Alice N. York, who has worked in several marketing and sales positions in technological and global industries, has created an unforgettable heroine in her first novel, Game - Faint Signals. Just the thought of reading this book filled me with excitement. A story about a woman's world being turned upside down in such a way that there would be major implications for all involved sounded intriguing. I was not disappointed. The name is appropriate, as there are faint signals hidden throughout the book of something going on underneath the surface.
Alex's significant other drops her off for her first day of work at PsoraCom as part of the Vabilmo team. This team concentrates exclusively on the potential market for polymer-based solar cells. Alex absolutely loves her job, maybe that is why she is so good at it. She learns quickly because she asks questions about anything she doesn't completely understand. She communicates well with her co-workers and clients. Alex's abilities are noticed by her boss, as well as the other members of her team. Every job that she undertakes is a huge success. She is bringing a lot of business to PsoraCom. Thomas even lets her know that when his time as 'head of new businesses' is up, he would like for her to take his place.
Then she notices that her team members seem to be avoiding her. This is puzzling. She discovers that George, one of her team members, has gone to the works council and filed a complaint against her, a complaint supposedly on behalf of her entire team. Why? She meets with each member individually to find out the reason for the complaint. They accuse her of harassment and not being able to work successfully with the rest of the team. After all of the compliments she has been given by these same team members, as well as by her clients, she is understandably astounded. Unfortunately, some of her colleagues haven't taken her curiosity as a sign of wanting to learn more, they felt that she was questioning their abilities. She is told that fundamental changes to her behavior need to be made. Her father points out to her that because of her success, the bar has been raised for the entire team. Each of her colleagues now need to achieve at least comparably with her or people will start to talk.
While all of this is going on at work, there are other issues in Alex's life. Her mom has cancer and Alex is worried about her and how her treatments are going. Her relationship with her significant other goes from bad to worse until it is nonexistent.
There are many technical terms used throughout the book, terms that will be difficult to understand unless you are technologically minded. I know very little about the technology talked about in the book, but it was a great read. After all, Alex does work in the solar energy industry. If you don't completely understand all of the terms, it isn't something to lose sleep over. Comprehending the technological terms isn't necessary for you to be intrigued by this engaging story.
I won't fill you in on what happens, except to say that Alex's life is turned upside down by what is happening at work. She may not receive complete justice, but she puts an end to these events in a way of her choosing, not the way those she works with want to end it.
This book reminded me of David Copperfield. David Copperfield was a young man writing about how cruelly his stepfather had treated him and his mother. It was a book letting the truth be known once and for all. Game – Faint Signals wasn't written in the same style, nor did it have the same flowery language that Charles Dickens used. This is a woman telling the world how her place of employment, her colleagues, and her bosses turned on her without cause. This is the story of her unjust treatment and how she put an end to it.
This well-written book was sent to me free of charge by Capscovil Publishing. If you would like to purchase your own copy to read and enjoy, for your convenience I have provided an Amazon link below.