Friday, September 9, 2016

The Domino Effect by Davis Bunn

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

At no other time is this book more relevant then today.  Yes, this is fiction, but there is enough truth in this book to scare anyone.

I am by no means a business savvy guy.  I do understand basic concepts of business and the stock market, but when it gets into the nitty-gritty, I get confused.  This book is all about the corruption that happens with the stock market and the manipulation of it by Hedge Funds and banks.  Even with my limited knowledge, Mr. Bunn was able to explain the key concepts that keep me feeling like I knew what was going on and a part of the story.  Esther faces a rather daunting moral dilemma concerning how her employer is handling their investments.  The answer to that dilemma makes up the rest of the book so I won’t go into the specifics.  You get to see how her character evolves from a meager introvert to one that garners everyone’s attention.  There isn’t much of a spiritual element in her other than Esther’s new boyfriend attending Seminary.  That didn’t seem to detract from the story, but I’m always one that likes to see how Jesus can work in anyone’s life no matter the situation.
Is this a "Guys Book"?   There’s not a lot of action but there is intrigue as Esther’s plan is unhatched.  The famous battle of “can this be prevented in time…..” is clearly at work here.  Want to know if she “saves the world”???  Go BUY THIS BOOK!!  It’ll be the smartest business decision maybe you’ve made today.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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