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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 9 October 2011
One of the best books I've read in recent memory. Great writing that puts you "there" in the action with the characters, terrific New York/Wall Street settings and detail, sizzling dialog and a gripping plot that will keep you guessing. As one of the characters says, it's an ambiguous world in the halls of finance, and you aren't sure who the good guys and bad guys are for a while. Everybody leans on everyone else, including using dirty tricks. Buy this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 30 November 2013
Had to persevere initially as the wall street technicalities bogged me down. After that the jargon unfolded as the story did. A bit obvious who the baddies were but the main thrust is whether they all get their just deserts. Definitely a good thriller; will the human heart or the strict word of the law win?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 19 December 2013
This is an interesting story about the depth of financial manipulation on Wall Street.
Some financial description was rather over complicated and needed a bit more explanation. I felt that it was a bit unrealistic to describe the huge sums of money sloshing about at the height a the biggest financial crash in modern history - would have been better set in the 1990's.
However, I will look for this author again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 12 April 2014
I did enjoy reading this book, but found quite a lot of it to be very predictable, and some of the character development a little unbelievable. That said, I purchased it to keep me company on a plane journey, and it did just that.
As there are now books about fallen angels instead of vampires, this is the Wall Street to your spy thriller.
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on 16 August 2015
A truly awful book.
The storyline and character's are weak beyond belief.
The author apparently has a background in the city and matters of a financial nature, what he clearly lacks is some basic skills in developing a plot that keeps the reader captivated. The character's are very one dimensional and no attempt is made to give them them some real emotional substance, this in conjuction with the fact that they are introduced in such a haphazard fashion that it becomes increasingly difficult to remember their provenance and relevance to the events of the moment, as the story progresses.
The best part of the book for me was my relief on finding that the "reading left" progress indicator, included a chunk of another of the author's books which meant that I could release myself earlier than expected, from the thought of sticking with this drivel just so that I could say that I stuck with it through to the bitter, and rubbish end.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 30 December 2011
New Kindle user so looking for some good reading at a sensible price to get started on. This is my 2nd purchase - the first was David Lender's Vaccine Nation, and it really hits the spot. I find the Kindle really easy to use (I've got the latest keyboard free one) but the downside is that I'm now spending more time reading than I have in years. Of course it's the books that do it and this one I really enjoyed. For me there was plenty going on to keep me turning pages and twists and turns as well to keep me interested and on my toes.

Just bought Gravy Train and Trojan Horse from the same author so he must be doing something right.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 19 December 2013
good read . would read more of David Leader books , he writes in a very fluid style for sure
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 28 February 2013
It was well written, and I couldnt put it down. I look forward to reading more books by this author
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 1 September 2013
An excellent read with an intriguing insight into the world of Wall Street and money deals. Gripping to the end.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 10 December 2011
I enjoyed this book and I think I'm gonna give David Lender another go. The story was good, the main characters are likeable and the finance/banking background was interesting particularly with everything going on. The story build to a satisfactory end.

So why only 3 stars?

I kept losing the thread with the book - I thought the author rattled through the characters and didn't take enough time building the back ground but rather jumped straight into the intrigue. I therefore had to go back to the beginning to re-read where the characters come in and how they fit in. So I didn't realise that the main legend was actually a client of the bank and thought he was the head of the bank until it became obvious a good way into the story. Whilst maybe I was being dim, I think so many characters are introduced quickly and then the fast paced story gets going that it was easy to misinterpret what was going on.

But I will give the author another go as after I tracked back to get the story straight, it was really a good novel and Lender who has worked in Wall Street clearly knows his stuff.
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