate, but there are basic explanations of how some business things get done in Silicon Valley. Those asides are not always nice -- there¿s noticeable disapproval of dotcom greed. (For in-depth information on how the venture capital financing and IPO of Internet companies often work, The Internet Bubble is useful. It was co-authored by the same Michael Perkins who co-wrote this book.) The characters don¿t seem to be a direct who¿s who, but composites of some of the industry figures that will be familiar to subscribers of technology business magazines. Digital Business, the magazine where the novel¿s hero, Steven Cavanaugh, works, does seem to resemble Red Herring magazine most -- except for the comment about it always having come out on time.... I read the book in one sitting, and enjoyed it. It seems very well researched, except for the assumption about San Francisco housing prices (junior reporter Angela Madrigal being able to afford a one-bedroom with parking?!) All in all, a good, entertaining read, with a nice whodunit twist at the end (no peeking!).