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Book details
  • Genre:HUMOR
  • SubGenre:Topic / Business & Professional
  • Language:English
  • Pages:320
  • eBook ISBN:9781618426871

The Incumbent

Where Bill Shock Is Fatal

by Phil Dobbie

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When bright young graduate Jimi Jones is refused a job at VastTel, the nation's biggest phone company, he has no idea it's because the company actively avoids recruiting anyone with a spark of intelligence. Thankfully, the firm’s institutionalised incompetence means he gets the job anyway. What follows is an intricate web of murder plots, government conspiracies and rampant tanning. Oh, and the future of the entire nation.
When bright young graduate Jimi Jones is refused a job at VastTel, the nation's incumbent phone company, he has no idea it's because they actively avoid recruiting anyone with a spark of intelligence. Still, he persists with his goal of working there and eventually lands a job, thanks to an administrative error. He soon wins the admiration of media heir Damien Woodburner, a board member determined to drive efficiencies across the organisation, starting with its hopeless CEO Twistie Buffet. Realising his cushy job could soon come to an end, Buffet hatches a murder plot to kill Woodburner before the reforms take hold. Yet it's Buffet who first comes under fire, with a government sanctioned assault, also aimed at ridding him of his office. With the CEO recovering in hospital Jimi Jones is temporarily elevated to the top job and starts investigating what is going on in the company. He unearths secret documents exposing how, for years, the government has been using VastTel to employ those in the community incapable of finding a job elsewhere. There are hundreds of thousands of workers, all completely incapable of doing anything constructive. Aware that the whole scheme could backfire on them, the government's sinister Finance Minister initiates a 'Redundancy Program', that will kill everyone in the company. It doesn't quite go according to plan, thanks to the intervention of sexy young journalist Trisha Botherington, out to rescue her lover Jimi Jones from certain death. With the unemployment rate skyrocketing, the government is left with no choice but to start up a new phone company, paid for by taxpayers, to be used as the new dumping ground for those incapable of doing a proper job.
About the author
Phil Dobbie is a freelance broadcaster, podcaster, journalist, writer and marketing all-rounder. And he's been getting rounder all the time. He was born just outside Liverpool in the mid 60s, when you couldn't step out the door without tripping over a Beatle. These days he lives with his wife and two young children in the northern suburbs of Sydney. It was soon after his son was born that he decided to give-up corporate life and spend time doing what he enjoyed the most; writing and creating content. In The Incumbent he draws on his experience in Australia's telecommunications sector to create an alternate world, where incompetence and government interference abounds.
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