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Hostile Takeover: A John Lago Thriller

by Shane Kuhn

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John Lago is back! He finds his archenemy Alice, declares his love for her, they marry in what can only be described as not a fairy tale wedding, and move to take over John’s former employer’s business – Human Resources, Inc. – in a not subtle takeover. Of course the business of assassinations comes with conflict, and soon the newlyweds discover they have different styles of management that leads to all our war. However, they are the victims of an elaborate scheme where they are goaded into fighting to the death. Will love win out or will they kill each other? This was a fun read. Kuhn has one crazy imagination! ( )
  Susan.Macura | Sep 12, 2016 |
If you liked The Intern's Handbook (which I did) then you'll probably also like this second book in the series about John Lago, because the two books are very similar. Each is told from the pov of John, a professional assassin, who describes his past and current assignments. John is now married to Alice, his nemesis from the first book. One problem for me was that I didn't really care for that whole relationship thing in the prior book, but I learned to live with it here.

In this book, John is telling an FBI agent the story of how he and Alice came to take over the assassination enterprise for which they both worked in the first book. These books have a very dark and amusing style. There are cartoon-like action sequences with elaborately choreographed fights that are tailor-made for movies, which I assume is where these books are headed. The writing is so over the top and stylized that it is obviously not intended to be taken seriously. Of course this book is not as novel or surprising as the first one. However, the reader is still treated to occurrences like an apartment seeker who leaps from rooftop to rooftop in Manhattan until he just happens to find an apartment with a conveniently deceased inhabitant (detectable by "the sweet stench of rot"). That's pretty original. I have no idea whether the author intends to continue with this series, but I hope he does.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. ( )
  fhudnell | Jun 30, 2015 |
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"Professional assassin John Lago faces off against his deadliest adversary yet--his wife. At the end of The Intern's Handbook, John tracks down his nemesis Alice but instead of putting a bullet in her head, he puts a ring on her finger and marries her. Together, they execute a hostile takeover of Human Resources, Inc., the "placement agency" that trains young assassins to infiltrate corporations disguised as interns and knock off high profile targets. As HR's former top operatives, they are successful until conflicting management styles cause an ugly breakup that locks John out of the bedroom and the boardroom. But when Alice takes on a new HR target, John is forced to return to the office battlefield in a role he swore he would never play again: the intern. What starts out as a deadly showdown turns into the two of them fighting side by side to save HR, Inc.--and their marriage" --… (more)

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