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The Millionaires | [Brad Meltzer]

The Millionaires

Charlie and Oliver Caruso are brothers who work at Greene & Greene, a private bank so exclusive you need two million dollars just to be a client. But when the door of success slams in their faces, they're faced with an offer they can't refuse: three million dollars in an abandoned account. No one knows it exists, and even better, it doesn't belong to anyone.
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Publisher's Summary

What would you steal if you couldn't get caught?

It started as the perfect crime. Then it took a turn for the worse.

Charlie and Oliver Caruso are brothers who work at Greene & Greene, a private bank so exclusive you need two million dollars just to be a client. But when the door of success slams in their faces, they're faced with an offer they can't refuse: three million dollars in an abandoned account. No one knows it exists, and even better, it doesn't belong to anyone.

It's a foolproof crime. More important, for Charlie and Oliver, it's a way out of debt and the key to a new life. All they have to do is take the money.

But when they do, they quickly discover they've got a lot more on their hands than the prize. Before they can blink, a friend is dead - and the bank, the Secret Service, and a female private investigator are suddenly closing in.

Trapped in a breakneck race to stay alive, Charlie and Oliver are about to discover a secret that will test their trust and forever change their lives.

©2002 by Forty-Four Steps, Inc., Alll Rights Reserved; (P)2002 by Time Warner AudioBooks, a Division of the AOL Time Warner Book Group

What the Critics Say

"A fast-paced, fresh-scrubbed tale of financial adventure." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Glenn Macon, GA, USA 07-14-04
    Glenn Macon, GA, USA 07-14-04
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    "EASILY as good as Grisham"

    Okay, so Meltzer is an okay novelist. He's no Tolstoy, no Hemmingway, but he's easily the equal of John Grisham or Scott Turow, his contemporaries in this genre. I found this book to be interesting and adequately written. It certainly held my interest over many miles of highway driving. Scott Brick's reading was an asset, for sure. I recommend this one if you enjoy an easy read/listen while you're driving.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Robert East Northport, NY, USA 02-28-03
    Robert East Northport, NY, USA 02-28-03
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    "Top 5 in my book"

    I have been an audio book reader for 5 years now. I get through about 2-3 unabridged audio books each month. I enjoyed this book so much that I was disappointed as I came to the end of it. The author has a great sense of humour and the reader is simply a GREAT match for the text. Honestly, it was interesting from beginning to end and wasn't easy to guess "whodunnit." Don't forget Meltzer's other book "First Counsel." It is just as good if not better than this one.

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Snoodely 07-27-12
    Snoodely 07-27-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Possibly the best Meltzer to date"

    With "The Millionaires," Meltzer is finally hitting his stride. I like the way that he devises intricate plots within plots; but most of all, I enjoy his insider knowledge. In some of his other novels, like "The Tenth Justice," "The First Counsel," and "The Zero Game," Meltzer displays his (apparently) first-hand knowledge of Beltway politics. That impresses me enough; but, with "The Millionaires," Meltzer shows that he also knows a lot about high-level banking ??? and computers ??? and DisneyWorld! See if you can put those elements together. Never mind: "The Millionaires" has an ingenious plot that you will never guess. I recommend purchasing this audiobook, along with most of Meltzer's other audiobooks, with only two minor caveats: First, you should know that most of Meltzer's characters seem to be running on anger and hysteria, which annoys me a little, since I prefer it when my heros stay cool under pressure. Second, Scott Brick narrates all of Meltzer's audiobooks. Yeah, I know: Everybody else loves Scott Brick's narrations. And, I have to admit, Brick can definitely act. He has lots of accents and enough voices to distinguish the characters. It's just that VOICE. But never mind those minor quibbles. If you like thrillers, you will enjoy "The Millionaires."

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Las Vegas, NV, USA 05-07-03
    Jim Las Vegas, NV, USA 05-07-03
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    "Very Ejoyable, better than anticipated"

    This book moves along at a good pace, has an interesting premise and some turns I didn't see comming. There were a few hard to beleive parts but this didn't change my enjoyment of the book one bit.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Phoenix, AZ, United States 04-19-12
    Amanda Phoenix, AZ, United States 04-19-12 Member Since 2010

    I rate as follows: 5 Stars = Loved it. 4 Stars = Really liked it. 3 Stars = Liked it. 2 Stars = Didn't like it. 1 Star = Hated it.

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    "Unexpectedly Entertaining"

    Sometimes a book you initially have mild expectations for ends up being a gem; and that was certainly the case with "The Millionaires". I found the plot far more complex (in a good way) than anticipated, and was constantly entertained with the twists and turns the story took.

    I know that Scott Brick inspires a "love him or hate him" response in people; I've always enjoyed his reading style for thrillers. I thought this book was a great fit for his voice.

    This book isn't deep, or important, or a statement on our times. It's simply a fun, easy thriller with enjoyable characters, a smart plot, and a decidedly satisfying ending. If that's what you're in the mood for, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    M. C. Lauber nys 09-02-05
    M. C. Lauber nys 09-02-05 Member Since 2005

    Reading since 1968.

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    "great expectations?"

    I listen to audiobooks while commuting and waiting in line(s). Most of the time I listen to suspense books. My expectations for this book genre was completely satisfied by this author and the narrator. Sure the plot is weak at points and sometimes the pace is off, but this is entertainment not literature! In particular I really enjoyed the sibling interaction!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ida 04-24-13
    Ida 04-24-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Boring"

    It took me many miles and months to get through this book. It was difficult to connect to or even care about the characters. The story line did not hold my interest and I tried to like it. The narrator is among my favorites, however he could not help this story. At different times the relationship between the brothers was too cutesy and lacking of trust. The romance was gratuitous. No meaning. Perhaps this one tried too hard to be a thriller.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 05-17-12
    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 05-17-12 Member Since 2009
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    "I loved it"

    I have to admit that I could not stop listening to this book. I found the plot unexpectedly entertaining, with many original twists and turns. The characters were very likeable, even if you sometimes wanted to smack them for their naivete.Who cares what they did to begin with? You were rooting for them till the end.

    Scott Brick did a great job reading it, like only he can do when he doesn't overdo himself.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Swad 03-14-11
    Swad 03-14-11

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    "Schmaltzy and hard to swallow"

    I liked Meltzer's Book of Fate and was pretty disappointed with this one. No real surprises. Contrived. Really hard to believe when they get to Florida, especially having to do with the Mouse House. There's also lots of cutesy banter that gets old fast and Brick doesn't help with his over-the-top performances. The author jumps back and forth between first person narrator and omniscient narrator which is just plain annoying. Pick one, Brad.

    I'd take any Grisham novel before this one.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sterling Silver Magnolia 01-14-13 Member Since 2007

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    "Another hit!"

    Suffice it to say that Scott Brick can put life into the phone book but this was a super combo! Great story with more twists than a slinky. Highly recommend the read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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