A 33 year old woman choose to go to war with the greed and avarice of big business, the overwhelming power of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, and a billion dollar shareholder lawsuit against her. Simultaneously, she chose to fall in love with a man who was engaged to marry another woman.
Kerri King's dedication and tireless work ethic had taken her to the top. She was the president and CEO of Iacardi & Sons, one of the largest and most successful commodity trading companies in the world. Everything was perfect, until the company was nearly decimated by the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Tormented by the loss of all but three of the company's New York employees, and driven to provide a source of income for the families and loved ones of the Iacardi employees who died on that terrible day, she begins the fight to rebuild the company.
Virtually all of the cards and circumstances are stacked against her. The company is broke. Charles and Mario Iacardi, the company's founders and financial providers, are dead. Peter Tavaris, Walter Deaks, and Billie Dukes, the three surviving New York employees, are vehemently opposed to Kerri's continuing leadership. Enerco, a gigantic Houston based energy trading company, conspires to purchase Iacardi & Sons, and employs every dirty trick in the corporate playbook to accomplish that objective. Desperate to salvage value for their Iacardi stock, the shareholders launch a billion dollar lawsuit against Kerri, and vote to have her removed as president. In her quest to provide financial relief to the estates of deceased Iacardi employees, Kerri choses to give away to the Iacardi estates every cent of the fortune accruing from her father's tainted trust. Her decision triggers disastrous consequences doled out by the Internal Revenue Service.
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The King Trilogy
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The Plot Thickens..
* A Few Spoilers *
The story centers around Kerri King who is now the president and CEO of Lacardi and Sons.
She had a series case of influenza on September 11, 2001 but she pulls through it right when 911 happens.
In London, Peter Tavaris, a senior trader for Lacardi postpones the conference so he can follow the news of the NYC disaster.
He has frequently been passed over by Charles Lacardi for senior management positions and also as president in favor of Kerri King.
He does Not like women, especially Kerri since he was passed over.
Miles Dennis, Kerri's mentor at Lacardi who has died in the attack, he had moved that money to Switzerland because Mike didn't want anything to do with it.
But now Miles is dead and the only people who know about that money is Mike, Karen, and Kerri who's the sole owner of that account.
Kerri wants to use that money to help the families of the Lacardi employees who had died on 9-11.
But no one knows if there would be questions when that money came back into the United States.
Kerri wishes to give it all away, equally to each family, as an anonymous donor.
but someone is going to try to get Kerri in trouble for tax evasion..
This was an engaging read with enough twists and turns to keep you wanting to read until the very end.
Overall, this was a good read and an excellent ending to the Trilogy.
Mathias Lenssen did really well with the narration for this book and the entire Trilogy...
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