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Startup

” … Reminiscent of John Grisham’s THE FIRM. A solid business thriller …”-Kirkus Reviews
“…inspired by today’s Wall Street scandal stories …”
-Midwest Book Review
“The best novel about Silicon Valley that I’ve read in the last decade.” -Review Maven Amazon
“…this is one author who will shortly become a household name …STARTUP is a smashing achievement …Ogura’s mas

Deborah

Oct 20, 2013

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It’s hard to believe that Startup is Ogura’s debut novel. It’s even harder to believe that this extraordinarily well-written novel was penned by an electrical engineer, since most engineers I know (including my husband) can’t write a grammatical sentence to save their souls.

Kirkus Reviews described Startup as “reminiscent of John Grisham’s The Firm,” and the comparison is apt. Like The Firm, Startup gives the reader an in-depth, and scary, look at a cutthroat world with which many of us are unfa

Kirkus Reviews described Startup as “reminiscent of John Grisham’s The Firm,” and the comparison is apt. Like The Firm, Startup gives the reader an in-depth, and scary, look at a cutthroat world with which many of us are unfamiliar: in this case, not the legal profession but the high-tech world of Silicon Valley. While Ogura does provide many technical details, they are necessary and appropriate in context, and I had no trouble understanding them despite my utterly non-scientific background. Some of the details of the legal maneuvers Henley throws at Zach did not ring true to me, in light of my own experience as an attorney, but Ogura was kind enough to respond personally to my questions in this regard; once I allowed myself to become immersed in the story, rather than focusing on the legal details, I enjoyed the rollercoaster ride.

During my reading of Startup, I repeatedly found myself imagining what I would do in Zack’s position. I think this is one of the most important requirements of a business thriller: that the protagonist’s situation is realistic, not cartoonish. Zack is a well-developed character, and the dialogue among the characters, particularly when they discussed legal strategies, sounded exactly like the conversations I used to have with my clients.

I don’t want to spoil anything, so I will just say that I was surprised by at least one aspect of the ending. My only complaint, and it is a minor one, is that the epilogue was a little trite.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys realistic thrillers which create suspense without descending into melodrama.

I received a free copy of Startup from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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Dan Petrosini

Oct 21, 2013

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it was amazing

Decided to try this book based upon a reviewers description it was “Grisham like”. The book, an impressive achievement for a debut by Glenn Ogura, was a fast enjoyable read. The author seems to have the insight/background in the tech field and brought the business environment in Silicon Valley to light without technical terms etc. He showed good skill at character development and the story before the surprising ending, was very believable. Bravo!