Lucas Carlson

The Term Sheet: A Startup Thriller Novel

The Term Sheet: A Startup Thriller Novel by Lucas Carlson
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fiction Fantasy, Suspense
For readers of:Lee Child, Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, Dan Brown, James Patterson
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Print Length339
PublisherCraftsman Founder
Publication DateOctober 4, 2015
About the Book

“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.

About the Author

Lucas Carlson is an author and entrepreneur, profiled in The New York Times best-selling book The Lean Entrepreneur. He built a startup that raised $10M in venture funding and was acquired by a Fortune 150 Company in 2013. Through that experience, he fell deeply in love with storytelling, and recounted his experiences in both a memoir and a thriller. Now he's writing more thrillers with startup and tech themes.

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