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on 31 December 2013
Prince of Risk is superb. Bobby Astor is a hedge fund manager who lives on the edge. The hardware comes out in the discovery of a trained killer and weapons cache by Special Agent Alex Forza who is also Bobby's ex-wife. The opening is the murder of Bobby's estranged father who's CEO of the New York Stock Exchange, and the tipping point is the value of the Chinese currency -- on which Bobby has bet his shirt. Christopher Reich has woven these strands into a tense, page-turning and credible thriller capturing similar ground with finance and China as Clancy took with the Soviet Union and submarines in the 1980s. The new wars that will directly impact our lives will be fought with money, computers, hired guns and real-politique. The insight Reich shows in Prince of Risk is genuinely chilling.
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on 16 March 2014
Well, this is a book to keep you engaged, but many will find that the author takes a little too much licence with his plotting.

Bobby is a wealthy hedge fund manager whose estranged father, the head of the stock exchange, has just been murdered. Alex, Bobby's ex wife, just happens to be a senior FBI agent who gets involved in the murder investigation because there are hints of a major conspiracy. Then many, except our protagonist, seem to be hunted down and killed, Alex goes rogue because she has been told to back down and we have mysterious Chinese business activity suggesting a global takeover. Alex is then brought back into the fold to lead the inevitable hunt. You get the picture.

There is nothing special about the writing, but Reich delivers a consistent pace and keeps the reader's interest up. He also does well with his scene-setting by discussing financial markets and China without being patronising or long-winded.

The story moves and keeps the reader invested - just don't expect too much reality along the way. 7/10
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on 15 December 2015
One of the most important (thriller) writers of the 80's-90's, and the toddler years of this century, and in the same-like bracket as Carolyn and Jim Hougan (John Case, 'Trance State'), C. Reich writes novels just less exciting than Armageddon.
'The Prince of Risk' migh'nt be as literate ('the poetry of violence, a la Raymond Chandler) as his other novels, as he is a novelist in the truest word, so he may agree that it migh'nt have been a casserole of concept and character devel... and fulfilment, and mentioning casseroles, the veloute or stock of theme and depth or insight (a Robert B. Parker aphorism, for example, of Man's quirks and how are actions don't add up, etc) may not have been stirred into the novel.
I look forward (do I what!) to reading 'Invasion of Privacy', which should be just slightly less awe-ifying and magnificent as a Yakima apple ('Trouble is My Business' R. Chandler).
'The Prince of Risk' may have been Mr. Reich's 'Freefall' (R. Crais) or, basically, his break from his high standards.
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on 22 December 2015
I haven't read this yet, but the write ups I have seen suggest it to be a very good book.
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on 12 January 2014
I eagerly await Christopher Reich's books. His new one expertly moves through scenarios that include the worlds of family life, high financial investment and international skulduggery. Superb.
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on 3 June 2014
I did enjoy reading this book just as I have enjoyed all Christopher Reich's previous books.
The plot started slowly but built up into a rip-roaring final.
And the frightening thing is that we will never know how close to the truth this story is.
I suspect very close indeed.
He might well be writing his next book with pen and paper.............
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