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"...from out of the fire, would rise a new order, like the legend of the phoenix. There would emerge a new world, a new super economy..." So starts a sequence of events destined to rock world economies to their very core. On the 50th anniversary of their induction into the Society of the Phoenix, a group of billionaires is about to change the world dramatically, with devastating effect. Overseen by the reclusive Heinrich Von Kleise, the Society has hatched an audacious plan to subvert world economies, by using and abusing some of the world's wealthiest businessmen and their families; in some cases, holding them literally to ransom, or worse. Michael Ross, an economic advisor to the US President, Ben Masters, a disgraced property tycoon, Natalya Avramowitz, a Russian economist and spy, and "Kim" a CIA Agent, find themselves at the center of this plot, involving inside trading, sex slavery, and political corruption. As the world careens towards financial Armageddon, can Michael, Natalya and Kim prevent global disintegration, or are the world's financial institutions fated to implode? The Phoenix Year by David L.
Blond is a gripping novel, encompassing many of the financial crises that have hit the headlines in the past decade. The author has skillfully woven these together to create an action-packed conspiracy thriller that smacks of reality and future possibility.
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Review: David Blond has pulled off an almost impossible feat. He managed to take the most esoteric formulas of modern Economic Theory and made the wind-up spring driving the plot forward. But the damned book is sexy! Sexie & Economics? Who's kidding who? And it's a taut thriller. Complex. No! Simple. No! Complex! Did I say romantic? Yup. That too. Ted Flicker: Writer-Director The President's Analyst. Creator, Director, Owner: Barney Miller, TV Series. Novelist. Sculptor. Review: "Devouring The Phoenix Year by David L. Blond. A cracking thriller at a breakneck pace!" Aaron Rowlands, Founder, The Lowdown Under Review: "No threat of nuclear devastation, global pandemic, nor infinitely multiplying bugs, will be found in David Blond's The Phoenix Year. Instead, Blond, a trained economist, has his heroes confronting the possible destruction of the global economic system. He applies his knowledge of world financial institutions to a complex plot wherein the villains intend to create a better world by destroying the existing economic structure. The Phoenix Year delivers an exciting mixture of clear and understandable financial education coupled with a healthy measure of salacious sex. What better combination?" Lee Seidler, Former Senior Managing Director, Bear, Sterns & Co Review: "The Phoenix Year is a taut, sexy thriller. If John Le Carre had set characters loose during the global economic crisis the result might have been something like this book: a fast-paced, dramatic ride into the shadowy worlds of spycraft and high finance. I found myself reading faster and faster - Blond knows how to ratchet up the tension and create compelling characters. I'm looking forward to reading more of his work." Prof. Laurie Cinquini, MFA Review: "From the pen of a trained economist comes a conspiracy thriller that's rich and gripping." By The Crime Thriller Hound