I’m not the most cleaver reader. I usually can’t predict the plot of a thriller and love twists and turns. This was the worst thriller I have ever read. It was like watching a bad made-for-TV movie during a writer’s strike. After all of the main characters were reveled I had the rest of the book plotted out to the end. I thought there would be something to impress me in the end, but it was so predictable that I was completely let down.
Company Man is the story of Nick Conover, the CEO of Stratton Corp and the most hated man in a small company town because two years before he had to lay off half of the work force.
Bad things are happening to Nick starting with the death of his wife a year earlier in a car crash. His teenage son is a pot-head Goth wannabe. His ten year old daughter while still worshiping her father cries for her mother. Nick can't cope.
Although the Conovers live in a patrolled gated community someone has been writing disturbing graffeti and the family dog has been killed and dumped in the pool. The police don't seem to care. Nick is scared for his family's safety.
There's a lot here to make for a good story but we are instead presented with what I call "the stupid principal". The stupid principal means that the entire story unfolds because someone does something stupid.
In the middle of the night Nick is awakened by his alarm system, just put in by his head of security. He sees a man, zombie-like, coming towards his house. What does Nick do? Call the cops? Call his security head? Call anybody? No. Nick grabs a gun, also supplied by his head of security, rushes outside, orders the supposed intruder, who hasn't set foot in his house, to stop and shoots him dead when he doesn't comply.
What does Nick do next? Call the cops? No. He calls his head of security and they cover it up. Now, bear in mind that Nick is the good guy, the protagonist of the story. There is no indication that he's a "bad guy". He's just stupid. The stupid CEO of a major company.
Things get worse. If Nick is presented with a choice he does the most stupid thing available.
Who would have thought to write a book populated by the idiot good guy hero? This book is amazingly frustrating.
I enjoyed Paranoia very much. This book is a let down.
I don't normally write and online review but I have to say something about this one. If you just have to read this book get the abridged version. This book drags on forever, and nothing about it seems to hold my interest. I finally made it through it but I don't know how. Boring Boring Boring. I really enjoyed his book Paranoia but I will be had pressed to ever pay good money for another of his books.
This book was very good. However, I did find the the swear words to be very offending throughout the book. I do not need to hear the "F" word in about every other paragraph. If you are disturbed by bad language please do not purchase this title. The story line was very good, however I would not recommend this to any of my friends because of the constant profound swearing throughout the book.
My biggest problem with this book was its unrelenting quoting from the bible. This book from beginning to end preaches about religious ethics and how you should be a good person. The first half of the book is uninteresting, but the second half makes up for it. It is an interesting plot, bottom line if you don't mind religious waco propaganda this is for you.