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The Book Publisher's Son

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A dazzling and finely paced saga mystery based on true events in the
midst of the digital shake-up in the book publishing industry.

Johannes Prittmann's family book publishing business is in trouble. The ageing owner has badly misjudged the force and speed of digitisation on the publishing business. However, his still successful firm has a reputation to be proud off, but
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ebook, 226 pages
Published February 8th 2018 by IRRESISTIBLE READS PUBLISHING
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Jacqui Letran
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love a good mystery filled with twists and turns and this book does not disappoint. Although a bit slow to start, the characters and storyline are interesting enough to keep me entertained and curious. Loved all the various places in which this story took place and the complicated dynamic between the family members.
Valerie Dickenson
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It took me a while to get into this story but then it gripped me and I had to keep reading until the end. A great story of intrigue and family dynamics. The story is set at the dawning of a new age in publishing, digitalisation. The main character, Tom, determined to save the family publishing business agrees to entertain this new idea but struggles to find funding. The story zips between Wiesbaden, in Germany, Paris and London and between the he tough world of corporate finance, and the ...more
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The tension and family infighting in this novel remind me so of "King Lear." Tom, a banker living in South Africa, returns to Germany at the behest of his dying father, owner of a once-substantial traditional publisher. Tom makes a promise to his father, tossing himself into a morass of infighting akin to a dog fight. Eventually he uncovers family secrets and digs to the heart of greed. THE BOOK PUBLISHER'S SON is literary fiction about standing strong on one's
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Samantha Burnell
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love travel and really enjoyed the novel the various location around Europe that were included. The dialogue is fast paced, believable and enjoyable and the characters well rounded. Sibling rivalry is explored, and the plot has enough twists to keep the reader entertained. Indeed the main characters musings at time are quite entertaining and bring some genuine humour to the read.
Jimmy
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A steadily paced white collar drama.

Being a writer myself, I was fascinated by the behind the scenes look at the book publishing industry and it had evolved in the last couple of decades. This book has a nice balance of family tension, intrigue, and real life situations. I found the inside look into the way the German book market functions to be particularly interesting.

The main character Tom is asked to save the business from unknown problems after the death of his father. Only to discover
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Tony Parsons
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Liz picked Thomas “Tom” Prittmann (40, eldest son/brother, narrator, banker) up at the Frankfort, Germany Airport.
Next stop, Steigenberger Hotel, to accept his reservations.
Wiesbaden, Germany. Villa Frieda. Mrs. Sabina Prittmann (wife/mother), Liz Ronald Prittmann (26, daughter/sister), Meg Ronald Prittmann (daughter/sister), & Lukas Ronald Prittmann (son/younger brother), were all there to welcome him home.

Mr. Johannes Walter Prittmann (husband/father, family-owned book publisher) had
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S.D. Mayes
May 01, 2018 rated it liked it
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.

This book has a good premise, a family saga about a family in conflict over their book publishing business, and this begins with Tom, the protagonist, attending his father's funeral in Germany. The writing style is perfunctory and straight to the point which I liked, however, I felt I was being talked at the whole way through the story. What happened to 'Show not Tell?' Reading a book is about being pulled into a story through imagery,
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Charlie
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a well told story of white-collar crime and family drama—a tale of the unrelenting pull of familial bonds and sibling rivalry in a traditional book-publishing family. Tom has been out of the family for years, but when his dad dies, he returns in an attempt to save the family business and his father's legacy. He discovers that some in the family have been at work to undermine his father and steal from the business, but there are threats from outside the family too. Now that his dad is ...more
Brian Groover
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Book Publisher's Son is a compelling memoir of a man who unwillingly returns home to take over his family publishing company after his father passes away. At his father's request, the only member of the family who has rejected being part of the business tries to bring the old school company into the twenty-first century, as digital publishing begins to take over print media.

It is a tale of greed, family rivalry, blind ambition, and loyalty. The protagonist much choose between loyalty to his
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Rajamayyoor
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very well written business drama with bits of family drama thrown in. Set in the publishing world, a dying publisher forces his reluctant eldest son Thomas to take over the reins of his business, with the hope that Thomas can save the company. Suddenly in the middle of a rapidly changing publishing business, Thomas tries to save his father’s legacy while staving off threats to the company from outside and inside.

The setup being the struggles of a publishing house intermingled with struggles of
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Cathrina Constantine
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As the author, Dale Stevens states in the afterword of The Book Publisher's Son, this is clearly a story of Unbridled Greed. Family greed and a conspiracy drama that drew my interest from beginning to end. Since this book is based on a true story, I was astounded of what goes on behind the scenes of a big time publishing arena. The pressures and strains of running a business are hard enough without a mother and a younger brother working against you. I especially liked the strong and decisive ...more
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