This is the perfect novel for people fed up with sleaze in Washington. Enjoyable and meaningful.
John Christmas, author of "Democracy Society"
I am rarely seen without my headphones on and my iPod clipped on my waist. I love my books.
Did not read printed version.
I kept wanting more...definitely a page turner.
He is one of my favorite narrators.
This is a book that I will definitely want to listen to again. It kept my interest from the very beginning to the very end.
A good corporate thriller that breaks up the ever stream of spy novels and detective/mystery novels. I thought the book was well done and kept my interest to the end. When I am anxious to get in the car to go to work so I can listen to a book then it typically is a 5 star. Brick does a great job again. Looking forward to Haig's next book.
This is a well written and narrated book. If you like being involved in the realistic lifestyle of dirtbag, scumbag politicians and corporate execs, you'll love this book. The talent of writing the book was excellent. The subject made me want to throw up.
This is the first book I have listened from Brian Haig and I wasn't disappointed. I extremely enjoyed this book. I will definitely read other Brian Haig’s books. I love the way the main character was developed. It keeps you on the edge until the end.
I hereby declare that from now on I will read books narrated by Scott Brick on my Archos/Nook/Kindle or whatever. I just can't take it anymore. Even descriptions of restaurants and offices must be fraught with emotion. In addition, this story was a disappointment after the previous book I had of Haig's. Lots of stock characters. Many elements just stretch the imagination too much. That said, it was an interesting plot. I think I'd have given it 4 stars if it was read by Guidall and I did the abridged version.
The first 3 books I read by Brian Haig were great and then the precipitous fall. The Hunted was absolutely horrible writing. A ridiculous plot that only gets worse the further you get into the book. I stuck with it seeking redemption, but it was never found. The excessive stereotypes of each profession places one in a state of disbelief that cannot be salvaged.
I really enjoyed Haig’s Drummond-books and was hoping for another good read. Unfortunately, this book was so bad I couldn’t finish it.
The book details a corporate takeover by the Capital Group, a private equity firm. The owners of the target company built the firm from scratch, have 4 generations of employees and throw chicken dinners for employees every Tuesday night. They stayed in Trenton to be faithful to the community. They’re not just good, they’re saintly.
The private equity group isn’t just bad, it’s awful. They plant drugs in the house of a financier they’re trying to influence, just to get an edge. To woo the financier, they fly him on the company 747 to a dinner at the White House, where the president strong arms him to make nice. The ex-politicos on their board are odious, like an Australian PM who filched not $200 million, but $300 million from government coffers during his term.
The private equity group doesn’t just do due diligence before they buy – they bug the seller’s home. They cancel contracts between the target company and an existing company in their portfolio to stoke up the pressure. Of course, the target hasn’t just been a good supplier to their company in the past, it’s the vendor of the year 3 years running.
The equity firm buys the company and fires employees in violation of the acquisition agreement – hey, in their experience, only 1 in 4 employees have the funds to sue. Then they lean on the poor Trenton mayor for tax concessions, threatening to close the plant.
Haig spends so much time in useless details like this that the story languishes and the characters feel cartoon-like. I get it Haig, you think private equity firms suck and that their executives are crooks. I got that after the first 30 minutes. I don’t mind a little opinion mixed in with the narrative, but at the end of the day, I just want to be entertained. After four hours of listening, it just wasn’t entertaining enough to continue.