The events unfurl in the Pacific Northwest, in a fictional city named Evesden in Washington state. Another page-turner from Joseph Finder. The Company Man is a solid book set in an amazingly vivid world with a complex, thought provoking plot and it’s yet another book by Bennett that refuses to fit into any one genre labeled box. Can Nick find his way back to the man he truly is? Title: The Company Man Author: Robert Jackson Bennett Genre: Speculative Fiction, Steampunk, Noir, Mystery Publisher: Orbit Publication Date: April 2011 Paperback: 464 Pages The year is 1919. The charcacters are pretty one dimensional, as is the fictional mega-city of Evesden, Washington. The novel's denouement veers into Sci-Fi, after masking itself as an old fashioned, hard boiled crime noir. Well this one hovered between a 3 or 4 star. He then kills an innocent man who happens onto his property. And the police reaction to the CEO was completely unrealistic. He teams up with his chief of security, Eddie to hide the event. 2019 - The Book People Ltd. I have to like the characters in a book, at least some of them and these were not only unlikable they acted in ways that were illogical! The Company Man by Ellen Goodman Ellen Goodman was born in Newton Massachusetts in 1941.She took a B.A. His eighth novel, FOUNDRYSIDE, will be available in the US on 8/21 of 2018 and the UK on 8/23. It started off slow for me but as usual, I start getting pulled into the plot. Robert Jackson Bennett is a two-time award winner of the Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel, an Edgar Award winner for Best Paperback Original, and is also the 2010 recipient of the Sydney J Bounds Award for Best Newcomer, and a Philip K Dick Award Citation of Excellence. The ending was the worst kind of cop out, resorting to unsatisfying cliche, and of course, an opening for a sequel. The charcacters are pretty one dimensional, as is the fictional mega-city of Evesden, Washington. THE ENDING WAS FANTASTICAL AND WAY TOO CONVENIENT. Recommend, Nick Conover, the main character in the story, is the CEO of Stratton Corp. Nick recently lost his wife in a tragic accident and he and his children are still grieving. At th. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Anthony Award Nominee for Best Paperback Original (2012), Philip K. Dick Award for Special Citation (2012), Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original (2012). I find this book a little lacking when I make that comparison, although I can see the seeds of The Divinve Cities and Foundryside here. Nick goes to see Osgood,k head of Fairfield and tells him about a $bribe Muldaur and Scott paid to expedite the sale of Stratton. I'm not sure who gave me this book, but the premise seemed intriguing. You still had to take a small leap of faith, but in this case, I could see someone surviving that leap. However, a more apt. In my small town the mayor would kiss the ass of any CEO who traveled within a hundred miles, and if he murdered someone, the mayor would insist that. Thankfully, Nick has his work, but his community image has changed when he approved the decision to lay of hundreds of workers as the company faces some difficult time; but Nick is about to find out that nothing is as it seems, both in his corporate world and in his personal life and has to determine who he can trust. The downturn in the economy has resulted in Conover laying off 5000 employees. AND THEN HE SEEMS TO SHRUG OFF THE BREAK-INS WHEN I’D BE REACTING TO THE POLICE ABOUT THEM THE WAY A REAL PERSON WOULD), AND HACKNEYED PLOT DEVICES (THE BLACK WOMAN COP WHO IS CONSTANTLY GIVEN A HARD TIME BY HER MALE COWORKERS WHO ARE SO UNCARING ABOUT THEIR CASES YOU WONDER HOW THEY GOT AND KEPT THEIR JOBS; THE SURLY TEENAGE SON WHO WENT BAD AFTER HIS MOTHER DIED; THE GUY THE CEO GREW UP WITH WHO HE HIRED AS HIS SECURITY CHIEF AND TURNS OUT TO BE A JERK WHO GETS HIM INTO THE MESS HE’S IN (KILLING A GUY WHO CAME ONTO HIS PROPERTY). An introduction and annotations provide historical context to this intimate examination of life in the French-Atlantic world"--Provided by publisher. A creepy man shows up on your lawn late at night yelling incoherently. Goodman repeatedly says in the essay “This man who worked himself to death finally and precisely at 3:00 A. M. Sunday morning – on his day off. Download Full The Company Man Book in PDF, EPUB, Mobi and All Ebook Format. I've never given up on an audio book before. He supposedly was a CEO of a major manufacturing firm, but he acted like a mentally challenged 6-year old. However, in this one I felt that the situation was more extreme than in other books, and I was more conflicted because I both deplored his actions and wanted him (Nick Conover - Stratton’s CEO) to come out okay. FULL OF IMPLAUSIBILITIES (LIKE WHY WOULD THIS GUY NOT INSTALL A SECURITY SYSTEM IN HIS MANSION THE FIRST TIME HIS HOUSE IS BROKEN INTO, RATHER THAN WAITING TO THE 4TH OF 5TH TIME WHEN HIS DOG IS MURDERED? The Company Man written by Goodman, read by Calton-Abdullah Start by marking “The Company Man” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Conover has become 'The Slasher' to a town who once loved him. The McNaughton Corporation is the pinnacle of American industry. I am not even going to finish this book. And, above all, … Well done mystery-suspense in the corporate world. A creepy man shows up on your lawn late at night yelling incoherently. He teams up with his chief of security, Eddie to hide the event. But what if there is proof he was there? You can love your city and you can love your country and your people, but they don't love you back. I don't really know how to feel about this book. CEO Nick Conover of Stratton Corporation goes from beloved town hero to scapegoat and villain when Fairfield Equity takes over and orders him to layoff 5,000 employees in a small town in Michigan. Lose your job or freedom is not an option for single father of two. The Sci-Fi turn does not do the first two thirds of the novel justice, and is a bit of a let down. In their small town, this results in just about every family in town bringing effected in one way or another. So, in a nutshell: In an alternate-universe dieselpunk 1919, a staggeringly powerful corporation named McNoughton has achieved prominence due to their world-changing inventions. You also can read online The Company Man and write the review about the book. They built the airships that tie the world together. Hello Select your address Books Hello, Sign in. Original comic series. The year is 1919.The McNaughton Corporation is the pinnacle of American industry. What is the age level of this book? Buy The Company Man by Bennett, Robert Jackson (ISBN: 9781841497921) from Amazon's Book Store. Start by marking “Company Man” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Plus now you will never know why creep was out on your lawn screaming. Nick Conover's life as a hot shot CEO is falling apart at the seams and he seems powerless to help himself or anybody else. A mystery that promises a bit of steampunk atmosphere set in an alternate America of 1919 where the McNaughton Corporation has become so powerful as almost be their own nation. The author provides little motivation for either option. Another strong book recommended for all thriller fans. Intruder is shot dead. The less you know going in, the better. It premiered at the 26th Sundance Film Festival on January 22, 2010 and had a one-week run in December 10, 2010 to be eligible for the year's Academy Awards.The movie was released commercially in the United States and Canada on January … The Sci-Fi turn does not do the first two thirds of the novel justice, and is a bit of a let down. His unique ability was very cool and I liked the way it was used in the story. Welcome back. Is it a coincidence that I have read two books over the last two weeks that have competing story-lines vying for prime time? The Company Man is an alternate history/world/Steampunk/Alien first encounter novel taking place in 1919/20 in a Washington state that is quite different than the one we call ours. In most towns the police chief serves under the mayor. Refresh and try again. Meeting these guys for the first time after chatting and talking on the phone for over 2 years while working on War Dogs felt … We’d love your help. COMPANY MAN introduces the reader to Nick Conover, CEO of the Stratton Corporation in Fenwick, Michigan. This was not a very good book because the author made his main character an idiot. But Conover is besieged on all sides. And airships! The ending was....meh. A novel based in an alternative reality, a city called Evesden, an industrial power located in the Pacific Northwest. I won't read it, because I'm not entirely certain what happened in this one. 1.1K likes. I listened to this book in CD and loved it! Bennett is an author to watch. As a corporate professional with kids you feel paranoid. The Company Man is a solid book set in an amazingly vivid world with a complex, thought provoking plot and it’s yet another book by Bennett that refuses to fit into any one genre labeled box. Account & Lists Account Returns & Orders. A futuristic book with unimaginable machines, events and people. Robert Jackson Bennett, takes us to a 1920s world, where the one company controls everything, and the thoughts of a workers turn unionization to help protect their rights but this company will to anything to make sure this does not happen. Now you feel more paranoid. This book was a very pleasant surprise....it had none of those moments, even though there's a new twist to the plot in almost every chapter! The Company Man by Robert Jackson Bennett (Orbit) begins in 1919 as a trolley car filled with eleven factory workers dead inside of it, rolls into a station. Scott and on. He then kills an innocent man who happens onto his property. Directed by John Wells. I found the constant conspiracy and lack of real human contact too unsettling and depressing and, frankly, unrealistic and contrived. All the adjectives in that summary might give you a hint that this is a bit of a genre-bending tale and pretty hard to pin down. I think this could have easily been shorter. The year could be 1961 and could end forever. Intruder must be inside home not out on lawn. Company Man. Stratton Corporation was a leading furniture manufacturing company based in Michigan. ”(18). I rooted for Nick, despite of what he did, despite of the bad decisions he has made. Tell stories that are complete fantasy. noire? The eponymous investigator works for the McNaughton Corporation, the powerful and mysterious entity running the United States from the capitol city of Evesden, located in a Pacific Northwest very different from the one we know. Enough said. Skip to main content.ca Try Prime Hello, Sign in Account & Lists Sign in Account & Lists Returns & Orders Try Prime Cart. The ending was a bit weak, but the rest of the book was excellent. I thought it was unique, well-written, had great characters, and a very interesting plot. As the investigation continues to stress Nick, he's also being backstabbed at work by his corporate finance man, Scott, whom Nick thought was a friend. Joseph Finder is the author of the forthcoming novel JUDGMENT and fourteen other novels, many of them New York Times bestsellers, published in 35 countries around the world. They send their 'company man' -- Cyril Hayes, special agent, investigator, problem-solver, fixer, and psychic empath -- to investigate a slew of union murders, lest the company/union tensions bubble over and take the city with it. An engaging, noirish mystery, the book de. I've been talking about this book a lot, because the premise is so utterly up my alley and I pretty much stan RJB's concepts. A major theme of the book is conflict between a major company and the union. Goodman conveys these attitudes in three different ways. It was all I could do to finish the story. Hayes has a special ability that helps him with that. Dragons of Babel? Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The hero faces a decision whether to save Evesden or let it die. Company Man by Joseph Finder is a suspense novel that mixes murder, corporate misdeeds, and family problems with small town politics. All the adjectives in that summary might give you a hint that this is a bit of a genre-bending tale and pretty hard to pin down. My heart went out to Audrey as she tried to bring back the spark which has gone from her marriage. Was it a coincidence that the eleven vic. My heart went out to Audrey as she tried to bring back the spark which has gone from her marriage. sci-fi?--without fully committing to one, which makes for a spastic storyline that cannot stay in place long enough to engage me in the storyline. What do you do? Make it look like he died somewhere else. The novel's denouement veers into Sci-Fi, after masking itself as an old fashioned, hard boiled crime noir. The Book People Ltd is registered in England. Meanwhile, Conover is still being stalked, but by now he just doesn’t realize it. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Then what? Joseph Finder has an incredible knack for creating unique, interesting characters. CEO Nick Conover of Stratton Corporation goes from beloved town hero to scapegoat and villain when Fairfield Equity takes over and orders him to layoff 5,000 employees in a small town in Michigan. Seems like I either love him or dislike him, this was a like. Both extremely different. "You can love your job, but that doesn't mean it loves you. They don't need you.". A suspenseful story about a strong family man and corporate executive of Stratton Industries who kills a trespasser in his backyard. So you conspire to move the body. Highly religious detective Audrey Rimes and her not so cooperative partner Bugbee relentlessly try to make a case against Nick and Eddie. Things that get too big and one day they just scrape you off their back. I wanted to read this book because it covers the same time period I'm writing in, and I wanted to see what the author had done with it. Phil in the other hand was focus on getting recognition on his hard work, ending up as just “the company man” when he passed away. In the midd. What do you do? 4 ½ stars. This book vaguely floats through a number of genres--is it a mystery? sci-fi?--without fully committing to one, which makes for a spastic storyline that cannot stay in place long enough to engage me in the storyline. Machines that take over minds to change personalities, memories and values; a person who can read minds within fifty feet of his target; and most concerning of all the murder of eleven people in an underground trolley where the same identical wound was inflicted on each of the victims all in a total of four minutes. A world of gangsters and the Union, in the fictional American city of Evesden, with worn-down detectives and corrupt business. Almost any description of this book will be a spoiler. April 11th 2011 Others seem to like it, but it's just not for me. If you love a page-turning mystery, you are in for a treat this month. He allows his good friend and company security officer to talk him into hiding the corpse as he is convinced he will be viewed as a killer. I would have liked to read more about the founding and rise of the city of Evesden, which compares to Chabon's Sitka, Alaska in Yiddish Policemen's Union. I almost didn't finish the book (my sense of incredulity snapped); I soldiered through, but there was no sense of joy and no redemption. IT’S TOO BAD, BECAUSE I ENJOYED THE FINDER BOOK I READ BEFORE THIS, KILLER INSTINCT, WHICH WAS FOR THE MOST PART PRETTY GOOD…. Although well written, the story didn't work for me. This book, in my opinion, was mostly noir mystery with a dash of science fiction and steampunk and I don't think noir is one of Bennett's strengths. I FINISHED THIS BOOK ONLY BECAUSE I FELT I NEEDED TO. Meet HaterDave. Machines that take over minds to change personalities, memories and values; a person who can read minds within fifty feet of his target; and most concerning of all the murder of eleven people in an underground trolley where the same identical wound was inflicted on each of the victims all in a total of four minutes. by St. Martin's Paperbacks. In addition, there is a moral and very religious female police inspector who is determined to arrest the murderer, but has serious home problems. I've enjoyed everything Bennett has written and look forward to more in the future. However, in this one I felt that the situation was more extreme than in other books, and I was more conflicted because I both deplored his actions and wanted him (Nick Conover - Stratton’s CEO) to come out okay. As the investigation continues to stress Nick, he's also being backstabbed at work by his corporate finance man, Scott, whom Nick thought was a friend. The traveling man, named McNaughton took the Prospector's "gadge. I would definitely give this 4 stars. 3.5 stars -- a gritty neo-noir-ish steampunk-esque (kind of? The eponymous investigator works for the McNaughton Corporation, the powerful and mysterious entity running the United States from the capitol city of Evesden, located in a Pacific Northwest very different from the one we know. He's always awesome. China Mieville? I am not gonna lie, I found this book pretty rough going. On the one hand, it's like every book where a giant corporation might have shady intentions, and on another hand, it's like a Dashiell Hammett book set in an alternate 1919. Perhaps if I hadn’t had a clue, it would have been more exciting. This was the best Joseph Finder book I have read so far. The Company Men is 2010 American drama film, written and directed by John Wells.It features Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, Chris Cooper and Tommy Lee Jones.. Six-Word Review: Successful man, now hated, soon persecuted. Meet April's Most Highly Anticipated Mysteries. Finder is the king of suspense! I kind of wanted to know more about the unions and their goals and what they were doing to achieve them, etc, as opposed to just knowing that there were unions and they were fighting wi. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Apparently Castle Doctrine does not apply here. Nick Conover, the main character in the story, is the CEO of Stratton Corp. Nick recently lost his wife in a tragic accident and he and his children are still grieving. An engaging, noirish mystery, the book deservedly won the mystery and suspense field’s Edgar Award in the original paperback category. AND THEN HE SEEMS TO SHRUG OFF THE BREAK-INS WHEN I’D BE REACTING TO THE POLICE ABOUT THEM THE WAY A REAL PERSON WOULD), AND HACKNEYED PLOT DEVICES (THE BLACK WOMAN COP WHO IS CONSTANTLY GIVEN A HARD TIME BY HER MALE COWORKERS WHO ARE SO UNCARING ABOUT THEIR CASES YOU WONDER HOW THEY GOT AND KE. Make it look like he died somewhere else. In most towns the police chief serves under the mayor. Read this for book club, not something I would have picked out on my own most likely. As in his previous books, the main character’s life spirals from bad to worse as events unfold. The Company Man: Amazon.ca: Bennett, Robert Jackson: Books. update: I just looked it up and they did) mystery in a city ruled by a corporation. Then boom the curtains rise, the city burns and it earns a 5. Enter an aggressive detective who is making connections. Skip to main content.ca. We've got you covered with the buzziest new releases of the day. A suspenseful story about a strong family man and corporate executive of Stratton Industries who kills a trespasser in his backyard. 3.5 stars -- a gritty neo-noir-ish steampunk-esque (kind of? Not recommended. It tells a decent story, although it feels long, perhaps because for me, inklings of what’s really going on started coming too soon. He lives in a beautiful home, has two children who he adores, and is the head of a well-established, well-respected company. I continue to be very hot and cold with Robert Jackson Bennett. Read this for book club, not something I would have picked out on my own most likely. A major theme of the book is conflict between a major company and the union. Everyday low prices on a huge range of new releases and classic fiction. Too seldom these days can you find a "thriller" that isn't full of "oh give me a break" moments when you just get disgusted because it's all so unbelievable. So you conspire to move the body. did they have subways in our 1919? It was all I could do to finish the story. 5 stars for 500 pages of a good book! A rollercoaster of plot twists and thinking I know what is going on, to being wrong. My husband bought it way before we even met, and I was thinking, perhaps it's not something I'd necessarily chose to read myself. You feel threatened so you call a friend. First, I don't give many 5-star reviews, although I, of course, crave them, but let's be honest. The story centers on a year in the life of three men trying to survive a round of corporate downsizing at a major company - and how that affects them, their families, and their communities. Its neato. Although it was apparent who was the primary villain, it was interesting to watch Nick navigate this nightmare. But HaterDave did not like The Company Man when we sued him for selling our very profitable, incredible success driven methods without The Company Man's written consent. This was the best Joseph Finder book I have read so far. I think this could have easily been shorter. Right from the first chapter I didn't want to put this down....it's one of the most entertaining books I've read in a long time! Highly religious detective Audrey Rimes and her not so cooperative partner Bugbee relentlessly try to make a case against Nick and Eddie. FULL OF IMPLAUSIBILITIES (LIKE WHY WOULD THIS GUY NOT INSTALL A SECURITY SYSTEM IN HIS MANSION THE FIRST TIME HIS HOUSE IS BROKEN INTO, RATHER THAN WAITING TO THE 4TH OF 5TH TIME WHEN HIS DOG IS MURDERED? This information about The Company Man shown above was first featured in "The BookBrowse Review" - BookBrowse's membership magazine, and in our weekly "Publishing This Week" newsletter. I'd also been reading. The McNaughton Corporation is the pinnacle of American industry. I was keeping an eye out for Bennett's newest book when I discovered his sophomore book, a noir-magical realism kind of thing. I wasn't expecting much from this book when I picked it up from the bottom shelf of our bookcase. Robert Jackson Bennett's debut novel Mr. Shivers was called "compelling and truly horrifying" (Library Journal), winning him favorable comparisons to Stephen King and Cormac McCarthy. The traveling man, named McNaughton took the Prospector's "gadgets" and started a corporation that within a very short time was the premier corporation in the world. At the heart of this story is an off-the-book investigator, Hayes, who works for the big company, and he's assigned to check out a bunch of mysterious union-related matters. This book was like reading a film noir, which was very enjoyable. Nick Conover is the CEO of a large office furniture company based in Michigan. They built the guns that won the Great War before it even began. another well reviewed book that has a combination of so-so content as interest goes and unremarkable style to grab me. Makes you wonder. Paranoia builds. There was no thrill and no suspense, unless waiting for the main character to be impossibly idiotic is suspenseful. Well rounded characters, Very gray, nothing clear between good and evil. All were alive when they entered the trolley and all were union workers. All the characters were fleshed out well. My favorite Joseph Finder novel so far. I could not finish this book. He supposedly was a CEO of a major manufacturing firm, but he acted like a mentally challenged 6-year old. "Caillot's 1730 memoir recounts a young man's voyage from Paris to New Orleans, where he served the Company of the Indies. His book HIGH CRIMES was adapted into a movie starring Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd; PARANOIA was made into the Harrison Ford/Gary Oldman film. (Sorry Diana). My husband bought it way before we even met, and I was thinking, perhaps it's not something I'd necessarily chose to read myself. Apparently Castle Doctrine does not apply here. I am looking forward to discussing at book club, because there were definitely some really interesting themes to talk about! Analysis of Rhetorical Strategies in “The Company Man” In “The Company Man” by Ellen Goodman, throughout the passage Goodman illustrates her feelings of distaste and anger toward Phil, as he in her mind represents Corporate America: routine, indifferent, almost robotic. I FELT LIKE NOT FINISHING IT, BUT I HAVE A MORBID CURIOSITY WANTING TO FIND OUT HOW POORLY PLOTTED THIS STORY WILL GO. from Radcliffe College in 1963 and attended Harvard University on a Nieman Fellowship.Goodman began her journalistic career with Newsweek, where she was a researcher and reporter. We carry a variety of local interest books and Manx memorabilia alongside our huge range of discount books … The Company Man is my second Robert Jackson Bennett novel. The formula is the same as all his other books, but I think this was one of his better efforts. Is this a trend? And the police reaction to the CEO was completely unrealistic. Conover seemingly has the world by the tail with a downhill pull. To see what your friends thought of this book. Nick does just too many unbelievably stupid things, and I simply didn't believe it. In most cases, the reviews are necessarily limited to those that were available to us ahead of publication. The new owners order Stratton CEO Nick Conover to lay off 5000 employees, which makes the local resident the most detested person in the area; his nickname, "the Slasher". The story is very engaging and I really enjoyed it, but when I got towards the end and it suddenly turned into scifi I felt that transition didn't really make sense and it honestly made me angry reading it. All the characters were flesh. City of Stairs was shortlisted for the Locus Award and the World Fantasy Award. 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