Life in the Fast Lane: John Henry Brebbia
Within the pages of this complex novel that is a special love story that everyone has been rooting since their chance meeting. Alicia Farrell and Gibb Quinn are either destined to be together or forever adhering to the rules that her father set out for her, finding herself married to the wrong man and living a life that was created and orchestrated for her or will she decide to do something wild and daring. But, first let’s learn more about Gibb his new position with a company called Big Byte which is now focusing on new technology to replace laptops: Phablets and Tablets: Most have heard of the second but I bet you did not know that some of your smart phones, like mine which can email, write notes, do spreadsheets and even have word processing ability, is just around the corner. Big Byte is sending Gibb to China under the guise that he is going to try and get the Chinese market when in reality he meets with many people who are dedicated to helping succeed in a different way. The tour and the visit are enlightening and the people he meets most helpful but nothing prepares him for what he is going to endure when he returns home.
All through the visit, coming home and creating the advertising to build up sales for the PC’s and learning more about the market he is going to explore he wonders and hopes that Alicia will take up his challenge from the previous novel, In The War Zone, and find her way to join him in San Francisco on New Year’s Eve. But, sometimes things do not go as planned and although Alicia surprises Gibb and they plan a special night no one could stop what happened in the restaurant as a group of terrorists enter, want to take out the owner, plan an attack on the United States and what Gibb does is amazing as some bikers interfere, the two terrorists are shot and Gibb is considered a national hero. But, his evening is ruined, his safety is compromised and the secret is out that he and Alicia were together making her father, a powerful Judge more than angry.
Security in place, one terrorist on the loose and each one of them protected but for how long? Will they try again? Will they wind up apart as a result but first Gibb’s company is using the entire incident to create hype for the company, interviews with the press and hopefully will ignite sales.
Celebrity status comes fast and Gibb is promoted to account manager leaving others more senior in his wake. But, sales rise, perks increase and soon he is being swept away into a world filled with high finance, huge sale market predictions, trips and school paid for the Founder and less time to spend with Alicia and more on a whirlwind tour. As sales increase in many markets, the new designs and technology for the Phablets and Tablets established and the Chinese executives happy, things begin to fall into place for Gibb but in a different way. Security around him and Alicia is still tight, as no one really knows if the terrorists have anything else planned and if he and Alicia are still targets. Brave and taking his life into his own hands when the bartender was shot, Gibb stands to have to do more than just prove his worth everyday. But, hidden behind it all is Alicia’s father and mother who would rather have him buried and sent somewhere far away from their daughter and not attending Stanford Business School was she attends the law school.
Returning to Chatham in New England, after being railroaded out of town, he finds himself treated by others within Big Byte quite differently. But, how does Gibb feel about his newfound fame and celebrity? How does he really feel traveling as some would say in the fast lane to money and success? Parties, evens, different social circles and yet does he really fit it? With Josh Bingham, Jr. a member of the upper class and Gibb hoping to take the next step with Alicia what happens will not only place them in danger but also test their loyalties and love too.
As you learn more about what he is expected to do you begin to realize that the Founder and the General Manager, although praising him and rewarding Gibb for all of his efforts are really only in it for the money and sales. Do they really value him as a person? Do they really think that he is so brilliant that he can overcome obstacles and create miracle financial gains? What is really important to Gibb? Money, power, rewards or Alicia?
When Gibb returns home and begins working he learns that the threat to him has just started as the reality of who was killed sets in. Advised to get a permit for a gun and added by the officers that protected him, Gibb learns that the threat has just begun and that he is still in grave danger. But, it’s business as usual and Alicia now has a new roommate who turns out to have a connection to a powerful and rich Chinese Family.
Friendships formed within the group ad Tim and Amy Chan formed an alliance and Alicia and Gibb found their relationship strained and curtailed by the events that were to follow. Amy’s family owns Occidental Worldwide and the terrorists have their own dispute with Jimmy Quan her grandfather. Added in we learn that she has been given a clerkship along with Alicia at Madison Clark and things start to heat up but not in the way you think. Lives are in danger and when the four join Tim’s parents on a weekend cruise the end result would place all of them in moral danger as the terrorists are after Gibb for killing the brother of the head of al Qaeda’s assassination squads and he will stop at nothing to get Gibb. Mustafa Bahmani graduated third in his class from Pakistan Military Academy and this time he has decided to do the kill himself. With the help of Jimmy Quan to set the stage for what is about to take place and some other powerful people, Gibb places his life on the line.
Ever Bright is the company that is providing the technology for the Phablets and Tablets and Ever Bright’s future business prospects depends on this product line. Peter Lee the man in charge wanted the work done within seven days and Gibb puts his life on hold working with Li Hao and other members of the design team to make this happen. Phablet devices and production models were just some of what he needed to complete. But, a man named Colonel Jing Jinping a military representative would now play a different kind of role within this novel as things become dangerous and just when Gibb feels some sense of security the floor is taken from under him.
Within this story added in there is still one more plot of a young man who is out to create a deep wedge between Alicia and Gibb. With the help of someone else her ex-fiancé hopes to destroy her dreams of ever winding up with Gibb. Her parents as adversaries maligning him and her at every turn, using his past to create what they think a future with him would be, the prejudice and social injustices he endured when in Chatham the first time come reeling back again.
With the help of a man named Mike Doyle a dangerous plot and plan are in place and the bait is Gibb. Just how far will the terrorist go to destroy Gibb and get back at him for killing his brother? Just how far will Gibb go to risk it all and why? When facing the Founder and the GM of Big Byte and listening to some of the conversations and meetings you can tell that they value him and others only by their successes. So, you wonder why they stay and are loyal when you often realize they are not.
An ending that is explosive and one man that risks it all for the sake of honor, loyalty, the company as Alicia begins to reflect on their relationship, Amy and Tim make life altering decisions and Gibb Quinn learns the true meaning of Life in The Fast Lane! Just what does happen and will they bring down the terrorist? Will Alicia and Gibb ever have a moment’s peace and finally have that special night? Author John Henry Brebbia once again delivers a novel filled with suspense, experiences that we read about on the news, media that needs to be curtailed, a sheriff and undersheriff that are unique and four young people that risk it all for each other proving acceptance comes in a special way.
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