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.
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
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.............