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The Rare Earth Exchange

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  29 ratings  ·  23 reviews
A team of freelance spies gets caught up in a web of corruption and terrorism in a struggle to control rare minerals key to today s technology. Panic strikes at the highest levels of the French government when the former president is found hanging from the rafters in his home right after a terrorist attack at the airport. Is it suicide or assassination? Freelance operative ...more
Paperback, 274 pages
Published June 28th 2016 by Le French Book (NY) (first published February 16th 2016)
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Jan 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spy
3.5 stars rounded down to 3.
This book starts out with a spectacular explosion of an Air France plane at Paris Orly airport. A former French President was supposed to be on this plane. The current French President calls on a private company, Fermatown, to investigate. They uncover corruption in France and Malaysia. This mystery is somewhat complicated but moves along well. The translation was excellent.
Thanks to Le French Book for sending me this ebook.
Complex spy story involving international cybercrimes. Smart, suspenseful, geeky, it will keep you on the edge of your seat.

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Jul 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I am a devoted fan of Le French Book. I read everything that they translate from French into English. "Everything' is usually good and interesting mystery books. I am always aware that I am reading a translation and not the original text.
That said I was slightly disappointed in The Rare Earth Exchange. The core idea is interesting and very complicated. The characters have to do a lot of explaining in their dialogues. That's ok with me, I am usually more interested in the interaction of the chara
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Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Rare Earth – a commodity we can’t live without.

Can you imagine and Airbus A340’s computer systems being attacked by a virus? No, I couldn’t either. I thought they would be “hack-free” but unfortunately the pilots on an Airbus who first think that there is a glitz in their computer system, discover on landing at Paris Orly Airport, they sadly find out that the computers have been well and truly hacked when the plane bursts into flames, consuming not just this plane which has returned from Malays
Clare O'Beara
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
This French thriller has been ably translated and while mostly set in France, does head off to Malaysia for the later part of the story. I had previously read The Greenland Breach by this author and some of the same characters reoccur.

To start with a jet coming in from Malaysia is unfortunate to download a virus and explodes at the Paris airport. This scene is well written to involve us and show how ruthless the criminals are.

A former French premier has been found hanging in his attic. His wid
Jul 04, 2016 rated it liked it
A place explodes at Orly Airport setting the airport ablaze with serious loss of life – how did this happen? The former President commits suicide – or is it murder?

Thus this complex thriller involving an international web of intrigue and trading begins, and that team we met in The Greenland Conspiracy kicks into place, trying to unravel answers to what might be a world wide struggle to control the rare metals necessary for modern technology.

The complexity of this thriller, coupled with names th
Ken Cook
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The second Lariviere Espionage series, this novel is set primarily in Paris, with action also in Malaysia. Victoire and John have an infant son (the baptism opens the story) and family conflicts thread throughout the action. Luc gets to display both sides of his skills, role playing, impersonation, and high tech again keep the pace moving quickly while characters are introduced, developed and killed off. The main plot is accelerates, however the resolution is a twist and a surprise, at least for ...more
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Beginning with an opening scene that is taut and exceedingly believable, The Rare Earth Exchange is a thriller perfect for our time. Filled with duplicitous units and government entities, it's hard to keep the players straight. Once again Le French Book has translated an exciting book into English and allowed an entirely new audience to experience the pleasures of this material. It is a joy to read and impossible to put down. I received my copy from the publisher through NetGalley.
Borrowed from Publisher/NetGalley for an honest review

The plot was interesting at times but it was slow moving. Plus the story tells everything instead of letting it unfold.
Jennifer (JC-S)
‘The plane’s antivirus program froze the download for thirty seconds and then authorized installation.’

The plane lands at Orly Airport, and then explodes. Other planes explode, the terminal is on fire, many lives are lost. The former French president, President Pierre-André Noblecourt, should have been on that plane. His survival is short-lived – he is found dead at his home: did he commit suicide, or was he murdered? How are these events connected? The former president had been responsible for
Nov 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: panned
I wanted to like this book. I tried to like it. It is a very good story. Lots of action and intrigue. But I simply couldn't enjoy it enough to finish it. I got 52% of the way through, so I did give it a fair chance. I'm not really sure why I disliked it enough to bail on it - which is something I *rarely* do and it always hurts my book loving heart when I do it. So it's not a decision I take lightly. It is translated from French and I did find the many, many references to locations in Paris ~ ev ...more
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4 and 1 / 2 Stars

This book is very well written, and the translation is excellent. The characters are believable and have depth.

The opening scene is horrific and all too real in today’s world. A plane incoming to Orly airport has downloaded a virus that causes a fire and much devastation and death. The retired president of France, Pierre-Andre Noblecourt, is returning from Kuala Lumpur having visited his son-in-law. Was he on the plane that crashed? Or was he not?

The employees of Fermatown, Vi
Ellen Trufant
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Although I admire the complex high tech convolutions, I don't really enjoy the challenge of trying to follow them.
Andrea Stoeckel
Jun 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
[ I received this book free from the publisher through NetGalley. I thank them for their generousity. In exchange, I was simply asked to write an honest review, and post it. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising]

"There’s going to be blood on the steps of the Palais de Justice. The search for truth isn’t off to a good start"

Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
John Larivière, his wife Victoire and their colleague Luc, have been asked by their former bosses at French Intelligence to look into some suspicious activities. Firstly, there has been an aircraft incident at the Paris Orly Airport and at the same time the former President of France has been found dead at his home. Was it suicide or murder? The former President was responsible for setting up the Rare Earth Exchange, a trading center for strategic and rare earth minerals based in Paris and Malay ...more
Aug 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Freelance spies John Spencer Laviviere and his partners Victorie (his wife), and Luc are called into an investigation by the government when a plane explodes upon landing at Orly. Along the way they find corruption that is more than just the usual suspects.

I was sucked into this story from the beginning. It is a page turner. I wanted to know what was happening. There is a lot of technology in this story but it was easy to understand. I never felt lost as I was following the clues to the culprit
John Johnstone
Aug 18, 2016 rated it liked it
I have always enjoyed the publications of Le French Book and this is no exception. Following a terrorist cyber-attack on an aircraft at Orly airport in Paris and the subsequent death of a former French president, the private investigation / intelligence company Fermatown is hired by the French Government to find out who is responsible. This is the second novel for the Fermatown team, it revolves around the very lucrative market trading of rare earth elements used in high tech industries, and the ...more
Ken Fredette
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Bernard Besson created a believable story with a final spectacular finish. He did this by making over half the characters greedy and without a conscious taking bribes in working with the military. When they were not suppose to by a law on the books of France. Our heroes John, Victoria and Luc were hired to fine who killed the past president of France. I won't say who helped him because that would give it away and you'd be surprised. But people who should be punished end up going free or without ...more
Jay Williams
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
All the ingredients of a great book: compelling characters, suspense, terrorism, high-level government corruption and a great plot, are combined with some really off-beat elements to create a story that will stay with you. One of the characters is a ten-year-old girl, who is wise beyond her years. She provides a dose of wisdom and morality, and a surprise at the end. The elements of the plot involve some very high-tech features of the "corruption-proof" exchange for minerals used in production o ...more
I received this via Netgalley for review.

There is a lot of action, suspense and misdirection. A tale twisted and folded in ways that almost confuse. It certainly makes one think. I liked the international intrigue, the cat and mouse play between Victoire and Montluzac. The wisp of a girl Beatrice is unquestionably a force to be reckoned with. This is a story that might be taken right out of today's headlines
Nov 26, 2016 rated it liked it
A convoluted story that starts with the attempted assassination of a former French president, resulting in several hundred collateral deaths at the Charles DeGaulle airport. Add in a very suspicious suicide, and you have a real head scratcher. How a team of independent investigators sort thru a lot of dead ends, and detours to determine exactly who did what to whom makes for an interesting story. The ending, though, is a bit iffy.
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was quite a page turner. It takes a lot for a book to surprise me, and this one did. Rare Earth Exchange is a modern day French thriller set in Paris, but reaches throughout Asia. It has science, politics, betrayal, lust, experimental weaponry, good detecting work, and pretty much everything a good book needs. If you are a fan of Clive Cussler, you will love these Fermatown novels as well.
Charlotte mann
Aug 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Interesting plot, not always easy to follow, probably because of the translation style. The flow is a bit jerky at times, but I would guess the translator stayed with the French structures as closely as she could, which I very much appreciate. The premise behind the plot is fascinating.
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