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Part action novel, part literary novel, part guidebook to economics, The Economics of Ego Surplus is the story of college instructor Kyle Linwood. Anticipating a relaxing summer with his girlfriend and his PhD dissertation, he gets recruited by the FBI to help with an obscure case of terrorist internet "chatter," which explodes into a shocking, mysterious assault on U.S. f ...more
Paperback, 233 pages
Published September 15th 2010 by Starving Analyst Press
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Todd
In a world that has been forever marred by the effects of terrorism after 9-11, we are constantly reminded of what can happen when extremists wage war against us. Thus, physical terrorism is not a new topic by any means. However, another form of terrorism can wreak just as much havoc and destruction as any other type of conventional terrorism. It has the power to bring nations to a standstill and render them inoperable. It is known as economic terrorism. The Economics of Ego Surplus by Paul McDo ...more
Harvee
I know a little bit about economics and found the book fun to read. It was like reliving Econ 101 and 102 classes, with an update on the workings of the global market. I enjoyed the mini tour and armchair travel of Dubai as well as the bit of thriller action that comes at the end of the book.

The book is a comment on the possible downside of the global economy, when countries tramp around in each other's backyards and leave their footprints there - desirable or undesirable consequences. Besides
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Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum
This novel is about terrorism, but not the bloody terrorism we've come to know in the last 10 years or so. This time the terrorists are in suits and execute their attack from a conference room; this time they're not going to kill people, they're going to bring down an entire economy.

The US is the target, and Kyle Linwood is the main character - an economics lecturer at University recruited by the FBI to provide insight on a case. Kyle had a lucky escape 6 years ago in North Africa as a journo, a
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The Silent Reader
When I was first approached by Paul McDonnold to read and review The Economics of Ego Surplus, I was curious. For one, I had never heard of an economics thriller before. Two, I thought it would be interesting to read a piece of fiction with economics as its central theme. While I have no particular interest in the subject of economics, I do respect it, especially as I hear a great deal about it from my father who is an expert on all things to do with economics. McDonnold allowed me a glimpse of ...more
Courtney (Fuzzy.Coffee.Books)
Somewhere inside the mushy, love-struck girl who loves her YA books, is a piece of me who is fascinated by the world of business and politics, and was driven to get first a bachelor's degree in business, and then a master's degree in political science. That piece of me loves to read James Patterson and David Baldacci. Paul McDonnold's The Economics of Ego Surplus is along the same lines of their stories, so it pulled me into the story.

What I liked: 1) The plot - the mystery and suspense of the s
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Lucy
I must admit I was sceptical about this book. I liked the idea of trying to teach something about economics through a book, but I guess my ideas of economics and of crime novels just didn’t fit together. I was intrigued to see how McDonnold would teach while still making the book entertaining.
I must say I was impressed. It took a little time for the book to get going but once I got into it I really couldn’t put it down! It was pretty exciting and I was waiting to see what the main character and
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Valentina
A mix of political intrigue, detective story and economic lesson, this book is eclectic, to say the least. It is an intriguing read that bends genres and rules.
The writing style is clear, which in a novel that deals with a lot of ideas about economics, is a good thing, otherwise we’d be lost after a few pages. It was fascinating to learn about the different theories about the way our world’s economy works, and although some of the explanations deviate from the storyline, they are never dull, an
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Angela
The Economics of Ego Surplus, by Paul McDonnold, is a suspenseful story about Kyle Linwood, an economics instructor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Kyle is pulled in to help with an investigation by the U.S. government of a possible financial terrorist attack on the American economy. The investigation leads him to some shady places in Dubai where he learns the truth and leaves a changed man.



What I like best about this book is that it used simple language, which allowed the two
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guiltlessreader
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My thoughts: Let me preface this little write-up with this: I am not an Economics major - and have only Economics 101 under my belt and a rather enthusiastic significant other who chatters about what he reads from the business sections of newspapers - as background. So I won't claim to understand everything economics-related here.

When the author, an economics teacher, contacted me about reviewing this book, the story of how this book came
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Basma Aal
The book is trying to figure out what happens if U.S economy melts down. What will happen then?

I don’t usually read books like The Economics of Ego Surplus but it sounded very interesting and so I decided "why not read it and review it".

Well, let me tell you that I enjoyed the book. It taught me the basics of economics in a less complex way. The economics theories were basically embedded in the storyline. I didn’t even notice I was learning something new in the economics world. And that I really
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LindyLouMac
When the author approached me to see if I would review this title for him I have to say I was apprehensive as checking out the following summary from Goodreads I was not sure if it was going to be to my taste.
‘Part action novel, part literary novel, part guidebook to economics, The Economics of Ego Surplus is the story of college instructor Kyle Linwood. Anticipating a relaxing summer with his girlfriend and his PhD dissertation, he gets recruited by the FBI to help with an obscure case of terro
...more
Melanie
I very much enjoyed 'The Economics of Ego Surplus' - it was interesting, thought provoking, and much better than I had anticipated.

Kyle Linwood, a college professor, helps the FBI with a case involving possible economic terrorism during his summer break.

The story was very believable and I have even found myself thinking about it when I watched the news. The story is fictional, however, 'The Economics of Ego Surplus' opened my eyes to economics and how the economy works.

'The Economics of Ego Surp
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John Rogers
The blurb says, "Part action novel, part literary novel, part guidebook to economics ..." I probably should have taken this as a warning. Interesting, simple idea. Ends as an economics lecture wrapped around a plot. Well written but disjointed enough that I just couldn't get into it. I did not finish.
Amanda Stephan
This is a solid, four star book. Engaging? Entertaining? Interesting? You bet!
Watch as terrorists find a new horrific way to bring America to her knees. Mr. McDonnold used believable ways to introduce us to Economics, and tells his story in such a way, that it's my personal opinion that every high school student should read this to get a firm grasp on what economics actually is. I remember droning out my teacher during his lectures and now wish I had paid more attention. Great job, and I will h
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Kathleen Kelly
The Economics of Ego Surplus by Paul McDonnold is a novel of economic terrorism. Pretty scary, I think that not only can terrorists bomb buildings, planes, send women and children strapped with explosives to destroy the Western world and show us how much they hate us, but they can do it economically. In this work of fiction, the author shows us just how vunerable we really are and how we rely on the stability economically and financially. A very well written and thought out novel that could come ...more
kristin (paper reader)
I won't say that if I ever get an A in economics that I'd owe it to this book, but it sure did make learning about economics fun.

Review to come (hopefully tomorrow)!
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