The First Billion

The First Billion

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First Billion 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
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GailCooke More than 1 year ago
Actor and Audie Award finalist James Daniels gives a riveting performance of this globe spanning story propelled by rapid fire action and dark intrigue. His voice ably conveys toughness, compassion, and regret. He doesn't over-dramatize, allowing Reich's powerful words to carry listeners along. As many know, Reich has earned an enviable reputation as a master of international intrigue. The First Billion, his third book, again mesmerizes with a tale of frightening possibilities. Jett Gavalian is a former fighter pilot, having served in the Gulf War. What he saw there inspired him to begin Black Jet Securities, an international financial consulting firm. He intends to use his profits to help rather than harm, improve the possibilities for life on this planet. Jett made his first billion in jig time, and now he's working on the next by putting Mercury Broadband, a Russian media company, on the New York Stock Exchange. However, he's soon made aware that the company may not be all he believed. Jeff sends his best friend, Grafton Byrnes, to Moscow to look into the situation, which appears murkier by the minute. There's not much time as Mercury Broadband is due to go up in a mere six days, and the future of Black Jet hinges on it. We hear: 'The IPO, or initial public offering, of shares in the company was valued at two billion dollars, and nothing less than his firm's continued existence depended on what he discovered. A green light meant seventy million dollars in fees, a guarantee of fee-related business from Mercury down the road, and a rescue from impending insolvency.' What Grafton finds in Moscow is more terrifying than he or Jett could ever have imagined. Just when we think Reich has pulled out all the stops and couldn't possibly have another trick up his author's sleeve, he galvanizes with the unexpected. Enjoy! - Gail Cooke
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading Reich's first book, Numbered Account. This book, First Billion, has an interesting story that's somewhat plausible given todays corporate environment (Enron, Worldcom...) The story does drag for a bit, but it eventually picks up. I only wish the author would obtain a proof-reader who's familar with military/police operations and equipment. There are MANY TECHNICAL & DESCRIPTIVE ERRORS which detract from the reading enjoyment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read 'Devil's Banker' first and loved it, really well written and exciting but 'The First Billion' was a big step down. Story was very slow in developing, I was bored, and forced myself to complete it, hoping that the climax would be worth the wait. I was wrong. Sorry Christopher.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fabulous read! This is the first book in a very long time that my husband and I had to race eachother for whenever it was put down. Interesting, intelligent, good characters. All in all a great romp!!
harstan More than 1 year ago
John ¿Jett¿ Gavallan knows his Black Jet Securities Company has been in trouble since the bottom fell out of the dot.com world. Borrowing from his days as a fighter pilot, Jett takes a major chance on a Russian firm Mercury Broadband that he plans to go public via the New York Stock Exchange.

However, an online highly regarded financial analyst, Private Eye-PO, warns people that Mercury Broadband is a bad investment stunning Jett with the revelations. Jett¿s assistant Grafton Byrnes travels incognito to Moscow to uncover the truth while Jett tries to locate Private Eye-PO. Soon Jett heads to Russia to confront Kirov, the CEO of Mercury Broadband, who may be part of the Russian Mafia.

Though not quite on a par with NUMBERED ACCOUNT, THE FIRST BILLION is an interesting financial thriller that is at its best when Jett struggles between ethics and the deal of a lifetime. The latter half of the story line turns into an international chase tale with body counts outgrowing monetary accounts and Jett acting more like John Wayne. Still readers will find this adventure exhilarating but would have preferred that Christopher Reich keep the hero continuing his work on the bottom line of a ledger sheet rather than body bags.

Harriet Klausner

Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved it and couldn't say it better than the New York Times. 'So much fun... There has been no shortage of writers aspiring to be the John Grisham of Wall Street... REICH DESERVES THE GRISHAM MANTLE...(he) conjures up a rich evocative world... deftly splices technical information into his characters' dialogue...and with the fewest words, the author often speaks volumes...' A fast fun read, interesting financial details, finely drawn characters, definately worth reading.