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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill (September 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781595144690
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595144690
  • ASIN: 1595144692
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.9 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,191,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This high octane read will appeal to fans of Anthony Horowitz's Alex Rider series." School Library Journal

"A gripping and globe-spanning thriller
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"A great read for readers who love conspiracy novels and thrillers. Great to read a new and fresh topic for YA books." yabookscentral

"Bennett spins a first rate thriller." Centre for Children's books, University of Illinois

"A wild ride. Wow!" Crackingthecover.com

"A lot of action in a realistic world. I highly recommend this book. " Citybookreview

About the Author

Nic Bennett's first job was on the trading floor of a major bank in London, starting one week before Black Monday 1987. He currently lives in Cape Town, South Africa. Dead Cat Bounce is his first novel.

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Nic Bennett was educated at Dulwich College and Cambridge University in England, although he commuted back and forth to Africa for vacations. His working life has been spent in the City of London and South Africa, traveling frequently to North America and Europe. He is married with two teenage children, and lives in Cape Town, South Africa. He is a keen runner and cyclist, and an even keener lover of travel, rock music, and the African Bush. He is left handed. For more information visit www.nicbennett.me or find him as nictheauthor on Twitter and Facebook.

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Fabulous debut novel.
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I feel this book was really good and i liked the action and thrill of it.
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I finished it today annoyed by every interruption along the way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Frank on October 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I do stocks and shares, but not fiction....until this book. Took a few chapters to get into but once hooked, I seriously battled to put this book down. The authors' attention to detail is incredible, the characters very fitting and mix of adventure situations original and exciting. The only negative is that I have to wait for the sequel which I will pre-order as soon as I can. If this is Nic Bennett's first attempt, I would love to what else he comes up with. Should be turned into a movie. No better description other than brilliant. Bring on the next one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Graeme on October 19, 2012
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I enjoyed this book very much. I thought it flowed without any flat spots and held my attention from start to finish.
The plot was involved without too many sub plots which some well published authors tend to have.
I am looking forward to the sequel
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Liviania VINE VOICE on September 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Confession: I find stocks very, very boring. Reading passages about Jonah Lightbody learning about stocks and derivatives from his father and then his father-figure the Baron was like listening to my father talk about them. Now, Bennett explains the bare minimum needed for DEAD CAT BOUNCE to make any sense, but that was still almost too much for me. That is how boring I think stocks are.

Second confession: Economics classes and friends who work in financial sectors have pretty much convinced me that no one knows how the economy actually works. (Look, I was studying the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis in 2008. It's no wonder I have a negative mindset.) Fortunately for DEAD CAT BOUNCE, it didn't ask me to give up that view.

Nic Bennett's novel starts off with a terrific, in media res prologue. Jonah's in a hotel room, downloading some secret program and shooting people. It's tense and violent and genuinely suspenseful. Then we go back in time to him being a twelve year old and gaining a passion for financial trading. By sixteen, he's working for the same bank as his father, but as the protege of his nemesis. Jonah's into taking big risks, whereas his neglectful father prefers to make small, safe bets. Basically, there's interesting interpersonal dynamics but it's surrounded by a topic that I find extremely boring.

That doesn't mean others won't find it interesting. Lots of people are involved in the stock market and plenty of them start young. And DEAD CAT BOUNCE centers around the Financial Crisis of 2008, a crisis still affecting the world. I can't imagine there aren't people who would find a conspiracy about the crisis fascinating.

As for me, DEAD CAT BOUNCE really started moving once it caught up to the opening.
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By H. Khan on April 12, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
It begins as a mobsters showdown that no one expected. then it jumps back to explain the backstory. for 3/4 of the book. It was a nice hook to get people into learning about how markets work and how they might be manipulated by the big sharks, but the pacing and shift in gears at the end part just didn't mesh too good.

It was solidly written and has its exciting moments, but for me the overall big picture doesn't work. You have a kid who has spent most of his recent years going out of his way to distance himself from his father, and he has total understanding when the father shifts his personality and wants to help him along. Plausible, but too Alex Rideresque and without any of the background.

I will still read the sequel though, cuz maybe that's where the story I wanted is written.

Happy reading
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By Trey on May 23, 2013
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I feel this book was really good and i liked the action and thrill of it. I also like that he was really good at making sense to a confusing subject of stock trading in a fiction book. Also i think it had a good story line to it and i cant wait till the sequel comes out
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