Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Book Review: The Intern's Handbook

“Interns are invisible. You can tell executives your name a hundred times and they will never remember it because they have no respect for someone at the bottom of the barrel working for free. The irony is that they will heap important duties on you with total abandon. The more of these duties you voluntarily accept, the more you will get, simultaneously acquiring TRUST AND ACCESS. Ultimately, your target will trust you with his life and that is when you will take it."

This is how The Intern's Handbook by Shane Kune begins. This book is smart, funny and hard to put down. It's relatively short -- 276 pages -- which makes it an excellent summer read. 

The book is about an staffing agency that supplies interns who are really undercover assassins there to gain the trust of their employers and then kill them, without being detected. Our hero in John Lago and he is not only a very good intern, he is a very good assassin. He proceeds to list all the rules of being a good intern assassin and my particular favorite is rule number #4: 

"Know how to make the perfect cup of coffee."

The theory is if you make coffee perfectly your target will let you in anywhere and give you anything just to get that coffee every morning. It seems to work for John.

This book is a thriller and it does move fast. If you've spent time as an intern at some point in your life, in an office with interns or as an assassin, I think you'll love this book (I'm not really sure about the last one, not knowing many assassins myself. Or at least not knowing that I know any.)

Anyway, I loved this book. It's fresh and funny. The humor really hit the spot. 

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