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The 500 (Mike Ford #1)

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  3,652 Ratings  ·  602 Reviews
Mike Ford is a former con artist who's been plucked from his Harvard Law School classroom to be an associate at The Davies Group, Washington's most high-powered and well-respected strategic consulting firm. Their specialty: pulling strings and peddling influence for the five hundred most powerful people inside the Beltway, the men and women who really run Washington -- and ...more
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Reagan Arthur Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
The 500 has frequently been compared to The Firm. I get it. The villains in both books are shadowy organizations whose all-seeing, all-reaching power require a taffy pull of your disbelief. Where they differ (as best as I's been 20 years since I read The Firm) is that Michael Ford (the protagonist and narrator of The 500) is no Mitch McDeere (The Firm's hero). Ford, in fact, barely resembles a human based on his motivations and mental faculties under duress. Throughout the book, Ford ...more
Jun 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Pass the popcorn, a book that would be better as a movie
Promo material for “The 500” says the novel is now under development as a major motion picture. I’m glad to read that. As written, I think the book would be better as a movie.

Tom Cruise would be a natural to play the part of Michael Ford, except Cruise is now too long in the tooth to play the twenty-something hero.

I see the book being better as a movie because all the fast action, coincidences that are too pat and dialogue that’s too glib
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Empieza bastante bien, pero, a medida que progresa, se diluye como un azucarillo. El protagonista acaba siendo una especie de Jack Reacher que, en su afán por descabezar toda la corruptela política de Wasington, (no hay ni un solo político, ni un solo juez, ni un solo policia que se salve) se enfrentará a su empresa, The Davies Group, fundada por un personaje que mueve todos los hilos a base de guardar todos los secretos inconfesabes de los ya mencionados. De paso, y ya que está en ello, intenta ...more
Jun 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, thriller
This is the definition of a beach book. The perfect book to read when all you want is to empty your mind so you can just relax. At first,The 500 reminded me of early John Grisham, especially The Firm and The Pelican Brief, but the pace is faster and the characters are more complex yet better understood.

Mike Ford is a con artist by blood and inclination. Yet, he wants nothing more than to live an honest life with the security that comes from making the right choices. He is running from his past,
Jan 30, 2013 rated it did not like it
Set in DC? Always a promising sign. Legal thriller of lawyer fresh out of law school? Now we're cooking, but wait, something went way wrong.

The 500 was a prime example of the book jacket reading much better than the book. I hate leaving negative reviews. I'm proud of anyone who gets something published, but I never understood the criticism of clichés until I picked up this novel. The writing is high school at best, and I almost expected the author to pull out tired phrases like, "it was raining
Kelly Hager
Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Michael Ford is not doing well. His dad is in prison, his mom has died from cancer and he doesn't speak to his brother. Due to his mom's medical bills, he is also almost $900,000 in debt (well, between the medical bills and the college tuition fees). He'd be willing to do just about anything to make that debt go away.

Enter The Davies Group. They're sort of a consulting firm in DC and they recruit Mike. They pay off his debt, get him a nice apartment and a huge salary. Best of all, Mike quickly f
Jun 19, 2012 rated it did not like it
Being a Harvard grad is indeed impressive. Probably impressive enough to get a book publishing deal and have decent reviews. All that being said, someone stirs in the crowd and says, "the Emperor has no clothes!" But unlike the story where everyone said, you are right, reviewers opinions are not fact and are vastly different as I have so often noticed on Goodreads. This author can tell a story but his characters are hollow and lack any substance whatsoever. The plot is silly. It's like reading a ...more
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
SETTING: Washington, DC
RATING: 4.25
WHY: Mike Ford grew up in a family of grifters and was arrested when he was a teenager for a burglary gone wrong. His father is in prison accused of murder. Mike has done well at Harvard Law School but is drowning in debt from student loans and trying to pay off his late mother’s medical bills. He umps at the opportunity to work for the Davies Group, an elite consulting organization that has as its clientele the movers and shakers of Washi
Michelle Leonard
May 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
This would have been a much better read if the “why” made more sense. It’s like the main character had nothing better to do and just decided to get to involved in life threatening situations. Pretty decently paced and the plot moved along but after awhile I was just over him and the story. This is the 1st in a series; also a debut book for the author.
Larry H
Jun 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Mike Ford has struggled for most of his life. After his father went to prison, he tried to support his mother, but found himself quickly drawn into the same criminal world that attracted both his father and his brother. A stint in the military helps point him in the right direction, and he is pursuing two degrees at Harvard Law School while working to pay off all of his debts. When he is tapped by a visiting lecturer to join The Davies Group, a high-powered lobbying and consulting firm in Washin ...more
Steve Keefe
Jan 11, 2014 rated it liked it
I read the sneak peek of this book and enjoyed it. I live in D.C. and suffered through 4 years as a biglaw associate, which contributed to my appreciation of the story. I loved the D.C. references, like the greasy paper bag at 5 Guys and places like Brasserie Beck.
I think the book nails the cut-throat culture that permeates D.C.'s "prestigious" consulting firms and law firms. I didn't mind that the story glamorizes the slog that is billable hour culture, because I personally don't want to read
Gerald Sinstadt
May 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: crime
I have managed to read books with unbelievable characters because the plot was acceptable. I have read books with preposterous plots that have still carried me along with some enjoyable characters. I have, very occasionally, overlooked cardboard characters pursuing a nonsense story line because of the quality of the writing.

Sadly, the first sixty pages of The 500 could not persuade me to continue by any criterion, so I didn't.
Una Tiers
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
Former con man tries to become respectable. Sadly his character, and the other main characters, are one dimensional. The impossible situations he is able to escape from turn the plot into a mess.
Katie Kenig
Oct 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
No one has an equal shot in life. Some kids have it particularly tough. When your dad loses his business and turns to the life of a con man to try to keep a roof over your family's head, only to wind up in prison when you're still young. When your older brother follows in his footsteps and winds up so heartless he's only interested in using his little brother for what he can get out of him. When your mom dies of cancer when you're still young, and you don't have insurance to get her proper care, ...more
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It's an amazing novel! Fast paced, cleverly plotted, realistically written, exciting and full with suspense, it also goes with a down-to-earth attitude!

I like how the main character being a young man who has a troubled family background and wanted to leave his humble beginning behind. I like the reason why the Boss of a widely influential company chooses the young man to be his sidekick instead of choosing the other equally talented young men. I like how the Boss teaches the young man to play th
Jayne Giesler
Jun 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I enjoy a good suspense so I decided to give it a go for my summer reading. Once I started, I could not put it down-carrying it with me everywhere-searching, creating and stealing moments to soak up another paragraph or two. The downside was those paragraphs always left me wanting more.

Written in first person, the reader experiences everything through the protoganist, a young attorney, Mike Ford; a very likeable character that has not been dealt an easy hand in life. Past familial relationships
Nov 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
I don't normally read action/political suspense books, but this one was really good. I was shocked multiple times throughout the story and was completely drawn in to the life of Michael Ford. The book starts at the end, just before the final con is played out and I like knowing that at some point in the book the obvious has to happen. I was on the edge of my seat during the harrowing escapes that Mike is forced into. I thought he was a very good main character, smart, funny, and most of all he k ...more
Matthew Quirk
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
First off, I'm not the author. I have, however, received many compliments from total strangers about this book. Having finally found a copy, I figured I should read it.

It's a very good political action thriller. The protagonist is competent without being superhuman. The stakes are high, but believable. And the writing is spiced with humor- enough to relieve tension without being grossly comedic.
Dark Star
Jan 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Engaging characters, fast-paced story.
Jan 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Güzel bir konuyu işleyememe, kötü çeviri, baskı ve yazım hataları.

Bknz: Güzel bir kitap nasıl bok edilir.
Arlan Landey
Taking on the "Deep State." While fiction, it certainly explains the criminals in DC today!
Nicole R
In a city as large and powerful as DC, you just know there is corruption and blackmail buried below the surface, masked behind the names of even more powerful men and firms. These seedy characters deftly mold the political sphere of our nation's capital and revel in the sway they hold over even the most noble.

Welcome to the world of Mike Ford. Mike has worked hard to overcome the incarceration of his petty criminal father and the insurmountable debt left by his unsuccessful battle against his m
Sep 19, 2016 rated it did not like it
One dimensional characters, formulaic & predictable plot, cruddy dialogue. I give myself four stars for slogging thru til the end.
Apr 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
When a member from our book club told me this book is like the TV series, Suits, I jumped at the opportunity to read it. Suits is one of my all-time favorite TV shows, so of course I wanted to read something similar to it, especially after the way season six ended. Since reading The 500, I’m not sure how I feel about it being compared to my favorite TV series. Let me explain.

The 500 is, for all intents and purposes, a great read. Can it be compared to Suits? Yes. The similarities are endless, bu
Oct 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
A great debut novel by an author bursting onto the scene with much vigour. Quirk pens, if you will pardon the pun, a quirky novel that lights up the charts and presents his own spin on a plot type that I am used to seeing by Joseph FInder or Jesse Kellerman; main character is down and out, finds his path crossing with someone influential, hired on and works for them, discovers they are not what they seem (with influence in the wrong direction) and tries to claw their way out. Quirk does this in ...more
Tempo de Ler
Em 'Os 500' entramos com Mike Ford num mundo de corrupção e jogos perigosos. Mike parece finalmente ter a conquistado vida que sempre quis quando começa a trabalhar numa empresa de consultoria financeira: dívidas saldadas, um excelente salário e a mulher dos seus sonhos… o que Mike não sabia é que esquemas vergonhosos de chantagem e manipulação aplicados às pessoas mais poderosas da capital norte americana faziam parte do seu trabalho!

A personagem ganha dimensão conforme vamos alinhando as decis
Mar 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
A few weeks ago I put The 500 by Matthew Quirk on my reading wish list and I was finally able to get it. The writer takes us into the world of the most powerful people in Washington, D.C. and shows us, from the inside out, how dirty the political game really is. Most of us are aware that there are a lot of schemes that go on in our government but for the most part, no one is ever really able to put the right fingers on the right situation to change it all around. Being able to witness this polit ...more
Lucas Bale
Jul 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quirk has done a genuinely good job here. The prose is slick and enticing and the lead protagonist flawed enough (Mike Ford is a former con-artist trying to go straight, and is very nearly there) that his edge is sharp and serrated enough to pique our interest from line one. The opening is classic thriller territory – setting the stakes high and then dropping back a little to explain how we got there, but never revealing too much. Ford is hit from all sides - professional (his job and his future ...more
Jul 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, audiobook
I enjoyed The 500. I was pleasantly surprised by the book. I was afraid it was going to be like The Firm (which I didn't care for) and I was happy to say that it wasn't like that at all. The story is filled with intrigue, paranoia and lots of secrets. The plot of the book was well fleshed out. I enjoyed some of the twists that the author threw into the story to throw the reader off. I don't want to give too much away, because it would ruin it. While I don't really know much about lobbyists and t ...more
Jun 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Joe by: SHELF AWARENESS
Shelves: mystery-thriller
( I was reading this and "thought", This sounds familiar... and yes, i realized too late that i had read it. It has been 4 years so i just kept on reading it and honestly, enjoyed it for a 2nd read! LOL)

WOW!!! Talk about getting you HOOKED on a story! THIS book will do it to you! You might think its another young lawyer getting started in a one of the huge DC law firms, overworked, trying to make partner but trust me, you will be in for a SURPRISE!
The main character, Mike, yes, he is a Harvard
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Matthew Quirk studied history and literature at Harvard College. After graduation, he spent five years at The Atlantic reporting on crime, private military contractors, terrorism prosecutions, and international gangs. He lives in San Diego.
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