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The Insiders (The Insiders Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Craig Hickman
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Book Description

The Insiders by New York Times bestselling author Craig Hickman does something altogether original, and genius. Part deference to the American dream, part economic conspiracy with a shocking twist, part knock down, drag out, high-octane entertainment, this novel is spellbinding fury and long overdue.

Wilson Fielder is an unsuspecting hero. A rising star at a prestigious management consulting firm, he has challenged more than a few overbearing corporate titans, but it is not until there is an attempt on his father’s life that he is forced to take it to the street.

His father is none other than Charles Fielder, a brilliant businessman who founded an exclusive club of the world’s most powerful CEOs that has unparalleled perks such as limitless legal protection and unimaginable personal wealth, not to mention lavish retreats, sexual favors, and access to the world’s deadliest contract killers. It is the ultimate insiders club—a complex web of insider trading, back scratching and, inevitably, backstabbing.

Ultimately, Wilson uncovers his father’s real agenda for leveling the playing field and vows to finish the job, but only to meet the iron fist of Wayland Tate who is backed by international wealthy elite and will stop at nothing to destroy his opponents. In the end, Wilson must win this battle not only to avenge his father, but for all of us.

Editorial Reviews


Congrats to Chicago author Craig Hickman, finalist in the mystery/suspense/thriller category of the 2009 Indie Book Awards for his new novel, The Insiders--being adapted for a Hollywood film.

--Chicago Sun-Times

There's plenty of real-life fodder to write exciting non-fiction--think Lehman Brothers, AIG, and Bernie Madoff--but those scandals only skim the surface of how manipulation takes place. The Insiders captures the corporate world.
--Crain's Business

A great thriller! As good as anything on the market today.

--Rick Kogan, WGN/Chicago Tribune

If you want to delve beyond the front page news, read The Insiders--it is an eye opener.
--VoiceAmerica Talk Radio Network

Financial malfeasance turns deadly when a brilliant businessman tries to uncover the ultimate insider traders. Wilson Fielder thought he knew his father. But when Charles Fielder is found in a coma after an apparent double murder-suicide attempt, his son soon learns that larger-than-normal problems haunt the family firm of Fielder & Co. Starting with a letter left by his unconscious father, Wilson begins to uncover a web of intricate insider trading, stock manipulation and blackmail that involves some of the most powerful executives in global finance...As Wilson learns more and picks up the crusade, he finds himself in the sights of ruthless and powerful wheeler-dealers who will stop at nothing to maintain and increase their wealth, and the power that accompanies it. In his debut thriller, Hickman, a management consultant (The Oz Principle, 2004) shows an in-depth knowledge of the corporate world from boardrooms to executive retreats, and offers an extremely detailed, realistic take on its inner machinations. However, he keeps the action moving, focusing as much on the perks of success as on the power plays--much of the book takes place in exotic places such as St. Moritz or in the blue-blood hangouts of Boston Brahmins. A well-crafted thriller. --Kirkus Discoveries

About the Author

Craig Hickman is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen books, among them such blockbusters as The Oz Principle, The Strategy Game, Mind of Manager, Soul of a Leader, and Creating Excellence. His first business novel An Innovator's Tale led to a four-year turnaround assignment as CEO of Headwaters Technology Innovation, an international company based in Princeton, New Jersey. Prior to joining Headwaters, he founded the Management Perspectives Group, whose clients included some of the largest domestic and international companies such as Procter & Gamble, American Express, PepsiCo, Unilever, AT&T, Amoco, Nokia, Honeywell, and the U.S. Government. He earned his MBA with honors from the Harvard Business School and has consulted for corporations and organizations around the world, lecturing abroad for the U.S. State Department, and serving as a member of the Board of Directors for several companies. He lives in Chicago. Visit his website at

Product Details

  • File Size: 529 KB
  • Print Length: 572 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace; B001U897P0 edition (April 15, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001U897P0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,877 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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108 of 116 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent conspiracy story July 24, 2009
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I'm a fan of corporate thrillers, so when I saw all the 5-star reviews for this one I just had to get it. This is a decent financial-conspiracy-type corporate thriller. However, after reading it, I was a little surprised by all the "greatest book ever" type reviews. So, I just went back and looked at them, and this time discovered most of them are by reviewers who have only reviewed this one book or 'kid reviewers' hiding their identity. I'm not sure what that means - but it's definitely not usual. And though I enjoyed the book in general, it didn't live up to all of it's hype for me. (It's also, now that I started looking, featured on a lot of Listmania's with books from exceptional writers - which may have enticed me into purchasing it in the first place - and is a pretty well known scam of new authors.)

In any event, the premise of a young man trying to bring down a cladestine organization of the most powerful businessmen in the country is interesting. There's a lot of action - right from the start. However, on the downside it could have used some better editing. (it's a long book, unnecessarily so on occasion. It's also almost as if there's too much the author wants to convey. The backstory and current story cast of characters is also a bit long and occasionally unwieldy).

Bottom Line: A decent thriller. Those who like conspiracy theories and tales of the wealthy taking advantage of the masses will probably enjoy this one more than I. For those that prefer general financial corporate thrillers more - I'd recommend one of Joseph Finder's or Naked Option first.
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93 of 104 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and Relevant! March 16, 2009
The Insiders is the kind of book that will have you pondering for weeks after you finish reading. The plot and the characters are dynamic and entertaining, with all of the mystery and complexity one could ask for in a mid-sized novel. But the substance of the tale, and the reason it was written, I am guessing, is something of a call to arms. This is a story about exposing the elusive, entrenched, corrupt vested interests at the very top of our economic system. This task presents a tremendous challenge for the heroes in the book, with every sort of evil means being employed by the insiders conspiracy to to dissuade and destroy them. The unfolding process is fun and exciting because it's fiction, but it also lays bare the true-to-life methods and motives of these evil manipulators. The book is therefore a sort of indictment of our broken financial system, which rapes the producing classes and rewards the conspiring financiers. The reality of this problem is something that is pressing and relevant, and will remain to be dealt with long after the last page is turned. This awareness will stay with you and keep you in thought, and it will also make you yearn for the sequel. I read the book in one sitting as I couldn't put it down. It has a sort of Brad Thor, Tom Clancy feel to it, as the anatgonist behave at times like greedy businessmen, at other times as the mafia or as domestic terrorists. What else can I say? Buy it and read it.
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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written and edited August 19, 2011
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This book was terrible. And it is easy to explain why.

1. Worse than implausible plot. A know-nothing Jason Bourne.
2. Numerous use of wrong homonyms. As if the book was dictated and a voice to text program was used.
3. Improper pronoun usage. It's bad enough when the uneducated do it, but for an author. Inexcusable.
4. Frequent errors on capitalization.
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108 of 122 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars First time I've ever wanted a refund! August 8, 2011
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I can usually find something to enjoy about most mysteries and I read a lot of them - 2 to 3 a week for over 50 years! I started with the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew and worked my way up to Clancy, Grisham, etc.

I can honestly say this was the worst book I've ever read - I can read books that offer a point of view different from my own, but I don't like books that seem to be written simply to put forth a particular point of view. If I wanted to read that kind of a book, I'd read non-fiction (which I do). However, when I want to read fiction, I want to read fiction.

This book is a waste of time and money - and yes, I read it to its conclusion. The characters are vapid and the plot painstakingly transparent. Save your money for a real piece of fiction. The nicest thing I can say is that it follows the all too popular position of blaming someone else for your failures without taking responsibility. On the surface, the book seemed to take responsibility for its main characters, but if you read the entire thing, they simply blame others.
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53 of 60 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If only I had known ahead of time June 3, 2011
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Read this book only if you like exchanges like this: "One more thing, I want access to the family chalet where it [the murder] happened." "Can't do that. It's a crime scene," Zemke said, his hard-bitten demeanor returning. Wilson turned around to squarely face the detective. "Who would you like me to call?" Zemke's eyes were suddenly on fire again, but he knew Wilson would eventually get what he wanted." The sentences are awful. And Zemke didn't know who Wilson was, so how would he know he would get his way. And what detective succumbs to the son of a murderer to get access to a crime scene. And I can't get my money back. Why didn't I stick with Elmore Leonard!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Loved it. Couldn't put it down. Can't wait to refer it to my friends. Hope you enjoy as much as I have.
Published 15 days ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Insider Fantasy
Save your money on this one. Boring, highly contrived and illogical.
Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read, fast paced with a few surprises along the way
I enjoy the genre very much. The story was very good and even a little unpredictable for some parts. I enjoyed the story line and found it hard to put down.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Didn't like the story or the characters and thought it was interesting that his consulting clients seem to me to be the kinds of multinational businesses that the characters are... Read more
Published 1 month ago by CKL
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
Kept me engaged and wondering "what next". Made me develop feelings for the characters even as they morphed. Would highly recommend.
Published 1 month ago by Charles Brazik
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great reading. But the end of the story was rather abrupt.
Published 2 months ago by Liz Trauernicht
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great book.
Published 5 months ago by Bob
4.0 out of 5 stars What greed looks like....
I enjoyed the format of looking at fathers/son relationships and how mother's of the mighty rich can be part of scenario of their husband business dealings. Read more
Published 5 months ago by P. L. Carter
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
A good read, not riveting, but holds your attention well.
Published 6 months ago by Richard E. Watts
5.0 out of 5 stars an Outstanding Thriller!
Well developed characters and a fast paced plot make this book a winner. It's a definite 'can't out down' read. Can't wait for the sequel.
Published 7 months ago by M. Hilovsky
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More About the Author

Craig Hickman is a New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen books, among them such international bestsellers as The Oz Principle, Creating Excellence, Mind of a Manager Soul of a Leader, and The Strategy Game. Currently, he is Author & Regional Vice President at Partners In Leadership, the premier provider of Accountability Training® services around the world. Clients include thousands of companies (almost half of the Dow Jones Industrial Average Companies) in more than 50 countries. Prior to Partners in Leadership, he was a company CEO at Headwaters Incorporated (NYSE:HW), where he turned around the struggling specialty chemicals division and formed a joint venture with Evonik Degussa GmbH, a Fortune Global 500 company headquartered in Frankfurt and Essen, Germany. Before that, he founded Management Perspectives Group, a management consulting firm specializing in strategic change, organizational culture transformation, and leadership development, which he later sold to SMS, Inc. A compelling and thought-provoking speaker, Craig has facilitated change in corporations and organizations around the world, lecturing abroad for the U.S. State Department, providing voluntary leadership development services in Brazil, and serving as a member of the board of directors for several companies. He earned his MBA with honors from the Harvard Business School. He and his wife, Laura, live in Chicago.

His books include the international bestseller Creating Excellence: Managing Corporate Culture, Strategy and Change in the New Age (NAL/Penguin, 1985), now a Penguin Classic and translated into fourteen languages, and its companion, The Workbook for Creating Excellence (NAL/Penguin, 1986). He co-authored the critically acclaimed The Future 500 (NAL/Penguin, 1987), described by The New York Times as "a valuable history of American business and management theory." In 1990 he authored the groundbreaking international bestseller Mind of a Manager, Soul of a Leader (Wiley, 1990), and in 1991, he authored Practical Business Genius (Wiley, 1991), a book Ken Blanchard called "indispensable." In 1994, he co-authored the New York Times bestseller, The Oz Principle: Getting Results Through Individual and Organizational Accountability (Prentice Hall/Penguin, 1994, 2004). His innovative and bestselling business game books--The Strategy Game (McGraw Hill, 1993), The Organization Game (Prentice Hall/Penguin, 1994), The Productivity Game (Prentice Hall/Penguin, 1995) and Starting Up (Prentice Hall/Penguin, 1997)--have received high praise from business people and widespread attention from the media, "perfect for developing thinking and decision-making," according to Industry Week, USA Today, and Business Week. His co-authored work, The Fourth Dimension: The Next Level of Personal and Organizational Achievement (Wiley, 1996), introduced the MetaWork System and was described by Stephen Covey as "a truly remarkable book." His first business novel, An Innovator's Tale (Wiley, 2002), was praised in the Minneapolis Star Tribune as "a Robert Ludlum-like novel with sound business lessons on innovation." Management Malpractice (Platinum Press, 2005), on how to cure unhealthy management practices that disable companies, was described by Unilever CEO, Alan Rice, as a guide for business leaders "to identify and correct the classic problems." His latest published work, The Insiders: A Thriller (BookSurge, 2009), is an award-winning novel about a clandestine society of CEOs who trade on each other's secrets. In response to questions about his fiction writing, Craig asserts, "Sometimes, you can only tell the truth through fiction." Articles, commentaries, and reviews of his work have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Fortune, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, USA Today, Chicago Sun-Times, Crain's Business, Working Woman, Success, Industry Week, Nation's Business, Training & Development, Training, HR Magazine, Across the Board, Boardroom Reports, Journal of Business Strategy, Executive Excellence, The Times (London), Canadian Business and various other newspapers and magazines worldwide.

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