About the Book
Author: Garrett Addison
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Number of Pages: 207
Synopsis: Enter the world of an unnamed family man struggling in his pursuit of a work/life balance. Too much travel at the whims of his tyrannical boss, known variously as Stalin and ‘the Anti-Christ’, has left him failing at work and at home, but after his wife prophetically warns that his next trip will be different, he is suddenly a world apart from his usual self. Confident, capable and unafraid of his manager, opportunities abound as he embraces his altered state away from home.
What begins as a quest to reclaim his career and satisfy his ego soon descends into the pursuit for revenge on his boss. With nothing but success in his wake and seemingly limitless potential at his disposal, it’s only fitting when he is coerced to work with his nemesis in a remote corner of the world. It’s more than just a chance to get even after years of abuse, more than the opportunity for a confrontation; a final solution to what he sees as the bane of his life is on offer. What could possibly go wrong when he’s in his prime? Succeed or fail, either way this trip will be the making of him or the end of him.
Sometimes to get the measure of your life you just need a break from being yourself... because nothing lasts forever.
As the businessman prepares for yet another trip away from his family, in a job with little to no professional satisfaction, he vows to make this trip unlike any other. Trying on a new hat, he starts telling it like it is, he's confidant and self-assured and to his surprise clients and executives respond. But, even with his new found success, his boss never ceases to undermine him and continually puts him down. His new personality envisions an untimely death in his boss's future. This thought brings him much joy, but can he pull it off without getting caught? Forced to work directly with her in an obscure location, he may get his chance. But can it really be that easy?
I found The Traveller to be well composed and original. When the businessman, who is never named, begins speaking his mind it's almost comical. At first he's not sure how his colleagues will react, but when their response is favorable he takes it to the next level. I think the story is appealing because we've all felt animosity towards a superior at one time or another. Most of us don't act on the feeling, but the businessman, who could be any one of us, does what we sometimes wish we could. And the unexpected ending is the best part of all!
I recommend picking up a copy. Available on Amazon.