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Fatal Error: A gripping financial thriller Kindle Edition
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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).Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Something of a slightly different genre to my normal reading taste and as a non techie some of the terms were over my head. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
Interesting insight into the dotcom start up frenzy and subsequent crash. Flashback style of writing enables characters and plot to be developed.Published 3 months ago by Jill Thomson
Enjoyable read. A clever storyline set around the start of the dot com boom.Published 4 months ago by Furball
I enjoyed this book thoroughly; it had pace, was well-written & kept me up nights!
I would recommend it to any one who wants a crime book with a difference, & wants to learn... Read more
Always a pleasure to read this author who manages to make each book unique.Published 4 months ago by Paul Trueman