Review of ‘The Knucklehead of Silicon Valley’

Hate to say it, but I think The Knucklehead of Silicon Valley was simply not my cup of tea.

Now, just because it was not my cup of tea does not mean I hated it. I did not, but I did not love it either. Honestly, I found this novel rather dull in the end. That is my problem with the novel; it just bored me.

Non-Linear Storytelling

The Knucklehead of Silicon Valley
The Knucklehead of Silicon Valley
by G. Craig Vachon

The premise is interesting, but part of what hindered my enjoyment of the novel was the jumping back and forth between timelines. The novel spans from 1974 to 2016 and everywhere in between. It was hard to keep track of where I was while reading this. In my opinion, it lacked cohesion.

Jumping back and forth with small indistinct ties and markers to keep the reader locked in the story simply did not work.

Honestly, I think the novel would have worked better if it just went back and forth between two periods and moving linearly from those two points instead of jumping around the past a lot. I was lost at times, lost in Ralph’s age, and what each segment was about, and lost in the technobabble that was somewhat unnecessary to the storytelling.

That was another thing that probably led to my lack of enjoyment of the novel, the exposition. Vachon does much telling about technology. He goes into detail about how things work. It does not come off as necessary and slows down the plot of the novel. At times, I found myself just skimming over these parts because, quite honestly, I did not care how things worked; I just wanted to follow the story along.

Then there is Ralph. With all the time jumping, I honestly forgot how old he was. There were times he sounded younger than he was and times he sounded older. It was just another thing I was unable to keep track of.

And, of course, the spy element of the story. Ralph may or may not be a spy. He does not think he is one but everyone else thinks he is one. It does bring a nice comedic feel to the novel, but it takes too long to get there. I wish this aspect of the novel had been given more attention earlier on in the novel because once it was given attention later on in the novel, I found myself enjoying the novel much more.

Final Thoughts

Ultimately, as I said, I did not hate it, but I did not love it either. I simply think that this novel was not my cup of tea.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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Product Details:

Pub Date: Oct. 25, 2019Page Count: 388ppAge Range: 18 & Over
ISBN: 978-1-9475-2113-1Publisher: Genius Book CompanyList Price: $19.95

The Knucklehead of Silicon Valley


Writing Quality


Character Development


"Couldn't Put It Down"-ness


Intellectual Depth





  • Interesting Premise
  • Fun spy elements.
  • Ralph's cluelessness makes him relatable.


  • Hard to follow.
  • Too much exposition.

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