Shallow Stock

Fiction - Literary
495 Pages
Reviewed on 03/26/2024
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Author Biography

Raised on the Yorkshire coastline in the United Kingdom, D R Shores studied engineering prior to a twenty-five year career in business.

Literature has always been a passion, with a taste ranging from Sigrid Nunez and Thomas Harris to established twentieth-century classics from Ernest Hemingway, Jean-Paul Sartre, Ayn Rand and Milan Kundera.

Now living with his family and introverted dog in the east midlands area of England, his other interests include music, current affairs, volunteering and keeping fit.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Shallow Stock is a work of fiction in the literary, family saga, and interpersonal drama subgenres. It is best suited to mature readers owing to some moderate scenes of sex and violence as well as potentially distressing themes. Penned by author D R Shores, this is a tale of fierce business rivalries, unexpected challenges, and personal growth. Wynter McGlynn, a determined and shrewd businesswoman, believes that winning three critical battles against her rival, Julian Dayton, will secure her family's dominance in their long-standing feud. However, as the week unfolds, she faces unforeseen obstacles that threaten to unravel her carefully laid plans.

Author D R Shores has crafted a high-stakes and deeply dramatic novel that weaves an intricate narrative of complex dynamics of competition, collaboration, morality, and love. Wynter's character is brilliantly portrayed as she navigates the cutthroat world of high-stakes business. Her resilience and experience are put to the test as she confronts not only professional challenges but also her own personal dilemmas, and there is so much dedication to a close narrative style that we see every emotional reaction and attitude shift along the way. The story is skillfully crafted and keeps a great pace, with a tightly interwoven plot that keeps readers engaged throughout, as we never know where the next moment of combat or cooperation is coming from. It's a thought-provoking exploration of the human condition within the high-pressure realm of corporate power struggles, realistically achieved but with suitably high drama for the genre. Overall, Shallow Stock offers a unique blend of business drama, moral dilemmas, and character development, making it a must-read for fans of compelling literary fiction.

Essien Asian

McGlynn-Lansing and Dayton Industries are at each other's throats over a case of suspected corporate espionage. At the heart of the issue is a contentious piece of software both parties lay claim to. Tensions rise when Rohan Mehta, the tech chief for McGlynn-Lansing, disappears before he can testify. As head of the McGlynn-Lansing enterprise, Wynter McGlynn knows the missing man is key to their case and his testimony would be beneficial to the company’s survival. Dayton Industries, led by the Dayton family, has never been known to play by the book and no one personifies this better than its president Julian Dayton. Time is not on her side as she pushes for justice in a feud that goes beyond the boardroom in Shallow Stock by D.R. Shores.

Deep-seated rivalries push two individuals to the limits of the acceptable in a bid to get the upper hand in D.R. Shores’s Shallow Stock. The business setting for the story is probably the best possible one to accurately portray the effects of the 'old boys' club' network in action when it comes to settling scores. Shores’s characters are impressively put together as their origin stories come out in a gradually played-out style that hooks the reader from the start. Well-placed flashbacks highlight the tension between Wynter and Julian, creating an unusual subplot. This makes it easier for the reader to appreciate the viewpoints of the principal characters in this story. The conversations between the characters are intentionally indirect which heightens the intrigue. Imelda’s cat-and-mouse reveal with Malik is an excellent example of this. The best part of this novel is the manner in which Shores crafts a story where everyone is simultaneously a hero and a villain carrying some form of emotional baggage. Shallow Stock is suspenseful storytelling at its finest.