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About the Author

Jeffrey D. Schlaman is a former auditor and California CPA who currently works as a finance executive in the UK. Subprime Factor was inspired by the current credit crisis and fallout from the burst of the housing market bubble. A native of Auburn, California, he currently lives in England with his wife, Stacey, and their two children.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Synergy Books; 1 edition (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981546250
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981546254
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,968,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a great read! This novel explains, in story form, some of the shadier aspects of the creation and growth of the housing bubble. The story is easy to follow and entertaining but there is a TON of real economic information incorporated into the novel as well. The narrative is easy to follow and the characters are very relatable, but the real beauty of this book is that it explains the housing bubble and predicts almost EXACTLY what is happening in the market right now. Jeff Schlaman is definitely the first to market with an "I told you so" book on the housing bubble!
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The title of this book caught my attention when I was searching for a book to help me better understand the current economic crisis. I was originally looking for, or rather expecting only to find, the typical dry business/textbook type coverage of the topic. This novel looked like it would cover the topic in a more interesting and entertaining way. It delivered.

In the same way I enjoy exercise more if it is "disguised" as sport or play, I enjoyed learning about the housing bubble and banking crisis when the information was disguised as a novel. Like other reviewers said, the story was well developed and entertaining, the characters, both the good and bad were easy to relate to, and the book was informative and thought provoking.

This book isn't the be all, end all authority on the sub-prime crisis, but it's not intended to be. If you want an easily accessible, fun way to learn enough to speak intelligently on the topic or want to jump-start a more thorough investigation of the crisis or economics in general, this book is perfect. Within that context, I have no problem awarding 5 stars. The one negative is that after reading it, I'm thinking a bit more like a conspiracy theorist than I'm comfortable with...
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Opening with an August 3, 2007 blog outlining the writers concerns regarding the role of the Federal Reserve Bank in the so called Great Depression of 1929 Martin Cheyne is blogging from a parking spot just across the bridge from a famous place. Subprime Factor is a fiction spanning nearly a year and growing out of recent economic crisis.

Cheyne, thirty two years old is cagey. He is careful not to post his GPS location on his blog entry. His blog Economic Calamity ranked on Google top 10,000, his PhD dissertation and his mission to discredit the Federal Reserve has exposed him to a lot of repercussions. His failed attempt to defend that dissertation would be the least of them. After a narrow escape with friends Paul, Phil and Doug in the Sierra Nevadas Martin know he is being followed. Soon after checking into a Jekyll Island, Georgia hotel he knows he is in real trouble.

In Auburn, California, Doug Boyd hung up the phone. He was a tad perplexed. PPT? Martin was going to get dirt on Pearson, so what acronym was he fiddling with now? He called Phil, got a number and called Webb Sutton. PPT - Plunge Protection Team, the Present's Working Group on Financial Markets, led by the secretary of the Treasury. These are the guys, according to Sutton, who are responsible for putting the country into the mess our children's children will inherit.

Doug began to wish he hadn't asked.

From that beginning the reader continues checking Cheyne's blog, travels to California where FBI special agent Philip Shultz rapped on the door of a house where a suspected child pornographer was housed. Shultz owes $200,000 more on the house he has seen go into foreclosure than the latest $400,000 appraisal.
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Based on the book's description I was expecting a good "thriller" read, but wondered how the author could possibly weave subprime mortgages into the plot. Well the author did that and then some. The book was engaging from the first page... the characters were engaging and the numerous facts about the current economic situation, components and history were unexpected and a great bonus. I marked at least 15 pages of facts to go back and re-read and further investigate. I read this book in six hours... I couldn't put it down. Not only did the book end up to be a good conspiracy novel (I really enjoy conspiracy novels), but it also left me with a better understanding of the economic situation that the US and World are facing right now. I hope this is not the last book that Jeffrey Schlaman writes.
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