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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Gripping feminist fiction? Don't miss the ending., November 9, 2010

By Mona G. Affinito "Mona Gustafson Affinito, Ph.D." (Chaska, Minnesota) - See all my review
This review is from: CEO (Kindle Edition)

From the beginning the story gripped me. It wasn't easy to put it down when there were other things calling me. I had two initial reactions. First, this is apparently a book about feminism, but which way will it go? The other was my appreciation that my own career had not been in the corporate halls. The very integration of characters gave the feel of pressure, and of denial of private life.

The story follows the fictional first CEO of a corporation hitherto controlled by men, observing her ability to gain and maintain control of those in roles subservient to hers, the envy and intrigue that follows. Essential to the story is the talented and potentially attractive writer authorized to write a book on the heroine, a task which gives her access to inside information both business and personal, as well as raising the questions the reader might want to ask. It is her questions that maintain the mystery surrounding the CEO herself.
The end is basically a commentary on the personal and corporate survival mechanisms of a woman maintaining power in a man's world. But I won't tell you any more. Enjoy the last pages.

My one-point down rating belongs not to the author, but to the proofreader who let quite a few things slide. Unfortunately that seems to be common in many books these days. Ah for the days of Miss Pulsifer at Bristol High School who let absolutely nothing get past her.

Friday, July 9, 2010

CEO now available for Kindle readers

Announcing -- the CEO ebook, is now available on  Kindle readers can follow Melissa Lynn Horn, the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer of United Chemicals Corp., as she sets out to save the company during a pivotal time in its history.  This is an insider's look at the corporate men's club where power is used for benefit and betrayal. 

Friday, January 29, 2010

Get CEO, ASAP, January 28, 2010

By L. D. Merkl (NYC)

The main character, ML, is the disciple of EF Haynes, who puts ML up for CEO.

At the same time, journalist Pamela Green plans to write a biography of ML but only if it's authorized.

When Pamela gets approval to shadow ML, the reporter gets to observe this other woman's rise to power, fighting off an corporate rival out to steal her title and destroy her company.

ML reminded me Tilda Swinton's character in the movie "Michael Clayton", with all the insecurities of someone who, although is successful in business, has never been in a successful personal relationship.

This slice of corporate life is fascinating, not only because it shows life at business's highest level (which many never see) but because it exposes the extra stresses women in charge have to deal with.

The ending came as a complete surprise, which I love in a novel.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Book Book reviews CEO...

Melissa Lynn (M.L.) Horn has just been named CEO of United Chemicals Corporation, a position only previously held by men. This is big news, and journalist Pamela Green jumps at the opportunity to write M.L.'s biography. Pamela becomes M.L.'s shadow, gaining an insider's view of the corporate Men's Club, and all the while contemplating, just how did this woman make it to the top?
     William S. Foley has other plans for M.L., namely, to dethrone her from the position he felt was rightfully his. Let the backbiting and politics ensue.
     Meanwhile, Pamela is learning about corporate mergers, Wall Street, attending meetings with New York's elite, and receiving more than a few mentions that certain things are to be kept "off the record." And still, she doesn't feel she's seen the real M.L., the woman underneath the CEO title. Deep down, she must have the needs and desires common to all women, right?
     What Pamela isn't privy to, however, is that M.L. has just that. While vacationing in Largo Verde, she meets a man who frees her soft interior, and she begins to question whether or not all those years of sacrifice, of being married to her career, were worth it. She has everything--money, power, her dream job--so why does she feel that something is still missing?
     M.L. seeks the answers to these unexpected questions, and when she finds them, she realizes that success and happiness do not always go hand in hand.
     CEO is set in the final years of the 1990's, when Fortune 500 companies were still flying high on their egos, before the uncertainties that followed 9/11. Gitt does an excellent job of showing how getting what you want isn't necessarily what you want (on both sides of the coin), with a flavorful cast of characters that each bring their own angle to the core story.

See for additional reviews by Lydia Sharp

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Latest CEO reader review

By Soodie Farley - CEO is a totally scrumptious read. Placing CEO within the genre of 21st century Chick Lit: while the Sex And The City characters and story lines evoke thoughts of pink chewing gum, Patricia Gitt's CEO, evokes thoughts of deep red wine and warm tapas served in that fantastic no name downtown off the beaten path but still within the trendiest parts of the city restaurant you don't want anyone to know about.

Trying to figure out how such a quick read got me so hooked on the characters, I realized that this author was able to make every page interesting. It's a mixture of good solid writing, real story lines and awesome editing. I'm hoping that Patricia Gitt's CEO is the first of a series because there is no way that these characters are done.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

CEO reviewed

Great, fast moving read,
March 31, 2009

By J. Wuorio - Patricia has a terrific narrative voice that really makes this story move along. Also blows a lot of stereotypes out of the water--highly recommended!