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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (August 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446195618
  • ASIN: B005IUTF7G
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #808,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In Haig's exciting financial thriller, young hotshot Jack Wiley, a partner and senior v-p at an elite Wall Street private equity firm, approaches the Capitol Group, a large privately held corporation, with a golden opportunity--to acquire the troubled Arvan Chemicals company. Arvan has invented a polymer coating that when painted onto combat vehicles makes them virtually impenetrable to firepower, a product that will be worth billions to the military. With Jack's aid, the Capitol Group launches a successful takeover of Arvan. Haig leads the reader step-by-step through a believable scenario that details the making of the deal through the polymer's production and implementation. While the rewards are potentially enormous for all involved, as even the least astute will anticipate, the scheme must eventually go awry. Haig keeps the suspense boiling until the final twists as he reveals why and how everything unravels. Readers will be pleased by an ending that suggests clever Jack Wiley will return.
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From Booklist

Haig’s latest tackles the world of corporate finance and government contractors with surprising results. Jack Wiley arranges a meeting with the powerful Capitol Group, a cadre of men who practically run Washington. Wiley has an amazing offer they can’t refuse involving a company that has invented a paint that can be used on military equipment to provide a protective layer impenetrable to modern weaponry. The money and prestige is too good to pass, so the Group buys into Wiley’s plan, while at the same time investigating every aspect of Wiley’s life to uncover secrets that could be used against him later. The multiple layers of the story line will have readers turning the pages, but the currently low popularity of Wall Street and government will make this a tough sell to many thriller fans. Still, Haig has an established audience, and the Capitol game is definitely worth playing. Those who like Stephen Frey’s business thrillers will be pleased. --Jeff Ayers

Customer Reviews

Very well written story.
The characters are one dimensional and the plot is overly complex in details while at the same time obvious in its direction.
Jack Cliff
All of Brian Haig's books are hard to put down once you start reading them!!
John P Gilday

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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Philly gal VINE VOICE on August 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Brian Haig can write a thriller. This book moves along at a great pace to a not obvious conclusion. The book opens with a US soldier in Iraq killed by an IED while he is in an unarmored patrol vehicle. The main character, Jack Wiley is a new one for Haig. Wiley is a Wall St. corporate takeover artist who has discovered a small company that has a Holy Grail type product - a polymer that when painted on vehicles acts like 30 inches of steel. With the US at war in Afghanistan and Iraq this invention will make billions for the company that sells it to the government. Wiley engages The Capitol Group, one of the country's most powerful corporations (read Halliburton) with much experience navigating the military procurement process. The Capitol Group with an assist from Wiley makes a hostile takeover of the small company and goes forward to threaten, bribe and strong-arm the product through the procurement process. A military special agent, Mia Jensen investigates the legalities of the deal and takes aim at the Capitol Group and the senior executives that run the company. The plot proceeds with the reader unable to quite decide if Jack Wiley is one of the good guys or one of the sleazebags who have been part of the military industrial complex cheating the tax payers and under serving the US soldier. You are treated to a stomach turning close up look at this process. I don't want to write any spoilers into this review but the plot is believable and engrossing through the entire book. The character motivations are credible but I would have appreciated a little more of a back story for Wiley and Jensen.

Haig is a 22 year US Army veteran and has the inside knowledge to make this story realistic and authentic. Unfortunately the theme of corruption among big business, politicians and the military has a real ring of truth to it! A very good read for those who enjoy the action thriller.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Bill Garrison VINE VOICE on August 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Brian Haig's THE CAPITOL GAME is the first book I've read by Haig that doesn't feature Sean Drummond. Haig readers will recall that Drummond carried those novels. They were written in first person, and Drummond was a funny, witty, and complex lead character. Regardless of plot, I enjoyed those novels because of the unique character Sean Drummond.

THE CAPITOL GAME is a totally different novel, written in the style of a John Grisham legal thriller. The story flows fast and furiously, as Haig describes multiple characters and how they feel and what they are doing. I trust Haig enough to know that he is nailing the culture of Washington DC and the corruption he writes about made me both angry and sad.

Jack Riley, a financial whiz, has disovered the next big thing: a coating that makes military vehicles resistant to roadside bombs. He peddles it to several investment firms and settles on the Capitol Group. Billions of dollars are at play as CG runs with the idea and pushes it to the market. There is money, women, backstabbing, spies, trickery and lies.

Unfortunately, there's no Sean Drummond. There's no one to drive the story, to anchor it, to care about. There's a really good story. The characters all have great stories and great motivation for what they're doing. But, none of it is included in the novel. Haig fails to bring the reader into the story, and the entire time I felt like I was reading a entertaining newspaper account of the action. Haig spends pages telling the reader what is going on, and never gets down to the level needed to make it interesting.

Haig has tried something new here, and failed. But, he's talented, and the story kept my interest. He's a really good writer and I'll continue to read his books. I hope his next is better.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Tina on July 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The Capitol Game is another wonderful read from Brian Haig.

Although, for the most part, I have disconnected from thrillers, mainly because they are all the same, in my opinion, Haig manages to stand out from the crowd.

Firstly, he has a wonderful way of creating characters that you just love to hate - and in Capitol Game, he mixes in the world of high finance/corporate who have no problem killing or doing whatever needs to be done in order to make more and more $$ and to get more and more power - I loved it.

The writing is always breakneck speed and the pacing is perfect. The intrigue is always there and Haig has managed to incorporate a bunch of surprises in the plotline - making it difficult to figure out who are the good guys and just who will end up with the money and the power in the end.

I loved, loved this story. The book did not feel long enough to me.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By agniology on October 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book was clearly Not written by the Brian Haig who wrote all the previous Brian Haig books with Sean Drummond. Those books were funny and irreverent and personable. Those books were full of clever dialogue and smart romantic attraction. Those books were Fun to read. I've read all Those books at least twice, not because I didn't remember the plot, but because I so enjoyed the wit and style and attitude. Brian, if you're reading this, please get a better ghost writer, or start writing again yourself.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Swanson on November 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Haig channeled his inner Grisham with this novel. Unlikeable, distant characters, unrelentingly cynical, and wholly plot driven... but Grisham would have known better. The firm simply could not be led by people so stupid or infantile. The main character could not have predicted their ridiculous actions so accurately, the law would have been better understood and related.

Brian Haig is one of my favorite writers. His Sean Drummand books are fun, funny, and zesty. The characters shine, the dialog zings, and while the world view is a bit dark, the characters redeem it.

His last novel was a disappointment, this one was better, but nowhere near the promise Haig promotes with his earlier books. Why he chose to distance us from the main character rather than dropping us into their lives (the twist wasn't remotely surprising, just implausible because it was too complex and the bad guys too easily jumped through his hoops), I don't understand. The bones of this story were good, if poorly researched.

Two strikes so far. While his next novel be a hit or a miss?
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Brian Haig is the son of former US Secretary of State Alexander Haig and has been born and bred in the American military and worked all over the globe. Since retiring from duty he has been a special advisor to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and now runs a large helicopter company. He lives with his wife and four children.

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