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Preview — The Ascendant by Drew Chapman
The Ascendant (Garrett Reilly #1)
I won this as an advance reader's copy and I fell in love with Chapman's style because it transforms when he's talking about different characters. It's really great what he did - you can see the personality of each character reflect in his writing. I fell in LOVE with Garrett, the main c ...more
Category – Mystery/Thriller Publication Date – January 07, 2014
If you really want something different concerning spying, politics, and the possibility of Armageddon you need to treat yourself to this book.
Garrett Reilly is working on Wall Street in the bond market. He is exceptional in that he sees patterns in the market that lead him to make profitable decisions before anyone else is the wiser. Garrett hates the military, he los ...more
I have sticky notes all over the place so I apologize in advance if the flow is awkward.
This book is like... Sherlock dropped in Ender's Game, narrated by John Grisham. Mix in a Trojan Horse war ...more
This is a good thriller. Thought provoking, too. Almost believable. It takes place at the intersection of the real world and the virtual world in a simple, but fascinating way.
At the helm, reluctantly, is Garrett Reilly. He is a young man who sees patterns in information that others cannot. His outside the box thinking makes him valuable to government agencies who have an agenda. A special room is even created for him to make use of his ability on behalf of the government. Garre...more
Garret Reilly is a numbers whiz. He sees patterns in numbers, people, life, everything. His ability to make sense of what seems totally random is the reason the government wants him on their team. Reilly, working as a bond analyst, notices that bil ...more
to watch in the years to come. I cannot wait for his second novel and I am hoping it is a sequel because I look forward to reading about the further exploits of his engaging character Garrett Reilly.
I found the Ascendant to be one of those books I did not want to put d ...more
There are times that I feel who am I to criticize a published writer. I have never written a book but I have read many. That in itself is no qualification, but I believe I have insights into what makes a good book. Let's start with advance praise and passing out books to cadres of readers. Doing this ha ...more
In a word: amazing. I don't read a ton of thrillers - especially ones that involve computers, financial stuff or the military, but something about the description of this book made me want to read it. From the first page, this was a gripping page-turner. So well thought out, excellent writing style, just incredible. I was only 30 pages in when I started telling people at work how great it was and that held out throughout the book. I have no head ...more
The Ascendant caught my attention quickly and kept me guessing the whole time I was reading. I overall enjoyed the book; however, the last 100 pages or so I found difficult to read. I found those last pages to jump around a fair bit. I think this book would make an excellent motion picture. The book definitely has the potential for a sequel I would definitely not hesitate to read it!
I am a prolific reader of novels, and a novel of this length would normally take me two days to read. Some...more
I wasn't exactly expecting highbrow literature when I picked this book up, but it's been a while since I read action-packed popular fiction of this variety, and I was unprepared for the blunt force of Chapman's prose. If literary fiction auth ...more
The undercurrent of fear in the book involves not the usual foreign terrorists or Nazi officers, but more contemporary concerns. It deals with the sorts of things that can happen when civi ...more
I needed a quick, mind numbing read and this was almost the perfect read that. I say almost because it wasn't exactly mind numbing. This was a pretty sharp book using a numbers genius who carries a whole lot of negative baggage. He's handsome, smart, young and has buckets full of attitude and anger when one day he's recruited by the government to help them in an experimental p ...more
But the author has exploited these demonstrated vulnerabilities to present an action thriller, much like the script for an ac ...more
Age Recommended: 14 and up
I received an Advance Reader's Edition of The Ascendant, thanks to Goodreads. This is Drew Chapman's debut novel, and it is also the first thriller of this nature that I've ever read! I found the book captivating and exciting.
I felt that there was some unnecessary use of cuss words, but then again, this book p ...more
I usually don’t stray much from the SF and Fantasy genres but decided to try this after getting selected to try an ARC copy of Drew Chapman’s new novel, The Ascendant. It is a suspense novel detailing conflict between the US and China using technology as weapons. The author does an excellent job in keeping a good pace and excellent story characters and I was engaged throughout the novel.
The main character, Garrett Reilly, divulge ...more
I do get a bit off-put when an author in the mystery-thriller genre bills a new entry as "Such-and-Such Number 1." Now maybe they have a three-book deal, but it's a little presumptuous.
As is the such-and-such who stars in this series- Garrett Reilly. But he's entitled. He's brilliant, anti-establishment (naturally becoming a Major in the U.S. Army in the great traditions of Burns, Houlihan and, well, M.M. Major;) ...more
The story is told by several narrators, with each chapter labeled with the location, date, and time. It seems to be a linear timeline, but I didn't pay too much attention to the date/times. Every chapter is from a different viewpoint, but the puzzle pieces fit to ...more
Garrett Reilly is a young man with an innate ability to detect patterns. It's a talent that serves him well at his Wall Street job, making money off patterns he detects in the markets. Until one day, he detects a huge sell-off in Treasury bonds, and determines that it's the opening salvo of a new kind of warfare from China. Military intelligence determines that they want Garrett to help them identify other attac ...more
This book is a version of Ender's Game, but as translated by Tom Clancy. The plot becomes improbable quick ...more
The Ascendant, which takes the struggles of one great power against another and puts a very modern twist on them, entertained me, but it also made me think. As I was reading it, I had to wonder how much of t ...more