04 July, 2014

#BookReview :: Business Doctors: Management Consulting Gone Wild by Sameer Kamat

Ivy League educated management consultant, Michael Schneider, gets hired by an unlikely client – a mafia boss who wants to make a last desperate bid to resuscitate his family business that spans across gambling, drugs and porn. 

Michael Schneider owns a management consulting firm that is just another company that is undergoing the pressure of the downtime of the economy. Keeping his business afloat in the current market situation is becoming tough and tougher. Just then Michael is approached by Stephen Woody, a mafia boss who has inherited various family businesses, needing Michael’s expertise in the matter of business. Initially averse to the idea, Michael soon takes on Stephen as a client and sets on to work to earn the high returns promised by Stephen. This book captures the journey of Michael working for Stephen.

The various characters in this book are well developed and characterized wonderfully. From the street smart Michael to formidable Stephen to the vivacious Angie, they all play their parts well to give this story a well rounded feeling. The plot is unique in the sense that I am yet to read a book that captures the management consulting and the workings of a mafia in such a complete manner. Both the aspects, while widely different from each other, are intriguing to a reader like me. I enjoyed how well the author has managed to capture both the worlds. The best part about the book however was the author’s fun filled narrative style, the crisp language and the brusque pace.

For a work from a debut author, it sure felt like a complete package. This is a full-fledged fun filled piece of fiction that would be a good investment of your time an interest.

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