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Journalist Lou McCarthy has spent her career exposing powerful predators in Silicon Valley. Her crusade has cost her everything: Her apartment, friends, relationships, and any hope of promotion. And for what? Readers don’t care, her boss and workmates pity her, and the billionaire bro-ciopaths she writes about continue to fail upwards. But when two of her highest profile Journalist Lou McCarthy has spent her career exposing powerful predators in Silicon Valley. Her crusade has cost her everything: Her apartment, friends, relationships, and any hope of promotion. And for what? Readers don’t care, her boss and workmates pity her, and the billionaire bro-ciopaths she writes about continue to fail upwards. But when two of her highest profile subjects are killed on the same night, their deaths staged as gruesome public suicides, Lou’s work is suddenly and violently thrust into the spotlight. Blamed for the deaths, fired from her job, and pursued by vengeful trolls who have already attacked her mother, Lou has only one chance of survival: To find the killer obsessed with her work, and stop them before anyone else dies. Or perhaps not. Because the more Lou discovers about the ingenious killer's past, and their methods, the more she becomes determined to help them succeed. PRAISE FOR PAUL BRADLEY CARR “For a cautionary tale, everyone cites Paul Bradley Carr.” – THE SUNDAY TIMES “A testament to the virtues of debauchery… uproarious and brilliant.” – WIRED “Carr has made a reputation as one of the feistiest writers on the beat. His [public] spats are legendary, as are his bust-ups with former employers.” – THE GUARDIAN “The more things that go wrong for Paul, the better a writer he becomes. It’s like the grey goo that he feeds off.” – MIKE BUTCHER, TECHCRUNCH Utterly endearing. Completely addictive reading.” – PAPERBACK CHOICE, THE PRESS ASSOCIATION “The columnist [and] enfant terrible has been summarily sacked from practically every outfit he’s worked for, including companies he started.” – ZDNET “Like James Bond, Paul symbolises a freedom man would sell his own sister to achieve.” – LOADED MAGAZINE “There’s no denying that he’s an idiotic, irresponsible chancer – qualities that make him an unpredictable travel companion, but put his story-telling skills in first class.” – SCOTTISH DAILY RECORD “Makes me want to vomit for all the right reasons.” – MIL MILLINGTON, AUTHOR, THINGS MY GIRLFRIEND AND I HAVE ARGUED ABOUT “Just because Paul Carr is a raging asshole doesn’t mean he’s not right.” – ADAM PENENBERG “The most irritating and self-satisfyingly smug person I have ever met. Annoyingly, he is also the funniest.” – ZOE MARGOLIS, AUTHOR, GIRL WITH A ONE TRACK MIND “Commenting on Paul Carr is beneath my dignity. He’s absurd.” – MATT TAIBBI


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Journalist Lou McCarthy has spent her career exposing powerful predators in Silicon Valley. Her crusade has cost her everything: Her apartment, friends, relationships, and any hope of promotion. And for what? Readers don’t care, her boss and workmates pity her, and the billionaire bro-ciopaths she writes about continue to fail upwards. But when two of her highest profile Journalist Lou McCarthy has spent her career exposing powerful predators in Silicon Valley. Her crusade has cost her everything: Her apartment, friends, relationships, and any hope of promotion. And for what? Readers don’t care, her boss and workmates pity her, and the billionaire bro-ciopaths she writes about continue to fail upwards. But when two of her highest profile subjects are killed on the same night, their deaths staged as gruesome public suicides, Lou’s work is suddenly and violently thrust into the spotlight. Blamed for the deaths, fired from her job, and pursued by vengeful trolls who have already attacked her mother, Lou has only one chance of survival: To find the killer obsessed with her work, and stop them before anyone else dies. Or perhaps not. Because the more Lou discovers about the ingenious killer's past, and their methods, the more she becomes determined to help them succeed. PRAISE FOR PAUL BRADLEY CARR “For a cautionary tale, everyone cites Paul Bradley Carr.” – THE SUNDAY TIMES “A testament to the virtues of debauchery… uproarious and brilliant.” – WIRED “Carr has made a reputation as one of the feistiest writers on the beat. His [public] spats are legendary, as are his bust-ups with former employers.” – THE GUARDIAN “The more things that go wrong for Paul, the better a writer he becomes. It’s like the grey goo that he feeds off.” – MIKE BUTCHER, TECHCRUNCH Utterly endearing. Completely addictive reading.” – PAPERBACK CHOICE, THE PRESS ASSOCIATION “The columnist [and] enfant terrible has been summarily sacked from practically every outfit he’s worked for, including companies he started.” – ZDNET “Like James Bond, Paul symbolises a freedom man would sell his own sister to achieve.” – LOADED MAGAZINE “There’s no denying that he’s an idiotic, irresponsible chancer – qualities that make him an unpredictable travel companion, but put his story-telling skills in first class.” – SCOTTISH DAILY RECORD “Makes me want to vomit for all the right reasons.” – MIL MILLINGTON, AUTHOR, THINGS MY GIRLFRIEND AND I HAVE ARGUED ABOUT “Just because Paul Carr is a raging asshole doesn’t mean he’s not right.” – ADAM PENENBERG “The most irritating and self-satisfyingly smug person I have ever met. Annoyingly, he is also the funniest.” – ZOE MARGOLIS, AUTHOR, GIRL WITH A ONE TRACK MIND “Commenting on Paul Carr is beneath my dignity. He’s absurd.” – MATT TAIBBI

30 review for 1414°

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kasa Cotugno

    Meet Lou McCarthy, the take-no-prisoners kind of reporter who puts the truth before her own safety. Thus begins a thriller almost impossible to put down. Taking place in a San Francisco that is almost the day after tomorrow, Lou makes it her business to confront the techno-bro culture of Silicon Valley, the patriarchal element built on billionaire entitlement. "This was an industry built on the promise of limitless memory, by people who couldn't remember what happened last week." Journalist and Meet Lou McCarthy, the take-no-prisoners kind of reporter who puts the truth before her own safety. Thus begins a thriller almost impossible to put down. Taking place in a San Francisco that is almost the day after tomorrow, Lou makes it her business to confront the techno-bro culture of Silicon Valley, the patriarchal element built on billionaire entitlement. "This was an industry built on the promise of limitless memory, by people who couldn't remember what happened last week." Journalist and commentator Paul Bradley Carr has acknowledged that inspiration for this story and its heroine came from a real situation involving a woman's experience in one of the larger firms. Here Carr, in his first work of fiction, employs as a mcguffin stand-in a sort of Fit-bit containing an algorithm that anticipates and is capable of fulfilling any desire. The heroes are in fact developing "[A]n algorithm that could make powerful men face the consequences of their behavior." Given that Carr employs a reporter's style, action moves rapidly, twists and dead ends, and so many inside jokes and present-day references that knowledge of cultural references was a great help. It is also ironic to read this in a week when a powerful man is brought down on the strength of the content of his emails. A warning that when you hit "send," be sure of what it is you are shooting off into the ether.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    Fast paced Unexpected twists Exciting Silicon Valley Thriller I love an engrossing murder mystery read and this one is so interesting to me as it involves the tech industry culture of Silicon Valley. A nice change in pace with unexpected twists and surprises at every turn. Really enjoyed this one!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Max

    1414 tackles a lot of different things in a very small amount of pages! I was grateful that the author tried to make every page matter, so the novel rarely loses pace. It got better the more I read, and the author is definitely someone I'll be keeping an eye out for. 1414 tackles a lot of different things in a very small amount of pages! I was grateful that the author tried to make every page matter, so the novel rarely loses pace. It got better the more I read, and the author is definitely someone I'll be keeping an eye out for.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    Complex plot makes this an exciting mystery thriller relevant to current events. Lou McCarthy is a reporter for the Bay Area Herald and has spent many thankless years covering Silicon Valley -- mostly to expose the sleazy executives at the top. Those "brociopaths", however, keep on doing their nasty things and nobody ever pays. Until two of those hideous men commit very public suicides on the night of a big announcement for the huge new conglomerate, Raum -- one of the hottest technology companie Complex plot makes this an exciting mystery thriller relevant to current events. Lou McCarthy is a reporter for the Bay Area Herald and has spent many thankless years covering Silicon Valley -- mostly to expose the sleazy executives at the top. Those "brociopaths", however, keep on doing their nasty things and nobody ever pays. Until two of those hideous men commit very public suicides on the night of a big announcement for the huge new conglomerate, Raum -- one of the hottest technology companies on the verge of a massive IPO. When she is accused of driving the men to their deaths and is doxed by a vengeful group of #MLM trolls intent on tracking her down, she finds that someone else is intervening and might be responsible for taking those rich and powerful men and their companies down. When Lou meets "Fate", she is drawn into a very complicated game involving the sick predators and their entitled methods. No spoilers. Fast pace, interesting characters, and a timely plot combine to make an interesting cautionary tale about the dark side of technology and the damage inflicted by those at the top in Silicon Valley. He's definitely aware of the misogyny and exclusionary practices in the industry. In a season when many books have been published about the #metoo scandals and the headlines continue to reveal a lot of bad boy behavior at the top levels of society, this book will definitely leave readers with a lot to think about. Thank you to NetGalley and Snafublishing LLC for this e-book ARC to read and review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Silicon Valley #metoo thriller and more I almost didn't read this book because the first chapter just didn't grab me but I'm glad I read on because this ended up being a tricky thriller with Lou McCarthy, journalist do-gooder who keeps getting taken down by big business CEOs in the Silicon Valley who have much to hide. And when she gets a look at who's actually manipulating behind the scenes, she decides she wants to help. Or does she? The author did a superb job with the characters, with the Silic Silicon Valley #metoo thriller and more I almost didn't read this book because the first chapter just didn't grab me but I'm glad I read on because this ended up being a tricky thriller with Lou McCarthy, journalist do-gooder who keeps getting taken down by big business CEOs in the Silicon Valley who have much to hide. And when she gets a look at who's actually manipulating behind the scenes, she decides she wants to help. Or does she? The author did a superb job with the characters, with the Silicon Valley setting, with the intrigue and the twists. I enjoyed this book very much and highly recommend it. I received this book from Snafublishing LLC through Net Galley in the hopes that I would read it and leave an unbiased review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    Lou McCarthy is a journalist who is constantly trying to expose corruption of the elite in Silicon Valley (job security, right?). She's discredited, and then pulled into a much bigger plot, with people who have the same agenda -- or do they? This a fast paced story with lots of twists and turns. There are ambiguous questions, although it certainly doesn't spend time sitting around being philosophical. And it's also timely - the actions of the various powers could have been ripped right from the Lou McCarthy is a journalist who is constantly trying to expose corruption of the elite in Silicon Valley (job security, right?). She's discredited, and then pulled into a much bigger plot, with people who have the same agenda -- or do they? This a fast paced story with lots of twists and turns. There are ambiguous questions, although it certainly doesn't spend time sitting around being philosophical. And it's also timely - the actions of the various powers could have been ripped right from the headlines. Thanks to netgalley and the author and publisher for an ARC of the book. It was an exciting read!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nach

    [Thank you to Snafublishing and NetGalley for providing me an ARC of this book in exchange for a review.] this was really interesting, and insightful to read! you can tell there’s been a lot of researching that went into writing this, and i appreciated how accurate everything seemed to be. this is a murder mystery that touches a lot of important, and heavy topics. i’m gonna need to read it again in another format (i read it through the NetGalley shelf app) because i had a lot of difficulty gettin [Thank you to Snafublishing and NetGalley for providing me an ARC of this book in exchange for a review.] this was really interesting, and insightful to read! you can tell there’s been a lot of researching that went into writing this, and i appreciated how accurate everything seemed to be. this is a murder mystery that touches a lot of important, and heavy topics. i’m gonna need to read it again in another format (i read it through the NetGalley shelf app) because i had a lot of difficulty getting into it, because the font was small, and the screen was squeezed which made for an uncomfortable reading experience. i’ll be picking this up again when it officially comes out to have more to say about it, but until then, i liked it!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    A Silicon Valley mystery/thriller with a big emphasis on taking down toxic masculinity. Lou McCarthy is working as a journalist to expose the misdeeds of high profile tech industry leaders, and it costs her almost everything. When two of her profiled targets die from strange suicides, she is caught up in the fallout both by other industry insiders and by the trolls who support the boy's clubs. As she starts to unravel the connections, she has to decide who exactly is the villain, and how best to A Silicon Valley mystery/thriller with a big emphasis on taking down toxic masculinity. Lou McCarthy is working as a journalist to expose the misdeeds of high profile tech industry leaders, and it costs her almost everything. When two of her profiled targets die from strange suicides, she is caught up in the fallout both by other industry insiders and by the trolls who support the boy's clubs. As she starts to unravel the connections, she has to decide who exactly is the villain, and how best to survive this nightmare that has threatened not just her, but her mom. I found this story really fascinating and gripping. The near future with all our tech devices giving the creators of said tech so much data has not really unsettled me before. It seemed too far reaching. This one didn't. The use of the data to harm people, specifically women in this novel, was very believable. The desire of this technology to be used by regimes overseas was also pretty believable, though I think it would be way more discreet. I could also be super naïve. What I did love was the strong female leads in this story. I sometimes wonder how a male author will carry this off, and this felt well done. Lou and her other cohorts were strong, but still had some human flaws. I appreciated even more the diversity, and how it was naturally done. Highlighting the intellectual abilities of women in this story was refreshing. I imagine some will feel like this is male-bashing, but unless you have sympathetic notions toward the toxic behaviors that keep predators in power, this story bashes the appropriate characters and systems. Overall, this was a fantastic read. I will be thinking about this one for a while. I recommend this for any thriller/mystery/revenge readers, maybe sci-fi, and well, general fiction fans too. By the way, the title is explained in the book, so happy reading! Thank you to BookSirens for this free advance review copy. My review is voluntarily given.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kori Potenzone

    I am a bit late to the party as I had requested 1414 after the novel had been released. However, I am so glad that I was able to scoop it up in the nick of time. This was an incredible read! I will say that 1414 takes a bit to pull you in but I knew from the start it would be worth the initial slow burn. This is a very detailed story and if you do not pay close attention, you will miss something. This is a dark read with very complex characters. The story is narrated perfectly and will have you I am a bit late to the party as I had requested 1414 after the novel had been released. However, I am so glad that I was able to scoop it up in the nick of time. This was an incredible read! I will say that 1414 takes a bit to pull you in but I knew from the start it would be worth the initial slow burn. This is a very detailed story and if you do not pay close attention, you will miss something. This is a dark read with very complex characters. The story is narrated perfectly and will have you on the edge of your seat. I highly recommend this book to all my fellow thrill lovers.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Harvey Motulsky

    **** A great and fun mystery/thriller set in Silicon Valley The first chapter didn’t really grab me, but the second chapter did and I was hooked for the rest of the book. It is well-written, fast-paced, unpredictable, intriguing, and fun. That is enough for it to be a good thriller (or mystery; it sort of is both). But 1414 is more than that! The author is a long-time journalist who has covered the culture of Silicon Valley. He set the book in current-day Silicon Valley with a journalist as the **** A great and fun mystery/thriller set in Silicon Valley The first chapter didn’t really grab me, but the second chapter did and I was hooked for the rest of the book. It is well-written, fast-paced, unpredictable, intriguing, and fun. That is enough for it to be a good thriller (or mystery; it sort of is both). But 1414 is more than that! The author is a long-time journalist who has covered the culture of Silicon Valley. He set the book in current-day Silicon Valley with a journalist as the protagonist, so the book is also a pointed commentary on the culture there Why the title 1414? No, it is not a date. 1414 (C) is the melting point of silicon. The analogy isn’t great, but the book exposes (burns?) the toxic bro culture of Silicon Valley. I read the Kindle version. The book has no maps, tables or diagrams, just text, so you don’t lose anything with the Kindle edition. I also looked at the printed version. For me, it was a bit hard to read due to the smallish dainty font, but I doubt that would bother many others. I don't know the author, but he asked for reviewers on his Twitter feed and so sent me a free prepublication review copy.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    1414 degrees is the temperature that silicon burns, which makes it an apt title for a #metoo thriller set place in Silicon Valley. Who wouldn't want to watch it all burn when you hear what some of these guys have gotten away with? This is a smart and fun thriller that will leave you thinking, if only. 1414 degrees is the temperature that silicon burns, which makes it an apt title for a #metoo thriller set place in Silicon Valley. Who wouldn't want to watch it all burn when you hear what some of these guys have gotten away with? This is a smart and fun thriller that will leave you thinking, if only.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    Lou is a journalist who prints a story that she believes came from a good source. When it is proven to be full of holes, she is let go from her job. She continues to follow up on her story and falls into a much bigger set up than she ever thought possible in Silicon Valley. This is not my normal kind of book as I am technologically challenged, but Carr does a great job of making it so even I could get it. It was a good thriller and makes you stop and think. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher fo Lou is a journalist who prints a story that she believes came from a good source. When it is proven to be full of holes, she is let go from her job. She continues to follow up on her story and falls into a much bigger set up than she ever thought possible in Silicon Valley. This is not my normal kind of book as I am technologically challenged, but Carr does a great job of making it so even I could get it. It was a good thriller and makes you stop and think. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read and review this book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lori L (She Treads Softly)

    1414º by Paul Bradley Carr is a very highly recommended unique and gripping mystery/thriller that takes on Silicon Valley billionaires. Journalist Lou McCarthy is fearless in reporting the toxic truth surrounding the Silicon Valley billionaire bro-ciopaths who get away with all manner of criminal actions. Her latest article for the Bay Area Herald exposes the CTO of Raum, a private tech company, as a sexual predator who has assaulted young women for years. The same day her controversial expose' i 1414º by Paul Bradley Carr is a very highly recommended unique and gripping mystery/thriller that takes on Silicon Valley billionaires. Journalist Lou McCarthy is fearless in reporting the toxic truth surrounding the Silicon Valley billionaire bro-ciopaths who get away with all manner of criminal actions. Her latest article for the Bay Area Herald exposes the CTO of Raum, a private tech company, as a sexual predator who has assaulted young women for years. The same day her controversial expose' is published, there is an Raum event where the official announcement of the multi-billion dollar initial public offering will be made. What happens instead is that the CTO takes his life as does another man who was a subject of one of Lou's articles. Lou is blamed for their deaths, fired, and while running for her life is suddenly rescued by Helen Tyler, a powerful member of Raum’s crisis-management team, but so much more. The two begin an investigation together that points to a much deeper, meticulously projected series of events planned by a person who calls themselves Fate, and Fate has a meticulously crafted agenda in the works. 1414º features intelligent, strong, likable, self-assured, and diverse female protagonists. The characters are all depicted as believable individuals with strengths and flaws, although most of the male characters are antagonists or trolls, there are a few good men. Lou is an excellent character to carry the plot and is believable as a journalist whose passion is to investigate, dig deep, and seek out the truth. Even with their small part of the plot, Lou's mom and her friend Carol are awesome, tough women you would want to know. This is an extraordinary, unique, complex well-written mystery that is engrossing from start to finish. It is both fast paced and satisfying. You will not be able to predict the ending, which is a wonderfully remarkable occurrence and encouraged me to continue reading late into the night. The actual mystery/thriller is strong, compelling, and unparalleled in the plot and characters. The final denouement was very satisfying. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Snafublishing. http://www.shetreadssoftly.com/2021/1...

  14. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

    Thanks to NetGalley and Snafublishing for an advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review. 4.5 stars I went back and reread the book description so I don't give anything away. Lou McCarthy is a SF based reporter trying to expose powerful male predators (bro-ciopaths--love this term!) in Silicon Valley. Two powerful men with checkered pasts are killed in one night and Lou is in the middle of things. Who is the great and powerful wizard behind the curtain manipulating everyone? There is so Thanks to NetGalley and Snafublishing for an advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review. 4.5 stars I went back and reread the book description so I don't give anything away. Lou McCarthy is a SF based reporter trying to expose powerful male predators (bro-ciopaths--love this term!) in Silicon Valley. Two powerful men with checkered pasts are killed in one night and Lou is in the middle of things. Who is the great and powerful wizard behind the curtain manipulating everyone? There is so much more going on than the recap. I loved how the author covered so many important topics: about how women are treated in tech (ok, more than just in tech); the impact of a company knowing all about people and anticipating their next want/needs; how powerful people get to play by a different set of rules; what people are willing to do for money; doxing; and more. 1414° is also a great thriller as Lou meets different people and try to figure out whom she can trust. The book really grew on me, moving up from a solid 4 stars to closer to a 5. I highly recommend this book and look forward to more novels from Paul Bradley Carr.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Dinan

    STUPENDOUS! I loved this fast paces Silicon Valley Thriller and you will too! Lou is a hard nosed female journalist trying to expose the toxic culture of the tech world. She has a lead on a secret regarding the biggest billionaire firm of all and in attempting to expose it, she is outsmarted and fired from her job.. Essentially homeless and jobless she is not ready to give up on taking down RAUM industries when a mysterious individual names Fate reaches out to her for assistance. SO MANY things h STUPENDOUS! I loved this fast paces Silicon Valley Thriller and you will too! Lou is a hard nosed female journalist trying to expose the toxic culture of the tech world. She has a lead on a secret regarding the biggest billionaire firm of all and in attempting to expose it, she is outsmarted and fired from her job.. Essentially homeless and jobless she is not ready to give up on taking down RAUM industries when a mysterious individual names Fate reaches out to her for assistance. SO MANY things happen that it's hard to believe this is only one novel. Paul Bradley Carr did a great job describing the world and the scenes that I finished this in one sitting! Lou and several other women are highlighted as fast thinkers and quick witted in the worst of times (which happens quite a bit in this explosive and twisty novel). Complex, engaging, terrifying and awesome. My only critique is I wanted a bit more tied up a the end! Highly Recommend if you like a fast pace thriller, some feminism and commentary on the world as a whole. #NetGalley #1414

  16. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    So timely. Wow! This was a lot of fun to read--a satiric thriller about the "brociopaths" in Silicon Valley whose only concern is to make money with no regard for how much damage their social media platforms wreak. It all sounds so-familiar. Self-driving cars that run over and kill people. Social media platforms that encourage hordes of amped-up rednecks to doxx outspoken women and use location services to hunt them down. An almost washed-up San Francisco journalist publishes an unverified, too- So timely. Wow! This was a lot of fun to read--a satiric thriller about the "brociopaths" in Silicon Valley whose only concern is to make money with no regard for how much damage their social media platforms wreak. It all sounds so-familiar. Self-driving cars that run over and kill people. Social media platforms that encourage hordes of amped-up rednecks to doxx outspoken women and use location services to hunt them down. An almost washed-up San Francisco journalist publishes an unverified, too-good-to-be-true story on the eve of the IPO of a massive company--its founder has been charged with rape. She knows publishing it could mean the end of her career, but she can't resist. This sets her on a rather spectacular collision course with some of the richest and most entitled tech giants in the world and puts her in imminent peril. I just felt like a good, up-to-the-minute story that I was in the mood for, and I think other people will be, too. It may be fiction, but it rings true.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kay Brooks

    What is 1414° ? Lou McCarthy is a journalist who specializes in exposing important people who do bad things. This time she has her sights set on Alex Wu, chief technology officer at Rahm And inventor of the Rahm Band. Little did she know that another event in Alex’s life was much more devastating than anything she was planning to do. Planning, but not succeeding. A twisted series of events after this leaves Lou homeless, desperate, and somehow invited to the grand revelation of Rahm’s next and gr What is 1414° ? Lou McCarthy is a journalist who specializes in exposing important people who do bad things. This time she has her sights set on Alex Wu, chief technology officer at Rahm And inventor of the Rahm Band. Little did she know that another event in Alex’s life was much more devastating than anything she was planning to do. Planning, but not succeeding. A twisted series of events after this leaves Lou homeless, desperate, and somehow invited to the grand revelation of Rahm’s next and greatest project. What’s going on? This is one of those novels that captures your curiosity then leads you on a path without telling you where you’re going. It wraps you up in the adventure then plays with your imagination while you’re being led through one plot twist after another. A great story, well written and scripted to keep you guessing. I loved it! I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ken Anderson

    An amazing first novel by Carr. Thanks to the author, Goodreads Giveaway and the publisher for this book of which I agreed to return an honest review. Being an IT guy for over 30 years, it was pure delight to read a Silicon Valley thriller. This was a fast moving, nail biting (at times) and crazy ride into the “underworld” of IT that I’ve often wondered if existed. Many ideas evoked from this book reflects many things I’ve actually wondered about in today’s “social media” world. Highly recommend An amazing first novel by Carr. Thanks to the author, Goodreads Giveaway and the publisher for this book of which I agreed to return an honest review. Being an IT guy for over 30 years, it was pure delight to read a Silicon Valley thriller. This was a fast moving, nail biting (at times) and crazy ride into the “underworld” of IT that I’ve often wondered if existed. Many ideas evoked from this book reflects many things I’ve actually wondered about in today’s “social media” world. Highly recommend this book to anyone in IT who likes a good thriller. Also, anyone not computer savvy would enjoy this book as well. The author presented technology in a simplistic way as for anyone to understand (and did not spend half the book sounding like a professor of computer science, or as some authors do, to spurt out what was remembered from reading a technical manual they read as research for the book). Ok. I’m rambling because it is way past my bedtime (thanks to the author) and I gotta get up early in the morning and manage my IT staff. Kudos to the author for mentioning Richburg, SC —- a po-dunk town about 40 miles down the road from me. If the author is reading this rambling mess, how the heck do you know about Richburg?

  19. 5 out of 5

    Joyce

    This was one of the most interesting and absorbing novels I’ve read in a long time. Lou, our heroine, is a reporter who has spent the majority of her career writing about the miscreants of Silicone Valley. She is invited to a Raum party at which their Chairman is planning to introduce their multi billion dollar IPO. Instead two men intimately attached to Raum die mysteriously in what appears to be suicides at the event. Lou’s work receives unjust notoriety and she is let go from her paper. She c This was one of the most interesting and absorbing novels I’ve read in a long time. Lou, our heroine, is a reporter who has spent the majority of her career writing about the miscreants of Silicone Valley. She is invited to a Raum party at which their Chairman is planning to introduce their multi billion dollar IPO. Instead two men intimately attached to Raum die mysteriously in what appears to be suicides at the event. Lou’s work receives unjust notoriety and she is let go from her paper. She continues to search for answers and begins to find them. But will she survive? It is well written and remarkably knowledgeable about the tech industry. It makes for great reading. Thanks to Net Galley and Snafublishing for an ARC for an honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Christy Johns

    Great mystery/thriller type novel about the Big Tech type companies in Silicon Valley. So relevant with how fast our technology is advancing and almost a little scary considering how much we allow the internet to know about us! Lou McCarthy is a truth chasing reporter who wants to expose all of the corrupt billionaires behind these companies. When she accidentally gets herself involved in the deaths of these 2 high profile founders, she gets pulled deeper and deeper into finding out the truth of Great mystery/thriller type novel about the Big Tech type companies in Silicon Valley. So relevant with how fast our technology is advancing and almost a little scary considering how much we allow the internet to know about us! Lou McCarthy is a truth chasing reporter who wants to expose all of the corrupt billionaires behind these companies. When she accidentally gets herself involved in the deaths of these 2 high profile founders, she gets pulled deeper and deeper into finding out the truth of what is really going on in Silicon Valley. She has to make decisions on what she is willing to do to expose the “brociopaghs”. Lou is a great main character who you are rooting for the entire time. And when you find out who is behind the take down you really want to see the good side win. This normally wouldn’t be my type of book but the more I read the more I couldn’t put it down. The author did a great job of showing how powerful people can cover up just about anything.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jessie

    This book was a bit outside my usual literary circles, but I'm glad I took that chance- I found it to be quite the enjoyable read. It was intriguing from start to finish, set in an all-too-believable near future where startups reign supreme and privacy is dead. Carr did an impressive job at balancing the bitterness and cynicism inherent in imagining this future with a grounded hope that kept it from getting too clichéd or edgy. His own experience as a journalist in Silicon Valley leant the book This book was a bit outside my usual literary circles, but I'm glad I took that chance- I found it to be quite the enjoyable read. It was intriguing from start to finish, set in an all-too-believable near future where startups reign supreme and privacy is dead. Carr did an impressive job at balancing the bitterness and cynicism inherent in imagining this future with a grounded hope that kept it from getting too clichéd or edgy. His own experience as a journalist in Silicon Valley leant the book an undercurrent of realism that really brought the story to life. I found the characters interesting, the plot intriguing, and only guessed one of the many twists early on. Overall, would absolutely recommend.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Meg Williams

    To say this book exceeded my expectations is a severe understatement. I enjoyed this book so much, found it so difficult to put down, and absolutely LOVED the writing style and pace. Lou and Charity make an amazing duo, and I’d love to see them take down more bad guys in the future. I will say there were a few loose ends toward the end (what officially happened to Raum, Helen, and a few others), but the climax at the end was well worth it, and I absolutely squealed with joy at the slight Ray Bra To say this book exceeded my expectations is a severe understatement. I enjoyed this book so much, found it so difficult to put down, and absolutely LOVED the writing style and pace. Lou and Charity make an amazing duo, and I’d love to see them take down more bad guys in the future. I will say there were a few loose ends toward the end (what officially happened to Raum, Helen, and a few others), but the climax at the end was well worth it, and I absolutely squealed with joy at the slight Ray Bradbury-esq 1414° reference. What a cool touch. Highly highly recommend!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Marty Tool

    Non stop action from the first for Lou, a reporter trying to make a difference. Fast paced with thinking on the fly, many sharp quick thinking women are highlighted along with vile bad guys. As the real world is quickly becoming faster and better availability of everything we need, are we really too far from the scenario presented in this book? I wouldn't want to be a Silicon valley CEO reading this book. Enjoyable mystery, not really a murder, but suspenseful all the same. Thanks to NetGalley a Non stop action from the first for Lou, a reporter trying to make a difference. Fast paced with thinking on the fly, many sharp quick thinking women are highlighted along with vile bad guys. As the real world is quickly becoming faster and better availability of everything we need, are we really too far from the scenario presented in this book? I wouldn't want to be a Silicon valley CEO reading this book. Enjoyable mystery, not really a murder, but suspenseful all the same. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced read for an honest opinion.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    What an absolutely entertaining read! I would follow Lou (the protagonist) anywhere, and I loved the author's writing style--throughout the sinister happenings I nevertheless found myself laughing out loud multiple times. It's a great combination of a thriller, a commentary on the tech world/Silicon Valley (by a definite expert on the topic) and internet culture, and with badass female characters. There's a gray morality featured, too, that I found really interesting! Highly recommended. What an absolutely entertaining read! I would follow Lou (the protagonist) anywhere, and I loved the author's writing style--throughout the sinister happenings I nevertheless found myself laughing out loud multiple times. It's a great combination of a thriller, a commentary on the tech world/Silicon Valley (by a definite expert on the topic) and internet culture, and with badass female characters. There's a gray morality featured, too, that I found really interesting! Highly recommended.

  25. 4 out of 5

    bibliophagocytosis

    I was excited to read this Silicon Valley thriller, since it had good reviews on Goodreads and on Netgalley. All in all, I felt it was tightly plotted, with excellent transitions from chapter to chapter. However I was on occasion thrown for a loop by caricatures of stereotypes - evil Saudi Arabian princes and a dodgy Chinese-accented 'doctor' supplying fake medications being some of the few. I feel that this novel could have benefited from a sensitivity reading. Other than that, it was a fast-pa I was excited to read this Silicon Valley thriller, since it had good reviews on Goodreads and on Netgalley. All in all, I felt it was tightly plotted, with excellent transitions from chapter to chapter. However I was on occasion thrown for a loop by caricatures of stereotypes - evil Saudi Arabian princes and a dodgy Chinese-accented 'doctor' supplying fake medications being some of the few. I feel that this novel could have benefited from a sensitivity reading. Other than that, it was a fast-paced read that I still enjoyed, albeit for those moments. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing an advance copy for an honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Stacy40pages

    1414 Paul Bradley Carr. Thanks to @mindbuckmedia for the gifted copy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Journalist Lou McCarthy has dedicated her career to taking down powerful and predatory men in Silicon Valley. When two of her subjects are killed, she is thrust in the spotlight. This was a slow burn political and “me too” thriller. The beginning was a bit slow while the action built, but stick with it. It’s a murder mystery at heart but there are some sensitive and important topics addressed. The female characters were 1414 Paul Bradley Carr. Thanks to @mindbuckmedia for the gifted copy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Journalist Lou McCarthy has dedicated her career to taking down powerful and predatory men in Silicon Valley. When two of her subjects are killed, she is thrust in the spotlight. This was a slow burn political and “me too” thriller. The beginning was a bit slow while the action built, but stick with it. It’s a murder mystery at heart but there are some sensitive and important topics addressed. The female characters were very well developed and I enjoyed following them. “In the years since Silicon Valley’s supposed “Me Too moment” she’d watched with frustration, but zero surprise, as almost every single predator wormed his way back into power and influence. This was an industry built on the promise of limitless memory, by people who couldn’t remember what happened last week.”’

  27. 5 out of 5

    Joelle Willis

    Thank you to Goodreads for this free Kindle book. Fate plays a big part in bringing together a young reporter and a seasoned corporate fixer to solve what look like the suicides of two executives from a tech giant, but might not be. The characters are quirky and the plot has an abundance of twists and wry humor. Nobody does what they are told, which of course leads to tension-fraught situations. Often what you think you know is wrong, and it takes the concentration of a sleuth to piece it all to Thank you to Goodreads for this free Kindle book. Fate plays a big part in bringing together a young reporter and a seasoned corporate fixer to solve what look like the suicides of two executives from a tech giant, but might not be. The characters are quirky and the plot has an abundance of twists and wry humor. Nobody does what they are told, which of course leads to tension-fraught situations. Often what you think you know is wrong, and it takes the concentration of a sleuth to piece it all together by the end. A rollicking good read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Scarbrough

    This was a slow burn that thoroughly blew my mind and solidified my admiration for his phenomenal characters! They were all nuanced and complex, multifaceted and impressive. I struggled with the build up a few times but kept on with it and DAMN! I’m so glad I did! Thanks so much to the publisher and NetGalley for my free arc in exchange for my honest opinion. It was wonderful!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Suzette

    This is a dystopian type story that focuses on technology and journalism. It looks a few years into the future at a world ruled by tech giants and their unscrupulous practices. They manipulate the markets, commit rape and murder and always control the narrative. One journalist decides to take them on and finds herself embroiled in a fight for her life.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Frederick Wysocki

    Five Stars to 1414, a murder mystery set in Silicon Valley. It deals with the Bro culture, the billionaire CEOs, investors and social justice. The tag line: ‘The billionaire predators of Silicon Valley always get what they want. Now someone is giving them what they deserve’ sets the stage for a novel you won’t put down. I wondered about the inspiration for the story until I read the author’s Acknowledgments at the end. Nicely done!

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