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The Ascendant

(Garrett Reilly #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  1,457 ratings  ·  334 reviews
“Like his intriguing protagonist Garrett Reilly, author Drew Chapman possesses startling skills and this first novel just blows the doors off. The Ascendant is a rollicking, globe-hopping, timely, and prescient page-turner—a twenty-first century thriller” (C.J. Box, New York Times bestselling author of Breaking Point and The Highway).Numbers don’t lie. Not according to Gar ...more
Published January 7th 2014 by Simon Schuster Audio (first published January 2nd 2014)
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Nov 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this novel. Well, that might be a bit of an understatement. I really, really liked this novel. Probably not loved it, but I’m as proud of it as if it had been my own story. But then I love finance and interest rate fluctuations and bond markets and stock markets and financial analysis and market analysis and fundamental and technical analysis and trading and investing and growth opportunities and domestic along with overseas investing. And it doesn’t matter if we’re talking stocks or bon ...more
Jul 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off, I'd like to say this isn't a book that I'd typically gravitate to, but I entered the recent giveaway for it and wow..I honestly loved it. Maybe I should start reading out of my comfort zone more often!

I won this as an advance reader's copy and I fell in love with Chapman's style because it transforms when he's talking about different characters. It's really great what he did - you can see the personality of each character reflect in his writing. I fell in LOVE with Garrett, the main c
Feb 03, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-thriller
This is a thriller about stocks and shares. Not my usual cup of tea, if I'm honest - but one I'm glad I tried.

Though The Patter of Fear is a debut novel, it doesn’t read as one: Chapman handles his characters and storyline with ease. Once a few awkward character introductions are out of the way the story takes off, and it’s no-holds-barred the entire time. Reilly is a compelling antihero, and most of the cast of characters that surround him are equally engaging. The plot itself is nail-bitingly
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, edelweiss
Please, let there be a sequel to this book as soon as possible. This is the author's first book, but it doesn't read like he is new at this. It is a really tight, intelligent and enthralling thriller about Garrett Reilly, a 26 year old bond analyst who is thrust into a huge international crisis when he notices that U. S. Treasury bonds are being sold off at an unprecedented rate as part of an attack on the country. Because he has a unique ability to recognize patterns that others miss, he is enl ...more
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Original debut thriller by a very talented author about a secret cyber attack on the United States and the government/military response. The who and the why of the phased attack was only recognized by an arrogant but gifted Wall Street bond trader named Garrett Reilly who gets "drafted" by the US Army to lead a team to identify and defeat the enemy by deploying web based asymmetrical warfare using his own unique ability to foresee trends. Unfortunately Garrett not only has a bad attitude but hat ...more
Paul Pessolano
Dec 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The Ascendant” by Drew Chapman, published by Simon & Schuster.

Category – Mystery/Thriller Publication Date – January 07, 2014

If you really want something different concerning spying, politics, and the possibility of Armageddon you need to treat yourself to this book.

Garrett Reilly is working on Wall Street in the bond market. He is exceptional in that he sees patterns in the market that lead him to make profitable decisions before anyone else is the wiser. Garrett hates the military, he lost hi
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I got this book from the Goodreads giveaway. Thanks Simon and Schuster Canada. It's not the usual type of book I go for, but I thought "Hey, now that I'm a responsible adult, I should read read non-fantasy adult fiction." And I'm glad I did. Because this book was Awesome (and the capital A is necessary.)

I have sticky notes all over the place so I apologize in advance if the flow is awkward.

This book is like... Sherlock dropped in Ender's Game, narrated by John Grisham. Mix in a Trojan Horse war
Jan 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
A new kind of war

This is a good thriller. Thought provoking, too. Almost believable. It takes place at the intersection of the real world and the virtual world in a simple, but fascinating way.

At the helm, reluctantly, is Garrett Reilly. He is a young man who sees patterns in information that others cannot. His outside the box thinking makes him valuable to government agencies who have an agenda. A special room is even created for him to make use of his ability on behalf of the government. Garre

Alafair Burke
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What I said: “Political thriller? International thriller? Financial thriller? Whatever you call it, The Ascendant is smart, edgy, fast-paced storytelling at its best. Its unlikely hero, Garrett Reilly, reminded me of a young Jack Reacher as a tech-savvy bond analyst. Drew Chapman is a debut novelist to watch.”
Patrice Hoffman
I won The Ascendant a while ago through a Goodreads Giveaway and had been meaning to read it for so long. I have finished and loved every page of this novel. Drew Chapman is quite a writer and for The Ascendant to be a debut, not one page reads as one.

Garret Reilly is a numbers whiz. He sees patterns in numbers, people, life, everything. His ability to make sense of what seems totally random is the reason the government wants him on their team. Reilly, working as a bond analyst, notices that bil
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reminded me at first of Daniel Suarez, but it's more about geo-political and moral dilemmas than about gadgets. Not great writing, but overall I liked it much better than some other best-selling thrillers I read recently. ...more
Jan 25, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As I always do after reading a book, I read other Goodreaders' reviews which always leave me amazed. The reviews, expect for two that I read raved about this book. My opinion is vastly different.
There are times that I feel who am I to criticize a published writer. I have never written a book but I have read many. That in itself is no qualification, but I believe I have insights into what makes a good book. Let's start with advance praise and passing out books to cadres of readers. Doing this ha
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an advance copy of this book from goodreads and I I would like to thank them. This was one of the best books I have read this year. I cannot believe that this is the first novel for Drew Chapman who is definitely someone
to watch in the years to come. I cannot wait for his second novel and I am hoping it is a sequel because I look forward to reading about the further exploits of his engaging character Garrett Reilly.
I found the Ascendant to be one of those books I did not want to put d
Jan 04, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
To enjoy this book, you need to understand one thing: it's not really a book. It's an action movie. Once you accept that, you can ignore the occasionally awkward writing and stereotyped characters and revel in the fistfights and high-stakes computer hacking.

I wasn't exactly expecting highbrow literature when I picked this book up, but it's been a while since I read action-packed popular fiction of this variety, and I was unprepared for the blunt force of Chapman's prose. If literary fiction auth
Jacob Peled
Sep 10, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: terror-cia, _2015
At the beginning it seemed to be a good and promising book, but as soon as I was through 40% of it, it seemed as if the author Drew Chapman, decided to let his 13 year old son to continue the writing. I mean the plot became so dumb and childish, to the point that I felt insulted. Our main character - Garrett Reilly meet the president, just because he is smart? That was so out on context. You get a War room at the Pentagon, and for days you make your team play computer games? And there is a lot o ...more
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It had been a long time since I had read such an exciting book. The story was so engaging that I could have read this entire story in one evening. I actually started to read slower as I approached the end because I didn't want it to end. The Ascendant has all the elements of a great thriller: international politics, new methods of technological warfare, and a perfectly crafted team of flawed geniuses to turn the tables and save the world. It was fantastic and I would highly recommend this book t ...more
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Jan 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book for free through Goodreads First reads.

The Ascendant caught my attention quickly and kept me guessing the whole time I was reading. I overall enjoyed the book; however, the last 100 pages or so I found difficult to read. I found those last pages to jump around a fair bit. I think this book would make an excellent motion picture. The book definitely has the potential for a sequel I would definitely not hesitate to read it!
Jan 05, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is a failed, wannabe tv script turned book. The plot is painfully trite and the characters are pathetically flat. I am not sure what troubles me more, the idea that this book was obviously written to try and one day be a tv show/movie or the idea that it is set up for a series.

Garbage, skip.
Paul Arbogast
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Was a random pick, and I was pleasantly surprised.

Of course I like this sort of story, where the relation to real life and how it 'could' happen, is seemingly possible. Even if at times it may be a bit on the conspiracy theorist side of things.

But all things together, I liked the characters, I hated a few not because they were done poorly, but because they were well done assholes. And the story kept me reading to see what was next.

Jenny Deiker
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Super fast paced, smart, and topical. Can’t wait to read the next. I’ll be doing that right NOW. Quite the ride.
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book. The story line is very topical and an unconventional computer savant bent on saving the world struck a cord. Sure, there were some parts that din't quite ring real but not as bad as many.
Designed for a sequel.
Mar 02, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Drew Chapman's "The Ascendant" purports to be the first in a series of thrillers focusing on the arrogant, brilliant bond trader Garrett Reilly. While Reilly shows plenty of potential as an anti-hero, "The Ascendant" offers pedestrian thrills and a paint-by-numbers plot that fails to get the pulse racing.

That's a fairly harsh critique, and I freely confess that Mr. Chapman has proven he can earn a living as a writer, which is something I cannot claim. So if you want to stop there with this revie
Jennie Grant
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I almost never listen to thrillers. This is not because I don't love exciting page turners, but because they inevitably glorify sexism, materialism, and blind patriotism. Not so The Ascendant. In Drew Chapman’s debut novel, hero Garret Reilly, deftly subverts the thriller genre and saves the world all at once.

The undercurrent of fear in the book involves not the usual foreign terrorists or Nazi officers, but more contemporary concerns. It deals with the sorts of things that can happen when civi
Jan 27, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
A pretty fun, easy fast paced techno-finance-political thriller, with a young, snarky, complicated hero, Garrett Reilly.

I needed a quick, mind numbing read and this was almost the perfect read that. I say almost because it wasn't exactly mind numbing. This was a pretty sharp book using a numbers genius who carries a whole lot of negative baggage. He's handsome, smart, young and has buckets full of attitude and anger when one day he's recruited by the government to help them in an experimental p
Kathleen Miller
Before reading The Ascendant, I read Baldacci’s King and Maxwell, Grisham’s Sycamore Row, and Brown’s Inferno - all great bestsellers. The Ascendant ranks with Sycamore Row and, above the others. Yes, it was that good and Drew Chapman’s name belongs on the bestsellers list. Everything about the story was excellent - the unique characters, the pace, the storyline, and the development of all with great skill. Plus, his electronic war of the future is both thought-provoking and scary to the bone. ...more
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is no surprise that the author of this book has written screenplays for movies and television as this book would be easily adapted into a movie. It has everything needed for a Summer blockbuster violence, the possibility of the deaths of millions if things don't turn out right, a authority fighting protagonist and a love interest. The plot is fast moving and exciting with never a dull moment in the book's almost 400 pages. The primarily plot involves the threat of an all out shooting war bet ...more
May 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you like fiction and current events or conspiracy theories then this is the book for you! Drew did a good job with his tech research. I enjoyed the balance of the character development and the velocity of the movement of the plot.

This reminded me of the Tom Clancy book Threat Vector. If you have to choose between this and Tom Clancy I recommend this.
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An very well done thriller. Garret Reilly is kind of a cyber/noir anti-hero. First recruited then shunned by the government to beat the Chinese who are attacking the American economy. The plot is full of corrupt politicians, omnipotent hackers, and villains in every institution. Not the most original book, but it is an exciting read and I wound up rooting for the good guy.
Lisa Loop
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining, fun and right on time. The Ascendent is set in a modern, high tech age, but the dilemmas the characters face are universal. Great read.
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Drew Chapman has written on numerous studio movies, including Pocahontas for Walt Disney Pictures and the original Iron Man for 20th Century Fox. He also directed the indie film Standoff. Currently, he creates and writes TV shows for network television, most recently having worked for ABC and Sony. Married with two children, he divides his time between Los Angeles and Seattle.

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