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The First Billion: A Novel

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Thriller by Christopher Reich

Reich continues to struggle, trying to recapture his early success. After a rather intriguing setup, this third novel gradually evolves into something more like an unintentional parody than a real thriller. Following the altogether lackluster Allan Folsom-esque … see full wiki

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Author: Christopher Reich
Genre: Suspense
Publisher: Dell
Date Published: July 29, 2003
1 review about The First Billion: A Novel

Slow Beginning, Then Great!

  • May 8, 2009
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+4
This book slogged along the first half (that is why I didn't give 5 stars) and then took off at jet speed (the main character's name is Jett). It is about an Initial Public Offering (IPO) for a Russian Internet Service Provider that is about to come off in a few days. If all goes well, more than a billion is to be made.

The company looks like a sure fire winner and the due diligence confirms it. However, an Internet poster is claiming that the company is a sham. What makes him credible is that he has been right on about several other companies he reported on.

Concerned about the impending deal, Jett sends his associate to Moscow to investigate. What he finds is that the Internet poster may be right but he falls into the hands of the bad guys that want to make the deal happen. It is up to Jett to unravel all the details, save his friend, and keep the FBI from putting himself away for a long time if a fradulent deal takes place.

Reich seems to have a good grasp of the workings of international business. The other book that I read, Numbered Account was phenomenal and gave a good insight to what happens behind the scenes at a Swiss bank.

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