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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  793 ratings  ·  233 reviews
Numbers don’t lie. Not according to Garrett Reilly who, just two weeks past his twenty-sixth birthday, thinks he’s probably the best bond analyst at his brokerage—maybe even the best in all of Manhattan. Garrett’s memory for numbers is photographic. But he doesn’t just memorize them; he sorts them, ranks them, senses patterns in them. As he watches buy and sell numbers flo ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published January 7th 2014 by Simon & Schuster
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Robert
I liked this novel. Well, that might be a bit of an understatement. I really, really liked this novel. Probably not loved it, but I’m as proud of it as if it had been my own story. But then I love finance and interest rate fluctuations and bond markets and stock markets and financial analysis and market analysis and fundamental and technical analysis and trading and investing and growth opportunities and domestic along with overseas investing. And it doesn’t matter if we’re talking stocks or bon ...more
Kaylyn
First off, I'd like to say this isn't a book that I'd typically gravitate to, but I entered the recent giveaway for it and wow..I honestly loved it. Maybe I should start reading out of my comfort zone more often!

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
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Paul Pessolano
“The Ascendant” by Drew Chapman, published by Simon & Schuster.

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
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Ed
Original debut thriller by a very talented author about a secret cyber attack on the United States and the government/military response. The who and the why of the phased attack was only recognized by an arrogant but gifted Wall Street bond trader named Garrett Reilly who gets "drafted" by the US Army to lead a team to identify and defeat the enemy by deploying web based asymmetrical warfare using his own unique ability to foresee trends. Unfortunately Garrett not only has a bad attitude but hat ...more
Y. C.
I got this book from the Goodreads giveaway. Thanks Simon and Schuster Canada. It's not the usual type of book I go for, but I thought "Hey, now that I'm a responsible adult, I should read read non-fantasy adult fiction." And I'm glad I did. Because this book was Awesome (and the capital A is necessary.)

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
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Pamela
A new kind of war

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

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Alafair Burke
What I said: “Political thriller? International thriller? Financial thriller? Whatever you call it, The Ascendant is smart, edgy, fast-paced storytelling at its best. Its unlikely hero, Garrett Reilly, reminded me of a young Jack Reacher as a tech-savvy bond analyst. Drew Chapman is a debut novelist to watch.”
Patrice Hoffman
I won The Ascendant a while ago through a Goodreads Giveaway and had been meaning to read it for so long. I have finished and loved every page of this novel. Drew Chapman is quite a writer and for The Ascendant to be a debut, not one page reads as one.

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
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Gail
I received an advance copy of this book from goodreads and I I would like to thank them. This was one of the best books I have read this year. I cannot believe that this is the first novel for Drew Chapman who is definitely someone
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
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Joe
As I always do after reading a book, I read other Goodreaders' reviews which always leave me amazed. The reviews, expect for two that I read raved about this book. My opinion is vastly different.
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
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Christine
I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads contest.

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
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Sabrina
It had been a long time since I had read such an exciting book. The story was so engaging that I could have read this entire story in one evening. I actually started to read slower as I approached the end because I didn't want it to end. The Ascendant has all the elements of a great thriller: international politics, new methods of technological warfare, and a perfectly crafted team of flawed geniuses to turn the tables and save the world. It was fantastic and I would highly recommend this book t ...more
Kate
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Heather
I received this book for free through Goodreads First reads.

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!
Richard Ward
Part thriller, part protest fiction, it reminded me of the movie WarGames at times, 1984 at times and, believe it or not, The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn at times! 1984 because it reads like a dystopian novel, only too true. Huck Finn because the protagonist is a natural born rebel who does what he believes is right, even as the larger community disagrees, regardless of the consequences.

I am a prolific reader of novels, and a novel of this length would normally take me two days to read. Some

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Taryn Pierson
To enjoy this book, you need to understand one thing: it's not really a book. It's an action movie. Once you accept that, you can ignore the occasionally awkward writing and stereotyped characters and revel in the fistfights and high-stakes computer hacking.

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
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Jennie Grant
I almost never listen to thrillers. This is not because I don't love exciting page turners, but because they inevitably glorify sexism, materialism, and blind patriotism. Not so The Ascendant. In Drew Chapman’s debut novel, hero Garret Reilly, deftly subverts the thriller genre and saves the world all at once.

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
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Rose
A pretty fun, easy fast paced techno-finance-political thriller, with a young, snarky, complicated hero, Garrett Reilly.

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
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Kathleen Miller
Before reading The Ascendant, I read Baldacci’s King and Maxwell, Grisham’s Sycamore Row, and Brown’s Inferno - all great bestsellers. The Ascendant ranks with Sycamore Row and, above the others. Yes, it was that good and Drew Chapman’s name belongs on the bestsellers list. Everything about the story was excellent - the unique characters, the pace, the storyline, and the development of all with great skill. Plus, his electronic war of the future is both thought-provoking and scary to the bone. ...more
Brick
Very entertaining, lots of fun to read. A political/techno/geopolitical thriller with up-to-date technology, and an up-to-date base of geopolitical situations, building on known risk factors that have blown up in our faces in the recent past, but which have not led to total global meltdown in part due to dumb luck, in part due to the lack of an overarching integrated plan.

But the author has exploited these demonstrated vulnerabilities to present an action thriller, much like the script for an ac
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Priyanka
Just posted this review on my blog http://www.PriyankaReads.com - check out this and many more young adult book reviews and recommendations there.

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Genre: Fiction

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
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Conal
Disclosure: I received this book as an ARC copy from the publisher.

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
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Bronwyn
3.5 stars....This book jumps back and forth to difference places around the world, with each situation getting a new chapter--just over 100 total! It took me several short chapters for my interest to be held, but I finally got into it. I listened to the audiobook, which was narrated by George Newbern, and it was 12.5 hours. After getting used to the narration and the story, I was pretty impressed with some of the accents he was using. Of course, I have no idea if his Mandarin was even close, but ...more
Ray
After finishing an almost 800-page bildungsroman, I needed candy. This fit the bill.

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;)
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Alexia561
This was a fascinating read, with each chapter reading like another piece of the puzzle, gradually building towards the final, big picture! Incredibly well written, I was sucked into the story and couldn't wait to see what happened next!

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
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James
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through the Goodreads First Reads program.

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
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David Yaun
A lot of the right elements show up in Drew Chapman's The Ascendant -- a genuinely unique premise, an interesting if improbable protagonist, page-turning pace, quasi-geo-political timeliness. But overall, it's far too slick -- clearly Chapman is aiming both for a movie deal and a series deal -- and that blatant packaging undermines the elements that are delivered well. Face it, at two different points in the book, the narrative itself reflects on how implausible the storyline is, one time even n ...more
Bobscopatz
I got this one from the library based on the synopsis on the jacket. Data guy saves the world...pattern recognition, how could it go wrong. From that fabulous premise, however, it shot quickly downward. The writing is fine, no problems there. The author has plenty of paid writing credits and my bad review won't cost him his livelihood I'm sure. He writes for movies and TV. It shows.

SPOILERS
This book is a version of Ender's Game, but as translated by Tom Clancy. The plot becomes improbable quick
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Barbara
A MUST read! “Cyber war? Psychological war? We’ve even heard that there’s a single source for all of this. One person at the center of events.” This novel is espionage at it’s finest in realistic fiction. In fact, this novel almost serves as a cautionary tale, one that is very possible to occur. Chapman deftly writes this military/business thriller so beautifully that the average person can ascertain complicated movements of both the military and business kind. Chapman doesn’t “dumb-down” the bo ...more
Jess
This is a terrific book. I'm tempted to give it five stars, but I tend to be a little skittish about going to that very top rating. In any case, I found it to be a real page-turner. Novels pitting one country against another, particularly spy novels and such, are among the types that I enjoy.

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
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Drew Chapman has written on numerous studio movies, including Pocahontas for Walt Disney Pictures and the original Iron Man for 20th Century Fox. He also directed the indie film Standoff. Currently, he creates and writes TV shows for network television, most recently having worked for ABC and Sony. Married with two children, he divides his time between Los Angeles and Seattle.
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