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
"A fast-paced, fresh-scrubbed tale of financial adventure." (Publishers Weekly)
I'm an avid listener always searching for another good book and willing to share my thoughts with a pithy review.
Based on my personal experience in the venture capital and banking world, the story lacked originality and believability. The two brothers were well beyond the range of believability regarding their caring for each other. Their relationship reminded me of the soppy scenes from romantic love stories.
Brad seems to be caught in a dilemma. Should he concentrate on the serious mystery and story line...or should he continue to sprinkle it so heavily with marginal humor that he detracts from the seriousness of the story? At least for my taste, he has the proportions all wrong. And that's when and why it gets really hokey.
Scott Brick is an experienced narrator with many fine performances to his credit. But this time it's different. He just plain overworks or exaggerates too often and to too high a degree. It would read better if he toned down his rhetoric.
Notwithstanding my disappointment with this book, I plan to try Brad Meltzer again. Here's hoping for a better result, stay tuned.
What do you do when you intentionally steal 3 million but end up with 300+ million? Charlie and Ollie,brothers who thought they would just pinch a little bit. It's a dead account after all so no one will notice. And there is where their slippery slope ride begins but ends in a bloody fight for their lives. Completely enjoyable!
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I just loved this book, period, and Scott Brick's performance was, as always, perfection. The storyline, with two brothers as the protagonists, a cast of questionable characters whose motives you're never entirely sure of until the end, and some goosebump-inducing villains who relentlessly chase our heroes, The Millionaires is pure edge-of-your-seat fun! This novel has it all...excellent character development, unique plot with the requisite twists-and-turns you'd expect from a great thriller, and wonderfully smart and witty dialogue.
I loved the relationship between the brothers, and Meltzer does an excellent job of making their relationship seem authentic and engaging. They aren't really the kind of guys you'd expect to conspire to stealing $3 million dollars but given the unique circumstances behind the money, it hardly even seems like a "crime" in this case. In fact, as one of the peripheral characters points out, there's only two kinds of "perfect" crimes: 1. One in which the criminal dies; or 2. One in which no one even knows a crime has been committed. The brothers are banking on the latter. But, of course, as these things have a way of doing, it goes awry right out of the gate. The action is fast-paced, relentless, and you won't want to put it down.
As far as the performance, Scott Brick is one of my most favorite narrators, and he was the perfect choice for this smart, sexy novel. He's got fantastic material to work with here, and doesn't disappoint.
Yes, I enjoyed the book. I might not listen to it a second time because I recall the plot, but I would read other books by the same author.
I liked both Charlie and Oliver.
I was amused, but not extremely so.
This is a fun romp/caper.
26, in the Army. I'll read just about anything
The pacing.. went far too slow for my tastes.
No, I wouldn't. Most of my friends have the same tastes as me and would feel the same way that I do about it.
The story was really slow in my opinion and a lot of it was bogged down with bickering between the characters. While I don't mind that usually, too much of it gets on my nerves. And I started to get irritated at how a lot of the characters thought or reacted to things. I understand the book ins't catered to me but it's just one of the hang ups with this book for me.
This book is a roll-a-coaster, but with very few surprises. You can see the twists and turns chapters ahead of time.
When they go scuba diving.
Same Scott - He always does a great job. Sometimes there is more to work with.
This is worth a listen. Fun and hopeful.
The pace of the plot sustained interest, while plot was imaginative but unlikely to ever happen.
He is good enough to keep one listening, while I would not have finished the book if reading.
This is my first book by Brad Meltzer, and now I am a fan. Can't wait to read more by this author.
Fast paced mystery. The brothers were fun to follow in this story. The story line was interesting, although the premise was a bit unbelievable.
Scott Brick was fantastic as ever
This book is amazing and I love the performance! The only downside is I like to listen to audiobooks while cooking or cleaning or driving and this particular book has so much going on that it's hard to multitask.
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