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Absolute Risk: A Graham Gage Mystery Hardcover – September 7, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
Tis book is so bad I will not be trying any other books by this author.
As a retired academic economist, I enjoyed thoroughly the debunking of traditional economic theory, while suspending some disbelief at the final solutions to the dilemmas that Gore poses in the book. It will be great fun for anyone who doubts the self-serving pronouncements of neoconservative economists whose theories have virtually no basis in evidence!
In a related subplot, Gage's wife Faith finds herself in the midst of a worker's rebellion in China following an earthquake. Workers are unhappy about unsafe buildings that were constructed with the help of foreign corporate bribes. Yet another subplot involves the vice president, who has been suckered into endorsing a National Pledge Day that expressly excludes all Americans who do not adhere to the Christian faith.
I liked Absolute Risk more than the previous Gage novel, Final Target. The insufferable smugness that characterized Gage in the first novel is gone and the plot is more straight-forward. On the other hand, I didn't think Absolute Risk maintained quite the degree of suspense that makes a thriller memorable.Read more ›
As the case unfolds, we find out the Chinese are up to their eyeballs in the developing problem. By remarkable coincidence, Gage's wife Faith is not only in China, but heavily involved with some of the major players. Time for the second pill!
Gage's wife took a team of students to China on an archeology dig, one of whom gets badly injured in an earthquake. Shortly afterwards the surrounding area dissolves into civil unrest and rioting. Does Faith do what any responsible chaperone would do, and get the kids out of the country to safety? Nope, for some incomprehensible reason she abandons them to their own devices to accompany her neighbour into the eye of the storm, while she tries to save her corrupt son and daughter-in-law from avenging mobs. Whoa, there goes the third pill -- better make it a double!
If the overdose of SDPs isn't enough to unsettle your stomach, a heapin' helpin' of economic mumbo-jumbo certainly will. Much space is devoted to explaining the theory behind the massive conspiracy. It may be plausible, or it may not, but I found myself fanning through pages of dissertation until something interesting starts to happen again. Interesting being a relative term here, as the overall pace is slow and ponderous. It doesn't help that the writing style is a bit clunky and invites your attention to wander to other things.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved the book. Great plot, very diabolical and realistic. Easy to read, hard to put down. Great character development. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Hollister Bulldawg
Absolutely terrific writer. Clever, Smart, Timely. Could not put it down. He grabs the reader from the first paragraph and does not let go until the last sigh. Read morePublished on February 11, 2013 by Diane
This was my first book by author Steven Gore and I will definitely buy another. This book is propelled by likeable characters and a snappy plot. Read morePublished on October 21, 2012 by Secretariat
Although it appears to be a economic thriller which promises excitement from the very first sentence, I was disappointed with both the pace and the plot of Absolute Risk. Read morePublished on November 27, 2011 by Donald J. Bingle
Wow, Gore has a way of packing each sentence, and with a very tight edge he lays out the world of our characters. This is high grade thriller writing. Read morePublished on June 29, 2011 by Daniel Audet
I quite like Gore after having read both of his novels. There's plenty of background to sink one's teeth into, and yet the story keeps moving fast enough to justify the "thriller"... Read morePublished on March 18, 2011 by Neal Reynolds
There are a lot of twists in this action-packed thriller, which is reminiscent of the Brad Thor and Vince Flynn novels. So many twists, that I'm sure I missed some of them. Read morePublished on March 16, 2011 by JSB Morse