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The Domino Effect, by Davis Dunn
Risk analyst Esther Harding has uncovered a conspiracy with the potential to devastate the world's financial markets! But when she sounds the alarm, she wonders if people will believe her. Public support for her ideas grows---but so does the desperation of those whose greed she's trying to expose. Esther knows she must do something---but what?
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Esther Larsen, a leading risk analyst at one of the country's largest banking institutions, is becoming more and more convinced that she has uncovered a ticking bomb with the potential to overshadow 2008's market crash. And as her own employer pursues "investment" strategies with ever-increasing levels of risk, she becomes convinced she must do something. Yet what can one person really do?
The markets are edging closer to a tipping point--like the teetering first domino in a standing row that circles the globe. And when Esther does sound the alarm, she wonders if anyone will take her seriously. But as public support grows for her ideas, so does the desperation of those whose conspiracy of greed she seeks to expose. With global markets on the brink, and her own life in danger, Esther is locked in a race with the clock to avert a worldwide financial meltdown.
This fast-paced suspense novel will make you wonder where the fiction ends and reality begins. . . .
"Davis Bunn applies his deft hand to The Domino Effect with the grace and mastery his dedicated fans have come to expect. . . ."--Jerry B. Jenkins
BernCaliforniaAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great suspenseful read!December 1, 2016BernCaliforniaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 52008 was the peak of the financial crisis. As we looked around us, so many of our friends were losing jobs, losing pensions, and losing homes. It has been thought of as the worst financial crisis in the United States since the Great Depression. Since then, much of the financial industry has been reevaluated and looked at more closely. Davis Bunn's new book The Domino Effect was a surprisingly good read about a very real problem that could very well surface again.
Esther Larsen is a powerful risk analyst. Her job is to determine if the risks the large bank she works for are wise, strategic moves. All her life, she's been able to see numbers and the economy and the story that it tells. Because of her gift of being able to read how the markets are moving, she's slowly begun to discover something amiss.
Her natural inclination is to keep quiet and keep her head down. As she studies further, the reality of another catastrophic financial collapse weighs heavy on her. She realizes that she must not stay silent and do something about what she's discovered, even it means she must do it alone.
I was pleasantly surprised by how I was quickly drawn into to the story. As an orphan accustomed to going it alone, Esther is surprised by how her church family rallies around her, especially as the deception and greed involving her discovery grow to a potentially murderous conclusion. I was rooting for Esther and hoping that she would, by the grace of God, do the right thing.
debhgrtyPlymouth MAAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5The World's Financial Markets--A Tumbling Cascade of Dominoes?November 23, 2016debhgrtyPlymouth MAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Debs Dozen: A brilliant analyst, two scheming scoundrels, the worlds financial markets at stake.
Esther Larsen, a reticent but brilliant financial analyst, is very troubled. She and her team are the best and she is better than the best. She believes she has discovered a plot by her banks greedy president and its prime investor to make the bank rich at the cost of the crash of the worlds financial markets. Esther has never opened up to anyone other than her brother. But her brother is hospitalized in a fugue state and not expected to recover. Esther finally decides she has to share what she has found with the closest friends she has. What she discloses starts a domino cascade of events that could affect us all!
Davis Bunn has succeeded in producing a novel that will entrance, enthrall, entertain, and educate you while simultaneously scaring you to death at the possibilities. In todays computer-driven world, where financial transactions take place in nanoseconds, the plot could very well happen. As always, Daviss characters are well-developed, but flawed. Youll love seeing Esther start to bloom from a personal as well as intellectual standpoint. Youll love all his auxiliary characters too. The Domino Effect is one of those suspense-filled books youll not want to put down until the nail-biting finish. In my opinion, The Domino Effect is Daviss best book to date. Five stars from memy husband rated the book four-and-a-half stars because the story came to an end.
Davis Bunn, also known to fantasy and speculative fiction readers as Thomas Locke, is a prolific (over seven million copies sold) and much-awarded author. He has received the Christys Lifetime Achievement Award among many others. While he and his wife, Isabella, live part-time in Florida, he is also a Writer-in-Residence at Regents Park College, University of Oxford. Davis graciously shares his experience and wisdom at a variety of writers conferences around the country.
Bethany House provided me a copy of this book although I was in no way obligated to write a favorable review.
TellNJasmineMontanaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Fiction...or today's headlines?November 23, 2016TellNJasmineMontanaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5I started The Domino Effect excited to read another Davis Bunn book but also wondering if it was going to be totally over my head. The world of high finance is something I know absolutely nothing about, except that there are a lot of crooks in high places. I needn't have worried. Once again, Davis Bunn has taken a hard to understand topic ripped from the headlines and made it understandable for even someone like me. Readers will find a word of caution, some sound advice, and a touch of hope within the entertaining pages of a novel.
The Domino Effect is a sobering and frightening look at today's financial world, and at those who control the world's money. It's also quite a fascinating retelling of the story of Esther, recognizable and yet different enough not to be cliched. The Domino Effect is a gripping story, hard to put down, the danger and excitement contagious. Davis Bunn has not neglected the romantic angle either, as Esther wades through difficult choices and loss, she finds a chance at love in a most unexpected place.
Fans of Davis Bunn will NOT want to miss this financial thriller, but I'll give you fair warning...you won't want to start The Domino Effect unless you have an afternoon free and clear to just read...you won't be able to do anything else once the story has you in its grasp...
(I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)
Deb5 Stars Out Of 5Domino Effect by Davis BunnNovember 7, 2016DebQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Another riveting read from Davis Bunn! From start to finish, Bunn's clear knowledge of the international finance world slaps us with sobering reality of a very possible threat to America's economic future. I love how Mr. Bunn brings the characters to life and invites you into their world. He develops his characters with such nuances, flavor, background and real relationships. Esther is a brilliant introvert called to speak truth to the world; impressed by her pain I found myself cheering her on as she comes out of her shell, finding her true inner self through developing friendships, a budding new family and professional rewards as well.
Take a deep breath and delve into Esther's world of being a top risk analyst at one of the country's largest banking institutions as she becomes more and more convinced that she has uncovered a ticking bomb with the potential to overshadow 2008's market crash. Is this Esther's 'for such a time as this'? The markets are edging closer to a tipping point--like the teetering first domino in a standing row that circles the globe. And when Esther does sound the alarm, she wonders if anyone will take her seriously. But as public support grows for her ideas, so does the desperation of those whose conspiracy of greed she seeks to expose. With global markets on the brink, and her own life in danger, Esther is locked in a race with the clock to avert a worldwide financial meltdown.
This page turner will grab you and take you on the ride of your life. Fiction or Reality? You make the call.
I thankfully received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
bookbloggerWestern MichiganAge: 55-65Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Novel with Grim Financial WarningOctober 29, 2016bookbloggerWestern MichiganAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2The Domino Effect by Davis Bunn
Davis Bunns novel warns readers of a coming financial collapse. The main character, Esther Larsen, child prodigy and now grown-up stock market analyst makes a horrifying discovery. Using her intellect and experience in the stock market, she begins to warn others of her concerns. The question is: can one person do anything to prevent the coming crash?
Bunns writing was clear, but the story seemed a thinly veiled excuse for a warning. The characters werent as developed as I would have liked, and the plot wasnt one that kept the reader guessing. I got lost in much of the financial gibberish. This is not to say that a more financially savvy reader wouldnt have appreciated the book more than I did. However, I was reading for the literary value and not the underlying warning.
I made myself finish the book and was glad I did because it did have a hopeful outcome. However, I dont think I would be eager to read a sequel. This is not to say that he is not a good author, but one whose writing style didnt click with me. I received this free book in return for my honest review, which I have given.