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Preview — The Millionaires by Brad Meltzer
The Barnes & Noble Review
Master thriller writer Brad Meltzer has made a career of providing his readers with action-packed novels that play to the paranoia in all of us. This time out he takes on the world of high finance and topples it into the gutter.
Brothers Charlie and Oliver Caruso, both bankers, enmesh themselves in intrigue and embezzlement when they discover th...more
The good parts: It was pretty well plotted, and the characters were engaging. The author did a good job setting up a situation in which you could cheer for the Robin Hood-like prota ...more
This time, two brothers embezzle three million bucks from a "dead" bank account, only to discover the next morning that it has turned into three hundred million bucks. Now the bank management, the secret service, etc. want that money back. The brothers rush to find out what happened in hopes of finding a way out of their problem-- only to uncover a ...more
Narrator: Scott Brick
Publisher: Hachette Audio, 2002
Length: 14 hours 45 min.
What would you steal if you couldn't get caught?
It started as the perfect crime. Then it took a turn for the worse.
Charlie and Oliver Caruso are brothers who work at Greene & Greene, a private bank so exclusive you need two million dollars just to be a client. But when the door of success slams in their faces, they're faced with an offer they can't refuse: three million d ...more
I haven’t read fiction in a while, and this was a nice return. I actually read this book by listening to it on my ipod. I forget how I got the audio book, but I do remember it being free. It was a neat experience there was one reader, but he ...more
The whole premise is a bit sketchy, if stealing millions of dollars was as easy as the book wants you to believe, then the economy would probably collapse. Still, it makes for a great story and a very entertaining adventure.
I would have loved for the characters to be a bit older and more mature, it would have been a bit more credible that way. And it wo ...more
The author seemed to try way too hard to be witty, and the end was (not the reveal, which kind of surprised me. I thought it would be the Quincy fellow.) but the come down after the reveal. It was stupid.
This is a thriller that is worth reading.
Okay, so it was a little better than First Counsel but man oh man, he always has one character & it's usually the main one, that's so damn flimsy. For heavens sakes, make your leading man a hero or at least make him brave.
Part of me was hoping they'd get awa ...more
Issues I had with this as a novel:
The main characters were two brothers that represented what I felt had weak personalities, lacked direction, and had few physical or analytical skills. These definitely were not the John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Bruce Willis rugged individualists. They were also not the self confident fashionably astute Richard Gere or Pierce Brosnan types. Instead they could be more represented by a score of third rate characters in low ...more
Oliver thinks he is on the fast track to a high profile career in a large bank and his brother works lower down in the bank. When faced with the chance to take three million dollars and no one knowing that the money is even gone, they are in a dilemma. Oliver soon discovers that he is just being used at the bank and won’t be going anywhere. Now there is nothing holding them back, but when people start chasing them and murder comes int ...more
Speaking of which, if you like books like "The Firm", you'll love "The Millionaires." It's full of upper-crust rich folk banking intrigue, Secret Service agent action, and even a little bit of Disney imagineers and a race through the happiest p ...more
This one comes a very close second, and only does so because I guessed a small part of the plot when the author dropped a clue - and I suppose even so, just because I was paying a lot of attention at that point, I noted it - so I'd figured out the mystery a bit. Not where it ultimately went, but a part of it.
Here's the ba ...more
It is a story about two brothers, Oliver and Charlie, who work for a bank that only takes patrons that can deposit over one million dollars. Oliver is the straight laced brother and doesn't want to take any risks, and Charlie is the ...more
Say, you work in a private bank one that caters only to the very rich. One of your responsibilities is to manage the abandoned accounts list. After five years, inactive accounts are required to be turned over to the Federal government. But because the bank doesn't want the money to leave, your job is to make an effort to locate the owner or a relative during the six months prior to this happening. One of these accounts belongs to a Martin Duckworth and the Frida ...more
When Tanner Drew, a high profile client, calls Oliver questioning why his funds had not yet transferred, Oliver must break some rules to pull the job off. With the help of his brother, Charlie, they set about to correct the problem. Tanner Drew is happy, the partners are impressed, but new opportuni ...more
The story line is fast paced right off the block, and I really appreciate the three different "cities" that the author includes in the story.
It's a little far fetched, but that's why it's a work of fiction. I like the ending, although some of the action descriptions got a litt ...more
He is also one of the co-creators of the TV show, Jack & Bobby—and is the Eisner Award-winning author of the critically acclaimed comic book, Justice League of America.