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The Prince of Risk: A Novel | [Christopher Reich]

The Prince of Risk: A Novel

Bobby Astor is a fearless New York hedge-fund gunslinger on the verge of making his biggest killing ever. But everything changes when his father, the venerable chief executive of the New York Stock Exchange, is murdered along with the head of the Federal Reserve in a brazen, inexplicable attack on the South Lawn of the White House. In the moments before his death, Astor's father sends Bobby a mystifying text message…a single word that Bobby soon realizes offers the only clue to the identity of his father's killer and the terrifying motivation behind the attack.
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Publisher's Summary

At the crossroads of high finance and international terrorism, a New York hedge-fund manager searches for the truth behind his father's murder.

The master of the financial thriller returns.

Bobby Astor is a fearless New York hedge-fund gunslinger on the verge of making his biggest killing ever. But everything changes when his father, the venerable chief executive of the New York Stock Exchange, is murdered along with the head of the Federal Reserve in a brazen, inexplicable attack on the South Lawn of the White House. In the moments before his death, Astor's father sends Bobby a mystifying text message…a single word that Bobby soon realizes offers the only clue to the identity of his father's killer and the terrifying motivation behind the attack.

As Bobby unravels the mystery behind his father's death, he crosses paths with his ex-wife, no-nonsense Special Agent Alex Forza of the FBI, who is hot on the trail of a band of elite international terrorists intent on infiltrating New York City. All the while, Bobby must fight to hold together his increasingly risky business deal. At stake is not only the survival of his company and a colossal fortune…but also a sophisticated foreign conspiracy that threatens the entire financial system of the United States.

The Prince of Risk is Christopher Reich's most prescient, suspenseful, and entertaining thriller, a novel that anticipates the headlines of the near future and shows, once again, why The New York Times calls Reich "the John Grisham of Wall Street."

©2013 Christopher Reich (P)2013 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"A smart and sophisticated thriller." (The New York Times)

"Gripping." (Chicago Tribune)

"A brilliant thriller." (James Patterson)

"Tension crackles like crisp new banknotes." (People)

"Breakneck speed." (The Wall Street Journal)

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    Lilliam FRANKLIN LAKES, NJ United States 03-09-15
    Lilliam FRANKLIN LAKES, NJ United States 03-09-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Disappointed!"

    I've read Christopher Reich's prior novels... This one was not at all in the same league... Lacking luster, a little flat

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    Ken Anywhere, NM USA 01-18-15
    Ken Anywhere, NM USA 01-18-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Only have a problem with the reader not the story"
    What did you love best about The Prince of Risk?

    I liked having at least 4 threads running at once. The writing was good and kept me interested.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I thoroughly enjoyed the plot. With multiple threads running the author keeps you engaged because you do not know what happens next but you care.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the scene where the FBI raid does not go as planned.


    Any additional comments?

    The readers pace is painfully slow in the first few chapters. I almost quit the book for this reason

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Smitty7979 07-10-14
    Smitty7979 07-10-14
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    "A disappointing effort"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I'm a big Christopher Reich fan, but this book was my least favorite. Great premise but horrible execution from a respected author.


    What could Christopher Reich have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The prose was just blah...seemed like he phoned this one in


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was fine, I've enjoyed Paul Michael, not his fault


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story line was promising...great trailer but no meat.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kristina Yorba Linda, CA, United States 03-09-14
    Kristina Yorba Linda, CA, United States 03-09-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Insightful"

    I really enjoyed the thriller mixed with economic and political insights. Perfect for me!

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    Carl West Palm Beach, FL, United States 01-24-14
    Carl West Palm Beach, FL, United States 01-24-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Fun Thriller but Characters a Bit Wooden"

    Fun thriller with some hedge fund action thrown in. Kept me glued to my headphones. However the Characters were a bit wooden. Hedge fund manager way too nice and straight lace for a trader. His ex FBI agent to dedicated, not jaded at all working in law enforcement, and actually prays to J. Edgar... come on. Great reader.

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    Household Six 01-21-14
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    "Faux working man Bobby Kennedy saves world"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes- not my usual read but part for the course for author. Financial intrigue with attempt at immigrant family several generations up the line "seeing the market" while playing the bad boy.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Plot was good if not predictable. Financial ruin in some aspects, love interest thrown in, and geopolitics for good measure. Not a thriller but close.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narrator gets fair marks. Did not take away from quality of the experience.


    Do you think The Prince of Risk needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not needed but room was left for a new story with same characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Parts in middle were a little slow but overall a quality listen by a known quantity author.

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