It was the grand finale of the 20th century and the dawn of the Internet. Brad Burke is on top of the world! The IPO for his dot-com company: Webstar, was an overwhelming success and he's in love with the woman of his dreams, even if she is the wife of his best customer. But when the Green Shoe drops, his winning stock crashes and he is caught in a web of deceit and the cross hairs of an assassin! More
It was the grand finale of the 20th century, and the dawn of a new era, a new industry, a new profession and ... a new motive for murder. ‘Dot-com’ emerged as the money buzzword, and Internet companies commanded huge share price premiums, driving the stock market to record highs, week after week in a raging bull market that was unstoppable. Investors loved the dot-com story, and they bought it: hook, line, sinker, rod, reel, and boat!
The Internet revolution spawned a ‘perfect storm’ when the development of the World Wide Web, and technology to buy and sell stocks instantaneously on personal computers converged with a superheated stock market. The Wall Street Journal compared it to Las Vegas calling it: ‘Casino Trading’ and Barron’s magazine labeled it a ‘Wild West’ gambling environment.
This pervasive paradigm-shift to Internet-based trading fueled greed and the consequential corollary, a fear psyche that was both addictive and delusional. The hyper-frenzied, speculative atmosphere that emerged signaled the beginning of the end -- that could ultimately trigger the bursting of the dot-com bubble and the birth of a new breed of speculator: the day trader.
Day traders took unimaginable risks, betting huge sums of money, sometimes their entire life savings, based on fictitious insider information, wild tips, and misleading data across the Internet. Their stocks were pumped through wild gyrations, as rumors and emotions relentlessly changed the direction of trading. Usually they lost money and frequently they lost a lot of money, sometimes resulting in bankruptcy.
And, when they thought that mismanagement by the chief executive officer of the company had caused their losses, their revenge turned personal.
Bradley J. Burke is on top of the world! As the song goes, ‘He did it his way.’ Bill Gates could have done no better.
The launch of his IPO for his Internet company: Webstar, was an overwhelming success, and he's in love with the woman of his dreams. He had but three concerns: One, the woman of his dreams is married to his best customer, mentor and chairman of the board of directors. Two, there is a crazy assassin Day Trader killing CEOs of publicly held companies when their stock falls. Three, for no apparent reason Brad's Webstar stock suddenly crashes and he is in the cross hairs of the unknown.
Wrapped up in all of this, Brad is caught in a web of deceit and he has no clue that the Green Shoe has dropped.
Amid a maelstrom of success, a maelstrom of jealousy, mystery, and murder, Brad's life is about to change forever. The question is, will his company survive and will he come through it alive? Brad isn't so sure, and others are determined he won't.
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