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The Great Game ( The Counterpoint Trilogy #2)

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Chickens came home to roost in September of 2019. After years of patient preparation, a China-led block of countries stages an overnight financial coup to unseat the US dollar as the world’s reserve currency. Fortunes are made and lost in a matter of hours. But some have more far-ranging plans than financial gain.
Computer engineer David Ferguson has no idea that a chance
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Kindle Edition, 342 pages
Published December 20th 2013 by D.R.Bell (first published December 19th 2013)
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Jody
Jan 20, 2015 Jody rated it really liked it
This is the book you are supposed to read right after you finish The Metronome. The two books are not so connected that you have read them in order but there are a few names that are dropped that you find in both books. I think this is a trilogy so who knows what the future holds for those characters that span both books...only time will tell. This book is set in the future and I don't think Bell is that far off his idea of what America, China and Russia will look like in the future. Based upon ...more
Patrice Fischer
Jun 29, 2016 Patrice Fischer rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-version
Book #2 in a series, I already read #1. Because I was reading on Kindle I did not have a clear feel where I was in the story (near the end? At the climax?) so I did not know exactly what would be the climax. That was somewhat disconcerting for me, and yet also liberating, as though at any moment, it might end (even though there is one more book in this trio). It's quite difficult to see if the author has any identifiable political positions, since at one time the speeches in the book sound like ...more
Aakaanksh Pothukutchi
Starts off very strong.

The story line is captivating and extremely realistic.

The author is erudite and relevant & interesting economic tidbits are thrown into the story with good effect.

My major issue: The author, and subsequently the novel, loses its pacing and tone by trying too hard to go from being an informative thriller to a romance (with long, at times cringe worthy soliloquies). This meshing of genres, while admirable, just doesn't cut it.

In summary:

Read the book for a potential g
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Steve
Sep 28, 2015 Steve rated it liked it
This is book two of the Counterpoint trilogy. You do not have to have read the first book to enjoy this one, but having read it might provide a good backdrop. The US has crashed financially with help from Russia and China and is about to split. A candidate for president and an SEC researcher were killed to keep the Russian and Chinese conspiracy a secret. An unlucky traveler is brought into the web of intrigue by a man trying to sell the secrets of the conspiracy. He and a young woman he meets ...more
M Go
Apr 05, 2014 M Go rated it really liked it
The Great Game was a bit of a science fiction book that occurs only several years in the future. It is interesting how the premise of the book is paralleling what is going on in the World today. The Russian takeover of the Crimea portion of the Ukraine is just one example. There was only a couple of instances when the future was highlighted and one was where the car could drive itself.

I liked this book. I thought the premise was realistic and the characters were very fleshed out. There was a lot
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LaJuana W. Via
Mar 22, 2014 LaJuana W. Via rated it really liked it
Good book

Thought provoking story with good characters. It should be read by everyone who cares about the direction our country is going. The only criticism is the editing. In some places it looks as though some of the text may have been cut and pasted to a different section for a better read. Unfortunately they left part of it in place. You would be reading and come across a sentence that belonged in a previous section. it was a little disconcerting. Please don't that stop you from reading. It i
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Michele
Aug 13, 2014 Michele rated it it was amazing
This is a fast moving suspense thriller which should make you think long and hard about what really goes on behind closed doors in the financial and political arenas. It is a futuristic book--but the year 2020 is not that far into the future. Could this be happening-unfortunately yes. Is it happening-none of us knows for sure. Americans, myself included are much too complacent about what is going on around us, to us, and around the world. This book is a wake up call.The Great Game
Jim Fromm
Mar 19, 2014 Jim Fromm rated it really liked it
Fair Warning

This was a sobering look at the unintended consequences of our dysfunction. The message so completely overwhelmed the drama, it seemed as it the two were unrelated. I liked the characters, but felt the opportunity was lost to build a truly memorable work by fleshing out the details. The warning deserves your attention. I would read it and share it for that reason alone.
Martin
May 01, 2014 Martin rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book overall, and hope to see more books from this author. The storyline was interesting and the plot kept me engaged. There were some minor annoyances though: more than one character deciding to use various Lord of the Rings examples and analogies to explain things, the author calling a turtle a tortoise, and the dialog between the characters in the opening chapters seemed a bit stilted (it improved considerably as the book progressed).
Joe
Dec 02, 2015 Joe rated it really liked it
Enjoyable thriller. Liked the two main characters. A little slow at times with the relationship and book reference stuff. Picked up the pace in the second half and I didn't want to put the old Kindle down. Didn't realize this was the middle part of a trilogy. Intriguing enough that I added the others to my "to read' list.
Kevin
May 11, 2014 Kevin rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller, elibrary
A run-of-the-mill thriller. I would give it two stars for cliches and sometimes annoying writing & characters, but I enjoyed the very relevant & modern topical background: Russia, China, and United States embroiled in an economic and political conspiracy.
Nancy
Mar 16, 2014 Nancy rated it liked it
Okay, I did skim parts of the book that got too philosophical or pedantic, but the action did pick up in the latter part of the book and kept me up to finish it. I like how it ended, for the most part. I might give it 3 1/2 stars if I knew how to do that.
Nick Bikoff
Dec 05, 2014 Nick Bikoff rated it it was amazing
Truth or Fiction?

A really fascinating look into what our future may be. I'm looking forward to the continuation in book # 3.
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