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Team Player is a humourous glimpse into the IT industry and the effects of capitalism on the spiritual growth of the world. Malcolm Gray is caught up in a plot to destroy the world whilst trying to avoid yet another marketing meeting for a product he has never seen completed in his 5 years of working for the company.
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The review of this Book prepared by Louise Karczmarz

Hours after finding out that he's been married for
four years, Malcolm Gray stumbles across another
revelation: the company he works for, ErectSoft INC
(the world's largest software developer), has never
actually produced a product and never finished a
single project. The company employees thousands of IT
workers, hundreds of whom have taken to jumping off
the top of the headquarters building on this
particular day.

As Malcolm learns the startling truth about the
company he works for, he also blunders into a plot by
a group of psychotic marketing managers to plant an
eavesdropping bug into the computer systems of
potential clients “to save them from dealing with the
wrong company”.

But, it turns out that this is only a front for an
even bigger plot – a plot to destroy the entire
universe. The headquarters building (an exact replica
of the Leaning Tower of Pizza, but a couple of
thousand feet higher) is a beacon that summons a
sinister force from the edges of creation.

“Team Player” is a satire on work in the twenty-first
century, particularly IT work, and how its absurdity
affects the way we feel about ourselves and the world
around us. It's also about that important “life
ingredient” that hundreds of years of the Protestant
Work Ethic has destroyed: magic.

The review of this Book prepared by Biff Mitchell

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 30% Tone of book    -   humorous or laughable FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Spying & Investigations    -   Yes What is main char. doing?    -   unraveling a conspiracy Parody    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   business executive    -   computer programmer Age:    -   40's-50's


Earth setting:    -   near future (later in 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   orgies    -   lesbians! How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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