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Thursday, 14 June 2018

VBT, EXCERPT, GUEST POST & #GIVEAWAY - The Multima Scheme by Gary D. McGugan


Suspense, fiction



Can Multima Corporation withstand another attack from organized crime? While billionaire John George Mortimer copes with treatment for cancer, the accomplished CEO must also ward off challenges for control of his sprawling fictional American empire both from within the company and from nefarious powers operating outside the law.

The Multima Scheme is a fast-paced account of the lengths to which organized crime can infiltrate large global corporations and seize control of respected businesses to conceal activities that are both illegal and immoral but generate billions. It’s also a story of survival – how individuals and organizations might react under intense pressures and the ease with which people can cross lines between what’s legal and what’s not.

Using his knowledge of how large multinationals operate – accumulated over 40 years working with major corporations around the world – author Gary D. McGugan weaves a tale of intrigue using a writing style that readers will find hard to put down once started.

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Howard Knight felt his pulse quicken as he glanced down at his watch. All hell was about to break loose in New York. His secretary would tell the waiting FBI agent something like, “It’s probably just a traffic delay. Mr. Knight is always punctual and will be here soon for your scheduled meeting.” Likely, she’d also offer coffee, and no doubt make small talk while they both waited.

In a few minutes, she’d give up and call Knight’s spouse at home. His wife would repeat the exact lie he told her the day before while his limousine sped towards Page Field in Fort Myers, Florida. She’d tell his secretary Knight wasn’t actually in New York. He was away solving some sort of business crisis in Brazil. Almost certainly, his assistant would become alarmed and immediately contact the pilots of the company’s jet.

It might take her some time to reach them. Both the pilot and co-pilot would be gradually recovering from a period of incapacitation but would eventually tell the secretary what little they could remember. They wouldn’t have much to divulge though, and would remain groggy throughout the rest of the morning.

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More than an Idea

It’s impossible to work at senior levels of large corporations for any length of time without realizing there’s a lot going on! Good management looks for new ideas. Marketing people look for ways to promote the company. Production looks for better systems to build widgets. Ambitious men and women look for ways to get ahead. Everyone seems to have an idea. What makes it interesting are those people who covert their ideas into schemes.

A dictionary definition of the word ‘scheme’ I like best suggests “a secret or underhanded plan; a plot.” Within every multinational corporation, there are schemes. Not every director is looking out for the best interests of shareholders. Some executives have personal agendas. Nefarious shareholders might have hidden and surprising reasons for owning shares in a company. But, when schemes mutate and consume a company, corporate health can become precarious.

In The Multima Scheme I show how complex life in a publicly traded corporation might become using a fictional plot highlighting organized crime. Organized crime is far more embedded in companies than many people realize. Sadly, criminal elements have infiltrated some of America’s largest companies and might even completely control them. The entertaining plot of The Multima Scheme reveals how even the most successful among global corporations might be vulnerable to penetration by unwanted groups. But I also want to remind people that organized crime is not glamorous, as it’s sometimes portrayed in movies or television. Nor is it a benign concept that doesn’t really affect us if we behave ourselves and stay out of trouble. Rather, inside a corporation it can become as perilous to the health of a company as cancer is to a human body.

For example, human trafficking is one of the greatest scourges of our global society enslaving thousands of women and girls in lives of pain, humiliation, and often early death. Organized crime controls that despicable activity. What if the same repulsive outfit trading in human suffering should also control the supermarket chain where we shop every week?

Fortunately, legitimate companies fight back against organized crime and John George Mortimer, the CEO of Multima Corporation (pronounced Mul-tee-ma), is a fighter. As an added challenge, I also gave him male breast cancer. Of course, I’m trying to do my bit to help increase awareness about that disease. But equally importantly, readers get a glimpse of his strength and character as he battles on two fronts. His struggle with cancer and the attack by The Organization create a story that is quick-paced, easy to read, and one that informs while it entertains. I challenge you to put it down once you start!

A successful business leader, speaker, and author, my most recent work is an exciting novel, The Multima Scheme.

I'm in love with the same special lady for almost five decades. In turn, we love -- and are incredibly proud of -- our daughter, our son, their spouses, and three remarkable grandchildren.

Family, friends, and hundreds of other wonderful people also populate my life, repeatedly creating rewarding experiences. I’ve had all this good fortune for many years, with reading and writing often playing integral roles.

I’ve loved reading as long as I remember and have enjoyed writing for just as long. For me, writing has taken many forms. Like most, it started with assigned essays as a student and then evolved with my business career. I’ve written letters, speeches, reports, ads, brochures, presentations, proposals, articles, and a blog. My first book was a work of non-fiction – NEEDS Selling Solutions – co-authored with my friend Jeff Allen.

Twitter: @3WeeksLessaDay

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  1. Thanks for making this information about The Multima Scheme available to your readers!

  2. I enjoyed getting to know your book and thanks for the chance to win :)

  3. Congrats on the tour and thanks so much for the opportunity to win. I enjoy getting to hear about new books that my family would enjoy reading.

  4. Congrats on the book tour. Thank you for hosting the giveaway and giving me an opportunity to win. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

  5. I haven't heard much about male breast cancer awareness since Richard Roundtree (the actor who played Shaft) revealed his battle with it years ago...very important!


  6. Thanks for all the comments! I agree with Anonymous. Increased awareness about male breast cancer is very important. I work it into The Multima Scheme and my first novel Three Weeks Less a Day. I'll also highlight it as part of the new novel I'm currently writing ... available in early 2019!