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The greatest gold discovery in history draws a young Charles Knight to West Africa, where he unearths deception, violence, and romance. Xander Winn - a Dutchman on his own mission - mentors Charles on his voyage into the world of speculation and African politics. But a psychopathic rebel leader, the purveyors of a six-billion-dollar fraud, a team of mercenaries bent on early retirement, and the US government all get in his way. Everyone wants him dead. But Charles plans to strike it rich.

©2016 Doug Casey and John Hunt (P)2016 Doug Casey and John Hunt

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Speculator entertains and makes you think

Great story. Very hard to put down.
The characters were all exceedingly well described and I am really in a hurry to see where the author goes with them, as the series continues.
Please don't make us wait too long Mr. Casey.
You have a great talent for describing the world that exists beneath the perceptions of those who think that reading the newspaper is the way to know what is going on in the world.

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  • Michael
  • COOS BAY, OR, United States
  • 05-01-17

My Favorite Modern Fiction Book

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's pace was perfect and I was on the edge of my seat. It is well narrated. It is rare that I listen to a book in such a short time.

The libertarian commentary might be off putting for some but I enjoyed it and at times it was implemented in a comical way.

I don't recall learning so much from a fictional book before. I learned some things about anatomy, speculation, mining companies, and found myself googling concepts I was unfamiliar with. It is the first time I encountered the term "Gamma Male".

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Fantastic story and great narrator!

This book definitely exceeded my expectations. I love how well it blended deep economic and political themes with rich characters and a lot of action and intrigue. It was both entertaining and educational all the way to the end.

Sex, guns, gold, politics, money, and most importantly, great philosophy!.....what's not to like?

I've listened to a lot of books on audible, but this is the first one that I was truly sad when it was finished. I can't wait for the next one.

Props to the narrator too, I never had to guess what character was speaking. Multi-accent, multi-tone, great job!

Highly recommend to everyone, but I think freedom loving/liberty minded individuals/investors who reject collectivism will enjoy it most!

Cheers!

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Excellent!!!

To be honest I didn't have very high expectations for this book, but I was more then pleasantly surprised. The book is clever, intelligent and inspiring. An ideal entertainment for a capitalist adventurer.

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Better than Bond!

Great story, good book, eager for more! I've been a fan of Doug Casey ever since reading international Man and crisis investing. he really delivers with his first novel.

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Great book

Enjoyed every page of this book. Well written and very engaging. Flows vary nicely with sufficient narrative to capture every moment of intrigue and excitement. The narration provided by Mr. Pruden complimented the storyline with natural voice inflections and easy follow-through. He had the unique ability to add dramatist and subtle texture. I highly recommend this book and look forward to more of Hunt/Casey books.

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one of the best books I've read in a few years

edutainment at its best. it wasn't the ending I expected, but looking back it was a realistic ending which really had me until the last minute.

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Prefer My Casey Undiluted

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The fictional narrative in this book is strictly a delivery device for Casey's Libertarian/Austrian philosophy and his worldview. Which I agree with for the most part. But, when you start with what will be a largely indigestible message to many and try to build a thriller around it, you're almost invariably going to end up with a paint-by-numbers story with wooden characters. The product will be further diluted if, at the outset, you've decided that this will be a series and not a standalone novel. I think it's Casey's plan to write one book dealing with each of Block's Undefendibles. I'll take my Casey straight, in dirty glass.

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  • 10-08-17

My new #1 favourite series!!

What an amazing series! The authors have created a very strong and admirable character, like Howard Rourke from The Fountainhead, then placed him in the middle of a James Bond-like thriller in Africa. This would be a great book for young people to start learning about business, economics, philosophy, relationships, and just a solid broad perspective of the world in general. I cannot wait for the next 4 books to be released now.

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  • Dennis
  • 02-22-17

A Great Story!

I was definitely hooked on this story. Just like a book you can't put down I could not stop listening. A great story! The lessons that are taught are so valuable and can be implemented within your own life. The perfect combination of a fictional novel, a stock market book, and a life coach book. If you like investing, in finance as well as in yourself. Look no further.
The gentleman who read the book also did a fantastic job, switching between masculine and feminine tones as well as various accents, creating a vast soundscape of congruent characters. I can't wait to listen to the next book. Enjoy!