From New York Times bestselling author Christopher Reich, an international spy thriller featuring Simon Riske: one part James Bond, one part Jack Reacher
Riske is a freelance industrial spy who, despite his job title, lives a mostly quiet life above his auto garage in central London. He is hired to perform the odd job for a bank, an insurance company, or the British Secret Service, when he isn't expertly stealing a million-dollar watch off the wrist of a crooked Russian oligarch.
Riske has maintained his quiet life by avoiding big, messy jobs; until now. A gangster by the name of Tino Coluzzi has orchestrated the greatest street heist in the history of Paris: a visiting Saudi prince had his pockets lightened of millions in cash, and something else. Hidden within a stolen briefcase is a secret letter that could upend the balance of power in the Western world. The Russians have already killed in an attempt to get it back by the time the CIA comes knocking at Simon's door.
Coluzzi was once Riske's brother-in-arms, but their criminal alliance ended with Riske in prison, having narrowly avoided a hit Coluzzi ordered. Now, years later, it is thief against thief, and hot on their trail are a dangerous Parisian cop, a murderous Russian femme fatale, her equally unhinged boss, and perhaps the CIA itself.
In the grand tradition of The Day of the Jackal and The Bourne Identity, Christopher Reich's The Take is a stylish, breathtaking ride.
About the Author
Christopher Reich is the New York Times bestselling author of Numbered Account, Rules of Deception, Rules of Vengeance, Rules of Betrayal, The Devil's Banker, and many other thrillers. His novel The Patriots Club won the International Thriller Writers award for Best Novel in 2006. He lives in Encinitas, California.
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The Take based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
I enjoyed this action-packed thriller. I look for suspense and unpredictability in my books and THE TAKE delivered exactly what I wanted. The characters are developed nicely and reek of mystery and intrigue. The line-up includes an ex-con crook / C.I. A. agent, Saudi royalty, and different Russians all with an ax to grind. Add an alluring cop and old friends and you have an excellent recipe for an exciting, emotive, and amusing thriller written by a master of his trade.
TITLE: The Take AUTHOR: Christopher Reich GENRE: Thriller PAGES: 394 After reading this book, I am convinced that Christopher Reich is a secret chess master. He sets up the board, gets the pieces in place, then kapow! Checkmate! And that is at the halfway point of the book! I am going to go out on a limb and say that this is the best book Christopher Reich has written. He has created a protagonist you want to see succeed, an antagonist you want to see fail and a whole host of character that stand in their way on either side! It starts with a daring robbery of a Saudi prince in Paris. Millions of dollars are stolen, and a leather case that has a letter that can change the world. No one gives a tinkers damn about the money. It is the letter they want, and they will stop at nothing to get it. The CIA wants the letter as do the Russians. Both parties hire thieves to get it. The two thieves worked together at one time, until a “falling out” that had one in jail. So a heist book just became a revenge book as well. Awesome! Bring it! And he did! Christopher Reich has given us a book in which you get action, adventure, a touch of romance, in a backdrop of France (Paris, Versailles, etc.) and a touch of London. Assassins abound. Sleight of hand is the rule of the day. Add double crosses, triple crosses, hell, I lost count of how many crosses, and you get one hell of a book! I will warn you (because no one else will) that the last 120 pages grab you by the throat, take you hostage, and will not let you go to sleep until you finish the book! The last book that did this to me was John Grisham’s The Firm, and that was 27 years ago! There have been others, but not like this. Bottom line, this was my third Bookgasm of the year. 5+ bookmarks out of 5!
Did not live up to previous work.
From the first page, i was hooked. You won't figure it out no matter how hard you try. Deception, double cross and just plain fun. Looking forward to more with this character. Bravo!