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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, Inspiring and Unputdownable
From the very first chapter this book grabs the reader. It's vivid descriptions of silicon valley made me feel as if I knew the place. It brilliantly handles the issue of technical language for non techies. One of the only book I've read where I was expecting that extra little twist right up to the last paragraph. If you want to be the next Bill Gates read this
Published on 17 Feb 1999

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3.0 out of 5 stars Plodding
The characterisations are well observed but the story was less thangripping. A good read for travel but not the book that will keep you up until the birds start chirping. If you work in IT then lots will seem familiar and even the story of building a network computer has some resonance.
Published on 21 Sep 1999 by D. Harvey-George


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, Inspiring and Unputdownable, 17 Feb 1999
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From the very first chapter this book grabs the reader. It's vivid descriptions of silicon valley made me feel as if I knew the place. It brilliantly handles the issue of technical language for non techies. One of the only book I've read where I was expecting that extra little twist right up to the last paragraph. If you want to be the next Bill Gates read this
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping (but flawed) computer "thriller", 29 Aug 2000
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This is a good light read for something like the plane. It's marketed as a Silicon Valley "thriller", but it's both more and less than this: more because of the characters and information about computing, and less because it didn't for me quite have that "I must turn the page" quality that I associate with true thrillers. There were a few points about the plot that didn't quite make sense to me, as well. Still, I recommend this book. But how quickly things date in computing ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars An fun, fast paced novel, 4 May 1999
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A great novel of interest to those within the IT industry and anyone interested in the workings of Silicon Valley. The story is gripping and realistic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, 28 Dec 2007
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An interesting, geek-humoured light story which feels so much like it could be a true story. Fun and very lifelike characters and settings make this a fun read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read, if a bit dated., 13 Sep 2007
I can see at the time why there would be a lot of interest in this novel as much of it would be new and unknown outside IT circles. It is also interesting that much of it was prophetic about Linux devices etc. Whilst not exactly gripping i couldn't stop myself from getting to the end of it and it had a few twists and turns in the tail as well. Characterisation was a bit light and a bit stereotyped and that may have been intentional, however a lot of the narrative scenes were well observed. Even ten years on worth a read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Silicon Valley thriller, 8 Aug 1999
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Po Bronson's prose is sharp; his observations keen and funny; his characters are three-dimensional and engaging - and the plot is fast, furious and totally realistic.
This book is a great read and thoroughly recommended for holidays, insomniac nights and blocking out the horrors of tube travel.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Plodding, 21 Sep 1999
The characterisations are well observed but the story was less thangripping. A good read for travel but not the book that will keep you up until the birds start chirping. If you work in IT then lots will seem familiar and even the story of building a network computer has some resonance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really gripping, 12 Dec 1999
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I found the this novel was one of the most gripping books I have read, and it is really funny and clever.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rainmakers hit hard times, 27 Oct 1998
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This review is from: The First $20 Million Is Always The Hardest: A Silicon VAlley Novel (Paperback)
This book is cool. Maybe not as cool as "The First $20 Million" but cool all the same. Set in the ivory towers of the US futures trading companies, Bombardiers follows the progression of a group of traders through the increasingly hostile markets. These people will goad, harangue, insult, bribe and threaten their way to a sale, becasue through sales come bonuses, and through bonuses coe BMWs, Rolex, boats, beach houses and lifestyles thatt hey are perpetually too busy, strung out and hung up to enjoy.
Po Bronson makes this objectionable subject matter the stuff of compelling reading. And in the end, when our protagonist is subsumed by the system he seemed most capable of resisting, one can't help but feel a certain melancholy. Not sympathy for his character, just chagrin that this great read is finally over...
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