This is a well-managed category novel about the military-industrial complex, or rather conglomerate, in which Andrew Trevayne, an achiever in many fields, is asked to beat the system of the ""power-damned"" and break the stranglehold of something called Genessee Industries via an investigation of Defense Department allocations. Genessee is a ""giant cartel without definition."" In the process a Major Paul Bonnet becomes one of the casualties (later up for trial) and there is the disposition of a Mafia boss as well as the President of the U.S. which leaves the spot open for the sterling Trevayne who realizes, almost too late, how he might have been used. . . . True, ""the human factor was only an X or a Y. . . not taken for more than that, more than part of a formula"" but Ryder (a pseudonym) has told his story with efficiency and it's nice that all those in camera confrontations avoid the bedroom.