Spin marks the vibrant debut of author Michael Fidler, inviting readers on a wry, often humorous exploration of the unscrupulous marketing world while unearthing a heartwarming tale of self-discovery.

We follow the journey of Geoff Stradling, a perpetual underachiever etching out a living in a modest tech security firm’s marketing department. He is a potential managerial candidate, but his propensity to self-sabotage repeatedly blocks his path to success. As we meet Geoff, he is fresh from a breakup with his attractive girlfriend and suffering the sting of a missed promotion, snatched by detestable character readers will love to hate.

Geoff’s fortunes take an intriguing turn when his firm is absorbed by a mammoth conglomerate notorious for its ethically questionable practices. He soon realizes that the key to career advancement lies in compromising his integrity and sacrificing his friendships, a tempting proposition for a job he has always feigned disinterest in.

Fidler’s portrayal of Geoff is nothing short of masterful. Despite Geoff’s inclinations towards self-loathing and deceit, he emerges as a comically endearing character. Even as he veers off course, his struggle to preserve his self-proclaimed “good guy” image makes for engaging reading. Even in his darkest moments, Geoff’s humor shines through.

This applies to the extended cast as well. The profound bond between Geoff and his eccentric best friend, Steve, is portrayed with a touch of poignancy. Fidler impeccably captures their yin-and-yang dynamic, leaving readers wishing for a companion like Steve. The novel’s romantic subplot, featuring the sardonic Ella, is also deftly handled, adding another layer to Geoff’s unfortunate circumstances.

Spin serves as Fidler’s platform to educate readers on the crafty nuances of marketing spin, where blatant lies morph into subtle truth modifications. Geoff is the epitome of this paradigm, making the book’s business-oriented theme intriguing even for those generally uninterested in the corporate sphere.

Spin is an engaging blend of rapid-fire wit and deep-seated humor. With his cynical pessimism and unexpected charm, Geoff is an easy character to root for. In addition, the book displays an unexpected depth of sentiment, and though its conclusion may follow a somewhat predictable trajectory, it leaves the reader smiling with satisfaction. Overall, it is a delightful read that I wholeheartedly enjoyed.

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Posted on May 16, 2023, in Book Reviews, Four Stars and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.


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