The Sentinels: Fortunes of War

The Sentinels: Fortunes of War

by Gordon Zuckerman

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$22.95

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ISBN-13: 9781929774647
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group, LLC
Publication date: 07/01/2009
Series: The Sentinels Series , #1
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

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The Sentinels: Fortunes of War 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
grumpydan More than 1 year ago
Another historical novel with a twist: "The Sentinels: Fortunes of War" by Gordon Zuckerman Is set in WWII where six economics doctoral students think they can explain and predict the rise and fall of world powers. What they do discover is that German industrialists are pushing Europe towards war so that they can make millions of dollars in illegal war profits. The Sentinels devise a plan to stop this from happening, and visa versa. A little too detailed in the explanation of the inner workings of banking industry, but truly an interesting concept and thrilling story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The plot is an interesting take on behind-the-scenes financial machinations, creating financial puppet-masters that control political player-puppets. The plot is insightful, interesting, and novel. Set in WWII, one has to wonder how many similar plots are playing out in 2009 political and financial theaters, in the US, and worldwide. The Sentinels makes an interesting rainy-day read, while at the same time having a premise that is very thought-provoking, timely, serious, and possibly real. Wonderful. It captured my imagination and I could not put it down.
MargotH More than 1 year ago
An exciting historical novel that deals with noble themes and explores from a unique perspective the rise and demise of Hitler. Six brilliant post graduates from affluent backgrounds at UC Berkeley bond together to act against the industrial German powers that are supporting the National Socialist German Workers Party. Zuckerman has thoroughly researched his fascinating story with details and descriptions of locations and well delineated character studies.
GPaisley More than 1 year ago
I liked the idea of the book, the international transfer of wealth during WW2. Possible spoilers below..... I was a little disappointed at how the main six characters also had parents who all knew each other--a little too convenient. The relationship complications were more developed than the ostensible main plot, which was very intriguing, but then wan't really developed. These yound people seemed very smug and sure of themselves (rather accurately for twenty-somethings), but their success was almost in spite of themselves rather than for their actual insight. Time flowed very erratically in this book, some events were described as months or weeks apart, and if felt as though the war lasted about 10 years based on the durations described in the book.
SamSattler on LibraryThing 19 days ago
Fortunes of War is one of those ¿what-if¿ books that will make the reader wish its premise really could happen. What if it were possible to identify a ¿power cycle¿ pattern that can accurately predict when a country¿s political corruption is close to reaching the point where regional or world war will become inevitable? What if a new watchdog organization could recognize those responsible for this level of corruption soon enough to disrupt it all before another war breaks out?Fortunately, six Berkley students have done just that. Unfortunately, by the time they announce their findings to the world in June 1938, it is too late to stop the group of greedy German industrialists that is making Adolph Hitler¿s aggression possible. The students, however, might still have time to do the next best thing because, now that the war is going poorly for the Germans, these same amoral businessmen want desperately to move their fortunes out of Germany and into Swiss banks. Recognizing their opportunity, the Six Sentinels step in with a plan to make sure that these fortunes will never lead the world to war again.The Sentinels are a varied group, but they have more in common than just their graduate studies at Berkley. Each of them comes from one of the world¿s most powerful and influential families: Mike Stone¿s father is head of a huge New York bank; Cecelia Chang is the daughter of one of Hong Kong¿s most influential traders; Jacques Roth is heir to the fabulous Roth banking fortune; Claudine Demauraux is the daughter of a powerful Swiss banker; Tony Garibaldi springs from one of Italy¿s major wine producing families; and Ian Meyer is the son of the founder of one of London¿s major auction houses. A group like this one brings major weapons to any battle, but whether or not the six are a match for the Germans who are so determined to kill them is another question.Like most thrillers, Fortunes of War requires the reader to cut its author a little slack. There are moments when the close calls and near misses begin to get a little predictable but, if one is willing to suspend disbelief for its duration, Fortunes of War can be great fun. Throw in a little romance (some might say, a lot of romance) along the way, and this one has something for everyone.Rated at: 4.0
chris227 on LibraryThing 19 days ago
A fast-paced story about 6 young adults attemtping to shorten a war and prevent similar new regime. Great character development. Good plot. Story skips a lot which tends to leave the impression that something is missing. Will definitely keep the reader interested and wanting to know more.
janimar More than 1 year ago
The Sentinels: Fortunes of War by Gordon Zuckerman begins with a flashback to a meeting of group of German industrialists who decide to back a new fellow on the scene, Hitler for financial reason. They are concerned about their own pockets, not what is best for the country. Jump forward and it appears that World War II is about to end and these same industrialists want to get their money out of the country safely without Hitler knowing. The want to be able to use their money once the Reich is no more. Getting in their way are the Sentinels, a group of six very intelligent young people who attended grad school together and were quite a think tank. They have since stayed in touch but each has been involved in their own way changing the world. They realize that if these men get their money out of Germany they will again back someone else and it will only be a matter of time before the cycle begins again. Thus, they develop a plot to stop these men from profiting further. They have financial and business connections and develop a plan to take the industrialists' money and use it in a more positive manner. They are a likeable group of four young men and two women. As they put their plan into effect it soon becomes clear their lives are in danger. They are hunted down, some kidnapped but they are determined to carry through with their plans despite the danger. I could not put the book down as there are many plot twists and turns, there is political intrigue, conspiracy, and romance. As I finished reading it I realized I really didn't want to leave the Sentinels and then I read that more books were forthcoming and I was excited. Gordon Zuckerman is in the same class as other thriller writers including Robert Ludlum and David Baldacci. He has a clear understanding of history, creates an interesting page turner and develops likable characters. I am looking forward to the next one in The Sentinel series.
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