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The Corporation [Kindle Edition]

J. F. Gonzalez
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Michelle Dowling found her dream job. The offer on her desk from Corporate Financial Consultants included a high five figure salary, generous benefits and cushy perks. Finally, after escaping the psychological abuse of an emotionally cold mother and a series of dead-end jobs she could start planning a future with her fiance, Donald.

However, Michelle forgot the cardinal rule for any job offer; always read the fine print. She really should have gotten more details about her overtime hours, company policies, and exactly what they meant when they said "Welcome to the Corporate Financial Family".

Michelle isn't afraid of hard work. She's a dedicated employee, the kind any manager would want for his firm. But this Corporation requires much more than just dedication...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 737 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Midnight Library (17 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007AUJC3O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #355,810 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not very good 20 April 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I have enjoyed some of Mr Gonzalez books (the excellent "Survivor" & "Bully") but I have now read more that have been quite bland ("Shapeshifter"/"Primitive"/"Fetish") or just plain awful ("The Beloved"/"Clickers" - I went there) so it's unlikely I'm gonna go out of my way to get hold of any future releases.

The Corporation is another bland novel. It felt like an attempt at doing a Bentley Little style piece. The story was predictable with no twists or turns that weren't sign-posted a mile off.

Mr Gonzalez is a good writer, he is like a guitarist who is technically proficient but not very good at writing songs. Which is a shame.

Read "Survivor" instead.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The corporation 17 Jan. 2014
By Geoff
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Another great book by j f Gonzalez this is the third title I have read by him and I enjoyed all of them immensely and I will be looking out for more
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Unsettling and Entertaining Story 3 Mar. 2012
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Michelle Dowling feels great about the new job she just landed with Corporate Financial. It doesn't take long to realize though that they expect more out of their employees than any other company. They also seem to possess an unusual hold over their workers, and the clients they consult with. All of a sudden Michelle finds herself involved in a situation way over her head. At the same time, businesses across the nation--who are all linked by a common thread--start taking advantage of their employees and begin treating them like property.

I've read other books that JF Gonzalez helped write, but this was my first time reading a solo work of his. I really enjoyed it and will search out more of his novels now. This book will make you angry at times (in a good way), and think twice about your job and some of your coworkers. If you ever encounter anyone with a blank face that states "This is what I do", or see someone from HR show up at your house unexpectedly, RUN!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Conspiracy Theorist's Wet Dream 27 Aug. 2014
By Mike Kazmierczak - Published on
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While I was reading THE CORPORATION, I kept thinking of Bentley Little. This novel is very much in the same vein as Little's books. In fact, I would call it a quasi-blend of THE ASSOCIATION and THE STORE. Gonzalez's novel has that same feel and same dread running through its heart; the mood is paranoia and hopelessness. With all the problems in the recent economy and employees feeling stuck or semi-stuck in jobs they should be "lucky to have", the book can also be considered timely. (Or at least timely when it was published as opposed to when I read it.)

The story follows Michelle Dowling as she finds a dream job at Corporate Financial Consultants: excellent pay, generous benefits and the ability to start planning her future with her fiancé. However, she starts to realize that her new company has its fingers in its employee's personal lives a bit more than normal. And that their control over employees is expanding. Michelle quickly finds herself fighting to maintain her privacy while not knowing who to trust.

While Gonzalez did his regular awesome job with his characters and making them come alive, I found elements of the plot a bit much. The degree of control that Corporate Financial Consultants exhibits over other companies and governments, local and international, was a tad much to believe. While reading it I kept fluctuating between "Oh, come on!" and "Oh, crap!" And of course since the corporation's reach was a bit unbelievable, it meant the climax to the book had to be a bit unbelievable also. It made sense and followed logically and was consistent with everything that Gonzalez wrote, but it was a little convenient despite being so difficult to achieve. All told, this is a solid book and will be enjoyed. I would recommend though that after reading this book, read Bentley Little's THE ASSOCIATION. That will build upon your fears and freak you out completely!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reading This in Your Lunch Break? The Corporation Does Not Allow Personal Time! Recommence Your Work Immediately! 20 Oct. 2012
By James N Simpson - Published on
This is very different to the other novels I've read by author J.F. Gonzalez. Less horror but actually a lot scarier. I'd actually say this is most well written, where you care the most about his characters compared to his other books. The main character which we follow like a fly on the wall Michelle Dowling lands her dream job to set her up financially in the years to come. The corporation (Corporate Financial Consultants) seem to have been blown away by her resume. So impressed that they've sent her to help with the takeover of a company in El Paso. It's only when the employees in El Paso go out for after work drinks that Michelle starts to notice everything isn't quite right. When a colleague she is supposed to work with the next day who didn't speak positively for the company disappears, Michelle realises something is very, very wrong. Meanwhile across America employees on leave are getting dragged back to work by their colleagues who have shown up on their doorstep who have strict instructions to return them to the office, because they were not at their work cubicle at 8:30am sharp. Other workers are being told they will be granted half an hour later in the day to buy a pillow, swag and whatever else will fit under their desk. It's hard to go into any further depth with this plot than that, since doing so would spoil things for those who haven't read it yet. As you get going you'll immediately start thinking of a famous short story, well maybe more so the movie version of it. I won't mention what that one is but by all means rest assured that The Corporation is not a carbon copy of that and this one's plot is much, much better. My only criticism would be after the main events end p252, it takes way too long to wrap up and actually a little boring pushing through another 25 pages to page 277. A four of five page epilogue would have wrapped this up nicely. I'd still rate the novel five stars overall but the ending should have been edited down.

Once you've finished this you might also want to check out Night Chills by Dean Koontz or Company by Max Barry. Both these are thrillers using elements you come across in this one and would be quite scary if ever adopted by the real corporate world.
5.0 out of 5 stars Corporate fear 28 April 2014
By William B. Bebout - Published on
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What if corporations take over. A frightening read about the vindictiveness of the corporate world. Gonzalez is very good at taking the ordinary and making it terrifying.
1.0 out of 5 stars The Corporation 19 Mar. 2014
By M. D. McDonough - Published on
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This is one of the most ridiculous novels I have ever read. The premise is not believable nor are the predictable consequences. The primary motive in reading to completion was to see the degree of stupidity J F Gonzalez presumed his readers to possess. Other works by the author deserved 4-5 stars, but this one barely rates one star.
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