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The Millionaires

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  7,342 Ratings  ·  309 Reviews
Two brothers. Three secret service agents. And millions for the taking. Charlie and Oliver Caruso are brothers who work at Greene and Greene, a private bank so exclusive there's a $2 million minimum to be a client. But when the door of success slams in their faces, the brothers are presented with an offer they can't refuse: $3 million in an abandoned account that can't be ...more
Paperback, 560 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 8th 2002)
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Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read! a story from a first person's perspective with the main character's's enjoyable,entertaining and well written (paperback!)
Nov 26, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people trying to stay awake while driving
I got the free audiobook of this last week and downloaded it to my iPod for the 20 hour roundtrip we were driving Thanksgiving week. It kept my friends and I awake and alert the whole time, but not for the author's intended reasons. It was like Rocky Horror or MST3K. Never have I had so much fun ripping a book apart.
The good parts: It was pretty well plotted, and the characters were engaging. The author did a good job setting up a situation in which you could cheer for the Robin Hood-like prota
Aug 04, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When it comes to characters caught in odd situations with bad guys in hot pursuit of some big secret, Brad Meltzer has proved himself to be an expert.

This time, two brothers embezzle three million bucks from a "dead" bank account, only to discover the next morning that it has turned into three hundred million bucks. Now the bank management, the secret service, etc. want that money back. The brothers rush to find out what happened in hopes of finding a way out of their problem-- only to uncover a
Oct 02, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This one was pretty much just what it promised. An easy, entertaining, quick read.

The author seemed to try way too hard to be witty, and the end was (not the reveal, which kind of surprised me. I thought it would be the Quincy fellow.) but the come down after the reveal. It was stupid.
Matt F
Oct 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book The Millionaires by Brad Meltzer is a story about two brothers. One brother is Charlie Caruso, who is a low level employee at the exclusive bank Greene & Greene. The other brother is Oliver Caruso, who is the youngest associate at the entire bank. Charlie and Oliver soon begin planning the perfect crime. The bank at which they work, Greene & Greene, is so private and exclusive that a customer needs two million dollars to simply create an account. However, when they realize that ...more
Summary: Two brothers, one an executive at a bank and the other in an entry-level position, hatch a plot to steal three million dollars. Using a sophisticated computer program, they plan to transfer the money into an account only they can access. But after the transaction has been completed, they quickly realize that rather than three million dollars, they stole three hundred million. The secret service are called in to investigate and Charlie and Oliver Caruso soon find themselves on the run no ...more
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Narrator: Scott Brick
Publisher: Hachette Audio, 2002
Length: 14 hours 45 min.

Publisher's Summary

What would you steal if you couldn't get caught?

It started as the perfect crime. Then it took a turn for the worse.

Charlie and Oliver Caruso are brothers who work at Greene & Greene, a private bank so exclusive you need two million dollars just to be a client. But when the door of success slams in their faces, they're faced with an offer they can't refuse: three million d
Dec 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now this is one of those books that flow at a very great pace, I read this in 2 days and actually wanted some more once i finished the last page.

The whole premise is a bit sketchy, if stealing millions of dollars was as easy as the book wants you to believe, then the economy would probably collapse. Still, it makes for a great story and a very entertaining adventure.

I would have loved for the characters to be a bit older and more mature, it would have been a bit more credible that way. And it wo
Apr 14, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun little read about a pair of brothers who try to rob the bank they work in. The plan is a simple one. Take a “dead account” and set it up to be transferred to an account they chose. The only problem is the other person trying to steal the money.

I haven’t read fiction in a while, and this was a nice return. I actually read this book by listening to it on my ipod. I forget how I got the audio book, but I do remember it being free. It was a neat experience there was one reader, but he
Jennifer DeLucy
May 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Uugh, this book had me stressed out for days! It's completely not the kind of book I would typically read, but come can you argue against a novel with a chase scene through the underbelly of Disney World?? In all seriousness, though, you can really relate to the two brothers in this story. I'd definitely reccmnd. it.
Bill Warden
Nov 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
This was another brilliant book by Brad Meltzer. I was able to empathize with the brothers and the situation they were in. The entire story moves along smoothly and is very enjoyable to read.

This is a thriller that is worth reading.
Mar 05, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun. Also? Brad Meltzer is one of the writers for the Buffy Season 8 comics.
Feb 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Saw this one listed on the best seller list and gave it a try. A very good and interesting mystery/thriller that kept my attention from start to finish. Well worth the read.
Richard White
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
Excellent! Seat of your pants, nail bitter, roller-coaster ride. Sorry for all the clichés.
Patty Bush-Barron
It started out slow and being this was the first book I've read by this author I almost didn't keep reading. But I did continue and boy did this book turn into a real nail biter! I highly recommend this book and author!
Fred Fanning
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great story with plenty of twists and turns. The characters were strong and well developed. I really enjoyed reading the book. It was a page turner.
Kevin Farnsworth
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-library
An intense page turner.
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun quick read
Not a bad read for Meltzer, a little slow but a very good, exciting ending. Definitely didn't expect the ending and how it played out but that was in true Meltzer form. Good read all and all.
Jessie Frederick
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
For a book that's just over 500 pages, The Millionaires is a pretty quick read. Short chapters and good pacing. Exactly what I like. I guess there were a few lulls in the story, but when those only last for five pages, it's easy to push through. The story was believable, too. Obviously, it's not this easy to steal this much money from a bank, but Brad Meltzer created a world where this plot was entirely practical. It would definitely make for a good movie. I did think some of the action scenes w ...more
This novel really deserves more stars, but I am trying to go back to my original concept that three stars covers a bell-shaped curve that includes all books worth reading, reserving 4 stars for books that everyone ought to read and 5 stars for books that I think everyone must read. If we had a decimal system, I guess this one would be rated at 3.9999+. I am continually amazed at Meltzer’s abilities as a writer, and I am delighted to note that his picture on the back cover flap suggest he is youn ...more
Joe White
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-shelf, fiction
review : The Millionaires Brad Meltzer

2 star

Issues I had with this as a novel:

The main characters were two brothers that represented what I felt had weak personalities, lacked direction, and had few physical or analytical skills. These definitely were not the John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Bruce Willis rugged individualists. They were also not the self confident fashionably astute Richard Gere or Pierce Brosnan types. Instead they could be more represented by a score of third rate characters in low
Keelin Curl
The Millionaires is a fiction, mystery novel written by Brad Meltzer, published on January 1, 2001. This was the fourth book that Meltzer wrote. Brad Meltzer has written fiction, children's books, nonfiction, and even a few comics, all original creations. His newest book is The President's Shadow which was released on June 16, 2015 and he’s currently working on another masterpiece. His first book was The Tenth Justice which was published on July 9, 1997.
This thrilling mystery is about two brothe
Dec 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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Nathan Burgoine
Dec 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first bumped into this author by listening to an abridged version of 'First Counsel,' which I think, to date, has been one of the best audiobook thriller experiences I've had.

This one comes a very close second, and only does so because I guessed a small part of the plot when the author dropped a clue - and I suppose even so, just because I was paying a lot of attention at that point, I noted it - so I'd figured out the mystery a bit. Not where it ultimately went, but a part of it.

Here's the ba
Anthony Giacobbe
This book starts off with one of the Caruso brothers, Oliver, getting yelled at over the phone at his job at the Greene and Greene banking firm, a bank so exclusive that all members have to have a minimum of 2 million dollars to become part of it. Already heavily in debt from a high hospital bill, and knowing that their jobs at the bank is short lived, they get an idea when they stumbled on an abandoned bank account of 3 Million dollars at the bank. Thinking it would be easier than stealing cand ...more
Costea Constantin
„Indiferent cât de rapid crezi că ești, sunt trei lucruri care te vor băga mereu în bucluc: orgoliul, lăcomia și sexul. Știind că ne-a captivat atenția, glasul său ascuțit devine mai precipitat: Orgoliul – vorbești urât cu chelnerul, te porți ca un măgar cu șeful de sală – așa-și aduce aminte de tine tipul de la restaurant și le povestește și polițiștilor, când vor veni. Lăcomia – cumperi un ceas scump; te îndopi cu homar la cină cinci zile la rând – și sigur barmanul te va recunoaște dintr-o fo ...more
Aug 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THE MILLIONAIRES by Brad Meltzer and read by Scott Brick was a very good listen. This was my first Brad Meltzer book and I am wondering why I didn't try him before, as he writes a very good thriller. Scott Brick does a great job with the different voices in the book.

It is a story about two brothers, Oliver and Charlie, who work for a bank that only takes patrons that can deposit over one million dollars. Oliver is the straight laced brother and doesn't want to take any risks, and Charlie is the
Dec 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brad Meltzer- The Millionaires (Warner Vision 2002) 4.25 Stars

Oliver thinks he is on the fast track to a high profile career in a large bank and his brother works lower down in the bank. When faced with the chance to take three million dollars and no one knowing that the money is even gone, they are in a dilemma. Oliver soon discovers that he is just being used at the bank and won’t be going anywhere. Now there is nothing holding them back, but when people start chasing them and murder comes int
Sep 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is packed with action from the first page until the last. Uptight Oliver and laid-back Charlie are as opposite as two brothers can be. When they have a chance to get away with a "no victim" crime, they take it..convinced it is the only way to finally pay off their family debt. All they have to do is wire three million dollars from the account of a deceased client into an off-shore account. Since the client had no children, the money won't be missed. What the brothers don't count on is ...more
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