The Midas Touch is fatal, yet everyone wants to embrace Lord Devon Chagford. His gilded empire glitters - far-flung ventures, sparkling in originality and audacious in execution. Everyone except his gorgeous wife, who dedicates herself to worthy causes and high-end pampering with a little secret on the side.
No one’s as good as gold in this sweeping panorama of intrigue set in the world of gold. From the indulgent lifestyles of monied New York to authentic portraits of remote Andean mining towns, a haunted mercenary and an irrepressible scientist race to unravel a kidnapping gone wrong and unmask an inside job.
Embracing Midas is an international thriller the way The Sopranos is a mob story. Lose yourself in this complex and layered world of privilege and conspiracy, and find yourself caring for the richly drawn characters. The story navigates the differences between Yank and Brit, rich and poor, black and white, intellectual and man of action.
Anyone can – and does – twist the plot of Embracing Midas, from those in the humblest of stations to the most exalted. Is anything what it seems in this world of golden privilege? Is there a love triangle at work? Or none? Or perhaps… four? Is the great Lord Chagford oracle-like in his deadly subtlety, or Midas-like in his lapse of judgment?
As for the gold itself, it turns out the spies are right: you learn more about this dangerous world by studying who is handling the gold, than merely by studying its price.
Embracing Midas is where we first meet Eric Sand, a British special ops soldier turned corporate trouble-shooter. Raised in Africa, Eric started out in life by systematically assassinating elephant poachers while he was still in his teens. A self-sufficient man of graceful poise, Eric stalks civilized society the way the carnivores of Africa operate in their own ecosystem, because they were his teachers. You don’t want to be on Sand’s target list, but things can turn out just as badly by helping him. A new and different kind of British super-agent, Eric is a man haunted by his past and in search of a future worthy of his better instincts. Free as lions, sad as elephants, silent as clouds.
In Homer’s great classics, all the troubles start with a rivalry among three goddesses, each manifesting the virtues and vices tied to three very different takes on the feminine ideal. Aphrodite the love goddess, Athena the bold and brainy, Hera the woman’s woman – watch them come to life in the pages of Embracing Midas in the form of the luscious Vanessa, the formidable Amelia, and the sexy, saintly Maria. These are Bond Girls with three dimensions and mysterious agendas.
Right at the center of this story is the man most out-of-place in its pleasures and its dangers. Max Underwood is a scientist at once impetuous and brilliant and yet hapless – naïve and vulnerable. A man of unexpected grit and resourcefulness, summoned only when most needed – and to his own surprise. He is Everyman, trying his uncomprehending best to please a fickle boss, an ambivalent girlfriend, and dangerously difficult colleagues – a man who, like all of us, will find himself only when he sidesteps ambition and embraces his destiny as the Man with One Understanding.
Read Embracing Midas as a modern tale, torn from headlines. Or read it as an inspired retelling of the Greek hero myths. Enter a world you’ve never experienced and meet people you’ve always known.
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About the Author
Anton Goulet is a novelist but his day job involves reconstructing how and where business went wrong. His "Embracing Midas" saga is inspired by real-life events, including his international work in the gold markets.