Esther Larsen, a leading risk analyst at one of the country’s largest banking institutions, is becoming more and more convinced that she has uncovered a ticking bomb with the potential to overshadow 2008’s market crash. And as her own employer pursues “investment” strategies with ever-increasing levels of risk, she becomes convinced she must do something. Yet what can one person really do?
The markets are edging closer to a tipping point–like the teetering first domino in a standing row that circles the globe. And when Esther does sound the alarm, she wonders if anyone will take her seriously. But as public support grows for her ideas, so does the desperation of those whose conspiracy of greed she seeks to expose. With global markets on the brink, and her own life in danger, Esther is locked in a race with the clock to avert a worldwide financial meltdown.
This fast-paced suspense novel will make you wonder where the fiction ends and reality begins. . . .
A Financial Thriller That Will Keep Readers on the Edge of Their Seats
Ever hear of David Bunn? I hadn’t, but he’s been around for quite some time. I was curious about this book, but I will have to admit that once I started to read it, I was having a bit of a hard time getting through the beginning. I’m not sure if it has anything to do with the fact that it was pretty mathematical, and I am so not mathematical. Who knows because once I got into the story further, it didn’t matter if I knew math or not and the story flowed really nice.
Anyway, as the story opens, Esther Larsen, a top risk analyst at one of the country’s largest banking institutions, seems to live in a shell and can hardly allow anyone to get close to her. As the story progresses, Esther gradually comes out of that shell, allowing more people slowly into her world.
For years, she has been researching and tracking the trends that led to the stock market crash of 2008. As Esther becomes convinced that a larger and more damaging crash is coming in the future, Esther becomes convinced she needs to speak up and warn someone about the potential future danger.
Esther knows she needs to do something about the banking crisis but doesn’t have the guidance she needs (such as Esther from the Bible had). This novel has characters who follow biblical principles similar to those in the Bible.
This book definitely has a nice paced story that is very engaging, added with non-stop action and characters readers can care about. Once I got over the bumpy start, I read right through to the end of the story to find out how it would end. While the ending was great, I did get the feeling that the author left it a bit open so we might get a book #2 to this story. Only time will tell!
Davis Bunn is a four-time Christy Award-winning, best-selling author who serves as writer-in-residence at Regent’s Park College, the University of Oxford, in the United Kingdom.
Defined by readers and reviewers as a “wise teacher,” “gentleman adventurer,” “consummate writer,” and “Renaissance man,” his work in business took him to over 40 countries around the world, and his books have sold more than seven million copies in sixteen languages.
I was provided with a complimentary paperback copy of this book from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.