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Business Doctors: Management Consulting Gone Wild

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WHEN THE CORPORATE WORLD MEETS THE UNDERWORLD

Ivy League educated management consultant, Michael Schneider, gets hired by an unlikely client – a desperate mafia boss who wants to give a makeover to his family business that spans across gambling, drugs and porn. But the client's seductive wife and bumbling goons weren't part of the deal Michael signed up for.

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Paperback, 250 pages
Published April 16th 2014 by Booksoarus
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Sameer Kamat Hi Saumya,
Glad you liked the book.
I guess this was meant to be a review rather than a question :-)
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Hi Saumya,
Glad you liked the book.
I guess this was meant to be a review rather than a question :-)
Can you please post your views in the book reviews section?
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Sameer Kamat Sorry for the late response, Rajesh.

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Sorry for the late response, Rajesh.

There are no more paperback copies in stock. The book sold out within 11 months of getting published.

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Aditi
Jun 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-reviews, mystery
While reading this book, I cannot help myself from quoting my favorite author, Sideny Sheldon's remarkable words:

“Business is a game, played for fantastic stakes, and you're in competition with experts. If you want to win, you have to learn to be a master of the game.”

But for every business to run smoothly, a business consultant is certainly required to keep the business running. Even those underworld businesses require a business consultant sometimes, to keep the money flowing! Yes Sameer Kam
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Merril Anil
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Bravo ! Bravo ! Bravo !

First of all thanks to my book soul sister and G.R. Buddy (a named coined by her only ;) )Aditi Saha for recommending my name to the author and a huge hug and thanks to the author itself for actually going out of his way to get me a physical copy of his book. Truly touched by this gesture. Fortunately I do not have to sugar coat and can honestly say that I loved the book.

Anybody who knows me are well aware as to how big of a prejudice I am against Indian authors and n
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Srividya
Before I go onto reviewing the book, let me explain my rating. It is 3 stars for the overall book as I liked it and that single extra star is for an amazing concept that has been captured and presented beautifully by the author.
What happens when management consultancy is forced to enter the world of crime and mafia? Well, very simple, this book and its story. Right from the first page, the book is a page turner where you definitely want to know what happens next. Exceedingly funny in parts, espe
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Em*bedded-in-books*
3 to 4 star
Macho book
Review follows

it was quite different from my usually preferred genres. I am somewhat hesitant to read thrillers involving mafia and nefarious activities, but am quite comfortable with Sophie Hannah/Elizabeth George/ Gillian Flynn/Barbara Vine sort of dark psychological mysteries.
But contrary to my expectations I did enjoy it as the writing was crisp, scathing and grammatically accurate, for once. I learnt a lot about the way businesses, prisons, gangs and casinos function.
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Aarati
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I got a copy of this book from the author in exchange of an honest review

When I first read the title of the book, Business Doctors, I never thought I would read the book. I mean it sounds so technical. I thought it would a book talking about business management or something equally boring. But it's tagline; Management Consulting Gone Wild did make me curious. So after reading the synopsis, I decided this book was worth a try. And I'm happier for that. This book took me on one hell of a ride .
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Jaideep Khanduja
May 25, 2014 rated it liked it
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Book Review: Business Doctors by Sameer Kamat: Management Consulting Goes Wild To Revive Mafia
Business Doctors: Management Consulting Gone Wild written by Sameer Kamat and published by Booksoarus is an interesting, comic and fun carrying story to engage with. The story is about economic downtrend worldwide that imposes lot of pressure on corporate and consulting firms. One of the consulting firm belongs to Michael Schneider, losing its existing clientele i
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Momzi
Jun 21, 2014 rated it liked it
"In the business world, there is no gray. Either you are black, or you are white-washed".



A huge thanks to the author, Sameer Kamat, for giving me an opportunity to read his book, and in exchange write an honest review for the same.

BUSINESS DOCTORS by Sameer Kamat, an entertaining read, I end up finish reading it one go.


The book provides a good idea about the management consultants' job in a witty and thrilling way.

Very Bollywood style.Can be made into a movie.it has everything ( humor, kidnappin
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Abhishek
Jun 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Business Doctors by Sameer Kamat has quite an unusual theme, marrying two different areas of management consulting and mafia. The result is an interesting and entertaining read that keeps the reader excited to find out what would happen next.

First of all I would like to thank the author for providing me a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.

Moving on to the book, it can be divided in two parts:
The first part deals with the Forming, Storming and Norming phases of the group of ma
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Pooja Anand
My overall rating for the book is * but as system doesn't allow, I am giving it 2. Somebody suggested this book to me as a crime thriller. And after checking few reviews I was all excited to read it. But, 7% of the book and I was thanking myself for purchasing the e-book version instead of hardcover.

Written by Sameer Kamat, Business Doctors is a fiction where a corporate consultant was pulled into a consulting assignment with an Underworld gang, which was involved in all the business that are il
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MconsultingPrep com
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As a former McKinsey consultant, I found it difficult to write even an email about work to my family, as the industry is too specialized and fast paced. Yet, Mr. Sameer Kamat managed to cook up a whole 700 page fiction book about consultant’s life: “Business doctors ”. One of his greatest successes here, I must say, is to make consulting seem like a promising adventure.

The one thing I love most about this book is the simple yet bizarre storyline. The incredibly indulging plot of this book can ke
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Privy Trifles
May 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
The premise of the book is very exciting and that is what pulled me to this book. Very rarely do you find Indian Authors venturing into such a genre and doing perfect justice to it also.




The plot is gripping and the narrative does complete justice to it. The characters and all look straight of a thriller movie. The author has done excellent job in ensuring your attention from the first page and never letting it deter. Throughout the book it feels as if you are watching some edge-of-the-seat-thri
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Misha
Jul 02, 2014 rated it liked it
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Harsh
May 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Interesting Ride and keeps the readers stick to the pages.
You gain insight about the world of Management Consulting, Underworld businesses, Drugs, Casinos , Adult Industry. Talks a lot about Jargons and Business terms coined by Management Consultants to impress the Clients.
Maniparna Sengupta majumder
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
" What do you do when you have toothache ? "
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" Well , I go to a dentist ."
" And what do you do when one of your key men get held up in jail ? "
" I get my lawyer to bail him out "

The crux of the above conversation between Woody and his wife Angie is , that we turn to professionals when we fail to understand or find it difficult to handle problems on our own . And this conversation is the very base of Sameer Kamat's latest publication , Business Doctors , where Ivy League educated ma
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Anuj Sharma
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
I would actually rate this book 2.5 out of 5. However as goodreads doesn't has a decimal rating system I went by the description of their stars which says "it was ok" for 2.

Honestly my feelings for this book are so complicated that it is for the first time that I will have to rate and review a book in parts. The first quarter of the book is pretty okay. It feels a little tedious in the beginning but gradually evens out. The middle part of the book meaning the second and third quarters are excell
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Swati
Sep 17, 2014 rated it liked it
One of a kind

First and foremost, I would like to thank the author for providing me a copy of his novel. And here is my honest review of the same.

When I got my hands on this book, my ‘bibliophile’ antenna wasn't exactly catching strong signals and I did not know what to expect. True, the title isn't exactly one that invokes the ‘reader spirit’ but, as we know, looks/ titles can be deceptive (Hell a reader buddy of mine learned this the hard way when she picked up a BDSM, a genre she hates to the
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Sakshi Agarwal
Aug 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
An Engaging read!!!!
First of all, I would thank the author "Sameer Kamat" for a free copy of the book in exchange of an HONEST review.
And thats what we are here for!!
Review...An Honest one....

As I said on the top, its an engaging read.
I finished the book in One and a half day.
An unusual plot of a Management Consultant who gets hired to save a business and not just any business...An Underworld Business...
But Why?
Why would he do that?
to make his ends meet?
to pay the next salaries of his employees
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Akhil Mehta
Aug 19, 2014 rated it liked it
The premise of a novel about management consulting in crime syndicates is an interesting one. Although there are many stories of brilliant strategists as the ever dependent and loyal consigliari, the practice of seeking advice about the business is from someone within the syndicate.

But Woody (The Mob Boss in the book) dares to think outside the box. He engages Micheal Schnyder's firm as advisers as a last ditch attempt to save his failing conglomerate, which has a cannabis retailing division, a
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Vinit Jayarajan
First of all, let me thank the author, Sameer Kamat for giving me a personal copy of the book. The Business Doctors is a quick interesting read. The plot of the book is unique, since the use of management consultancy for operating underworld activities is unheard of. The protagonist of the book, Michael Schneider runs a consultancy firm which is affected by recession and the underworld kingpin Woody is facing serious financial crisis in his ‘business’ empire. When Angie, Woody’s trophy wife reco ...more
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Michael Schneider owns a management consulting firm that is just another company that is undergoing the pressure of the downtime of the economy. Keeping his business afloat in the current market situation is becoming tough and tougher. Just then Michael is approached by Stephen Woody, a mafia boss who has inherited various family businesses, needing Michael’s expertise in the matter of business. Initially averse to the idea, Michael soon takes on Stephen a
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Shilpa
Jul 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

For someone who likes to explore different genres, the blurb did intrigue me. And the book did not disappoint.

The story begins when big time mafia gang WFB's business owned by Woody starts bleeding and are in need of some serious help. That's when he approaches Schneider Associates to fix them on his wife Angie's suggestion.
Oblivious of what they are stepping into they agree to have a look at the companies problems and get embroiled in the world of gambling, extortion
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Gaurav Gokhale
May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
The story of Michael Schneider and his consulting exploits, through the ugly mesh of drugs, deceit and sleeze is educational and thrilling at the same time. Modelled around the all-time classic, Goal by Eliyahu Goldratt, Sameer goes beyond the conventional good-boy hero story to come up with an all-grey star-cast.
Some of the scenes are worthy of mention, especially Chang's escape sequence at the very beginning, and the eventual twist of fate that awaits Michael as he concludes his assignment. T
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Nalini
Aug 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
When this book was recommended, I saw the word "Business" and cringed (I have a healthy dislike for anything business-related). But I don't regret reading it. If you're a Grisham fan, then you'll like this.

When a business consultant was asked to assist an underworld kingpin (yes! You read that right) to change the image and assist them in saving their dying business, he agrees. Little did he know this project would catapult him into the midst of dangerous criminals, a heated affair with the Kin
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Deep S
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, indian
A Unusual subject line for the book. I was caught into reading this book because of the plot.
A pretty interesting one , a Don ad his organization having ventures in all the aspects of underworld (casino, bribery, kidnapping, drugs , extortion and so on ..)
An in adequate boss gets the business into negative (losses , cant get the management bug out now :)).
A plotting and HOT wife (who will sleep with anyone to get her work done and keep the money flowing)
The ever so dumb members of the gang WFB.
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Sakshi Nanda
May 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
The premise on which the book is created is novel – an age-old system of unorganised business married to one of presentations and flow-charts, recruitment and induction, value-stream mapping and out-of-the-box thinking. Sameer has to have studied well (within the confines of his own cabin at work I’m guessing) both kinds to manage this smooth and interesting fusion – The Storming – Forming – Norming - Performing of it all.
To read the full review, please click here:
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Manpreet Kaur
May 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
The book is quite interesting and impressive due its well planned and awesome narrative style. The plot is good and really does a good job to build anticipation in the readers and make them flip pages again and again.
The author has also put in some humor in the book at places and overall, book gives you a lovely reading experience.
The complete review is obviously on my blog, but if you want to hear just yes or no about this book, it's a big YES.
It's a good book and do give it a try. :)
Gordon
Nov 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was an unexpected surprise and a very pleasant one at that. It's been one of the most fun reads I've had all year.
Don't be fooled by the title. It's not a boring business book. It is simply a great little story that is well written with good characters.
If you like James Patterson then you'll like this.
Seeta
May 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Imagine being a business consultant for the Mafia. If that is not enough, imagine analyzing gambling, drugs and porn for the business processes they follow and providing an approach for re-engineering them. Sounds crazy right? It did to the Consultant in me when I first read the blurb on Sameer Kamat’s latest book “Business Doctors”. How could it be I wondered, stepping away from the regular corporate world and applying those very management fundas to the underworld? Wild. Exactly how the Author ...more
Ashwini Nocaste
Apr 06, 2014 rated it liked it

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A self-published novel by a first time fiction novelist might not be the best way to create a literary brand, because as a rule, proficiency tends to take a beating in an environment of profusion. Starting a review with a caveat like that may tend to alert readers to what may lie ahead, but I must disarm any such apprehensions by attempting to direct your attention to the novelty that is the essence of the book, “Business Doctors” by Sameer Kamat . As I s
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Rochak
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Being a recent MBA graduate I have a lot of interest in fiction related to business houses - banks, conglomerates etc.
Well, I have read a few works by Stephen Frey about life in high finance "financial thrillers" if you will. And it was a refreshing experience to read Business Doctors, that does the same thing for a boutique management consultancy. Without any doubt, I can say that a few more books like this and we can say that Stephen Frey is to Wall Street what our very own Sameer is to consul
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“Woody sat on the edge of the table and looked intently at one of his goons. “Ray, what do you do when your tooth hurts real bad? “I use a spanner, and yank it out real hard. The big ones you get at Walmart for $19.99 work really well.” Woody shook his head in despair. Ray wasn’t exactly a top contender for Mensa membership. This was going to be more difficult than Woody had thought.” 1 likes
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