Thursday, August 9, 2012

Quest, Inc. by Justin Cohen (4 stars)

Quest, Inc. Book Summary

The World’s #1 Personal Development Agency . . . has to prove it.

What if you brought together five top personal development experts—equipped with virtually everything we know about unleashing human potential—and gave them some lives to change? Could they really coach anyone to lose fifty pounds, fix a broken relationship, or get rich? What would they do for a homeless person, or a pro-golfer trailing at the back of her league? How about taking the racism out of a racist, or turning a hellish employee into a ray of sunshine?

Welcome to Quest, Inc. They say they can change your life. Now, as they’re followed by an investigative journalist from one of the world’s leading news publications, they have to prove it—or be damned as charlatans.

Based on real life peak performance and transformational strategies, you’ll see the highs and lows everyone faces on the road to self-realization—especially the experts. Get ready for breakthrough . . . or breakdown.

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Ever wondered how a self-help guru might change your life? How many self-help books have you read searching for that "something"? What if you could go to one facility and have several of the nation's best self-help gurus all help you at once?

Five such experts come together to form Quest Inc. when a colleague, Robert, fails in his own field. You see, Robert is a fitness guru who is now obese. In complete dispair, he attempts suicide. His former colleagues, part of a personal development crusade that earned them the Presidential Service Acknowledgement, come together to save their friend but realize they want to start helping people again. As Robert fights his way back, they form Quest Inc.

In addition to Robert, there's a psychotherapist, a financial guru, a man who invented the measurement known as Gross Domestic Happiness, and a beauty expert. Carter, Mickey, Jay and Alexia, respectively, all the while are battling their own issues. Then a Huffington post reporter, Victoria, enters the scene determined to sniff out the real story.

The reader is treated to a wonderful cast of characters, not just through the lives of the professionals but through the stories of their clients. There are several touching stories, but I was most impressed with the story of George, a terminally ill patient looking to make amends.

With so many characters, the stories became a bit too fast-paced for me. And I say that only because I wanted to know more about each of their lives. But because of the variety, there really is a character that will appeal to almost every reader. Plus, be warned, the book ends on a cliffhanger that will make you want to read the second book right away. I wasn't expecting it.

And I really liked how the author weaved in the reporter's blog posts and had each professional touched by something. Not one of them knew it all, and that was quite refreshing.

For any reader who likes to peek into many characters' lives and situations while also reflecting on their own life.

Rating: 4 stars

Justin Cohen's Bio

Justin Cohen is the author of four books and seven audiobooks. He produced and hosted a television talk show in which he interviewed some of the world’s top experts on success. As a leading authority on personal development, with an honors degree in Psychology, Justin speaks, trains and writes in the fields of motivation, sales, service and leadership. Having spoken professionally for nearly fourteen years, Justin has presented in twelve different countries, and in virtually every industry, to an average of ten thousand people annually.

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Justin Cohen said...

Tia, thank you so much for your review. I am currently working on the sequel and so your feedback is very valuable.

Tribute Books said...

Tia, thanks a million for your in-depth review :)

Tia Bach said...

Justin, I really enjoyed the book and the characters' stories, and I think you gave readers choices in the characters they could identify with. Looking forward to the next one (I have to know about Jay, so unexpected).

Nicole, As always, my pleasure.

Justin Cohen said...

Thank you Tia, I'm looking forward to getting it to you :) I'm thinking of releasing the next stories separately, in serialized form, so readers don't have to wait too long. We'll send it to you as soon as it's ready. Thanks again!