America's Least Likely Hero
When recent MBA graduate Sonny B. Feelright stumbles into a job with a small and dysfunctional investment banking boutique in Chicago, he soon finds himself facing a Faustian choice: further his career and bank account by participating in an illegal takeover in which he's been unwittingly enmeshed, or disclose the illegal plot and face the real possibility of career ruin and even prison as a co-conspirator.
THE UNLIKELY CAREER OF SONNY B. FEELRIGHT is a humorous novel about an awkward but resourceful young man graduating with his MBA during the worst recession in modern history. At a university job fair, Sonny meets the lovely and ambitious Charlotte McCardle, who is recruiting for Blake & Company, LLC, a Chicago investment banking boutique. Following a brief and clumsy interview with Tom Blake, the firm's slick and pushy managing partner, Sonny lands a job as an investment banker, earning a paltry salary and Tom's promises of rich incentives down the road.
Sonny finds himself on a team of professional misfits: Charlotte, supremely competent and outwardly confident, has a compulsive need to meet the expectations of her domineering father; Simon Courtney, a brilliant but cynical industry veteran, seeks solace from his career regrets in a gin bottle; and Tom, a closet cocaine addict, lectures Sonny on the need to "rise above one's principles" in pursuit of riches.
Unbeknownst to Sonny, Tom Blake has been conspiring with evil hedge fund manager Nancy "The Black Widow" Black to stage a hostile takeover of a major public company. Employing fraud and forgery, the conspirators enlist Sonny in their plot.
To save his integrity and himself, Sonny must rely on his wits and the help of his two fragile colleagues, Charlotte, with whom he is falling in love, and alcoholic Simon, Sonny's reluctant mentor. Along the way, Sonny proves to be an unlikely hero, dodging the amorous advances of voluptuous client Carmen Milton as well as Ken, her gay assistant; saving the life of choking insurance mogul Peter Progress with a well timed Heimlich maneuver; and rescuing Charlotte from a variety of near calamities, including a deadly automobile attack and an attempted rape. The book presents a sordid portrait of the world of high finance and the unscrupulous people it attracts, ending with the ultimate confrontation between everyman Sonny and demented Nancy Black, for whom winning is everything.
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Reviewed by Karen P. for Readers Favorite Dwight Morgan's "The Unlikely Career of Sonny B. Feelright" is one of the best books I have read in some time and I detest anything that smacks of business! Fresh out of school with an MBA, Sonny is approached by a gorgeous woman who needs an associate for an investment firm. Unknown to Sonny, he has been swept into a scheme in which it appears impossible to extricate himself without going to prison for fraud. Enter an alcoholic genius who is willing to dry out and use his skills against the best insider traders in the business. Up against a plan to do a hostile takeover, Sonny and his associates develop a plan of their own which will either land them all in prison or make them heroes. The book is filled with hints of romance, episodes of criminal behavior and ongoing evidence of mental health issues which both motivate and defeat the scheming characters. Charlotte is downright loveable in her commitment to Sonny and in her restraint in fighting evil. Her cohort Simon is a delight in his motivation to renew a soured life and get back in the heat of high-powered business battle. Morgan's character development is outstanding and his ability to develop a so-so story into an intriguing and page-turning plot is brilliant! The reader will want to get behind the naive Sonny Feelright and push him into awareness so that he can outmaneuver the bad guys and come out a hero.