Awakeningby Ray N. Kuili
AWAKENING is a story of eleven rising-star managers who gather together in a secluded luxury lodge for a mysterious five-day leadership training course. Asked to pick a leader from amongst themselves, they soon realize that nothing is what it seems at this place, where managers are compared to ancient conquerors and one corporate taboo after another gets broken.… See more details below
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AWAKENING is a story of eleven rising-star managers who gather together in a secluded luxury lodge for a mysterious five-day leadership training course. Asked to pick a leader from amongst themselves, they soon realize that nothing is what it seems at this place, where managers are compared to ancient conquerors and one corporate taboo after another gets broken.
As the group exercise progresses rapidly from a friendly election to a twisted web of no-holds-barred power plays, the players don't realize that soon some of them will be facing the harshest challenge of their lives. The unconventional workshop is about to take a very dangerous turn, testing the values and characters of its participants in the most brutal ways and presenting them with the ultimate question: how high a price are they willing to pay for power?
"Awakening, written by Ray N. Kuili, is the story of various management level business people whose thirst for power and drive to succeed lead them to a mysterious and secluded training seminar. This page turner is exciting for the underlying tensions between the characters, which makes it almost psychological in nature. Themes of conquest and thirst for power are apparent, and re-emerge within the plot again and again. Such themes ask the reader not only to ponder the characters' drives and aspirations, but also to question their own base desires. From the times of Napoleon to the modern cut-throat business world, Kuili asks the age old question: how far will someone go to become truly powerful? This thriller is wonderfully descriptive, fast paced, and complex. It boasts believable characters and a setting that is both bizarre and intriguing.
Without giving too much away, the ending leaves the reader positively shaken. With a twist that is just as curious as the rest of the story, I was left entertained yet contemplative. This is truly one of the more admirable qualities of this novel. It does not simply serve as a good read, but one that leaves the reader thinking about broader issues. Awakening is a novel I would recommend for those who are looking for a thriller that is unique and powerful in its own right."
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If you expect a thriller you may end up disappointed. If you read it as an insightful book about power you'd appreciate the fact that it's written as a thriller.
Not an easy read, but enjoyable one nevertheless. I wish some characters had a more of a "backstory" to understand what made them the people they are.
I found this book to be quite boring and was unable to finish it. The plot description sounded promising but did not deliver. While reading, I felt the writing style was patronizing, almost as if the author felt the moral of the story was more important than the story itself. I held on initially, then waited for some sign of redemption. Ultimately though, the author did not deliver and I left feeling disappointed.
I didn't know what to expect (there aren't many books about managers to begin with) and I was pleasantly surprised. This is an unusual book -- you will like it if you like history, sociology, politics and don't mind occasional, but lengthy internal monologues. The author uses the plot as as a device to speak about vulnerability of modern democracy and does it in very convincing fashion. The novel certainly makes you think.
Sometimes when you read a book of more than 900 pages, you think--couldn't the author have done it in about half the length. This is one of those books. There are philosophical sections, and psychological sections. Essentially, a bunch of people have been invited to a remote cabin to discuss their business choices, and how they might learn something to further their careers. There is some interesting interaction between characters. All in all, if I hadn't been asked by B&N to review this, I would not have finished it.