They are the most powerful men in America: billionaires born to privilege and linked by their membership in the nation's most elite fraternity. They have always snatched what they want. From the halls of their ivy-league college to the counting houses of Wall Street, nothing has ever stopped them from reaching their nefarious goals. But as they gear up for their biggest takeover of all—the presidency of the United States—they discover to their horror that someone else has a secret agenda too. One by one, they are being castrated by an unknown attacker....
SECRET AGENDA—a riveting mystery of political ambition set in the glittering heights of New York society and the darkest depths of Wall Street depravity!
"[A] page-turner, intricate, and mysterious to the very end. A terrific read!" Kay Williams, The Matryoshka Murders
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About the Author
Barbara Brett’s lively and colorful publishing career includes stints as a proofreader for Esquire magazine and as the meat-and-poultry editor of a trade magazine. For several years she was the editor of, consecutively, True Romance and True Confessions magazines, the nation’s leading confession publications. During this time, she began writing mainstream novels, and after the publication of two of them, she was named vice president and publisher of Thomas Bouregy & Company, where she oversaw Avalon Books, the company’s hardcover fiction line for libraries, and Airmont Classics, its softcover reprints of the classics. Many of the writers she worked with over the years have gone on to great success and even bestsellerdom. In 1993, Barbara left Bouregy to establish her own publishing company, Brett Books, devoted to hardcover inspirational nonfiction. The first book she published was the international bestseller Where Angels Walk by Joan Wester Anderson, which was on The New York Times bestseller list for over a year and has sold over two million copies. She has been interviewed in the media and has lectured on writing and publishing around the country. Barbara is the author of Between Two Eternities and Love After Hours, originally published by Avon Books, and Sizzle, originally published by Zebra. With her husband, Hy, she wrote the critically acclaimed mystery novel Promises to Keep, originally published by Harper & Row, and a Mystery Guild main selection. Time constraints forced her to give up her writing after first joining Bouregy and later running her own company. No longer willing to make that sacrifice, she has now closed her company to return to what has always been her first love—writing. First on her agenda, however, is joining the e-book revolution with the publication of her earlier novels here on Smashwords.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Carol Hoyer for Reader Views (7/18) Barbara Brett’s “Secret Agenda” is a read that will keep you glued to the story due to the devious, manipulative greed of the Golden Boys. Like many who are born into wealth, these billionaires feel they have the right to take what they want when they want, including women. Set in New York City, these Beta Alpha Beta Phi fraternity brothers made a vow they would get what they want and that includes the Presidency. With the elaborate schemes they’ve made up, no one will get in their way. Little do they realize that there is a hidden obstacle coming their way which will encompass the ultimate revenge. Brett’s vivid descriptions of each of these eight Golden Boys will have readers angry, appalled and saying, “Yes, they think they own the world.” Of all these despicable characters, Tony Portman is the one whom I wanted to get revenge on the most. Arrogant, sleazy and I believe the most dangerous of them all, he is a character that seems to be behind the most gruesome treatment of women without any apology. The author, through her fascinating characters, creates a cold, brutal story that reader’s often seen in the news today. Tom Berenson a local bookstore owner and former cop gets caught up in all this mayhem when he is enticed with the offer of investigating the Golden Boys misdeeds, an offer that will pay for his daughter's college education. I related to Tom in that even though one’s past profession is over those keen instincts never leave us. Given this dark, can’t-put-it-down read, my only issue is that the revenge and black deeds of each of the characters seemed to drag on a bit, however, this did not distract from the overall captivating read and underlying plot. Brett captures readers attention from the very beginning which is a rare occurrence. She writes with vivid clarity that will put you in each situation whether it is a rape scene or the gruesome revenge. “Secret Agenda” by Barbara Brett is a page-turning book for all who love intricate mysteries with a stunning ending. I highly recommend this read.
Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite The very first sentence already tells the reader they will be in for something chilling, out of the ordinary: “Moonless nights are made for mischief, especially the sexual romps of Golden Guys like Tony Portman.” I love it when authors are able to get my attention from the very beginning of the story, but sustaining it throughout the entire novel is something that takes skill, and Barbara J Brett has that skill. Readers are introduced to a fraternity of powerful men, a group that has always found a way to attain their goals, no matter what these are, dominating both corporate and political circles. They are the movers of Wall Street. This time, their aim is to take over the presidency of the United States, and they are darn sure nothing can stand in their way. But they are in for their greatest surprise as someone with a more sinister agenda is ahead of them, castrating members of the group. Can they, with their power and resources, unveil the face of the enemy before this enemy destroys the whole group? Secret Agenda: Who's Castrating the Wolves of Wall Street? by Barbara J Brett is a mesmerizing story of power, corruption, and crime. The writing is mature, crisp, and it flows with a grace that is unusual. The scenes are focused, and whether describing a rape scene or a graphic image, the author allows readers to see the details clearly. Barbara J Brett’s writing is cinematic, flowing with powerful visual images and unending action. From the first page of the narrative, the reader is introduced to an intensity that involves strong emotions, driven and exciting dialogues, and a conflict that escalates at a rapid speed. Secret Agenda: Who's Castrating the Wolves of Wall Street? is a fantastic story, one crafted after the style of Robert Ludlum’s The Icarus Agenda. It’s hot and spellbinding, seasoned with suspense and grim humor.