For a limited time (Saturday, January 30 through Friday, February 5, 2010) an electronic book version of "The Bonus," normally priced at $4.99, will be available to the public as a free download at Smashwords at www.smashwords.com/
While many causes for the recession of 2007-2010 have been postulated, the principal culprit is the so-called asynchronous compensation scheme prevalent in the investment banking industry - low base pay (relative to standard of living) and huge bonuses for those who can achieve the usually unreasonable revenue and/or earnings goals forced on them by bank management. Bankers working under such regimes often have little choice but to throw caution to the winds and take on irrational risks (e.g., irresponsible packaging and reckless global marketing and distribution of sub-prime residential mortgage portfolios) to reach the bonus targets.
Tim Farley's life was at a near crisis point. His career was floundering, he'd been passed over for partnership in his firm, college tuitions for his kids were looming large before him as well as myriad other mid-life issues. Hoping the oil company deal could lead him out of his problems, he launched full tilt into obtaining the mandate, the dangerous risks be damned. But the compounding forces of calculating oil company executives, ruthless investors, mysterious African animistic beliefs, and two desperate international organizations threatening to kill him and his family - one if he goes through with the deal, the other if he doesn't - spins him in perilous directions he never could have anticipated.
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About Tony Spohr - Born and raised in the Bronx, Tony joined the U.S. Navy after graduating from Fordham University and served three years aboard ship as its operations officer primarily in the western Pacific with two tours in Viet Nam. After military service he worked for two prestigious international financial firms as an international tax partner travelling extensively in that role. Later he co-founded the global structured finance group for the firm specializing in the design and implementation of highly structured, cross border investment banking transactions. He has two children and lives with his wife, Kathy, in northern California.
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