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The Capitol Game

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New York Times bestselling author Brian Haig returns with a riveting new thriller about a man caught between the politics of big government and the corruption of big business.

The Capitol Game

It was the deal of the decade, if not the century. A small, insignificant company on the edge of bankruptcy had discovered an alchemist's dream; a miraculous polymer, that when coated...more
ebook, 400 pages
Published August 12th 2010 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2010)
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Haig moves away from his military and legal thrillers, but the novel is just as exciting and equally as intriguing. Haig has a great writing style, with character development that has the reader seeking more with every page. The book's premise is quite entertaining and intriguing at the same time, full of twists and turns. When the Capitol Group is presented with an offer they cannot refuse, they see only the moneybags and not the pitfalls. Taking any means necessary, they steal and bribe their...more
Brian Haig, a writer whose Sean Drummond series I really enjoy, has penned a stand alone thriller about corporate greed, corrupt officials and a very clever protagonist. The plot should have made it unputdownable, but unfortunately, the current real and sad state of our government and Wall Street greed made this book an uncomfortable reminder of how bad things have become in our country. It was a page turner, but I think I need less reality and more fiction in my life.
This one starts out with the death of a GI in Iraq from and IED that takes out the Humvee he was riding in. He was just weeks from ending his tour and returning to his wife and twin daughters. Jump now to Washington DC where Jack Wiley a hot shot equity trader is being vetted by a big firm called the Capitol Group. They a at the top of the heap when it comes to buying companies in trouble and turning them around or decimating them for a profit. Their management is made up of many ex military and...more
Eric Wright
A small company has made the discovery of the decade, a kind of polymer to paint on army vehicles that repels explosives giving the vehicles armour equivalent to 30 inches of steel.

Jack Wiley, a successful Wall street wheeler and dealer, proposes to a large company skilled at takeovers the acquisition of this small company. The company is in financial trouble. The potential earnings from the polymer through the Defense Department are astronomical. The very idea, while at first seems too good to...more
Hook, line, and sinker – reeled in – with a bang! From the battlefield of the Middle East to the trenches of Wall Street, “The Capitol Game” had me at page one and didn't let go. A masterfully intelligent plot: defense spending and the purse string pythons of Wall Street and the Capitol Hill piranhas, with greed as the billion dollar explosive bait. Haig’s characters are well developed and authentically believable. So much so, their cutthroat business acquisitions and Good Old Boy politicking co...more
Chris Barkington
I got this book not expecting anything special (not familiar with the author). I was very pleasantly surprised - this is by far one of the best books I've read in a very long time. If I would to try and describe it, I guess the best comparison would be "The Firm", but its so much better.
Highly recommended to anyone who likes a good suspense / intrigue.
A not too bad conspiracy novel about business and politics.
From Publishers Weekly:
In Haig's exciting financial thriller, young hotshot Jack Wiley, a partner and senior v-p at an elite Wall Street private equity firm, approaches the Capitol Group, a large privately held corporation, with a golden opportunity--to acquire the troubled Arvan Chemicals company. Arvan has invented a polymer coating that when painted onto combat vehicles makes them virtually impenetrable to firepower, a product that wi...more
Terrific read. In the introductory chapter, shoddy contractor practices contribute to the deaths of servicemen in a roadside bomb explosion. As the story unfolds, a Large greedy defense contractor named Capitol Group
is presented with a chance to takeover a company - Arvan Chemical, that has developed an amazing polymer. Several coats of this special paint is equivalent to
very heavy armored plating. Jack Wiley, who's recently stepped down from another company presents the case to CG. He present...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
Jack Riley is a financial whiz who discovers the next big thing: a polymer coating that makes military vehicles resistant to roadside bombs. (If you are anti military and the War Against Terror, this book is NOT for you.) He peddles it to several investment firms and settles on the Capitol Group. Billions of dollars are at play as CG runs with the idea and pushes it to the market. There is money, women, backstabbing, spies, trickery and lies.

I initially didn't like this book. But after reading...more
David Dickerson
A good, if at times fanciful book. A good plot, good execution. But getting from the beginning to end required several leaps of faith and more than a few "aw, come on," moments. But all-in-all, I enjoyed it. Brian Haig will co-author the post-mortum book that will soon be coming out by Vince Flynn, which I assume will be a continuation of the Mitch Rapp series. I'll be interested to learn if Haig can continue Flynn's excellence.
William Bentrim
The Capitol Game by Brian Haig

One can only hope this is a fictionalized account of corporate corruption’s impact on the legislative process.

I found the book chilling as it seems entirely too realistic after reading any newspaper, electronic or otherwise. The plot could be gleaned out of any issue of the New York Times or Washington Post.

Jack Wiley was just shy of being super heroic. His brilliant plan and it’s execution leave you hanging at each chapters end, lusting for more. It is a difficul...more
Michael Johnston
What a fun book. Even though there isn't a lot of surprise in this mystery, it doesn't detract at all from the fun. Haig telegraphs the "good guy" personality of the main character even while the story line keeps uncovering intimations of the horrible things he appears to have done. I knew just where the story was headed, but I was riveted by how all the pieces were going to fit together. I can't say that I've ever read a book like it. It must say something about an author when he makes you care...more
Huda Sarkowi
I won't shelved this as mystery, but Jack Wiley is a mysterious guy. Such an interesting character, conniving, smart with a shady past and even shadier motive. And though Mia Jenson appeared quite late but undeniably she was the one who threw a wrench into Capitol Group's malicious plan of swindling money from the US government. The ending was quite abrupt though, and the first chapter of the book was quite deceiving too. I thought this book will be an action packed book, the usual American patr...more
The Capitol Game feels shockingly, or not so shockingly, real. A new defense tool that will protect soldiers lives is discovered. Very simple and a sure thing at saving lives. But, the greed of corporate America takes over, along with the graft of Washington, D.C. Soon companies are taken over, worker's jobs lost all to make the powerful and mighty richer and richer. But. . . a small oversight brings it all crashing down. If only, real life worked in such a manner as the capitol game, instead of...more
This book involves corrupt senators, greedy millionaires, intrigue, and finally, good guys who make the bad guys pay. It's everything wanted in a summer novel. Perfect beach reading! My husband read it first and absolutely loved it. I finally picked it up and had a rough time setting it down. It contains mild filth and sex, but it is easy to ignore as the story is about a company with a polymer and an investment group that wants to make billions by selling the protective polymer to the governmen...more
I was predisposed to like this book. The author's uncle years and years ago did me a great service and was a wonderful friend. (His father, was the secretary of state under Regan but I knew from previous books that Brian Haig is more of his uncle than his father.)

And I did like it. The characters were interesting and true. The plot was actually pretty fascinating. I thought I had it figured out most of the way and was totally wrong. There was a pretty draggy part in the middle - hence 4 stars in...more
A lot more than I expected, excellent
Jun 18, 2011 Jill rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fiction, corruption, and brian haig
I think this is Brian Haig's second stand alone book and I thought it was pretty good. I thought this book was much better than his other stand alone, The Hunted. There were certain elements that he was able to recreate from his series to this stand alone. For instance having a character who served in the military as wells having a character who obviously is lawyer. Having a couple characters who are witty, intelligent. And of course the other type of intelligence, in this case corporate espiona...more
the plot was very good. but was was marred the so very long time to unfold. the author tended to stray away from the main plot lots of times. at one time i was surprised this was brian haig.
much as i love brian haig's novels, my sincere advise to Mr. Maig ( consider an imploring from a HUGE fan) - please stick to Drummond. With that character you have raised the bar for other authors ( second only to Demille). Away from Drummond, you are a good author among the many brilliant authors out there!
Nancy Banfield
Lots of suspense and intrigue. Full of corporate greed and corrupt politicians. Seems almost like real life.
This author was recommended to me. I found the book a little dry and slow to start.
A young hotshot from Wall Street approaches a big company about taking over a company. This company has a radical paint which will protect the troops in our war torn areas from being blown up.

The last part of the book was very clever - hang in there. It did not have the action of other books I have read. It is more about the greed of big business and when is enough enough? (and the dirty tricks needed!!!!)
Too much plot, not enough character development. My book club read The Hunted a while back - it's based on an actual Russian businessman and his life. Fascinating. I doubt this is based on a real person's life! It condemns politicians and the political process, very suitable for these days during which we're waiting for Congress to grow up and get serious. I read to the end just to learn what Jack's con was all about.
Fredrick Danysh
American soldiers are dying in the Middle East due to terrorist bombs. A US company develops a paint that acts like 30 inches of armor. Jack Wileey sets out to acquire the company that owns the paint formula. He approaches the Capitol Group, a large investment group loaded with big name politicians. Then Capitol Group decides to cut Jack out. A good military business thriller. I couldn't put this one down.
Despite figuring out what exactly was going one early on, Brian Haig pens an excellent story detailing the uncomfortable truths of corporate takeover and government fleecing and coruption. The story has a very clever protagonist intent on his goal. In my opinion, the prologue gave away too much of the inent and eventual end, but it still was a good ride to see how it all came together. Worth reading.
Great read for a hot summer day. You might not think corporate greed and corrupt politicians are fun to read about, but in this case, you'd be surprised.
Haven't read any of Brian Haig's books before - this one is fast paced, and easier to take than reality; perhaps because the 'hero', Jack Wiley. is so very clever. We can only hope there are some real Jack Wileys at work in Washington.
Brian Haig has moved away from his wise cracking JAG, Sean Drummond, onto more today's headline stories. This one combines the world of high finance with government military contracts with greed being the operative word. The plot is well constructed, the story moves fast, and it takes a good two-thirds of the book to figure out how the storylines come together. It was an enjoyable read.
Rick F.
I loved all of Haig's Sean Drummond novels- they were exciting and very witty- this book was very exciting and not witty but rather a severe and angry indictment of the way politics works(or doesnt work) the corruption, the utter lack of ethics in DC- I found it very scary as Haig -son of the Late Alexander Haig- certainly must know of what he writes.
A small company develops a polymer that, when painted onto a vehicle,is the equivalent of thirty inches of steel. Wouldn't the U.S. of A. pay a pretty penny for a product like that to protect it's military personnel from IEDs in Iraq and Afghanistan? Now we just have to find a way to get it to market.
Gary Stewart
Captivating for me! I love it when the good guys win against the sleazy who are supercilious in their greedy quest for power and wealth. This is a well crafted scam of both corporate and government scamsters. It brings back memories of the movie...The Sting from 1973.
This is a relevant triller on corporate greed,corrupt government officials and the heartbreak of war. Fast paced with fascinating characters it is well structured and written. The author has a background in government and all political junkies I feel will enjoy this book
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Brian Haig is the son of former US Secretary of State Alexander Haig and has been born and bred in the American military.Since retiring from duty and has been a special advisor to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and now runs a large Helicopter company.

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