The Capitol Game

The Capitol Game

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by Brian Haig
     
 

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New York Times bestselling author Brian Haig returns with a riveting new thriller about a man caught between the politics of big government and the corruption of big business.

The Capitol Game

It was the deal of the decade, if not the century. A small, insignificant company on the edge of bankruptcy had discovered an alchemist's dream; aSee more details below

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Overview

New York Times bestselling author Brian Haig returns with a riveting new thriller about a man caught between the politics of big government and the corruption of big business.

The Capitol Game

It was the deal of the decade, if not the century. A small, insignificant company on the edge of bankruptcy had discovered an alchemist's dream; a miraculous polymer, that when coated on any vehicle, was the equivalent of 30 inches of steel. With bloody conflicts surging in Iraq and Afghanistan, the polymer promises to save thousands of lives and change the course of both wars.

Jack Wiley, a successful Wall Street banker, believes he has a found a dream come true when he mysteriously learns of this miraculous polymer. His plan: enlist the help of the Capitol Group, one of the country's largest and most powerful corporations in a quick, bloodless takeover of the small company that developed the polymer. It seems like a partnership made in heaven...until the Pentagon's investigative service begins nosing around, and the deal turns into a nightmare. Now, Jack's back is up against the wall and he and the Capitol Group find themselves embroiled in the greatest scandal the government and corporate America have ever seen...

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Haig's exciting financial thriller, young hotshot Jack Wiley, a partner and senior v-p at an elite Wall Street private equity firm, approaches the Capitol Group, a large privately held corporation, with a golden opportunity--to acquire the troubled Arvan Chemicals company. Arvan has invented a polymer coating that when painted onto combat vehicles makes them virtually impenetrable to firepower, a product that will be worth billions to the military. With Jack's aid, the Capitol Group launches a successful takeover of Arvan. Haig leads the reader step-by-step through a believable scenario that details the making of the deal through the polymer's production and implementation. While the rewards are potentially enormous for all involved, as even the least astute will anticipate, the scheme must eventually go awry. Haig keeps the suspense boiling until the final twists as he reveals why and how everything unravels. Readers will be pleased by an ending that suggests clever Jack Wiley will return. (Aug.)
Washington Post
Haig keeps the action and wisecracks coming fast . . . He has a natural narrative gift.
Booklist on The Hunted
"A solid writer of thrillers that mix action and character in roughly equal proportions. Haig's portrayal of Russia around the time of the fall of communism, with its juxtaposition of extreme wealth and abject poverty, will capture the interest of readers who favor thrillers with political overtones. Haig has improved as a writer with every novel, and this one is his most polished. Recommend this one as much for its political and economic insights as for its suspense."
John Sanford
"A must-read thriller writer . . . a star."
Nelson DeMille
"A remarkable writer . . . Haig combines a nice mix of wit and wisdom."
WASHINGTON POST
"Haig keeps the action and wisecracks coming fast . . . He has a natural narrative gift."
From the Publisher
"Great fun, and the many fans of Haig's Sean Drummond series will find this an exciting, entertaining, and well-written stand-alone diversion."—Library Journal on The Hunted"

A solid writer of thrillers that mix action and character in roughly equal proportions. Haig's portrayal of Russia around the time of the fall of communism, with its juxtaposition of extreme wealth and abject poverty, will capture the interest of readers who favor thrillers with political overtones. Haig has improved as a writer with every novel, and this one is his most polished. Recommend this one as much for its political and economic insights as for its suspense."—Booklist on The Hunted"

A must-read thriller writer . . . a star."—John Sanford"

A remarkable writer . . . Haig combines a nice mix of wit and wisdom."—Nelson DeMille

Kirkus Reviews

The invention of a chemical compound that makes military-combat vehicles invincible sparks a nasty fight between corporate and government types for control of the miracle substance.

Haig, who has scored with bestselling novels about Army JAG lawyer Major Sean Drummond (Man in the Middle, 2007, etc.), introduces Jack Wiley, a decorated veteran of the first Gulf War who has become a high-rolling Wall Street pro. When Jack learns a struggling company has developed an amazing polymer that not only makes a Humvee invulnerable to attacks but weaponizes it—an invention that will dramatically benefit U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan while creating billions in profits back home—he plots to take over the outfit. To get the money he needs for the takeover, he muscles his way to a controlling interest of the powerful, deep-pocketed Capitol Group, whose dysfunctional leadership is vulnerable to his hardball tactics. But his path to a bloodless takeover of the chemical company becomes tangled when the Pentagon, in the form of Special Agent Mia Jenson, gets a whiff of his maneuvering and pursues its own urgent agenda. Haig, son of former Secretary of State Alexander Haig, is good at putting the narrative pieces in place and orchestrating them. But for all the fraud, spying, blackmail, dirty tricks and character assassination, the book boasts too much setup, and talk, and too little payoff in terms of suspense and satisfying plot turns. Jack is an attractive character with some of the taciturn appeal of Lee Child's Jack Reacher, but he isn't especially charismatic or compelling. Mia is cut from cardboard, and the secondary characters are largely indistinguishable.

A good premise squandered by so-so storytelling.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446568920
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
08/12/2010
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
49,678
File size:
1 MB

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Nelson DeMille
A remarkable writer . . . Haig combines a nice mix of wit and wisdom.
John Sanford
A must-read thriller writer . . . a star.

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