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Glenn Kaplan


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Book Description

July 1 2007

Could an all-powerful CEO get away with the ultimate crime? Evil, Inc. is a ticking time bomb of a story that explodes the hottest issues in corporate America today.

Ken Olson’s world is shattered by a crime his company must cover up at any cost. Stripped of everything but his passion for justice, Olson discovers the dark and dangerous world behind the corporate jets—the hired killers who secretly do the corporation’s dirtiest work, the clandestine offshore bank accounts, and the greedy machinations of the lucky few at the top.

Olson’s struggle pits him against a host of deadly rivals—the psychopathic CEO who has hijacked the corner office, the brutal killer from the private military underworld, the network anchorwoman without a hint of conscience, the aristocrat who pulls the strings of power, and the hot young actress who makes sex a tool of deception.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; MP3 Una edition (July 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433203197
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433203190
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 1.4 x 0.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g

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From Publishers Weekly

Kaplan's reading of his own thriller offers listeners a mixed bag. He's not especially good at creating believable voices for his women characters and his children's voices are even worse. But Kaplan, who has spent two decades as a creative director at various ad agencies supporting many Fortune 500 companies, has obviously poured everything he learned into creating the hopeful voice and disposition of his protagonist, Ken Olson. Kaplan shines as Olson, who has just become divisional director of an Ohio-based plastics manufacturing company. He creates equally vivid and credible villains: a nasty trio including the company's CEO, vice president and a board member—all of whom want to see Olson fail and/or die. Kaplan's knowing thriller makes a good choice for a long business flight.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

Review

“Glenn Kaplan’s Evil, Inc. does what the best thrillers do—it’s half a step ahead of tomorrow’s headlines.”--James Patterson

“A shock-wave thriller, Evil, Inc. is a roaring, paranoid delight about the real killers in the boardroom.”--Janet Evanovich

“Kaplan takes kill-or-be-killed business ideologies to psychopathic new levels in this deftly plotted corporate thriller…It’s Donald Trump meets Hannibal Lecter, with highly engaging results.”--Publishers Weekly on Evil, Inc.

Evil, Inc. is a terrific, irresistible read.  Don’t start it if you have something to do the next day.”--Steven Brill, author of After and founder of Court TV and The American Lawyer

“Suspenseful, sexy, and as swift-moving as a wire transfer sweeping a million bucks around the globe in an instant.  Don’t miss it.”--William Martin, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Constitution on Evil, Inc.

“A gripping tale of battle for corporate control fought not with tender offers or proxies, but with murder and sabotage.  Once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down.”--Martin Lipton, founding partner of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz on Evil, Inc.

“A fine thriller ripped out of today’s Enron-like headlines.  When I finished Evil, Inc., I had a sense that I’d really learned something about corporate America and the men and women who run the show.”--David Hagberg, USA Today bestselling author of Dance With the Dragon

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Amazon.com: 3.5 out of 5 stars  13 reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well Paced, if Slightly Silly, Thriller April 16 2008
By Thriller Lover - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
EVIL INC. is a decent corporate thriller that reads like a combination of Joseph Finder and James Patterson. Author Glenn Kaplan is clearly having some fun here, satirizing the excesses of amoral CEOs, and how far they're willing to go to advance their careers.

If you like your plots realistic and your characters three dimensional, you will probably be disappointed by EVIL INC, which is filled with cartoonish characters and unbelievable concidences. However, if you enjoy thrillers that brim with dark humor and satire, this novel may be worth a try. I thought it was a fun read overall, and found this book more enjoyable than the last couple of James Patterson novels I've read.

If you enjoyed EVIL INC, I heartily recommend the work of Joseph Finder, who is the master of this type of book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars All Right, But Has Been Done Better By Other Authors Oct. 8 2008
By James N Simpson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Evil Inc has an interesting plot, albeit not a very realistic one. The book is fiction though so that's not a huge factor but what the book really misses is characters you care about. I really couldn't have cared less about Ken Olsen, even less so for his ungrateful for her life of luxury annoying meddling in his career wife Sandy, who gets her comeuppance (unfortunately so does their innocent baby). The villains, major and minor were a bit too cartoonish for my liking and like Olsen I didn't feel any emotion, hatred, hoping they'll get what they deserve or anything else. Evil Inc also misses that can't put down factor, that the leading novels in this genre have.

If you love the business thriller genre you have to check out Harry Bingham's masterpiece The Money Makers. Being Alexander by Nancy Sparling, The Boss by Stan Pottinger, CEO by Peter Ralph (not on Amazon at time of review) and Company Man as well as a lot of other work by Joseph Finder are absolute must reads. If you've ever thought about sending your resume in to a job advertisement in the paper, read Donald E Westlake's classic The Ax first!

For pure fun entertainment in the corporate world give Syrup or Company: A Novel by Max Barry a look as well as The beauty of truth by Bruno Bouchet.

All the above are better than Evil Inc. But if you're really interested in what the basic plot of this novel is - Ken Olsen becomes the youngest person to be promoted to a high paying position in Ayvil Plastics. The man responsible for him being there, Pennigton is also young and ruthless and the two of them are much hated by their long time company serving colleagues and managers. There are many who will do whatever it takes to embarrass and bring them both down. Soon a ruthless plan is put into play that is more evil than anyone could have ever imagined. Ayvil Plastics loses pretty much every employee's life in an act of pure evil. Ken loses more than just colleagues as his wife and kid were in the building's daycare centre at the time. It soon becomes apparent that Ken transferred money to certain people while in charge, only Ken knows he didn't. Ken could just go quietly and restart his life elsewhere, but he has no intention of doing this, Ayvil Inc has just given him in his severance package, the financial resources to spend his time finding out who killed his family and colleagues and he intends to do just that!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mindless Fun; A Guilty Pleasure Dec 23 2008
By N. Bilmes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book won't get any awards, or ever be used as a model for good writing, but it sure is fun! Like Joseph Finder's recent slate of bestsellers, Evil Inc. is set in the business world. The chapters are short, the dialogue is kitschy, the danger is minimal, but the book is lots of fun. You'll rip through the brief chapters and be glad you wasted a few hours with this ludicrous yet entertaining book.
1.0 out of 5 stars crass, cheezy and then some Nov. 8 2013
By donna coyote - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you like to read in the second paragraph of a book's prologue a description of a woman thus: "she exposed her flabby belly and thighs." And next paragraph regarding her husband: "revealing his hairy paunch." Then on the first page of the first chapter: "she pushed her dark shoulder-length hair off her forehead and flashed her big brown eyes." If all that sounds like good writing to you, then by all means carry on. If you find the author unnecessarily shallow and crass so early in a book, perhaps it's time to get another book to read, as I did...(with my big brown eyes).
7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One Step Ahead of the Headlines? July 13 2007
By Anastasia Beaverhausen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Glenn Kaplan, a former ad agency creative director who has worked with dozens of Fortune 500 companies, turns his eye to illicit backroom dealings in his second novel. There's a lot of hype surrounding this book, with blurbs from New York Times #1 best-selling authors such as Janet Evanovich and James Patterson. It's also no secret that Kaplan is in charge of branding and advertising as the creative director of Barnes & Noble. So he's a smart, well-connected guy--but can he write?

Yes. The book delivers as an imaginative thriller that's just a tad bit implausible. But that's the point of the corporate thriller genre--the best corporate thrillers are usually non-fiction exposes, so Kaplan has to up the ante to stay one step "ahead of the headlines," as Patterson praises--or, as Kaplan said in a Q&A, "Reality consistently trumps fiction."

The book's pace drags when the action slows (one page consists entirely of a character trying to get through to a cellphone--it rings, it goes to voicemail, he tries it again, it goes to voicemail, etc etc.). The writing itself could be a bit tighter as well--adverbs are used quite liberally, but that's more a convention of modern mysteries and popular fiction rather than an affliction pertaining solely to "Evil Inc."

For fans of the web comic of the same name, please note that this book is unrelated to the comic series that was nominated for the 2007 Web Cartoonist's Choice Awards in the category of Outstanding Superhero / Action Comic.

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