So Say the Waiters Book 1

So Say the Waiters Book 1

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by Justin Sirois
     
 

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White-collar everyman, Henry, is hired by a successful software developer and college friend who has created kidnApp, a cell phone app and social network that allows people to kidnap each other for fun. The app is growing faster than they can handle. His friend wants to groom Henry as the Mid-Atlantic regional manager with part

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OVER 100 FIVE STARS ON AMAZON

White-collar everyman, Henry, is hired by a successful software developer and college friend who has created kidnApp, a cell phone app and social network that allows people to kidnap each other for fun. The app is growing faster than they can handle. His friend wants to groom Henry as the Mid-Atlantic regional manager with part ownership of the company, but he will need to become a seasoned kidnApper first. The problem is, Henry is stuck in his conservative job, suffering from post-fiancée breakup depression, and he definitely sucks at kidnApping. But this is an opportunity he cannot refuse.

Danielle (Dani) Hardly is an aimless bartender at a rundown nightclub. She is barely scraping by, but she is one of the first users of kidnApp in Baltimore. She uses the app as an escape from the increasingly difficult world around her, often time pushing the limits of the experience. During a botched kidnApping, she is rescued by newly recruited Henry – someone she has nothing in common with until Henry opens up to her about his less than mediocre kidnapping skills.

The last thing Dani expects is to start collaborating with Henry who needs all the help he can get. Throughout the series, Henry ties to balance his normal life and job while kidnApping on the side. Dani transitions from a hardcore kidnApp user to a nearly full time employee, confusing her already fragile sense of identity.

Eventually, Henry and Dani become the best kidnApping pair on the east coast, but Henry can only get the credit. The company, Henry’s boss, and the app’s users (nicknamed Waiters), cannot find out they are working together. Eventually Henry is promoted to regional manager and starts making well over a six figure salary, plus bonuses. He has to hire a crew. Dani is his right hand girl.

The unlikely duo start to change each other in ways they never expected, both good and bad. Their professional relationship, however unlikely, becomes an adventure beyond just kidnapping the simple Waiters.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940044328280
Publisher:
Justin Sirois
Publication date:
02/08/2013
Series:
So Say the Waiters , #1
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
326 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Justin Sirois is a writer living in Baltimore, Maryland. His books include So Say the Waiters, Secondary Sound, MLKNG SCKLS, and Falcons on the Floor written with Iraqi refugee Haneen Alshujairy. Justin received individual Maryland State Art Council grants in 2003, 2007, 2010, and 2011 and a Baker "b" grant in 2011

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So Say the Waiters book 1 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very good book and extremely interesting concept. The 217 pages lets you waiting for more and the ending lets you hanging, hopefully, the next book picks up on the unanswered questions.
BeachCatRC More than 1 year ago
An interesting concept for the story line and characters that are very believable and entertaining. I so enjoyed this, especially for a 'Free' book, that I had to order the next in the series.
Mysterygirl1190 More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. The concept was very unique and contemporary. I like the plot line and the people in the story. But I thought the book ended so abruptly you were left wondering if it was indeed the end. But overall I thought it was a really good read and I like it very much. Can hardly wait to read the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An interesting concept and very well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun read that leaves you wanting more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You people should just read this novel yourselves and write your own review on this book. I really enjoyed reading this novel very much. ShelleyMA
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nearly pointless, no real ending, gross. No thank you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the worst books I've ever read! What was the point of this series?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The title of the book seemed to intrigue meand the book did not let me down while the style of writing is different but in a way that it keeps you drawn in. The main character Henry is so unsure of everything that yoy sonetimes aren't sure if he is the main character. The premiss of the story is so far out there the techies will love it but at the same time so realbit had me checking the app store to see if there was an app like this. Overall great book with a whopper of a cliffhanger that made me get the entire series which I don't normally do!
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myopinionpb More than 1 year ago
Very interesting story line. Truly different. Really held my interest so I read it in one sitting. Looking forward to more from this author.
Tina_Chan More than 1 year ago
Title: So Say the Waiters (book 1: episodes 1-5) Author: Justin Sirois Genre: Fiction Rating: 3.5 stars Review: I have some pretty mixed feelings towards this book (which is set up like a TV series), some of them good, some of them not so good and some of them neutral.  So, let's start with the good stuff, shall we? I find the whole concept of the kidnApp to be very intrguing. In a world consumed by technology, a new app called kidnApp has sprung up and is.  Basically, this app allows its users to submit submissions to be "taken" by Takers--people hired by the kidnApp to "kidnap" Waiters (the users who submitted.)  Henry, one of the main characters in the book, recently broke up with his girlfriend and is incredibly upset about that. It's like, all he can  think about is her. He's not your typical macho-male protagonist.  He's sensitive and I think the author went out on a limb with giving Henry a "softer" personality. For example, he cries a lot and gets freaked out easily. I'm not quite sure how I think about this--it's definitely  different from the usual male characters you read about. Anyways, Henry knows he can't afford to keep the house with his current  salary; but lo and behold, his friend, Steve seems to have the perfect solution: work for kidnApp. Steve also happens to be the founder of the app and is filthy rich--plus he doesn't mind spreading the wealth around to good friends. Unfortunately, Henry quickly discovers he's not very good at "kidnapping" Waiters--it's just not his personality...yet he needs the money. At the same time, readers are introduced another character named Dani. She's a bartender and part of a band. She's not someone you  want to mess around with either--her sassy talk and thick skin complete with (sometimes) temperamental issues makes her a person most people find rather eccentric/unapproachable. But Dani's world crumbles when she finds out her room mate has been betrayed her  by making out and fooling around with a guy she likes.  Hurt and with no place to go, Dani feels as if life just ain't fair. About two thirds of the way into the book, another set of characters, Uly and Jess, were introduced.  I was kind of confused about this  because they had absolutely nothing to do with Dani and Henry--at least Dani and Henry met each other.  Yet Uly and Jess just kind of did their own thing.  I really didn't find the chapters regarding Uly and Jess necessary unless they author plans to have them reappear and play a bigger role in the plot further along the series. My main qualm with So Says the Waiters is that there really doesn't seem to be a definitive plot.  You just kind of follow the characters  around their daily life.  Yes, you do get a lot of character building, but it seems like I just keep on waiting...waiting...waiting for something to happen--waiting for the climax to peak.   Nevertheless, the book kept my attention when I was reading it and I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a solid read that  is a little but different from main stream fiction.
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MissCee More than 1 year ago
This is a good read.  Couldn't stop thinking about it.  I found it to be very fresh and different and even fundamentally scary. At the core this series is about how we use tech, and shows how tech enables us to achieve and deceive both ourselves and others. Trust me, the title will make sense after you've absorbed some of the main characters lives.   The ending to part one made me hate to see the ending approach.  I was counting pages and couldn't help myself from not wanting the story to end.  Kudos to the author, well done! Don't let the cliff-hanger type ending discourage you but encourage you.  Frankly, just about everything has a sequel or is part of a series now days from TV to first-run movies to video games.  Sign of the entertainment times I guess.  However most modern writers don't interest me enough to care what happens next.  I drop their series after the first book, or in idle moments may remember to request the continuation from the local library. I don't buy many books because I'm a voracious reader and free literature is so available.  Story quality is also very different from what it used to be.  Any book I purchase is from an author that has not only piqued my interest, but earned respect by not insulting its readership.  Without hesitation however I bought the sequel  to this series, and having finished the second book I am looking forward to the next in this series. This would also make a phenomenal movie!  Kudos to the offer for crafting something unique and well written.  Also it is well edited.  Each scene is tight.  There is nothing superfluous here.  Characters are believable.   I abhor blasphemy, which I find to be another sad sign of these entertainment times. Directors and writers going for shock value in lieu of skillful plots or dialogues.  Compare classic movies and books of any genre'  to our current ones.  I feel with good writing, plot, and dialogue that gore, blasphemy, and gratuitous sex scenes are detracting rather than enhancing.  Thankfully, though somewhat present, these methods are not ones that the author often uses.  All actions and dialogue read consistent with each character's personae.  If a story is written skillfully, you can even find a reason to  understand the motives of the villain(s); and this story has villains. Again, this is a good read:  it has tech a layperson can understand, feasibility, action, suspense, taut editing, sexual tension without being offensive, all wrapped up by and interestingly lived out through characters you can come to identify with and care about. For me the only way this book could have been better is if it were one novel; that way I wouldn't have to wait to find out what happens next!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A blurb from the series: So Say the Waiters is dope. It renders the Baltimore scene lovingly, from the ground, while tapping into that contemporary human need to escape through the shifting space where technology and dreams collide. A cyberpunk novel for a corporatized generation." Matthew Porterfield director of Putty Hill, I Used to be Darker, and Hamilton ____________________
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gene44 More than 1 year ago
I didn't like the ending.