Hill and Dee Power
Wilson, CEO of Wilson Industries (a conglomeration of family owned
companies that have a combined income of nearly $100 million annually),
is now facing a downturn in their finances.
chief financial officer, Charlie (Charlotte Ann) Travis, tells him
they need new capital and need to cut back.
Stuart Trent into the company as the new Vice President of Marketing.
But Charlie has reservations about him.
best friend, Mike Thornton, from their college days at Brookstone
College in Wisconsin, is Dan's Lawyer. They share a past in football
at college with Mark Reid and Kelly McCluskey.
had a brilliant future in the NFL, but was killed in an auto accident
during preseason tryouts. His fiancee, Kelly, has established in
Mark's memory a charitable foundation, Second Life, that assists
the jobless, the homeless and the hopeless to rebuild their lives.
Krauss, a venture capitalist, with the help of Terrence Ward, head
of an investment banking firm, through chicanery, duplicity and
fraud forces a buy-out of Dan's company, leaving him with a failing
TV station and a food lab.
three discover that Stuart is a spy for Krauss. They struggle to
find financial backing in their attempt to buy back Dan's company,
whose employees are fiercely loyal to Dan and do their best to cause
has the contract for the Dallas-Green Bay Packers game. Dan plans
a half time broadcast of the old timers of the Packers, hoping to
stimulate viewing of the game.
coach of the Green Bay Packers is Brick Denton who hopes to bring
the new untried team to the past glory of the Packers.
loses government grants, has to close the foundation and flees to
Phoenix to Dan and Mike. There the three reaffirm their friendship,
but now include Charlie. The culmination of their struggle is the
game between Dallas and Green Bay. It is a suspenseful, colorful
and beautiful narration.
is not just a romantic financial thriller. It is a paean to the
Green Bay Packers. No football fan should miss the accounts of their
history, their players, their traditions. The loyalty of the Green
Bay fans through good times and bad is steadfast. The accounts of
the football games are graphic -- well done with the reader able
to picture the action.
machinations and deviousness of the take over firm are well presented
and chilling in their implications.
characters are well developed: the devotion and the frustrations
of Kelly; the perseverance of Charlie to gain financial help; the
bond among the four college friends; the dedication of Dan to his
family's tradition and the company employees; the mental anguish
of Coach Denton in trying to shape his team.
is a well constructed plot with something for everyone: romance,
financial maneuvering, and a terrific football story.