A Perfect Ambition: A Novel

A Perfect Ambition: A Novel

by Kevin Leman, Jeff Nesbit


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As the firstborn son of an old and powerful family, William Jennings Worthington VI knows what it's like to be under pressure. Groomed from birth with the relentless message that he was destined for greatness, Will has always pushed himself to succeed--nearly as much as his never-satisfied financial tycoon father pushes him. Becoming CEO of his company seems the next logical step on the success ladder. But when circumstances turn, Will finds himself staring down a road that leads to Capitol Hill. Can he trade the board room for the Senate floor? Or will a closetful of family secrets keep him from his destiny?

Bestselling author, psychologist, and birth order expert Dr. Kevin Leman teams up with novelist and journalist Jeff Nesbit for this compelling new series. In a culture that can't get enough of political intrigue and sneak peeks inside powerful families, this book is sure to find a ready audience.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800723323
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/02/2015
Series: Worthington Destiny Series , #1
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Internationally known psychologist, radio and television personality, speaker, and educator Dr. Kevin Leman has taught and entertained audiences worldwide. The New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of more than fifty books, including The Birth Order Book, Born to Win, Have a New Family by Friday, and Have a New Kid by Friday has made thousands of house calls through FOX & Friends, The View, TODAY, Bill Bennett's Morning in America, CBS's The Early Show, The 700 Club, and CNN.

Jeff Nesbit is a former communications director to the vice president at the White House, served as the director of public affairs for two prominent federal science agencies, and has been a national journalist with Knight Ridder Newspapers. He is the author of 20 novels. Cocreator of the Emmy award-winning Science of the Olympic Winter Games and the Science of NFL Football video series with NBC Sports, Jeff is executive director for Climate Nexus and writes "At the Edge," a weekly science column for U.S. News & World Report.

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A Perfect Ambition: A Novel 2.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boring! ! I kept waiting for something to happen. Nothing happened. This book is a waste of time. It goes nowhere with what could have a good story, then just fizzles out. Nothing happened. ..again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book is well written but just drags on. Tha author tells you want he wants you to know instead of letting you discover it. I think the author is trying to make a point about the environmental issues versus businee interests, but this is not the way to do it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Slow moving series
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KnowYouLikeaBook More than 1 year ago
Do.Not.Bother. This book was a total rip-off. Let me begin by saying that I've never liked Kevin Leman's nonfiction books. (I do place some degree of credibility in birth order theory, however. ) In most books Leman just presents an issue or problem and sums up with "...and I worked with the family and fixed it all." Bravo! Magic! Problem solved! This author strikes me as rather narcissistic for a Christian author. That said, though, I decided to give him a spin with a novel. Who knows? Maybe he'd turn out to be better at fiction. Well... not so much. This "novel" is actually a lame attempt at retelling and reselling his Birth Order Book by spinning it into a fiction format. Most of all it's a plot STARTER that simply drops off in the middle with no ending or resolution. I'm all for sequels (which he is clearly setting himself up to be able to sell by writing this book-without-an-ending), but shouldn't each book in the series be a complete episode in itself? Shouldn't there be an intro-plot development-ending/resolution to each one? If you're looking for a fascinating page-turner that leaves you wishing for another chapter, choose another author. This one just wants to sell books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommended I somewhat agree that the beginning of the book is slow and seems to drag out but the further I got into the story the background information was needed in order to “see” the entire picture. With that being said, I urge readers to continue reading. I agree the author did give a lot of information and the reader is led the way the author desires. But honestly, can an average reader even begin to imagine the workings ‘behind the scenes’ and the catastrophic results of what could happen? This is a story of wealthy people - and yes, they keep earning more money - but the family feels they owe others help as the mantra of the family is – honesty, family first, and "To those who much has been given, much is required." The story tells how wealth often causes more problems than the average person can ever imagine. Those in the public eye are good at putting on a public face; but behind the scene they are under tremendous stress which never ends. Although the book is fiction the situations it's scary to realize they could happen and might even be in the works without our knowledge. Actually, one did happen—the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico (which compared to what happens in the book was a minor incident. The greed; the political corruption; the unscrupulous battle for power in both the political and business arenas; a bombing; blackmail and, friends who betray all happen in this story. Is in fiction or possibly some truth in real life? I finally closed the book around 11:30 pm and went to bed. After more than an hour and still not being able to sleep I got up to read just a few more pages but ended up finishing the book at 4:00 am. My only disappointment was what I should have expected -- the story continues in two more books.
debhgrty More than 1 year ago
Deb’s Dozen: Ambition, a strong work ethic, and a sense of right versus expediency. A Perfect Ambition by Dr. Kevin Leman and Jeff Nesbit shows the conflict between those who are born to wealth and power and who choose to use both wisely and those who seek more wealth and power to the exclusion of everything else. William Jennings Worthington VI is the eldest son born to a family used to both wealth and power. Will feels the constant pressure from his father to do more and rise farther than he already has. He heads Worthington Shares Equity, but William Worthington the Fifth is urging him to seize the chairmanship of American Frontier Oil Company, the largest in the world. Sean Worthington, the youngest son and definitely in Will’s shadow, is tasking with finding and running new ventures. He’s also an environmental activist of sorts with an international network of friends and contacts. Will’s sister, Sarah, is a deputy assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division. Soon, all three will be embroiled in an international crisis that will challenge who they are and who they will become. Will is on his way to the American Frontier board meeting—intent on ousting the current chair. Seth is on a research ship in the Arctic Ocean studying the effects of global warming by monitoring ice melt and other environmental issues. While on the ship, Seth can observe AF’s oil rig anchored nearby. While he and two of the scientists are watching, they hear a muffled boom coming from the derrick. To their horror, Beluga whales covered with oil surface as does the oil slick. The derrick is in one of the most inhospitable areas of the Arctic. They know immediately AF will not contain nor repair this spill quickly. Meanwhile, in New York, the CEO of AF, Eric Sandstrom, abruptly leaves the meeting after being summoned to meet immediately with the President of the US, Spencer Rich. As word of the spill spreads, Sarah’s department gets involved as her boss wants her to handle a criminal negligence suit against American Frontier. The story is interesting as the contrasts between wealth and power for good and wealth and power for evil are played out. The character development of the siblings is effective and the villains, Eric Sandstrom, along with his crony, Frank Stapleton, are also realistic. President Rich is, unfortunately, a typical politician—always on the side of what will do him the most good—regardless of the truth. Very relevant to today’s issues, and timely because of the political season we are in, I found A Perfect Ambition (The Worthington Destiny Book #1): A Novel an interesting and provocative read. Four stars. Look for A Powerful Secret, the second book in The Worthington Destiny Series, later in 2016. Dr. Kevin Leman is the author of more than fifty books and a frequent guest on such shows as Fox & Friends, The 700 Club, CNN, and Good Morning America. His co-author, Jeff Nesbit, is a former senior communications official at the White House and the author of twenty novels. Revell Books gave me a copy of A Perfect Ambition in exchange for my unbiased review.