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The Millionaires

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  6,022 ratings  ·  258 reviews
Two brothers. Three secret service agents. And millions for the taking. Charlie and Oliver Caruso are brothers who work at Greene and Greene, a private bank so exclusive there's a $2 million minimum to be a client. But when the door of success slams in their faces, the brothers are presented with an offer they can't refuse: $3 million in an abandoned account that can't be ...more
Paperback, 560 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 8th 2002)
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Nov 26, 2007 Sarah rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people trying to stay awake while driving
I got the free audiobook of this last week and downloaded it to my iPod for the 20 hour roundtrip we were driving Thanksgiving week. It kept my friends and I awake and alert the whole time, but not for the author's intended reasons. It was like Rocky Horror or MST3K. Never have I had so much fun ripping a book apart.
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
When it comes to characters caught in odd situations with bad guys in hot pursuit of some big secret, Brad Meltzer has proved himself to be an expert.

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
Matt F
The book The Millionaires by Brad Meltzer is a story about two brothers. One brother is Charlie Caruso, who is a low level employee at the exclusive bank Greene & Greene. The other brother is Oliver Caruso, who is the youngest associate at the entire bank. Charlie and Oliver soon begin planning the perfect crime. The bank at which they work, Greene & Greene, is so private and exclusive that a customer needs two million dollars to simply create an account. However, when they realize that ...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
Summary: Two brothers, one an executive at a bank and the other in an entry-level position, hatch a plot to steal three million dollars. Using a sophisticated computer program, they plan to transfer the money into an account only they can access. But after the transaction has been completed, they quickly realize that rather than three million dollars, they stole three hundred million. The secret service are called in to investigate and Charlie and Oliver Caruso soon find themselves on the run no ...more
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Narrator: Scott Brick
Publisher: Hachette Audio, 2002
Length: 14 hours 45 min.

Publisher's Summary

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
This was a fun little read about a pair of brothers who try to rob the bank they work in. The plan is a simple one. Take a “dead account” and set it up to be transferred to an account they chose. The only problem is the other person trying to steal the money.

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
Now this is one of those books that flow at a very great pace, I read this in 2 days and actually wanted some more once i finished the last page.

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
This novel really deserves more stars, but I am trying to go back to my original concept that three stars covers a bell-shaped curve that includes all books worth reading, reserving 4 stars for books that everyone ought to read and 5 stars for books that I think everyone must read. If we had a decimal system, I guess this one would be rated at 3.9999+. I am continually amazed at Meltzer’s abilities as a writer, and I am delighted to note that his picture on the back cover flap suggest he is youn ...more
Going through the large amount of books i have accumulated out of seemingly nowhere, I started this book thinking it was going to be a disappointment. The last book I started with a title very similar was a non-fiction about how to actually live and become, a millionaire. To many big words and, well I just don't math if I don't have too. So with very low expectations, this book BLEW my mind. I was soon addicted. The way the words seem to climax with each sentence, the thrill always there, always ...more
Jennifer DeLucy
Uugh, this book had me stressed out for days! It's completely not the kind of book I would typically read, but come can you argue against a novel with a chase scene through the underbelly of Disney World?? In all seriousness, though, you can really relate to the two brothers in this story. I'd definitely reccmnd. it.
This one was pretty much just what it promised. An easy, entertaining, quick read.

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.
After reading non-fictions as well as consuming empty, constantly changing RSS feeds of tech magazines on my iPad I got the urge to read something fictional, possibly in the pop genre. So I looked up a few "best in -corporate thrillers". I wasn't really ready for this. Even Jeffrey Archer books have more substance in them than The Millionaires. Brad Meltzer has one and only one goal in mind, and he's not alone because I'm reading Top Producer by Norb Vonnegut and he's the same, to grab interest ...more
Bill Warden
This was another brilliant book by Brad Meltzer. I was able to empathize with the brothers and the situation they were in. The entire story moves along smoothly and is very enjoyable to read.

This is a thriller that is worth reading.
Saw this one listed on the best seller list and gave it a try. A very good and interesting mystery/thriller that kept my attention from start to finish. Well worth the read.
Fun. Also? Brad Meltzer is one of the writers for the Buffy Season 8 comics.
I read this as a booktape, and it did it's job--keeping me awake and alert, and not bored in traffic. However, it was pretty unbelievable in a lot of places, I didn't like how he portrayed the Secret Service, even as fiction, and, while he had surprise twists, they really didn't work (i.e., if you looked back, you could see how the story just didn't fit). However, I get that the author wanted to put some neat concepts in, and he did, and make it a moral tale, also. So, I think he accomplished th ...more
Joe White
review : The Millionaires Brad Meltzer

2 star

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
This book is packed with action from the first page until the last. Uptight Oliver and laid-back Charlie are as opposite as two brothers can be. When they have a chance to get away with a "no victim" crime, they take it..convinced it is the only way to finally pay off their family debt. All they have to do is wire three million dollars from the account of a deceased client into an off-shore account. Since the client had no children, the money won't be missed. What the brothers don't count on is ...more
Brad Meltzer- The Millionaires (Warner Vision 2002) 4.25 Stars

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
Katie Kenig
Have you ever read a book and thought, "This would make a great vintage Tom Cruise action movie." Not current Tom Cruise, mind you, because he's too old to be a great Oliver (the leading character) now, but in his "The Firm" era he'd have rocked this role.

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
Nathan Burgoine
I first bumped into this author by listening to an abridged version of 'First Counsel,' which I think, to date, has been one of the best audiobook thriller experiences I've had.

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
THE MILLIONAIRES by Brad Meltzer and read by Scott Brick was a very good listen. This was my first Brad Meltzer book and I am wondering why I didn't try him before, as he writes a very good thriller. Scott Brick does a great job with the different voices in the book.

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
So what would you do in this case?

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
Anthony Giacobbe
This book starts off with one of the Caruso brothers, Oliver, getting yelled at over the phone at his job at the Greene and Greene banking firm, a bank so exclusive that all members have to have a minimum of 2 million dollars to become part of it. Already heavily in debt from a high hospital bill, and knowing that their jobs at the bank is short lived, they get an idea when they stumbled on an abandoned bank account of 3 Million dollars at the bank. Thinking it would be easier than stealing cand ...more
Oliver Caruso is working his way up the realms of Greene & Greene, a private bank in New York City. As the right-hand man of Henry Lapidus, he knows that hard work and determination will pay off.

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
I have to say, this book was amusing. I especially like the banter between the two brothers and the way they share inside jokes and things that they would only know by growing up together. It reminded me of my brothers.
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
Two brothers that both work at an exclusive bank in new york come apon a dead bank account ( an account where the owner has died and there is no family to give the money to) that is about to be shut down. When bank accounts are shut down, the government takes the money. When one of the brothers discovers that this account has $3 million in it, he realizes what it could do for him. He is in $80,000 dollars of debt from his sick mothers hospital bills. Oliver. Runsthe idea by his brother Charlie a ...more
Sally Myers
I had a hard time getting through this book. It wasn't that it wasn't fast moving. Maybe it is because I just like reading for entertainment and relaxation and this was definitely not a relaxing book. It was also kind of depressing even with the brothers' banter. Then, I noticed how the author had them mind reading each other and that was annoying. So, I guess I had a hard time finishing the book because I wasn't really enjoying it. I did finish it and the plot twist did take me off guard. If yo ...more
Jena Hemsworth
The first time I got my hands on this book and I read the short review on the back I thought it would be just another typical book of its genre, still I decided to give it a try - and I was not sorry! It is still fresh in my memory how I locked myself in the uninhabited room in my apartment, letting no one know where I was, so that I could peacefully finish reading this masterpiece. I can honestly say that this author made me fall in love with reading again, and radically changed my ideology of ...more
I have read three of his books prior to this one and this is by far the worst. This is not to say that this is not very good, but more that the others were excellent. The first 25% was ordinary, then it perked up and the rest was ok. I just think he ran out of ideas on this one. There was far too much boring dialogue and not enough action and thrills. The book could have been at least 100 pages shorter to take out the 'padding'.
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Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle, as well as the bestsellers The Tenth Justice, Dead Even, The First Counsel, The Millionaires, The Zero Game, The Book of Fate and The Book of Lies.

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.

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