Terminal Value

Terminal Value

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by Thomas Waite

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"Be careful what you wish for." That’s a warning Dylan Johnson should have listened to. When his mobile computing firm is bought out by Mantric Technology, a red-hot company about to go public, it seems like a dream come true for the young entrepreneur and his partners. But the closer they get to payout, the more uncertain Dylan becomes.


"Be careful what you wish for." That’s a warning Dylan Johnson should have listened to. When his mobile computing firm is bought out by Mantric Technology, a red-hot company about to go public, it seems like a dream come true for the young entrepreneur and his partners. But the closer they get to payout, the more uncertain Dylan becomes.

Something doesn't feel right. When one of his colleagues is found dead on what should have been their night of triumph, Dylan is determined to find out what happened. But asking questions plunges him into a web of digital deceit and betrayal that will shake everything he thought he knew…

"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!

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Waite's debut thriller features a technological genius, corporate espionage and murder. Dylan Johnson, just 23 years old, is poised on the edge of a lucrative mobile technology deal. As president of quickly rising MobiCelus, Dylan positions the company for acquisition by powerful up-and-comer Art Williams' company, Mantric Technologies. Sensing the potential to rake in millions of dollars, Dylan's three MobiCelus partners are on board and the merger forges ahead. But the closer they get to finalizing the deal, the more uncomfortable Dylan feels. Unable to put his finger on the problem, Dylan shrugs off the nagging inconsistencies--at least until his best friend and partner is found dead. Dylan can no longer ignore the signs; Mantric is up to something. The question is: Are they in it alone? No stranger to the world of technology, the author provides first-hand industry insight in this new thriller. Although the novel employs a fairly straightforward writing style, too many instances of on-the-nose hints burden the narrative as the mystery unravels; more subtlety may have been preferable in a storyline that tells more than it shows. Some readers may question why, amid all the high-tech talk about IPOs, mobile platforms and advanced technology, the protagonist would use a cell phone that flips open. Short of a few small plot details and a tendency to give away too much too early, the novel moves at a rapid clip, keeping readers' interest with well-rendered characters and a few well-placed twists. A Silicon Valley murder mystery that, despite a few bugs, will have readers logged in until the end.

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Thomas Waite is the author of both fiction and nonfiction. His nonfiction work has appeared in such publications as the Harvard Business Review and The New York Times. He is also a successful businessman and entrepreneur. Waite is the founder and cofounder of two start-ups, one of which was acquired by an Internet company, and he has consulted to dozens of corporations, including many in the field of technology. While working at one firm, he conceived the idea of writing and publishing three business books, all of which went on to become New York Times bestsellers. Born in Ipswich, Massachusetts—once home to the authors John Updike, Adele Robertson, and John Norton and the poet Anne Bradstreet—Waite received his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He now lives in Boston.

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Terminal Value 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
qwertyutopia More than 1 year ago
Plenty of plot twists keep the reader engaged to the very end. It compares (quite favorably) to Stieg Larrson's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and is reminiscent of other well-know authors of this genre: Grisham, Chricton, Balducci, Patterson. Once I started this book I could not put it down. An excellent effort by a new author. Here's hoping that more is coming!
ABookVacation More than 1 year ago
If you’re into corporate espionage, murder mysteries, and mayhem, then this novel is for you. What was supposed to be the merger of a lifetime for Dylan Johnson, complete with a huge payout, ends in murder, deceit, and lie after lie, leaving Mantric Technology in the hot-seat and losing money faster than it ever gained. Filled with many intricate characters, Waite rolls out his story focusing on the upside of mergers and buyouts, eventually turning the coin and showing the downside, as we’ve all seen in recent years as large robust companies crumble from the inside out. Though I’m not really a technology guru, I was able to mostly follow the high tech world in which our characters reside, and I enjoyed much of the story, however, certain points were a bit unbelievable for me, such as the lack of police presence and investigation into the murder of Dylan’s friend and colleague. I also have to wonder exactly how much one duo would be able to uncover on their own in a huge company like Mantric, but then again, I’m not in a huge corporate business and, having never worked with a corporation like Mantric, I’m also not worthy of making a call concerning validity. In my personal world, it seemed a bit strange, but certainly not too farfetched, and I enjoyed the story overall, but think those with more knowledge of the inner workings of corporations, buyouts, and technology would enjoy this more than I.
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MariaAscano More than 1 year ago
I have read many thrillers in my life, and "Terminal Value" is one of the best I have ever read. It is a gripping tale that immediately grabs your attention and holds it through more twists and turns than you can imagine until its stunning conclusion. This is a most impressive debut novel from Thomas Waite and compares favorably with other authors such as Grisham, Crichton, Balducci, Patterson and other accomplished writers. I highly recommend this novel and I hope Waite is planning a sequel.