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The Ego's Nest (Dave Hart 5) [Kindle Edition]

David Charters
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Dave Hart, charismatic leader of the fallen giant, Grossbank, is dead. But it’s worse than that. He's in love. In the midst of an opium-and-sex-fuelled haze in the heart of Cambodia, having made billions of dollars from Grossbank’s collapse before faking his own death, he is desperate to return to London and get The Girl. And in this case, it's not just any girl – it’s Laura 'Two Livers' Mackay, the most intelligent, independent, powerful woman around … with the kind of figure that would make a dead man restless. But how exactly do you rise from the dead? How do you go about resurrecting the financial world following a devastating economic crash? And why are some of the shadiest figures in organised crime so keen to give you upwards of a hundred billion dollars? The Ego's Nest is a witty, gripping, fast-paced tale of one man trying to stay true to his beliefs no matter how jaded and immoral they may be, in a world where ethical business is obviously bad business.

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It's all here: the greed, the arrogance, the incompetence, the ruthlessness, the egomania that has driven the great captains of finance as they wreck everything around them. And it's funny. It's very, very funny. --Michael Ridpath

I can't remember when I enjoyed a book as much... It reads fast and furious with enough laughs to keep you from worrying if what Mr Charters says is actually true. --Christopher Reich

About the Author

David Charters is a former diplomat and investment banker, who left the City after twelve years of working on many of the largest international flotations and privatisations. He has published six novels and is best known for his best-selling Dave Hart series, of which The Ego's Nest is the fifth instalment.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 386 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Elliott & Thompson (24 Jun. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0071DK41Y
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #179,165 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Anit-hero is back ... 26 Jun. 2011
By 18BT
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Well he couldn't be killed off could he? David Charters is back in fine form with the next installment in the life of Dave Hart. This time, he's trying to save the world economy (having caused the Financial Crisis in Where Egos Dare). Is he finally going good? Does he get the ultimate girl, Two Livers McKay? Answers to these questions are contained in the usual blend of sex, drugs, alcohol and details of how the financial markets make money.

For Charters' loyal fan base, this doesn't disappoint - this can be read in the chauffeur-driven cars from Mayfair or Canary Wharf or in one of the "smokers" which Hart uses and is the perfect complement to a bottle of Cristal or Allesandro's martinis at Dukes. He writes with the detail of someone who has spent years in and, now, alongside the City and Hedge Fund industry.

Just don't let the wife read it if you are in the business and don't allow your sons to pick it up or they'll want to go to Cambodia by the time they get to page 4. And this is one author you never want to get an acknowledgement from ....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where Egos Fly 28 Mar. 2012
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This is the first time I have come across Dave Hart, as I have not read the previous four books in which he featured. However, he could have been the twin of Alan B'Stard of New Statesman fame. B'Stard is described in wiki as selfish, greedy, dishonest, devious, lecherous and sadistic. Dave manages to exhibit all these admirable qualities together with a total lack of any moral scruples. In other words you really cannot help but like the guy!

Actually I am probably being a bit hard on Dave. This time round he has been resurrected from the dead after his 'suicide' in the previous instalment. His masterplan to make billions on this occasion is to start up a new Salvation Fund, using his excellent contacts in the underworld to raise the initial funds. However, whilst the whole idea is market manipulation, he wants to buy stakes and build success when shares go up rather than short selling shares he does not own and make money buying them back when the companies and share prices have crashed. He also wants the bad guys, who have supplied the cash, to give up their drug running, people smuggling etc when he has made them their billions - yes, that sounds really likely! Dave is highly smitten with his former colleague, the so called Two Livers due to her prodigious drinking talents and this seems to be his overriding concern. So he is not all bad really.

This book is written with some authority and the author clearly has a background of experience in the city. Some of his observations, for example on the workings of AIM (Alternative Investment Market) are, in my opinion, bang on the money. Obviously the comments are often witty and incisive, but clearly completely over the top in the main. However, there is more than an element of truth there.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking, entertaining read 18 April 2012
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This is the first book I've read in the David Hart series and it's certainly entertaining enough to make me go backwards and catch up on the previous ones.

This is a short, sharp, funny book with a negligible plot-line- Hart [literally] returns from the dead to try and win the heart of the woman of his dreams, whilst making a few billion on the side with fantastical ease during the depths of the Great Recession- but that doesn't matter. David Charter's books are obviously Experiences, and on the strength of this one, I would imagine very enjoyable ones at that.

The central anti-hero's one-liners and sly observations of the financial world and the characters in it are to die for and more than make up for any predictable plotting or simplistic technique. The Ego's Nest is about having a laugh whilst at the same time having some astute observations about the sheer madness that runs rampant in The City, suddenly hammered home to you from out of the blue.

In many ways, this makes Charter's books probably more effective than a shelf of more serious studies of our semi-criminal financial system, and that must be seen as a laudable achievement.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The city hero? 10 Feb. 2012
David Charters is fast becoming one of the funniest writers I have read in a long time. Not normally a reader of the finance world, his Dave Hart books are a brilliant parody of life in the Square Mile. Starting with a smile and shaking of the head I ended up laughing out loud so many times, I lost count.

The main character, Dave Hart is the epitome of badness in the banking world who surely cannot be based on a real person... or is he?

The stories are very fast paced with each situations becoming funnier and funnier as he dashes from meetings, dealings, ex wives, board members, drug dealers, gangsters etc through a haze of martinis, chauffeur driven cars and the 'smokers' - all the toys. Despite his devious, and total lack of morals, he grew on me and I wanted to yell at him for the obvious - Two Livers. Each book ends with a `Nooo!' and you ended up waiting eagerly for the next one.

Having now read the final one 'The Ego's Nest', each book has many memorable moments and names, Gross Bank and Fred the Bed to name but two, had me in stitches. Sartorial humour at it's best. A TV adaptation is surely the next step?
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1.0 out of 5 stars Ego Driven Fantasy
This is a strange and deeply odious book. The main character Dave Hart is empty, drug and drink-fuelled, loaded with money and contacts happy to 'invest' all their money with him. Read more
Published 2 months ago by D Webster
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever, light-hearted and funny
Author David Charters has a quirky sense of humour and clearly knows his way round Investment Banking and the Square Mile. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Terry D
4.0 out of 5 stars Ego's nest
love the humour in this book Dave Hart, charismatic leader of the fallen giant, Grossbank, is dead. But it s worse than that. He's in love. Read more
Published 11 months ago by E. Dale
4.0 out of 5 stars Humorous and Biting
If you're one of those people who believes modern novels are unnecessarily long and padded-out by flabby writing, then this short, sharp book may find favour with you. Read more
Published 11 months ago by G. J. Oxley
2.0 out of 5 stars The Ego Forgot the Final Act
London City Bankers are not the most popular people in the UK at the moment and author David Charters does nothing to dispel this in `The Ego's Nest' the fifth book in the Dave... Read more
Published on 14 Jan. 2013 by Sam Tyler
1.0 out of 5 stars Worthy of zero stars
This is the 5th book featuring the financial criminal Dave Hart and all I can say is that I cannot believe people are still buying and reading this rubbish. Read more
Published on 2 Nov. 2012 by ratscat13
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok,
If you know anything about the city you will know that there's far too much truth in the situations and attitudes portrayed here - the arrogance, the greed, none of it will... Read more
Published on 18 Oct. 2012 by Andy Edwards
3.0 out of 5 stars Amusing but nothing more
The Ego's Nest is the latest in a series about a City anti-hero, Dave Hart, and his exploits in and around the City. Read more
Published on 17 May 2012 by Max
2.0 out of 5 stars The villains had a good crash
Dave Hart has committed the greatest scam of all times and is living the life with money, women and drugs in Cambodia, but he is getting bored with it all and has to come back from... Read more
Published on 17 April 2012 by Maria
1.0 out of 5 stars NO (e)GO
When I got this book I did not realise it was a sequel to other books about our "hero" Dave Hart - the "City 5" in the sub-title should have given it away but I was being... Read more
Published on 9 April 2012 by HJK
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