“Can I interest you in saving America?”
That’s the text message Peter Fallon receives from a Wall Street bigwig. It’s not a challenge he can turn down, especially since the country is in the midst of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. The stock market is wobbling. The Chinese have stopped buying our T-Bills. If we don’t get control of our deficit, our economic future looks grim.
But all may not be lost. Hidden somewhere in New York City is a box of 1780 bonds with a face value of $10,000, part of a series of bonds called New Emission Money. The Supreme Court is about to decide if these bonds still have value. If the decision is yes, those bonds, at five percent interest, will be worth a very pretty penny. A lot of very pretty pennies.
Peter Fallon and his girlfriend, Evangeline Carrington, must find the box—and fast. Suddenly, their race against time becomes a race through time as Peter and Evangeline track the stories of New Yorkers whose lives have been changed by the bonds. They’ll confront frightened booksellers, heartless businessmen, former flames, renegade treasury agents, and the Russian mafia….and all the while, they’ll unravel the thrilling and inspiring origins of the City of Dreams.
Ever since I stumbled across the Lost Constitution last year, I've been a big fan of William Martin. Since then, I've read all of his Peter Fallon books and enjoyed them tremendously. Martin masterfully weaves together fact and fiction to create page-turner after page-turner. Although I tend to not enjoy the way Martin ends his tales, I find myself so caught up in the story that I don't care about the disappointment I've come to expect from his novels' anti-climatic endings. If you are a fan of Steve Berry, Dan Brown or even powerhouses such as Ken Follett and Edward Rutherfurd, I believe that you will enjoy this book as well as Martin's many others.
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This is the second of William Martin's books that I have listened to. The historical elements mixed with modern-day mystery are excellent. Please get more of his titles!