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The Millionaires [Paperback]

Brad Meltzer
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19 Sep 2002
Two brothers, one an executive at a bank and the other in an entry-level position, hatch a plot to steal three million dollars. Using a sophisticated computer program, they plan to transfer the money into an account only they can access. But after the transaction has been completed, they quickly realize that rather than three million dollars, they stole three hundred million. The secret service are called in to investigate and Charlie and Oliver soon find themselves on the run not only from the law, but from the people they stole the money from. Using technology to alter their identity and conceal their personal records, the people hunting them down use the same technology to track their whereabouts. It's a high-speed game of cat and mouse, filled with twists and turns that are sure to have readers racing to the last page.

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; New Ed edition (19 Sep 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340769416
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340769416
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 576,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Full of complex cat-and-mouse manoeuvres, this is the kind of book you feel you need to read fast to keep up with. SAINSBURY'S MAGAZINE (Sainsbury's Mag)

This is as about as Grisham as you can get without having his name on the cover . . . Millionaires is an easy, enjoyable romp with a combination of suspense and humour that could make it a big hit (The Times)

This is a white-knuckle runaway train ride of a thriller- DRIFFIELD POST

The fast pace never stops, and the inner workings of high finance have never been more interesting. Meltzer's new novel is worth a million bucks (Library Journal)

Nail-biting and exciting stuff - BILLERICAY AND WICKFORD GAZETTE

Enough twists and comic moments to captivate fans (Hello)

Meltzer's new thriller is a high-concept piece (Evening Herald)

This white-knuckle thriller keeps you hooked from the start (Cambridge Evening News)

This giddy fourth thriller by Meltzer mixes up banking, cyber theft and Disney World in a fast-paced, fresh-scrubbed adventure (Publisher's Weekly)

A financial and computer based cat-and-mouse thriller in which three million becomes three hundred million. (The Bookseller)

Their journey is a white-knuckle ride with twists and turns of a roller coaster, from which you'll disembark at the end feeling more than a little bit giddy (Peterborough Evening Telegraph)

A high-octane cat-and-mouse with more twists than a bowl of pasta that grips till the very last page (Publishing News)

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A fantastic high-concept thriller from NYT bestseller Brad Meltzer.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THE "IMPROBABLE" MILLIONAIRES 13 May 2003
Starting a Brad Meltzer thriller is like taking a train ride that is sure to jump the tracks before you reach your destination. Usually, it's at least the first twenty or thirty pages that have my heart skipping a beat. In The Millionaires, I didn't come up for air until I was well into a hundred pages of the book. Like the main characters, who were scared out of their wits in their attempt to steal millions of dollars, I too was frightened right along with them.
In the beginning, Meltzer has the main character talking about people who come into money and stating that once that happens, they lose their grasp on reality. This is exactly what will happen as brothers Oliver and Charlie Caruso, employees of the New York private banking firm of Greene and Greene, attempt to divert millions of dollars from an inactive/dead client's account. As with other similar novels I've read, whereby people try to become millionaires by secretly keeping other people's money (A Simple Plan, The Summons), this is no easy task.
Even though the brothers are undertaking something illegal, the reader will feel empathy towards them. Their motives are purely genuine as they're hoping to reduce some exorbitant medical bills whose responsibility for payment lies with their mother Maggie.
A chase will ensue as the Secret Service gets involved in finding the money and, at one point, the reader will have no idea as to the identity of the good guys and the bad guys. I will admit that the premise gets a bit confusing trying to figure out this money transfer scheme but Meltzer tells you right at the beginning of this ride that money will make you lose your grasp on reality.
This is the third book I've read by Brad Meltzer (Dead Even and The First Counsel being the other two)and he has yet to disappoint me. I discovered him one day years ago on a morning talk show and I'm happy that I made his acquaintance because he has since brought me many hours of reading enjoyment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Rosslock VINE VOICE
This book will very much appeal to fans of John Grisham. The story line is one you'd expect from Grisham, the writing style is very similar..Hold on! Maybe it is Grisham under a false name?
Anyway, taking away the 'Grisham factor' this is an entertaining read with good characters and an interesting plot. Don't expect a mind blowing experience and/or a completely surprising twist at the end. Rather, expect a well construed book that is smoothly written and entertaining. Perfect holiday reading!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Who wants to be a millionaire? 5.11.02 5 Nov 2002
By Bernie
A thoroughly enjoyable read. A fast-paced opening two chapters got me hooked and from the very beginning I could completely relate to the two main characters. Their relationship is brilliantly written and very real.
This book was slightly confusing in places and the ending was not totally unexpected, but there is some good action along the way. For me, it was not radically different to what I would expect from some other authors such as Grisham, but what makes it stand out in my mind is the author's real understanding of people and relationships. That made it really enjoyable and realistic.
I would definitely read other books by this author.
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I've not read any Brad Meltzer novels before and this was a nice surprise. This is plane-fodder, for passing straight on, but a fun read.

Many parts of this book could be better. The financial side seemed 20 years out of date and the key invention was unexciting. It's also unfortunate that, like David Baldacci, Meltzer clearly feels no novel is complete without a BIG SCENE at the end (think hall of mirrors in a 60s film...), followed by a bucketload of schmaltz.

But even so, a good book and I'll be trying more of this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping 22 May 2013
By PollyT
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A really good read. I would recommend it to anyone. It was a book I just could not put down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good thriller 20 Dec 2012
By Walker
Format:Kindle Edition
I had expectations from a Brad Meltzer novel and I have to say they were met. Having looked at other reviews they seem a bit mixed and a couple of the poorer reviews are perhaps unjustified. It was well-paced and an entertaining read with a decent twist. The ending (after the drama) felt a bit out of place and it could maybe have ended a bit more tightly. Overall though it was good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars MY FIRST MELTZER, AND NOT MY LAST 14 Aug 2010
By Barry McCanna TOP 500 REVIEWER
I hadn't come across Brad Meltzer before, and I enjoyed this the first of his books that I've read. Other reviewers have identified the defioiencies; the goofy pair of brothers (appropriate since they end up in Disneyland) and the somewhat unsatisfactory ending. To which I'd add the recuperative powers of the hero. But I enjoyed it anyway, partly because of the interplay between the brothers, not forgetting their ingenious mother. If it were made into a movie it would be described as a caper.
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