I received this book as part of the Goodreads giveaway program (do they still call it First Reads?).
I almost put this book down when the main character smashed a Martin guitar with a sledgehammer, within the first ten pages. There is nothing bad enough, NOTHING, that could EVER make me do that!
Dan Underlight, is a driven man, who has started a company. The thing that caused him to smash the guitar was his release from that company by his business partner, Olivia. The thing that caused him to lose that job was, ultimately, the death of his ten-year-old son.
After grieving for a bit, he begins working on this new idea he had, a somewhat fantastic idea that involves people coming together on the Internet to change the world. The probability of something like this ever actually happening is, of course, very slim.
As the story progresses, Dan, who has already been divorced, destroys another relationship because he has issues with trust. And, it seems that he never learns, because he continues to pour every ounce of his life into work, which he claims to believe is what was responsible for the death of his son.
And lets not forget the hypocrisy of him having an ongoing relationship with a prostitute (several times a week), while engaging in conversations about the evils of prostitution, with hopes of causing legislation to be passed that would eventually eliminate it. But it’s all okay, because he stopped.
I think Rich Marcello’s writing style is good. I might like him if he wrote a different story. And, in all fairness, I’m probably not in the target audience for this one. There was way too much business lingo for me, much of which I will be perfectly honest and say I didn’t understand. I’m not a business person, not an entrepreneur. I can’t even spell it.
There were parts of the book that I didn’t like, and parts that I did like. But not enough to get more than an “it’s okay” two-star rating.