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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

0 Book Review: The Board Members by DeRege Lemma

The Board MembersTitle: The Board Members

Author: DeRege Lemma
Genre: Thriller
Age Group: Mature
    Page Length: 235 pages 
    Published: November 2, 2012

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Book Summary:
Paul Wilson belonged to the board of North Valley Drilling Company. In fact the seventy two years old executive was the chairman of this ambitious board with a great prospect to extract crude from Block C2. His and the oil firm’s main goal was to enlist North Valley as public company at NYSE by issuing a lucrative IPO deal by announcing the potentially and commercially available crude discovered in Block C2 with full rights to the title. During the proceeding, before the floatation on the major market, the firm’s top secret has been leaked out of the boardroom. Laura Atkins, the assistant accountant was the source of the whistle blow that declared the oilfield as thoroughly dry and recommended by SGS, the hydrocarbon underground surveying company, to be plugged. The panicked board tried first to use hush money to avoid the leak reaching the media and the investors. That was unsuccessful attempt that coerced the board members to hush the plotters in their coffins.

About Author
DeRege Lemma, the author of 'The Board Members', a white collar crime thriller on eBook became one of our times best suspense writer with his debut publication. Educated at Cumberland University in southeast Kentucky and later at Strayer University in Washington D.C with double majors in International Business and Journalism, he has been working as chief-editor of 'The African Oil Journal', an industry magazine mainly focused on oil and gas production in Africa. He is currently located in east Africa working full time and writing part time on his second book.

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Book Review: 
I haven't read many white collar crime thrillers in the past few years, but I think I am going to have to add more books of this genre to my future reading list - especially those written by DeRege Lemma. 'The Board Members' is just a fantastic, completely absorbing read, the kind of book that makes you hate your job because having to get up early for work means having to set the novel aside in the wee hours of the morning just so you can get a few hours of sleep. Any thriller is best judged by the number of hours' sleep you miss, and 'The Board Members' is right up there with the best of them.

Usually, white collar crime thrillers have a few passages that are dry and boring or feature cardboard characters lacking any spark of life in them. Not so with 'The Board Members'. Lemma has given life to some vivid, remarkably human characters - the most romantic French chef who fell in love with Laura who leaked the company secret know as 'the blue file' became pickle in the middle when the board members found out that the he was aware of the leaked information about Block C2 oilfield. Later the detective, Nick Calloway himself became the target of the remorseless act of the boardroom intrigue.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Review by: Michael Stein

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