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The Schmetterling Effect [Kindle Edition]

Ivan Cotter
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Book Description

German economist Dr. Schmetterling casts a critical deciding vote at a meeting in Berlin about financial discipline among those member countries of the European Union using the common Euro currency. Unfortunately, he knocked back a load of Guinness at an Irish pub the night before the meeting, and so votes with his gut instead of his head, setting history on a new and dangerous domino-effect course that brings a conspiracy of Euro-fascism in a nasty new version of the European Union, nuclear terrorism in the Middle East, and intervention by the United States. It falls to Londoner Tom Cosgrave to unearth secrets that start off a breakneck, suspenseful series of events, bouncing between Washington, the Middle East, Dublin and London, that will set history back on its proper path in this harrowing yet satirical thriller.

Product Details

  • File Size: 445 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Ivan Cotter (March 14, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007KIY4TS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,154,427 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging, Smart and Funny Book May 11, 2012
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I found myself looking forward to picking up my iPad each night after work, relaxing on the sofa and catching up on this immensely readable book. Amazing that Cotter wrote it in 5 weeks, as one reviewer mentioned above. This is a literary novel, a great first book. Well researched without seeming dry -- I can now say I more deeply understand the entire Euro mess and how we got where we are -- and was entertained in the process.

My favorite part of the book, which often had me laughing out loud, was Cotter's solution to Ireland's financial woes (the "underdog" in his book). Without giving anything away, what at first seemed not possible, became entirely possible as the author plotted out all the particulars. Cotter's warmth toward the Irish is much in evidence and I wanted to cheer him on all the more for it! The novel expertly parallels what is going on in the world. Often, during the course of the day or while listening to the news, I'd find myself questioning: Is this really happening or did I read it in The Schmetterling Effect?

The many farcical scenes in the book -- one of which occurs early on, when a bumbling terrorist's solution to fixing his malfunctioning bomb is a trip to the hardware store -- were hilarious. Cotter's dry, playful sense of humor is evidenced throughout. He must have been chuckling to himself (as I was, reading) while typing away.

Anyone who has worked in any kind of office will appreciate the dramatic scene involving the printer. A top-secret document -- called the "Lillicrap" patent -- is printing out. In the middle of the print cycle, the guardian of the printer has a sudden attack of IBS and flees to the men's room...

However, this is not to imply that Cotter's novel is a comedy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read April 28, 2012
By Val
Format:Kindle Edition
Once I got into this book and the pace picked up, I found it exciting and gripping.
The main characters are plausible including some very attractive ones who gained in confidence as the story evolved and other very disturbing personalities who played their part as this intriguing plot unfolded.
With its focus on current economic and political issues across the globe, the reader can't avoid thinking "is this the future?", "this is really too close for comfort".
This book cries out for a sequel. I was disappointed when I turned the last page, so I am now looking forward to reading the next.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Impressed June 10, 2012
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I didn't feel like I was reading the same book as all of the five star reviews. Some parts were engaging, but the book desperately needs an editor for content, grammar and spelling. The exposition is clunky and the characters (like Sean and Tom) need fleshing out earlier in the novel because by the time they became relevant in part 2, I still didn't know enough about them to care.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I found The Schmetterling Effect an extremely intriguing quick read that I didn't want to put down until I'd got to the bottom of what was going on. Relying heavily on an interesting and scarily believable domino effect, the novelist presents us with one of the many possible outcomes for our future, theoretically.
The format works effectively for the tale as each short chapter takes us to one of the many nations involved in the plot and leads us at lightning pace through some truly catastrophic international events, including bomb plots, nuclear warfare and much more. The sections of the novel that deal with international affairs from a distance were extremely enjoyable and when it changes slightly and the reader is presented with a much more personal story, involving the two Cosgrave brothers is an interesting change. It fits together in some way despite seeming slightly clunky as it changes tack completely and we're looking at things from a much more personal perspective.
Elements of this novel are scarily believable and that adds to its power and strength and ultimately the readers' enjoyment. Laced throughout the novel are hints at humour which add in extra authenticity. The characters themselves are not particularly strong or I'd even say important as the thrilling plot is what keeps you hooked.
A fast paced and thrilling read, an excellent debut.
Beth Townsend - The Kindle Book Review
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent first book April 13, 2012
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Ivan's book has an IP undertone, a strong hero and a sweet love story ... what more could you want?! Cotter's book is a delightfully complicated and incredibly well researched thriller which expertly guides the reader through the unfolding of a scarily plausible geopolitical nightmare.

The book comprises 88 short chapters, each based in one of the 9 cities/countries central to the plot. This makes for interesting fast-paced style which constantly reminds the reader of the import of territory to the plot - imagine a script of a series of 24 and you won't be far off. While the use of a patentese style of language is inevitable in a book written by an experienced patent attorney, for someone not versed in this style some parts were a bit slow others a little repetitive ... note to self: must brush up on patentese if only to benefit more from the fictional writings of patent professionals! Knowing that Ivan wrote the book in just 5 short weeks, his feat is extremely impressive ... definitely worth a read, particularly for such a modest sum!

The book starts with a German economist, Dr. Schmetterling (German for butterfly), enjoying in a few too many drinks in an Irish pub in Berlin. This one night of indulgence results in a decision which provokes a Euro currency crisis (beginning of scarily plausible geopolitical nightmare) and the story escalates exponentially from there, hence the English translation of the book's title: the butterfly effect. The story's second thread focuses on the unfolding of an Iranian plot to bomb Israel which goes ever so slightly wrong, resulting in a world shortage of oil in turn intensifying the effect of the Euro crisis (add to scarily plausible geopolitical nightmare).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars ‘Will this do sir? It’s a mild spoiler’
This was the perfect reading for me while laid up in hospital.

The multi-strand narrative was well paced and lightly executed ... and I cared what happened next. Read more
Published 11 months ago by DR DAVID KESTON
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite Enjoyable Read
Full Disclosure: I am patent agent and a friend of the inventor.

I purchased this book some time ago when Ivan related to me that he had written a book, but have just... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jerry
4.0 out of 5 stars A pretty good read
Despite my personal disbelief in the "Butterfly Effect" of chaos theory and the science behind it - most mathematicians now believe the butterfly's wingbeat to be subsumed, nay,... Read more
Published 23 months ago by David VanDyke
5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable!
Schmetterling is German for butterfly, and this book describes the unintended consequences from a night out on the town. Read more
Published on August 27, 2012 by Sarah Hague
5.0 out of 5 stars Orwellian Comedy
This is a very literate first novel. Intriguing plot, at times believable and also light-hearted fun. Could be described as an Orwellian comedy. Read more
Published on April 10, 2012 by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
Great book which has cleary been well researched and is written in a fluid style. It goes to show how finely the world is balanced and how easy it can wobble. Read more
Published on March 27, 2012 by mpc101
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and Imaginative
This is an engaging book with a well researched and ingenious (though by no means implausible) plot about the world after the financial crisis and Middle Eastern conflict. Read more
Published on March 27, 2012 by Jas
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More About the Author

After more than forty years of writing professionally on behalf of clients as a patent attorney, leavened by trying to entertain audiences as an amateur actor in musicals and farces, Ivan decided that he might brighten up his retirement by trying to entertain readers as an amateur novelist. It is of course up to you to judge whether he has succeeded in entertaining readers of his first novel, THE SCHMETTERLING EFFECT. However, Ivan can confirm that if your enjoyment of his novel comes anywhere near the enormous pleasure he experienced in writing it, he will be well pleased!

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