Tom Spears


Tom Spears earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Engineering from Purdue University, and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard University. He spent twenty-seven years working for four U.S. based public Corporations. During fifteen of those years he held a title of President or Group President. Tom retired from his last Group President position in 2010 to pursue his interest in writing fiction. He still consults occasionally, having expertise in manufacturing, engineering, pricing, strategy and corporate politics. Tom lives with his wife and six children in Ashland, Nebraska.

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Price: $9.90 USD. Words: 86,400. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Joan Priest has a secret, one that if revealed will turn her world upside down. In Brazil to rescue a floundering deal, she learns of her boss’ suicide and a note that implicates her in a huge embezzlement scheme. If she returns home, she'll likely be arrested. And while she had nothing to do with the crime, she knows her secret will come out. So Priest, alone and without aid, decides to run.
Lessons Learned the Hard Way
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 140,830. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Management
As we follow Samuels from one disastrous business situation to another, he points out the small epiphanies that occurred along the way. By the end of the thirty-four chapters, the reader will have gathered more than 150 of these gems. By studying his various stories, Samuels hopes to spare his readers a few of these same mistakes and experiences.
Price: $9.90 USD. Words: 101,090. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
There's trouble at Truephase Chemicals and newly hired division president Colin Jensen plans to get to the bottom of it. Taking a page from the television show "Undercover Boss," Jensen slips into the factory posing as new employee Conner Jackson. The cesspool of illegal activities he discovers there is enough to scare even the bravest of managers. Now he must decide what to do about it.
Pursuing Other Opportunities
Series: Carson/Lively/Eichmann, Book 2. Price: $9.90 USD. Words: 106,540. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Mark Carson is back as Matt Lively in this story of a corporate retreat gone wrong. Redhouse Consulting CEO Elwood Vilmont drags his unwilling management team to a British Columbia resort for meetings and “recreation.” While white water rafting a remote section of the Chilko river known as The White Mile, Vilmont goes missing. Is he lost? Or is something more nefarious underway?
Heir Apparent
Series: Joel Smith, Book 2. Price: $9.90 USD. Words: 105,790. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Patience may be a virtue, but wait too long, and it can cause the thing most desired to slip away. The CEO Killer won’t allow that to happen. Actions speak louder than words – and two brutal murders have already spoken volumes, leaving the business elite of Kansas City trembling in their palatial offices, each fearing they're next. Ex-CIA agent Joel Smith is hired by one terrified CEO to make
Navigating Corporate Politics
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 27,690. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Workplace culture, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Management
Navigating Corporate Politics is written for those new to large corporations, those confused by the workings of politics within their organization, or those with an emerging interest in politics who want to learn more. Once you've finished, you'll be fully equipped to understand your organization's political minefield, and will have the beginnings of the skills to become a master politician.
Series: Joel Smith, Book 1. Price: $9.90 USD. Words: 90,800. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Roger Follansbee doesn't know what to do. He's director of IT at ESS, a battery company with a new technology that will revolutionize the world of electrical energy storage. The company is pursuing a license with a German conglomerate when Roger gets a call from Geoff Sommers of the CIA, demanding he work with the Agency to gather information on the deal -- a possible national security risk.
Price: $9.90 USD. Words: 91,880. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Geologist Julia McCoy is in her first job, and seems to be the most unlikely person ever to challenge management at Matrix Corporation's Ethiopian mining subsidiary. Despite the apparent risks, she pushes EthioCupro's top two executives too far. She soon finds herself alone in the Afar desert with an injured companion, but that is only a part of what is in store for her.
Series: Carson/Lively/Eichmann, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 83,370. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Mark Carson, a manager at Global Guidance Corporation, finds his employer is leaking critical defense department secrets after a coworker dies in his arms. Spurning help from the police, Mark and coworker Cathy Chin investigate their colleague's death. The pair soon realize they're on the right track when they become the targets of increasingly dangerous discouragement.

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Smashwords book reviews by Tom Spears

  • Time and Again on Nov. 07, 2011

    I enjoy a story that is unpredictable, one that doesn't telegraph every turn of the plot so thoroughly in advance that the story is obvious before it unfolds. Time and Again certainly provided many surprises. From the moment the main character floats back in time to 1942, you think you know where this story is headed, but you don't. Time and Again is a well written exploration of modern and WWII military operations. The author, with many years in the RAF, certainly demonstrates his knowledge down to the details. I enjoyed the gritty realism of the opening helicopter crash, as well as other action sequences in the book. The heros and heroines are likable, the villains are generally despicable-- all in keeping with the genre. This book is a great read if you enjoy military action, thrillers, mysteries or time travel novels.