Twelve people targeted for death....
Five years ago, each person sold out to the SEC and took the stand against Maxmilian Wolfhagen, the infamous arbitrageur who robbed the world of billions and brought about the collapse of the stock market. Now, with Wolfhagen out of prison, one by one, each is dying a grisly death.
Two Assassins with only 48 hours to cut a swath of murder and revenge through New York....
With the time restrains so tight, the challenges are massive - but so are their ruthless skills.
Marty Spellman is on the case....
Hired by the writer Maggie Cain to investigate Wolfhagen for a biography she's writing about him, private investigator Marty Spellman soon learns that all isn't what it seems as the twists pile up along with sheer number of the dead. His life is put on the line. His family is threatened. No one is who they appear to be. Who can he trust as the bulls of Wall Street start to run as the two assassins fully ignite their killing spree?
©2011 Christopher Smith (P)2012 Christopher Smith
I chose this book because it was characterized as a Wall Street Thriller, and I was in the mood for something intelligent and engaging. Unfortunately, I was really disappointed.
Good points first: the characters are quite developed and some of them are even likable. Also, Mr. Smith is good with dialogue and the narration was good enough, if slow.
However, I found the book shockingly and unnecessarily violent. Scene after scene of gore and brutality were narrated with painful, almost plodding slowness. Much of the violence was so over the top and unbelievable that it diminished the credibility of the entire story. We were supposed to believe that two hired assassins were able to pull off murder after murder, many of them faster than expected and unplanned, without ever a mistake. We were also supposed to accept that they were willing to destroy an entire block of Manhattan for an employer they never met, just as a distraction. The two were depicted as hired guns, but not psychopaths, and so it never resonated that they engaged in such relentless out of control violence: at a minimum they would oppose the associated risk.
By the end I was so tired of the non-stop violence and sexual sadism that I wish I had quit listening. I am not sure why I didn't, though maybe my interest in a couple of the characters was enough to make me continue.
I have not read the print version but this was a great story.
The twists that the story took at the end...totally unexpected.
I would prefer not to.... He is not pleasant to the ear but if he is linked to Christopher's writings I will have to suffer through it because the stories are awsome.
No! I am just trying to rush through another of his books now. Just keep writing Christopher!
"Narration Killed the Story"
I did not really get to find much about the characters or the storyline as the narrator has the most annoying and somewhat creepy whispering approach and a distracting emphasis on the letter S. This was my distraction for a daily commute but after 15 minutes could not continue.
I apologise to Christopher Smith as the story may very well be excellent but could not persevere to find out.
"Not what I expected, a thrilling novel!"
Unbelievable, action packed, violent. Hard to imagine these sorts of characters actually exist.
No, this is the first of his, but not the last.
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