Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Smoke Screen by Kyle Mills

Another book for the Monthly Key Word Challenge. Key Word: Smoke

Excerpt from Kyle Mills site:
"Are you ready, Trev?"
     "Ready for what?"
     Paul Trainer thumbed toward the tent, a mischievous smile spreading across his face. "For them."
     A funny thing about mischievous smiles. While they're cute on children and cool on college students, they tend to be a little sinister when worn by old men.
     "You're not a spectator today, Trevor. This is your show."
     Strangely, his statement didn't surprise me. Maybe I was starting to get a little jaded. The thought actually improved my mood slightly. I'd always aspired to be jaded.
     "You're the one who made those statements to the committee, Paul. Don't you think you should be the one who does the Q&A?"
     "This isn't a Q&A, son, it's a press release. And CEOs don't do press releases."
     "Yes they do."
     "Well, this one doesn't."
     "Are you sure this is a good idea, Paul? Remember what happened last time I got on TV?"
     "Oh, that was just a case of jitters. This is going to be easy." He handed me a stack of three by five cards. " Just read 'em like they're written. And remember eye contact—with the cameras, too. It'll make you seem more honest. And if you feel yourself getting nervous, just picture the audience—"
     "In their underwear," I said, dejectedly. "I know."
     "I was going to say dead. Who would want to see these people in their underwear? That's just sick." He pulled the flap still wider. "I'll watch from here."

I liked this book. Poor Trevor Barnett...he has to work at his family's company, Terra, to get his inheritance.  He does not like his paper pushing job. Terra is being sued by smokers that got sick.  This lawsuit may bankrupt the company.  Somehow Trevor stumbles into a promotion as the company spokesman because he tells the CEO what he thinks.  He doesn't have a clue what he is in for. His father, a lawyer for the company, is against him and Paul Trainer, the CEO.  Trevor gets Anne from Smokeless Youth to be his secretary and she figures out what is going on and gets Trevor to grow a set and do something!

Pages: 349

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