Hi, guys! Today, I have a book feature/review to share with you. Before I do, let me just give everyone a quick rundown on the Virtual Voice challenge. During the live elimination episode, Michelle and I each lost a team member. That means I now have Cassadee and Amanda, while Michelle’s final two are Trevyn and Melanie. The viewer also voted through Terry and Nicholas, who are on neither of our teams.
That means Cody and Dez were the two sent home and Christina Aguilera no longer has any team members left in the competition. If you’ve also been following my NaNo progress, I will have one more update/excerpt that will be posted on my author blog either Sunday or Monday. Now, on to the tour! 🙂
The Banker Spy Book Summary
The Banker Spy weaves history into a contemporary thriller about ex-lovers who become entangled in a web of international intrigue. Investment banker Peter Armstrong believes he’s left his past in the States. He has an exciting new job in London and is managing the largest equity offering in European history. Behind him are an incident at his old employer and a broken engagement. He thinks his only problem is his client—an automobile company desperate for cash. Then he receives a phone call from his ex-fiancée, Dayna Caymus, a beautiful and unpredictable CIA agent. When Peter discovers that his client is secretly working for the German government the two ex-lovers enter into an uneasy alliance which their past sometimes helps and sometimes hurts, all the while sorting through their feelings for each other. Dayna puts her mission first, leading Peter into a labyrinth of deception and conspiracy. Peter loses his client, his job, and almost his life as they race to learn Germany’s secrets—secrets that could start a nuclear war.
As you can probably tell by the description, this book is not my normal reading material. I have a weakness for YA and paranormal stories and that is what I choose to read most of the time.
That said, I really loved this book! I ended up getting a late start on it due to NaNo and all kinds of other stuff getting in the way, but even if I hadn’t been under the gun to get it finished, I don’t think I would’ve been able to put this one down.
I wasn’t surprised to see that Mr. Byrne has almost two decades worth of experience in investment banking. Even though I don’t know much about the field, I got the impression from reading that the author was either in the field or had done his homework. Same with the historic aspects of the book. He weaves them seamlessly with lots of action and a little bit of romance to keep the pages turning.
I thought the interactions between the characters were wonderful and found myself just a little bit disturbed by reading this, as you see just how easily history could end up repeating itself. If you’re looking for something in the thriller genre, you definitely will want to check out this book.
William G. Byrnes’s Bio
Bill Byrnes was an investment banker with Alex. Brown & Sons for 17 years. After that he was a Distinguished Teaching Professor of Finance and, subsequently, member of the Board of Regents at Georgetown University. He’s founded three companies and has served on the boards of six public companies. He holds degrees from Georgetown University and the University of Michigan. His interests include European and Mesoamerican history, wine collecting, and automobiles. He’s happiest around the water and on the tennis court. Bill, his wife, and their two poodles divide their time between Washington, DC and West Palm Beach, FL.
Format/Price: $2.99 ebook
Publisher: Publish Green
Release: August 27, 2012