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The Protégé (Christian Gillette #2)

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  634 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Having survived his rise to Chairman of Everest Capital, the world's largest private equity firm, and the ferocious attempts on his life that ensued, Christian Gillette finally seems safely perched atop the financial industry. He's just accepted Everest's largest private investment, he's poised to takeover his exrival's sinking firm, and he's just embarked on his firm's mo ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 25th 2006 by Fawcett Books
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This book was brilliantly plotted and riveting the way Frey built the tension and connected the intricate pieces of the world of high finance. He took us inside the mind of a venture capitalist, Christian Gilette and showed us how the man thought and how he did what he did--without boring me.
Unfortunately Christian was the only character with any character. The women in the novel were very two dimensional and extremely unlikable, especially the woman with the biggest speaking part. She was nasty
The book started off well but crashed and burned midway. The vital ingredient of a mystery is that it be believable. This book lost its believability factor midway.
Did not like it...implausible characters and too many plot devices. Did not even finish the book. Do not recommend.
Humzah Yazdani
Mr Frey had me at "The Takeover" but this book has been a major let off. It was never grasping until he left some loose ends, which I needed to know for closure. He spends so much time building the suspense and barely details the culmination. Very mediocre!
Phyllis Sommers
A fast-paced, fun novel that ended up being quite predictable. As head of Everest Capital, a major private equities firm in New York, Christian Gillette found business moving at an extremely fast pace. Thanks to two of his protégées, David Wright and Allison Wallace, Christian Gillette feels at the top of his game as head of Everest Capital. However, when a supposed undercover government agency recruits Gillette and his company to act as a "cutout," a project that exists for purposes of spying, ...more
Fast-paced like a thriller? Yes, but there can be too much of a good thing, like so fast the author neglects to tie up all the plot strands credibly. Or, not doing basic research (examples: President Truman lived in the Blair House in the 1950s is only half true--see -- or the Iranian character who identifies himself as "arabic" -- Iranians are NOT Arabs) Sloppy, and like so many poorly written thrillers, depends on heaping implausibility on top of implau ...more
Vicki Elia
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See "The Successor" as full series review.
This is an okay high finance thriller by Frey but he wraps up the plot way too quickly at the end. Hedge Fund manager Christian Gillette is back in this one and he is threatened on many sides by enemies both old and new. David Wright Gillette's protege is being blackmailed by these enemies will he betray his mentor or save him?
Vannessagrace Vannessagrace
All Christian Gillette wanted to know was why his daddy died and who his biological mother was. To get answers Christian Gillette would find himself dodging bullets. The Protégé is a page turner and not a book you can put down. I know because I stayed up all night reading it.

Holter Graham was the voice of the characters.
An investment banking firm is buying and selling companies left and right, landing considerable sums. One of the most senior members has just murdered a prostitute and is being blackmailed by a member of the Mafia, who wants in on a deal the company is set to do in Las Vegas. All very complex and fast-moving. Entertaining.
Johnnie Gee
The mafia, enemy's, people who work for you, companies you run, old friends, new friends....who can you trust and who do you trust? Who to groom to take over when you decide to move on.

This is a good book, I really like the Christian Gillette series I hope they keep coming.
The book started well, but I was a bit disappointed with the ending. It is easier to throw balls into the air than to bring them down, but still thought that one character's "way out" from his problems was unrealistic and parts of the final scenes were cliches.
Chairman - Protege - Power Broker - Successor. In this order, follow the career of Christian Gillette through these four novels. The best is the Chairman and then the rest are a blur, but some were better than others.
A nice fluffy financial drama that is already fading fast from my memory. It wasn't a bad book, but like most action movies you just can't remember the details after a short time...
Stephen Frey can twist a plot until you are so confused you'll figure out the who dun it but love every minute of trying to figure it out.
This book had ALOT of sugestive material and was not verry uplifting. it on the first page i knew it would be bad. i am kinda mad that i read it.
Excellent, better plot development than in The Chairman, even if it deviates more towards a traditional thriller than a financial thriller.
A good book; a plot that holds your interest till the end; very well narrated. If you are looking to read a good thriller, go ahead...
like Frey's work but a little over the top on main character's financial genius
Corporate intrigue. most ghastly opening scene, I almost didn't go on.
Excellant, quick-read. Murder, intrigue, high finance.
I hope that all high powered execs aren't that evil!
Very interesting and a serious page turner.
Fast paced with great corporate intrigue.
Good suspense and action, interesting twists
audio -- simply grandiose
Mar 24, 2010 Rick added it
Another good read
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For the last 15 years I’ve been lucky enough to be a novelist. Until recently the books were set in the worlds of Wall Street and Washington. In addition to writing, I’ve also had a career in finance with specialties including merger & acquisition advisory and private equity at firms like J.P. Morgan in New York City and Winston Partners just outside D.C. in northern Virginia.

So, it seemed na
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Christian Gillette (4 books)
  • The Chairman (Christian Gillette, #1)
  • The Power Broker (Christian Gillette, #3)
  • The Successor (Christian Gillette, #4)
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