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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (639 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christopher Reich Narrator: James Daniels Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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John “Jett” Gavallan is a former fighter pilot, now the high-flying CEO of Black Jet Securities, an investment firm that earned its first billion before the techno dream crashed and burned. Poised for an offering crucial to his company’s survival, Gavallan is banking on the riskiest gamble of his dazzling career. In exactly six days, he will take Mercury Broadband, Russia’s leading media company, public on the New York Stock Exchange. But rumors of fraud have suddenly surfaced that could send the deal south. Gavallan makes a preemptive strike by dispatching his #2 man—fellow Desert Storm fighter pilot Grafton Byrnes—to Moscow to penetrate the shadowy Russian multinational. When Byrnes fails to return, Gavallan fears the worst. But the truth is even more diabolical than he can imagine.

Plunging into a desperate search for his best friend, the renegade top gun is suddenly fighting a different kind of war, where there is no safe harbor and no one he can trust. Not Konstantin Kirov, the elusive head of Mercury Broadband who may not be what he seems. Not the bankers and traders Gavallan does business with every day. Not the exotic beauty who has told him all her deepest secrets—except one. Suddenly Jett finds himself trapped in a conspiracy that could shatter the delicate balance between nations—and plunge the global economy into chaos. Hunted by the FBI and a band of elite killers, Jett races from Palm Beach to Zurich to Moscow in a desperate search for answers. But for this brave ex-commando haunted by visions of war, the truth comes at a terrible price. With Mercury rising and the hours ticking down, he is moving closer to a place where murder and revenge are the currency of choice … and where the first billion is the ultimate insider secret—and the deadliest obsession of all.

With breakneck plotting, stunning realism, and a sense of danger that keeps the heart racing, The First Billion is a knockout of a novel that will linger long after the final shocking twist is revealed.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A dynamite thriller.”

    James Patterson

  • “There has been no shortage of writers aspiring to be the John Grisham of Wall Street…Reich deserves the Grisham mantle.”

    New York Times

  • “This briskly paced thriller [is] packed with genuine surprises.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “A fast-paced financial thriller…Reich has been compared to John Grisham: He offers the same page-turning David vs. Goliath plots.”

    USA Today

  • “Reich does for finance what John Grisham does for the law.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Engrossing.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Suspense crackles…Reich’s talent as a chills-and-thrills storyteller looms large.”


  • “Breakneck pace…[Reich’s] characters, even the minor ones, are fascinating blends of genius, humor, and wickedness.”

    Winston-Salem Journal

  • “Gripping.”

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram

  • “A sure bet…[Reich] is keeping to his lofty standards.”

    Times Record News

  • “An exciting, fast-paced adventure.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Compelling.”

    Library Journal

  • “If you want a high-concept espionage, it doesn’t get much better than this.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jeffrey | 10/19/2013

    " Was surprised I enjoyed this as much as I did (perhaps because I bought it for a quarter as an old used library book). This is a great thriller that was really hard to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Wayne | 8/19/2013

    " Good airplane read. Story was about a boutique invetment banking firm aiming to take a Russian internet company public. It evolves into a story of Russia Mafia and KGB involement in corruption. Anaother implausible story but entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Peregrins2 | 7/17/2013

    " Typical mystery plot with typical love interest characters. Took a bit to pick up speed but i did like the way the author used flashbacks to fill in character history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Millicent | 7/15/2013

    " the beginning needed some editing. but the story line was really good. the forensic accountants always get the bad guys. august, 2012 "

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