Now in Print & eBook: High-Tech Suspense Novel “Learning Curve”

Learning Curve by Michael S. MaloneBarking Rain Press announced the print and eBook release of the high-tech suspense novel  Learning Curve: A Novel of Silicon Valley, from legendary Silicon Valley journalist, author, and entrepreneur Michael S. Malone. Malone is the author of twenty non-fiction books, including such award-winning bestsellers as The Virtual CorporationBill and Dave, and The Future Arrived Yesterday. He has been the host of four PBS series, and producer/writer of the Emmy-nominated PBS miniseries The New Heroes. He was a founding shareholder of eBay, Siebel Systems and Qik, and is currently co-founder and vice-chairman of new medical software start-up PatientKey Inc.

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Learning Curve tells the story of two Silicon Valley executives, one a veteran CEO of an established corporation, the other a young founder of a hot new startup, as they battle for industry dominance—all while dealing with both external threats and the manipulations of people close to them. Nothing is as it seems in this high-stakes game of cat and mouse.

Author Michael S. Malone has enjoyed a fabled Silicon Valley career. He grew up in Mt. View and Sunnyvale, where his schoolmates and neighbors included Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. David Packard wrote his grad school recommendation letter. He joined the San Jose Mercury-News as the world’s first daily high tech reporter, covered the rise of Apple Computer and the personal computer industry, as was twice nominated by the paper for the Pulitzer Prize for his groundbreaking investigations into toxic chemical leaks and espionage in the Valley.

Malone then became one of the very first technology freelancers, syndicating his reporting electronically to the New York Times (where he became a columnist), the Boston Globe, and The Economist (for whom he covered the Macintosh introduction), among other publications. In subsequent years, as a contributing editor, Malone helped with the creation of Upside, Fast Company, and Forbes ASAP (he was editor of the last during its National Magazine Award-nominated, era). He was a columnist for ABCNews for nearly a decade and currently is a regular contributor of editorials for the Wall Street Journal.

Malone says that he has put all of these experiences into Learning Curve. “I got tired of writers parachuting into Silicon Valley and thinking they could capture the spirit of the place by only hanging out in San Francisco with the social networking kids or in Palo Alto with the Facebook crowd. They are important, but they are only a small fraction of the story. I wanted to show the real world of tech—complete with an ending as unpredictable, and yet as inevitable, as real-life Valley competition. I think when Silicon Valley-ites read this novel, they will recognize all of the characters, including themselves. Readers elsewhere will appreciate that these characters actually think, act and talk like the famous figures they read about.”

Ask for Learning Curve at your favorite bookstore, or buy it online at the Barking Rain Press website,, Barnes & Noble, Powells, and many other booksellers. It is also available in most eBook formats through Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, iTunes, Kobo, Overdrive, the Sony Reader Store, and many other outlets worldwide. Interested readers can click here to preview the first four chapters of Learning Curve for free.

Learning Curve: A Novel of Silicon Valley

Author: Michael S. Malone
Series: Silicon Valley Quartet, Book 1

BISAC Genre Codes:
FIC030000 — FICTION Thrillers Suspense
FIC036000 — FICTION Thrillers Technological
FIC031000 — FICTION Thrillers General

BIC Genre Codes:
FH — Thriller/Suspense

LCCN: 2013937571

Hardcover (176 pp)
ISBN-13: 9781935460992
ISBN-10: 1-935460-99-4
Retail Price: $21.95 USD
Distributors: Ingram, Bertram Books, Gardners Books

Trade Paperback (176 pp)
ISBN-13: 978-1-935460-62-6
ISBN-10: 1-935460-62-5
Retail Price: $12.95 USD
Distributors: Ingram, Bertram Books, Gardners Books

eBook (ePub, Kindle & PDF formats)
ISBN-13: 978-1-935460-63-3
ISBN-10: 1-935460-63-3
Retail Price: $5.95 USD
Distributors: Content Reserve/Overdrive, Ingram