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Book By Author:  Erik Hamre

Tuna Life
 Tuna Life
 IN 2013 A NEW MOBILE APP WAS QUITELY LAUNCHED ON ITUNES. IT QUICLY BECAME THE FASTEST GROWING MOBILE APP IN HISTORY. IT WAS CALLED TUNA LIFE, AND FOR A BRIEF MOMENT IT CATAPULTED AUSTRALIA AND THE GOLD COAST INTO THE LIMELIGHT OF THE TECH WORLD. BUT NOT ALL WAS GOOD ON THE COAST. GIRLS HAD BEEN DISSAPEARING FOR YEARS Andrew Engels, a bored accountant, has an epiphany when he walks into an auditorium where kids barely out of high school are presenting new business ideas. It changes his life. It changes everything. Scott Davis, an experienced crime reporter at the Gold Coast Times, has recently been reassigned to cover business news for his struggling employer. When he starts digging about the new economy, where teenagers become overnight-millionaires on half-baked ideas and empty promises of future revenues, he finds a lot more than he expected. Girls have been disappearing from the coast for years. Could their cases be somewhat connected? And do we really know what we agree to when we download a mobile app? What sort of power do we allow companies like Tuna Life to possess over its users? Read the story that captures the essence of the exploding mobile app industry. But be warned: You may very well reconsider downloading that next app onto your phone.
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Hamre has another winner with Tuna Life!


Erik Hamre writes another terrific novel, Tuna Life. I certainly was intrigued with a title like that. Once I started getting into the first chapter I knew it was going to be a winner. Hamre is a storyteller. I saw this in his first novel, The Last Alchemist. Many people aspire to be novelists but sadly miss the mark. The opposite is true with Hamre. From page one he draws you into the story. In Tuna Life, we are introduced to Andrew Engel, a mediocre accountant on the Gold Coast of Australia, who has just quit his career to become an entrepreneur. The bizarre thing is that Andrew has no business idea, no money and no plan. He only has a spark that was ignited by accidentally walking into an angel investor conference for new mobile app developers. Actually they were teenagers with just an idea and they were getting funded. Andrew was amazed and incensed that they were getting so much money and decided he could do it too. Fast track four months later and Andrew is the talk of the town with his new app Tuna Life. You will have to read the book to get the gist of where the app name came from and how it became so popular. A business reporter, Scott Davis, starts becoming interested in Tuna Life’s traction and its creator Andrew Engel. Especially when one of his co-workers begins working on a story about missing girls and a possible serial killer on the Gold Coast that may have ties with one of Tuna Life’s investors.

Hamre, the author, develops sub plots and characters like a seasoned best seller. With hardly any downtime, the pace of the novel gains momentum and the sub plots start to interweave with each other. As the story continues, Andrew’s success takes a turn as the Tuna Life app becomes viral and then the microscope is turned on him when it begins interacting with its users without their consent. Huge success can also bring; greed, anxiety, despair, peril, revenge and death. Can Andrew escape from his own creation?

Tuna Life has the right mix of a killer novel. I was a fan of Hamre with The Last Alchemist and am now a serial fan. I can’t wait for the next one. Keep them coming!


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Erik Hamre Author:  Erik Hamre