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The Devil's Banker | [Christopher Reich]

The Devil's Banker

When an explosion shatters a Parisian apartment, killing a suspected terrorist and four of Adam Chapel's colleagues, half a million dollars go missing - and the CIA believes it has found a link to a terrorist attack on U.S. soil. Now an elite counterterrorist force led by Chapel and British intelligence officer Sarah Churchill must hunt down a shadowy mastermind who is moving vast sums of money from country to country, leaving no tracks - as he plans for an almost unimaginable Armageddon.
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Publisher's Summary

In this thriller about the dazzling world of high finance and international intrigue, Christopher Reich introduces a new hero, forensic accountant Adam Chapel, whose simple task is to save the world from the ultimate weapon of war - money. When an explosion shatters a Parisian apartment, killing a suspected terrorist and four of Chapel's colleagues, half a million dollars go missing - and the CIA believes it has found a link to a planned terrorist attack on U.S. soil. Now an elite counterterrorist force led by Chapel and British intelligence officer Sarah Churchill must hunt down a shadowy mastermind who is moving vast sums of money from country to country and bank to bank, leaving no tracks - as he plans for an almost unimaginable Armageddon.

©2003 Christopher Reich; (P)2003 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Deborah Parker, CO USA 10-15-03
    Deborah Parker, CO USA 10-15-03 Member Since 2003
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    "An ACCOUNTANT as HERO??!! You Bet!!!"

    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!!

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    S. P. Leventhal 09-13-06 Listener Since 2003
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    "Better than Patriot's Club"

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Miami 02-28-04
    Steve Miami 02-28-04 Member Since 2002
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    "good book, great naration"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Kitchener, ON, Canada 08-14-04
    Brian Kitchener, ON, Canada 08-14-04
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    "Suspenseful"

    I found I didnt want to stop listening to it. Very well written, and the story teller did an excellent job

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James Joliet, IL, USA 12-29-03
    James Joliet, IL, USA 12-29-03
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    "Keep it up"

    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Mount Merrion Ave, Ireland 09-18-12
    Paul Mount Merrion Ave, Ireland 09-18-12
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    "Great book from start to finish"
    Would you listen to The Devil's Banker again? Why?

    Yes, good storyline, well pieced together, flows well. Brilliant narration by John Lee, as expected.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Devil's Banker?

    All good.


    What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    John puts personalities into each character that you would expect from a good movie. He makes the characters real.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me want to keep listening.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first book by Christopher Reich, it will not be my last.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen Indian Wells, CA, United States 05-18-12
    Ellen Indian Wells, CA, United States 05-18-12
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    "Less Than Expected"
    What was most disappointing about Christopher Reich’s story?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Walter Albuquerque, NM, United States 11-14-10
    Walter Albuquerque, NM, United States 11-14-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Devil'S Banker"

    Wow! Though a fiction the book is very believable in what is going on in today's world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janice F. 11-24-09
    Janice F. 11-24-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Incorrect Audio Length"

    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!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John Galloway, NJ, United States 12-26-08
    John Galloway, NJ, United States 12-26-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Enjoyable"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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