Smasher (Silicon Valley Series #2)

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"Carries the reader triumphantly from one climax to the next. Taut, tight, suspenseful."—Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of THE CHARLEMAGNE PURSUIT and THE PARIS VENDETTA

"SMASHER swings seamlessly from the cutthroat maneuverings of Silicon Valley to the equally competitive world of particle physics, and yet Raffel never forgets that this is a story about people. A smart, humane, compelling read."
—Marcus Sakey, award-winning author of THE BLADE ITSELF, AT THE CITY'S EDGE, and GOOD PEOPLE

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Overview

"Carries the reader triumphantly from one climax to the next. Taut, tight, suspenseful."—Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of THE CHARLEMAGNE PURSUIT and THE PARIS VENDETTA

"SMASHER swings seamlessly from the cutthroat maneuverings of Silicon Valley to the equally competitive world of particle physics, and yet Raffel never forgets that this is a story about people. A smart, humane, compelling read."
—Marcus Sakey, award-winning author of THE BLADE ITSELF, AT THE CITY'S EDGE, and GOOD PEOPLE

"Take a taut roller-coaster ride behind Silicon Valley's doors. Hold on and prepare to stay up all night."
—Cara Black, bestselling author of the Aimée Leduc series

Smash and Grab

As Accelenet CEO Ian Michaels battles a ruthless Silicon Valley billionaire for control of his company, his wife, deputy D.A. Rowena Goldberg, is targeted for death by an unknown assassin. Michaels must use his brains and business acumen to navigate a deadly trail of corporate and academic hostility, greed, and revenge as he races to find the assailant.

Watch Keith's interview on Press:Here.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Raffel blends computer world wheeling and dealing with the academic world's lust for glory and fame in his compelling second mystery to feature Silicon Valley entrepreneur Ian Michaels (after 2006's Dot Dead). When Ian's mother asks him to find justice for his late great-aunt, Isobel Marter, a brilliant Stanford physicist whose theory of quarks was stolen by three colleagues who later shared a Nobel prize for her groundbreaking discoveries, he starts an informal investigation. Isobel, struck down in a hit-and-run accident at 38, left behind valuable documents with shocking proof of her colleagues' duplicity. As Ian struggles with the woes of his company, Accelenet, his connecting with the three Nobel winners leads to some scary repercussions. In a scintillating subplot, Ian's deputy DA wife tries her first major case and runs smack dab into danger as she prepares for the Napa Valley marathon. (Oct.)
Library Journal
When someone tries to run down Silicon Valley CEO Ian Michaels and his wife, Rowena, a deputy DA, he must save his company from bankruptcy, protect his comatose spouse, and research his physicist aunt's final days. VERDICT The sole jarring note is Ian's it's-all-about-me attitude; otherwise, this follow-up to Dot Dead is engaging enough.
Kirkus Reviews
When a prosecutor is put into a coma by a mysterious hit-and-run driver, her beleaguered husband seeks justice. Since the murder of his housekeeper was tidily solved (Dot.Dead, 2006), Ian Michaels's life has finally settled down, or so he thinks. He's happily married and is CEO of Accelenet, a Silicon Valley computer firm. Unfortunately for Michaels, Ricky Frankson, head of Torii Networks, is determined to take over Accelenet by any means necessary. Michaels wants to devote his energy to fighting off Frankson by finding alternate investors, but his attention is diverted when Michaels's mother insists that he look into the death of her Aunt Isobel 40 years ago. The sole female Stanford Ph.D. candidate in physics in a cadre of men, Isobel died in a car accident just weeks before her colleagues were awarded the Nobel Prize, and Michaels's mother is certain that the timing is more than coincidence. As if these tasks weren't enough, Rowena Michaels, a deputy for the D.A., has had death threats from the defendant in her latest case. While the couple is on a morning run, Rowena is struck down by a rogue car. As she lies comatose in the hospital, Michaels must figure out which of many plausible suspects is behind the attack. Silicon Valley fans will appreciate the use of the location and the tech talk and overlook Michaels's pretentious behavior over his ritual tea.
Publisher's Weekly - Unsigned Review
Raffel blends computer world wheeling and dealing with the academic world's lust for glory and fame in his compelling second mystery to feature Silicon Valley entrepreneur Ian Michaels (after 2006's Dot Dead)…. In a scintillating subplot, Ian's deputy DA wife tries her first major case and runs smack dab into danger as she prepares for the Napa Valley marathon.
Mystery Scene - Oline Cogdill
While the author, the founder of an Internet software company, certainly knows his particle physics, he excels at showing his characters' humanity. Raffel briskly moves Smasher from the callousness of Silicon Valley and big business to the equally cutthroat world of academia and pursuit of the Nobel Prize.
Hadassah Magazine - Zelda Shluker
In this cleverly written mystery, Jewish actions are an innate part of Ian's life.
Palo Alto Weekly - Lora Roberts
If the proof of the author is in the second novel, Raffel delivers with his new mystery, Smasher, set in the convoluted corridors of Silicon Valley power.
Bookreporter.com - Joe Hartlaub
Keith Raffel is a master storyteller, bringing strong, parallel plot lines and sharp characterization in equal measure to the printed page while fulfilling and surpassing the promise of his debut work.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738718743
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 10/8/2009
  • Series: Silicon Valley Series , #2
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Keith Raffel is the author of Dot Dead and Smasher. As counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee, Keith Raffel held a top secret clearance to watch over CIA activities. As a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, he founded UpShot Corporation, the award-winning Internet software company, and sold it to Siebel Systems. He has also been a carpenter, college writing instructor, candidate for elective office, and professional gambler. These days he stays busy writing his mysteries and thrillers in his hometown of Palo Alto, California where he lives with his wife and four children. Check the latest news at www.keithraffel.com.

Click here to watch Keith Raffel discuss his book Dot Dead: A Silicon Valley Mystery as a part of the Authors@Google series. This event took place on July 24, 2007 at Google headquarters in Mountain View, CA.

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    Posted January 12, 2014

    Tips for a pro Brawler

    1: Before you become content with beating Tabuu in adventure mode, know this: you can still unlock three extra characters in adventure mode. Toon Link, Wolf, and Jigglypuff are not normally playable in adventure mode, but if you go throught the stages again, you may find them.<p>2: to unlock Wolf in adventure mode, replay "The Ruins". After progressing through the level for a while, you'll apper on a purple elevator, moving down slowly, with sharp crystals on the walls. After going down for a while, you will see a door on the left. DO NOT ENTER THIS DOOR. No no. Instead, ride the elevator all the way to the bottom, fight off the giant Bytans, and enter the door. You will then start a normal brawl with Wolf. K.O him once, and he'll join your team.<p>3: Stuck on Cruel Brawl? Some of the best characters to use are Ike and Jigglypuff. With Ike, jump off the edge and spam your Up-Special, Aether, on them, grabbing onto the edge each time. Theu can't usually ahurt you on the edge. With Jigglypuff, jump off the edge and float under and around the stage. Any blue, yellow, or red alloys that follow you won't survive. Repeat this.<p>4: Secret Jump! With winged character ((Meta Knight, Pit, and Charizard)), hold the jump button in the air. The character will begin to glide, in a fashion similar to Meta Knight's Up-Special. While not very helpful for Meta Knight, who could do it already anyway, it is Charizard's saving grace.<p>5: Utilize your attacks!! When you are Snake, stand directly ontop of another character and use your Down-Special. Instead of planting a mine on the ground as usuall, Snake will plant the mine on the opponet. Detonate the mine again with Down-Special, and watch your friend wonder how you hit them in midair.<p>6: Snake's Foward-Special, his controllable missile, can be terminated by pressing the Sheild button. The missle will fall straight down and explode on contact.<p>7: Ness and Lucas are very similar, but Lucas's PK Magnet ((Down-Special)) doubles as an attack. Tap Down-Special once in front of an enemy to shock them. Not very strong, though.<p>8: Luigi's Up-Special has a 7% chance of doing quadruple damage and fire. Great for final blows.<p>9: Wondering what's with Jigglypuff's Down-Special? Well, try using it directly ontop of opponet. I'm not certain how, but your foe will explode in firey goodness.<p>Having trouble hetting a good time at Target Smash lvl. 5? Here's a tip. At the bottom-left corner of the stage is a Beam Sword. Instead of using it to hit things, pick it up and imeatley throw it at the target to it's left. It will hit that target, bounce a little, and then hit the target below it. 2-for-1!<p>10: Annoyed by Bowser's smash ball? Unlike other transforming Final Smashes, Bowser can still be damaged while using his. You can't knock him off the stage ((no launch power)), but it's a great way to build up his damage.<p> 11: Probably already knew this, but while pressing the Sheild button and moving left, right, or down, you can sidestep, making yourself momentarily invincible.<p>12: Puzzled by Lucario's Down-Special? It functions in the same way as Ike and Marth's Down-Specials. If you use this move and are hit by a physical, non energy attack ((egc. Yes punching, yes hammer, no laser)) you will counter the move and deal half damage and double launch to whatever's in front of you.

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