A Calculated Risk

A Calculated Risk

by Katherine Neville
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3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Pure_Jonel More than 1 year ago
This was an intriguing and enjoyable novel. Neville had me wrapped up in the plot and rooting for the characters. The story was well developed and the narrative kept me up to pace. The twists and turns kept me on my toes, yet Neville never threw anything at me out of left field. I loved that this was an intellectual adventure. I love the strength of the female main character. He presence is definitely command attention throughout, and I appreciated the fact that she didn`t perpetually need to be saved. The relationship between the main characters did give me a moment of giggle. It melded with the plot well, yet at the same time was superfluous to it. The plot fascinated me, the characters intrigued me. Together, this was a novel that I had a hard time walking away from. It`s the mark a great novel. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
carlosmock More than 1 year ago
A Calculated Risk by Katherine Neville This book is about a wager. Verity Banks is a woman who is at the pinnacle of her career. She has no-where else to rise up in the executive ladder. When her proposal to step up the Bank of The World's computer security project is axed by her boss, Kislick Willingly, she decides to hide some money in a place where no one will find it - inside the bank's own computer system. She'll then point it out to senior management how easy such a theft is. To fulfill her plan, Verity recruits her protege and financial wizard, Dr. Zolian Tor. And here lies the wager: Tor challenges Verity to steal more money from the bank than he will earn as he steals money from the SEC. If Verity loses, she'll have to leave everything and work for Tor for a year and one day. Is Verity wins, Tor will get her appointed to The Federal Reserve Bank. The book is poorly written, narrated from a Verity's universal first person point of view. It has some information on the Rothschilds, the world's first bankers - but that plot is never fully developed. It is an easy read, but after "Eight," it was a disappointment.
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ADG_TAMMY More than 1 year ago
The lead character is reminiscent of "The Eight." Great for bankers, techies, and anyway in need of escapist fare. Would make an excellent indie film.
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nprfan1 More than 1 year ago
This is a good introduction for anyone who doesn't know too much about the world of high finance. Neville explains her plot in clear, unambiguous prose.

Would, however, that she could flesh out her characters the way she does her banking terminology. They are all cardboard cutouts, to one degree or another - some of them have a little more personality than others, but it seems that Neville has been working in those cold heartless banks just a little too long.

The three-star rating is for her explanations of financial terms and transactions; her previous book ("The Eight") was far better.