“If you are one of the millions of people out there that has worked for a big insurance company, had dealings with your insurance company – or worked in benefits or HR or had to deal with your benefits department at work , or wondered what the broker does? – You will love this book! I can’t believe it, it’s like she is telling my life.”
The Broker is a provocative and fascinating look into the boardrooms, bedrooms and blowouts of the people and corporations that power the American health insurance business. In the midst of the shattered lives, damaged health and decimated wealth of countless Americans due to the high cost of health care, a cadre of individuals at the top of the industry reap unimaginable profits.
Dan Morton is the jet-setting President of Morton Insurance Advisors, a broker who will do anything to keep his clients happy, the competition at bay, the insurance companies off balance, and the money rolling in. John Walter Andrews is the African-American CEO and Chairman of giant BFIC Insurance, an outsider brought in to turn around the money-hemorrhaging behemoth. As he fends off the Wall Street wolves snapping at his heels, he is threatened by an internal coup led by beautiful and talented Katy Christopher, the woman whose twenty-five year career at BFIC was steamrolled when she was passed up by the board of directors for the top spot for reasons she knows in her heart had more to do with her skin color than her abilities. The unfortunate Claire Parker, lured by Dan Morton to leave a successful career at BFIC to join the heady world of the broker business, only to have her high hopes crushed when she encounters a hostile, dysfunctional work environment of burned-out brats. And the young and ambitious Angela Abbott, a lowly BFIC employee tucked away in the background, whose future is dramatically changed the day Bill Deering walks into the office, and into her life.
Engrossing and important, The Broker is full of characters you will not soon forget, and a must read for every American who wants to understand the power, and the wealth, we have given this industry over our lives, our health and our future.
“I am old enough to remember the days when the insurance man came to your home every week with his receipt pad in hand and collected your payment and knew everything he needed to know about you. After reading this novel, I find I wish those days were still in effect. Great read – great writer!” – Robert W.
“Reading about the people at these insurance companies reminds me of Madoff and the fiasco with banking and the people’s livelihoods that were affected. Too bad profitability becomes the driving force and answering to shareholders overrides the original reason for it. The real world is not cognizant of the ways it needs to change for there to be more realistic winners in this “war”. There might need to be a downfall of insurance like banking before it is resolved.” – Kathleen E.
“I couldn’t put it down! It was very spot on… D J Presson is a wonderful writer!” – Kristen C.
“LOVED it! Very talented writer!” – Kim L.
“No doubt about it, D J Presson can write, and writes beautifully. This could likely be made into a movie or mini-series.” – Joe C.
“Really intriguing characters and story. Great character development, dialogue was very natural. Well written and flowed nicely.” – Bill C.