Trigger Pointby Matthew Glass
It's 2018. Tom Knowles, a moderate Nevada Repubilcan, is the American president hoping to lead his country into a new era of stability and growth. He sees his change to put his stamp on world affairs when thirty-two American aid workers are massacred in Uganda by a terrorist organization. Knowles opts for military intervention even though China considers Uganda its… See more details below
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It's 2018. Tom Knowles, a moderate Nevada Repubilcan, is the American president hoping to lead his country into a new era of stability and growth. He sees his change to put his stamp on world affairs when thirty-two American aid workers are massacred in Uganda by a terrorist organization. Knowles opts for military intervention even though China considers Uganda its African sphere of influence, and warn him to keep out.
Six weeks later, stock prices on Wall Street are falling. Amid rumors of insolvency, a major investment bank leads the rout. When the bank refuses a government bailout, and it becomes known that the Chinese State Investment Corporation is its major shareholder, the market slide turns into a panic. Are U.S. stock prices being manipulated by the Chinese government in retaliation for the president's intervention in Uganda? As the president's team takes drastic action to protect to the U.S. economy, the Chinese government strikes back to protect its interests, and the confrontation shifts rapidly from Wall Street to the coast of East Africa, where the U.S. and Chinese navies stand eye to eye.
Trigger Point is an electrifying follow-up to Ultimatum that paints a terrifying portrait of where we might be headed.
“Glass’s terrific geopolitical thriller packs as much gut-wrenching suspense as any thriller in recent memory, all without a single serial killer, assassin, female in peril, double agent, or lost religious icon. . . . Glass (Ultimatum) expertly assembles the interlocking pieces of his frighteningly prophetic puzzle. This chilling, important novel should be read by all those in charge of our country’s politics and finances.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Glass deftly handles a cast of characters large enough to require note taking, including a to-be-expected belligerent Defense Secretary and an out-of-the-loop but perceptive UN ambassador. The author has penned an action-driven, bite-your-nails, first-rate thriller . . . Fast-paced, emotionally tense and worrisomely true-to-life.”Kirkus Reviews
“Trigger Point is a thriller for smart people written by a very smart writer. It's The Big Short meets Seven Days in May and Thirteen Days in October. It's a book where Gordon Gekko, not Dr. Strangelove, has his hand on the button. It's a chilling vision of a very plausible, very scary future where Wall Street, the White House, and the Pentagon intersect - and nobody wins and people die. I loved it. Hat's off to Matthew Glass.”Mike Lawson, author of House Divided
“A thriller set in 2018, Trigger Point imagines the next economic and political crisis that sees the US pitted against China . . . This impressive novel hurtles to a close with a climax that takes it cue from the finale of the Cuban missile crisis 50 years earlier. A solidly entertaining read.”City AM (UK)
“A sweeping geo-political saga . . . ambitious . . . compellingly plausible.”The Daily Mail (UK)
“It is not wholly surprising that nobody produced a thriller with a plot to mirror the banking crash of 2008, considering that not even the people most closely involved in that disaster on a global scale had the faintest clue what was going on. In Trigger Point, however, the pseudonymous author Matthew Glass has made an impressive stab at envisioning the next one, and giving it an additional sensationalist twist . . . In the manner of an epic Tom Clancy blockbuster, Glass’s . . . interconnected worlds of finance and politics exist in three (if not four) dimensions. He makes market manipulation as gripping as any psychological heart-stopper.”The Times (UK)
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Meet the Author
Matthew Glass remains anonymousmany have speculated that he might be an insider who cannot reveal his true name. The critically acclaimed Ultimatum, his first novel, was published in 2009. He is believed to live somewhere in the United Kingdom.
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The year is 2018. The US government had never wanted to have foreign governments invested so heavily in private enterprise within the United States, but the last decade had seen profits from the world’s leading oil producers and manufacturer-exporters flow into US financial markets at an unprecedented rate. If the United States does not change its approach, it is doomed to conflict. Once the tensions and stresses build up, anything can act as a trigger. Anything can take you to the Trigger Point. When a financial crisis escalates into an international incident, the author, Matthew Glass, will lead you on a high intensity plot with planning meetings on Wall Street to planning sessions at the White House: from the boardroom to the situation room. Will the US find a way out of this crisis? Will the US government, as we know it today, still exist in 2019? At the risk of sounding cliché, I must say this book was easy to pick up and hard to put down. While reading, I often thought of this novel as a candidate for a great movie script. I found myself pulling for the good guys, occasionally rooting out loud, and hoping that rectitude would finally prevail. The circumstances and events of this book are extremely plausible, true to life, and it seems as if something like this could actually play out someday. With the book being set in the future, its content was a bit unsettling for me at times, to the point of creating a genuine fear in me that the eventualities portrayed in this novel could one day become reality. This story taught me that the US needs to learn cooperation. It is a valuable lesson. The problems we face in this world must be faced together, not alone.