Book ⚖ Human Resources ⚇

Nelson Dupar can t believe his good luck Stuck in an elevator with a gorgeous woman, this self confessed slob with a protruding belly strikes up a conversation and gets her telephone number Nelson and Morana Mo Mahker begin a torrid affair and two months later they re on their way to an upscale lodge on a sparsely populated island In the helicopter, Morana puts a fancy dog collar on Nelson s neck which he thinks is some kind of sex toy But once at the lodge, he discovers the horrible truth The collar is a restraint, along with a gag in the mouth and other restraints, while staff members massage his corpulent body and force him to drink beer The scene shifts to Dr Lawrence Pradin who feels haunted by the processing of Dupar than two previous victims What the heck is going on here Is Pradin some kind of doctor conducting experiments on unwilling patients What we do learn is that the good doctor has had enough of this whatever He wants to get back to Denver and be with his wife and daughter, Trista But Dr Pradin is not free to leave the island just yet he knows too much He concocts a desperate scheme to leave the island on the next available helicopter His escape is both humorous and exciting as he dupes his captors and literally hurls himself into the helicopter But Dr Pradin s departure takes a turn for the worse when the helicopter pilot receives instructions to alter course for.where A new scene begins when Trista is leaving school and a strange woman offers Trista a ride to the hospital in her car The woman claims to be a friend of Trista s mother and that Trista s Aunt Ruthie has been in an auto accident When Trista tries to call her mother on her cell phone, the mystery woman jams the call with an electronic device Pretty exciting stuff, right And all of the above is contained in the book s prologue which is thirty three pages long That s the problem After this much prose, I know enough about Ms Mahker and don t care to read the rest of this book A shame, really, because it probably would be a decent enough read if all this back story had been revealed during the main portion of the book Little by little, the tension and suspense could have increased gradually, just like peeling an onion one layer at a time. I was disappointed in this book The prologue was the best part of the book The last few chapters were also good The in between not so much I wanted detail on how they harvested and how the victim felt during the process It built up to something great then fell flat Sorry, but I won t be buying any books by this author. Book ♵ Human Resources ⚆ Human Resources Has Been Optioned For Film Or TV Adaptation By Mace Neufeld Productions, Producers Of The Omen, The Hunt For Red October, Patriot Games, Invictus And A List Of Other TitlesSome Things Are Much Worse Than Getting Fired A Beautiful Business Consultant Swoops In To Rescue A Struggling Company From Financial Disaster She Cancels Layoffs And Dazzles Everyone With Her Killer Looks And Corporate Savvy Employee, Lonnie Raiford, Becomes Skeptical When He And The Other Staff Notice Unexplainable, Over The Top Attention And Affection She Showers On His Best Friend, Hugh Berish As Curiosity Mounts About The Woman S Intentions, Lonnie Begins A Frantic Investigation That Uncovers Her True Identity And A Secret Bizarre Than Anyone At The Company Had Imagined I really liked this book I kept thinking about it during times when I wasn t reading it, which I like. The audiobook of this novel was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of was an interesting read with a unique plot This author is very good at building tension I felt nervous with the characters in many scenes I also loved how he wrote in little details that the characters noticed It added to the realism and made me feel like I was there in the story that much with the character The writer s style was great He writes without much flourish so the story moves fast but like I said there is also little details added to really flesh out the scenes A great combo of nice bare bones writing with dashes of detail made for a nice fast pace and vivid story.Like I said, this was a unique book I haven t read anything like it I liked it and I m glad I read it because it was an interesting tale The author is a talented writer and he did a lot of things right in this book there were just a few things that kept me from giving this one a 5 star review It s a thriller but sort starts and stops as far as pacing goes Once it gets that sorted out there are little moments of intensity here and there followed by a very slow boil that eventually pays off I can t say I was ever bored, I guess I d say the author just really took his time establishing things with the characters and the situation That said there were a lot of really cool scenes in this book It s worth the slower parts to get to the exciting stuff and the slow parts are doing their job of adding depth to the characters and setting up what happens in the last act of the story So I guess I d say some parts were a little slow but I still wasn t bored in these parts so the author was doing something right there.The book starts off with one story and it takes a crazy turn toward horror Then before you quite understand what s going on, though I m sure discerning readers guessed, you are plunged straight into another story with a whole new setting and new characters with the villain from the first story eventually coming into the story It took a while until she was there though and until she tied the two stories together it was a jolt and I felt like I was reading a completely new book I know these kinds of books need to start with an exciting scene to hook the reader but I m wondering if the author could have condensed the first story and told a little of it and then sprinkle the rest of it in little parts throughout the other story as flashbacks the villain has or something It was kind of cool knowing who the villain was before the characters and seeing them all slowly come to realize just who she really was though The villain is someone you feel is very dangerous, capable, and smooth as you read the book Like she s capable of anything.The character Hugh seemed like a bit of a rip off of Lennie Small from Steinbeck s Of Mice and Men but I liked him anyway I liked the details about him liking whittling but felt his character could have been developed a little I m not sure how this could have been accomplished but maybe if we could of had some scenes from his point of view it would have helped us readers feel like we knew him better.Overall the author did a great job of taking a crazy very creepy idea and turning it into a believable full length novel That would not have been easy to do but it all comes to live as you read the story This story would make a great movie Give it a try and see it as a movie in your mind as I did. The book kept my attention but was a bit freaky and I was scared on the edge of my seat Still think about it and wonder The novel was easy to read and follow The pacing and plot development were consistent and fairly engaging if somewhat mechanical feeling The narrative progress occasionally mires in narrative trivia The novel introduces a whole host of minor characters that in time become somewhat confusing to track major characters receive extensive characterization which sometimes becomes repetitive The novel did contain typographical errors than I would expect in published material, but they were not so extensive as to ruin the reading experience I also understand they have been fixed in later editions.Spoiler The basic tension of the novel centers around a cabal of ultra wealthy sociopaths who engage in ritual cannibalism on an exclusive and private South Pacific island a sort of gourmet club for cannibals The major narrative pits the cannibal s procurement specialist against an IT geek She tries to acquire his dim witted friend and he tries to save his friend from the horrible fate of being slaughtered and eaten The IT geek becomes slowly aware of the extent of the plot throughout the novel.One aspect of the book that was particularly difficult focused on the protagonist, Lonnie, as he unravels the mystery The problem with Lonnie is that he s a jerk, in nearly every way Mean spirited, selfish, petty, sexist, snotty pees on his boss desk because he thinks he might be getting fired for ripping off the company That sort of thing He s such an unlikable jerk that even when he triumphs it s difficult to be excited about it His friend that gets saved is likable but stupid and doesn t play much of a role in the novel so there s not much of a fall back protagonist to carry the burden of the narrative.My main problem with the novel, though, concerns the mechanics of the club s process of getting a victim to the island where they pass a minor physical inspection basically a two arms, two legs type of inspection before being knackered and served The club kidnaps a physician to perform the meaningless look over this seems silly and comes across merely as a plot device why not hire an actor to put on a lab coat and do the same meaningless review Then, the club uses an extensive, invasive, and ultra costly method merely to convince a person to travel willingly to their island The first victim takes a few months to recruit at the cost of tens of thousands of dollars However, it s clear that he would have gone to the island after simply being invited on day one so why the elaborate ruse Why spend tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars, why spend months of planning, why involve yourself in elaborate and fraudulent schemes that attract law enforcement, to simply recruit what turn out to be average men with below average intellect Why doesn t the sexy Morana just flash her cleavage and invite a guy to a bikini paradise for a weekend romp This aspect of the novel was so contrived that it strained my ability to suspend disbelief in the fiction Your mileage may vary. I was and am a huge fan of Geoffrey Neil s first book, Dire Means I ve recommended it to friends and family who have all enjoyed it thoroughly Unfortunately, Human Resources was a miss for me While it was an easy, quick read with few lulls in plot, it just didn t do anything substantial to me as a reader I found the plot and characters to be very mundane, predictable and one dimensional, the arc of the story very flat and aimless, and I was disappointed in the direction of the story and its conclusion as well.Three points that were especially disappointing 1 Character development was very poor Particularly, the antagonist Morana who was a very interesting character introduced in Dire Means, concluded Dire Means with depth, intrigue and potential I was excited to hear from Geoffrey that Morana would be featured and developed in HR however, what started as such an interesting character was a very flat, generic bad guy in this book.2 The story begins by showing how this particular illegal operation works what they do, how they do it, their industry and clientele It s fascinating Rather than show about this operation, the perspective flips and the other 90% of the story showcases how a particular mission of this operation brings about its undoing With such a fascinating setup, it seemed like a real miss to tell the story from a different perspective It s difficult to explain all of this without a spoiler, so it s a vague critique Geoffrey if you still want feedback on future things, you can certainly message me.3 The editing on this book was careless Typos are few, but grammar and sentence structure are all over the place The further into the book, the frequent the errors as though an editor lost interest further into the book and stopped proofing carefully, several sentences mix up pronouns, repeat words or have improper syntax It made an already frustrating book all the difficult to finish as each error pulled me out of the book to try to gather an understanding of what the author meant to say.I was really rooting for Geoffrey s second book after how much I enjoyed Dire Means While I m glad I read it, I wouldn t recommend it I m hoping Geoffrey takes another risk with his next book this one felt like a safe, though sometimes silly outing. This book is wonderful, especially since I know I ve met Morana somewhere As a former employer, I found the employee behavior and thinking to be a little too realistic There were times when I was rooting for the villain and booing our hero Couldn t put the book down, and I m looking forward to reading anything else Geoffrey Neil writes His books are full of reality and the warped way that people approach life, and yet they are also entertaining, gripping and compelling Don t miss this exciting author s work It was a struggle to finish this one.Lonnie is a jerk, Morana is a psychopath, Hugh is a big fellow with a big heart and a small brain.It is interesting, I suppose, just not my style Nonetheless, I kept going and in the end, there was the expected conclusion