Creating a persona that would make people think you are indispensable is the goal of JD Pence. Meeting him you will learn just how far he will go in order to undercut anyone, even a close friend that stands in his way to reach the top. Friendships and loyalties are tested from the start of this novel as J.D. Pence and George Unger, childhood friends decide to vie for the same position at a coffee company. Both unqualified for any position and J.D. loyal to himself only and George the underdog and misfit decide to apply for a job at BrewCorp where the best, hottest new coffee is about to take the world by storm. Job creator in Middlestop is convinced by J.D. to hire them both. The competition is on from the moment they meet with the President and hear his speech telling the new recruits that anyone that can create a unique and great plan for company growth and sales will be promoted to vice president of the company. J.D. wants it badly and is determined that he will be the one that rises to that position that is when he takes time out from hitting on all the girls and can create the one of a kind plan he hopes will help him rise to the top. Creating and pitching a plan for a one-of-a kind data pipeline should have been his ticket to fame but sometimes the best laid plans do not come to fruition he is undercut by George who gets the promotion and now the war and revenge is on. How will he learn just why George was promoted and what is the truth behind it? J.D. gets the spot to create this pipeline but not before doing some recon work to learn more about George. George seems overwhelmed at times and not really up to the task of being an officer in this company run by taskmasters that will not tolerate questioning their reasons or even allowing anyone to change target dates even if the product and production line won’t and can’t comply to their directives. But, J.D. is smart and is able to create this pipeline hoping that when the entire thing is in place the coffee that comes out will be perfect and golden. The sarcasm, the stunts and the overpowering drive that J.D. has will show readers that he will stop at nothing to get what he wants.
He and George decide to room together until J.D. decides the arrangement needs to be terminated. J.D.’s work habits and his moral ethics are seriously unsound and should be questioned but everyone is so concerned with their own problems and projects no one really notices what he’s doing. Cerri is one of his conquests that George hoped to date except J.D. one that round first. There are several others that he wants and dates but when they realize how he operates he might realize that will backfire too.
George is seriously odd and something about him makes J.D. place surveillance cameras in his room and what he learns will make the reader wonder if George is human or not. Things spiral out of control as J.D. blackmails George into making sure that he can enter his special club and what he sees will enlighten him into a world that he would never expect to become a part of .
What about his position there and is there something that he does not know? J.D. and George are treading on thin ice but which one will sink first and where will they both wind up when all is said and done? What is the real purpose of the the fifty percent discount program that they offer to good citizens and the forms they need to fill out before being allowed in? What about the assessment they are given and then the coffee that is their reward plus the discount on items just for one day? What is behind all of this?
J.D. latches on to information that sends him to working with Swat teams and other law enforcement people when he realizes just who and what he is working for. Cerri and her mother Mrs. Morgan are in with some type of group that promises never to wrong others, lie and much more making them seem holier than thou. When J.D. realizes that the coffee they are making is primed to make people sick and he watches the VP’s turn into something less than human..George is hiding and hoping not to be seen and the ending will shock readers into wondering if this is real or just an illusion or bad dream.
J.D. is arrogant and self-absorbed and refuses to not take the spotlight yet at times his superiors and even George who just wants to survive and live another day beat him down. But, J.D. thinks that he has come on to something and will stop at nothing to fix what the higher ups have forced him to put in place. He is rude, at times aloof to the rules of society and when attending the wake of someone named Callie he seems to come apart or thinks she is supernatural and trying to communicate with him. Loyalties are tested and friendships are broken and the only person that seems to care about J.D. is Cerri. Meet the higher ups of the company and hear what they intend for BrewCorp and what their new coffee is intended to do and why does it have not the golden brown color but red. The ending will
George only wanted to be on the top but what was in the coffee and why did some find it made them sick? Chief Warren and his swat team hope to take down what these people have started and when J.D. tries to get out of a meeting the end result will be explosive. What exactly did Mrs. Morgan want J.D. to do and what did she want him to get his bosses to drink and why?
Is J.D. considered a whistleblower or someone who wanted to make sure that humanity was safe? He recounted everything that he had seen while working for BrewCorp and he even related to them the highlights from his surveillance of George’s bedroom and the videos on his phone. His goal was to obtain or get a search and seizure warrant inside BrewCorps headquarters but he felt this would be the way to go because any paperwork citing a probable cause that might just end his career. He decided on a warrantless operation with the presumption that there was a danger to BrewMart customers. J.D. and Mrs. Morgan outline the entire confidential plan on pages 246- 250.
When both sides face off with each other this is one battle that will make history as the humans vs. the nonhumans take center stage and the end result is horrifying. The ending is graphic as we learn the fate of J.D., George, and the executives Sytry, Hall, Duke, Mike, John and GL and many others as the author takes aim at what happens when greed, abuse and power hungry people take on the most powerful drink in the world COFFEE! A relationship or friendship between two men that is extremely close but does not involve sex is the other issue at the center of this Bromance novel by creative author Andrew Montlack. George and J.D. had this type of relationship more like love/hate at times. But, each one’s fate is revealed. The next time you put on a pot of coffee or buy one from a barrister make sure you know where that famous brown/golden smell or DRIP is coming from!
Fran Lewis: Just reviews/MJ magazine