Final Descent

Final Descent

by T. D. Arkenberg

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Overview

First Class Betrayal... Everyone hates the airlines, and Intercontinental's no exception. Economic headwinds, executive infighting, and a concession-weary workforce generate turbulence, feeding the media and Congress a diet of sensational service failures. Richard Weston, Chairman and CEO, will use any means to crush dissent. His goal? Keep the company airborne long enough to sell it. Leaks of his scheme could send the airline into a graveyard spiral. Charting a course of deception, Weston enlists the aid of diabolical, Ingrid Shattenworter. The pair tap grizzled company veteran, Hap Sweeny to polish the airline. And Sweeny's got just the guy to calm employees, Jim Abernathy, a young idealist who loves Intercontinental as much as Sweeny - perhaps more. Jim has an adoring wife, Julie and a satisfying job. One thing's missing - a baby. Getting pregnant is their top priority, but Julie fears Jim's job will make him an absentee parent, or worse, send him to an early grave like his father. Ignoring his wife's warnings, Jim accepts Sweeny's offer, pulling away just when the couple's goal is within reach. At work, forces conspire; the current culture won't surrender without a fight. And rather than pacifying employees, Jim stirs them up. Weston commands Sweeny, torn between love of the airline and loyalty to his boss, to rein in the maverick before the place ignites. A flight to Frankfurt provides the stunning climax. A story of love and betrayal, the book appeals to anyone who's toiled in the corporate world, juggled home and work, or stepped onboard a commercial airliner. For his debut novel, Final Descent, Todd Arkenberg tapped into his two-decade career at a global airline. Todd has an MBA from The University of Chicago and a BA in Literature from Northwestern University. Active in Chicago's two oldest writers workshops, he lives with his spouse in his boyhood home.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781478700593
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication date: 10/25/2013
Pages: 396
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

For his debut novel, Final Descent, T.D. Arkenberg tapped into his two-decade career at a global airline. T.D. has an MBA from The University of Chicago and a BA in Literature from Northwestern University. Active in Chicago's two oldest writers workshops, he lives with his spouse in his boyhood home.

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Final Descent 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you've ever had a beef with an airline, you'll love this story about what supposedly goes on behind closed doors. It may justify why you dislike the industry. The characters are believable and the story is compelling. The author has the reader hooked from the first chapter.
S_Hines More than 1 year ago
Excellent writing, fascinating plot and the author's in-depth industry knowledge create a wonderful read.
Huestudio More than 1 year ago
If you've ever worked in the tumultuous airline industry, or love knowing what goes on behind those first class curtains, Final Descent is wickedly fun to read! As a seasoned writer, T.D. Arkenberg is masterful and has crafted grand and complex characters, delicious plot lines, and creates unexpected turbulence throughout the pages to keep readers engaged. Final Descent soars and is sure to reach elite status!
solvigbirch More than 1 year ago
Great first novel.  Fast paced, good humor, and a good twist near the end keep the reader involved in Final Descent.  It's a compelling read since  most people, trudging through the baggage or security lines, don't give much thought to the behind the  scenes do-se-do involved in running a big business like an airline.  The main character, Jim, is a good guy who's made of strong stuff and acts, because he loves his airline so much, to save his company from the clutches of management.  His efforts make for a worthwhile read.  I cheered for Jim and you will, too.