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Book Launch: Steve Lundin's new
Satirical Techno Noir Business Thriller


The Manipulator is a satirical techno noir business thriller about marketing, madness and the fast paced edge of our communications-rich society. Award winning marketer, humorist, speaker and uber-snark journalist Steve Lundin has wrapped his insider knowledge of advertising agencies, television networks and media campaigns around an outrageous story that could be a textbook for the undocumented realities of life in the field of mass communications and what's to come.

Lundin has translated his 25 years of experience working with hundreds of clients into the ultimate business novel. His own award winning over-the-top campaigns provided an authentic voice for book for a story that could only be written by someone who has worn the suit.

The story:

It’s 2018 and master media manipulator Jack Vance, CEO of Blowfish Communications, has just received a virtually unlimited marketing budget to launch the world’s first 24/7 all mobile un-television network. Vance’s solution to grabbing the nation’s attention against an impossible six week window rests on the development of Some Will Die, an intense reality show that guarantees the televised deaths of its morbidly obese contestants.

The scheme seems like a slam dunk unless Vance’s numerous vices and enemies curtail his bullet train into the annals of marketing history. Jump on board for a thrill ride through the furious over-the-top world of nouveau funded businessmen, trailer park con artists, bust out television stars, desperate news people, “made” men and slippery foreign government agents. And those are just the likable characters.

“Think Mad Men and The Hunger Games in the real world. Lundin combines all of the twists and turns of the business world via The Manipulator. A marketing thriller so close to the real world, it’s as scary as the guy who wrote it!”

-Jeffrey Hayzlett, NY Times bestselling author of The Mirror Test, and the host of Bloomberg TV’s C-Suite

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