There was always something odd about John McAfee. The tech entrepreneur made a fortune from the antivirus software that bears his name, even as he nursed an addiction to cocaine and set himself up as a spiritual guru and yoga expert. In 2009, after losing millions in the stock market crash, he decided to retire to the tiny Central American nation of Belize. That’s when things really got weird. He started hanging out with killers, prostitutes, and pimps. He fell in love with a 17-year-old and surrounded his tropical compound with armed guards. In November 2012 his neighbor was found murdered. McAfee, who professed his innocence, fled the police and went into hiding.
WIRED’s Joshua Davis had weeks of exclusive access to and interviews with McAfee before his disappearance and was virtually the only journalist McAfee had contact with when he went on the lam. In this fascinating profile, Davis takes readers into McAfee’s heart of darkness, a harrowing and jaw-dropping tale of ambition, paranoia, sex, and madness.
WIRED Contributing Editor Joshua Davis has traveled the world reporting stories for WIRED—Colombia, Belize, China, Nepal, South Korea, Iraq, Italy, Estonia, Russia, the Netherlands. His writing is anthologized in the 2012 edition of The Best American Science and Nature Writing as well as the 2006, 2007, and 2009 editions of The Best Technology Writing. He’s the author of The Underdog, an account of his adventures in competitive armwrestling, bullfighting, sumo, sauna, and backward running. He lives in San Francisco.
Interestingly to read
I think this short novel was interesting to read. The guy has lost a touch of reality. The book gives a good perspective of how things went down in Belize. So 4 stars for that. Would've been 5 if the story was longer. For now 4 stars!
I've read and listened to several interviews with McAfee since this book was published. McAfee is an eccentric guy, but this author's goal was clearly to manipulate a rich retired man's lifestyle into a Hollywood movie. It's very far from the truth as far as I can tell.
Man, what a story. Eccentric multi-millionaire and entrepreneur turned...what? Drug dealer, crusader or just crazy man...who knows. You could probably dig up all the news reports, but it's very well spelled out here. Definitely worth the $.99.