A tech startup stumbles upon info that could kill
5 out of 5 stars
Mara who loves the outdoors and any kind of outdoor activity she can be a part of. She’s attending the University of Colorado to become a lawyer but feels like something is missing. Enter her best friend James asks her to be a partner in a new startup he’s founding that uses a new algorithm and program to help teachers grade and read papers faster. This algorithm has potential in almost product vertical that they look. After running some dry runs they come across some data that has serious implications. That is where things being to take a turn from good to bad. Uncommon Stock is a mix of thriller and tech/startup. With lots of “business thriller” thrown in.
Narration for this was done by Jennifer O’Donnell and she does a killer job on this. The character that she is portraying is a confident and strong woman in a tech world that is surrounded by men. The voice that she gave her was perfect for this role and allowed me to really get into the story. The other voices that she used for the other characters were really enjoyable too. There was never a time that I felt like I wasn’t sure who the focus was on inside the audiobook.
Well, I love a good business/techno thriller. This was a wonderful mix of both. With business thriller just being the world that they were living in — startups, tech firms, buyouts, hostile takeovers, angel investors, VC’s, and more. It really had it all if you enjoy both thriller and “tech/business” type books. I work in a tech field and there was a lot of things that really clicked with me from the inside, and I went to school for business so the business side of things that Mara had to deal with was also familiar.
Peper really wrote Mara’s character well for this. She was incredibly likable when Peper wanted her to be, and at times she was also easy to hate. This, to me, is a sign of a well-thought out character and character arc. She really grows and changes throughout the book. If you were to look at her from the beginning to her in the final pages, it almost feels like a different person. But the way it was written took the reader along for a ride with Mara. I really felt like I knew her by the end.
Well, once I finished the book, the first thing I did was head over to Audible and look up to see if the other books in this series were on audio. To my dismay–they are not… yet. I hope that Eliot Peper continues this series in audiobook. And to do that I’m sure that the more reviews he gets, the more likely he’ll continue it. So, pick this up and leave a review. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
Version 1.0 (Uncommon Stock #1) by Eliot Peper
Narrator: Jennifer O'Donnell
Length: 8 hrs
Series: Uncommon Stock #1
Published by Eliot Peper on February 12, 2016
Book 1 of The Uncommon Series, the bestselling tech startup thriller trilogy.
Mara Winkel is rock climbing, mountain biking, and 'studying' her way through school at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
But when her best friend James asks her to partner with him to start a disruptive new software company she discovers that the world of technology startups is fraught with intrigue, adrenaline, soaring successes, and scorching failures. It turns out this is especially true when your technology threatens entrenched drug cartels.
Mara has to juggle mysterious investors, opaque partners, critical customers, and a team that is as brilliant as it is dysfunctional until only one question remains: win or die.
I received this book for free. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
About the Author:
Eliot lives in Oakland, CA with his wife and dog. When he’s not writing, he works with entrepreneurs and investors to build new technology businesses as a drop-in operator and adviser. He was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at a venture capital firm where he accelerated portfolio companies, sourced/vetted deals, and advised foreign governments on innovation policy and capital formation. He has been a founder and early employee at multiple startups.