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The Insiders (The Insiders Series Book 1) by [Hickman, Craig]
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The Insiders by New York Times bestselling author Craig Hickman does something altogether original, and genius. Part deference to the American dream, part economic conspiracy with a shocking twist, part knock down, drag out, high-octane entertainment, this novel is spellbinding fury and long overdue.

Wilson Fielder is an unsuspecting hero. A rising star at a prestigious management consulting firm, he has challenged more than a few overbearing corporate titans, but it is not until there is an attempt on his father’s life that he is forced to take it to the street.

His father is none other than Charles Fielder, a brilliant businessman who founded an exclusive club of the world’s most powerful CEOs that has unparalleled perks such as limitless legal protection and unimaginable personal wealth, not to mention lavish retreats, sexual favors, and access to the world’s deadliest contract killers. It is the ultimate insiders club—a complex web of insider trading, back scratching and, inevitably, backstabbing.

Ultimately, Wilson uncovers his father’s real agenda for leveling the playing field and vows to finish the job, but only to meet the iron fist of Wayland Tate who is backed by international wealthy elite and will stop at nothing to destroy his opponents. In the end, Wilson must win this battle not only to avenge his father, but for all of us.

About the Author

Craig Hickman is a New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen books, among them such international bestsellers as The Oz Principle, Creating Excellence, Mind of a Manager Soul of a Leader, and The Strategy Game. Currently, he is Author & Regional Vice President at Partners In Leadership, the premier provider of Accountability Training® services around the world. Clients include thousands of companies (almost half of the Dow Jones Industrial Average Companies) in more than 50 countries. Prior to Partners in Leadership, he was a company CEO at Headwaters Incorporated (NYSE:HW), where he turned around the struggling specialty chemicals division and formed a joint venture with Evonik Degussa GmbH, a Fortune Global 500 company headquartered in Frankfurt and Essen, Germany. Before that, he founded Management Perspectives Group, a management consulting firm specializing in strategic change, organizational culture transformation, and leadership development, which he later sold to SMS, Inc. A compelling and thought-provoking speaker, Craig has facilitated change in corporations and organizations around the world, lecturing abroad for the U.S. State Department, providing voluntary leadership development services in Brazil, and serving as a member of the board of directors for several companies. He earned his MBA with honors from the Harvard Business School. He and his wife, Laura, live in Chicago. Articles, commentaries, and reviews of his work have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Fortune, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, USA Today, Chicago Sun-Times, Crain's Business, Working Woman, Success, Industry Week, Nation's Business, Training & Development, Training, HR Magazine, Across the Board, Boardroom Reports, Journal of Business Strategy, Executive Excellence, The Times (London), Canadian Business and various other newspapers and magazines worldwide.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 529 KB
  • Print Length: 572 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace; B001U897P0 edition (April 15 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001U897P0
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9d681b34) out of 5 stars 192 reviews
108 of 116 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d69bd2c) out of 5 stars Decent conspiracy story July 24 2009
By J. Lee - Published on
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I'm a fan of corporate thrillers, so when I saw all the 5-star reviews for this one I just had to get it. This is a decent financial-conspiracy-type corporate thriller. However, after reading it, I was a little surprised by all the "greatest book ever" type reviews. So, I just went back and looked at them, and this time discovered most of them are by reviewers who have only reviewed this one book or 'kid reviewers' hiding their identity. I'm not sure what that means - but it's definitely not usual. And though I enjoyed the book in general, it didn't live up to all of it's hype for me. (It's also, now that I started looking, featured on a lot of Listmania's with books from exceptional writers - which may have enticed me into purchasing it in the first place - and is a pretty well known scam of new authors.)

In any event, the premise of a young man trying to bring down a cladestine organization of the most powerful businessmen in the country is interesting. There's a lot of action - right from the start. However, on the downside it could have used some better editing. (it's a long book, unnecessarily so on occasion. It's also almost as if there's too much the author wants to convey. The backstory and current story cast of characters is also a bit long and occasionally unwieldy).

Bottom Line: A decent thriller. Those who like conspiracy theories and tales of the wealthy taking advantage of the masses will probably enjoy this one more than I. For those that prefer general financial corporate thrillers more - I'd recommend one of Joseph Finder's or Naked Option first.
59 of 64 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d69bf78) out of 5 stars Poorly written and edited Aug. 19 2011
By Tandem - Published on
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This book was terrible. And it is easy to explain why.

1. Worse than implausible plot. A know-nothing Jason Bourne.
2. Numerous use of wrong homonyms. As if the book was dictated and a voice to text program was used.
3. Improper pronoun usage. It's bad enough when the uneducated do it, but for an author. Inexcusable.
4. Frequent errors on capitalization.
93 of 104 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d69bf3c) out of 5 stars Exciting and Relevant! March 16 2009
By Tyler Rollins - Published on
Format: Paperback
The Insiders is the kind of book that will have you pondering for weeks after you finish reading. The plot and the characters are dynamic and entertaining, with all of the mystery and complexity one could ask for in a mid-sized novel. But the substance of the tale, and the reason it was written, I am guessing, is something of a call to arms. This is a story about exposing the elusive, entrenched, corrupt vested interests at the very top of our economic system. This task presents a tremendous challenge for the heroes in the book, with every sort of evil means being employed by the insiders conspiracy to to dissuade and destroy them. The unfolding process is fun and exciting because it's fiction, but it also lays bare the true-to-life methods and motives of these evil manipulators. The book is therefore a sort of indictment of our broken financial system, which rapes the producing classes and rewards the conspiring financiers. The reality of this problem is something that is pressing and relevant, and will remain to be dealt with long after the last page is turned. This awareness will stay with you and keep you in thought, and it will also make you yearn for the sequel. I read the book in one sitting as I couldn't put it down. It has a sort of Brad Thor, Tom Clancy feel to it, as the anatgonist behave at times like greedy businessmen, at other times as the mafia or as domestic terrorists. What else can I say? Buy it and read it.
109 of 123 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d69f450) out of 5 stars First time I've ever wanted a refund! Aug. 8 2011
By Rookie Retiree - Published on
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I can usually find something to enjoy about most mysteries and I read a lot of them - 2 to 3 a week for over 50 years! I started with the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew and worked my way up to Clancy, Grisham, etc.

I can honestly say this was the worst book I've ever read - I can read books that offer a point of view different from my own, but I don't like books that seem to be written simply to put forth a particular point of view. If I wanted to read that kind of a book, I'd read non-fiction (which I do). However, when I want to read fiction, I want to read fiction.

This book is a waste of time and money - and yes, I read it to its conclusion. The characters are vapid and the plot painstakingly transparent. Save your money for a real piece of fiction. The nicest thing I can say is that it follows the all too popular position of blaming someone else for your failures without taking responsibility. On the surface, the book seemed to take responsibility for its main characters, but if you read the entire thing, they simply blame others.
53 of 60 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d69f2e8) out of 5 stars If only I had known ahead of time June 3 2011
By Edward R. Maxwell - Published on
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Read this book only if you like exchanges like this: "One more thing, I want access to the family chalet where it [the murder] happened." "Can't do that. It's a crime scene," Zemke said, his hard-bitten demeanor returning. Wilson turned around to squarely face the detective. "Who would you like me to call?" Zemke's eyes were suddenly on fire again, but he knew Wilson would eventually get what he wanted." The sentences are awful. And Zemke didn't know who Wilson was, so how would he know he would get his way. And what detective succumbs to the son of a murderer to get access to a crime scene. And I can't get my money back. Why didn't I stick with Elmore Leonard!!!