The Winner Maker

The Winner Maker BOOKS The Winner Maker By Jeff Bond Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Thrilling An Exhilarating And Emotionally Astute Mystery Kirkus ReviewsBob Fiske The 74 Year Old Dinosaur Who S Taught Honors English And Coached Varsity Football For Five Decades Is Missing.To His Winners, Class Favorites Fiske Designated Over The Years For Their Potential To Live Big, It S Heartbreaking Fiske Did Than Inspire With Soaring Oratory He Supported Their Ambitions Into Adulthood Four Of His Brightest Former Stars Reunite To Find Him, Putting High Octane Careers On Hold, Slipping Police Barricades, Racing Into The Wilds Of Northern Michigan For Clues About The Fate Of Their Legendary Mentor.Others Don T See A Legend They See An Elitist Whose Time Has Passed.When A Current Student Female Disappears Just Hours Into The Winners Search Amid Rumors Of Inappropriate Meetings, The Great Man S Reputation Is A Shambles.Feints, Betrayal, Explosive Secrets From Their Own Pasts As Facts Emerge, Each Winner Must Decide How Far They Ll Go For Fiske Can The Truth Redeem Him Or Has This Cult Of Hyper Achievement Spawned A Thing So Vile None Of Their Lives Will Survive Intact

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  • 01 November 2018
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  • 389 pages
  • The Winner Maker
  • Jeff Bond

10 thoughts on “The Winner Maker

  1. Mackey says:

    The Winner Maker is a uniquely blended, cross genre tale of the good and bad of over achieving and the price paid to become a winner The book opens with a very dramatic scene with students gathered around their awe inspiring honors English teacher atop the Chrysler Building in Chicago As the high achieving students are preparing for their individual presentation, one student shocks the crowd by dangling below the glass floor by a giant magnet However, the magnets do not hold and as the student plunges to his death, a white banner emerges proclaiming, Live Big, the teacher s motto for his private group of Winners Six months later, the book continues with the disappearance of this septuagenarian teacher and coach, Bob Fiske Four of his former students, all winners, gather to help locate their beloved teacher As they pursue clues to his disappearance, they must also confront secrets each holds dear, as well as the underlying tension from their own high school experience under the tutelage of Fiske Eric, a program developer aka the...

  2. Christine says:

    The Winner Maker is a debut novel that I picked up on a whim from the Read Now shelf at Net Galley I liked the sounds of the unique premise and was in the mood for a non police procedural mystery The story revolves around a group of young adults and their rather controversial high school mentor The main characters Eric, Steph, and Doug are all Winners, deemed so by said teacher as people who would be highly successful in life Several Winners are brought together ten years after graduation to help find their old advisor who has suddenly disappeared along with a 16 year old girl.For me, the first quarter of the book was a bit slow in setting up the story After that point, I was sucked in for the remainder of the tale I have one warning for potential readers one must be able to suspend belief to enjoy the book I found the believability factor to be compromised on several occasions, but after acknowledging that fact, I was able to carry on without issue and enjoy the ride This book covers a lot We have scenes of corporate dealings, IT businesses, high school counselor s offices, high school parties, happy domesticity, unrequited love, and people on the run I just have to mention tha...

  3. marilyn says:

    Over five decades, 74 year old teacher, Bob Fiske, has chosen, cultivated, and encouraged exceptional students that he designated Winners Bob goes missing and shortly afterwards a 16 year old girl he has been mentoring, goes missing, too A group of four of his Winners from ten years ago, come together to find Bob and hopefully, to defend his reputation and job, when rumors hint that he may have had an illicit relationship with the girl Among these four former Winners, along with the school mate who brought them together to brainstorm what has happened to Bob, secrets abound, all the way back to their high school days I found it strange that such busy, powerful business people especially married couple Doug and Steph and their former classmate Eric could drop everything to go look for Bob and the missing girl, since they had barely a clue as to where they might be or what happened to them But as I got farther in the book, it becomes ...

  4. Donna says:

    I m 28% done with The Winner Maker OK, I just can t do it any I hate to add another DNF to my list, but this one is so bad that I just can t go on I made it through Chapter 9 and I have no idea what s going t...

  5. K.P. Ambroziak says:

    For anyone who loves a good mystery Jeff Bond s The Winner Maker should hit the top of your list This well written, fast paced, perfectly plotted little gem is going to keep you enthralled and guessing And all your theories and predictions of whodunit will fall flat You won t see this one coming.But there s so much here taut dialogue, flawless language, multifaceted characters that actually grow, and a pace that s both breakneck and halting when details are necessary to build that delicious suspense It s the kind of book you read without realizing you re putting in the effort, which makes it hard to put down Had life not gotten in the way, I d have finished this in a single sitting It doesn t pull you in, it wrenches Like every great mystery this one has an outstanding sense of place At every turn, Bond details his surroundings and you can practically smell it, see it, hear it, taste it okay maybe not taste but I d never been to any of the places mentioned, and now I have Plus, he plops you down in the middle of the action and says, Hey watch this And y...

  6. Joan says:

    This novel got off to a confusing start for me with a prologue Around thirty pages in, however, I caught the prologue s connection to the plot and the novel took off I like the idea of amateur people trying to solve a mystery I like how the back story was woven into the current mystery as various characters remembered past events I like how the truth is revealed layer by layer We readers find out people are not who they appeared to be right along with the characters And there is plenty of suspense, much of it coming from not knowing who the villain is and who can be trusted There were many twists and turns that kept me engaged to the end.I highly recommend this novel to readers who love a complex mystery that is well crafted, has well developed characters, and plenty of suspense You ll be intrigued by the characters, surprised by...

  7. Denice Langley says:

    People have many names for the important people in their lives Mentor, leader, and in this case winner maker A teacher steps up to help and support high school students when they need it most, encouraging them to excel Years later, the teacher is missing and the students rally to help find him Also missing is another student, but it s unclear when the story starts how this student fits into the overall As the story progresses, these young ...

  8. Maria-Anne says:

    The Story of a group of overachievers who had been groomed by their high school teacher to become very successful in live Even after graduation he supports this group in many different ways but not everybody is what they seem to be 10 years after graduation this group gets back together because their beloved teacher has disappeared and they are ready to move heaven and earth to find him.This book has a bit of everything Typical high school atmosphere Corporate politics The influence a teacher can have on a student and how the students can be manipulated Does the teacher really has the best interest at hand for his students or is their accomplishments to higher his own self worth.The breakdown of a students self esteem when she find a note with disappointment next to her name Why was she a disappointment to her teacher I loved the ending where the student finds her own strength to follow her own path And no do go flipping to the end to see what happe...

  9. Kat says:

    Stunning, manipulative, like a map unfolding before youI will, as always, leave a through review in a few days on Instagram as well, and edit this one to mirror it.But I ve just finished The Winner Maker, surrounded by things I should have been d...

  10. Ruthie Jones says:

    Too many loose ends Discussion over The Winner Maker by Jeff Bond will keep you on the edge of your seat, long after you ve finished reading The author expertly builds the tension until you are mired in the mystery of who to trust and the thrill of trying to piece everything together What really happened 10 years ago at Prom While most people maintain a tenuous thread to their high school social events, the characters here are chained to that one fateful night A night that refuses to let them go and turns all their lives upside down years later.In The Winner Maker, nobody apparently knows the truth about anyone Everyone is innocent, until they re not until they betray you Until you find out who they really are The action doesn t stop for a second, and the story line tumbles deeper into confusion with each page But don t despair, the writing style maintains a clear forward momentum and keeps total confusion at bay What is left is a story that requires your full attention but is still entertaining and an absolute blast as each chapter reveals questions and answers and then even questions What a fabulous ride The characterization is spot on The main characters and supporting cha...

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