I had not read a novel involving an HMO, so I was curious. There are several suspenseful moments in this story, but I felt that Del's character had to be better developed to make me believe that he was a candidate to be a chief executive officer. So much of the plot is driven by Del working on computers that I wondered if he was the CIO, chief information officer, instead of a member of the top tier of the executive team. It would have been easier to cast him in the role of CIO and make him the fall guy.
He knew the systems and had access to them, too. In that movie the computer-based frame-up happens in a bank. This story appeared to read like Firewall and the Fugitive, another Ford movie, mashed together. Stuart Nachbar has read This Is Water: Stuart Nachbar has read Horse Soldiers: Stuart Nachbar rated a book really liked it Work Hard.
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The author, Washington Post education writ Work Hard. Be Nice , combined with a personal visit to a non-KIPP charter school earlier this spring, raises thoughts as to who can succeed within a charter school environment. Charter schools are publicly supported, however they receive less funding per-pupil than more traditional public schools. The school days are longer; presumably students from disadvantaged backgrounds need more instructional time and teacher-student contact.
And the teachers are presumably given more latitude in their teaching approach, including support materials, in exchange for giving up the protection of tenure. Charter school administrators are caught in the middle. Teacher's unions oppose them because money and staffing are taken away from traditional schools. Private and parochial school administrators claim that public support of charter schools is taking students, and money, away from them too. But what I learned most from this book is that it takes a special type of teacher to succeed in this environment.
While there may be many teachers who would like the freedom to manage their classrooms as they want, they might not have the high energy level or the human relations skills required to work with elementary school students who have never been pushed to learn. KIPP and similar charter school networks rely on Teach for America as a pipeline to find such teachers; they prefer an experienced hand to someone who has never worked in an urban public school.
Fearing Donnellys investigation will further embarrass the university, but, desperately needing his help to save her school, Hudson Tech president Martina Tiernan asks him to become her special assistant for campus planning. While Jack believes that Tiernan is trying to buy his silence, he reluctantly comes aboard. He learns that the murder is the lynchpin to a larger scheme that could close Hudson Techs doors for good.
I am having a hard time deciding if I really liked this book or not. My only issue with the characters was the inclusion of Kevin's brother, Kyle. Aside from showing a contrast between the brothers, I saw no purpose for the character. Every time Kyle was around I saw a side of Jack that I don't think was necessary and really had a hard time liking Jack as much as I should have, considering he is the main character of the story.
All in all, I thought Defending College Heights was a really good mystery that kept me guessing until the end. I also liked the fact that the author took some time after the big reveal to wrap up the sub-plots. Many authors get so caught up in the climax of the story that they forget to tie up the loose ends and I really appreciated the effort the author took to make sure that did not happen in this novel.
I would definitely recommend this book to mystery fans and I look forward to Stuart Nachbar's future writings.
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Stuart Nachbar's Defending College Heights brought back many memories of working within the political and town-gown relations on a university campus for nearly 40 years. For recruiting commander Kevin Callahan, he didn't even have the opportunity to learn. Soon after he came home from Iraq, Kevin was made commander of recruitment in the area surrounding Hudson Technical University. Hudson had a long association with the military service for campus recruitment as most federally supported universities do.
As plans for the annual job fair were finalized, a protest against the war in Iraq was made in the most horrifying way possible--Kevin was killed, and left in one of the campus guardhouses. Jack Donnelly, Kevin's uncle, had helped raise Kevin and greatly cared for both his sister and Kevin.
He went to identify the body and stayed.
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He was upset with the way the investigation was "not" being conducted, since the army was deferring to local police to handle the case. But the president of the university was a savvy lady and she intended to ensure that her institution was saved in light of the potential damage that Kevin's murder could have. She convinced Jack to come and work for her, using his urban planning skills, and assured him that she would not interfere if he then conducted his own investigation in his off hours.
I enjoyed watching her in action with peers, faculty and board members. As Jack began to both handle his new job assignments as well as make inquiries around town, he began to question quite a number of people. Interestingly, as things moved forward, it was the students who originally were protestors of the war that worked the hardest to help solve the case.
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I was pleased that Nachbar showed that the students were not involved! For murder is a tool of those seeking power or more power. And that held true at Hudson Technical University.
For the power sought was to be able to close this institution of higher learning and sell the property for non-educational uses! Defending College Heights is a good solid whodunit, while providing readers the opportunity to learn about and evaluate armed forces recruitment within a university campus.
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Believe me, the political environment is really close to reality, in one way or another. Mystery books are my favorite genre. I just love when a book is suspenseful and not obvious as it really keeps me reading. My husband makes fun of me as if I really get into a book, I will literally walk around the house and read a page here and there, because of course with kids I don't get to lounge on the couch anymore and read in peace!
Now I admit when I first started reading the book, I was almost turned off because it involves a U. Army captain who was a recruiting commander on a University campus.