Mike Ford

4 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 246 ratings

The 500 Publisher's Summary

A gripping thriller debut, set deep in the heart of the world's most powerful political arena

A year ago, fresh out of Harvard Law School, Mike Ford landed his dream job at the Davies Group, Washington's most powerful consulting firm. Now, he's staring down the barrel of a gun, pursued by two of the world's most dangerous men. To get out, he'll have to do all the things he thought he'd never do again: lie, cheat, steal - and this time, maybe even kill.

Mike grew up in a world of small-stakes con men, learning lessons at his father's knee. His hard-won success in college and law school was his ticket out. As the Davies Group's rising star, he rubs shoulders with "The 500", the elite men and women who really run Washington - and the world. But peddling influence, he soon learns, is familiar work: even with a pedigree, a con is still a con.

Combining the best elements of political intrigue and heart-stopping action, The 500 is an explosive debut, one that calls to mind classic thrillers like The Firm and Presumed Innocent. In Mike Ford, listeners will discover a new hero who learns that the higher the climb, the harder - and deadlier - the fall.

©2012 Matthew Quirk (P)2012 Hachette Audio
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  • Book 1

    • The 500

    • A Novel
    • By: Matthew Quirk
    • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
    • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 189
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 155
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 157

    A year ago, fresh out of Harvard Law School, Mike Ford landed his dream job at the Davies Group, Washington's most powerful consulting firm. Now, he's staring down the barrel of a gun, pursued by two of the world's most dangerous men. To get out, he'll have to do all the things he thought he'd never do again: lie, cheat, steal - and this time, maybe even kill. Mike grew up in a world of small-stakes con men, learning lessons at his father's knee. His hard-won success in college and law school was his ticket out.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This book is WILD!! Easy 5 STARS...

    • By shelley on 04-19-16

    Regular price: $22.80

    • The 500

    • By: Matthew Quirk
    • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
    • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Mike Ford was following his father into a life of crime, when he chose to go straight and instead worked his way into Harvard Law School. Now he's landed the ultimate job with the Davies Group, a powerful political consulting firm run by the charismatic Henry Davies. Rubbing shoulders with Washington's heavyweights and with more money and privileges than he's ever imagined, Mike believes that everything has finally come right. But he's about to discover that power comes with a price....

    Regular price: $15.48

  • Book 2

    • The Directive

    • Mike Ford, Book 2
    • By: Matthew Quirk
    • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
    • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 56
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 50

    After escaping the corrupt back rooms of Washington, DC, Mike Ford is again playing a dangerous game - this time the stakes are even higher. Mike's brother is in over his head in a powerful conspiracy to steal a secret worth billions of dollars from the little-known but unbelievably influential trading desk at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. In an effort to help, Mike soon finds himself trapped by the dangerous men in charge - and forced to call on all the skills of his criminal past in order to escape.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Gimmicky and in inspired

    • By Tom on 08-06-14

    Regular price: $28.50

    • The Directive

    • By: Matthew Quirk
    • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
    • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The blistering follow up to The 500 has Mike Ford attempting a high-stakes heist of the Federal Reserve. Michael Ford has finally escaped his chequered past to lead the respectable life he's always dreamed of, preparing to settle down with his fiancée, Annie. But the quiet is shattered when his brother, Jack, comes back into his life. Jack is a world-class con man who has finally overplayed his hand. He's in way over his head in a conspiracy to steal a billion-dollar secret from the heart of the financial system.

    Regular price: $20.65