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The Last Finesse [Kindle Edition]

Brian Bloom
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Synopsis:
In the global corridors of power, a group of faceless men is positioning to usurp control of one of the world’s primary energy resources: uranium. Climate change looms large. Luke Sinclair is a young, Australian-born professor of mineralogy and an expert in the nuclear-fuel cycle. Up to now, he’s led a carefree, hedonistic lifestyle.

But things change: renegade North Korea is about to transfer its illicitly acquired nuclear-weapons technology to Myanmar. The CIA wants to block the development. It enlists the aid of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service. ASIS commandeers Luke, who quickly discovers there are wheels within wheels. Who has the real power? Who are his real friends? Is the attempt to corner the nuclear market ‘The last finesse’ of the faceless men who are so fixated on their personal goals they’ll risk a planetary cataclysm? Has ethical behaviour become merely an anachronism in the 21st Century gladiatorial arena?

The Last Finesse is Brian’s second factional novel. Both were written for the simultaneous entertainment and invigoration of the thinking element of society. It is a prequel to Beyond Neanderthal, which takes a visionary view of humanity’s future, provided we can sublimate our Neanderthal drive to entrench pecking orders in society. The Last Finesse is more “now” oriented. Together, these two books reflect a holistic, right brain/left brain view of the challenges faced by humanity; and how we might meet them. All our problems – including the mountain of debt that casts its shadow over the world’s wallowing economy – are soluble.

About the Author:
In 1987, Brian and his young family migrated from South Africa to Australia where he was employed in Citicorp’s Venture Capital division. He was expecting that Natural Gas would become the world’s next energy paradigm but, surprisingly, it was slow in coming. He then became conscious of the raw power of self-serving vested interests to trump what – from an ethical perspective – should have been society’s greater interests.

Eventually, in 2005, with encouragement from his long suffering wife, Denise, he decided to do something about what he was witnessing: Beyond Neanderthal was the result; The Last Finesse is the prequel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 921 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Co. (28 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00873GSQC
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4.0 out of 5 stars Book Club Pick 3 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Brian Bloom's attempts to highlight major world issues deserves applause. In one book alone, he covers climate change, economy and military secrets. Include a layered and fascinating hero, you have more than a good book. The only thing that did not work for me was that despite the book being published for more than a year, we were given a draft copy.

Had this been a draft that errors had already been corrected and pending a final read was one thing, this was a draft copy with errors marked in green which we had to put up with for more than 400 pages. This made reading the book extremely slow not to mention tedious.

I digress. The story seeks to inform. Where the news tells us A, voices like WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden give us plenty to think about with their versions of the truth as does Brian Bloom's The Last Finesse. Between Luke's lifestyle and the factual issues, readers will definitely be entertained and informed.

Do I recommend this book? Yes, if you are purchasing it, I don't think you will have the green markings as we did and your reading experience will be far better. For the sake of comparison, if you enjoyed Tom Clancy, you will definitely enjoy Beyond Neanderthal and The Last Finesse by Brian Bloom.

Disclosure - As a Quality Reads Book Club member, I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars `Everybody, sooner or later, sits down to a banquet of consequences.' Robert Lewis Stevenson 27 Sep 2013
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
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Brian Bloom, originally from South Africa but now living in Australia, has a rich background in law, finance and manufacturing which serve him well for this philosophical treatise masquerading as a fascinating novel. His rhythm of writing feels as comfortable as the Australian pub talk his characters Mitch and Luke who open his book and it is with dexterity of form that he introduces the concepts of his thinking within the construct of his second `factional novel' (the first being the popular `Beyond Neanderthal'). His drivers are to stimulate sensible discussion about the future: the launching pad will be to harness universally ubiquitous energy.'

As Bloom has said, `The Last Finesse has an entertaining and diverting storyline. Once again, through the medium of a relaxing fictional storyline, ideas are put forward regarding what we might do to dig our way out of the seemingly inescapable quagmire in which humanity now finds itself bogged. The darkness of one phase of human existence is receding. The dazzling brightness of a new chapter is peeping over the horizon. The wheels of evolution continue to turn.' The themes of The Last Finesse are: What caused the Global Financial Crisis?, Muslims, Jews and Christians can get along fine, and End of a financial era is approaching. `. `It is against this background that I now put forward for your consideration the need for all countries to willingly embrace an over-arching Nova Magna Carta - a Great New Charter - in which the principles of ethical behavior with which we should all comply would be outlined and to which all promulgated laws of humankind would become subservient. In relation to nuclear energy in particular, although there might be an argument to support the embracement of this technology as a matter of priority, it should be a non-negotiable condition precedent to its embracement that a Nova Magna Carta is first put in place. Given all the uncertainties and challenges humanity now faces, we should not only make the satisfaction of this condition precedent a priority; we should consider it a matter of urgency.'

Bloom's ideas are isolated here, away from his novel story, because they deserve deep thought. Granted his novel is entertaining with a humorous storyline that leads the reader through the maze of disinformation on subjects like nuclear energy and climate change that pervades the commercially self-interested media. And the character in whose mouths and actions he places these nuances are well developed and credible. The novel is a bit long and does steer away from close attention to certain aspects of his storyline, but in the end the meat of his ideas so indeed provide a sense of optimism for our future, and for a `factional thriller' that is a nice turn. For this reader the concepts he probes are more interesting than the thriller line he has, nonetheless, adroitly created. Grady Harp, September 13
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finessing the future 20 July 2012
By alan.stephen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is one of the most insightful books I have read in this century.
It is full of great insights about the future based on data and forward
projections. Some of the authors insights seem to be happening in the now.
It is definitely a worthwhile read for anyone who is interested in their
own future and possibilities in the world of energy production.
Certainly clears up myths and muddy water in this area. A heartily good
tale with meat in there to more than think about.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ambitious conspiracy thriller 1 Oct 2013
By Michael Todaro - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
'The Last Finesse' is an ambitious work that tackles big and important themes, mostly from an optimistic perspective. The expansive and uplifting story touches on climate change, nuclear energy, interpersonal ethics and the causes of the financial crisis. At its core, however, is a set of interesting and richly depicted characters to whom I could relate.

The protagonist is Luke Sinclair, a young professor who becomes unwittingly entangled in a conspiracy of global proportions. His experiences made me feel sympathy and fascination. Confronted with knowledge of breaches of international law and political intrigue, can he maintain his integrity and courage?

I would recommend this book to fans of thought-provoking and ethically conscious thrillers. The author handles the complexities of the plot deftly, and it is undoubtedly one of the best and most gripping stories that I've read in the conspiracy genre.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 6 April 2014
By R Sidelsky - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Brian Bloom has once again written an interesting book
thoroughly enjoyed each page
most enjoyable and interesting
would certainly recommend
4.0 out of 5 stars Book Club Pick 3 Mar 2014
By Quality Reads UK Book Club - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Brian Bloom's attempts to highlight major world issues deserves applause. In one book alone, he covers climate change, economy and military secrets. Include a layered and fascinating hero, you have more than a good book. The only thing that did not work for me was that despite the book being published for more than a year, we were given a draft copy.

Had this been a draft that errors had already been corrected and pending a final read was one thing, this was a draft copy with errors marked in green which we had to put up with for more than 400 pages. This made reading the book extremely slow not to mention tedious.

I digress. The story seeks to inform. Where the news tells us A, voices like WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden give us plenty to think about with their versions of the truth as does Brian Bloom's The Last Finesse. Between Luke's lifestyle and the factual issues, readers will definitely be entertained and informed.

Do I recommend this book? Yes, if you are purchasing it, I don't think you will have the green markings as we did and your reading experience will be far better. For the sake of comparison, if you enjoyed Tom Clancy, you will definitely enjoy Beyond Neanderthal and The Last Finesse by Brian Bloom.

Disclosure - As a Quality Reads Book Club member, I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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