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Severance Package (2008)

by Duane Swierczynski

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Severance Package - Duane Swierczynski

Duane Swierczynski… people in the book world will remember him for books like “The Blond”. Comic book readers will remember him as the new force behind the Marvel series Cable and Iron fist.. he also has a couple one offs i have never heard of.

Severance Package was published last year. I had seen it on a number of bookstore shelves but never bothered to pick it up. It looked like manga and i just dont dig on the manga. US comics yes, Japanese comics, rarely. Yes, I remember. no judging of books based on how they look… bad jason BAAAD jason..

So I am at work one day and a friend of mine, Shannon, caught me downstairs at work one day and pressed its glorious rough paperyness into my hands. Its rough cut pages and soft wafflely cover immediately caugth my attention.

The front cover carried some cheesy text, “ever want to kill your boss? well guess what, the feeling is mutual”.. i could have done with out that blurb..

So, enough.. the book, as stated on the back of the cover. The main character gets called into work on a Saturday. There is a big meeting, and he has to drop what he is doing to head in early on a day off. On his arrival, he enters a room with a few people, some Pepperidge farms cookies, and all the makings for a bunch of mimosas.

The boss man tells people that they are a front for a blag bag spy operation and that their funding has been pulled. everyone in the room will die today. The only choice they have is to drink a mimosa and die peacefully by fast acting poison, or get a bullet in the brain.

Sarin gas, explosives, acrobatics, torture, mutilation, humor, firefights… this book has it all. Everything takes place in about a 1 hour period of time from what I can tell.

There really isn’t much to talk about with this book. it gets your heart racing a little, and you are wide eyed through out the book. it is very enjoyable. This is a fast read, you pick it up and you do not put it down until you are done. you get sucked into the plot and are not given much of an opportunity to get to know any individual. It is the story that matters, less about the individuals and more about the situation they are all in. Who is a “bad guy/good guy” is less important than their interactions.

Severance Package is not by any means a classic. Regardless of the intentions of most authors, I doubt it will have a huge impact on the written world. What it does have an impact on is your cerebellum and stomach. It hits you where your bruises will not show, and you smile when the aching settles in. Then you tell others to read it :)
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  JasonBrownPDX | Jun 12, 2017 |
A quick, entertaining read that leaps headlong into unbelievability several chapters in. It's compulsively readable anyway. ( )
  scarequotes | Jan 23, 2016 |
  BooksOn23rd | Nov 25, 2015 |
  BooksOn23rd | Nov 25, 2015 |
No snobbish posturing here! This book was a head-on collision of high concept, high-octane action and pulpy plot and character. It was the most fun I've had reading in a long time. If you like assassins, non-stop mayhem and a book that reads like an awesome action flick, Severance Package is for you. ( )
  marthaearly | Jun 6, 2014 |
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Pleasure doing business with you. -Anonymous
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To James Roach, who taught the most dangerous game
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His name was Paul Lewis...
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Jamie DeBroux’s boss has called a special meeting for all “key personnel” at 9:00 a.m. on a hot Saturday in August.

When Jamie arrives, the conference room is stocked with cookies and champagne. His boss smiles and tells his employees, “We’re a cover for a branch of the intelligence community. And we’re being shut down.” Jamie’s boss then tells everyone to drink some champagne, and in a few seconds they’ll fall asleep---for good. If they refuse, they’ll be shot in the head.

Escape is not an option. Jamie’s boss has shut down the elevators and rigged the fire towers with chemical bombs. Panic sets in, chaos erupts, and no one is sure whom to trust. Jamie quickly realizes that there’s only one way he’s ever going to see his family again: the hard way.
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David Murphy, the CEO of a Philadelphia financial company, summons his seven staffers for an important Saturday meeting, where he informs them that the business is being shut down, and that, unfortunately, he has to kill them all.

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