Final Descent

By T.D. Arkenberg

General fiction | Paperback, Hardback, eBook


First Class Betrayal Everyone hates the airlines, and Intercontinental’s no exception. Economic headwinds, executive infighting, and a concession-weary workforce generate turbulence, feeding the media and Congress a diet of sensational service failures. Richard Weston, Chairman and CEO, will use any means to crush dissent. His goal? Keep the company airborne long enough to sell it. Leaks of his scheme could send the airline into a graveyard spiral. Charting a course of deception, Weston enlists the aid of diabolical, Ingrid Shattenworter. The pair tap grizzled company veteran, Hap Sweeny to polish the airline. And Sweeny’s got just the guy to calm employees, Jim Abernathy, a young idealist who loves Intercontinental as much as Sweeny – perhaps more. Jim has an adoring wife, Julie and a satisfying job. One thing’s missing – a baby. Getting pregnant is their top priority, but Julie fears Jim’s job will make him an absentee parent, or worse, send him to an early grave like his father. Ignoring his wife’s warnings, Jim accepts Sweeny’s offer, pulling away just when the couple’s goal is within reach. At work, forces conspire; the current culture won’t surrender without a fight. And rather than pacifying employees, Jim stirs them up. Weston commands Sweeny, torn between love of the airline and loyalty to his boss, to rein in the maverick before the place ignites. A flight to Frankfurt provides the stunning climax. A story of love and betrayal, the book appeals to anyone who’s toiled in the corporate world, juggled home and work, or stepped onboard a commercial airliner.


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First Class Betrayal Everyone hates the airlines, and Intercontinental’s no exception. Economic headwinds, executive infighting, and a concession-weary workforce generate turbulence, feeding the media and Congress a diet of sensational service failures. Richard Weston, Chairman and CEO, will use any means to crush dissent. His goal? Keep the company airborne long enough to sell it. Leaks of his scheme could send the airline into a graveyard spiral. Charting a course of deception, Weston enlists the aid of diabolical, Ingrid Shattenworter. The pair tap grizzled company veteran, Hap Sweeny to polish the airline. And Sweeny’s got just the guy to calm employees, Jim Abernathy, a young idealist who loves Intercontinental as much as Sweeny – perhaps more. Jim has an adoring wife, Julie and a ...


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T.D. Arkenberg, an accomplished airline executive, left the corporate world in 2008 to pursue his dream of becoming a published author. He has completed two novels. His first, Final Descent is the story of a dysfunctional airline and the three men who battle for the company’s soul. His second, JELL-O and Jackie O. tells of a boy growing up in the late 1960s who escapes family struggles with the aid of an active imagination and Jackie Onassis. A third novel, None Shall Sleep is set for late 2015 release. He's currently at work on a memoir, Two Towers, that focuses on his work at United Airlines during the tragic events of September 11 and the near simultaneous deaths of his parents. T.D. is an alumnus of Chicago’s two oldest writers groups, Off Campus Writers’ Workshop, and the Barrington Writers’ Workshop. He is now active in the Brussels Writers Circle. T.D. received a Master of Business Administration from The University of Chicago, with additional studies at The London Business School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University, majoring in English Literature & History. T.D., his spouse, and their Golden Retriever relocated to Brussels, Belgium in January 2014. Visit T.D.’s Blog at www.TDArkenberg.com to read about their adventures.


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T.D. Arkenberg, an accomplished airline executive, left the corporate world in 2008 to pursue his dream of becoming a published author. He has completed two novels. His first, Final Descent is the story of a dysfunctional airline and the three men who battle for the company’s soul. His second, JELL-O and Jackie O. tells of a boy growing up in the late 1960s who escapes family struggles with the ai...


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