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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  8,758 ratings  ·  397 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 November 1st 2002 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 8th 2002)
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Sarah
Nov 26, 2007 rated it it was ok
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
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Shelley
Jan 15, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Sarah
Mar 30, 2011 rated it did not like it
Could I get some wine with this cheese? One of the worst books I have ever read. I think the author was eavesdropping on a conversation between 8-year-olds when he constructed the dialogue for this story.

William Kolar
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great read. Fun, fast and clever.
David
Aug 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
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Joe Noto
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-own
This gets a 2.3 from me. Let me explain.
I enjoyed reading it. I flew through it thanks to the fast pace. If it ever slowed down, I may have given up on it, but it never did. There was a twist in the last 80 pages that I actually didn't see coming. But man, this isn't my type of book. It was a super easy read and didn't provoke any thought really. The writing was very simple. I think they call these books fluff books. That hurts my rating. Also, I found the book to be the equivalent of a popcorn
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Tory
Oct 02, 2007 rated it it was ok
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.
Kathy
Mar 17, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a fun and easy book to read. Oliver and his brother, Charlie work at an exclusive bank and are tempted to "take" unclaimed money before it is turned over to the state. But they were unaware that they were being watched and others knew what they did. The brothers go on the run, and there is much more to this bank account than they ever imagined. The bank's head of security and even the Secret Service are involved, but Oliver and Charlie do not know who to trust. I loved the prominent Dis ...more
Tonya Lucas
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What would you do if you found an inactive account worth 3 million dollars and if not claimed, you have to turn it over to the State?
Well the Millionaires by Brad Meltzer sends us on a journey of 2 bank workers who takes advantage of this opportunity.
Isn’t one of the most perfect crime’s the one that’s not even known to exist.
This was a fast paced, hair raising book.
Author Annabelle Leigha
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Michelle Kitto
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible
I have read other books by Brad Meltzer and have enjoyed them all. This one was no exception. It held my interest and had a few twists and turns I didn't see coming. Some of the dialogue felt a little forced, but you did feel as if you knew the characters. ...more
Corey Nelson
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challenge-2019
New author for me and I was not sure from the start of the story. But it quickly turned to unexpected twists. Enjoyed the book overall very much. While the brothers bickering got old fast, the humor at the end made me laugh out loud as by then their characters were well understand and played.

Scott Brick continues to lead me to new books as I seek out what he is narrated. This book was a win for performance and story.
Roberta Havel
If I had a choice of 3.5 stars I would have chosen it. Meltzer is a great author of turn page mysteries. I always learn a lot and his books are all well researched. Millionaires met all my criteria for a good mystery, but sometimes the plot became too unbelievable and the end was just too PC.
Steve
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A clever plot, great characters, and some fantastic twists that kept spinning in different directions right up until the end. I really enjoyed the book.
Matt F
Oct 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 the pat ...more
Johnsergeant
Dec 01, 2007 rated it really liked it
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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 dolla
...more
Marcus
Apr 14, 2009 rated it liked it
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
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Luis
Dec 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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Tom Tischler
Jun 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Two brothers one in an executive position at a bank and the
other at entry level discover a way to steal three million
dollars. They plan to transfer the money to an account only
they can access. After it goes through they discover that
they now have three hundred million dollars not three million.
The secret service is called in and they find themselves running
not only from the law but the people they stole the money from.
Then they use some modern technology to alter their identity and
personal recor
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Jennifer DeLucy
May 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Uugh, this book had me stressed out for days! It's completely not the kind of book I would typically read, but come on...how 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. ...more
Bill Warden
Nov 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Don
May 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
I got a SCRIBD membership that gives me access to a bunch of audiobooks. I picked this one as as easy listen while doing chores. I don't think I would taken the time to pick it up and read it. As an audiobook it was at least worth listening to the end. I think Meltzer has written better stories. ...more
Erik
Feb 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
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.
Jill Hohnstein
Mar 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Fun. Also? Brad Meltzer is one of the writers for the Buffy Season 8 comics.
Jamie
Sep 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Do you wish you could add a few zeros to your bank account? Just get the right software program like in the Millionaires.
Dan Dundon
Nov 02, 2020 rated it liked it
The premise of this book is intriguing and indeed the first few chapters fulfilled the promise of an action-packed thriller. However, later chapters strained credibility even for a piece of fiction.

For example in one of the earlier chapters the protagonist Oliver Caruso agrees to go SCUBA diving at night with someone he barely knows into a shipwreck. It strains credibility that two divers, one a novice, with one light between them would go diving at night on a shipwreck. In fact, anyone who has
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Charlotte Ehney
Oliver and his brother Charlie had not had an easy life. Abandoned by their father at a young age, they witnessed their mother working hard as a seamstress and barely get by. When Oliver and Charlie see the chance to steal $3 million dollars in an unclaimed, inactive account at the bank where they both work, they think it will be a victimless crime that can help them wipe out all their mother's outstanding bills. But when the account transfer turns out to be $300 million instead of $3 million, a ...more
Rick
Apr 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers, own
While this is not one of Brad Meltzer's better books I did find it an enjoyable adventure. In one respect it was a very forward concept upon which to base the story unfortunately felt the primary characters were bland with little depth and throughout the story none of the characterizations really grabbed me. The story concept and line were interesting and as always the writing was good. Overall while not a bad book the bland superficial characters ended up taking a potentially interesting idea l ...more
Jack
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: didn-t-read
I actually liked Brad Melters books. But this one hit bottom, I couldn't even finish it. It was like Bevis and Butthead steal 3 million dollars. The dialogue was ridiculous: Wiping the sweat back from my dark brown hair, I push the button anyway. Who talks like that? The wise crack metaphors were annoying and non-stop. These are suppose to be intelligent people employed by an exclusive banking institution. There are books where you root for there bad guys, because you feel sympathetic. There was ...more
Linda
Jan 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book but it is not in my top recommendations. The story was not believable - not the story itself, the concept, the approach, or the result. Entertaining? Often. Spellbinding? No. Chapters were short, first person bits that got confusing when all of a sudden you had a different person narrating. This didn't happen until much later in the story, but when it did, it threw me off. I have a hard time abandoning a book in the middle , but was tempted on this one. I am glad I didn't, bu ...more
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