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The King of Fear Audiobook

The King of Fear: A Garrett Reilly Thriller, Book 2

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The blistering sequel to The Ascendant: an action-packed thriller starring a bond trader turned antihero. Unlikely patriot Garrett Reilly can identify threats against America from both inside and outside the nation's borders. But now the whole world economy is at risk....

Garrett Reilly sees what others do not: numbers, patterns, a nation on the brink of collapse. His unique talents saved countries from falling into a world war in The Ascendant. But it also made him a marked man - marked by terrorist groups; marked by the US government.

In The King of Fear, Garrett recognizes a string of events that could lead to economic Armageddon in the US: banks closing, grocery shelves lying empty, the nation's currency rendered worthless. Total chaos could engulf society within a matter of days. Garrett and the Ascendant team reunite to face enemies on all sides: a wounded Russia bent on keeping its crumbling empire in place, a cyber genius fixated on Garrett, a femme fatale willing to do anything to establish a new world order. In the midst of this, Garrett must also confront his own demons: his class rage, growing paranoia, and a dependency that he cannot seem to shake. After all, it takes only one card to make the whole house fall....

A hero with complete disregard for rules and boundaries, Drew Chapman's rogue genius gives readers "a wild ride through the headlines of our times" (Kirkus Reviews on The Ascendant), and this sequel will not disappoint.

©2016 Andrew Chapman. All rights reserved. (P)2016 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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  • cristina
    Somerville, MA, United States
    22/02/16
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    "A huge disappointment"

    After reading Drew Chapman's first book, The Ascendant, I had eagerly awaited the sequel. Well, I could not have been more disappointed. The first few minutes say it all (not a spoiler, really, since it's the first thing that happens): a prominent figure is murdered and the murderer blurts out that our protagonist made her do it right before taking her own life. FOR SOME BIZARRE REASON, this is deemed enough reason for an FBI agent to risk her career by warning our protagonist to RUN because they're coming to arrest him. And run he does. ARREST HIM??? Seriously? Because a deranged woman blurted out his name?!!! Wouldn't they merely want to QUESTION him?....But, no, our protagonist runs. So crazy, lazy plotting! I figured I'd ignore this stupid start because I had full faith that Mr. Chapman would get the story going ANY MINUTE NOW. But, no, the book continued with the crazy plot full of coincidences and with NONE of the inventiveness that made you ignore the few holes in the plot of The Ascendant. (Here, the holes overwhelm the story.) There is absolutely no character development either. The author assumes you know the characters from the first novel...and adds nothing to them as people in King Fear. In fact, the characters act out of character in many instances. A total fail, as far as I am concerned. IF there is a third novel in this series, I'll make sure to wait and read other people's reviews first. I gave King Fear two starts simply because I finished it (although I probably would not have done so had I not read the author's first book...I kept hoping this one would get better right up to the end).

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