Evil Inc. MP3 CD – Jul 1 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
Kaplan (All for Money) takes kill-or-be-killed business ideologies to psychopathic new levels in this deftly plotted corporate thriller. When hard-charging executive Ken Olson is promoted to divisional director of a floundering Ohio plastics manufacturer, he believes his career is finally on the fast track. Instead, he finds himself at the mercy of a ruthless CEO, a scheming board member and a charismatic vice president whose ambition is only surpassed by his amorality. Shortly after Ken's promotion, an explosion at the plant kills an estimated 1,000 people—including his wife and infant daughter—and amid rumors of safety violations and corruption, he's forced to resign. But when massive amounts of ammonium nitrate are found at the scene and two alleged air conditioning specialists are killed, Olson begins hunting the architect of the crime, making him a prime target for corporate heavyweights who will do anything to conceal the truth. It's Donald Trump meets Hannibal Lecter, with highly engaging results. (Aug.)
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“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 the Mass Market Paperback edition. See all Product Description
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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.
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!
Evil Inc. is a mystery/revenge plotter featuring an entertainingly evil trio of bad guys. Out to stop them is Ken Olson, he of a dead wife and kid and Phil, his brother in law. Apparently our duo of boardroom bad guys were able to ascend the ranks of the business world by killing and shaming their competition. No one seems to notice this until the very end.
The writing is a bit clunky and relies on bows that are too neat and coincidence. Lots of people get "high-fives" at the ends of chapters and several sex scenes sound like the fantasies of fifteen year old boys, with a style of writing to match. One piece of anatomy is referred to as "her messy oblivion" for example. On the coincidence side, it is lucky that a prostitute that met the bad guy happens to be at a hotel at the moment Phil is, and also happens to be a former bank worker with several inside people! How nice!
Faults aside, it is a quick read and entertaining as long as you don't think about it too hard. You know how it will play out long before the end, but cest la vie, there are worse ways to spend a plane ride.