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The Knucklehead of Silicon Valley

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Comedic-spy thriller examines Silicon Valley's unbridled innovation culture.

Ralph Gibsen isn’t your typical spy. In fact, he may not be a spy at all. He's lumpy, blundering and abysmal at chatting up the fairer sex. Yet, he is attracting a significant amount of attention from the intelligence community. After all, as a 30-year Silicon Valley mainstay, he can phish your
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Paperback, 354 pages
Published October 25th 2019 by New Galleon Press
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G. Vachon
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Valerie
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing


This book reads like it is a true crime novel. Things in the story are scarily possible in our world today. Ralph is a character that is believable, and likeable; one that could be the guy sitting next to you on the plane.

There is a lot of technical details in the book that add to the realism of the storyline, but can be a little bit hard for someone who is not in the business. However, one can skim some of the details, and still get the story and not be lost. I had this same kind of issues
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Abantika(hiltonjenkin)
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely devoured the book. The plot is fresh and smart. It pulled me in right away. Ralph is a likable character and can be anyone you come across. Probably the guy you met last evening in your neighbourhood or the guy you sat beside on your last airplane ride. The very thought it makes my adrenaline rush!!!
With Ralph travelling around the world you too get to taste different cultures, social norms and confront different relationships. The situations he lands on is as fun as they are
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Brenda Rose
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ahh, I so enjoyed the book! Loved the mix of Ralph's world wide exciting professional high-tech travel and adventures combined with his grass roots home-body down-to-earth personality and lifestyle. Ralph has some of the most interesting acquaintances, friends, enemies and crazy characters that he intertwines so creatively throughout the story. Fiction, yes...but could some of Ralph's story be real? Had me thinking hard, worrying a bit and giggling out loud within each chapter. Makes me want to ...more
Remo
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun book. It is less plot-driven and more vignettes that the author somehow manages to piece together into an enjoyable book. Many of the vignettes come across as events that actually happened to the author, which is unbelievable and makes me want to ask him questions while flipping through my dog-eared pages. Another cool thing was learning something of the Silicon Valley ethos. I recommend this for anyone who enjoys "every-man hero in over his head" stories and wants to learn more about ...more
Tim Martin
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you like high tech, spy thrillers and some comedy - this is the book for you. The adventures of Ralph - a clumsy, international man of mystery will not disappoint. And, you might learn a little bit about venture capital along the way.
R. Edward
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This a great adventure in what some would consider a mundane world of VC lending. If you like Walter Mitty or Tin Tin you will love Ralph! Hold on as this page turn(er) is a quick reading journey of espionage, foreign relations and some business ideas.... Or is it ?!? Enjoy !
Charlotte Newman-West
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Loved this book. An easy, funny, joyous read that feels so true and possible it's scary! The storyline is highly credible and is made all the better by the self-depricating character that is Ralph - a great antidote to the usual 'perfect' heroes in spy thrillers. Congratulations Craig!
Ace
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Hilarious Ride Through Silicon Valley and Several Continents

What happens when a bumbling venture capitalist stumbles upon a plot to take over the world involving military technology and foreign governments? Read this book and you will find out how. Ralph Gibson, the protagonist, is a lucky oaf that has done quite well in the realm of technology and venture capitalist. He is middle-aged and somewhat out of place in Silicon Valley, which is a haven for people nearly half his age. Despite his
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Tracy Burns
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
With a storyline that seems both beyond comprehension and absolutely possible, and characters that are as relatable as they are deceptive, Vachon’s debut novel is sure to capture the attention of an intellectually curious audience. The writing is quick and humorous and immediately pulls you into Ralph’s complicated world.
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The character of Ralph Gibsen, the protagonist of The Knucklehead of Silicon Valley isn’t based on the author G. Craig Vachon.

Not in any way.

Sure, they both are big, goofy-looking lummoxes, and they are married to beautiful, smart women that could have coupled more advantageously.

And yes, Ralph and Craig are both overly lucky, Silicon Valley-based venture capital investors living on the beaches
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