Lucas Carlson : The Term Sheet: A Startup Thriller Novel

The Term Sheet: A Startup Thriller Novel

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Suspense, Fantasy

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Lee Child, Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, Dan Brown, James Patterson

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October 4, 2015



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“It’s Da Vinci Code meets Silicon Valley, I love it!” ~Eliot Peper, Startup Thriller Author of the popular Uncommon Stock trilogy




David Alexander always dreamt of starting his own company. But in the exciting world of tech startups, where venture capital rules and billion-dollar businesses are the holy grail, things can and do collapse — in the blink of an eye...

David’s thrown into this world and his adventures spiral him into a dark hole of terrorist plots, government espionage and classified information. It’s not as elegant a universe as he had first thought.

One wrong decision could put the country in jeopardy, collapse David’s company, or even cost him his life.


THE TERM SHEET is a fast-paced technothriller about entrepreneurship, startups, encryption, and the delicate balance between national security and individual privacy. Its complex characters explore thought-provoking questions about the role of technology in an ever-changing society. Step into the high-stakes game played by today’s technology innovators, who push the envelope and risk it all. Get ready, this thrilling book gives you a taste of what startups are really like.


David Alexander, a young programmer in Portland, Oregon, loathed his job. Computer programming had always come naturally, but being an employee never suited him. So he tried entrepreneurship instead.

After making a series of embarrassing blunders, David finally hit on a startup idea that stuck: encrypted chat. Sure there were alternatives, but as Edward Snowden has shown us, most of them (willingly or unwillingly) have backdoors for spies and bad guys.

A new approach made David’s app one of the most secure options out there, which caught the attention of many people, including Shawn Douglas from the Secret Service.

Shawn Douglas worked with eight different presidents, preventing twenty assassination attempts, forty-three terrorist plots and two bullets. When he was promoted to a desk job overseeing and organizing travel, he picked up on a cryptic email thread that hinted at a threat to the President’s life.

In a race to unravel the conspiracy, Shawn and David both have to make some difficult decisions. Will Shawn stop the terrorists in time?

Will David be able to navigate his startup out of a crisis and keep his entrepreneurial dream alive? Or will fate deal them both a crushing hand? Read the book to find out.

Editorial Reviews

"This book was great, a real page-turner. I found myself sitting and just being totally entranced by the world that Carlson created. You definitely run the gambit of feelings for David's character. " ~Brian's Book Blog
"It's a modern-day thriller with themes around privacy and security that ANYONE can relate to... Highly recommended" ~Kevin Kruse, New York Times #1 Bestselling Author and Entrepreneur

"The author was able to write a business novel that was suspenseful, full of intrigue, taught business concepts on entrepreneurship and M&A and I would have to say I enjoyed this one a lot." ~Cory Tsuhako, Mystery Novelist

"The book hooked me from the very beginning. I don't remember last time I was reading a novel with such interest." ~Oleksandr Biletsky, Entrepreneur

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