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Book: Terminal Value by Thomas Waite

Book: Terminal Value by Thomas Waite

categories: Book, Mysteries, Fiction, Murder, Romance, Intrigue, Technology, Mobile Computing, Thriller


Thomas Waite

Author Thomas Waiteabout this book: "Terminal Value" is a thriller that gives the reader an insider's look into the excitement of a technology start-up and the anticipated riches of an initial public offering, mixed with the horror of the murder of a friend and the dark side of corporate America.

I was inspired to write this novel by my experience in business. While the story is completely fictional, I could never have written it had I not personally experienced some of the events that occur in the novel (of course excluding, among other things, murder! ). So in addition to writing a novel that is a fast-paced, exciting story that both entertains and educates readers, I am also conveying the message that we need more honesty and ethics in business today.

The primary readers of my book are people who enjoy thrillers and mysteries. However, I think my novel is different largely in its subject matter. A thriller set in the emerging world of mobile computing and technology involving a start-up, an IPO, and cyber-sleuthing seems to be rather unique. Lovers of thrillers seem to enjoy it, but so do people in business that seldom read fiction.

The title is a double-entendre because this thriller both takes place in business and also is a murder mystery. "Terminal value" is a financial term that means the value of an asset at the end of its useful life. You'll have to read my novel to determine what the "terminal value" of the victim is.

I wanted a cover that was really attention grabbing and that suggested the storyline. Interestingly my publisher fought me about the cover (I conceived the concept myself, though I did hire a professional to finish the design). I'm glad I held my ground because a lot of people have told me they really like the cover.

Interestingly I think the hardest part of the book to write was also the easiest. Without giving away the plot, writing about grief and making it convincing and authentic was difficult, but given the loss of my parents, it also came somewhat naturally – though it reminded me of the sadness associated with my own loss.

To all readers out there, I would urge you to consider trying out new authors and genres – they may just surprise you!

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