AWAKENING is a story of eleven rising-star managers who gather together in a secluded luxury lodge for a mysterious five-day leadership training course. Asked to pick a leader from amongst themselves, they soon realize that nothing is what it seems at this place, where managers are compared to ancient conquerors and one corporate taboo after another gets broken.
As the group exercise progresses rapidly from a friendly election to a twisted web of no-holds-barred power plays, the players don't realize that soon some of them will be facing the harshest challenge of their lives. The unconventional workshop is about to take a very dangerous turn, testing the values and characters of its participants in the most brutal ways and presenting them with the ultimate question: how high a price are they willing to pay for power?
"Awakening, written by Ray N. Kuili, is the story of various management level business people whose thirst for power and drive to succeed lead them to a mysterious and secluded training seminar. This page turner is exciting for the underlying tensions between the characters, which makes it almost psychological in nature. Themes of conquest and thirst for power are apparent, and re-emerge within the plot again and again. Such themes ask the reader not only to ponder the characters' drives and aspirations, but also to question their own base desires. From the times of Napoleon to the modern cut-throat business world, Kuili asks the age old question: how far will someone go to become truly powerful? This thriller is wonderfully descriptive, fast paced, and complex. It boasts believable characters and a setting that is both bizarre and intriguing. ... Without giving too much away, the ending leaves the reader positively shaken. With a twist that is just as curious as the rest of the story, I was left entertained yet contemplative. This is truly one of the more admirable qualities of this novel. It does not simply serve as a good read, but one that leaves the reader thinking about broader issues. Awakening is a novel I would recommend for those who are looking for a thriller that is unique and powerful in its own right."
The premise sounded great-a group of businessmen and businesswomen gather in a hotel on an island for a mysterious workshop. Unfortunately, the book didn't really live up to my expectations.The story was definitely interesting, and the twist at the end completely caught me by surprise. The problem, however, was twofold. There were so many mistakes with the grammar and spelling that I kept getting taken out of the story. The other problem was the book frequently got very preachy-characters would launch into very long speeches about power, or would have very long internal monologues, all of which felt like being repeatedly hit in the head with the author's personal opinions on power.read more
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