When Sameer Kamat emailed me asking if I’d read and review his book, “Business Doctors” and sent a blurb, I found it intriguing enough to want to read the book. I said yes, and he sent me a print copy of the book right away.
First, I want to thank Sameer for his patience – for waiting months for this book review. In my defense…uh..what defense? None really. So here I am.
– Management Consulting Gone Wild
by Sameer Kamat
Pages: 241 pages
Ivy League educated management consultant, Michael Schneider, gets hired by an unlikely client – a mafia boss wants to make a last desperate bid to revive his family business that spans across gambling, drugs and porn.
A reluctant Schneider takes on the challenge to give the underworld organization a makeover. Join Schneider as he takes on the most challenging management consulting job ever!
Here is the book trailer
My book review
The storyline is good. Underworld Don Stephen Woody is worried about his declining profits. When his lovely wife Angie suggests that he hire management consultant, Schneider, a “Business Doctor” to get his empire WFB back on its feet, rather than sort it out mafia-style, he reluctantly agrees.
Schneider is even more reluctant to take on the assignment when he learns that he is dealing with the “mob”, but finds there is no way he can refuse the job now that he “knows too much” after the briefing.
What follows is a series of twists and turns that has Schneider and his team thinking on their feet to show “Woody” results. The process is unconventional, to say the least, as the client WFB’s operating procedures are a far cry from being conventional. Schneider decides to treat this client just like one of his usuals. Together with his colleague, Martin a number-cruncher and a creative genius with complex financial models, he sets about finding solutions to transform the failing business.
Schneider and his team investigate WFB’s various businesses, meeting up with colorful characters they would otherwise never come in contact with. In the course of the story, he also revives his affair with Angie who cleverly stage-manages the outcome of his efforts.
The character-development is good and each one has an interesting back-story that ties into the plot and their role in it.
The language is an easy read, with a nice dose of humor sprinkled in.
The climax is great, although I felt it ended rather abruptly. But you know what? If we see it in a positive light, there’s great scope for a sequel!
As I read Business Doctors, I remembered James Hadley Chase‘s books.
As usual, my nit-picky inner editor balked at the yards of text without break, some language usage and sentence syntax, but the author assures me that the subsequent edition has been edited further to correct many of these.
So, I thank him again for an enjoyable read. If I didn’t go into detail over the story, it is because I’d spoil your enjoyment of the book.
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