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Martin David, an eager but inexperienced financial analyst, is the newest member of the investment team at Skeiron Capital Partners in London. His boss is an avowed financial genius, but he's also overbearing and intense. Despite his erratic behavior, Martin can't help being drawn to him both professionally and personally.

Too bad his boss doesn't seem to feel the same. In a firm where pedigree and connections mean far more than Martin's newly minted business degree, Martin feels desperately inadequate - at least until he meets the enigmatic investment manager Alec Berger, who promises to help Martin establish himself in the financial community. Martin is so charmed by Alec's sophistication and wit that he gives him data that should have stayed confidential.

Then the financial crisis hits. Banks burn, companies teeter on the brink, and Skeiron's survival is at stake. Martin is pushed into the middle of the fight for Skeiron - against both the tanking economy and a ruthless enemy who's stepped out of the shadows to collect the spoils.

©2014 Aleksandr Voinov (P)2016 Aleksandr Voinov

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Outstanding MM textbook!

What a surprise and tremendous pleasure! This was an intellectually and emotionally engaging book!
Without the doubt , this book is excellent, well-written, interesting, unusual.
All main characters and scenes were portrayed unbelievably realistic. Noting and nobody is in black and white. Shades of grey!
It's about the life of Martin and his major impact of three men. His emotional, personal and professional growth. A complex character whom I really liked. A newbie in the private equity field. He got these inconvenient crushes, which made him vulnerable and somehow charming. He had been committed all this time to the person who recognized him as a career–oriented, money-blind kid and sometimes delivering something more but …..
Francis is a powerful, intelligent and confident man of the edge. A fascinating enigma!A financial rock star!Temperamental but deserving of his reputation. Unbreakable but everyone has their limits. I hated him but I wanted more Francis!
This is a book that is pretty much about city people, city life.I's set in the financial world of City of London. One of the most vibrant financial center in world. London during a financial tsunami in 2008.

I I highly recommend you audible version narrated by Alexander Masters, as well. This British-authentic and sophisticated voice will give you so additional flavor.

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good but not one of my favourite

this one was just a bit to much for me
good plot, and I did like the resolution.
It remind it me of the movie "the big short"
very good writing.
and i did not care much for the narration.

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  • Donald
  • Louisville, Georgia, United States
  • 12-20-16

Who knew...

A very interesting story. Martin David's journey was realistic and understandable. I liked this character and I wanted him to be happy...though I'm not sure Francis is the one. I know that despicable Alec is not the one! The way in which Alexander Masters brings that character alive, I could sense the sleaze permeating from Alec's pores. This was a nice read...a bit of angst, intrigue, and duplicity.