The inventions and products had changed the world, stopped what would have been the Great War and gave the world airships, much like the zeppelins. Conover is also struggling with the recent death of his wife and raising, the oldest who are rebelling. Skip to main content.ca Try Prime Hello, Sign in Account & Lists Sign in Account & Lists Returns & Orders Try Prime Cart. First, I don't give many 5-star reviews, although I, of course, crave them, but let's be honest. I did get a little lost in the plot at some points during this book and there were parts that felt a bit unnecessary. Both extremely different. steampunk? Read this for book club, not something I would have picked out on my own most likely. Surprisingly though, the story kept me engaged throughout. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. In Fenwick, Michigan, Fairfield Equity has taken over Stratton Corporation. Business intrigue and back stabbing. The charcacters are pretty one dimensional, as is the fictional mega-city of Evesden, Washington. 3.5 stars -- a gritty neo-noir-ish steampunk-esque (kind of? It didn't take long for me to realize that the world Robert Bennett is writing about bears little resemblance to the America of 1919 that I know. The McNaughton Corporation is the pinnacle of American industry. Make it look like he died somewhere else. 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 think this could have easily been shorter. 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. Paranoia builds. Makes you wonder. Its neato. It became just another one of those books. It tells a decent story, although it feels long, perhaps because for me, inklings of what’s really going on started coming too soon. The story is uninteresting. The Book People Ltd is registered in England. And, above all, … It was all I could do to finish the story. Intruder is shot dead. In. Well rounded characters, Very gray, nothing clear between good and evil. They built the guns that won the Great War before it even began. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The formula is the same as all his other books, but I think this was one of his better efforts. 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. While its products were premium quality, it was facing competition from competitors who were outsourcing some or all of the work. 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. Now you feel more paranoid. 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. I FELT LIKE NOT FINISHING IT, BUT I HAVE A MORBID CURIOSITY WANTING TO FIND OUT HOW POORLY PLOTTED THIS STORY WILL GO. 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. Enter an aggressive detective who is making connections. The Book Company originally started selling discount books in 1993 and since then have expanded to become the largest souvenir and Manx gift shop on the island. did they have subways in our 1919? A major theme of the book is conflict between a major company and the union. 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. Need another excuse to treat yourself to new book this week? Download Full The Company Man Book in PDF, EPUB, Mobi and All Ebook Format. Conover has become 'The Slasher' to a town who once loved him. 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. Then what? The year is 1919 but the world is not my world. Everyday low prices on a huge range of new releases and classic fiction. I didn't understand the point of this book. I'm listening to the audio book, and it's awful. 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. 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. 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. 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. noire? 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 … Scott and one of the partners in Fairfield, Muldaur, who owns Stratton are trying to sell Stratton to the Chinese. In fact the corporation was almost as powerful as a country. I think this could have easily been shorter. not really? Bennett is an author to watch. They're just things. Joseph Finder has an incredible knack for creating unique, interesting characters. The characters are wooden and stereotypical. A novel based in an alternative reality, a city called Evesden, an industrial power located in the Pacific Northwest. Well this one hovered between a 3 or 4 star. Finder is the king of suspense! As a corporate professional with kids you feel paranoid. Hello Select your address Books Hello, Sign in. 1.1K likes. steampunk? 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