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Book Review – Uncommon Stock: Power Play

power playLike many of you reading this, I live and breathe startups and tech. Sometimes the truth of what goes down is indeed stranger than fiction. In the case of Uncommon Stock: Power Play – the fiction is where its at. Eliot Peper’s sophomore effort in the Uncommon Stock series does not disappoint.  I reviewed the first book here (spoiler: also awesome).

I’m not sure how to really describe what’s happening in this book series without ruining it, so I’ll just encourage you to read them. Super fun, fast paced and creative.  Perfect for a longer flight or a Sunday morning. I would not recommend starting this book at night, as you’ll find yourself up for awhile!

I could get used to this startup thriller-fiction thing…its a blast and a wild ride.  The protagonist, Mara, finds herself in one crazy situation after another and the story arc is one part startup drama, one part 007, and one part Sherlock Holmes.

The author has a way of keeping you engaged and your mind racing to work out what happens next, and there are enough familiar and authentic-feeling elements layered in there to make it a lot of fun and *almost* too close to home. Given that the book is set in Boulder, this is pretty easy ;-).

I hear the third book in the series is already underway, and I’m anxious to see how Mara handles the insanity of her situation. She’s one tough CEO. Bring it!

FG Press & Uncommon Stock – a new Startup Thriller!

Sometimes 140 characters just doesn’t do it. (still love you @twitter!) so its time to dust off this blog and offer up a few more words. I haven’t posted here since the back surgery. I’m mostly better, more on that soon.

I just read  an advance copy of Uncommon Stock, a new novel by Eliot Peper, published on FG Press. (Full disclosure, I’m also an author on FG Press). I’m not going lie, its hard to put down! Its a fun and all-too-real fictional journey through the dynamics that are building a tech business.

I won’t spoil it all here, but you can grab an excerpt on the FG press page or go directly over to Amazon and get your own copy today! Eliot does a great job with this book. It’s really fun to read if you are curious about the 1st person experience in startups, have lived it yourself, or want to escape for a little while. I’m sure its enjoyable for 100 other reasons as well, but that’s my short list. Pro Tip: Follow Mara, the protagonist, on Twitter!

Related: I’m really excited about what the Foundry team is doing with FG Press. I’m honored to be on the platform as a first time author, and can’t wait to see more books launch this way. It does feels like this is the future, jetpacks and all!