It was the deal of the decade, if not the century. A small, insignificant company on the edge of bankruptcy had discovered an alchemist's dream; a miraculous polymer, that when coated on any vehicle, was the equivalent of 30 inches of steel. With bloody conflicts surging in Iraq and Afghanistan, the polymer promises to save thousands of lives and change the course of both wars.
Jack Wiley, a successful Wall Street banker, believes he has a found a dream come true when he mysteriously learns of this miraculous polymer. His plan: enlist the help of the Capitol Group, one of the country's largest and most powerful corporations in a quick, bloodless takeover of the small company that developed the polymer. It seems like a partnership made in heaven...until the Pentagon's investigative service begins nosing around, and the deal turns into a nightmare.
Now, Jack's back is up against the wall and he and the Capitol Group find themselves embroiled in the greatest scandal the government and corporate America have ever seen.
©2010 Brian Haig (P)2010 Random House
"Haig keeps the suspense boiling until the final twists as he reveals why and how everything unravels. Readers will be pleased by an ending that suggests clever Jack Wiley will return." (Publishers Weekly)
Bravo, this is an amazing novel featuring corporate intrigue, the inner workings of the big firms that are prevalent in todays' government contracting world and a whole lot of twists and turns. This book has movie script written all over it! I must have put a few hundred extra miles on my car just trying to get to the end.
Brian Haig does a great job on this book, I would go so far as to say this is as good or better than anything Clancy, Griffin or DeMille have authored. The story line is well thought out and believable, the characters are realistic. This book is definitely one of the best I have listened to in a long time.
This is definitely a 5 Star Plus audiobook!
Seldom does a book keep me hanging on the edge of my chair until the very end, this one did. I have no doubt readers will be fascinated by the multiple layers, personalities, venues and professions Brian Haig weaves into this superb story. Great selection!
I really enjoyed my first Haig. It is refreshing to see white hats and black hats with the white hats winning in the end. I found myself staying awake late and running extra errands in the car to listen to the yarn. It was a fun ride.
First, this book will help you put miles behind you if that is what you are looking for. It is written well enough and the characters are creepy when they are supposed to be. But a real hero never rises and takes control of the book and the plot sets up a good scenario for just that champion and for that reason a few days after you finish this book you will find yourself looking at the title and trying to remember what you thought of it. I got through it and was interested in the outcome but was never pulled to it when I was not able to listen to it as I am with a really good story. It is not bad, and worth a listen if you have a credit to spare though.
What a compelling book. I always feel that when authors write books of this nature there is more truth than fiction. Excellent twists and turns and wonderful ending. I look forward to Mr. Haig's next book as I have read them all. Narrator Scott Brick is the best in my opinion, keep using him to tell your stories.
This was superbly read. Then again, Scott Brick could read the phonebook and keep me listening. Even though I had the general plot figured out about 3 hours into the book, I still found it interesting enough to continue listening. The obvious telegraphing of the good/bad guys had me leaning towards 4 starts, but I would possibly listen to this book again given how well it was read, and that is my criteria for a 5 star book.
The story was very compelling. I have no doubt there are company's in the world that operate in such an underhanded and despicable manner. I think the story was a little too long. After awhile I just wished it would conclude so I could find out if I was right about the ending. I think this would have worked better as a shorter story though keeping the plot line straight for this length of story was nothing short of a Herculean effort.
The build up to the reveal is really well done and the realistic character flaws only add to the suspense. I would listen to it again only to hear hints I may have missed.
All the main characters were well liked for their individual qualities. Even the villains had a curious familiarity.
THAT is the question which can't be answered. Scott Brick brings life to each character! Amazing depth, insight and performance. By Mr.Brick's understated style, visualization of character reactions and interactions are left to the listener and that adds to the enjoyment derived by the listener.
The discussion where the money that was accounted for in the firm's quest for acquiring the polymer, getting a no bid contract, moving it through the D.C. Machine. Amazing!
For such a well written novel the ending was a bit of a let down. I understand the reasons for the entire project, I just felt let down by the last bit. I also found the reunion curious, what was the reason for that part? I don't believe that any of those players were used later on.
I have to admit, the first part of this book was a little slow moving and I was having trouble seeing what some things had to do with some others....but it got moving real fast! In the end, this is one of the better books to which I have listened. I have read most of the other Brian Haig novels and this one ranks right at the top! Great story!
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