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A thriller by James Grippando

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A Big Dropoff from the Author's Prior Work

  • Jan 2, 2012
The usually dependable Grippando goes off course with this one and tries to cram too many ideas into one story (Maddoff, witness protection, government plots, corporate intrigue, computer hackers, terrorists, mercenaries, et al.). On top of that the title of the book refers to a Lady Antebellum song and really has no bearing on the meat of the plot.

Patrick Lloyd was sent to Singapore by a government agent to spy on Lily Scanlon who may have knowledge of two billion dollars that was being funneled through the Bank of Switzerland to off-shore accounts. These funds may be the only money that was not actually part of a Ponzi scheme enacted by Cushman who lost 60 Billion (same amount as Maddoff?).

This later leads to Patrick and Lily being hunted by everybody from a mercenary from South America, an ex government agent called Mongoose, and the Treasury Department for which BOS new boss came from. The story gets so convoluted and later brings in a computer nerd (called a quant) named Evan who has a wall chart that looks like it was taken out the the television series "Flashfoward." This quant is able to break encyrption and even to partial decode a memo that has the highest level of encryption.

As I said it seems like the author tried to take every type of idea and try to bring them together to make a story. The story is actually difficult to follow and sometimes you need to re-read prior sections to remember who some of the characters are.

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March 01, 2012
Your review is direct, it hits all of the points that you feel are lacking in the novel and others that hindered you from rating higher. You state, quick clearly and succinctly what went wrong and the characters that did not fit into the plot to make it more cohesive and easier for readers to follow. I like your style of writing too. Your review is to the point and allows readers to decide for themselves whether they would want to read the book or not. You do have great insight. Fran
March 01, 2012
Thanks so much! You have a nice style for writing critiques. It is so nice to have differing viewpoints on the same book but be able to agree on how we arrived at our conclusions.
January 02, 2012
your last paragraph reminded me of a book I received to review and it wasn't the final copy; I had to tell the author that I couldn't judge it since it was a rough one and for me to review it would mean getting a bad one. I asked her if she still wanted to review it, and as a first time author, she decided to go with an email to her. Anyway, that was off topic, but flow is very important, I hate having to re-read some sections so I can remember. Nice one
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review by . January 16, 2012
Need You Now   Author James Grippando   Reviewed By Fran Lewis       One man decided to take matters into his own hands and end his life. This same man pulled off a Ponzi scheme right in front of everyone’s eyes and thought he would never get caught. Rather than face the music, pay the penalty or even divulge where the money was hidden, Abe Cushman took a leap out of a window and buried his secrets and money along with him. But, there is much more …
review by . January 15, 2012
This is a contemporary novel influenced by the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme. In this case, Abe Cushman, former chairman of the NASDAQ stock exchange commits suicide when his Ponzi scheme is unveiled.      Patrick Lloyd a young Wall St. adviser to a major Swiss bank is called to the corporate office and ordered to find Lilly Scanlon and the money she manipulated while an executive with the bank. This was in connection with he Cushman Ponzi scheme.      Lilly …
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The New York Times bestselling author returns with a gripping, new stand-alone novel ripped from the headlines, in which a young financial advisor and his girlfriend uncover a conspiracy that reaches from Wall Street deep into the halls of government.

Abe Cushman, the evil genius behind a $60 billion Ponzi scheme, has killed himself and taken his secrets to the grave.

For Patrick Lloyd, a young Wall Street advisor at the world’s largest Swiss bank, Cushman’s fall has unexpected—and deadly—repercussions. Lloyd’s girlfriend, Lilly, is directly tied to billions of dollars in losses suffered by Cushman’s most dangerous victims, a group of powerful investors whose identities and dirty finances are well hidden. What Lilly knows can get her and Patrick killed, and now the pair are in a run for their lives that leads to the heart of a clandestine operation, and to a cabal of powerful officials determined to keep their agenda hidden from the public.

With nowhere to turn and no one to trust, Patrick and Lilly must uncover the truth before they become collateral damage in a “financial war” in which casualties are no longer measured in dollars and cents.

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Author: James Grippando
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: HarperCollins
Date Published: 01-03-2012
ISBN: 9780061840302
Format: hard cover
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