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The Prince of Risk

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  924 ratings  ·  145 reviews
At the crossroads of high finance and international terrorism, a New York hedge-fund manager searches for the truth behind his father’s murder.

The master of the financial thriller returns.

“Christopher Reich is a superstar.”—Lee Child

Bobby Astor is a fearless New York hedge-fund gunslinger on the verge of making his biggest killing ever. But everything changes when his fat
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published December 3rd 2013 by Doubleday (first published January 1st 2013)
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Patrice Hoffman
Won through a Goodreads Giveaway

I'm not sure where to begin with this novel. Let's start from the beginning. Bobby Astor, the hedge-fund prodigy is sent for a loop when the news of his father's death is revealed to him. They've had a tumultuous relationship so much so to the point that they were no longer speaking. A last minute text before his father's death arrives on his phone with the word Palantir. Unsure what it means, Astor becomes embroiled in a financial threat that threatens to bring A
Rusty Dalferes
This book was my second Goodreads Giveaway win, and it was announced to me only 2 or so days after I wrote the review for my first win. The short story is: write reviews and get free stuff. Thanks to Goodreads, Doubleday, and Christopher Reich for the free book. And Goodreads: I'm expecting my next win shortly. :)

I have read a few Reich books in the past and thoroughly enjoyed them. He is normally a master of the financial intrigue, and I was looking forward to the same in this book. While it's
David Ketelsen
I received The Prince of Risk by Christopher Reich free from Goodreads in exchange for a book review.

I have read a number of Christopher Reich's book and have always enjoyed them. The Prince of Risk is no exception. It's a rollicking joyride of a financial thriller. As usual, the financial aspects of the novel work better than the characterizations and interpersonal dialogue. The relationship that comes across best is the one between the protagonist, New York City hedge-fund manager Bobby Astor,
I've long been a fan of Reich's books--whether financial or espionage. This combines the two with a satisfying conspiracy and the bad guys poised to take over the world by bringing down financial markets through computer manipulation. On the side of the angels are a flawed hero and heroine--he's a savvy hedge fund manager and she's a kick-ass FBI agent. They were married once but career drives separated them. Bobby Astor's father, head of the NY Stock Exchange, dies trying to reach the president ...more
Reich returns to the scene with another of his powerful financial thrillers (yes, those words can go together effectively!), sure to lure the reader in from the opening pages of the preface. When the CEO of the New York Stock Exchange is involved in a freak accident on the White House grounds, he transmits a mysterious message before his ultimate demise, PALANTIR. This elusive message makes its way to his estranged son, Robert "Bobby" Astor, a hedge-fund guru with more money and market control t ...more
Tom Tischler
He is on the verge of making his biggest killing yet. His
name is Bobby Astor and he owns a hedge fund. All of this
is about to change when his father is killed in a brazen
attack on the south lawn of the White House while he is
trying to deliver a terrifying secret to the president.
Bobby finds himself and his company on the brink of ruin.
A tiny clue leads him deeper into the lies surrounding his
fathers murder and he stumbles into a sophisticated conspiracy
that not only threatens to wipe out his o
Philip Trubey
This book is as good as any A list writer out there. The book is very timely as it describes nation states using the Internet to spy and manipulate computers at will. The frightening thing about this is that the mechanisms Reich reveals as the book moves along are very, very plausible. You don't find out just how devious it all is until the protagonist finds out about it later in the book. Very well researched, it also accurately depicts how hedge funds run, giving the reader an understandable p ...more
R J Mckay

Bobby Astor lives his life the same way he runs his hedge fund: fearlessly. His current undertaking is based on information received from a associate. He was told that China would be devaluing their currency. The tip appears promising, so Astor invests heavily, hoping to reap an enormous profit. But the risks are huge as well. If he is wrong, he would lose everything.

Edward Astor, Bobby’s father, is the chairman of the New York Stock Exchange. Edward and two associates, have received news that,
If you've been waiting for Christopher Reich's next book since Rules of Betrayal you won't be disappointed with The Prince of Risk. This is a classic page turner, with plot twists and turns that really keep you guessing. If you haven't read any of Christopher Reich's book this is as good as any to start with.
Ray Palen
Christopher Reich has been labeled the master of the financial thriller and that claim is right on the money (pun intended).

THE PRINCE OF RISK refers to superstar investment banker Bobby Astor who is about to have his entire world turned upside down. When his father, the wealthy and highly respected billionaire, Edward Astor (the CEO of the NYSE) is murdered in an exploding car on his way to inform the President of a matter of international terrorism his last act was to text his son Bobby a sing
Benjamin Thomas
Financial thriller novels, like legal thrillers or military thrillers (or any other kind of sub-genre thriller novels) can be a difficult balancing act. There has to be significant parts of the plot devoted to that sub-genre topic, in this case finance, without allowing those parts to overwhelm the layman reader. And at the same time the plot has to be, fundamentally, a thriller plot with enough action and intrigue to keep the pages turning. Christopher Reich does a good job here of balancing th ...more
Ted Lehmann
Dec 03, 2013 Ted Lehmann rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: financial thriller readers, conspircay theorists,
A good thriller requires a premise which catches the imagination of the reader by hooking some concern or fear that actually affects the reader, either consciously or unconsciously. It then includes characters who can be identified with in some way that keep the reader engaged as the story develops and maintains its narrative drive. Often the books are characterized by having many short chapters, each ending with a cliff hanger event, or anticipation of one, which drives the reader forward to th ...more
China seeking world domination is becoming the theme in 2014’s thrillers. In this unadulterated financial thriller, the protagonist, Bobby Astor, is a hedge fund manager, owning his own firm. Bobby’s father is the CEO of the New York Stock Exchange. In the beginning of the novel, Bobby’s father is murdered along with the head of the Federal Reserve. Bobby’s ex-wife, Alex is a Special Agent of the FBI. She’s not involved with Bobby’s father’s case, but she has one of her own that looks like a fut ...more
Deanna Against Censorship
I am a fan of Christopher Reich's books. The first one that I read had the Swiss Banking System as the bad guy so I was hooked. This is not his best but is still good. The action is fast and the characters interesting. The problem I had was because I was listening to the book on CDs. I did not like the voice that the narrator gave to the MC. It was a voice that should have been given to character in a book set in the 1920s. Just wasn't right for the character.

While reading this book we in the U
Joshua Atkins
If you've liked other Reich novels, you will like this one. I didn't start off with a good impression. Christopher Reich took a gamble (see what I did there? I could have said "he took a risk", but I'm a better man than that) when he decided to make a hedge fund manager the hero of the story, but in the end Bobby Astor wasn't as objectionable as he could have been.

This sounds like faint praise, but it isn't. Reich managed to do something good here. Price of Risk is a classic page turner. It does
Tianna Green
For full disclosure, I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

It is absolutely bloody good! It keeps you on your toes from the beginning to the end. Figuring out who was behind it all... is a shocker, at least for me anyways. It is a thrill from beginning to end. The plot is also unexpected from what I thought it was going to be. You learn things from The Stock Market and get an idea of how it works. You also learn from about hedge funds. It keeps you on your toes and keeps y
Christopher Reich’s new book, The Prince of Risk, is an action packed thriller with constant twists and turns. Bobby Astor, the main character, is a wealthy stockbroker who made it big on Wall Street. However, not everything in Bobby Astor’s life is going so smoothly. In fact, he hasn’t spoken to his father in years and he recently divorced his wife. Bobby and his father never got along, but they did share the same interest in making money. Reich does an excellent job of showing how money, greed ...more
Frederick Bingham
I listened to this on audio, narrated by Paul Michael.

This is a relatively formulaic and forgettable thriller. There's a brilliant and beautiful female FBI agent, the fabulously wealthy hedge fund manager who she was married to, evil villains, this time Chinese, and a mystery to be solved.

It was page-turning enough to get me to make my way through it, but not memorable or well-written enough that I will remember any of it a month from now.
Rickie Blair
This is the first of Christopher Reich's books I've read and I'm sure I'll be going back and trying some of the others.
The characters are excellent, if a little over the top--the author takes care to make his hedge-fund manager a really likeable guy, and the main female character is of course a kick-ass federal agent and crack shot. Still, the financial details are spot-on and the book never flags.
The plot is a bit of a paint-by-numbers: a terrorist plot here, an evil foreign henchman there, a
unfair to give one star I suppose, but I just could not get into this. I read Reich back in 2010 in a frenzy as I went from one Rules book to the next and then read several other of his books and liked them. This one could not grab my attention.
Editing review to bump up stars as I went back to book and did a speed read and decided it was better than ok, particularly for people who like action whether some of it is over the top or not. I usually do not read books in this genre and had liked his b
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This book is a combination of murder mystery and Wall Street business. The head of the Federal Reserve System and the CEO of the New York Stock Exchange are murdered on their way to talk to the President. The CEO texts his estranged son a mysterious word, just before he is killed. Though the father and son have been estranged for many years the son decides to find out who murdered his father. The son has excellent contacts along with his ex-wife being an FBI agent so he has help
Harry Roger Williams III
Imagine if James Bond were impressive, heroic, but not such a superhero as to be hard to believe, a lady's man rather than a ladies' man. Imagine if the particular lady were almost more Bond-like than our hero, beautiful, smart and oh so tough. Imagine the complications of their relationship (they are exes - not a spoiler - it tells you so on the flyleaf) overshadowed by terrorist plotting and financial derring-do. Or by anti-terrorist derring-do and financial plotting... In the wrong hands this ...more
This excellent thriller holds interest throughout. It posits a highly plausible theory and works its way through to a fairly decent conclusion. It could have ended better though. 8 of 10 stars
David Marshall
This is a completely absurd thriller which seems to think a formulaic plot is high art.
Boris Feldman
Engaging financial thriller: attack on NYC.
Flat prose.
Not as good as his earlier novels.
Too much detail on life inside a hedge fund (oxymoron?).
David Henkel
Another captivating thriller by Christopher Reich. A realistic thriller with a plausible theory of the 2011 flash crash.
My impression of the book was that the plot was tooooooo far fetched and the main charachters would not have acted as they did for parts of the book. No funeral plans by Bobby for his father? Even though he was estranged? Plus the FBI ex wife was not believeable and she pushed the borders of believablity. BUT the book is fiction!!! I have to give the author credit, even thought my rational thought procress was streteched, he kept the story moving and had me reading quickly to see how the story e ...more
This was my first Christopher Reich novel. When I first started reading this book, I could not put it down. Like a few other reviewers, sometimes the financial terms went straight over my head, but I felt that I had a good enough grasp on them to understand the main points they were used to make. Unfortunately, things came up as I was reading which caused me to take much longer than I would have hoped to read this book and in turn caused some confusion on my part since there are so many differen ...more
Bobby Aster is a hedge fund manager and a big player in the markets. He's latest bet looms on the edge of disaster or euphoria depending on the Chinese currency. His father, the head of the New York Stock Exchange is murdered along with two high government officals. Although Bobby is estranged from his father, he sets out to find the person who killed him. The first part of the book really kept my interest, no pun intended, but the last part of the book I felt fell back into the old cliches of s ...more
Loved this book. A real page turner. I couldn't put it down.
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He was born in Tokyo and moved to Los Angeles in 1965. He attended Georgetown University and the University of Texas and worked in Switzerland before returning to the United States to become an author. He lives in San Diego and is the author of seven novels. He has a wife and 2 kids. His father is Willy Wolfgang Reich

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