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Product Details

  • Series: Archangels
  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons McNamara LLC (January 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985159022
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985159023
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (281 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #685,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Archangels: Rise of the Jesuits

"This fast-paced thriller...doesn't stint on intrigue...enough authenticity and adventure to ensure readers will keep turning the pages."
Publisher's Weekly


"Murder at the Vatican, hackers, financial wizards, tax evasion, and political intrigue...we also encounter memory arts, hypnotism, embezzlement, double agents, and psychological manipulation...a good page turner."
Opalesque

"As a financial murder mystery it is very good. [Narrator] Paul Heitsch does an excellent job with all of the characters."
Audible Book Monthly


Praise for Janet M. Tavakoli

"Janet Tavakoli writes in a clear, sprightly way."
ADAM SMITH (George J. W. Goodman), author of The Money Game and Supermoney


"Knows her stuff, has strong opinions, and turns a colorful quote."
Financial Times


"Intelligent analyst whose command of the arcane world...makes it a pleasure to read her work."
Asia Times Online

About the Author

Janet Tavakoli is an internationally renowned financial expert and President of Tavakoli Structured Finance. Archangels: Rise of the Jesuits, is her debut novel, a financial fiction (fi-fi) mystery thriller. She is the author of three acclaimed non-fiction trade books: Credit Derivatives (John Wiley & Sons, 1998, 2001). Structured Finance & Collateralized Debt Obligations (Wiley Finance,2003, 2008), and Dear Mr. Buffett: What an Investor Learns 1,269 Miles from Wall Street, (Wiley Finance 2009). The New Robber Barons, (2012) is a non-fiction eBook.

Ms. Tavakoli is frequently published and quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Times, Bloomberg News, and other financial journals. Frequent television appearances include CBS's 60 Minutes, CNN, C-Span, CNBC, BNN, CBS Evening News, Bloomberg TV, First Business Morning News, Fox, ABC, and BBC.

More About the Author

Janet Tavakoli is the president of Tavakoli Structured Finance, a derivatives risk consulting firm for financial institutions. She was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She has worked as a chemical engineer, earned her MBA from the University of Chicago, taught derivatives as an adjunct associate professor of finance, and worked for Wall Street firms in New York and London. She also lived in Iran during the Islamic revolution and has traveled extensively in Europe and Japan.

She is the author of Credit Derivatives & Synthetic Structures, 2nd ed. (Wiley 2001), Structured Finance & Collateralized Debt Obligations, 2nd ed. (Wiley 2008, and Dear Mr. Buffett: What an Investor Learns 1,269 Miles from Wall Street, (Wiley 2009).

The New Robber Barons (Lyons McNamara LLC, 2013), is a compilation of her commentaries since the September 2008 financial crisis.

Archangels: Rise of the Jesuits (Lyons McNamara LLC, 2013) is her fiction debut thriller.

Unveiled Threat: A Personal Experience of Fundamentalist Islam and the Roots of Terrorism (Lyons McNamara LLC, 2014) is a non-fiction thriller and commentary.

Ms. Tavakoli is frequently published and quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Times, Business Week, Bloomberg News, and more. She is also a frequent front page writer at the Huffington Post. Frequent television appearances include CBS's 60 Minutes, CNN, C-Span, CNBC, BNN, CBS Evening News, Bloomberg TV, Fox, ABC, and BBC.

Customer Reviews

This book held my interest to the very last page.
Amazon Customer
Very interesting and some very unbelievable facts about the Catholic church.
Marie Eshbaugh
The story is very engaging and the characters are well developed.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

63 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Espina Juan Carlos on December 4, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I found this book very easy to read and engaging; chapters go by flying and the reader is left wanting for more. The author paints a controversial picture of the Catholic church and the way it deals with its finances and political power while trying to stay current in modern society. Although labeled as fiction, some of the stories are based on real events summarized at the end of the book. I give credit to the author for developing a story that merges facts with fiction and even a taste of sensuality. One criticism, too short.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Krysi Joseph aka boekverslaafde on February 4, 2013
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When I read about Archangels, I thought it would be along the lines of Dan Brown's DaVinci Code. But once I started reading it, I found that it wasn't, really, like it at all. Both stories talk about the Vatican, and there is murder involved. That's where the similarities end.
Which, to me, is really a good thing. Janet Tavakoli stated at the beginning of the book that while some places, people, and business/corporations are real, they are used fictitiously in the book, except where documented historical events are referenced. I believe she has put more fact in there than what I originally thought when reading.
Janet is very thorough when describing history, and the Society of Jesus. While some of the descriptions may not be REAL, she made sure we have all the facts and can understand what is going on. Archangels was well written and thought out, and I enjoyed reading it.

Why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5:

1) There were a couple times where I found it hard to get through, it seemed too slow moving for me.

2) I thought it could have used another murder or two, in my opinion the bloodier it is, the better it is to read.

3) While she was great at describing everything else, Janet really didn't go into much detail of the main character, and his family. I feel she should have gone more in depth with them, as I didn't really feel connected to any of them. I didn't feel like I knew them, or care about them, really.

One of the things that I truly loved about the book:

I am usually able to pick up on the foreshadowing and once I meet all the characters, I'm pretty good about figuring out how the book is going to end, who was the murderer/culprit/etc. While reading Archangels, I thought I had it figured out...
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By runnerdoggy on March 14, 2013
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Excellent book. Very well researched. Absolutely interesting. You won't be able to put it down. Worth investing your valuable time reading.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By GES on March 18, 2013
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Well written, entertaining and informative. The author is an expert in her field, but chose to also write a fictional novel based on her insights into the Vatican.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Joan D on November 21, 2012
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Very intriguing concept, all the better cause it is fact-based.  A good main plot, but would have been more interesting with a few sub-plots.  Didn‘t need the very descriptive sex scenes.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy on January 29, 2013
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For the sake of transparency here, I am a Roman Catholic. I was brought up in the Latin Mass era, so I remember much of the facts the author has based her story on. Her facts are so true that it is depressing. A priest takes the vows of Poverty; Chastity, and Obedience, and then came the 60's and onward to present day. Is it any wonder we no longer hear 'fire and brimstone' sermons in our churches? No wonder to me at least.

This is an excellent story which has taken actual facts and mixed them ever so well with fiction to make a great story. The characters are believable. The story and plot are well written and follow the timeline of the real events well. The main character, Michael, is one you can actually put yourself into his shoes if you are as angry as I am as to what has happened to the Church.

I applaud the author and looking forward to the next 2 books in this series.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By E. I. HOOD on March 13, 2013
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I ordered this book just a short time before the Pope's resignation.

As I read it, the real world was mixing with the fictionalized story.

As a former banker and investment broker I enjoyed the flow of this story. The author explained things in a very understandable way. It rang true to me.

Several people complained about the little bit of sex in the story. I think it was necessary to help us understand this in human terms. The book would be very good with or without it.

I kept finding myself remembering things I had read and heard about. This made it more believable too.

I finished the book last night and now we have a new Pope. He is a Jesuit ! Life reflecting fiction ?

Read the book. You will be educated.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By amac on February 20, 2013
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Enjoyed reading this suspenseful book. Enjoyed the very end with the explanations of the true facts regarding issues the church is still facing today. Archangel was a pleasure to read.
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