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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: September 2004 ISBN: 9781597102919
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The last thing Jett Gavallan would call himself was a hero. A fighter pilot in the Gulf War, he found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Now Gavallan lives with the memory and the blame for what happened. But he is determined not to let it destroy him. He has created Black Jet Securities, an international financial consulting firm, in order to use his expertise to create enough wealth to do some good in the world. It's a noble goal, but Black Jet Securities' latest and most ambitious deal could destroy everything that Gavallan has worked so hard to build.

On the surface it seems like a perfectly lucrative and legitimate business venture: bring a Russian high-tech company to the U.S. Stock Exchange. But the company's owner turns out to be one of the most ruthless bosses in the Russian Mafia whose plans go far beyond the Stock Exchange. Suddenly Gavallan is dead center in a world where hired armies fight a secret war, alliances are made if the price is right—and deals are sealed with murder. To outwit Kirov and his assassins, Gavallan will need to summon all the raw courage and cunning of the combat pilot he once was and this time he cannot afford to fail.

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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.”

    Virginian-Pilot

  • “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.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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 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 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel | 3/5/2013

    " bankers always have it the hardest. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 KarenC | 2/20/2013

    " How financial greed could ruin your life if you aren't a fictional character. Amazing what you can charge to an American Express card, thank goodness or the plot would have died! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 2/20/2013

    " Finance / / IPO / Russia. Good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wade Harris | 6/27/2012

    " i like the strong lead characters . enjoyable reading "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William | 1/20/2012

    " Interesting insight to the greedy IPO world and a nice mix with action and suspense; main character is a little too perfect and too rich....needed more flaws...puts entire fighter jet on AMEX....really! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Seth | 9/13/2011

    " I enjoyed this one too! Quite a bit happening in it and it had some finance in it which always interests me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jason Sta. Maria | 5/3/2011

    " The story was a bit common, but it was still a bit good! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wade | 5/3/2010

    " i like the strong lead characters . enjoyable reading "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Seth | 11/14/2009

    " I enjoyed this one too! Quite a bit happening in it and it had some finance in it which always interests me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 KarenC | 9/14/2009

    " How financial greed could ruin your life if you aren't a fictional character. Amazing what you can charge to an American Express card, thank goodness or the plot would have died! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 6/11/2009

    " Finance / / IPO / Russia. Good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William | 6/5/2009

    " Interesting insight to the greedy IPO world and a nice mix with action and suspense; main character is a little too perfect and too rich....needed more flaws...puts entire fighter jet on AMEX....really! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel | 9/25/2008

    " bankers always have it the hardest.
    "

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About the Author
Author Christopher Reich

Christopher Reich is the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Deception, Rules of Vengeance, Rules of Betrayal, Numbered Account, The Devil’s Banker, and many other novels. The Patriots Club won the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Novel in 2006.

About the Narrator

James Daniels is a labor organization attorney who performed Shakespeare in London, received a Grammy nomination for his audiobook narration, and wrote the hard-boiled noir mystery Ghost Bride. He and his family live in the Midwest.