2 out of 4 stars
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The corporate world before the 1998 Human Rights Act witnessed numerous aggressive expressions of power where the seniors felt godlike in the presence of their juniors. Most of these offenders went unpunished because of the lack of disciplinary actions guiding work ethics. Maybe murdering these power abusers would be a justified punishment. Well, that’s what Ben Reuben makes his readers believe in this poignant fiction book Murdering the Macho Managers.
Engineering Promotions Ltd was a promotion conglomerate with records of ridding employees after making substantial inputs to the growth of the company. Her workers had a whole lot of attributes that could make you sick of your nine-to-five job. Stephen Foster was one of the few good eggs you could find in the crate of bad eggs in Engineering Promotions Ltd. Foster had an ulterior motive for this company and her owner Hadrian. Foster was assigned by Mr. Box, Hadrian’s business rival, to rejuvenate the confidence of Dr. Strauski after he was physically and mentally abused at the hands of Hadrian, Strauski’s former employer. Under the guidance of Mr. Box, Stephen and Dr. Strauski successfully masterminded the demise of Engineering Promotions Ltd and subsequently the murder of Hadrian.
The concept of this book was my major point of attraction when I selected the book. Macho managers, people who abuse power under their societal or authoritarian position, are a bunch one could hardly avoid. Macho managers exist mostly anywhere that there’s hierarchical power distribution. In this narrative, Hadrian was the embodiment of a macho manager. He once had one of his employees shot for saluting him, and on that same day, he shot another employee for not saluting him. That was the height of his tyranny. The author was eloquent with his words and description; he let the rawness of the story create the gruesome image he intended to portray. The rawness was highly needed for a story that cuts across racial discrimination, injustice, chauvinism and sexual discrimination.
There was quite a considerable amount of things that I didn’t like about this piece. The readers weren’t opportune to familiarize themselves with the characters and the setting, so this made the storyline seem a bit rushed. A character like Hadrian deserved to be in the limelight most of the time but was astonishingly introduced only in the last few pages of the book. I found a lot of distracting errors while reading the narrative. There were over ten of these errors, and they affected my reading flow. These are enough reasons to take away two stars and rate Murdering the Macho Managers 2 out of 4 stars.
Murdering the Macho Managers is suited for only a mature audience. I highly don’t recommend it to the younger audience. I think the contents would be too much for the younger audience to consume unless they are comfortable with the gore and the sexual innuendos that they’d encounter.
Murdering the macho managers
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