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Posted January 30, 2007
Richard Hains, financial expert, is the ultimate example of being an expert in the field he is discussing. His first novel, Chameleon, is brimming with the details only an insider in the setting would know. This gives it a does of realism that is hard to equal. Jon Phillips is a successful bond trader for a large bank. He has devoted his life to advancing in his career until he is one of the most well known and best in the business. He has everything a man could desire- expensive car, condo and girlfriend. But he is unhappy, no longer feeling satisfaction with the direction his life is heading. He almost misses his quiet life growing up with his close knit family in Australia. He is unable to just walk away from it all though, the habit and lure of the money is too strong. So he plans an outrageous scheme to buy $30 million of United States bonds in a deal that could make him financially secure for the rest of his life. Unfortunately the idea, while brilliant, is also illegal. When his plan goes flamingly bad he is forced into flight, fighting to save his reputation and his life. Jon must take the offensive in a mental and physical battle with the enemies that set up his failure. Hains has created a deeply detailed look at the world of high finance. He is able to bring the tension of Wall Street and build it into the suspense of the thriller. Then ending is unique also, unexpected and yet satisfying. The book does not delve into the morality of the original deal, it allows the character to suffer the consequences without speeches, subtle and it works. This is a thriller for anyone who is interested in world finance, Wall Street and a good, fun time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 16, 2006
I couldn't put it down! Hains' obvious knowledge of finance and international travel were well-used in this sexy, surprising novel. I liked the way the action jumped around from one country to another, giving the reader just a taste of what one character was doing before zipping off to the next. Hains' writing is lively and bold, and he doesn't shy away from the gruesome or the lascivious, producing some of the most vivid murder scenes and sex scenes I have read recently. I'd really recommend this book to anyone who likes a good thriller.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 26, 2006
I picked up CHAMELEON because I like thrillers and this is a terrific read. A financial thriller, it shows how the inner workings of the financial business and how one guy tries to make a killing in the bond market. Of course, his greed outweighs his sense of reality and the results are cataclismic. What ensues is a chase round the world that is exciting and moves at a heart pounding pace. This book has it all: greed, sex, intrigue, murder and more. I highly recommend it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.