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Fatal Error: A gripping financial thriller by [Ridpath, Michael]
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4.3 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews

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Michael Ridpath is the bestselling author of FREE TO TRADE, THE MARKETMAKER, FINAL VENTURE and THE PREDATOR. He lives in north London.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 977 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AHV2EAQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,435 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Fatal Error" is a thriller built up in a rather special way.
Part 1 (chapters 1 and 2) takes place in London in Sept. 1999. An unknown assailant kills the chairman of the dot-com startup company featured in the story.
Part 2 (chapters 3 - 23) takes place in France (July 1987), Scotland (June 1992) and London (April - Aug. 1999). In other words, this part of the book consists of flashbacks that provide background information for what happened in Part 1. But the 1987 and 1992 flashbacks are interwoven with the 1999 flashbacks, so you are kept on your toes all the time. As expected (this is a thriller), a dead body turned up in both 1987 and 1992, and in neither case was the killer identified, let alone apprehended.
Part 3 and Part 4 (chapters 24 - 40) take up the story where Part 1 ended, i.e., London, Sept. 1999. Is the new killing related to the killings in 1987 and 1992? Who is sending the anonymous threatening e-mails? Will there be more killings?
The fact that almost half of the book consists of flashbacks and that the flashbacks are not presented chronologically actually heightens the excitement. However, I did find myself compelled to go back and reread Part 1 after finishing Part 2 in order to reestablish the flow of recent events in my mind.
The story is based in the heady dot-com entrepreneurial days in the late 1990's. New companies are going from zero to a stock market valuation of billions of pounds in the space of a year or so. The youthful employees are becoming millionaires and the bosses are willing to do whatever it takes to crush the competition and get a successful IPO (Initial Public Offering, i.e., getting on the stock market).
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This book has two themes running throughout. 1) will the .com startup make it to the Market and be a success 2) a traditional who dunnit ?
I was 40% through the book before I realised I was not just reading about the Internet StartUp Company. The bodies seemed to pile up without me noticing. The technical detail, financial and both internet and Company structures, contained in the book is eye opening, as has been the case in other Ridpath books. The who dunnit bit is a little tame. A jolly good read overall.
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What a good book! Real edge of seat stuff. All the action stems from the internet boom.. Many new companies were set up in this dot.com time. However some were destined to fall by the wayside. Will that happen here? You have to read it to find the answer.

Of course, there is lots more to the plot than just computer business. Murder and deceit among other things.

You will want to keep turning the pages.
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I was offered this as a free book and I thought that a Michael Ridpath book had to be good. It was well written in that that it was virtually error free (an unfortunate affliction of many Kindle books) and the characters and places were well portrayed. However, the story failed to grip me on occasion, one reviewer said it was hard to put down, for me it was the opposite.
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A quick moving and involving tale of characters caught in the excitement of the early commercial internet. The writing is taught, the plot unwraps in front of you in a way that's believable without being predictable. I finished it quite quickly and was left with the sort of feeling you get after a good Hollywood movie: entertained and full!
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My second Michael Ridpath book, and every bit as enjoyable as the first. Meticulously researched and plotted, great characters, expertly written. It matters not that I understand but little of the world of finance - Michael makes it easy for us woodentops to follow the plot without our heads exploding. Highly recommended.
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I found myself three quarters through in one sitting without even noticing the passage of time. Brilliant idea using the dot com bubble and some lovely murders, great characterisations, highly believable, and a huge dramatic ending. READ IT ! You won't be disappointed.
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Well this is not the sort off book I normally read , I wouldn't read another one like this again I just about finished it so close to not finish it but I wanted to find out ,who kill guy father, and if guy and David business took off and succeeded
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