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The First Billion

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Publisher Comments:

Christopher Reich electrified readers with Numbered Account and The Runner, his first two international thrillers. Now the New York Times bestselling author whose work has been called "gripping" (Chicago Tribune), "chilling" (Denver Post), "wonderful" (The New York Times Book Review), ratchets up the stakes in an ingeniously plotted story of nerve-jangling intrigue and hot-wired suspense. Using today's cutthroat global economy as a backdrop, The First Billion explodes into a breakneck tale of betrayal, revenge, and redemption...

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 number-two 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 F.B.I. 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.

Review:

"After a rather intriguing setup, this third novel gradually evolves into something more like an unintentional parody than a real thriller....Comic-book dialogue makes this thriller read like an old Saturday Night Live skit, which may give it kitsch appeal but undermines its dramatic effect." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"If you want high-concept espionage, it doesn't get much better than this." Booklist

Review:

"There has been no shortage of writers aspiring to be the John Grisham of Wall Street....Reich deserves the Grisham mantle." The New York Times

Review:

"Reich deftly blends Wall Street and bullet-dodging...a fast-paced financial thriller." USA Today

Review:

"Fast-paced...compelling, rich with intrigue and suspense." San Francisco Chronicle

Synopsis:

With an insider's perspective that is unparalleled, the bestselling author of The Runner capitalizes on fascination with the art of the steal in a hotwired suspense novel that takes readers behind the financial headlines to the cutthroat world of today's global economy.

Synopsis:

Christopher Reich electrified readers with Numbered Account and The Runner, his first two international thrillers. Now the "New York Times bestselling author whose work has been called "gripping" ("Chicago Tribune), "chilling" ("The Denver Post), "wonderful" ("The New York Times Book Review), ratchets up the stakes in an ingeniously plotted story of nerve-jangling intrigue and hot-wired suspense. Using today's cutthroat global economy as a backdrop, The First Billion explodes into a breakneck tale of betrayal, revenge, and redemption... <BR>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 number-two 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 <BR>the truth is even more diabolical than he can imagine. <BR>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 beautywho 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 F.B.I. and a band of elite killers, Jett races from Pa

About the Author

Christopher Reich was born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1961. A graduate of Georgetown University and the University of Texas at Austin, he worked in Switzerland before returning to the United States to pursue a career as a novelist. He lives in California with his wife and children.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780440234692
Author:
Reich, Christopher
Publisher:
Dell Publishing Company
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Americans
Subject:
Missing persons
Subject:
Conspiracies
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Suspense
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
July 2003
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
608
Dimensions:
6.84x4.24x1.03 in. .61 lbs.

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Product details 608 pages Dell Publishing Company - English 9780440234692 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "After a rather intriguing setup, this third novel gradually evolves into something more like an unintentional parody than a real thriller....Comic-book dialogue makes this thriller read like an old Saturday Night Live skit, which may give it kitsch appeal but undermines its dramatic effect." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "If you want high-concept espionage, it doesn't get much better than this."
"Review" by , "There has been no shortage of writers aspiring to be the John Grisham of Wall Street....Reich deserves the Grisham mantle."
"Review" by , "Reich deftly blends Wall Street and bullet-dodging...a fast-paced financial thriller."
"Review" by , "Fast-paced...compelling, rich with intrigue and suspense."
"Synopsis" by , With an insider's perspective that is unparalleled, the bestselling author of The Runner capitalizes on fascination with the art of the steal in a hotwired suspense novel that takes readers behind the financial headlines to the cutthroat world of today's global economy.
"Synopsis" by , Christopher Reich electrified readers with Numbered Account and The Runner, his first two international thrillers. Now the "New York Times bestselling author whose work has been called "gripping" ("Chicago Tribune), "chilling" ("The Denver Post), "wonderful" ("The New York Times Book Review), ratchets up the stakes in an ingeniously plotted story of nerve-jangling intrigue and hot-wired suspense. Using today's cutthroat global economy as a backdrop, The First Billion explodes into a breakneck tale of betrayal, revenge, and redemption... <BR>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 number-two 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 <BR>the truth is even more diabolical than he can imagine. <BR>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 beautywho 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 F.B.I. and a band of elite killers, Jett races from Pa
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