Game Theory

Katerina Carter Fraud Legal Thriller Series, Book 2
Narrated by: Petrea Burchard
Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
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Someone is siphoning funds from billionaire Zachary Barron's currency hedge fund. Intent on prosecuting the thief to the fullest extent of the law, he hires Katerina "Kat" Carter, the best forensic accountant in the business, to follow the money trail. Both are shocked when it leads to Zachary's father, Nathan. 

And he's just the tip of the iceberg. 

Nathan belongs to a shadowy organization with global ties and unimaginable resources. They already control the banking industry and the media, but their ultimate goal - the collapse of the global currency market and a new world order - will soon be within reach. 

The organization learns of her involvement and sends a warning. She knows it will be her last - others who have tried to foil their agenda have met with violent deaths. 

If Kat walks away and keeps her mouth shut, she'll look over her shoulder for the rest of her life in a world she'll scarcely recognize. Ignoring the threat makes her and everyone she cares about a target...or a potential traitor. 

Still, as Kat Carter knows all too well...the greater the risk, the greater the reward. 

And there's no hedging on this bet. It's all or nothing. 

Who's in?

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Game Theory

Kat is supposed to be investigating the mans company, after she helps him settle his divorce. But the investigation into his father and the company turns into a large rabbit hole. All funds are being transferred into shell account that lead to a secret organization. She recruits her boyfriend to help her and the find the secret meeting location. Meanwhile her Uncle seems to be getting worse with Alzheimer's and she needs to keep a close eye on him. Then her crazy cousin shows up to create more havoc. Kat's boyfriend goes missing and she get drugged and let on a street bench. This case is getting more and more dangerous. This case is full of adventure, suspicious characters and lots of betrayal. Petrea Burchard does a fantastic job with her narration on this series.

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Wow!!! What a book!

Game Theory by Colleen Cross is the second book in the series featuring Katerina Carter, whom is a forensic accountant. I loved how this book is both a standalone listen and part of a series. This book has several endearing characters and several despicable ones. I thought the author wrote the character of Uncle Harry in a very sensitive manner. Alzheimer's is such a horrible disease, and so difficult to deal with. Katerina and Jace are also favorite characters of mine. I really enjoyed how the author wove several stories into one in this book. I had never really thought of elder-abuse before listening to this book, and the financial implications/consequences. Regarding another aspect of this book, the Ponzi scheme. The author wrote the details with such believability that I could see how people fall for them. The currency manipulation was another aspect that is very scary when one thinks about it. Petrea Burchard performed this book fantastically. I love how she gives distinguishable voices to the various characters. I could envision so many things with the vivid imagery in this book. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator. Blowout by Colleen Cross is the next book in the series.

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WoW!

fraud, Alzheimer-victim, embezzling, international-crime-and-mystery, thriller

Her mother, and now her uncle were struck down with the horror that is Alzheimer's, and Kat is afraid of losing her supportive lover the way her own father ran out on them. Enter a high profile divorce case which leads to investigation of embezzlement, high finance machinations, and world finance manipulation. Add in a psychopathic killer who turns out to be Kat's cousin and you have the complex thriller that is this book which drew me in and kept me reading! Great stuff!
I have the audio narrated by Petrea Burchard who excels in this multifaceted read.
I requested and much to my delight received a free audio copy of this book. Thank you!

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Even better than the first............

Game Theory is the second book in this series, but it can easily be read as a standalone. In Game Theory, Katerina Carter, a forensic accountant and fraud investigator, is tasked with solving two crimes. The first has global financial implications and the second has heartbreaking personal implications. Kat is hired by the manager of a multi-billion dollar investment fund to investigate possible fraud. This leads Kat, with the assistance of her reporter boyfriend Jase, into all kinds of adrenaline fueled situations. Kat also drags her Uncle Harry with her on all of her adventures because he is suffering from seemingly rapid onset Alzheimer's. While trying to cope with her mentally unstable uncle, look for her kidnapped boyfriend, and even getting kidnapped herself, Kat also searches for the culprit behind her uncle suddenly being robbed blind and saddled with unexplained debt. No only does she deal well with the debilitating results of dementia, but the author also pens an interesting and thought-provoking mystery with just the right amount of family and relationship drama.

Petrea Burchard narrates the first book in the series, so the continuity is great. Especially since she does such a terrific job with the narration. Her delivery is smooth and flawless, and she uses the right amount of emphasis for every mood of the story. I highly recommend this audiobook and the first book in the series, too.

I received a copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for this honest review.

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My favorite in the series

This was one I quite liked. The use of the two stories made it interesting and kept me hooked more then the others in the series. I even thought that my 102 year old Nan would enjoy this one. A simple read like all in the series with good narration but definitely my favorite of the four.

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Game Theory - Book 2

Katerina Carter is a forensic accountant. Hired by billionaire Zachary Barron's to give evidence in his divorce proceedings at first, than to look into fraud by Zachary's father Nathan, Kat finds herself uncovering something much large.

The book also tells the story how Kat juggles her private life with her working one. A lot has happen since Exit Strategy. Uncle Harry’s life has changed dramatically and it now seems he has Dementia. The return of Hilary, Harry's daughter who cheated him of his life's savings many years ago.

A gripping story where each chapter leaves you trying to guess what happens next but you always fall short. Well done!

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Great second in the series

Great mystery, great characters and I feel like I’m learning about forensic accounting! I can’t wait to see what happens with cat next!

I received a free copy and left my honest review

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Wonderful

I think I liked this better than the first book . I really enjoy Kat’s Uncle Harry . He is my favorite part of the books .

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I love Cross' thrillers

she did it again. Colleen does a wonderful job creating a story that's believable in everyday life and taking you in a ride while reading it. Petra does an amazing job bringing each character to life with different voices so you know who is talking. I'm looking forward to the next book.

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Intriguing, mysterious and sensitivity

Game Theory is a book that is intriguing and suspenseful. I became hooked into the storyline very quickly. I loved how the author dealt with the subject of Alzheimer's in a sensitive way it was very impressive. The storyline was mysterious and very well written. The narrator Petrea Burchard was excellent. The characters were endearing and relatable.
I received this audio book at my request and I am voluntarily leaving my honest review.

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  • Book Nerd
  • 03-24-19

Interesting listen

Not something I'd usually read/listen too, but was happy I did. It's an interesting twist on the usual thriller, very gripping and a brilliant performance. Highly recommend

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  • Simon
  • 03-13-19

Brilliant 5 star audio book

This is the second Katerina book I have listened to and it is just as good as book one, or possibly slightly better.

The series is different from normal crime books as it is a fraud story, whcih has a different twqist on things.

The book had me hooked from the start as I tried to work out what was going to happen and kept me engaged throughout.

I have really enjoyed both books by Colleen and can't wait to listen to the next one, which I am going to start shortly.

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  • niamh bonner
  • 03-12-19

Great story

I really enjoyed this book. the story and carachter development were both great. my only complaint is that the uncle's voice is like grandpa Simpson so I couldn't take him seriously. Otherwise I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Teresa Harwood
  • 03-11-19

A fast paced mystery

The second Katerina Carter Mystery is even better than the first. A fast paced mystery with intriguing financial shenanigans but Kat is more than equal to the challenge. Her personal life is also under strain. I found myself growing increasingly angry about the elder abuse and fraud suffered by her Uncle Harry. A great series, looking forward to reading number three.

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  • LeMiliere
  • 03-09-19

Fast Paced - Well Written

Game Theory is the second book in this series, but it can easily be listened to or read as a standalone. The first book in this series was my first time reading or listening to this author's work and I admit that I did wonder if the second book would be as good. I need not have worried I enjoyed it immensely.

Game Theory has Katerina Carter, a forensic accountant and fraud investigator trying to solve not one but two crimes. The first has global financial implications and the second has a much more personal and heartbreaking implication. Kat has been hired to investigate possible fraud by the manager of a multi-billion dollar investment fund which leads Kat and her boyfriend Jase who is a reporter, into many risky situations.

The more personal investigation involves her Uncle Harry, who is suffering from rapid onset Alzheimers. His money has disappeared, he's been robbed and has acquired massive debts - who has orchestrated this? Is it someone closer to home?

To add to her tasks she has to try to find Jase, he's been kidnapped but that's not all she too get's kidnapped.

I'd love to tell you more but that would involve spoilers I don't want to give so I will just say that this is a fast-paced enjoyable story which does manage to stretch the boundaries of belief but is no less enjoyable for that. There is lots of family and relationship drama mixed in with the mysteries Kat needs to solve.

The narration by Petrea Burchard is excellent, she also narrated the first book in the series which made the continuity great. She is very talented and really brought this story to life.

If you haven't read or listened to the first book I recommend that you do but that's only because it's so good and for me added to my enjoyment of this one.

I was given this audiobook as a gift and am voluntarily writing my review.




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  • TerryHeth
  • 03-09-19

Fab series

I really enjoy listening or reading these books.
Kat is a great character and has filled out personality wise so much.
Harry, bless him, my heart at times with this man.
This book deals with fraud, big business & family. They both are believable as real happenings. Sneaky & underhand whether family or strangers. Where money is concerned anything can happen!
Another great listen

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  • SandraL
  • 03-04-19

Follow the Money

Before I read Exit Strategy, the first book in the series I was very sceptical about how exciting a book about a forensic accountant could be, but I was proved totally wrong, and was eager to read this book, the second in the series. It was just as good as the first.

It is a story about fraud on a global scale. Kat is a strong protagonist who has to use all her wits to ensure that justice prevails. On top of this Kat finds out that her uncle has Alzheimer's, along with his own money problems. Having had a couple of relatives with this sad disease I felt that it was handled and described sensitively and realistically by Ms Cross. The plot is fast paced and well written, with all the strands nicely tied up at the end. You do have to pay attention when reading/listening though to make sure you understand all the financial stuff.

It was nice to hear Petrea Burchard’s flawless narration again. I like it when there is continuity of narrators in a series.

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  • Melanie Preston Lewis
  • 02-11-19

Another success!

When I read Colleen Cross' first book, Exit Strategy, I was blown away by the hero working as a forensic accountant. We've had all sorts of unlikely professions as heroes, and I worried that this was stretching it a bit. Two things changed my mind, the first being a local 'philanthropist' being jailed for running a Ponzi scheme and all his charity work being at the expense of other people and the second, and the reason most relevant, was the excellent writing. In Game Theory, Ms Cross has once again created an all too believable tale, and the hero at the centre of it all is the brilliant Katerina Carter, Forensic Accountant extraordinaire. Coping with the disappearance of her boyfriend, death threats, a beloved Uncle with dementia and a psychopathic cousin, Kat unravels all the threads and neatly ties them in a bow, sorted and resolved. She has a strong moral code and you have to respect that. Ms Cross cleverly entwines Kat's professional and personal life, and this is what makes the story so credible. I understood the financial shenanigans better in this book than in book 1, maybe because I've just seen this happen in real life. How people can do what they do, is a constant surprise to me. Thank goodness we have real life Katerina Carters to sort out the tangled web of lies these criminals spin. Excellent narration by Petrea Burchard. I am thrilled to recommend Game Theory, a clever and carefully plotted thriller that will keep you absorbed the whole time.

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  • Kay Mcnamara
  • 05-24-20

Good book

I enjoyed this book I think it would be hard to follow if you didn’t understand ponsi schemes and money laundering

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  • Helen
  • 04-25-20

Amazing book

I Enjoyed this audio book very much from start to finish great story line must read