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He lives in Austin with his wife and son. He can be found on Twitter at @robertjbennett.
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The company in question is McNaughton Western Foundry Corp. which, by 1919 (when the novel takes place) has become the world leader in technology. It is so powerful that it averted World War I by threatening to cut off production of products (like airships) that could be used militarily. Credit for McNaughton's innovative technological breakthroughs is given to Lawrence Kulahee, an eccentric inventor who died in 1904. The company continued to grow despite his death, as did the former fishing village of Evesden, near Puget Sound, now a thriving metropolis with smokestacks and slums and dozens of murders each month. One of the murders -- of a man found floating in a canal -- prompts police detective Garvey to contact Cyril Hayes, who plays a murky role in McNaughton's security force. As Hayes tries to determine whether the nameless corpse is affiliated with McNaughton, he's assigned to investigate the union movement, which is suspected of sabotaging the corporation's factories. The lovely Samantha Fairbanks is asked to keep an eye on Hayes, who has a problem with opium and alcohol. Notwithstanding his addictions, Hayes has an unusual talent: he can establish a telepathic connection with people that grows stronger the longer he's in contact with them.Read more ›
However, despite the untold power and wealth residing in the company, the city has a seedy and destitute side to it. And down those dark streets walks the company's odd fixer Cyril Hayes. He possesses the power to create a kind of telepathic bond with anyone he spends time with, eventually being able to charm them and more or less read their thoughts. In the past he's ferreted out industrial spies and secret-sellers, and now he's trying to figure out both how and why a trolly car of eleven unionists pulled into a station with everyone on board completely slaughtered. Helping him is his new organizer/researcher/librarian/assistant, Ms. Fairbanks, and together with Cyril's policeman friend, Detective Garvey, they form a very odd heroic trio.
Unfortunately, about halfway through, the inventiveness starts to wear thin on the book, and the supernatural element starts to become more and more prominent. The mystery of the union murders starts to shift into a kind of X-Files conspiracy and before too long, the hint of alien mumbo-jumbo starts to poke though.Read more ›
The narrative juggles between Hayes and his assistant, Samantha, as well as his cop-friend Garvey. Each of them had ups and downs for me. Hayes especially has many faults side-by-side with his genius--I found myself being annoyed with him and utterly intrigued by him at the same time. Hayes has a unique gift for "reading" people which can breech into genuine mind-reading, and McNaughton uses him to investigate any threats against its company. Hayes is a bit of an eccentric, a wild card, and an intriguing mystery from the beginning. He fits the anti-hero personality almost too well and from the beginning he seems to fall deeper and deeper into trouble both externally and internally--even as Hayes quickly becomes involved in the great mystery of the story his health rapidly deteriorates, which adds additional trouble. Compared to Hayes, Samantha seemed rather flat to me, and Garvey while more interesting still did not have much mystery around him.Read more ›
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More than once while reading this book, I wanted to run around and DEMAND that everyone read not only The Company Man but everything else written by Mr. Bennett. Right now. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
The book grabbed me from the beginning, with an amazingly rich picture of an alternate version of the early 20th century. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jeffrey Peterman
I just finished reading Robert Jackson Bennett's "The Company Man".
It is a science fiction of a different bent. Read more
Starts off strongly and the book moves along nicely until the last act which feels too rushed and neat, like the author was sick of the characters all of a sudden.Published 8 months ago by Duncan Mckenzie
Very cool book. I don't think I'm the first to describe it as kind of steampunk noir. I came across a rec for this exactly when I was in the market for something that stood out... Read morePublished 12 months ago by J. Allis
Too predicable. (X did it. Pag x ohh look he did) Too much world building not enough character building.Published 13 months ago by Travis C
Cyril Hayes is a Company man for the McNaughton Corporation. In this alternate Earth tale taking place in the 1920's, McNaughton is the largest company in the world, and Hayes is... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Spoon
This book surprised me. I had never read anything by this author and I bought it on a whim and I will buy more books by him. Read morePublished 15 months ago by smitty jones
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