©2003 Christopher Reich; (P)2003 Books on Tape, Inc.
"This smart, fast-paced read shuttles between Wall Street finance and the Eastern paperless hawala banking system - and makes both sound surprisingly cool." (Entertainment Weekly)
This is a good read on several levels: A look inside the shadowy world of the 'hawala' money system that leaves no paper trail. A fiendish plot. An unlikely hero...and several juicy twists that keep you interested. I am pleased that the spy genre did not die with the demise of the cold war!!
Once in a while you come across an audio book that keeps you up at night because of the great writing and plot. This book teaches the reader about cultural differences between how the Westerner looks at life versus how terrorists see things.
People turn out to not be who you first think they are. Loyalties are hidden until the end and subtlely revealed.
Reich makes you wonder if the cultural differences can ever be breached. As the characters travel through Europe chasing down money trail leads, time is running out. Unless forensic account Alan Chappel and agent Sara Churchill can detect where the money trail ends and who is ultimately behind things, a disaster of immense proportions will ensue.
Went and purchased all the rest of the Christopher Reich titles after this one and am hoping that audible soon adds all titles for download.
I would have enjoyed reading this book, but I REALLY enjoyed listening to it. John Lee's naration makes me remember the initial joy I had upon finding audio books years ago. The Devil's Banker made real for me much of the murky underworld of terroist financing and the new breed of expert, such as the hero accountant of the story, whose job it is to penetrate it and track down the bad guys. If it weren't for the slightly unsatisfying and perhaps too "Hollywood" ending, I would have given it five stars.
I found the book has a good plot, excellent character descriptions, with some nice twists. The ending was predictable because of how many threads had to be collected and very little space left to do it. Sort of like a TV script. Probably the best part is the timing of the various plot twists. There is a little suspension of belief in some areas, just enough to make the story plausable. I certainly will purchase his next work and recommend this book for any mystery fan.
Yes, good storyline, well pieced together, flows well. Brilliant narration by John Lee, as expected.
John puts personalities into each character that you would expect from a good movie. He makes the characters real.
Made me want to keep listening.
This was my first book by Christopher Reich, it will not be my last.
The story is OK and the reader's performance fine but the writing is painfully self-consious, the dialogue stilted and the characters so clumsily outlined you question the plausibility of the story every two pages. The most irritating thing is the gratuitous & awkward try-too-hard use of brand names to define character. "She chased him in her "J.P. Tod model 86 driving shoes." "His mother ironed his white cotton Ralph Laruen button down shirt." Are we really to believe a top CIA spy is at 45 still so damaged by his mildly over-bearing father that the simple questions asked by a pretty girl get him all riled up? He's supposed to be a lethal brilliant romantic spy hero but Daddy didn't love him enough? Awful. 100% of the writing about business, stock trading & banking is false, full of malaprops and stiff, forced dialogue. Characters talk like they're reading. Did an editor actually like this stuff? A waste of time.
I havent listened to the book yet ... but one of the reasons i bought it, was the fact that it is listed as a 26hr book. I wabted something that long for a trip however the book is really 12hrs ...less than half the displayed length. Not happy about that!!
Good story, good characters, and good narration. Sometimes a little heavy on the "alphabet soup" of acronyms and jargon for this-or-that agency, but in all an enjoyable book.
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