Sunday, January 5, 2014

The Ascendant

Drew Chapman


Numbers don’t lie. Not according to Garrett Reilly who, just two weeks past his twenty-sixth birthday, thinks he’s probably the best bond analyst at his brokerage—maybe even the best in all of Manhattan. Garrett’s memory for numbers is photographic. But he doesn’t just memorize them; he sorts them, ranks them, senses patterns in them. As he watches buy and sell numbers float across his Bloomberg terminal, Garrett notices what nobody else can: that US Treasury bonds are being sold off at an alarming rate—two hundred billion dollars’ worth. It’s a discovery that he knows will make him incredibly rich.

Then the United States military arrives at his office, and Garrett’s life is blown to pieces. As Captain Alexis Truffant explains, Garrett has stumbled upon something much larger—and scarier—than he could have imagined: the first attack in a covert war of unthinkable proportions. His biggest problem? Numbers don’t lie…but governments can.

In this taut and cunning novel, Drew Chapman takes readers into a scenario that is eerily plausible and utterly terrifying—an unconventional war capable of bringing a superpower to its knees. The Ascendant is a brilliant new twist on the art of the white-knuckle thriller. (from Edelweiss)

My Thoughts

Garret Reilly has a knack for seeing patterns and uses this talent in his job as a bond analyst. He doesn’t just see patterns in the financial world, but in all facets of life. When the government discovers this, they put his skill to use in a way that will change his life forever.

When I first started reading this, I did not like Garret Reilly. He was an egotistical, cocky SOB. But the more I read, the more I realized Garrett’s behavior was somewhat justified because he was so damn good at what he could do.

This was a fast paced story that I found hard to put down. In this age were everything is online, is it so hard to believe that the next war would be fought via the internet? In many ways, this story was pretty scary because of the possibilities that it presented. Mr. Chapman did a great job of making this a heart pounding, page turning thriller.

Thanks to Simon & Schuster, via Edelweiss, for allowing me to read this is exchange for an unbiased review.

Publish date: January 7, 2014.

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