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Geek Mafia

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Author: Rick Dakan
Published: 2006
Language: English
Wordcount: 112,728 / 314 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 92.5
LoC Category: PS
Series: Geek Mafia
Downloads: 11,511
Added to site: 2007.02.26 16146
License: by-nc-nd

Fired from a job he hated at a company he loved, videogame designer Paul Reynolds is drowning his sorrows in late-morning margaritas when he meets an alluring, pink-haired conwoman named Chloe. With her gang of techno-pirate friends, Chloe helps Paul not only take revenge on his former employers, but also extort a small fortune from them in the process. What more could a recently unemployed, over-worked videogame designer in Silicon Valley ask for?

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r sandwiches on white bread she said, "So, tell me Paul, why are you getting fired tomorrow?"

"I'm not really entirely sure," he said, although this was a stalling tactic. He knew pretty well why he was getting fired; he just didn't quite know how to put it into words. It'd only been a couple of hours since his high school friend and CEO had told him what was happening. "I mean, they gave me reasons, but they're not really reasons. They're not things I did wrong."

"What does that mean? They didn't like your looks?"

"Yeah, basically," said Paul. "More to the point, they didn't like the look of how I was doing things. What I mean is, I'm not a tech guy right? I'm an artist and a writer. I'm used to working at home and scribbling away and meeting my deadlines. So when I helped start this company, I figured it would be mostly the same. I figured I'd sit in my office and do my work and hit my deadlines and go to my meetings and all that."

"But you didn't do that?" asked Chloe as she pla

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4 from 31 reviews: ****
Dai Alanye

I skimmed this, reading the beginning and short excerpts here and there.

This isn't as bad as some of the worst comments have made it out to be, so perhaps some improvements have been made along the line. Spelling, for instance, has been cleared-up.

OTOH, it's amateurish, poorly paced, lacks believable characters, seems to have a silly plot, and isn't something I'd want to read without a good rate of pay.

In addition, in RTF, at least, it's poorly formatted, an additional irritant. In the future utilize Styles, use a book typeface such as Palatino or Gentium, make paragraphs shorter.


I agree with both the positive and some of the negative comments. Yes - There are flaws, especially the spelling. But this is a free book. If you want perfection, go and buy a full-priced book where they can afford to pay an editor to correct the author's mistakes.
Rick has produced a terrific novel with some original ideas. It is definitely worth reading. Just enjoy it and ignore the minor flaws.


It always amazes me that there is such an vast gap between professional and amateur writing. There is a decent plot and story, here, but it would have benefitted a great deal from an editor and a few revisions. The characters are inconsistent, and the dialogue between them is plain awful, cliched, unauthentic, uninteresting and at times, lacking any semblance of conflict. The protagonist is the weakest I have ever read, and instead of driving the story, gets dragged around by his johnson while his love interest ignores, patronizes and condescends to him. How can I get on board with a hero who is merely a puppy dog, seemingly incapable of making a decision for himself? The author prefers to let his characters vomit out unnecessary and trivial details of their behind-the-scene contributions to the plotlines in the story. We get it - you've thought every detail through. That doesn't mean we want to know every detail, because the unnecessary detail KILLS the story's flow. Likewise, just because you think your character might have an interesting back-story doesn't mean you need to spend an entire chapter explaining it in detail. There are better ways to develop your characters. What's worse, he uses the OLDEST cliche in the book: the villian who goes into unnecessary detail explaining their sinister plan to the heros. Give me a freakin' break, Scooby Doo. I think I'll skip the sequel.

David Pollard

I see that in the reviews of this book that it was a real love or hate affair, with most people seeming to like it. I'm in the agreement with the majority. I've now read both books, and I feel that they were a good piece of escapism. Beievable? nop really, enjoyable? most definitly!


Great book! Yes the left in the 60's-70's did kill a few but less than the National gard did against unarmed college students who were against the war. And, of course 57,000 died in nam which makes any comment against them pail in comparison. Old people start wars young people die in them. This book is the first of two both are good

Pat Horgan

Great read!


This is a decent thriller, if you are into hippie fantasies, stereotypes and a whitewashing of history. Contrary to the author's assertions, the radical left did kill innocents. The action is OK, the author's strident politics are probably what prevented it from becoming a published novel.


This was an entertaining book with an interesting storyline, but the on-going spelling errors, occasional grammar mistakes, and other minor issues that an editor would normally fix were enough to make me not want to read any of the other books in this series.


Excellent read. Definitely a page-turner. Along the lines of The Sting, Ocean's 11, etc. but in geekdom.


If you're looking for a honest-to-goodness page turning thriller, you've got one right here. The characters are compelling, the motivations feel honest, and the storyline holds together very well. The author is deliberate about leaving the reader tense and in suspense to the very end.

Ricardo Vercesi

I've just finished reading Geek Mafia on my iPhone. I downloaded it to try an epub app and went for it by the catchy title. I have to say I am very well impressed with the book. It turned out to be a real page turner. A couple of errors, here and there, but overall an excellent book. Going to download / search more books from the same author. Kufos.


Enjoyable, well-written fluff, a sort of modern "caper" novel set in the high-tech world of silicon valley. Fresh and interesting with likeable characters who live on the edges of society.


Entertaining despite grammatical and spelling errors.


This is weird - people either love this thing or hate it.

Yes, there were stylistic incongruities, and there were a few typos in the copy I downloaded, but...

The plot was excellent, for what it was, which is a story written to entertain. This is not Great Literature, and I am sure Mr. Dakan had no intention of it being read as such. This is escapist entertainment, to be sure, and should be taken on its own merits. Sure, the protagonist is no James Bond - but then he's not meant to be. He rang true to me as someone pushed into a situation that he couldn't understand.

For those who like complex plots on the verge of plausibility, techno background and a look at Silicon Valley's unique subculture, Geek Mafia is for you. For those who want an exquisite psychological portrait of 21st century angst, go somewhere else.

jane smith

This book is a literary disaster. It lacks plot, interest, character development, cleverness, intrigue and intelligent writing. The first three-quarters of the book are filled with a monotonous drone of uninteresting events and information. After that, a few slightly less uninteresting events occur. The "hero" of the story is a loser that remains a loser and the "heroine" is predictable and unoriginal. Little effort is made to develop these character's basic attributes. The relationship that develops between the two characters is mostly unbelievable and boring, to say the least.


I loved it, and its sequel. Very entertaining, really draws you in. I liked the characters and the plot very much. Highly recommended!

Kurt S.

Great book, I could put it down. I love the characters and character developments. Great plot twist, it really keeps you at the edge of your seat.
Love it.
Great series.

Joanne Connor

Very annoying book. Should be in the teen fiction section.


I like this book. In my opinion, the writer's style needs work, but that will improve with practice. This is a case were good story beats out writing style problems. I recommend this book to any geek, but everyone working in Network Security should read it.


Very boring: it does not have a plot, the characters do not have depth, nothing happens; even worse than Tom Clancy - but Clancy at least knows what he is writing about!


Great book from beginning to end. I had trouble putting it down, and when I did, all I could think of what the next twist was. Good character development. I hardly ever was confused by anything that was going on, which allowed me to enjoy the story more. I immediately started reading the second book, and I can only hope that it is half as good as this one was. I highly recommend Geek Mafia.


Interesting concept. However writing is somewhat loose, descriptions and dialogues could have been madea lot more terse. Character development was quite satisfactory. I would guess this book will make agood read for the 15-20-year-old age group.


Absolutely awesome book, with a great plot and an inspiration to Geeks that don't know what to do with their lives.


This book is just great. I would recommend it to anybody.


This definitely one of these little gems you stumble upon by chance one day,,,and which you'll keep safe.

Thanks for this one indeed!


Great book. I ended up spending most of Sunday reading it - couldn't really let it down.
The plot is fast paced, the characters are well made, and if you're a bit of a hacker yourself, you're definitely going to love it.
Highly recommended.


A very good read indeed.

A great plot, that for the first time in dozens of books, left me wandering to the final pages.

Worth the time to read.

Big Pig

An outstanding read. Top-notch character development, and it's always a pleasure watching the bad guys - who, in real life, and in fiction, are often the "better" guys - win. Big Pig rates this book 5 Oinks.


This is the first e-book I've read from It was an excellent read. Fast-paced but thourough in development. You can't go wrong with this one! Highly recommended.

R Stephan

As soon as you think the story gets a bit heavy on leftist naiveté, it accelerates and takes you with it. I'm not sure if one can pull off the described stunts everywhere, and especially after 9/11 I have my doubts, but that doesn't change the full points for the book.

David LePage

This is an absolute must read! If your looking for a book to pull you in, here it is... It's a fascinating tale with dramatic twists and turns that keep you on your toes and guessing at every turn. This captivating crew of geeks really know how to shake things up, they're quite a lively bunch of life livers, living it to the fullest, and living it off the grid... This book almost had me feeling envious for the life of this band of merry geeks.



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