Rohmer has crafted an exciting and fast moving tale of adventure. Because of his own personal experience in war, the law and business, he is able to bring accuracy and realism to the storyline.The lone review of Caged Eagle was published in the Collingwood Enterprise-Bulletin. Other than that, the only mention anywhere came from the author himself in columns written for the very same paper.
– Cathy Knox, ‘Rohmer's Latest Thrilling and Stimulating’, Collingwood Enterprise-Bulletin, 7 March 2003.
“I have a heavy-duty Canadian Search and Rescue [sic] scene in my raunchy new novel Caged Eagle in your book stores [sic] now,” he appends to the conclusion of a 27 September 2002 piece on military rescue.
That no other papers seem to have paid attention is a crying shame because I’ve learned more about big business from Caged Eagle than any other book since Retaliation. No surprise that the lessons come in the form of a meeting. I refer here to Louise Peters' teleconference with the various Peters Group company executives.
(Am I correct that this is the first conference call we’ve had? After nearly three decades of meetings this appears unlikely, but I can't remember another.)
Unless on honeymoon, last-minute changes to executives' schedules are easily done.
Company executives will drop anything to speak with an employer’s hated, estranged daughter (even if she is a bitch).
A lesson first learned in Ultimatum, but one that needs be repeated. When chairing a meeting, lead with something the rest don’t know (“my mother and father were both killed in the crash of a bush plane”), then quickly switch to the familiar:
“As you are all aware, the controlling shares of each of your companies is held in a privately held offshore company based in Bermuda. My father was the chairman, CEO, and with one exception, the only shareholder. As you are also aware my father and I were deeply estranged and so I have no idea what his provisions are in his will as to the disposition of the estate… I assume that with my mother and father both deceased at the same time, the entire estate will fall to my brother and me."Lesson #4
In the world of big business, it is understood that estates are handed over to offspring, no matter how much they are despised.
Share confidential details of pending multi-million dollar business transactions, acquisitions and the like with anyone who announces that they are now your boss. Take immediate action when offered direction from same.
Ego stroking is good business practice:
“As you know, he and I have [sic] had our differences, very strong differences that have prevented us from having any association with one another over many years. We have [sic] gone our separate ways and that suited me very well.”This last lesson is so important that the author himself does it with "Peter Munk's fabulous Goldstrike open pit mine," and this bit about Allan Waters, who used the author's legal services:
Zolt added, “And you’ve done very well doing it your way, Senator. You’ve become one of the wealthiest and most influential women in Canada – and are about to become even more so.”
“Your father has been in negotiation with the Waters family in Toronto to take over the entire CHUM group, radio and television, including CITY-TV."And, finally, with this:
“That’s Allan Waters and his family, right?”
“Correct. Allan is the dean of Canadian private broadcasters, an outstanding, straight-as-an-arrow person. He and his kids hold about eighty percent of the CHUM stock.”
“I am aware that your father was keenly interested in picking up the Globe & Mail. Its profitability has been hammered by Izzy Asper’s National Post.”Hammered by Izzy Asper’s National Post?
Well, this is a work of fiction.