The Intern's Handbook (John Lago Series #1)

The Intern's Handbook (John Lago Series #1)

by Shane Kuhn
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The Intern's Handbook (John Lago Series #1) by Shane Kuhn

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John Lago is a very bad guy. But he’s the very best at what he does. And what he does is infiltrate top-level companies and assassinate crooked executives while disguised as an intern.

Interns are invisible. That’s the secret behind HR, Inc., the elite “placement agency” that doubles as a network of assassins for hire who take down high-profile targets that wouldn’t be able to remember an intern’s name if their lives depended on it.

At the ripe old age of almost twenty-five, John Lago is already New York City’s most successful hit man. He’s also an intern at a prestigious Manhattan law firm, clocking eighty hours a week getting coffee, answering phones, and doing all the grunt work actual employees are too lazy to do. He was hired to assas­sinate one of the firm’s heavily guarded partners. His internship provides the perfect cover, enabling him to gather intel and gain access to pull off a clean, untraceable hit.

Part confessional, part DIY manual, The Intern’s Handbook chronicles John’s final assignment, a twisted thrill ride in which he is pitted against the toughest—and sexiest—adversary he’s ever faced: Alice, an FBI agent assigned to take down the same law partner he’s been assigned to kill.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476733807
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 04/08/2014
Series: John Lago Series , #1
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Shane Kuhn is a writer, director, and producer working in the entertainment business and advertising. He is one of the original cofounders of the Slamdance Film Festival and he’s currently developing a novella and television series about a highly sophisticated international heist ring for the European market. He lives and works in Colorado, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area. He is the author of The Intern’s Handbook, bought for film by Sony Pictures, and Hostile Takeover.

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BookAppealCR More than 1 year ago
Facing retirement at the age of 25, John Lago pens a handbook for the new and future employees of HR, Inc., an agency of hired assassins who gain access to their despicable targets by posing as interns. Bob, the mastermind behind the agency, recruits people like John, "a dumpster baby with a broken beer bottle for a pacifier," and trains them to kill and get away clean using a simple philosophy: interns are invisible. But John has a few more tidbits of wisdom to impart before he (hopefully) completes his last job and begins a nonviolent life, including "Rule #4: Learn how to make the perfect cup of coffee." But this job has certain "irregularities" that are going to make survival challenging, starting with an unknown target at a prestigious Manhattan law firm who is selling names on the Witness Protection List to the highest bidder. Kuhn takes John's internship through several wild, unexpected turns but manages to keep the action just barely inside the lines of a believable thriller. The Intern's Handbook is a sarcastic, fast-paced gem of a book, recommended for fans of Beat the Reaper (Josh Bazell) who like their well-placed profanity and graphic violence lightened by smart, funny internal monologue and external dialogue. 
creig83 More than 1 year ago
This book was really good in the beginning. Great suspense and I loved the plot twists throughout. But I haven't been so disappointed in an ending in a book until this one. For all the skills and mental agility the character has-- and speaks about the importance of said skills-- he certainly threw all that knowledge to the wind and ruined a perfectly good story up til that point. I despised the author so much after I was done reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
James bond and bruce lee in one person.
Susan_in_AZ More than 1 year ago
This was a $1.99 special, so I gave it a try despite its not being within my usual reading matter. Just, Wow. That "intern" may have an eighth-grade education in formal schools, but the school of hard knocks has given him Mensa-level status. Plot twists kept me up at night, trying to worry out how Hero would attain redemption (or at least survival.) The other characters were not as well defined, since this was written in first-person narrative as a memoir of sorts. Within that limitation, the author was free to torment the main characters in unexpected ways... giving this a unique structure that fit the events. This could be a movie in the way the story flowed into denouement after denouement. Warnings: You will need a strong stomach with the violence. In my perspective, those descriptions fit the intern's personality so I wasn't as bothered by them as I thought I might be. This book also contains foul language.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
entertaining book easy to read, reads like a movie if you like movies like Wanted or games like Assassins creed then this is a good summer read 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I praise it everywhere I go. The writing's good, the comedy's good, the stakes are high, the twist is unexpected; this is just plain an amazing read. Can't wait for the sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written. tight action with a smart plot. You find yourself rooting for the main character as he beg you to hate him.
Twink More than 1 year ago
They're everywhere. You just might not see them - or overlook them as your gaze sweeps around your workplace. They're somewhat invisible. They're.....interns.  From the opening pages of Shane Kuhn's novel The Intern's Handbook. "You can tell executives your name a hundred times and they will never remember it because they have no respect for someone living at the bottom of the barrel, working for free. The irony is that they will heap important duties on you with total abandon. The more of these duties you voluntarily accept, the more you will get, simultaneously acquiring TRUST AND ACCESS. Ultimately, your target will trust you with his life and that is when you will take it." Uh huh - paid assassins from a little company known as Human Resources Inc. John Lago is one of the senior ops - he's almost twenty five and won't be able to pass himself off as an intern for much longer. The Intern's Handbook is words of wisdom for those coming behind him - and a detailed description of his last job. One that doesn't go to plan. At all. I thought The Intern's Handbook was a fun read - yes it's about hired killers - but it's darkly humourous. The dialogue is razor sharp and witty. Yes, some of the scenes and actions are over the top, but it makes for one heck of an action packed read. As I was reading, I started thinking this would make a great action film. Well, Kuhn himself is a screenwriter - and it shows. He absolutely knows how to write a fast moving thriller. And The Intern's Handbook is indeed going to be a movie (starring James Franco - good choice!) For those who might be thinking this is a male oriented book? I don't think I mentioned Alice - the FBI agent who puts a wrinkle or two into John's last job.  Keep your eye out for the next John Lago (and Alice!) book - Hostile Takeover - due out in July of 2015. Readers who enjoyed Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell would enjoy this book. Fair warning - gentle readers may be offended by some situations and language.
Drewano More than 1 year ago
“The Intern’s Handbook” is part (fake) memoire part thriller and a lot of fun. The characters are seriously flawed individuals but if you can get past that the non-stop action and unique storyline makes for a fun ride with a set of twists that I didn’t see coming.
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One of the best books read ever Has humor, action and twists never saw coming
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This's the slytherin girls dorm. Slytherin boys dorm next res.
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A complete.wast of time reading book. Don't bother buying it.
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