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Taking Stock

4.2 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: 22 West Books (April 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976778815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976778813
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,221,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First of all let me just say that I read The End of Marking Time and loved everything about it. This book, Taking Stock, just didn't grab me the same way though. It seemed a bit predictable to me, I guessed who the 'mysterious partner' was way before it was revealed. The story was a little slow at times too. The romance between Gregg & Erica wasn't very realistic either. It did keep my attention enough to read through to the end, and I'll definitely read more from this author.
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Taking Stock is a suspenseful novel about high-stakes thievery and fraud. When, $200 million disappears from the electronic accounts of Boston's number one money management firm, Erica Fletcher must unravel the secret behind the missing money. Bogged down with a heavy workload, plagued by mysteriously vanishing research, Erica uncovers evidence that points to her as the culprit - forcing her to prove her innocence and find the robbers before they find her. Fans of author C.J. West's previous novel, "Sin and Vengeance", will be delighted to see the return of hero Charlie Marston in Taking Stock. A fast-paced thriller for the technological age.
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This was an intense action/adventure full of conspiracy and loaded with action. The characters are well-developed and include a strong female lead with some baggage that she gets to shed while learning to let love into her life. There's a heaping dose of technology and some really nasty characters to round out the lot. Lots of twists and false turns to keep you guessing.
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Reviewed by AJ Cooper for Reader Views (6/07)

Erica, the computer whiz, has been given the daunting task of developing a new program to allow ease of use for financial advisors in entry and completion of financial transactions. Unbeknownst to Erica, her boss Brad is setting her up for ruin, as well as jail time. Brad is working undercover and with the protection of a man who has great power over him, to steal from the company and his brother-in-law who heads up the entire company. Brad has access to every room and department in the company and is ensuring that he frames Erica for all of the money that is quickly disappearing from the customer's accounts. Meanwhile Greg, the manager of customer services, has what he thinks is a hopeless crush on Erica and would do anything to get her attention and time.

Greg finally wins Erica over and they start a slow but sure romance. Brad has to move fast to get all of the money for his secret partner and get out of the country as quickly as he can. Brad tries to escape his secret partner but realizes his secret partner has a large reach and even greater power than Brad. Brad makes an attempt on Erica's life and things seem even more complicated with Greg when Erica makes a trip to Greg's family farm. It all heats up as Brad attempts to escape and is caught and sent back to get the final payment for his partner. Brad also tries a last-ditch attempt at ensuring Erica is investigated by the company. The security department in the company is torn between Brad and Erica. Sarah, the new security member, is convinced by Brad that Erica has been stealing money from the company. Greg and Erica convince Stan, the long security member, something else is going on and that Erica is being framed.
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TAKING STOCK by C.J. West is a brilliant mystery/suspense thriller that is captivating to the end. When $200 million goes missing from the corporate account of a large firm, evidence points to Erica. It's up to her to prove her innocence and catch the culprit. Packed with thrills, chills and a great mix of characters, this is a very good read. Highly recommended.
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IT prodigy, Erica Fletcher, is so busy hiding from the past, she misses what's in front of her. Fearing history will repeat itself, she ignores the promise of romance with Boston Financial Service's (BSF) customer service manager, Gregg Turner, and strives to prove herself to a boss who makes Kenneth Lay look like employer of the year. Though trying to outmaneuver both men--and her memories--Erica runs into everything she tried to escape from when she finds herself drawn to the man who refuses to give up on her--and as scapegoat for a brilliant theft.

When BFS's new promotion-hungry auditor unwittingly assists the thief by setting her venomous sights on Erica, Erica and Gregg turn to Stan, the 70's cop show buff who longs to fight real crime. Tension builds as Stan seeks to prove his worth by absolving Erica, and then culminates in a frantic fight for survival after the conspirator is exposed. Faced with the ultimate challenge, Erica becomes the assailant to protect the person she loves and discovers surviving in the present means changing her perceptions of the past.

As a person with a short attention span and no patience for a sluggish story, I appreciate the action and suspense that keeps Taking Stock in motion. An appealing love story, strong characters, and picturesque settings make this an enjoyable read. And Mr. West's characteristic short chapters make it an easy read for those with busy lifestyles.

Another engaging story from CJ West.
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