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The Takeover Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 1996
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From Publishers Weekly
Corporate financier Frey's debut novel concerns a secret society of powerful businessmen who attempt to engineer a large-scale economic disaster to topple the President.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
The unlikely hero of this first novel, an investment banker with (gasp!) a conscience, risks all in probing a crooked takeover scheme. Plans for a motion picture from Paramount are underway.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Everyone has a shady history, Andrew Falcon inlcuded. The problem is everyone else's story is accounted for, except Andrew Falcon. Here is a guy who is so smart, becomes a partner of a high profile investment company, heading the M&A department. He also graduates from Harvard like the rest. BUT the history check ends there. Nothing is said about his past prior to the Harvard days...except that Andrew is also street smart & able to fight a G-man & his hitman at the former's turf. Now, how convenient & what a combination of skills. It may be the author's style to keep Andrew as mysterious as possible. But after reading the book from cover to cover, I could have been humored by a brief paragraph about his real background & how he managed to go to the authorities without implicating himself (which is another loophole in this book).
In any case, The Takeover was an enjoyable read during an idle day. It could have been made better, but it was ok.
Hawkins,and Co. He starts a computer company that fails. He finds employment with NASO and is chosen to handle the largest corporate takeover in history.He will recieve a five million dollar fee for his services.He discovers that the takeover is a huge conspiracy to topple the President.Phoenix Grey,an assassin
who is employed by the Sevens kills the chairman of the Federal
Reserve and an analyst as well as others who pose opposition.
The conspiracy hatched by the Sevens is sinister and effective.
This book gives you insight into the actual takeover game.The ending of this book is also shocking.Buy this book and read it. You will enjoy it.
I loved this book. I had bought this book second-hand at a street sale because it sounded ok from the description and the reviewer quotes, and also because it was only $1 - and I'm really glad that I did. Right now, I'd definitely include The Takeover in a list of my favorite books. To put it into some context, I'm also a fan of Michael Crichton and Tom Clancy books.
This is the first book by Stephen W. Frey that I've read - I will definitely look for and read other books by him.
The story is fast-paced and entertaining, and the plot is terrific. One thought that I had as I read it was "This would make a great movie!" And obviously others, including Paramount, thought that too as I believe Paramount has optioned it.
The depiction of Wall Street, and its reach into the Federal Reserve, the SEC, the press, and Washington is spot-on. A few years ago I might have thought it far-fetched, but since Bush, Enron, the market action of recent years, etc. I've become much more aware/cynical of how things work in the US and in the world. The Takeover was published in 1995, but I found I related it to recent events and the current corporate and political environment (ie. Enrons, Wall Street scams, CEOs, questionable elections, generally self-enrichment at the expense of the public.) Again, to put this in some context, the author, Stephen W. Frey, is a Wall Street investment banker at the executive level so he's able to provide insights into that world.
Wall Street has too much power for my taste and this book reinforced that opinion. Yes, it's fiction, but so was Tom Clancy's Debt of Honor's incredible closing scenario - until it happened.
Great read, definitely worth it. This is the first time I've been moved to write a positive review for a book.