The fate of the country depends on the decisions of one ambitious entrepreneur.
David Alexander always dreamed of starting his own company. But in the exciting world of tech startups, where venture capital rules and billion-dollar businesses are the holy grail, things can and do collapse - in the blink of an eye....
David's thrown into this world, and his adventures spiral him into a dark hole of terrorist plots, government espionage, and classified information. It's not as elegant a universe as he had first thought. One wrong decision could put the country in jeopardy, collapse David's company, or even cost him his life.
The Term Sheet is a fast-paced techno-thriller about entrepreneurship, startups, encryption, and the delicate balance between national security and individual privacy. Its complex characters explore thought-provoking questions about the role of technology in an ever-changing society. Step into the high-stakes game played by today's technology innovators, who push the envelope and risk it all. Get ready. This thrilling book gives you a taste of what startups are really like.
©2015 Lucas Carlson (P)2015 Lucas Carlson
Follows a young entrepreneur as he tries to make his fortune. After a few failures he hits on an encryption tool that draws attention from big firms and the secret service.
Well delivered by Jeffrey Kafer, who keeps the story moving along nicely and offers distinct differences in the main characters.
"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."
"Modern Day Technothriller authors better watch out"
Be thrown into a world of venture capitalists, the FBI, CIA, and more. David Alexander is always looking for the next best thing when he comes up with an idea for an easy to use encrypted chat client. He doesn't really want to follow through on the idea, but his best friend convinces him to and the rest is history. Mixed into this fast-paced business/startup thriller is a terrorist plot that weaves in and out of the story.
If you don't know who Jeffrey Kafer is and you listen to audiobooks, especially fast-paced thrillers like this one... you should. Kafer is a great narrator, who helps already great books become even better. The production quality is perfect with no errors. Literally every time I finish a book narrated by Kafer I go to his books on Audible to try and figure out what I'm listening to next.
This book was great, a real page-turner. I found myself sitting and just being totally entranced by the world that Carlson created. You definitely run the gambit of feelings for David's character. There are things that he does that make you hate him, and things that make him incredibly lovable. And that's always great out of a leading character for a book.
My only complaint is jumping around in time. I don't know if in the book it explains where/when they are or if you're just supposed to piece it together. As an audiobook listener, it's hard to go from present to the past without a little warning (Chapter __ isn't always enough).
Overall, Carlson has written a really great book that weaves in terrorist plots with encryption. Takes coding and makes it fun and interesting (by always talking around it). But I can definitely tell that Carlson has had some experience either in the startup world and/or with coding and encryption. The premises here are all too real, and the story is incredibly plausible.
Also, on a super funny side-note, after I started reading this I was reading Facebook and a story in a tech magazine popped up talking about how you can now buy jellyfish and their tank online. SUPER creepy.
Carlson's writing style reminded me a lot of Joseph Finder (who's stories I absolutely love). Mixed in with someone else, but I can't put my finger on it. If you're looking for a quick read on a flight or on the train/subway -- pick this up. You won't regret it, but you will think about the texts you send to your friends.
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"Silicon Valley meets The Da Vinci Code"
Tech startup thriller.
I've been looking forward to reading The Term Sheet ever since I heard Lucas Carlson was working on it over a year ago. Lucas is a veteran tech entrepreneur and this novel draws on his real experiences and weaves them into a pulse-pounding page-turner.
The story follows a tech entrepreneur and a government agent as they wrestle with themselves and dark forces beyond their control while trying to build a new technology company and avert a global disaster at the same time. As an author of startup fiction myself, I'm thrilled to see The Term Sheet burst onto the scene. After just a few pages you'll find you can't stop.
"Don't understand the raves."
I made it through the book, because I don't like giving up. I kept waiting for it to go somewhere but it was just flat.
The reader was fine, but the characters were thin, underdeveloped, and unlikable.
Even though there were several unexplained parts of the story, since the main characters were not really likable, it would be best to start over.
The writer had the makings of a good story, but it seems he was more interested in talking about Portland and coffee than deeply developing the main characters.
"Exciting debut novel from a promising author"
The thing I liked most about this novel was the way the author captured the emotions of starting a new company and dealing with family, friends, and failure. This was one of the more enjoyable books I have listened to recently. I only wish it were a little longer.
Eliot Pepper's Uncommon Stock series, because it is also related to startups, told from a fictional point of view.
This was my first time to listen to Jeffrey Kafer. I like the way he performed different voices (e.g., male/female) and would definitely consider listening to this narrator again.
The interactions between the main character David and his sister.
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I definitely hope the author continues to write novels in this genre (startup thrillers).
"Really makes you think..."
I definitely consider the audio version much better than the print version. This is due to the talent of Jeffrey Kafer. He captures the story exactly how I read it, and adds a unique flavor to the concept in his telling.
David Alexander. Mr Carlson (the author) makes him seem like a close friend, one you have known forever. Jeffrey Kafer (narrator) brings him to life in a way that the author would surely approve of.
Mr Kafer does such an excellent job of narrating that deciding on a favorite character is difficult indeed. I would have to stick with the protagonist, David Alexander, although all are quite good.
Silicon Valley meets The DaVinci Code.
After reading and reviewing "The Term Sheet" as an eBook, the author offered me a chance to listen to the audio version. Although it was free in audio form, I would definitely buy it if he hadn't.
"Non Stop Action"
It was especially entertaining
I thought his performance was excellent. The tone of his voice changed with the characters and his inflection was good.
I received the book for free
"Hard to Leave!"
This audio book was very hard to put down and I did not want any interruptions while listening to it. Like when I read the book, I did not want to be disturbed while reading it.
He brings the characters to life in ways to enhance what Lucas the author has done in his writing.
I received an advance copy of this audio book in exchange for my review, but that did not sway my feelings toward it in anyway. I listened with an open mind and this review was done accordingly.
The characters are interesting and the story development is excellent. The twists and turns in the plot are fascinating.
This book deals with technology issues; it doesn't compare with other books I've enjoyed. It is similar to the move "The Net", which involves high tech.
I have not listened to Jeffery Kafer in the past. However, I thought his performance was excellent. The tone of his voice changed with the characters and his inflection was good.
Yes! It was difficult to put it down. A real page turner! I look forward to the next book by this author!
I'll surely recommend this book if anyone wants to know more about how startups work, how much one should suffer before grown up, how well our passion should be, how good is our idea, how to think about others perspective.
"The Bourne Identify meets HBO's Silicon Valley"
This was a great story and the narration was perfect for this thriller. Definitely on my top 5 list!
Living in DC, this story was especially entertaining.
The CIA director was my favorite character. Hard, thick skinned, but clearly cared about his staff and the President.
I received a free copy of the audiobook due to a contest and I'm glad I did. For all those in the tech field, this book is a no brainer. It's a thriller that will entertain you like a scene from The Bourne Identify and capture your interest like the first time you heard about StuxNet. Pick it up....listen to the details...and enjoy!
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