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Book Recommendation - karasu - 05-16-2018 06:49 AM

I am reading a very entertaining book which may be of particular interest to some members of this forum:

"The Prince of Risk"

at the crossroads of high finance and international terrorism, a New York hedge-fund manager searches for the truth behind his father’s murder.

The master of the financial thriller returns.

“Christopher Reich is a superstar.”—Lee Child

Bobby Astor is a fearless New York hedge-fund gunslinger on the verge of making his biggest killing ever. But everything changes when his father, the venerable chief executive of the New York Stock Exchange, is murdered along with the head of the Federal Reserve in a brazen, inexplicable attack on the South Lawn of the White House. In the moments before his death, Astor’s father sends Bobby a mystifying text message . . . a single word that Bobby soon realizes offers the only clue to the identity of his father’s killer and the terrifying motivation behind the attack.

As Bobby unravels the mystery behind his father’s death, he crosses paths with his ex-wife, no-nonsense Special Agent Alex Forza of the FBI, who is hot on the trail of a band of elite international terrorists intent on infiltrating New York City. All the while, Bobby must fight to hold together his increasingly risky business deal. At stake is not only the survival of his company and a colossal fortune . . . but also a sophisticated foreign conspiracy that threatens the entire financial system of the United States.

The Prince of Risk is Christopher Reich’s most prescient, suspenseful, and entertaining thriller, a novel that anticipates the headlines of the near future and shows, once again, why The New York Times calls Reich “the John Grisham of Wall Street.”-------


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RE: Book Recommendation - pug-thug - 05-16-2018 10:29 AM

thanks will check out

RE: Book Recommendation - karasu - 05-16-2018 11:23 AM

I think you and perhaps others will find it very intriguing

RE: Book Recommendation - pug-thug - 05-16-2018 11:36 AM

the title is catchy for sure

RE: Book Recommendation - jho - 05-16-2018 02:27 PM

Didn't Jacob Astor, the guy who died on the Titanic, oppose the Federal Reserve??

RE: Book Recommendation - karasu - 05-19-2018 05:25 AM

from the one-star review(which I will attempt to counter):

"ByABID RAZAon March 4, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Corporate espionage, hacking, US vs. China. A plot to launch a Mumbai style attack in NYC with European mercenaries. This book has got it all... If you're an imbecile. I just don't understand how anyone who has ever worked on Wall Street or the intelligence community could ever find this pablum vaguely credible. The China sovereign fund is buying up stakes in potentially transformative technologies and NSA wouldn't notice. Like Wall St wouldn't notice."------

my counter:

"China's Holdings of U.S. Treasuries Rise to Five-Month High
By Brendan Murray
May 15, 2018, 1:00 PM PDT

China’s holdings of Treasuries rose to a five-month high in March, underscoring the allure of U.S. government debt even amid trade tensions between the world’s two largest economies.

China’s holdings of U.S. bonds, bills and notes increased by $11 billion to $1.19 trillion in March, according to Treasury Department data released in Washington on Tuesday. China remained the largest foreign creditor to the U.S., followed by Japan, whose holdings dropped by $16 billion to $1.04 trillion, the lowest level since October 2011.------



"Trump's Cave to China’s ZTE Hurts His Iran Strategy

Why should Europeans fear sanctions now? All they have to do is bluff, and the U.S. will bend.-----


RE: Book Recommendation - karasu - 05-19-2018 05:27 AM

Philip Trubey
5.0 out of 5 starsInformative, well written and frightening
December 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book is as good as any A list writer out there. The book is very timely as it describes nation states using the Internet to spy and manipulate computers at will. The frightening thing about this is that the mechanisms Reich reveals as the book moves along are very, very plausible. You don't find out just how devious it all is until the protagonist finds out about it all later on in the book. Very well researched, it also accurately depicts how hedge funds run, giving the reader an understandable peek into the inner workings of high finance Wall Street. Finally, it is a true page turner, hard to put down. Very well written.

4.0 out of 5 starsPrince of risk is a gem for geopolitical novels amateurs
October 8, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Another hit for Mr Reich... a simple yet devious plot to bring down the US financial markets and its international power. I liked the short paragraphs that want you to make you turn the pages faster. A true suspense with good financial background knowledge. Fast paced with different characters that keep the reader on edge. On to Mr Reich next book...

RE: Book Recommendation - karasu - 08-21-2018 02:47 AM

NEW BOOK now reading......

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RE: Book Recommendation - karasu - 08-29-2018 07:30 AM

both books are good bingers which keep you turning the pages wanting to see what happens next......fun, entertaining, and even a bit educational and informative which gives some smart benefit to the reader to increase his knowledge and capacity to navigate the machinations of our existence.

RE: Book Recommendation - karasu - 09-02-2018 04:27 AM

the first book presents the dangers of technology, progress, and the stealth power-struggles taking place as we go about our regular lives........

the second book presents an interesting example of surviving a natural catastrophe and its impact on humanity and civilization. We witnessed the social breakdown after the Hurricane Katrina and how dependent we are on the "progress" we see in the first book.

perhaps the AMISH are the most under-rated contenders most prepared to thrive and survive the hazards we face? They are less dependent on technology for use or entertainment and manage to maintain a civilized and structured community regardless of advanced technological dependence.

RE: Book Recommendation - karasu - 09-02-2018 11:45 AM

some good comments from the first two reviews:

"No zombies, no EMP, no nuclear war, no worldwide plague. Thank heavens! Nice change of pace, me being a big fan of the genre. The concept of an overweight guy who sees himself largely as a failure who is dealing with a worldwide apocalypse is fascinating. You do like Ed, because he is so frank and so ruminative.........Good job on taking a unique twist on an often tired and overplayed genre. I did appreciate that."

"I loved this book, but not for the reasons you might think. While it is "an end of the world" story, it is not about zombies, but about the human will to survive and to find a meaning in life even when there seems to be none........It is a dark novel that touches on serious topics. Why do we cling to God? What do we truly love? How deeply do we know ourselves? What will we do to survive? What is reality? This are all themes the novel touches."------


RE: Book Recommendation - karasu - 01-25-2019 02:35 PM

new recommendation, FANTASTIC manga series which shows the TRUTH of how WAR affects ordinary people. The Father in this series swam against the current in PROTESTING the WAR and suffered the social condemnation for his thinking different from mainstream ideology.

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Barefoot Gen (はだしのゲン Hadashi no Gen) is a Japanese manga series by Keiji Nakazawa. Loosely based on Nakazawa's own experiences as a Hiroshima survivor,-------


RE: Book Recommendation - Count Iblis - 01-25-2019 04:10 PM

(05-16-2018 02:27 PM)jho Wrote:  Didn't Jacob Astor, the guy who died on the Titanic, oppose the Federal Reserve??

I've heard that, but haven't been able to verify it. Google searches just turn up pages about the Titanic Conspiracy Theory.

RE: Book Recommendation - karasu - 02-11-2019 02:00 PM

this news could be something found in the first novel recommended to this thread: (THE PRINCE OF RISK)

"Blackwater Mercenary Prince Has a New $1 Trillion Chinese Boss

Erik Prince, the former Navy Seal who founded Blackwater, hardly seems like the type who dwells on corporate niceties. He was, after all, America’s foremost mercenary executive.

But there he was in Beijing, bearing an unlikely gift for a man who might open China to a freelancer known for his band of private contractors. It was a copy of his Blackwater memoir, “Civilian Warriors.’’

With that 2013 introduction to Chang Zhenming, chairman of China’s powerful CITIC investment conglomerate, Prince gained entry to a lucrative new market -- and, now, new controversy.--------