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The Prince of Risk

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At the crossroads of high finance and international terrorism, a New York hedge-fund manager searches for the truth behind his father’s murder. The master of the financial thriller returns.
Bobby Astor is a fearless New York hedge-fund gunslinger on the verge of making his biggest killing ever. But everything changes when his father, the venerable chief executive of the N
Hardcover, 369 pages
Published December 3rd 2013 by Doubleday
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Patrice Hoffman
Nov 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Won through a Goodreads Giveaway

I'm not sure where to begin with this novel. Let's start from the beginning. Bobby Astor, the hedge-fund prodigy is sent for a loop when the news of his father's death is revealed to him. They've had a tumultuous relationship so much so to the point that they were no longer speaking. A last minute text before his father's death arrives on his phone with the word Palantir. Unsure what it means, Astor becomes embroiled in a financial threat that threatens to bring A
Rusty Dalferes
This book was my second Goodreads Giveaway win, and it was announced to me only 2 or so days after I wrote the review for my first win. The short story is: write reviews and get free stuff. Thanks to Goodreads, Doubleday, and Christopher Reich for the free book. And Goodreads: I'm expecting my next win shortly. :)

I have read a few Reich books in the past and thoroughly enjoyed them. He is normally a master of the financial intrigue, and I was looking forward to the same in this book. While it's
David Ketelsen
Nov 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received The Prince of Risk by Christopher Reich free from Goodreads in exchange for a book review.

I have read a number of Christopher Reich's book and have always enjoyed them. The Prince of Risk is no exception. It's a rollicking joyride of a financial thriller. As usual, the financial aspects of the novel work better than the characterizations and interpersonal dialogue. The relationship that comes across best is the one between the protagonist, New York City hedge-fund manager Bobby Astor,
Христо Блажев
В играта на милиарди няма правила:

Райх вдига залозите още с първата сцена, в която тримата най-високопоставени играчи във финансовата система на САЩ - изпълнителният директор на Нюйоркската фондова борса, председателят на Федералния резерв и министърът на финансите се втурват презглава в полунощ към президента, за да го алармират за огромна опасност… но нещо поема контрол над колата им на поляната пред Белия дом и тя е направена на решето от агентите на с
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Reich returns to the scene with another of his powerful financial thrillers (yes, those words can go together effectively!), sure to lure the reader in from the opening pages of the preface. When the CEO of the New York Stock Exchange is involved in a freak accident on the White House grounds, he transmits a mysterious message before his ultimate demise, PALANTIR. This elusive message makes its way to his estranged son, Robert "Bobby" Astor, a hedge-fund guru with more money and market control t ...more
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, adrenaline
I've long been a fan of Reich's books--whether financial or espionage. This combines the two with a satisfying conspiracy and the bad guys poised to take over the world by bringing down financial markets through computer manipulation. On the side of the angels are a flawed hero and heroine--he's a savvy hedge fund manager and she's a kick-ass FBI agent. They were married once but career drives separated them. Bobby Astor's father, head of the NY Stock Exchange, dies trying to reach the president ...more
Philip Trubey
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is as good as any A list writer out there. The book is very timely as it describes nation states using the Internet to spy and manipulate computers at will. The frightening thing about this is that the mechanisms Reich reveals as the book moves along are very, very plausible. You don't find out just how devious it all is until the protagonist finds out about it later in the book. Very well researched, it also accurately depicts how hedge funds run, giving the reader an understandable p ...more
Tom Tischler
Dec 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
He is on the verge of making his biggest killing yet. His
name is Bobby Astor and he owns a hedge fund. All of this
is about to change when his father is killed in a brazen
attack on the south lawn of the White House while he is
trying to deliver a terrifying secret to the president.
Bobby finds himself and his company on the brink of ruin.
A tiny clue leads him deeper into the lies surrounding his
fathers murder and he stumbles into a sophisticated conspiracy
that not only threatens to wipe out his o
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you've been waiting for Christopher Reich's next book since Rules of Betrayal you won't be disappointed with The Prince of Risk. This is a classic page turner, with plot twists and turns that really keep you guessing. If you haven't read any of Christopher Reich's book this is as good as any to start with.
Ted Lehmann
Nov 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: financial thriller readers, conspircay theorists,
A good thriller requires a premise which catches the imagination of the reader by hooking some concern or fear that actually affects the reader, either consciously or unconsciously. It then includes characters who can be identified with in some way that keep the reader engaged as the story develops and maintains its narrative drive. Often the books are characterized by having many short chapters, each ending with a cliff hanger event, or anticipation of one, which drives the reader forward to th ...more
Benjamin Thomas
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Financial thriller novels, like legal thrillers or military thrillers (or any other kind of sub-genre thriller novels) can be a difficult balancing act. There has to be significant parts of the plot devoted to that sub-genre topic, in this case finance, without allowing those parts to overwhelm the layman reader. And at the same time the plot has to be, fundamentally, a thriller plot with enough action and intrigue to keep the pages turning. Christopher Reich does a good job here of balancing th ...more
R J Mckay
Jan 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: top-shelf

Bobby Astor lives his life the same way he runs his hedge fund: fearlessly. His current undertaking is based on information received from a associate. He was told that China would be devaluing their currency. The tip appears promising, so Astor invests heavily, hoping to reap an enormous profit. But the risks are huge as well. If he is wrong, he would lose everything.

Edward Astor, Bobby’s father, is the chairman of the New York Stock Exchange. Edward and two associates, have received news that,
Ray Palen
Jan 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Christopher Reich has been labeled the master of the financial thriller and that claim is right on the money (pun intended).

THE PRINCE OF RISK refers to superstar investment banker Bobby Astor who is about to have his entire world turned upside down. When his father, the wealthy and highly respected billionaire, Edward Astor (the CEO of the NYSE) is murdered in an exploding car on his way to inform the President of a matter of international terrorism his last act was to text his son Bobby a sing
Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
China seeking world domination is becoming the theme in 2014’s thrillers. In this unadulterated financial thriller, the protagonist, Bobby Astor, is a hedge fund manager, owning his own firm. Bobby’s father is the CEO of the New York Stock Exchange. In the beginning of the novel, Bobby’s father is murdered along with the head of the Federal Reserve. Bobby’s ex-wife, Alex is a Special Agent of the FBI. She’s not involved with Bobby’s father’s case, but she has one of her own that looks like a fut ...more
Joshua Atkins
Dec 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
If you've liked other Reich novels, you will like this one. I didn't start off with a good impression. Christopher Reich took a gamble (see what I did there? I could have said "he took a risk", but I'm a better man than that) when he decided to make a hedge fund manager the hero of the story, but in the end Bobby Astor wasn't as objectionable as he could have been.

This sounds like faint praise, but it isn't. Reich managed to do something good here. Price of Risk is a classic page turner. It does
Deanna Against Censorship
I am a fan of Christopher Reich's books. The first one that I read had the Swiss Banking System as the bad guy so I was hooked. This is not his best but is still good. The action is fast and the characters interesting. The problem I had was because I was listening to the book on CDs. I did not like the voice that the narrator gave to the MC. It was a voice that should have been given to character in a book set in the 1920s. Just wasn't right for the character.

While reading this book we in the U
Tianna Green
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
For full disclosure, I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

It is absolutely bloody good! It keeps you on your toes from the beginning to the end. Figuring out who was behind it all... is a shocker, at least for me anyways. It is a thrill from beginning to end. The plot is also unexpected from what I thought it was going to be. You learn things from The Stock Market and get an idea of how it works. You also learn from about hedge funds. It keeps you on your toes and keeps y
Frederick Bingham
Jul 15, 2015 rated it liked it
I listened to this on audio, narrated by Paul Michael.

This is a relatively formulaic and forgettable thriller. There's a brilliant and beautiful female FBI agent, the fabulously wealthy hedge fund manager who she was married to, evil villains, this time Chinese, and a mystery to be solved.

It was page-turning enough to get me to make my way through it, but not memorable or well-written enough that I will remember any of it a month from now.
Nov 30, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Other than making us aware of technology theft, the story was dull and very unbelievable
Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. A real page turner. I couldn't put it down.
David Marshall
Apr 30, 2014 rated it did not like it
This is a completely absurd thriller which seems to think a formulaic plot is high art.
Ryan Hillis
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great financial Thiller
David Henkel
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Another captivating thriller by Christopher Reich. A realistic thriller with a plausible theory of the 2011 flash crash.
Boris Feldman
Nov 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Engaging financial thriller: attack on NYC.
Flat prose.
Not as good as his earlier novels.
Too much detail on life inside a hedge fund (oxymoron?).
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
This excellent thriller holds interest throughout. It posits a highly plausible theory and works its way through to a fairly decent conclusion. It could have ended better though. 8 of 10 stars
Iskren Zayryanov
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Четвъртата световна война ще се води с лъкове и копия“ – Алберт Айнщайн

Плакат с тази мисъл и стилизирани фигури на хора, преследващи се с примитивни оръжия, висеше в кабинета по физика в моето средно училище. Плакатът беше як и първият в училище, който ме впечатли, а идеята му беше повече от ясна – предупреждаваше за жестоката заплаха от ядрен апокалипсис, надвиснала над Земята по време на Студената война. Само дето Студената война приключи без преки военни конфликти между двете супер сили, но
Sep 15, 2017 added it
Shelves: my-reads-2017, club
There is a scene in Mel Brooks' masterpiece "History of The World Part 1", where Jewish people after being tortured should evaluate how well The Spanish Inquisition did its job torturing them.
In the nutshell that scene describes my sentiments towards this month book club selection. With that slavish mentality perpetrated by 14 hours (length of the book) of listening, one hopes that new book club president shares the same disposition towards set selection and becomes more assertive in her choice
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Despite lengthy detail of hedge funds and financial electronic terrorism, Christopher Reich's The Prince of Risk is an exciting tale. Family intrigue (Father/Son relationship and Husband/Wife relationship), financial dealings on Wall Street, the strange killings of three powerful men (head of the NY Stock Exchange, the chairman of the Federal Reserve, and the Treasury Secretary, and the attempt of some Communist Chinese to undermine the US financial community,,,,all combine to make up a thrillin ...more
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Epic thriller!
Randy R
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Started a little slow with all the financial and hedge fund information, but once the action got started it was nonstop. I do enjoy the authors other books as well.
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He was born in Tokyo and moved to Los Angeles in 1965. He attended Georgetown University and the University of Texas and worked in Switzerland before returning to the United States to become an author. He lives in San Diego and is the author of seven novels. He has a wife and 2 kids. His father is Willy Wolfgang Reich

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