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Zero Sum (Wall Street Conspiracy Thriller) [Kindle Edition]

Russell Blake
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Book Description

Present Day Wall Street. Where intelligence agencies and the financial industry are strange bedfellows, and the two worlds are often intertwined in disturbing ways.

In this chillingly plausible, controversial scenario of a military/industrial/financial complex run amok, Zero Sum pits Dr. Steven Archer Cross against powerful financier Nicholas Griffen in a conflict that raises troubling questions about our markets and our government.

Racing against the clock in a chase that spans continents, one man's battle to expose the Machiavellian machinations of a ruthless Wall Street marauder forces him into a financial jungle populated by every variety of unscrupulous sociopath - rogue intelligence agencies, Russian mafia oligarchs, drug cartels and terrorist networks.

As a white-collar game of chess transitions into a lethal real world cage-fight, Steven finds himself in a deadly showdown, where hunters can quickly become the hunted and blood is the ultimate currency.

Zero Sum is the first novel featuring Dr. Steven Archer Cross

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Q & A for Zero Sum

Question: Where did the idea for Zero Sum come from?

RB: I thought the inside scoop of how a Wall Street pump and dump works would be a great framework for a thriller. The innate conspiracy begs to be told, and I also wanted to give some background on how the market actually functions.

Q: Zero Sum offers readers a look behind the curtain on Wall Street's dark side. Do you think there's much of an audience for that?

RB: With the current financial crisis & the emerging awareness that things are badly broken in the regulatory & law enforcement scheme, I think the novel's timely. Its depiction of Wall Street predators with their pet politicians, regulators & media cronies is spot on. I've found readers are fascinated once they understand it all.

Q: Zero Sum paints a picture of Wall Street that's at odds with the sanitized image in the media. Have you gotten any flack because of it?

RB: There's definitely a segment of the financial industry that would prefer nobody reads the book. The parasites that run the schemes described in it are alive & well & doing it every day, relying on the public's ignorance to prosper. There are some annoyed players who want this read about as much as they want a 60 Minutes crew at their office. It's a controversial story, & I'm not making any friends telling it.

Q: Your characters seem real, especially the Wall Street villain, intelligence operatives & mob goons. Are these based in fact?

RB: A good fiction author blends truth & fiction to the point where you aren't sure where the story starts & the facts leave off. Let's just say that the characters & scenarios that seem real, are likely that vivid & believable for a reason.

Q: What authors do you read & which have most influenced you?

RB: I grew up on Ludlum. Forsyth. Harris, Grisham. Fans of those authors will find my writing's similar - Bourne, Day of the Jackal, The Firm.

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Zero Sum features Dr. Steven Archer Cross, from The Voynich Cypher


Editorial Reviews

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USA Today Bestselling Author

As Seen in The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, and The Times!


"
A sadistically good writer."
- The Kindle Book Review

"Russell Blake writes with a brisk intensity and pulse-pounding power. Jump in and hang on for a nonstop thrill ride." - Scott Nicholson, Liquid Fear

"Blake at his best!" - Steven Konkoly, Black Flagged Redux, Black Flagged, The Jakarta Pandemic

"Takes you on a extremely fast paced and unexpected roller coaster ride of the fight between good and evil. Zero Sum is an addicting complex thriller that you will not be able to put down. I highly recommend this book - it is writing at its best. I look forward to reading more from Russell Blake." - Marilou George, The Kindle Book Review

About the Author

Featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Times, and The Chicago Tribune, Russell Blake is the USA Today bestselling author of twenty-eight books, including Fatal Exchange, The Geronimo Breach, Zero Sum, King of Swords, Night of the Assassin, Revenge of the Assassin, Return of the Assassin, Blood of the Assassin, The Delphi Chronicle trilogy, The Voynich Cypher, Silver Justice, JET, JET - Ops Files, JET II - Betrayal, JET III - Vengeance, JET IV - Reckoning, JET V - Legacy, JET VI - Justice, JET VII, Sanctuary, Upon A Pale Horse, BLACK, BLACK Is Back, BLACK Is The New Black, and BLACK To Reality.

Non-fiction includes the international bestseller 
An Angel With Fur (animal biography) and How To Sell A Gazillion eBooks In No Time (even if drunk, high or incarcerated), a parody of all things writing-related.

Blake co-authored an action/adventure novel, The Eye of Heaven, with legendary adventure author Clive Cussler, to be released by Penguin in September, 2014.

Blake lives in Mexico and enjoys his dogs, fishing, boating, tequila and writing, while battling world domination by clowns.

Product Details

  • File Size: 687 KB
  • Print Length: 355 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1480279471
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Reprobatio Ltd (September 19, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005OAHNZQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,614 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Must Read November 23, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This review is for the entire Trilogy - Zero Sum Books 1 - 3 Kotov Syndrome

Russell Blake's Zero Sum - Kotov Syndrome Trilogy is truly amazing. I initially downloaded Book 1 because it was free and before I was done I had purchased the Book 2 & 3 bundle. This is my first time reading a book from Russell Blake and I felt privileged to have found a book written so intelligently with such a powerful impact.

Nicolas Griffen is a character that you will grow to despise. A Wall Street financier associated with organized crime and government agencies using the stock market to make huge amounts of money to the detriment of others. Dr. Steven Archer is determined to stop this activity by publishing a website to expose Griffen and his associates for what they really are. When he is discovered to be the owner of the website life is forever changed as he is now the target to be destroyed.

This trilogy will take you on a extremely fast paced and unexpected roller coaster ride of the fight between good and evil. Zero Sum is an addicting complex thriller that you will not be able to put down. I highly recommend this book, it is writing at it's best.

I look forward to reading more from Russell Blake.

Marilou George (The Kindle Book Review)
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You won't want to set it down May 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Book 1: Kotov Syndrome
Do you remember Stephen Cross from The Voynich Cypher, which was reviewed on March 14th? Well, he's back. Sort of. He's not Cross yet, and Kotov Syndrome is actually part of a series that came before The Voynich Cypher, but the Zero Sum trilogy gives you Stephen's background. Though you don't need this trilogy to read the newer Stephen Cross book, it's nice to have the full details of how he got to where he is.

Zero Sum, Book 1: Kotov Syndrome is typical of Blake's style. It's a fast-paced, edgy, thrilling, action-packed, suspenseful read. Stephen takes on a Wall Street mogul, not understanding the bigger picture, and thrusts his life and those of whom he loves into a world of corruption, deceit, and violence. Stephen soon finds out just how much money can buy and that corruption knows no bounds.

Another great Blake story to keep you on the edge of your seat, that also examines our society and multiple systems in it, as he asks the questions that need asking. Blake will always entertain you while he creates a world that requires you to open your mind to the very possibility of "Could it be true?"

Book 2: Focal Point
Enter Antonia. Sigh, reading a series out of order definitely takes a little something away. You meet a character that you already know what the outcome will be for them. But Shhhh, I'm not telling and neither should you. Let those who haven't read out of order have their story in its entirety.

Typical of the mid-section of a trilogy, Zero Sum, Book 2: Focal Point takes a slight step back from the high-paced action of the first book and puts its energy into building the story.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gambit revealed April 17, 2012
By Nviktor
Format:Kindle Edition
Enthralling read! A lot of espionage/adventure thrillers need a "twist" or two to keep a reader involved, but not Zero Sum! Fast-paced and based on real-life issues, Blake's word-smithing creates and builds characters with relative ease and intensity. Blake leaves the reader wanting more in the end. LeCarre & Ludlum have found a new compadre!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wall Street Exposed July 19, 2013
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@BlakeBooks Another sexy thriller by Russell Blake. A gritty wild story that probably is more fact than fiction. If you really enjoy the behind the scenes action of big money, tons of passion and world class action, this book is a knockout.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zero Sum July 5, 2013
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Again, from the get go I was totally taken by the plot, the characters and finally the resolution of the problem, though I am still haunted by the way, in real life many money managers get away with their shenanigans. Great locales Conrad.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much more interesting than I expected June 27, 2013
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I thought I was getting "just a book." One to be enjoyed and then on to another. Instead, I got a story that captured me and sent me looking for its follow-up(s)!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blake is one of the best, bar none. September 21, 2012
By Harvey
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Russell Blake is one damn good writer. "Zero Sum" is one of the best action/thrillers I've ever picked up. From the first few pages, be ready to lock and load as Steven Archer takes on a Wall Street manipulator and begins a terrifying journey filled with danger, death and double-crosses that would make Robert Ludlum cringe. Blake propels the story through three separate phases that ultimately end with.... well, let's not give anything away. Suffice it to say that Archer, who 'becomes' Steven Cross out of necessity, along with some techno-dweeb pals, an Italian centerfold and some other, more mysterious allies take on the nefarious Nicholas Griffen to ultimately unseat the financier and wreak havoc on his shady dealings. What's particularly nice is that Blake explains his antics along the way with a remarkable clarity and doesn't bog you down in Clancyish techno-babble. It makes the story flow more smoothly and Blake's way with words paints a veritable tapestry that gives even more life to an already-exciting yarn. "Zero Sum" is an amazing book and the only thing I don't understand is why I haven't heard everyone talking about it. Keep it up, Russell. You're on the right track.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
Intriguing and entertaining. I will look for more books by this author.
Published 17 days ago by Janice
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great novel - fast pace.
Published 23 days ago by Robert E Jordan
5.0 out of 5 stars I have become a huge fan of Russel Blake
Wow is this a great writer !! I have read 12 books nonstop and. Have not been disappointed yet !! Do yourself a favor and don't be left out on some awesome reading!!!
Published 27 days ago by David Black
5.0 out of 5 stars exciting story
Interesting like able characters. Fast paced story line. Information about how money is really controlled eye opening and unnerving. Will read more by this author
Published 29 days ago by patricia farrington
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read! Loved the "hero"
Great read! Loved the "hero"
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars No title
This started out as a book with no direction then evolved into a romance then became a a romance then intrigue and adventure got thrown in. Read more
Published 2 months ago by nealsong
3.0 out of 5 stars whats with the conspiracy theories
much of the story has been told in other blake novels. he has obvious done his homework, but how many times does he need to share them. i feel i could almost work as a share broker
Published 2 months ago by Peter Gaskin
3.0 out of 5 stars Zero Sum Immediate
Immediate interest. Would have rated 3.5 if fractions were included.
A bit verbose at times. Enthralling. That's all I want to say.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant Surprise
I've read almost all Russell Blake's books, but hadn't read this one. I'd kind of discounted it as an over my head financial story. Boy was I wrong. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kim Cano
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing
I read Fatal Exchange, also by this author. It was far-fetched and it was hard to keep up with all the dead bodies, but I thought it was fun. Read more
Published 3 months ago by SixFiveGuy
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More About the Author

Featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Times, and The Chicago Tribune, Russell Blake is the USA Today bestselling author of thirty books, including Fatal Exchange, The Geronimo Breach, Zero Sum, King of Swords, Night of the Assassin, Revenge of the Assassin, Return of the Assassin, Blood of the Assassin, Requiem for the Assassin, The Delphi Chronicle trilogy, The Voynich Cypher, Silver Justice, JET, JET - Ops Files, JET II - Betrayal, JET III - Vengeance, JET IV - Reckoning, JET V - Legacy, JET VI - Justice, JET VII - Sanctuary, Upon A Pale Horse, BLACK, BLACK Is Back, BLACK Is The New Black, and BLACK To Reality.

Non-fiction includes the international bestseller An Angel With Fur (animal biography) and How To Sell A Gazillion eBooks In No Time (even if drunk, high or incarcerated), a parody of all things writing-related.

Blake is co-author of The Eye of Heaven, with legendary author Clive Cussler, to be released by Penguin in September, 2014. Blake's novel King of Swords has been translated into German by Amazon Crossing, The Voynich Cypher into Bulgarian, and his JET novel into Spanish and German.

Blake writes under the moniker RE Blake in the NA/YA/Contemporary Romance genres.

Having resided in Mexico for a dozen years, Blake enjoys his dogs, fishing, boating, tequila and writing, while battling world domination by clowns. His thoughts, such as they are, can be found at his blog: RussellBlake.com

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