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Number of Pages: 546
Vendor: Outskirts Press
Publication Date: 2011
|Dimensions: 6.00 X 9.00 X 1.22 (inches)|
In his search for a new purpose in his life, he meets three women from his past who want to be part of his future. Donna, who gave herself to him in the past and has given herself to Christ now. Sally, the thrice married, twice divorced mother of three and Cindy, the Wall Street investment banker who is the key to financing a new acquisition. Each has a decidedly different objective. Past associates seek to draw him back into the telecommunications industry while new friends encourage him to find God's plan for his life.
When McCann becomes involved in a plan to acquire parts of his old company in an acquisition that could propel him back to a position of leadership, mysterious activities by Michigan's Governor may turn the acquisition into a disaster. As he seeks to regain what he has lost, McCann faces a series of tragedies that drive him to his knees. He makes his greatest acquisition and the opportunities for his future collide with the results of his past.
Acquisition is a provocative story of one man's search for meaning in life amidst the fast-paced world of telecommunications acquisitions filled with a tapestry of colorful characters from a small Michigan farming community and the financial centers of the country.
FredAvon Park, FLAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5noneMay 7, 2013FredAvon Park, FLAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The substructual conflict in this novel is complex and intriguing.
The characters in the unfolding story are clearly drawn and engaging.
The world of high finance in the telecommunications industry needs to be understood by the reader for the characters to become real. Zinnecker manages this very well because of his personal professional background.
As the story unfolds we discover that the primary conflict is not, however, in this world of business. It is in the heart and mind of the protagonist, Wilson McCann. His is a journey of finding meaning and purpose for his life after experiencing disastrous loss in his business career. On that journey he moves to the small Michigan town of Farnsworth. Here he encounters a succession of entertaining and likable characters, most of whom have already found that meaning for their lives, and it has become for them a directional beam. They are unapologetically persons of faith whose stories are not oversimplified and who still find life a challenge sometimes, but they are people with confidence in their faith.
McCann's faith journey is, I believe, the major conflict interest in the story. It is a journey with roadblocks and detours, fear, disappointment and troubling times. It is not quickly nor easily resolved. The people of faith around him are the instruments of that resolution.
I particularly like the local United Methodist pastor, Chuck Hastings. He visits McCann at his farm early in the story. McCann is not fond of "Bible thumpers" and tells Chuck abruptly that he is not a candidate to be "saved." Chuck responds as follows:
"I came out here to welcome you to the community and to thank you for coming tour church. I came out to invite you to come again any time you're of a mind to. I came out here to offer you my hand in friendship and to say that I would be honored to help you any way I can. If your life needs changes, that's something between you and God."
And that is the way the story unfolds. As the novel concludes, it does so with what seems to be a rush of new characters and events...sometimes taking your breath away. You are coming to the finish line and you are, indeed, out of breath.
What a way to finish a story...breathless!
PeteCumming, GAAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5really enjoyed this book!May 7, 2013PeteCumming, GAAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I really enjoyed this book! I found it wholesome and heartwarming, and also inspirational as far as how to live as a Christian. There were so many interesting and intertwining plots with good examples of how to witness to others, love others, and have the right perspective about your career. The characters were developed so well. I highly recommend this book!
deborahBergen County, NJAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5very satisfying readMay 7, 2013deborahBergen County, NJAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The story and characters really stay with you long after you've read the last page. I found myself reading it slowly and enjoying the prose and not racing through to find out what happens and on to the next book. It has it all - human stories, business, faith and how they all intersect, just like in real life! Well done.
ROBERTSAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Highly recommendMay 6, 2013ROBERTSAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5""Acquisition" is an excellent roadmap as well as a reminder to what is most important in life; our relationship with God, family and friends. Wilson McCann, the main character in the book begins as an example of how people throughout life are distracted from what is truly important. McCann ignores this by selfishly consuming himself with his career and isolating himself for years from family and friends. As he experiences tragedies he finds that his relationship with God eventually brings him the comfort, happiness of relationships that he wished he had earlier in life. The book elevates the point that it is never too early and certainly never too late to establish a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Acquisition brings forth interesting characters and several plots that are suspenseful and entertainingly fun to follow. Although centered on a specific industry the point of "Acquisition" applies personally and universally.
Robert Zinnecker effectively demonstrates an in depth knowledge of the past and future telecommunications industry giving the reader a ringside view of the regulatory, political and egotistical facets of corporate acquisition wheeling and dealing.
The book is a very compelling portrayal of Corporate America that can devour the lives of its employees that many have experienced or could easily empathize with on a personal basis.
Whether you are a born again Christian, or one questioning the validity of God, the book will strengthen your spiritual passion or possibly open a door to your own personal relationship with God. Acquisition is well worth reading. It is a riveting novel with well-developed themes that keep your interest from beginning to end. I strongly recommend it.
MartiFairport, NYAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great book filled with life application truthsMay 6, 2013MartiFairport, NYAge: 45-54Gender: femaleI read Acquisition while on vacation. I was a little frightened by the length of the book, but the book was so captivating that I moved through it quickly. The best part for me was the scripture and how the author was able make it meaningful for many seasons of life. I found it very convicting, really making me think about my own decisions in life. I loved that there was a love interest and was surprised by many of the twists and turn of events. I did find the Acquisition jargon a little confusing at times, but it did not distract from the theme of the book. I also enjoyed the characters. There seemed to be all walks of life represented. I loved how McCann was so genuine. I will definitely recommend this book to my friends. I'm grateful for a book that shows how the Lord's word can be real in our lives if we choose
Author: Robert W. Zinnecker
Located in: Penfield, New York
Submitted: May 08, 2013
Tell us a little about yourself. I am is a 55-year veteran of the telecommunications industry. I spent 33 years with CONTEL Corporation managing operations in Michigan, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Colorado. In 1983, I came to New York as President of CONTEL of New York. In 1991, I became President of the New York State Telecommunications Association in Albany and remained there until my retirement in 1998. I currently operate a consulting service providing practical management assistance for todays changing world.
I am active in civic, religious and industry organizations. I am a member of the Board of Directors of Empire Telephone Corp. and the North Penn Telephone Co. I am a Senior Certified Professional Manager and Charter Member of The Institute of Certified Professional Managers, and the Independent Telephone Pioneer Association. My wife and I attend Penfield Wesleyan Church where I am a member of the Local Board of Administration and Assistant Business Manager. I am a mentor for SCORE and frequently participate in workshops and seminars on the subject of Business Planning. I am the author of Acquisition (2011) and Sell Out (2013), Christian fictional novels set in the telecommunications industry. I have also written numerous articles and devotionals that have been published in religious and business media. I have four grown children and eight grandchildren. I and my wife, Elaine, reside in Penfield, NY.
What was your motivation behind this project? I wrote in the hope that this fictional story about a driven executives search for a more meaningful life could help others find a new purpose for their life through faith in Jesus Christ. As a telecommunications executive for 50 years, I found that anything I accomplished was due to arranging my priorities around my faith, my family and the company I worked for. Wilson McCann, the main character in Acquisition hasnt done that. Now his company is gone and he is searching for a new focus. He moves to a small town in Michigan, similar to the one I grew up in and populated with characters similar to those I knew. Once there, he finds himself being drawn in different directions by people from his past, including Wall Street movers and shakers, politicians and corporate wheeler dealers. He also meets new friends and associates whose priorities are different than his. All of us resist change and McCann is no different. He continues to resist a growing awareness that he needs a new faith until a series of losses literally drive him to his knees.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I hope that their lives will be changed by finding a new priority for their lives and the greatest acquisition a person can make - faith in God through Jesus Christ.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? I had to continually refresh what was important in my own life and try to keep my priorities of faith, family and career in proper perspective.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? My favorite author is Jack Higgins. I have been inspired by many of the people whom I have had the privilege of working with. Several of the characters in "Acquisition" are based on these people.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I have just published a sequel to "Acquisition" entitled "Sell Out".