Saving the Karamazovs

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Set in the unstable business world of the 1990 Gulf War, Saving the Karamazovs tells the story of three brothers whose good intentions and dysfunctions pull their family into an ugly war of its own.

Twenty years after a heroic but bloody tour in Vietnam, Jeff Bascomb fails to protect the people who depend on him. A financial scandal puts his company and his family in jeopardy. More

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  • Category: Fiction » Business
  • Words: 138,650
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781452498379
About Gary Goldstick

GARY GOLDSTICK

Gary Goldstick draws on his career as a Certified Management Consultant who specializes in formulating and implementing business and financial strategies to enhance company value. Since 1980 he has managed the turnaround, restructuring, revitalization and liquidation of approximately 300 businesses that were under-performing or in financial distress. He has been the CEO, COO or debtor’s financial advisor in companies representing a broad range of industries including those involved in manufacturing, distribution, construction, farming, mining, services and retail. He has served as a Chapter 11 trustee and a state court receiver. He is currently the Manager of three Venture Capital LLCs. That were formed in the late 1990s and capitalized for $75 million dollars.

Gary was appointed Chief Operating officer of a large integrated vegetable processor that had been in a substantial loss position. He restructured the management team, implemented disciplined financial planning and reporting, and spearheaded the expansion of a major new product line, the “baby carrot”, now a staple on supermarket shelves. As a result, the firm achieved pre-tax profits of 12% within two years, was refinanced, and ultimately purchased by an investor group.

As Chapter 11 Trustee of a windpark utility with $40 Million of assets, he directed the efforts to refurbish the wind turbines and restructure the maintenance organization to achieve a 100% improvement in revenue. The newly profitable utility was restructured pursuant to a confirmed plan of reorganization.

As financial advisor to the CEO of a diversified food distributor Gary directed the effort to extricate the company from a failed acquisition. This was accomplished through the sale of the major assets and the discharge of debt via a bankruptcy proceeding.

Prior to forming G. H. Goldstick & Co., Gary was the founding CEO of an electronics firm that engaged in the development, design and manufacture of memory systems, light pens and special purpose computers. Gary authored several published papers on the subject of electronic circuit design and analysis.

Gary holds bachelor degrees in liberal arts and mechanical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from UCLA and master’s degree in business administration from Pepperdine University. He is a member of the Institute of Management Consultants and the Turnaround Managers Association.

Gary is the author of Business Rx: How to Get in the Black and Stay There, published by John Wiley & Sons and Romancing the Business Loan: Getting Your Banker to Say “Yes” in the 90s, his most recent book, Saving the Karamazovs, a novel, was published in 2012. .

He has authored several articles in trade newspapers and magazines, conducted numerous seminars, appeared on national radio and television and has had frequent engagements speaking before a variety of organizations.

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Martin Mosfeldt reviewed on on Aug. 21, 2013

Review by Martin Mosfeldt of Gary Goldstick’s “Saving the Karamazovs”

Business Fiction should be cerebral with a professional perspective, and Gary Goldstick’s “Saving the Karamazovs” represents the genre superbly. I enjoyed the read. Good fun, and realistic, too.

The story’s main characters are American baby boomers in their late thirties/forties, which puts us at the time of the Gulf war. That generation’s hedonism is dramatized through extramarital sex in public places and driving under the influence, but with an eye to today’s norms as in no drugs.

Besides being an author, Gary is also a management consultant. His concern for reputation is apparent in the character development, which, Gary’s clients will be relieved to know, is based on Dostoyevsky’s Karamazov Brothers. That being said, the borderline psychopathy exhibited by senior management when under stress is captured right on the spot.

The story’s hero started with an engineering degree, went on to manage engineers in the family’s enterprise “National”, then went to Harvard for a business degree, and is a partner in a Wall Street private equity firm. Dire circumstances recall him to National, and the company itself becomes the story’s protagonist. Middle-of-the-road Business Fiction!

The subsequent plotting is where this book stands out. Gary’s thirty years of business experience shines through, in that the story is error-free and thus believable by businesspeople. This narrative could have happened, and where it overlaps with reality, it did, right down to Intel’s surprise pullout from memory chips at that time.

When family values come up against corporate articles of declaration, relatives become antagonists, and fear of loosing causes first one, and then another stakeholder to press the panic button. Emotion shown through the characters’ dialogue becomes a dominant theme, and motivations like suspicion, guilt and anxiety, but also loyalty, take over.

The tale ends neat, logically and with a surprise educational bonus in the area of psychology, over and above what Dostoyevsky’s masterpiece delivered. My only reservation is, that Gary’s women characters tend to be wet dreams that think and act like management consultants when they’re not cooking or screwing.

Who will be entertained and educated by this book? Perhaps someone confronted with a dilemma of money and family? It’s an easier read than Dostoyevsky, and notwithstanding the women thing it’s more up-to-date. Gary’s knowledge is true, and it may teach a real leader to clean up the mess when reason is hijacked by emotion.

Martin Mosfeldt is a Danish businessman and author. He owns and manages several companies and holds degrees in engineering and business administration. More information about Martin is published on the Web, http://www.amazon.com/Martin-Mosfeldt/e/B00BS96DGM.
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